Starting buying low-sodium V-8 juice (or its equivalent on the shelf of the supermarket). Spice it up, one glassful at a time, with sriracha and your own bit of salt. Usually, making your own veggie smoothie is really tasty, but only if you like veggies, and you don't. V-8 juice is palatable.
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I think you should start a Spark blog challenge where you try 1 new veg per week and write a blog on it here. That way, you can share your experience with other Sparkers plus hold yourself accountable for giving new vegetables a try.
How about some baby greens on your sandwich or in a wrap or maybe some sprouts instead? If you enjoy hummus, you can dip carrot sticks, snap peas or other veggies into hummus or even into a low calorie ranch dip. Veggie soup? Kale chips (I hear they are tasty, but I've never tried them)? Mushrooms on your hamburger? Do you like potato soup? If so, you can make it using a mixture of potato and pureed cauliflower and you'll hardly taste the difference. Speaking of soups, butternut squash soup is something you could try.
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I make my own salsa, so we eat a lot of it an experiment with it all the time.
How about Chunky salsa? You can put chunky salsa in or on just about anything also. You can put it in the slow cooker with chicken breast and simmer it together all day.
I also add chunky salsa to mayonnaise and spread it on sandwiches. It gives the sandwich an excellent flavor! My salsa tends to be on the hotter side - which my family loves!
I like to make rice with salsa. Make the rice according to the recipe; except add salsa to the water. It is a family favorite.
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This is my favorite zucchini recipe: www.chow.com/recipes/29698-sauteed-zucchin i I don't bother cutting it into the sticks like you see in the photo, I just cut the zucchini in half length wise, then chop into little half circles about 1/4" thick. It's a super easy recipe that yields some good taste.
What about red bell pepper? That's one of my favorite vegetables, both raw and cooked. It doesn't have the vegetabley taste at all, it's sweet with a bit of heat.... just don't eat the white parts or the seeds!
Also, marinara sauce isn't just for plain pasta. I use it to top baked chicken, along with a bit of shredded mozzarella... sort of a healthier version of chicken parmesan.
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Thank you for all the suggestions. I cringed just reading them. @caradawn: I wouldn't mind if you shared some easy veggie recipes, especially carrots and I can try zucchini, although it's a squash.
@sasahammer: I do like marinara sauce when used with spaghetti and such. Veggies that are hidden in other foods would probably be the best way for me to begin to eat them (and even like them one day).
@truepeacenik: now I can easily eat salads, especially regular iceburg and romaine. Bits of cabbage is fine as well. If I eat salads now, it will usually be from a bag purchased at a grocery store. The type of onion makes no difference to me, so long as it is not raw and on a food I can see. Small bits of cooked onion in things like pot roasts are fine, as is minced onions on foods. Same would be for garlic (although garlic is best, to me, in things like spaghetti and garlic bread). I can even eat cucumbers in salads, as long as they are in small enough pieces.
But overall, I'm just not into eating veggies, and never have been. I am willing to try different things though, if I must. I welcome any easy-to-prepare recipes that doesn't have a lot of veggies in the recipes. Eating foods with mixed veggies is still a ways down the road for me.
Start with winter squash. Use it where potatoes/sweet potatoes are in a recipe. They work with sweet and savory spices. How dark do you go with your salad greens? If you eat iceberg, stop. It isn't worth it unless it is 90 degrees outside! Try romaine. Then spinach. Then baby greens. I add mint leaves, basil leaves, parsley, celery leaves, cilantro. Green leaves are green leaves!
With onions, do you dislike all onions, or just white round onions? Try red onions on sandwiches, and "pickle" them if need be to get used to them. Or use shallots. Or spring onions. White, to me, has the strongest bite. I use them in Mexican food. Yellow are my generic onions. Red are for where they will be seen and tasted. Do you like garlic? I learned to eat many veggies by having garlic or salsa on them. You might want to use marinara sauce. Heck, even if you learn to eat them by using barbecue sauces, ketchup, sweet/sour sauce, at least you are eating them. I hid every vegetable under the sun in marinara or puréed soup when my son was in his picky phase.
That said, sometimes the simplest preparation makes the vegetable sing. Broccoli with lemon or lime juice, roasted carrots with cumin, oven roasted tomatoes (still the only way I really like them outside of salsa), I can almost eat a full serving of beets, if they are roasted and have some light vinegar based sauce. And weirdly, I don't like pickled beets, either.
I was only so-so on cukes until I had a hothouse/English cucumber. Now I eat many varieties, including the usual inexpensive ones.
I am someone who used to HATE veggies. I didn't touch a vegetable outside of corn, peas, and potatos - if you call those veggies - until I was 25. For me the only way I was successful in starting to eat veggies was to cook them myself. I was not a cook before, at all. I thought putting a lean cuisine in the oven instead of the microwave was fancy! But, I have come a long way. I started off with easy vegetables like zucchini and just sauteed them. Once I realized they aren't horrible, and that I actually kind of liked them then I moved onto other vegetables. I found that if I chose the recipe and cooked it myself then there was a good chance I would eat it or at least try it. I am still a work in progress and I only eat cooked vegetables - no salads for me. But, now that I cook all the time I am a lot more open to trying those veggies (brussel sprouts, kale, etc.) that I never thought would be in my diet.
I am happy to pass on some easy recipies that have veggies and are a good starting point. I would suggest starting with carrots, zucchini, or peppers since they are pretty universally liked vegetables and even a little sweet.
This can be a challenge. My husband was a lot like this. One of the things we learned was that he liked some vegetables prepared in certain ways or "hidden" in other foods. Do you like marinara sauce? You can saute zucchini, sweet peppers and yellow squash and hide them pretty well in there. Also you can make greek yogurt smoothies with fruit and sneak in a little spinach or kale, it makes the color a little strange, but you just taste the sweetness. If there is a vegetable you don't like, maybe try grilling it with some balsamic vinegar and olive oil or roast it in the oven. Roasting at high temperature develops the sweetness of the vegetable which helps to cover up some of the bitterness.
I hope this helps! Just keep trying!
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I am a very picky eater. I don't like gourmet foods, casseroles, or any combo foods with a lot of different foods in them. Also, I like very few veggies, and the only ones I eat regularly or potatoes, corn, green beans, black-eyed peas.
I'll eat salads (with only a few veggies mixed in...like sliced radishes, slivers of carrots, and tomato pieces if they are small enough).
I don't like or eat all the really "healthy" veggies like...broccoli, brussel sprouts, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower, onions (though I like onion seasoning), etc.
How to help a person like myself get the health benefits of veggies w/o having to eat them?
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