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I am on Week 5, and so far have been doing well with eating the few vegetables that I like. Green beans are my favorite and I've been steaming them, roasting them, and even grilling them. Same with asparagus. Problem is, I'm beginning to get really sick of these two options. I've never been a big veggie eater. I used to have to drench them in cheese or butter to be able to get them down.

I can't do broccoli unless it's taste is masked by something else, and salad is not an option (I find lettuce and spinach to be so bitter!). I *have* been adding shredded iceburg to some meals, and I can stomach that....but that's borrrrinnnggg!!.

Any ideas on how to make veggies more palatable for someone like me? I'm opting for the meatless option today, (tomato basil MSF burgers) tonight, and all I want to do is eat the burgers....which is bad, I know!..

Comments (35)

Your question was: Green ideas for Medifast meals?.

Zucchini! It is an absolutely tasteless vegetable! It really takes on the flavor of what you cook it in....

Recipe one:.

Zucchini Fries:.

Take a large zucchini peel, cut length wise and remove the seeds (it's important to scoop out the seeds because otherwise it gets soggy) Cut into fries. Place fries into plastic bag into which I added seasoning salt, pepper and about a tablespoon and one half of Fat free parmesan cheese. Shake bag until well coated. Place on foil lined cookie sheet and bake in 350 degree for about 15 minutes. They were so good my kids ate them!.

Recipe two:.

Take zucchini and using a veggie peeler peel into ribbons (take peeler and peel from top to bottom to get ribbon effect) throw away seeds and core. Take 1/2 cup HOT water, 1 packet of sodium free chicken boullion and 2 wedges of lite lauging cow cheese. Into largish skillet add broth and cheese stirring constantly until the cheese is melted. Add ribbons and cook for 2 minutes (not to long or it gets too mushy) voila alfredo. To this I usually add shrimp or chicken for my alfred type dish!.

Also mashed cauliflower is delicious too (don't like it whole but loved it mashed!)..

Comment #1

Zucchini has a very mild flavor. You may want to try it by adding some chopped zucchini to your pepper and onion medley. I love it sauted with ICBINB spray (or olive oil) and black pepper. Do you like cucumber or tomato? Last night I had 3 servings of cucumber! Cool and refreshing, no dip, no cooking, just fresh! I like to add canned italian style tomatoes, green peppers and mushrooms to my tomato and basil MSF burgers.

How do you feel about romaine lettuce? I do not like iceburg, but do like romaine.

Have you tried brocolli slaw? It comes in a baggie and has shredded brocolli and cabbage and carrots (very few carrots, so you can pick them out). Then add your salad dressing to it.

Just had bean sprouts last week for the first time over my chicken and veggie stir fry. Yummy, DH even loved the sprouts.

I made a spinach thing last week, using frozen spinach (drained), 2 wedges of lite LC cheese, garlic powder, sprinkle of parm cheese and mrs. dash. I made a wonderful spinach and artichoke dip and this was close, but no artichokes!.

Good luck!..

Comment #2

I second making yourself try a new veggie every week, I have found that I actually like a lot of veggies now, when I wouldn't of tried them before. Even my old nemesis CAULIFLOWER , I now love if you'd told me when I started that I would not only eat it, but enjoy it I would of laughed out loud at you...

Comment #3

Here is a list of all the veggies I didn't like pre MF:.

Purple bottom turnip - make 'baked potato'.

Bok choy - stir fry.

Broccoli - I only eat the tops...not the stems.

Spaghetti squash - tried for 1st time last night...delish.

Canned tomato - still can't do real ones raw.

Zucchini - for "ribbon" pasta or "apple-crips".

Asparagus - yummy in oven.

Spinach - with a little garlic and lemon...yummos.

Then there are the things I always liked:.

Green beans - for "fries".

Peppers - every color.

Celery.

All tyes of lettuce.

Cucumber.

Alfalpha sprouts.

Now I eat all of them. Just try some (experimentation is how I got to know what I like). That way if you don't like it, then at least you know you tried.

Best of Luck!!!..

Comment #4

I made turnip chips tonight. They were simple and delicious. I have never thought of eating turnips before!.

Just slice them very thin, I used the weird flat slicer side of my grater. Sprinkle them on a Pam-sprayed baking sheet. Season to your preference. I used a little cajun blackening and a little salt. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes, flip the chips and bake 5 more minutes..

Turnip chips. Done...

Comment #5

Thanks everyone for the great ideas! Thanks to jjljd especially for recommending the BROCCOLI SLAW!! I never knew I would like this!! I sauteed it in a little pam in a skillet and then tossed it with 2 TBSP of warmed WF Creamy Bacon dressing. YUMMMMM!!!!!!..

Comment #6

Faux Rice Casserole/Mashed Potatoes:.

1 head of cauliflower.

Remove all hard stems.

Boil in chicken broth.

Drain.

Add FF sour cream, FF cheddar cheese, salt and pepper to taste.

Use hand mixer to mix; cauliflower has consistency of a cheesy rice.

Turnip fries:.

Peel and cut into steak fries.

