Eat More Produce (and a giveaway!)

January 5th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Welcome to the first week of New Year, New You, where this week’s theme is all about eating more produce! Each week on Thursdays in January, Lexie from Lexie’s Kitchen and I, along with a handful of other bloggers, will be bringing you recipes and tips to help you stay on track with your healthy eating goals. Our main objective is to cultivate a community of people that are moving toward positive changes when it comes to their health and wellness. Our hope is that we will all make strides toward improving our health one bite at a time, sustaining those strides throughout the new year.

Are you as pumped as I am? Let’s jump in!

This week is all about incorporating more fruits and vegetables into our diets. When we load up on fresh, colorful foods, our bodies glow from the inside out. In the past few months especially, I’ve made a significant effort to weave more colorful produce into my meals. As my body has adjusted to a high-vegetable diet, I now find myself craving dark greens, root vegetables, fresh garlic, and herbs like never before.

Work more fresh produce into your diet with these simple steps:

  1. Eat a huge salad at least once per day. I usually do this at lunch, loading it up with crunchy vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fat so that it sticks with me into the afternoon. Even if you don’t eat many vegetables at your other meals, you’ll know that you’re getting in some stellar nutrients by committing to just one salad each day.
  2. Stock “long shelf life” veggies in your fridge. I’m talking about the ones that don’t wilt after a day, like carrots, yams, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, and onions. Because they last a while, you’ll always have an assortment of vegetables to grab at a moment’s notice and incorporate into your meals.
  3. Eat more vegetables than fruit. It’s easy to put all of our eggs in the fruit basket, so to speak, when it comes to eating more fresh produce. While fruit is rich in many health-supportive vitamins and minerals along with lots of fiber, it also packs a hefty amount of natural sugar. To keep your blood sugar stable and avoid “sugar swings,” make vegetables that backbone of your diet, incorporating a few small servings of fruit here and there as healthy side kicks.

Load up on your veggies with today’s recipe for an easy chopped chicken and vegetable salad. Packed with crunchy carrots, celery, fennel, and more, it’s guaranteed to boost your immune system and kick your new year off to a super-healthy start!

Find more veggie-packed recipes and tips this week from:

And now for the giveaway!

UPDATE 1/11/12 – This giveaway is now closed.

First things first, swing by Lexie’s Kitchen for a chance to win a copy of Eat Fresh & D-tox for Your Life, an e-book filled with 40 tips and recipes from dozens of bloggers for energizing soups and smoothies!

Now, about today’s cookbooks. There are a dozens of cookbooks that I find indispensable in my kitchen, but today I’m giving away two books that really hit the mark when it comes to creative vegetable recipes.

I met the author of Blissful Bites, Christy Morgan, earlier this year. Her positive personality and bright smile are just delightful. In her vegan book, you’ll find page after page of produce-packed recipes like Soba Noodle Sushi, African Collard Stir-Fry, and Winter White Bean Stew. The recipes are not exclusively gluten-free or soy-free, but many of them can be very easily modified to fit your needs.

Ali Segersten and Tom Malterre’s book, The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, is an absolute classic when it comes to natural foods cooking. I am a huge fan of every single recipe I’ve ever tried from this book…and I’ve tried many! A few favorites: Berry Hazelnut Salad, Coconut Vegetable Curry, and Tomato Peach Salsa.

Here’s how to win one of these fabulous books:

This giveaway is open until 4:00 pm CST on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Two (2) winners will be randomly selected and notified by email that they have won. They will also be announced in next Thursday’s New Year, New You post. Contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada only, age 18 or older.

Full disclosure: I was provided with copies of these books from the publishers to give away at no charge, however the opinions expressed about the books are strictly my own.

Easy Chopped Chicken & Vegetable Salad
Serves 4

For the salad:
2 medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped
2 celery stalks, peeled and finely chopped
2 large kale leaves, stemmed and finely chopped
1 medium bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 medium fennel bulb, quartered, cored, and finely chopped
1 medium shallot, finely chopped
1 1/2 – 2 cups cooked, chopped chicken
1 cup cooked chickpeas, roughly chopped
1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds or sunflower seeds

For the dressing:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard

Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

In a large bowl, toss all of the salad ingredients to combine. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.

Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.


  1. My favorite way to eat fresh produce (veggies) is to chop up a bunch and put them on a big salad — or in soup, depending on the season.

  2. I already follow Daily Bites and Lexie’s Kitchen on Twitter (@katiechalmers1)

  3. I just followed Daily Bites and Lexie’s Kitchen on Facebook.

  4. unfortunately i like my veggies with a little dip.
    i also try to sneek it into meals by shredding carrots or zuchini, the boys generally don’t know.

  5. i follow daily bites on facebook.

  6. I am new to the gluten free world and just started following you on Facebook yesterday. I can use all the help I can get so would love to win a cookbook! Will be trying this salad this weekend!

  7. I follow Daily Bites on Facebook!

  8. One of my tricks to eat more veges is to keep a carton of cherry tomatoes at my work desk. Then when I need a quick afternoon snack, it is right there and easy to grab.

  9. i think i love roasted vegs best but really there is no way i don’t like them. i’m sure there’s a recipe in one of those books that wants to become my favorite. :)

  10. oh i already follow daily bites on facebook.

  11. A great way that I have learned to sneak more vegetables into my diet is by adding them to my morning smoothie! I add raw spinach or kale, with some antioxidant rich fruits (usually frozen berries) and almond milk and blend it all together. It’s a great way to start the day and keeps me feeling energized all through the work day :)

  12. i also follow Lexie’s kitchen on Facebook.

  13. Not entering here, but just have to tell you how wonderful that salad looks. And I love all of your tips on how to incorporate more veggies into our day. ;)

  14. What a great looking salad!! Love the addition of the protein. Everything you need in one bowl : )

  15. No need to enter me as I already have the books! :) Love your tips, especially keeping long-term veggies in the fridge so you never run out. Great ideas–thanks, Hallie! :)

  16. Now in the middle of winter, I love soups full of veggies. Plus roasted veggies are so flavorful.

  17. Christine said on January 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I love my vegetables roasted!! Little oil, kosher salt and put in the oven. Unless its summer, then on the grill it goes!!

  18. Kristin W. said on January 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    My favorite way is in a salad also you can pack so many veggies and protein into a salad. Oh I would love to win! Thanks for a great giveaway.

  19. I liked daily bites on facebook.

  20. Christine said on January 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I follow Daily Bites or Lexie’s Kitchen on Facebook

  21. Kristin W. said on January 5, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I already follow you on FB

  22. Cut veggies & hummus. Cut them up a bunch at a time so have them to grab and go!

  23. Christine said on January 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I follow Daily Bites and Lexie’s Kitchen on Twitter

  24. Christine said on January 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I shared on facebook and twitter

  25. my favorite way to eat fresh veggies is chopped and on a salad or thrown in a skillet and seasoned with soy sauce, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes and laid on a bed of spinach OR with salsa. Mmm.

  26. Roasted, in smoothies, raw as finger food…. Yum! This morning it is with leftover shredded chicken and black beans….tomato, onion, avocado, cilantro….yum! Great breakfast!!! Burrito in a bowl!

  27. Not entering, just stopping by to say thanks for thinking of this great series and asking me to be a part of it. Chicken Salad looks wonderful, too. Oh and thanks for a delicious lunch(Kale salad) and a filling and lovely dinner with soup from your cookbook this week.

  28. My favorite way is washed and on the plate! Just give me a great big salad with lots of veggies and dark greens!

  29. followng lexie’s kitchen

  30. Rachel Blom said on January 5, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I like to keep veggies chopped up in the fridge on a platter so I can just reach in an grab a little snack whenever I want :)

  31. Rachel Blom said on January 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I follow Daily Bites on FB

  32. Rachel Blom said on January 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I follow Lexie’s Kitchen on FB

  33. I love just plain carrot sticks! If you peel & cut a lot in advance, just store them with a small amount of water and they won’t dry out!

