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    Default Low Cal Side Dishes?

    What are your favorite low calorie side dishes. I have been searching for something other than canned or frozen veggies, but so many of the recipes have cream of something soup or a block of cheese in them.

    Now don't get me wrong, these things are yummy and I am a huge fan of cheese, but I don't want to waste that many calories on a side dish. If I am going to splurge, I prefer chocolate cake

    We have started doing some sautéed spinach with garlic, olive oil and a bacon bits that is pretty good, but would love some more ideas on good side dishes that aren't packed with calories.
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    Vegetables, roasted. All types! Add blue cheese, feta, butter, roasted garlic, fresh herbs, roasted almonds, berries, chiles, lemon, citrus, bacon/prosciutto ect to dress them up and bring out more flavor. I do bulk vegies and then small punches of flavor to ramp it up.
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    Pretty much any vegetable is good and can be done quickly. A good basic recipe is sauteed or roasted with garlic, salt, pepper, maybe lemon or red pepper for some variety. When I'm super lazy I'll make "salad" with whatever I have on hand, and use a dressing of lemon juice and a little olive oil with salt and pepper. One of my favorites is brussel sprouts sliced thin with oil, garlic, salt, pepper roasted in the oven for about 20 min. This technique works really well with kale too, making the kale more like chips. Lentils are also very easy to make and can stand alone as a side. I usually cook in them in water and veggie broth (1:1 ratio) then just add a little lemon after draining and cooling.



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    Slice Roma tomatoes in half. Slice Red peppers into quarters and remove seeds. Slice on onion into eights, so that each wedge has a bit of the root to hold it together. The ratio is one medium onion, two red peppers, four tomatoes. Preheat oven to 400 or so. Cover a pan with tinfoil, toss veggies with EVOO, garlic salt and pepper. Roast until veggies soften.

    You can do this with eggplant, squash, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, sweet potatoes, etc. I hardly ever boil a veggie.



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    Absolutely, roasted. You just need a little olive oil and sea salt. My favorites are summer squash with red pepper and onion and maybe some cherry tomatoes. In the winter, I love potatoes, onions and carrots. Ratatouille is good too.

    Grilled almost any vegetable, I love eggplant. Roasted beets.

    Steamed broccoli with a sprinkle of parmesan, roasted or grilled asparagus, roasted brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potatoes (with a little cajun spice).

    Then there's always black bean salad (black beans, corn, red pepper, onion, a little olive oil and lemon or lime.

    Salad with a base of baby lettuce, shredded carrots, shredded beets, shredded turnip and a light yogurt dressing.

    There's LOTS!
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    oven roasted green beans or zucchini

    toss on a little balsamic or red pepper flake



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    Teriyaki Carrots:
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/125889752058640278/

    Oven Roasted Okra:
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/125889752056009987/

    Asparagus w. cranberries, pine nuts & feta (leave the feta out if you want)
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/125889752055404333/

    Broccoli w/ Ginger & Sesame
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/125889752053873992/

    Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower:
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/125889752053436138/

    Sesame Cucumber Salad:
    http://myfavoritethings-miranda.blog...ber-salad.html

    And then I also will stir fry canned mushrooms in a little bit of garlic

    OR skewer canned artichoke hearts & red pepper sliced and put on the grill.
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    Thanks for all the suggestions guys. One question, for roasting veggies do you just put them on a pan and drizzle with olive oil/salt/pepper etc?
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    One vegi you might not think of cooking
    http://www.food.com/recipe/julia-chi...iations-244503

    Great with salmon!

    Yes I grow cucumbers. Beware of gardeners bearing gifts
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    I was just thinking this week how my Kentucky grandmother never served a meal in the summer without a plate of sliced tomatoes or a plate of melon slivers.

    My husband likes to stick to plain ole green beans, corn, peas, carrots etc but I like to make other things for myself. I love to do roasted or grilled summer squash or eggplants. My husband also likes a bowl of sliced cuccumbers (I like mine with a drizzle of italian dressing) or home made apple sauce. You can also mix the cuccumbers with tomatoes or watermelon, and balsamic vinegar makes a low cal dressing for that.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MMacallister View Post
    Thanks for all the suggestions guys. One question, for roasting veggies do you just put them on a pan and drizzle with olive oil/salt/pepper etc?
    I put them in a large bowl, drizzle the oil around the sides of the bowl, then use a large nylon spoon to scoop them around the tilted bowl to coat without mangling them too much. Once they are coated with oil, sprinkle on the salt/pepper/whatever and toss again briefly.

