Responsibility 199, what is it?

Responsibility 199 is a belief; I believe that to be healthy and to increase my longevity I need to weigh 199 pounds or less...
Responsibility 199 is a need; I need to reduce my weight, reduce my percentage of body fat, and the elevated threat of disease my present condition presents...
Responsibility 199 is a mission; I recognize that achieving 199 will be a challenge, perhaps the hardest I have ever undertaken...
Responsibility 199 is a commitment; I acknowledge that I must commit to action, commit to change, commit to myself and those I love to achieve this mission, to increase my longevity...
Responsibility 199 is ME.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Day 187 - Veg Out Already

A fine sunny day it is here in the Midwest. Hope that is the case all day here and where ever you are too.

My head cold from earlier in the week has pretty much moved on. Energy is much better today so looking forward to getting in some exercise here. Eating has been fine, no train wrecks there just because I took ill. Which is an improvement in mind for me as in times past being sick was a great excuse to belly up to some comfort foods.

As of late I have noticed our dinner at home getting a little blah, particularly where side dishes are concerned. Too many salads from a bad or fresh fruit salads. Oh both a great and certainly better than not including some veg in the meal. However as I tend to get bored easily I am looking for some ways to amp up the side dishes at our table.

Before I get on here with what I am thinking for doing just that, please oh please; what do you do to turn a boring vegetable right out of the grocery bag into something the finicky eater will warm up to?

Some years ago I went on a rant with marinades and sauces. Primarily for use with meat but a few applied well to veggies too. Having recalled that rant I've jogged the memory which produced little; too early for serious memory function I guess. That didn't deter me however as all I needed to do here was sift through a folder of recipes we've scribbled down over the years and shazam, found a few. So here a couple I've decided need to have a go at home soon...

Zesty Garlic Marinade
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup citrus juice (any you desire)
  • 1 TBS soy sauce
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced fine
  • 1 TBS fresh ginger minced fine
Simply mix all together in a bowl and marinade your veggies of choice in that same bowl, or in a large ziploc type bag, for an hour or more. I recall this one working well for veggies that cook up well on the grill. I also recall kicking it up a bit too with some healthy dashes of hot sauce, but, I kick allot of stuff up with hot sauce.
Oil-Free Sauce
  • 3 TBS plain low or non fat yogurt
  • 1/3 cup wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 TBS thyme
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 TBS mustard (preferably a brown mustard)
  • 1 clove garlic minced fine
  • pinch of salt and pepper
Simply mix all together in a bowl and then pour into a bottle of carafe or whatever you can serve it from at the dinner table. This is great fro drizzling over steamed veggies or for use as a salad dressing. I recall over doing it on the vinegar before, my bad, so I corrected it with a pinch or two (maybe it was three) of sugar. Of course you can use a sugar substitute too and not just to correct a vinegar oops as I did but just include in the recipe if you prefer to make a sweeter version.


Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. Looks like great recipes. I'll have to try them.

    I'm also in love with balsamic vinegar when it comes to salads or veggies.

  2. I'm partial to stir fry's. These recipes look's not that easy kickin' up veggies. Glad you're feeling better.

  3. I usually do olive oil as the base of any sauce . .. then just kind of experiment. No recipe really. Cavendar's Greek Seasoning is yummy on veggies but it's got MSG so it's not for everyone.

  4. Thanks for the recipes Patrick, I will definately use them. I like to chop up summer squash, Zuch & onions. I add olive oil salt pepper and veggie grill sesoning. Nuke for around 5-7 minutes. BAM!! To change things up I add a can of diced tomatoes and a tiny bit of cheese sprinkled on top.. Yummy and easy!

  5. I love the zest garlic marinade. I will try that.

    I have found that baking some mixed vegetable in olive oil is a nice change for me every once in a while.

  6. Thanks for the recipes, Patrick! I'm always looking for new things.

  7. I am going to try these this weekend. Thanks Patrick I needed something for my lettuce mix that I picked up today..

  8. Since I don't eat any raw veggies I'm big on stir frys too. I also like to put my starch for dinner with my veggies so will often just throw together chopped stuff in my rice cooker:

    1 large orange pepper
    1 large red pepper
    1 large yellow pepper
    1 large onion
    large bag of shredded carrots
    1 1/2 cups rice
    fill with water to line
    3 packets sodium free chicken boullion
    few dashes season salt
    red pepper flakes

    This makes a great side for baked fish or chicken. It makes a large amount too so I can package it for lunches too sometimes.

  9. Those look good. I have a few good side dishes that you could check out at my blog. Just search for my Tasty Tuesdays recipe posts. I made a mean stuffed eggplant a while back that even the pickiest eater couldn't turn down. :)

  10. ohhhhhhhhhh
    I think I shall.

    Oil-free sauce please.

  11. I'll have to try that garlic marinade! The only real marinade I do for chicken is soaking it in Italian dressing. I wouldn't mind a little variety!