So, this spring I discovered roasted vegetables. I REALLY am enjoying them. a Little olive or canola oil, salt and pepper, then in the oven or on the grill in a tinfoil packet for 20-30 min, depending on the veg. Then I got to thinking, if I am now tracking my calories, should I go back to microwaved with a little "I can't believe its not butter"? Any thoughts?
I love roasted asparagus with peper,herbs and a little sea salt. I tend to spray a little Pam spray on the foil and a little ontop the veggies. They turn out delicious everytime. Asparagus takes less than 10mins in the oven, perfect for me.
I love roasted veggies but I watch the calories. It's not hard to do both... in the case of veggies, portion size is equally important, IMO. When you measure the amount of veggies, after roasting, and take into account the oil you've added, does it throw you off-track so that you go above your daily limit of calories? If so, then re-think the portion size!
The other night I was making leg of lamb for dinner. The Irish girl within me was Jonesing for oven fried potatoes in the worst way, but we were out of them so I grabbed a bag of baby carrots, spritzed them with ICBNB olive oil, sprinkled them with salt and pepper and tossed them on a cookie sheet in the oven. The kids LOVED them, and now they call them "carrot fries". Okay they are a little more fattening than a raw carrot stick, but not nearly so bad as an order of fries at McD's.
What I do is I weigh the vegetable raw and log it that way in fit day then measure the olive oil I'm going to coat them with and then add that to fit day. That way everything is all accounted for. I highly recommend beets and radishes! I don't like pickled beets but roasted they're absolutely great. Radishes turn out really well too, a little less spicy and just as flavorful.
Mmn, I’m a big fan of slicing up fresh zucchini and asparagus, drizzle it with olive oil, a little salt, pepper and crushed dried rosemary. Delicious!
Calories can be a bit of a worry, but in the end your body needs fat, and it needs oil to lube up your systems, so long as you’re tracking the amount of oil you use and are aware of the calories adding oil isn’t a bad thing. The issue is when everything is deep fried and covered in grease. It concerns me when people take the all or nothing approach to foods, it’s all in moderation, and that little oil to ensure some delicious vegetables is worth it.