    Dump onto a flat pan w/ parchment paper, and use tongs to arrange as necessary. (Like roasting cut potatoes flat side down for the first half hour.)

    This is my favorite roasted cauliflower recipe -- it has some parmesan cheese, but not enough to add significant calories:

    http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/par...ed-cauliflower
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    In the summer, I love doing various "salads" with local veggies. One of my favorites is cucumbers and some small tomatoes (love the little yellow ones and some grape or cherry tomatoes) with a little red onion tossed in some fat free italian dressing.

    I also do that with peppers, broccoli, zucchini, and may add a small amount of feta or something for a little extra flavor.



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    I just dump them in the pan and drizzle olive oil over. I usually add some butter too for the extra flavor but it is certainly optional. Then I stir and taste test as it all cooks! It has to be fast and easy for me or it won't happen some days!
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    another veg that isn't usually thought of for roasting is cabbage.

    Roasted Cabbage Steaks

    1 (approx 2lb) head of organic green cabbage, cut into 1? thick slices
    1.5 tablespoons olive oil
    2 to 3 large garlic cloves, smashed
    kosher salt
    freshly ground black pepper
    spray olive oil or non-stick cooking spray

    Preheat oven to 400F and spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Pull outer leaf off cabbage (it’s usually dirty and nasty looking), cut cabbage from top to bottom (bottom being root) into 1" thick slices.

    Rub both sides of cabbage with smashed garlic.

    Use a pastry brush to evenly spread the olive oil over both sides of the cabbage slices.

    Finally, sprinkle each side with a bit of kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

    Roast on the middle rack for 30 minutes. Carefully flip the cabbage steaks and roast for an additional 30 minutes until edges are brown and crispy. Serve hot and Enjoy
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    Cabbage with a little soy/tamari and dry roasted peanuts is pretty good too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolprudm View Post
    One vegi you might not think of cooking
    http://www.food.com/recipe/julia-chi...iations-244503

    Yes I grow cucumbers. Beware of gardeners bearing gifts
    I bookmarked this, as I also grow cukes. I've been known to drop bags of them into the front seats of unsuspecting stranger's cars
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    Any veg roasted in the oven or on the grill is SuperGood & easy!
    I've done the Usual Suspects - potatoes, onions, peppers, tomatoes, corn - along with eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, sweet potatoes & kale or chard.
    Drizzle with oil add S&P + fresh herb of choice & Wah-La!
    Leftovers are great add-ins for salad.

    I planted spaghetti squash this year and it is taking over the World.
    While I am not a fan of it with red sauce, mixing in roasted or sautéed garlic, olive oil & basil is superb. Add a little grated asiago/parmesan on top = Heaven.
    Also works cold with oil/vinegar dressing and some green or red onion.
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    Also cucumber salad:
    http://joandsue.blogspot.ca/2012/08/cucumber-salad.html
    only 50 calories!



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    For roasting the best thing ever is a silicone baking mat!

    http://www.amazon.com/Artisan-pk-Non.../dp/B00629K4YK

    zip a dee doh da. coat with oil and herbs, toss on mat, roast, and everything slides off and you sponge the mat clean, no scrubbing

    So quick easy mess free. It will make roasting vegetables effortless.

    I bought some generic ones at Aldis for $5-6 each. And I have my beloved orginal Silpats also. I gave those out as Xmas presents one yr and converted my family.

    And roasting vegetables brings out their natural sweetness - you'll never look back!
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    pony grandma:
    Thanks for the tip!
    I'll check Aldis for the clones.
    Until now, Silpat prices have stopped me cold.

    I line cookie sheets with Reynolds Wrappers - sheets of precut foil that just fit a
    9X13 pan. Spray or drizzle with oil then toss when done.

    My $1 Store has stocked them for years and just came out with a generic version with 5 more sheets per pack.
    Haven't tested those yet, but what's to hurt?

    BTW:
    I am munching on one of these now:

    http://justthetipfood.wordpress.com/...leek-fritters/

    I subbed 1/2 almond milk & 1/2 plain yogurt for the cream/milk.
    Baked at 400F for 10min, flipped and baked 10min more.

    I hate frying....because I suck at it.
    Always get oil too hot or not hot enough.
    It's a curse
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