Season as you like (we put mesquite seasoning for bbq flavor or dry Ranch seasoning for Sour Cream and Onion like flavor).

Bake until soft on top (brown on bottom).

Turn over and bake the other side.

Serve as fries with no/low sugar ketchup or plain.

Roasted cauliflower.

Coat cauliflower with oil oil/olive oil pam, fresh crushed garlic, salt and pepper.

Bake until cauliflower has brown color (not completely brown though!).

I want to roast some asparagus, puree it, strain it, and mix with chicken broth to make a soup but haven't gotten that far yet..

Comment #7

I roast asparagus all the time. Now I also roast green beans thanks to someone on these boards. Also yummy! I had not thought or heard of roasting cauliflower. What a great idea! Thank you so much!..

Comment #8

I feel your pain Cheryl! Onions are my favorite vegetable..

My go-to veggies salads, tomato, peppers, zucchini, cucs, fennel. I hate broccoli and mushrooms. Won't touch them! But I'd be willing to try the roasted cauliflower next..

Some ideas... I do the zucchini "fries" someone mentioned above. I slice mine really thin (shortways) like potato chips and bake them until they're almost burnt..

Sliced cucumbers, diced tomatoes, a tsp of diced red onion tossed with a little white wine vinegar, 1 tsp grey poupon, salt & pepper. Or use your favorite salad dressing..

Roasted fennel this is the closest thing to an onion you will find. Cut off the stalks and leaves, remove the core... then slice into long slivers like an onion, toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper..

Sauteed spinach I buy fresh baby spinach and cook it on the stove top (not the microwave) with a little chicken broth and 1 tsp olive oil, red pepper flakes, and salt..

Good luck!..

Comment #9

Spaghetti squash! To me, it kind of taste a little like shredded potatoes. I LOVE it and would have never tried it if not for MF!..

Comment #10

Don't forget the Kale Chips! Found the recipe here online and tried them...yummy!.

I agree with the Mock-Apple Crisp dessert (recipe online here) using Zuchinni as the apple substitute - EXCELLENT!..

Comment #11

Really some great ideas here. Thank you so much guys!..

Comment #12

I make a turkey breast meat loaf with half ground turkey breast and half veggie mixture made up of mushrooms and green pepper ground up in the food processor. It is delicious way to get your lean and green in one, big meal!..

Comment #13

You can totally have bell peppers! Just not the onions- you can do onion powder for a seasoning...and yes zucchini is awesome- or try maybe a mild cabbage like napa or bok choy for stir frys...SO GOOD!..

Comment #14

You can also roast the canned whole button mushrooms. Drain the can and put the mushrooms on a baking sheet sprayed with Pam. Sprinkle with salt and bake at 350 until they get crunchy. A great snack, like peanuts!!..

Comment #15

Thanks for the great ideas everyone! I never would have eaten greens if not for MF. But the other night, I got a recipe off of http://www.recipezaar.com/ for mustard greens with mushrooms and bean sprouts, and it was delicious! I am going to try more greens. Recipezaar is a great resource for recipes. If you have one main ingredient you want to use, just enter the ingredient, and you get a list of recipes. You can then sort them by rating. I usually use the highest rated recipes. You can also tweek them to fit the Medifast plan...

Comment #16

I want you to know Cheryl that I bought a bag of this at Trader Joe's today and am going to try it based on your review and that we both seem to have the same quirks when it comes to foods, LOL!..

Comment #17

First - congrats on your weight loss! You are really doing great even with the limited veggies on your "like" list. I don't really "enjoy" many of the veggie options myself. (I'm not going to mention the veggies that I do like, because that will only make me think of them more!) I would have to say, though, that I have been attempting to try a new veggie a week and that really seems to help me. Spaghetti squash is just an amazing, simply amazing, find! I would suggest that or zucchini cut into long pasta-like strings. I've been enjoying the spaghetti squash recipes found here.

Again - congrats on your great loss!!..

Comment #18

Zucchini! It is an absolutely tasteless vegetable! It really takes on the flavor of what you cook it in....

Recipe one:.

Zucchini Fries:.

Take a large zucchini peel, cut length wise and remove the seeds (it's important to scoop out the seeds because otherwise it gets soggy) Cut into fries. Place fries into plastic bag into which I added seasoning salt, pepper and about a tablespoon and one half of Fat free parmesan cheese. Shake bag until well coated. Place on foil lined cookie sheet and bake in 350 degree for about 15 minutes. They were so good my kids ate them!.

Recipe two:.

Take zucchini and using a veggie peeler peel into ribbons (take peeler and peel from top to bottom to get ribbon effect) throw away seeds and core. Take 1/2 cup HOT water, 1 packet of sodium free chicken boullion and 2 wedges of lite lauging cow cheese. Into largish skillet add broth and cheese stirring constantly until the cheese is melted. Add ribbons and cook for 2 minutes (not to long or it gets too mushy) voila alfredo. To this I usually add shrimp or chicken for my alfred type dish!.

Also mashed cauliflower is delicious too (don't like it whole but loved it mashed!)..

Comment #19


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