Weekly Meal Plan #2: Vegetable Sides

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Weekly Meal Plan #2: Vegetable Sides gives us 5 ideas for eating vegetables this week! Steamed veggies can get old, but these recipes give us new life and make us want to eat our veggies.

Our mom and grandma were right when they told us to eat our vegetables.

Unfortunately, overcooked and mushy vegetables just don’t have that appeal that makes us want to eat more of them. But with these 5 recipes, we’ll be begging for more vegetables.

When we’re living the FitLife, veggies are key because of all the nutrients they provide but also because we can eat quite a bit of them daily and still reach our fitness goals.

EffiFit Weekly Meal Plan #2: Vegetable Sides


What’s a vegetable serving, and how much should we have a day?

A simple way to measure a serving is to make a fist with your hand. That’s a serving size. For women, we want at least 1 fist per meal. For the guys, it’s at least 2 fists. Simple and easy to remember thanks to Precision Nutrition! Another way to look at it is to make half your plate vegetables. That’s a goal to strive for and not something to start with on day one. So go ahead and get a fist or 2 of veggies at most dinners this week. Then you can work up to lunch and breakfast as it feels more and more like a habit.

Weekly Meal Plan #2: Vegetable Sides

Weekly Meal Plan 2: Side Vegetables

Crack broccoli by A beautiful plate

Broccoli is my #1 fave vegetable, I’ve loved it since I was a kid. Roasting veggies is a great way to eat them and taste more of the flavors. If you’re allergic to nuts like I am, skip the nuts.

Weekly Meal Plan #2: Side Vegetables

Roasted lemon Parmesan asparagus by Pumpkin ‘N Spice

All I can say is yum! Pair this with some fish (like salmon), and enjoy it! I also really love asparagus and roasted is my favorite way to eat them.

Weekly Meal Plan #2: Side Vegetables

Sweet and spicy baked cauliflower by The Fitchen

Seriously, what can’t cauliflower do? This is a fun and exciting way to start incorporating it into your diet or to try it a different way.

Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Garlic roasted brussel sprouts by yours truly

Noticing a trend on my love for roasted vegetables? Seriously, roasting vegetables has been a game changer for me. And these brussels sprouts and pure heaven. 🙂

Weekly Meal Plan #2: Side Vegetables

Cranberry orange glazed green beans by Cupcakes and Kale Chips

I love this combination of fruits and veggies. Enjoy this at home or take them to Christmas dinner!

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6 Responses

  1. Roy Miller
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    I like the asparagus, cauliflower and green beans. We are always looking for a new twist on green beans. We eat them a lot.

    • Atim Effiong
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      Yes, green beans are so good. I hope you enjoy the recipes!

  2. Another great post! Rock on 🙂

    That “crack broccoli” looks absolutely amazing, I’m gonna make it this week!

    • Atim Effiong
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      Yes, please do! Quite delicious and even more so since broccoli is my favorite vegetable!

  3. Danielle
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    Ooooh crack broccoli sounds so good. I would totally devour them if I had them for my lunch during the week!

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