1 Hour = 25 Vegetable Servings

 

On average, American adults consume 1.6 servings of vegetables a day. That’s equal to 3/4 cup of mashed potatoes. Pretty sad, huh? Even sadder – kids (who need vegetables for all those nutrients even more to grow and develop) only eat 1.3 servings a day. Here’s a map of vegetable intake by state:

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Source – CDC State Indicator Report on Fruit and Vegetable Intake

 

The two most common reasons people tell me why they don’t eat enough vegetables are:
1. They don’t have time to cook vegetables
2. They don’t like vegetables

This post is about #1. If you want to solve #2 – spend some time on the site; I’m sure you’ll find a few recipes that totally change the way you think about vegetables.

A quick search will show you that there are tons of tasty vegetable recipes, but they often include ingredients you don’t have on hand or fancy cooking techniques that can take hours. This is great for a special occasion, but most days, we don’t have time for this. I know when I get home from a long day, all I want is something quick and easy (and preferably already prepared). to solve the problem, I usually make meals in advance. What’s my go-to for vegetables? Roasting. It requires minimal time and the roasting brings out vegetables flavors like you wouldn’t believe. One Sunday I spent an hour in the kitchen – 20 minutes prepping vegetables and 40 minutes roasting – and I ended up with 25 vegetable servings. 25! That is almost two servings a day for 2 people, for an entire week. I usually roast vegetables every weekend. I change-up the ingredients based on what’s on sale or what I plan to use them in. I will serve them over rice, toss with sauce over pasta, add to an egg bake, stuff into a wrap or just serve as a side dish. The options are endless and the results are always great. Don’t like eating the same thing every day? Prepare a few large pans and freeze the extra for later.


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Roasted Vegetables

1. preheat oven to 425F

2. Chop of vegetables of choice and place in a large baking dish. Toss with canola oil and seasoning.

3. Cook for 10 minutes – stir – repeat. Do this until the vegetables are you desired texture.

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Money Saving Mom’s 4 Weeks to Fill Your Freezer Challenge

Crystal at Money Saving Mom held a 4 week challenge last May to help people stock up their freezers and save money. This is an awesome idea that I wish I would have stumbled on over my winter break (as if I didn’t have enough to do with the kitchen remodel).

So many people tell me that they fall off their diets because they get hungry and there is nothing in the house to eat. They usually end up going out – and when they finally get their food they are ravenously hungry, because almost an hour has passed from the moment they looked for something to eat at home, drove to the restaurant, waited to be seated, ordered, and received their food. Having healthy food and meals on hand in the freeze is a great way to prevent those diet pitfalls.

If you aren’t on a diet this is still good for you! It will help you keep a modest food budget and go about your week stress-free (well, at least stress-free about what will be for dinner).

Many people have food prep parties where they invite their girlfriends over and make meals together. This helps keep everyone on track and gives you an excuse to drink wine and hangout with your girlfriends.

To read more about the challenge, head over to Crystal’s blog here: May’s Challenge: 4 Weeks to Fill Your Freezer | Money Saving Mom®.