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Danielle Prestejohn
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100% honesty... I don't like vegetables!!! I know they are healthy and I can't cut them out completely so here are some options that make me like them a little more...


Spicy turkey lettuce wraps...a perfect way to eat your greens!

Why we need veggies: 

-They provide us with adequate carbohydrates necessary for energy

-They are high in fiber

-They are high in numerous vitamins and minerals

-They are filling and naturally low in calories, great for weight loss or maintenance

What I do to make them better: 

- I love roasted veggies, it makes them a little sweeter. Spray a pan with olive oil and put whatever chopped veggies you like on there! I typically like zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes, carrots, and red pepper... Bake for 40 minutes or so at 400 degrees. You can also top them with a little olive oil and pepper.

- Cook my veggies. I like them cooked better than raw, figure out what you prefer and eat them that way. I will never eat a salad but I will eat a bowl of cooked veggies no problem.

- Mix them in with other foods. Add them to soup or chili, mix them in with your eggs, and shredded zucchini or carrots works great mixed in turkey burgers or meatballs.

- Add seasonings. Some of my favorites are crushed red pepper flakes, chili pepper and paprika, or herbs de provence with a little olive oil.


Bowl of veggies: Spinach, carrots, red pepper, turkey, spices, and lime

Here is one of my favorite vegetable recipes: 

Vegetable Ratatouille

Ingredients:

- 1 small eggplant
- 2-3 small zucchini
- 12 oz mushrooms
- 1 carrot
- 2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
- basil
- oregano

Directions:

Spray a saucepan with olive oil spray and bring to medium high heat

Chop up all of the vegetables and saute in the pan about 5 minutes

Once the vegetables are cooked add in the diced tomatoes and seasoning and let cook at low heat for 10 minutes longer


Vegetable Ratatouille

Eat your veggies today!!!! 

What's your favorite way to eat your veggies? 

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