  34. My favorite way to eat fresh produce is with a big healthy salad with homemade salad dressing.

  35. I love to use fresh produce in a salad or make a big pot of soup

  36. I’m like, Hallie, I love a big salad! Especially massaged kale :)

  37. I followed both of you on twitter-onflgator

  38. I liked lexies kitchen on facebook

  39. I have followed you both on Twitter & Facebook and have shared the contest!!! :)

    In the summer, I like my produce in a big heaping salad (not lettuce…flavourful other produce) or grilled on the BBQ. This time of year……oven baked with olive oil & pepper!

  40. although I love a good salad, one of my favorite ways to prepare veggies is to simply roast them with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.No matter the veggie (from potatoes to tomatoes, and everything in between, it’s hard to find a veggie that doesn’t roast well…

  41. My favorite way to prepare and eat fresh produce is by making fresh salsas and guacamole! Being mexican it’s a staple in our diet =)

  42. I “like” Lexi’s Kitchen on FB

  43. I already “like” Daily Bites on FB

  44. I shared on my FB page about this giveaway!

  45. Susan Plocher said on January 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I love the suggestion to commit to one big salad a day. I really struggle to eat veggies but this is something I can do. for some reason, salads always taste better when someone else makes them – why is that? Still, I can DO this! Thanks for the great tip!

  46. Susan Plocher said on January 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I’m sharing this idea on FB! I already “like” Lexie’s kitchen and Daily Bites on FB so I can’t do that although I’m happy to tell everyone I like you guys! :-)

  47. I always include fresh veggies in my kid’s school lunches. I love it when I don’t and they come home saying “We didn’t have any vegetables for lunch!” They don’t always eat all the veggies, but at least it is a normal part of their meal!

  48. This winter, I like my veggies cooked, so sauteed veggies and pureed soups top my list!

  49. I Liked daily bites and lexies kitchen on facebook!

  50. My favorite way to eat fresh produce is lightly roasted or sauteed with a little garlic and sea salt.

  51. I followed Daily Bites on Facebook.

  52. I followed Daily Bites on Twitter.

  53. I try to incorporate lots of fruits and veggies into our diet but really need some practice with some better recipes. I do manage to put out a veggie with every lunch and dinner. I am following on facebook now.

  54. I love a big salad w/ homemade dressing. I also love green juice w/ cucumber, celery, kale, spinach, & apple, it’s the only way I get kale right now. I also like shredding veggies into marinara sauce.

  55. I shared this in Facebook.

  56. alisa joy said on January 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    i follow daily bites on facebook!

  57. alisa joy said on January 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    my favorite way to eat fresh kale is to steam it, chop it up and cover it in copious amounts of lemon juice and a smidgen of olive oil. so good!

  58. Love a big fresh spinach salad with strawberries, almonds, and balsalmic :-)

  59. alisa joy said on January 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    shared the giveaway on pinterest!

  60. Liked Daily Bites on FB

  61. I follow Daily Bites on Facebook

  62. shared on twitter

  63. shared on pinterest

  64. My favorite way to eat fresh produce is definitely salads! Big nutritious and delicious salads filled with dark leafy greens and vegetables. A good balsamic, apple cider vinegar or citrus vinaigrette and avocados and/or seeds/ nuts sprinkled on top for added nutrition and crunch. You can’t go wrong with salads, I eat them year round and I feel great after a meal every time I have them!
    The Whole Life Nutrition book sounds amazing, winning it it would be a wonderful way to start my 2012!

  65. I like Daily Bites and Lexie’s Kitchen on facebook!

  66. I follow Daily Bites and Lexie’s Kitchen on twitter too!!

  67. Cody lynn said on January 5, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I love lasagna for this time of the year. Warm, hearty and a get leftover.

    I use zucchini ribbons instead of pasta and add carrots, celery and whatever else I think looks good to the homemade tomato sauce.

    This can be made veggie or not. I prefer veggie….:)

  68. We have a spirooli or veggie spiraler and it makes eating veggies raw or cooked so much fun. The kids love the beets the boing! I have been wanting this cookbook for awhile and hope it is my lucky day!

