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How I Learned to Love My Veggies

How I Learned to Love My Veggies

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Esther

    I recently discovered grapeseed oil! Actually, we have a store in town called Wegmans, and they have something called basting oil. It’s grapeseed with garlic and herbs already infused in it. I have been buying lots of fresh veggies and sautéing them. It’s so delicious! One thing I’ve become addicted to is sautéed asparagus. MMMMM.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Isn’t grapeseed oil amazing? I LOVE it. So much better than olive oil. We saute asparagus too and add a little shaved parmesan on top.

      1. Esther

        It is! In fact, I am using it in a stir fry tonight…can’t wait!

  2. Karen@WaistingTime

    ROASTED!!! Almost every veggie tastes better that way, IMO. I have to consciously eat veggies every day. It is one positive habit I seem to have finally instilled. Given my druthers, I probably wouldn’t have them often at all.

    1. Christa

      I agree! Roasting rather than cooking in water (boiling or steaming) gives a completely different flavor, and it’s super easy. Roasted cauliflower was a revelation–it comes out with a delicious nutty-sweet flavor, with none of the cabbagey funk it gets when it’s cooked with water. YUM.

      1. Lisa Eirene

        I haven’t tried roasted cauliflower yet. On my list to try!

    2. Lisa Eirene

      I’m starting to like roasted veggies, but I think I’ve burned them too many times to really like it that way!

  3. Roz@weightingfor50

    I’ve become a little obsessed with raw kale salad lately. I just love the “green” taste. Kale chips that are dried are good too. I can’t wait for a couple of months until all the local produce is available for us to pick from! Have a great Monday Lisa.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Kale has been our new favorite thing, too. I haven’t tried it raw yet. What do you do to the salad?

  4. Alison

    I’m still working on loving veggies. I actually don’t mind them – but I don’t always think to buy them or take the time to wash, cut, and prep them. Many times they’ll end up stuffed into the back of the fridge until they begin to turn unappetizing colors. :\ Whoops!

    BUT I know this is an area to watch out for – so I’m trying to be more mindful and make sure I eat at least a serving of veggies everyday. It’s not much but it’s a start.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It is a lot of work. It was even more work when I had my veggie garden because I had to clean it so much more. The lettuce all grew at the same time so I had tons of it and had to clean and dry it. It took forever.

  5. Deb

    I grew up in a house where no one cooked. 95% of everything I ate was pre-made and in the freezer, to be brought home, heated, and eaten. We never had fresh veggies in the house, though sometimes we had fruit. My dad would eat oranges, but corn was the only veggie he would eat. Ever. My mom catered most of her cooking towards his tastes.

    When I had my own money and could buy my own food, I couldn’t get enough veggies, and sometimes fruits, so really liking them was easy. When I was a little girl, my favorite food was spinach (out of a can- I never saw it raw until I was in my early 20’s).

    1. Lisa Eirene

      What a funny story! Thanks for sharing. My dad was a picky eater too and didn’t like “green veggies”, which was weird. I am glad you made the switch and loved veggies!

  6. Jess

    I still hide veggies in my food. Because I am 4, clearly! I grate zucchini into ground meat, I put spinach in my smoothies etc, so I can get some veggies in without having to actually taste them! That being said, I am getting better. Love me some roasted veggies with BBQ sauce for dipping! Also, liquid smoke is awesome on veggies. A little of that and then cook them how you like. So much flavour for not a lot of calories!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      What a great idea! I never thought about putting grated zucchini in ground meat. I have a ton of grated zucchini frozen from my garden last year. I was looking for a way to use it up.

  7. Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate

    Veggies can often be hard to love, but if you stick to it and try them in a variety of ways, it becomes easier. So many veggies are not only low in calorie, but also rich in important nutrients like fiber. Thanks for sharing your tips on learning how to enjoy them.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for your comment!

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