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Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Roasted Veggies with Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Delicious Roasted Veggies with Cauliflower Mashed potatoes via Linda Wagner

I’m not a vegetarian but I do LOVE my veggies. If you’re looking to lose weight and feel great, implementing more vegetarian meals will help you get there faster. When I say vegetarian I don’t mean carbs, I mean VEGETABLES!! There are a LOT of unhealthy vegetarians who overeat carbs, dairy, soy, and processed food. Like Michael Pollen said, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” ? Michael PollanIn Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto 

“Vegetarian diets are often associated with health advantages including lower blood cholesterol levels, lower risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure levels and lower risk of hypertension and type 2 diabetes, according to ADA’s position. Vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index and lower overall cancer rates. Vegetarian diets tend to be lower in saturated fat and cholesterol and have higher levels of dietary fiber, magnesium and potassium, vitamins C and E, folate, carotenoids, flavonoids and other phytochemicals. These nutritional differences may explain some of the health advantages of those following a varied, balanced vegetarian diet.” (source)

Like I said, I love my veggies! Veggies get a bad wrap, usually because people don’t know how to prepare them. It’s actually very easy. Try this meal as an intro into how delicious and satisfying vegetarian meals can be!

Easy, delicious vegetarian meal for weight loss! So good and filling too!

For the roasted veggies you’ll need:

  • 1 bunch asparagus, cut off 1.5 inches off the root end – this part is usually very tough
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • olive oil
  • spices: I used garlic powder*, All Purpose seasoning*, fresh thyme, sea salt & fresh cracked pepper

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place your cut vegetables in a plastic bag and drizzle with just enough olive oil to lightly coat.  Then spread the vegetables evenly on a large baking sheet lined with foil and/or parchment paper.

prepping roasted asparagus and cherry tomatoes

Next sprinkle the dried herbs, garlic powder, sea salt and pepper generously over your vegetables. Place on top rack in oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until just slightly browned.

Serve your veggies with my easy and SUPER delicious cauliflower mashed potatoes and garnish the whole dish with fresh thyme.

Easy, delicious vegetarian meal for weight loss! So good and filling too!

This meal is surprisingly filling, really delicious, and very healthy! If you are cooking for a meat loving family, this dish is also excellent served with grilled chicken or fish.

I hope this inspires you to add more vegetarian meals and more vegetables into your diet. The health benefits, weight loss, and energy are so worth it!

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7 Responses to “Vegetarian Meals for Weight Loss”

  1. CRISTINA LOPEZ October 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    great post Linda!

  2. Anonymous October 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    Hi, please help? In one of your other recipes you are referring to Zucchini and yellow squash? What do they look like? What can I use as replacement in the ratatouille? Thanks

  3. Anonymous October 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    Hi Nina Stylianou
    Zucchini = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zucchini
    Yellow Squash = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_squash
    You can use any veggie as a replacement…eggplant, mushrooms, cauliflower, etc I hope that helps!

  4. Anonymous October 16, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Hi Nina Stylianou
    Zucchini = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zucchini
    Yellow Squash = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_squash
    You can use any veggie as a replacement…eggplant, mushrooms, cauliflower, etc I hope that helps!

  5. Penny October 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Mashed cauliflower with garlic, yummy! Save those tough asparagus ends for juicing!

  6. Anonymous October 17, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    love you linda, lost 25 ponds because of you

  7. Anonymous October 18, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    Eileen Surrette that is fantastic!! I would love to hear more about what you did and how you’re feeling now!!! Will you be willing to shoot me an email with your story?!

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