  69. I love salads, but I have to say that salsa is my fav!

  70. “like” Lexie’s Kitchen

  71. roasted beets with a touch or red wine vinegar…yumm

  72. I follow Lexies Kitchen on Facebook also.

  73. Gretchen Corbin said on January 5, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    currently my favorite vegetable is kale. I prepare it similarly to the post Ali put up as part of this event. One difference is that I add about 1/4 cup of homemade chicken stock at the end to help the kale steam and avoid it sticking to the pan. So yummy between the caramelized onions & the chicken stock.

  74. Gretchen Corbin said on January 5, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    following Daily bites on facebook

  75. My favorite way to eat summer produce is grilled. I always have extras so the next day it goes over a salad or into my eggs!

  76. Gretchen Corbin said on January 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I’m following daily bites on facebook

  77. My recent obsession is dehydrating fruit :p We also love smoothies, and are huge fans of sauteed vegetables and garlic. Yum!

  78. Gretchen Corbin said on January 5, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I’m now following hallieklecker on twitter

  79. My favorite way to use fresh produce is make coleslaw. I can add a number of veggies and even fruits. It’s raw and it is a good side with many main dishes.

  80. Gretchen Corbin said on January 5, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I tweeted about this giveaway. thanks for the wonderful recipes & event!

  81. I like Daily Bites of FB!

  82. Following Daily Bites and Lexie’s Kitchen on Facebook :)

  83. Shared this giveaway on Facebook

  84. Favorites include salads or a quick blanch before sauteing…this is how we eat broccoli, potatoes, and brussel sprouts!

  85. I love curry with any vegetables. Changing the mixture of veggies makes it a new dish every time and curry for breakfast is my favorite!

  86. Sauteed with a little dab of korean chili paste!

  87. Roasted beets tossed with olive oil, balsamic, and herbs. And steamed artichokes dipped in butter, yum!

  88. I throw mixed greens into my fave big salad bowl and toss it with a lean protein and vinaigrette dressing.

    I think I need new recipes though. :)

  89. My favorite was to prepare fresh veggies is by putting them in a giant pot of soup that I can freeze (half) and eat (the other half). I always have healthy and quick meals on hand!

  90. I liked this site on FB

  91. I posted this link onto my FB wall. :)

  92. I like both of you on FB.

  93. I like produce plain, or baked with a little olive oil and seasonings, or sauteed, or chopped up filling other produce (like chopped onion, garlic, carrot, etc. stuffed inside a pepper)…you can’t go wrong with produce no matter how you make it! :)

  94. I’ve been cooking my way thru The Pure Kitchen. I’ve really been inspired by your book. I’ve tried things I’ve never had before…kale, fennel to name a few

  95. Gretchen Corbin said on January 6, 2012 at 12:21 am

    I’m following Lexie’s kitchen on facebook

  96. This is a great event Hallie! I love how we are flooding the blogosphere with amazing, healthy, nourishing recipes. By the way, we had your black bean and quinoa patties tonight. So yum! Served with a side of salad of course. Our rule is if you’re making a salad, you need to make enough for tomorrow too! It’s great to have a bowl of washed greens in the fridge just waiting to be gobbled up!

  97. I already follow Daily Bites and just followed Lexi’s Kitchen on FB.

    Also shared this on FB! :)

  98. I’ve always wanted those two books! OMGness, great initiative to encourage people to eat healthier and feel great from the inside out! I LOVE my fresh produce straight from the tree. The fresher, the greener, the more organic, the more awesome I feel. That’s how I like them!

  99. pclarkson said on January 6, 2012 at 12:47 am

    I love to make a simple spinach salad with pecans, dried cranberries, hard boiled eggs (sliced) and balsamic vinegrette splashed on it. Makes me feel like I’m doing something very good for my body & mind. : )

  100. pclarkson said on January 6, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Just shared this on Facebook : )

  101. pclarkson said on January 6, 2012 at 12:53 am

    I “Liked” Daily Bites on FB

  102. pclarkson said on January 6, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Now I’m following Hallie Klecker (daily Bites Blog) on Twitter
    :) I’m happy!

