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Veg Bad Challenge Week 1

It's never too late to join the Veg Bad Challenge!

I've made it through one week of increasing my veg intake.  And my family has not revolted.  They were not always pleased with what I chose to serve them or how there wasn't as much money left in the grocery budget for junk food, but we made it through. 

Some of the things that we had this week included Lentil Soup (tastes much better the next day), Chipotle Bean Burritos, Spinach and Strawberry Salad, Leek Tart, Fresh Green Beans. 
I was most surprised by how well received the Strawberry and Spinach salad was received by Hannah.  She doesn't like to put dressings on salad, so she had a plateful of raw spinach and sliced strawberries, twice!  She did not like the Lentil Soup, even though she helped make it.  The bean burritos were well received though I was the only one to try them with spinach, Joel had his with romaine and Hannah took hers plain.  The leek tart probably did not have enough veg in it to make a real difference.  I might make it again with onions.  And how can you go wrong with fresh green beans?

Hannah made up a salad this week that I thought was really great.  She calls it

Hannah's Corn and Bean Salad

Serves 6

1 package frozen corn
1 handful of fresh green beans snapped
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon fresh chopped Italian parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Mix up in a 9x13 casserole, place in 175 degree oven for one hour.  Stir and serve

The seasonings are guesstimates on the actual amount and it can be cooked in the microwave.  The nice thing about the low temperature oven was that the corn was warmed through but the green beans were still on the raw side.  I loved the oregano with the corn, it was excellent.

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