Ok i've just had this idea that might help people who know they should be eating more vegetables and struggle with it. And all of us who like eating our vegies anyway. So its for everyone. So join if you want to learn how to cook vegetables dishes. Vegetables are not just steamed or boiled. There are so many ways to eat vegies that are delicious and many of them are easy. I notice that when i don't eat vegies regularly i don't feel so good. And of course i always put on weight at those times too. Here's how i think this could work though it might need some fine tuning. You are welcome to add your two cents worth about this and please post if you are interested in joining so we know who's in. 1. Someone posts a new vegetable recipe every Sunday. We go with the first recipe posted each week. It doesn't have to be me who posts but i will start off and I will do it if i am on the ball and no one else gets in first. 2. Ideally choose a recipe that you know or have cooked before. But if you haven't and no one is coming up with a recipe, then throw it out there. 3. The recipe should be a vegetable dish No meat but if you want to put meat stock that's ok. Because we can always substitute vegetable stock for chicken stock or beef stock. IF there's egg or dairy or pasta, or rice in it that's ok. Just no meat and... 4. Also the recipe should be a healthy recipe so that means low fat and not dependent on saturated fats for flavour so i beg you to leave off the cheese. WE should learn how to enjoy our vegies without cheese. Cheese is good for us, yes, but also very fattening, very moerish and very high in salt. And i think discourages good eating habits. Cheese becomes a habit in itself and i think this habit undermines our weight loss program. By all means i am not asking anyone to give up cheese if you want to eat it in your diet but just for this club. 5. So after the recipe has been posted, we should try to cook it one day during the week. It might be a large recipe that can serve a whole family. It might be only enough for one. OR it might be something you can eat for a few days, or freeze portions of. 6. Whoever posts the recipe should make sure there are enough details for novice cooks to understand it. Also try to make the measurements easy for everyone to follow. Some people live in different parts of the world so cups and measuring spoons are the easiest way for anyone without scales. If you are going to talk about brand names, again remember not everyone has or knows the brand you might mention in their country. So give enough information so that we can find a variation that would work. 7. When we've cooked and eaten the recipe, we should all provide feedback on the experience. Did we like it, how easy or difficult was it to cook? Would we recommend any changes to the recipe? Did we make any changes to the recipe as we cooked it. Would we cook it again. If not why not? 8. Lets post the recipes and feedback in a new thread in the recipe section of the forum. Not here. Lets just keep this thread for issues that are relevant week by week. Otherwise this thread could end up being really long and not useful to future comers. At the end of each week, we could post the recipe we went with here but i really think its best if the bulk of the discussion happens on individual threads in the recipe section. 9. If you post a recipe that you find on the net. Can you say so and can you also please say if you've ever cooked it or if you just want to try it. Please lets not get into a habit of posting just links. Lets cut and paste the recipe and also post the link if you happen to do this. But to be honest a lot of web recipes are shit so be careful. 10. A little inspiration for starters. A vegetable dish could be a soup, a salad but lets not have a salad or a soup week after week, lets try to aim mostly for whole and hot vegetable dishes. It could also be a bean or legume or lentil dish. If its a rice dish, it should include a substantial amount of vegetables. Ditto if its pasta - for example, lets not choose something like spinach ravioli in a cream sauce. Lets rather go for an indian spinach dish. 11. A note on chilli spice. Not everyone likes or can tolerate chilli. I'm one. I've tried and its been ruined for me in india where they eat too much chilli. So now when i make an indian dish, i put only about 1/2 tsp or less in it. So if the recipe calls for a lot of chilli, everyone should realise that the amount of chilli that goes in is always option and it would be helpful if whoever posts the recipe makes a note that its optional. 12. Another inspirational note. If you are looking for ideas, try exploring the cuisines of other cultures. I Personally love mediterranean cuisine. They are good with vegetables as are the indians, the chinese, japanese, vietnamese, thais and so on. Maybe the americans have something great that we aussie or the brits would love to try. 13. ON this thread we could share our general tips about shopping for and preparing vegetables. so long as its not a recipe. It would be good to keep this thread a live if the club gets off the ground. I can't think of anything else to add at this point. I will post a recipe tomorrow in the recipe branch of the forum. I look forward to see others join in. Invite your friends to join in.