  103. pclarkson said on January 6, 2012 at 12:57 am

    I “Liked” Lexie’s Kitchen on Facebook

  104. pclarkson said on January 6, 2012 at 1:01 am

    I’m now following Lexie’s Kitchen on Twitter.

  105. I have been using fresh vegetables this season to make soup.

  106. pclarkson said on January 6, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I couldn’t figure out how to pin this into my Pinterest account : (
    Tried several times. I’ll let you know if I get it though.

  107. I love to roast fresh veggies in the oven with a little bit of olive oil and salt. Yum! Tonight we’re having cauliflower soup with kale chips (roasted in the oven, of course). :)

  108. Stephanie said on January 6, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Hi Hallie, I just found your blog and am very excited to try many of your recipes! Produce is the “main” thing in our home, and our three year old loves his veggies juiced or in a green smoothie. I perfer a huge salad at lunch. Can’t wait to read more of your blog! We live in WI too – near La Crosse on a farm. Thanks for all that you share here!!!

  109. I love dipping my veggies.
    In the summer I just love the cool crunch of plain veggies, in the winter I love them in stews or on the side.

  110. I love a chopped veggie salad – got the idea from watching Jamie Olivers first Food Revolution. He shared a recipe with a family and featured it on his website – chopped various salad greens on a cutting board and just keep adding veggies and keep chopping…the most rigid ones first! make a well in the middle and add a little EVOO, apple cider vinegar and whatever else you want for dressing – stir well, serve on cutting board…beautiful!

  111. following Daily Bites on Facebook! Thanks so much!! Hope I win the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook – Its perfect for me!!

  112. I already own the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook. What a wonderful treasure of healthy whole food nutrition. I’m so excited about this New Year, New You! program. Just what I needed as I navigate the world of food allergies and gluten intolerance. Thanks!

  113. Ohh I really want more creative veggie recipes! This recipe and giveaway are awesome. My favorite way to prepare and eat fresh produce is a cucumber and tomato salad.

  114. I’m following both of you on facebook.

  115. Kim Cotter said on January 6, 2012 at 3:50 am

    This is super simple…hummus and lots of fresh veggies! Easy and tastey!!!

  116. Rebecca A. said on January 6, 2012 at 3:58 am

    I buy lots and cut them up for snacks for both myself and kids. I also love making kale chips.

  117. Colleen M. said on January 6, 2012 at 4:16 am

    I love to eat fresh vegetables in a salad. Your salad looks wonderful. Can’t wait to try the recipe!

  118. I enjoy eating cauliflower with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and cayenne, roasted in the oven. So tasty! My kids love it, too.

  119. Followed Daily Bites on FB!

  120. My favorite way to prepare fresh veggies is roasting them. Curry is another way to incorporate odds and ends in the crisper.

  121. Melissa overton said on January 6, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Green smoothies and green juice, every day!

  122. I too am guilty of reaching for fruits before veggies, so this is a good goal for me, that I have already started to work on this week — it helps me if I have fresh veggies chopped and ready to use for snacks/lunches. Also helps to pick a vegetable as part of the main course and work from there. Great give away!

  123. I already follow along on FB and Twitter

  124. Also going to share it on my Celiac in the City FB page

  125. I don’t have a favorite way to prepare produce because I love them all… but my tops four are roasted, in smoothies, raw, and salads.

  126. I love to keep things around such as squash, asparagus, and other items that I can roast quickly in the oven!

  127. Reading your post reminds me that I HAVE to go shopping today. I ran out of those “long shelf life” veggies last night. It was an interesting dinner of stuffed delicata squash with sauteed onions and spinach, and now, emptry fridge.

    I’m not entering, because I have those great books already! But, my favorite way would be just a huge salad with a favorite homemade dressing. Hmm, or roasted veggies!

  128. My favorite way to prepare & eat vegetables is to just clean them well & eat them uncooked. They’re also best from the garden.

  129. Does just chowing the veggies and fruits down count?

    That’s the best!! Fresh out of the fridge! :)

    Or fruit salad, of course!

