A French fry-loving mom who rarely craves healthy vegetables is tricking herself into eating better.
Marilee Belote of Broomfield, Colorado, said her healthy diet is all about swapping — using vegetable substitutes in place of rice and pasta. Belote, who works for MOPS International, said the added nutrition is great for her and her family’s diet. Plus, her 9- and 13-year-old daughters like the veggie-packed meals. (#winning!)
Here are two vegetable substitutes she regularly prepares at home:
1. Cauliflower rice. She buys a head of cauliflower, chops it into pieces and runs those though a food processor. She heats the finely-shredded vegetable in the microwave and uses it as a rice substitute. Cauliflower rice is also sold fresh and frozen in some grocery stores for quicker prep.
2. Zoodles. Belote peels zucchini and runs it through a spiralizer, which cuts the vegetable into noodle-like strips. She uses these “zoodles” in place of spaghetti noodles.