Please Pack Your Knives And Go

12 Jul

I am not sick of veggies.  I still love them and love the way I feel when my diet consists of so many and such a variety.  However, as I near the end of week 6, I am getting sick of the ways I have prepared my veggies.  So, I must tap into my inner Top Chef.

The inventive Quick Fire Challenges come to mind when I think of the need to get creative with my veggies.  I love when a chef can turn corn nuts, ramen noodles, and funyuns into a gourmet feast.  I am faced with a culinary challenge…re-invent my idea of how vegetables are prepared and served.

The goal is to create a tasty, salt free, dairy free, vegetable-only dish that will not require me to “please pack my knives and go”.

I have noticed that my relationship with food is changing.  Cravings are fewer and less intense.  My control over portions is pretty impeccable, considering how I could justify eating more for taste “because it is just veggies.”  I kept saying prior to starting this process that I wanted to not enjoy food.  I wanted it to be a means to survival, but not a pleasure source.  In hindsight, I think it is perfectly fine to enjoy your meal, as long as you the self control to stop when satisfied (not full).

So this week I am going to make the following:

  1. Cauliflower as a rice substitute  (yep you read that right)
  2. Zucchini as a pasta substitute
  3. Homemade marinara (salt and sugar free)
  4. Marinated tomatoes and cucumbers (as a salad alternative for lunch)
  5. Squash chips for snacks or to accompany a meal
  6. Stewed cabbage and tomatoes ( I actually made this last weekend and it was amazing!)

Stay tuned FitChick followers for the recipes and stories behind my culinary adventures this coming week!

Please share your best veggie recipes with me!  Even if the recipe has an ingredient that is not a vegetable or spice in it, as long as it is lite and healthy, share it!  I will accept the challenge to find away to make the tastiest sounding recipes work for my current lifestyle!

Funyuns and Corn Nuts,

4 Responses to “Please Pack Your Knives And Go”

  1. SAHM in KY July 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    well i am sure that you sautee’ them in olive oil and then add some seasoning…what are some ways that you have been cooking them?

    • chirpybleu July 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

      Roasting is the way to go for flavor. I cook almost everything in the oven. That is what is getting old. They taste so much better oven roasted than sauteed. No oil or butter either. Pam spray or I can’t believe its not butter fake stuff right now.

  2. yogaforhooligans July 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Do you have Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s “Appetite for Reduction”? It’s a vegan cookbook but it’s “eat vegetables” vegan, not “fake meat” vegan. She has tons of great veg recipes. My favorite is the Orange Scented Broccoli.

    • chirpybleu July 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

      I have not heard of this. Thanks for the heads up! I am excited to check it out.

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