Veggie Meals

With summer (hopefully quickly) approaching us, many people are looking for new healthy eating styles to be able to get their weight down for their summer swimsuit ready bodies. There are endless amounts of fad diets that you can find out there and many different ways that you can healthily get your summer body back. One way that I would recommend to do that is to eat more fruits and veggies. Yes, I know, I really should alert the media at my profound new development-who knew eating fruits and veggies could help you get healthier? Well, to some people it may only sound so easy in theory and they may need a little push to the healthy eating side.

In America we tend to eat our meals backwards from everybody else in the world, much like we do everything else. In Europe it is more common to eat a big lunch and a very small dinner because it is more likely that you will retain more fat from your meal if you eat more later in the day. So, how do we begin to make the transition to the European style meals? Well one easy way to do that is to trick our minds. If we eat veggies, we can eat more of them which will make our minds feel fuller, but they have less calories so that we can stay on track to healthy eating habits and feel better, so you’re not so stuffed at night that you can’t breathe.

There are so many good veggie options out there that can be very delicious as well as nutritious for your dinner meal. I have a few suggestions from the meals that I tend to eat and really enjoy.

 

Zucchini and Squash

This is a really good and light meal that you can have. All I do to make mine is cut up some slices of both Zucchini and Squash and put it in one of those Steamfresh bags, that you can find at any local market or store. After you warm them up or cook them for a while and make them steamy you can add other ingredients. Often when I am feeling lazy, I simply add some 0 calorie French Dressing to them and that is fabulous. Although you could also add other seasonings and spices to your taste, it may be a trial and error sort of thing.

 

Eggplant

This is by far one of the best meals that I have ever eaten and one of my favourites by far. Breaded eggplant is very very good and I would highly recommend it to anybody. Even if you’re a little skiddish before trying it, it would be well worth the effort to go for it. it is really good and really easy to make. A simple recipe that I found online is as follows:

Ingredients
2 medium eggplants
Salt and pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk or half and half
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cups dry panko crumbs
Lemon ricotta mixture:
2 pounds ricotta cheese
3 eggs, beaten
Zest of one lemon
Juice of one lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions
Cut off the top of the eggplant and slice crosswise. Sprinkle with salt and arrange the slices on a plate at an angle. Put a weight on top of it to sweat the eggplant, allowing the juices to drain for 1 to 2 hours. Dry the eggplant slices with a paper towel.

Mix the eggs, milk and pinch of salt and pepper in a bowl. Stir the crushed garlic into the olive oil in a cup. Lightly coat a baking sheet with the garlic-olive oil mixture.

Dip each slice of eggplant on both sides in the egg batter and then into the bread crumbs. Tap in the bread crumbs with your palm to get a good adherence to the surface. Shake off the excess crumbs and place breaded slices of eggplant on the baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes on each side at 375 degrees until the eggplant is tender

Lemon ricotta mixture:
Put the ricotta in a bowl and stir in the eggs; add the remaining ingredients and mix together.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/breaded-eggplant-recipe.html

 

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