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    So, I'm a decent cook, but since going Primal I've been trying to expand my use of veggies and other foods. Going well for the most part with a couple bad experiments, but mostly just new to some stuff and have no idea what to do with it!

    Tonight I'm doing pork ribs with an awesome dry rub. What I need some help with is to make tasty veggies to go along with it. Don't need to use everything, but I'm feeling particularly un-creative today so would appreciate some inspiration!

    Supplies:
    1 Large Tomato
    container of grape tomatoes
    Sugar snap peas
    Zucchini squash (4 medium small ones)
    1 Large eggplant (this thing is huge)
    Tons of broccoli
    1 head of cauliflower
    1 bunch of green leaf lettuce
    2 large green bell peppers
    1 bunch of asparagus (dunno...20 stalks?)
    4 small carrots (plus some bagged frozen ones already chopped up)
    1 red onion
    1/3 of a white onion
    2 avocados
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    I have a neat sauce made from some goat cheese that I was thinking would go well over mashed cauliflower, but beyond that I'm stumped.

    Any thoughts?
    Last edited by hbeck; 05-24-2010, 11:55 AM. Reason: forgot some stuff!

  • #2
    How about making a tomato sauce of all the tomatoes (simply put them in the blender) and simmer the sauce with garlic and onions if you have them. Sautee the bell peppers and add to the sauce. Slice the eggplant into quarter inch rounds, lightly brush with olive oil, and broil for about 8 minutes or until they're slightly brown. Then layer the eggplant slices in a baking dish alternately with the tomato sauce and the goat cheese. You could also add layers of sliced, boiled carrots and the zucchini (prepare like the eggplant) if you are so inclined. Bake for about 45 minutes at 350 until everything is bubbly.

    The other veggies sound like they'd make a nice crunchy salad. I love to blanch asparagus and then chop into one inch pieces and add to a salad. Or, just save the other veggies for a stir fry.

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    • #3
      Cauliflower popcorn.

      Cut into bite sized pieces, toss with olive oil, sprinkle with some spices (curry powder is freaking awesome) and bake in the oven till crispy.

      Asparagus......drizzle with olive oil and bake or grill on the BBQ

      Zuchinni.....mmmm....so many options. Slice with a bunch of other veggies (onions, green peppers) and stirfry. Slice into 1inch thick rounds, or long strips and grill on the BBQ (coat with oil, sprinkle with herbs)

      See, I'd also make a nice greek style salad too. Chunk the green pepper, onion, cherry tomatoes, cucumber (if you have onion and cuke), blend with some olive oil, greek blend of spices and a touch of lemon, blend in some feta cheese and yum.
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      • #4
        Mmm yeah grilled asparagus was tasty last time I did that!

        Good ideas so far

        I do have one red onion and 1/3 of a white one, forgot about those. No fresh garlic (have diced or powder in spice rack) or cucumber though.


        edit: Oh man I forgot I bought 2 avocados!
        Remembering all the veggies you have is harder when there's so many :P

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        • #5
          Blanch broccoli, asparagus and green beans. Saute those in butter with tomato, bell, garlic and onions (if you have it.) Put in a bowl and toss with olive oil, black pepper and mozzarella or goat cheese. serve still warm over lettuce or under pork.
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          • #6
            How about a slaw from the cauliflower and broccoli? Either chop finely or put through a shredding blade of a food processor. For a dressing, mix homemade mayo, some milk or cream, and some vinegar with some salt and pepper. Get it to the right consistency and serve.

            Or bake the two veggies with cream and perhaps some cheese for a veggie gratin.

            Use the tomatoes, eggplant, onions, carrots and maybe some bell pepper to make a caponata-like dish. This can be served warm, cold, or at room temperature. You can eat in on lettuce (belgian endive leaves would be great), or you can cook chicken with the sauce.

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            • #7
              Combine as much of the following in a roasting pan. Cut larger veggies to similar sizes. Lubricate with your favorite fat (olive oil/coconut oil /bacon grease). Sprinkle with salt/pepper/favorite seasonings. Roast in a 425 degree oven for 15-20 mins.

              grape tomatoes
              sugar snap peas
              zucchini
              eggplant
              broccoli
              cauliflower
              peppers
              asparagus
              carrots
              onions

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              • #8
                Vegetable lasagne!!!!

                Use your goats cheese sauce instead of regular cheese sauce and use zuchinni strips instead of pasta. Cook up other veg in tomato sauce to make filling
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                • #9
                  Baked ratatouille. Cut up all veggies (include large tomato but not grape tomato), except grape tomatoes, lettuce and avocado. Toss with liberal amounts of olive oil, sea salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary. Place in a big baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, stirring once or twice.

                  Serve the lettuce avocado and grape tomato in a salad.

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                  • #10
                    Stuffed zucchini, using tomato and peppers and onions as the filling (with whatever Italian-ish seasonings you have on hand). Here's a recipe to give you an idea of the technique even though it uses different ingredients.
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                    • #11
                      Well I really appreciate the suggestions Ended up not doing anything super special because my guest was not feeling well!

                      Dinner:

                      Salad (green leaf lettuce, sliced/chunked green peppers, onions, and cucumber plus grape tomatoes) topped with olive oil & vinegar dressing
                      Mashed Cauliflower with the goat cheese sauce (this was an awesome combo, made me wish I had more than 1 head of cauliflower)
                      Pork Ribs! Brushed with EVOO, then rubbed with some spice to start. Added 'sauce' as simple tomato sauce with 2 T of the spice stirred into it over the cooking time.

                      Turned out nicely. Going to grill Asparagus and Eggplant tomorrow I think, along with some steaks

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