Green Veggie Recipe

As noted last week, I am undertaking a challenge at the gym I attend which is encompasses exercise and nutrition.  For the nutrition component we are using the Zone model.

At two weeks into the challenge, I have never eaten so many veggies in all my life!  I have never been a great veggie eater, particularly of the green variety, so I have found this quite challenging.

Thankfully a friend Alison sent me an email recently with a recipe which was a winner for her and for the neighbours’ kids.  It was based on a recipe from Madhur Jaffrey’s world vegetarian book.  Alison is not only a good cook, but an expert in children’s literacy and runs an amazing blog which I have linked to many times – Spelfabet.  Be sure to check it out if you haven’t done so already.

So from the rough details Alison gave me, I can up with a green veggie recipe, which saw me happily eating broccoli.  My kids unfortunately didn’t go for it, but it is a winner taste wise and is filling – I have cooked it a number of times again already.

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Green Veggie Recipe
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Serves: 4
  • 280 grams broccoli (2 blocks carbs) or broccolini
  • 60 grams baby spinach (0.5 block carbs)
  • 50 grams onions which is about half an onion (0.5 block carbs)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1.38 tsp macadamia oil (3 blocks fat) or olive oil
  • Optional - 85 grams chicken cooked (3 blocks protein) - I served mine up with chicken but you could serve it with anything you like or eat it on its own!
  1. Steam broccoli for about 3 - 5 minutes.
  2. While broccoli is cooking, finely chop onion and prepare garlic for mincing.
  3. Run broccoli under cold water to refresh and chop roughly.
  4. Add oil to a medium sized frying pan and fry onion on low heat. If you are using a small amount of oil, cooking on a low heat helps prevent sticking and over cooking.
  5. Mince the garlic into the pan and fry for another minute or so.
  6. Add broccoli and spinach to the pan and stir.
  7. Serve as a side dish with your meat or on its own.
This recipe cooked as listed is a 3 block zone meal for one person. However if you are just cooking the dish as a side, it would feed about four adults.
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Our Family Menu Plan For This Week

I am going away for over a week, so this is the menu plan for the family while I am away. I have already cooked a number of these dishes, so for many of them it will be heat and serve!


Week Commencing 29th June

Satsimple-pasta-with-chicken-and-spinachPasta with chicken and baby spinach
SunSlow Cooker Roast Beef
Slow cooker roast beef
MonLamb Souvlaki Wraps Kids Self ServeSouvlaki
Tuesausgaes and saladSausage and veg
WedMexibake - Mexican Family MealMexibake
Thuslow cooker spag bolSlow cooker spaghetti bolognese
Frieasy-fried-rice-recipeFried rice
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list for 29th June 2013

If you are looking for further recipe inspiration, check out my complete list of Family Friendly Recipes.

Do you have a favourite way of jazzing up veggies?