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Oct 30, 2006 06:40 PM

what's the healthiest, vegetabliest dinner you can think of?

I need to catch up on my vitamins and lose a few pounds this week. My healthiest, vegetabliest dinner is usuallly just a big pile of steamed vegetables with tahini dressing on them, but I'm bored and uninspired. What do you like to eat after your weekend overindulgences? Soups, big salads, hippie food...

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  1. Spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and steamed/roasted veggies.

    Veggie stir-fry (use little oil) wrapped in lettuce leaves.

    Meatless taco salad - crunchy greens topped with chopped peppers, diced cucumbers, chopped red onions, fat-free refried beans, chunky salsa and chopped cilantro.

    Cabbage soup (yeah, I know, not very original).

    Tofu and veggie hotpot - lightly steam veggies and tofu (they need to have bite), then dunk them in simmering seasoned broth.

    Steamed veggies topped with thick lentil/split pea soup.

    Cottage cheese mixed with sliced radishes, bean sprouts (not the long kind, the round crunchy kind), chopped cucumbers, scallions, chopped broccoli, and either salsa or hot sauce. (This looks gross but tastes great.)

    1. I second the spaghetti squash with tomato sauce. Or spaghetti squash with curry sauce. Or spaghetti squash with tahini sauce. Or spaghetti squash with salsa and roasted peppers.

      I'm a big fan of spaghetti squash.

      1. Ah - hippie food it is. Roasted beets (roast long and slow) tossed with a little butter and fresh dill. Buckwheat kasha on the side with whatever sour-dairy-thing your calorie count can tolerate to add the nice creamy mouth feel. It's good AND virtuous!

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        1. re: cayjohan

          Yay, I have fresh green market beets and I love kasha...I'll be doing this soon. Nice idea.

        2. I've become slightly addicted to the Indian-style braised cauliflower recipe from All About Braising. I can't remember the recipe exactly, but it involved frying a spice mix of cumin seed, coriander seed, turmeric, jalapeno and ginger, then adding cauliflower, onions, cabbage and potatoes plus a little chicken stock and letting it simmer for 20 minutes or so. I eat it with brown rice, and a little yogurt and Indian lime pickle on the side. It's easy enough for a weeknight and the leftovers taste even better next day. It's a very healthy,very easy and very tasty dinner. I've just convinced myself to make it tonight!

          1. It's the wrong season for gazpacho, but I nominate goi ga (vietnamese cabbage & chicken salad). A recipe is floating around among the past posts here oh CH, but you mix sliced poached chicken with chopped cabbage, mint, cilantro, sliced shallots, roasted peanuts, all dressed with lime juice and fish sauce.