Like most people, I enjoy large servings of food without large calorie counts. That’s why I “super-size” my dishes using vegetables. What does this mean? I find the perfect veggie and cooking method to expand the portion, without compromising the taste or adding a lot of calories. Check out some of my favorite super-sizing veggies and the best ways to use them…
ZUCCHINI or COURGETTE
Zucchini is surprisingly great at imitating pasta
And a medium one has only around 30 calories, plus 2g fiber. To turn zucchini into fettuccine-like ribbons, peel it into very thin long strips using a veggie peeler.
Use a spiralizer and make spaghetti- Cook the zucchini spaghetti until tender, either in a skillet with a bit of water or by steaming them in the microwave. Then toss with your cooked sauce.
Add it to your lasagna – Instead of making skinny zucchini strips, slice your squash into slabs, and swap out half of your lasagna noodles for layers of these. You could even go completely noodle-free!
Super-size your pasta salads – You don’t even have to cook up the zucchini ribbons when making a cold pasta salad. Just mix the strands with the rest of your salad with a little lemon juice and olive oil.
BROCCOLI COLE SLAW
Not familiar with broccoli slaw? It’s a mix of shredded broccoli stems, carrots, and cabbage. A cup of the stuff has only 25 calories, as well as 3g fiber. Here are some ideas for what to do with it…
Fill out deli-style salads – Roughly chop it, and add it to your next tuna salad or chicken salad.
Beef up meatloaf’s serving size – Get some veggies into your protein-packed dishes. Just finely chop the slaw, and mix with extra-lean ground beef or lean ground turkey.
This vegetable is fantastic at super-sizing starches. And it has only about 30 calories per cup, plus 2g fiber.
Double your mashed potatoes – Boil or steam cauliflower florets (fresh or frozen), and mash with your potatoes.
Make rice by pulsing the cauliflower in the food processor and then steaming or lightly pan frying. You can also try egg fried rice and risotto!
Increase your potato salad – Just chop and steam! You can bulk up your spud salad even more with hard-boiled egg whites, chopped celery, and diced onion.
Try and use as many colourful veggies as you can at every meal to bulk it up but more importantly get lots of vitamins and minerals.
Nerseh – Personal trainer – ND Personal training