    A great veggie salad is carrots and broccoli pulsed in a food processor until it’s medium crumb-sized bits. Sprinkle with raisins (or chopped dried fruit, if you eat it) and balsamic vinegar. YUM!!


  130. I’m anxious to try this recipe! My favorite way to prepare fresh veggies is roasted simply with olive oil, salt, and pepper. I also do best if I have veggies prepped ahead of time for grab and go snacks and salads or soups.

  131. Lisa Northcutt said on January 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I love eating big salads at lunch! and I also like to hid e veggies in other foods to get my family to eat more of them.

  132. Lisa Northcutt said on January 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I follow Daily bites on Facebook

  133. I love Daily Bites Blog

  134. I love to steam or lightly roast veggies

  135. I just liked you guys on Facebook! Thanks for the awesome blog :) :)

  136. No way! I keep looking at Blissful Bites everytime I go to the bookstore. But…I don’t have th mulah to spend on it! How exciting :) What a greast giveaway! What do I like to do with fresh produce? Lightly steamed kale + a carrot-avocado dressing. :) It’s great :)

  137. I follow you and Lexie’s Kitchen on Facebook!

  138. I LOVE roasted butternut squash! I will find multiple ways to work it in my meals throughout the day.

  139. Favourite method for quick and easy veggies is always a salad, with anything in my fridge!

  140. Raw Kale Salad is my favorite. Lemon juice and olive oil soften the kale leaves. Raisins, walnuts, and olives complement the flavor. My kids eat it up! I found this recipe in my gym’s monthly magazine.

  141. I love using fresh produce in soups!

  142. I “like” you on fb

  143. One of my favorite ways to use fresh produce is in soup, especially in these cold winter months. I also love the addition of Kale in my soup! Yum. These cookbooks look delightful!

  144. I follow daily bites on FB and I just liked Lexie’s Kitchen.

  145. I just started following daily bites on FB

  146. Mary Jane said on January 7, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I like adding lightly sauteed veggies to my cream of buckwheat in the morning. I especially like Kale in it. I noticed several people mention Kale chips. Where do I get a recipe for them? I’m new to the blog and will be visiting regularly!

  147. Mary Jane said on January 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I like lightly sauteed veggies in my cream of buckwheat in the morning. I especially like Kale in it. I am new to the blog and will be visiting regularly! I saw Kale Chips mentioned several times and would like to know where I can find the recipe.

  148. I also rely on the daily salad, the bigger, the better!

  149. Aleady have Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook & love it! Right now my favorite is simple roasted cauliflower with olive oil and a little sea salt. – Can’t get enough

  150. I’ve been getting more fresh veggies by changing my ideas around the “traditional” breakfast foods and trying out breakfast bowls with beans, rice, chopped napa cabbage and puréed avocado sauce. I also use the big salad for lunch with lots of crunchy green veggies.
    Thanks for the great ideas and inspiration.

  151. I love to make a beet dip which takes pistachios, greek yogurt and a little balsamic vinager. so yummy and such a Beautiful color! people always comment on it at parties.

  152. I like to do asparagus or kale (for kale chips) in the oven with some olive oil and sea salt.

  153. Oh, and I follow Daily Bites on Facebook & Twitter!

  154. I have to confess that I’m relatively new to healthy eating, so I don’t have creative ways really that I’m infusing veggies into my diet – mainly Steamers with dinner, celery sticks w/ peanut butter, lots of salads of course & then adding veggies to a stew, soup, or crockpot for slow roasting. I just discovered your site today, both on the web, & now FB. I’m following you now, and will post this giveaway as well. Count me in on your 2012 movement to eat more veggies. :)

  155. I love to grill my veggies – I tend to lean toward fruits too much and am going to make it a goal to reach for the veggies! When grilling, I put a little olive oil with a little sea salt and pepper and sometimes some steak seasoning! Yum Yum Yum! Thanks to everyone for the great ideas to use and eat veggies!

  156. Theresa P. said on January 21, 2012 at 6:01 am

    I use stevia, coconut sugar, sucanat and at times no sweetener. i also use a lower amount of sweetener than what the recipe calls for. Thanks, for the opportunity.

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