Your favourite veggie side dishes?

rebrascora

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The cauliflower cheese is a minor adaptation of @Drummer's recipe so I can't really take the credit but do highly recommend it..... just don't stint on the cheese. I feel shockingly guilty when I am making it about the amount of calories it must contain but interestingly, unlike carbs which I could eat until they came out of my ears, the more cheese I put on this the more I enjoy it but the less of it I can eat. I surprised myself last night by only eating half of the portion I put on my plate..... which means I have plenty left for another meal tonight....Yippee! Fat is so filling!
 

Sparkle

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I'm going to have a look online for those steam bags and see if my sister will order me some.
 

KARNAK

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Oh yeah Barbara @drummers koli cheese is the best sorry still eating some. :)

@Sparkle steam bags are available in most supermarkets, easy and a great way to your 5 a day.:)
 

bakebeans

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Mushrooms cooked in butter and garlic powder is a favourite with things like steak.

Cauliflower cut into tiny chunks and boiled for 4 mins, drained then add a sauce of melted butter, cream cheese, cream and a big handful of grated cheese topped with a sprinkle of paprika is a great substitute for macaroni cheese.
 

freesia

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Definitely ratatouille, although i substitute aubergine for celeriac cut into cubes. Really nice with goats cheese sprinkled over. We usually eat this as a main, with my other half having a portion of garlic bread (none for me as it definitely makes my levels rise)
 

Sparkle

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Definitely ratatouille, although i substitute aubergine for celeriac cut into cubes. Really nice with goats cheese sprinkled over. We usually eat this as a main, with my other half having a portion of garlic bread (none for me as it definitely makes my levels rise)
I don't really know why, but some of these things I've never heard of and others I have heard of but never tried, like celeriac and aubergine.
 

rebrascora

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@Sparkle
Ratatouille is just a Mediterranean veg stew really, including onion, garlic, courgettes, tomatoes, aubergines and peppers sautéed or roasted in olive oil with extra tomato puree/passata (have to go easy on these as carbs can tot up) and a little red wine if you like.
Don't be frightened of aubergines. There was a time when you were supposed to salt them and press them because otherwise they would be bitter but the varieties which are grown and sold these days are fine just to cook as they are. Aubergines have a similar texture to mushrooms in that they soak up oil and fat like a sponge. (great for us who eat low carb, higher fat.) They are gorgeous fried in butter (I find they go really well with pan fried salmon as they soak up the fish oil and left over butter) or fried or roasted in olive oil and they go well with tomatoes and courgettes. And they are the main ingredient of Moussaka layered with lamb mince bolognaise and topped with a cheese sauce,
Celeriac is a very mild aniseed-ish flavoured veg which you can cook and mash or make chips with it instead of potatoes or roast and is much lower carb than potatoes, so a good substitute for us diabetics.
 

Sally W

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Hey everyone! So I will be honest, before diagnosis (and even a bit after :oops:) I was never a big fan veg. I'd have the occasional salad if I was on one of my repeated, short-lived attempts at Slimming World stints, I'd eat onions and peppers if I was having fajitas (along with 4 wraps and a pot of creme fraiche) and I'd occasionally shove a steam bag of veg in the microwave with my tea if I felt I needed to be "good". The only time things were different really was if I went to Wagamamas and I'd always make sure to face plant into a portion of their wok fried greens. Swoon. Since I started cleaning up my diet about 4-5 weeks ago, I have upped my vegetable consumption by about a million percent and thoroughly enjoyed it. I've made tasty stir fries, delicious salads (never thought I'd see the day!), and even preferred my jalfrazi with a side of steamed greens instead of rice (okay, maybe not preferable to a naan, mind you but you can't have everything...)

Anyway, I wondered what everyone's favourite thing to do with veg is? I've been on Youtube/Insta looking at recipes for ideas (home made wok fried greens get in my belly) but I'd love to hear what everyone else's favourite way to have them is?
Aubergine parmigiana & BBC Good Food Italian vegetable cottage pie are my favourites
 

rebrascora

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@Sparkle
I haven't tried Okra yet. I usually do my shopping in Lidl and I don't think I have seen it there.
Just about to start a glut of home grown courgettes so can't imagine I will be trying Okra any time soon as I imagine they are a bit similar... may be wrong though.
 

zuludog

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I make a large salad from all the usual stuff - lettuce, celery, onion, cucumber, peppers, plus things like grated carrot, blanched cauli & broccoli, and no doubt other stuff I've forgotten
Sometimes I add a some orange segments and/or finely sliced fennel bulb
Add a drained can of chickpeas
Store it in the fridge to last a few days

Then hoik out a load onto a smaller plate or dish, add tomatoes and a dressing if you wish
If you add tomatoes to the bulk salad they tend to go a bit soggy; just depends on how fussy you are

If it's getting a bit too wilted after a few days you can use it as a base for veg soup - yes, even the lettuce
Whizz it with a stick blender and it all mixes in

I posted recently about frozen food
Have a good root around the freezer sections of Supermarkets, and Iceland of course
You can find various packs of plain veg, plus mixtures & combinations for steaming and stir frying
 
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zuludog

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Thank you. Does anyone eat okra?
Yes, I eat Okra, also known as Bhindi or Lady's Fingers - just different names for the same thing

You put them in stews and curries
Most likely to find them in Asian/Indian/Middle Eastern shops, where they are usually sold loose, so you could buy just a small amount to see what they're like

I'm sure that if you Search YouTube there will be instructions for preparing & cooking them, and recipes
 

zuludog

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Asparagus, fried in butter with salt & pepper
Eat it so the melted butter runs down your chin, accompanied by chilled white wine and a member of the opposite sex
 

Drummer

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I was going to try to expand my range of recipes with swede something - but it got as far as grate the swede and bake gently to dry it out a little, mix with cream. Maybe a little pepper. Oh - I've eaten it all.
Right, grate the swede, bake, mix with cream. Maybe try a few different herbs.
Now where's that gone again?
I shall have to call it Vanishing Mash.
 
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