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Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Healthy Eating Ideas

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

I hate salads.

Here’s a question from one of my fabulous readers.

“So I need some guidance.

I hate salads.  Hate them.  I hate the dressing, hate the lettuce…I feel like a cow mowing down grass, then I’m starving 20 minutes later.  I also don’t like meat a whole lot…chicken and turkey I can handle, and maybe some salmon or other fish here and there.  Suggestions on what to eat?  I’m trying to be healthier and cook more, so I figured you’re a good place to start.  Any good recipes?”

GREAT QUESTION! I know that salads can be a little boring. But there are easy ways to spice them up and make them delicious!  I’ve got some great salad recipes coming later this week.

What if you don’t want a salad?  Well, there are plenty of ways to get your veggies in that do not include lettuce and/or salad dressing!  One of my favorite recipes is steamed broccoli and/or cauliflower topped with a good-quality marinara sauce and some goat cheese.  It’s so simple but really delicious!! Believe me, people are shocked when they taste how good and filling this is!

With this extremely cold weather I am also looooooving soups and stews.  Here’s another stew that I made this week, I call it ‘Everything but the Kitchen Sink Stew’ because I literally just used whatever veggies I had on hand.  It turned out to be really delicious!  Even the boyfriend approved, and he’s a pizza & beer kinda guy; although I’ve got to give him credit, he’s getting much better!!

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Stew

I used :

  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 bunch celery
  • 5 carrot stalks
  • 2 leeks
  • 3 yukon gold potatoes
  • 5-6 small red potatoes
  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes
  • 1 jar of high quality marinara sauce
  • sea sat

Feel free to use whatever you have on hand, this is after all Everything but the Kitchen Sink Stew – that means you’ve got free reign to make up your own rules!

First I made a simple veggie stock.  I used 1 red onion, 5 large carrots, 2 leeks and 1/2 bunch of celery roughly chopped in about 2 qts water and salted with sea salt.

Boil on med-high heat for about 15mins or until veggies are soft.

Next add chopped red and yukon gold potatoes.  Add to the broth.

Boil over med-high heat for another 15 mins. The potatoes should be getting soft at this point, if not continue cooking until soft.

Finally, add your marinara, whole grape tomatoes and more salt if needed. Turn heat down to med-low and cook until tomatoes are soft, about 10 mins.

When the soup is done all of the veggies should be very soft.  Use a wooden spoon to stir and mash everything together.  The veggies will be falling apart and will mix together making a thick, hearty stew.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy!!

You mentioned being very hungry after eating your salads.  One thing people forget is that veggies are much less dense than meat and starchy carbs.  This means that you can eat MUCH bigger portions.  You should see my portions, they are huge!! We’re dealing with fewer calories and more fiber so your body is going to be able to process greater amounts with ease compared to denser foods like meat and starch.  If you want, you can add chicken, or top with goat cheese or sliced avocado – that will definitely help fill you up. Just remember bigger portions are okay! And if you’re hungry later, eat more!  It may take some time for your body to adjust to the lightness of veggie meals but it will adjust and you’ll find a happy medium 🙂

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4 Responses to “Healthy Eating Ideas”

  1. Penny February 10, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    Looks yummy!

  2. janice August 1, 2011 at 4:27 am #

    I think the trick to learning to love salads is to simply never have two alike. and I like to incorporate garbanzos in my salads. I think I have enjoyed salads immensly this year for the first time-I always liked salad but they always left me hungry, but the garbanzos take care of that.
    part of my salad list so far is:
    Tuscan Kale Salad-kale, minced garlic, olive oil,lemon, pamesan, red pepper flakes, and panko
    Beet and Carrot salad-sometimes with garbanzos, olive oil and lime (salt and especially pepper are crucial to a good tasting salad
    Fennel and Celery-salt pepper, parmesan , olive oil and lemon
    These are just a few But I have searched the internet for recipes that are different and filling. If a person is trying to loose weight salads are excellent because they are live foods that replenish enzymes with few calories. You can even have a crusty roll with it and not feel guilty, also hot coffee or green tea.

    • Linda August 1, 2011 at 10:49 am #

      Hi Janice, Thanks for your comments, you are absolutely right!! Variety is the spice of life!! xo

  3. Lauren March 15, 2013 at 4:36 am #

    I made this tonight! It came out a bit expensive at whole foods- about $25 for all the ingredients. But in the end, there was enough to last for weeks. If you’re trying to cut down on the costs of this stew, don’t do the grape tomatoes or the leeks, they don’t add enough to the stew for them to be crucial. Also it’s fine to just use russet potatoes if they are cheaper at your supermarket. In the end, this stew was delicious! It took awhile to make but was soooo worth it in the end. Thanks for a great recipe!