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11/30/07 10:21 P

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Yeah, I'm very big on the "spring mix" or "mixed greens" for salad. Looks pretty and has a flavor, unlike iceberg; mixing it with baby spinach, romaine, and/or leaf lettuce brings the cost down a bit. If I want a "crunchier" salad I go for romaine, as in a caesar salad. (I love to order Caesar salads in restaurants, esp with grilled chicken or salmon, but the dressing is usually so heavy - so I ask for dressing on the side and use only a tiny bit of it.)

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11/30/07 12:57 P

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I refuse to buy iceberg. Boston (or butter)lettuce is a terrific alternative. I was actually craving a salad on Monday so I went and found a tiny head of Boston lettuce, just enough for two salads, got some real bacon bits, cheesy dressing, blue cheese and I had a salad on Monday and Wednesday with a slice of garlic bread. I don't usually like salads, but it was pretty tasty. Monday I made it up like a wedge salad just because that's how I wanted it.

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11/30/07 12:51 P

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If the only lettuce you are exposed to is the iceberg variety, then it's time to kick it up a notch! Try romaine, butter lettuce, red leaf lettuce or a combination of two or three and throw in some baby spinach. They are all more nutritious than iceberg and have more flavor as will. I buy the packaged varieties occasionally. But,since I have a salad spinner, I get two or three heads of different varieties, break them up, clean and dry them and package them in zipper bags to just take out what I need. Lots cheaper that way. You can add different crunchy veggies and use a variety of dressings each time and then they don't seem so boring.

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11/30/07 12:45 P

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Pureed cauliflower is wonderful! Puree the soft cooked cauliflower and then mash it with milk, a little salt and margarine just as you would with potatoes. I don't claim it tastes just like potatoes, but it is very satisfying and a good way to sneak into eating a good veggie! It doesn't have a strong taste at all when prepared that way.

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11/16/07 11:23 A

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I do like quite a few veggies, but I think my repertoire could be a lot bigger. Lately (since it has gotten chilly outside) I've been making veggie soup in the crockpot with wild rice, black pepper, cumin, and mild chili powder so that it's spicy and hearty. Veggie chili is also good (I sometimes substitute bulgar wheat for ground beef). Beans are starchy but nutritious.

Has anyone tried pureed cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes? I've heard it's delicious but I haven't tried it myself.

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11/16/07 8:39 A

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I'm not a salad eater. Mostly I don't care for lettuce that much. I don't like the crumbly, spongy texture of broccoli and cauliflower (raw or cooked)...thankfully they're goitergens so I've got a reasonable excuse to avoid them. Stir fries are good...I really should get back into the habit of eating a lot of stir fries!

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11/15/07 11:26 P

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I love my salad veggies... a big salad with some marinated grilled chicken is the best. Other than that it's a little difficult. I'm starting to get a little creative about it... last night I made tuna helper and added a bunch of fresh broccoli to cook with it. That worked pretty well.

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I'm not a veggie lover either. I heard if you try something 10 times you will start to like it though. Most of my veggies have to be mixed in with something else. speaking of veggies, I need to eat some or some fruit. lol

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11/15/07 5:44 P

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Nice topic. Fortunately, I am a veggie lover. Of course, I think I will eat anything that doesn't eat me first! Over the years, my tastes have changed, and I decided to be more willing to try new things. I used to think I didn't like certain things, such as cauliflower and broccoli, only to find that it was the way they had been prepared that I didn't like. Stir fry has been a wonderful way to use veggies as you can season them in ways that make them really zing.

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11/15/07 5:09 P

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Thanks, all:D Glad to know I'm not the only one fighting with veggies!

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11/15/07 8:35 A

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I actually like most veggies... I am trying to make my boyfriend a better veggie eater... so I will be checking in on tips!!

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11/14/07 11:13 P

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My repertoire of veggies is increasing.. I just added broccoli. However, my standbys are corn, sweet peas, and potatoes. I once had a nutritionist tell me if I liked corn, then eat it, it was better than some of the other stuff, so I don't worry about that too much anymore, especially since sometimes it is "the" side dish with my meal (usually as a mini corn-on-the-cob).

I'll eat baby carrots, but only raw. I recently started adding spinach to cooked dishes, but wouldn't eat it cooked as a stand alone dish (on top of everything else, cooked it just smells bad to me). I like raw spinach and romaine lettuce in salads.

Where I'm headed, is eat what you like. I tried to switch among peas and corn so I didn't get tired of them. My veggie repertoire expansion is fairly recent and has relied on me trying new things and recognizing that some I just plain don't like (asparagus comes to mind, along with green beans).

Nice to hear from others who don't really care for veggies.

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11/14/07 9:34 P

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Sorry but I don't fall into this catagory because I like almost all vegatables. When cooked I like them just done so carrots and green beans etc still have just a little crunch. Veggies like broccoli and cauliflower or brussel sprouts need stay looking fresh and a little firm.

I cook up onions, bell peppers (all colors) and porta bella mushrooms together to season up soups and other dishes.

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11/14/07 9:18 P

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I hate veggies too.

Lately I have been eating baby carrots (i really don't care for carrots unless they are glazed but of course that's fattening) and I've been having dip with them... again a little more fattening but at least I'm getting the nutrients right?

I like green/red/yellow/orange peppers but I'm lazy and never end up cutting them up. And celery... like chewing on a wad of grass you can't swallow so I only eat those when they are out with dip.

I like peas but starchy. I like corn on the carb but starchy. I love mashed potatoes but starchy.

I sometimes have a V8 but I can only handle it so many days in a week. I also enjoy spaghetti but I don't often have that.

I do like some salads but usually when other people make it LOL

But when I do make a soup or chili I load it with veggies. I have a mean cabbage soup that doesn't taste too much like cabbage and I made some mostly veggie with turkey soup and my chili is awesome. In that I through chickpeas (I like pickled chickpeas too), black beans, kidney beans and a bean medley so it's ultra high in fibre. Onion and celery too.

I HATE broccoli and cauliflower and you couldn't pay me to eat those nor brussel sprouts. I don't like asparagus but I've eaten it before. And i've only had artichoke in the form of a dip which was good. I like raw baby spinach but forget cooked.

And only now am I just starting to put a smidgeon of tomato on my subs and salads... usually tho at a restaurant. And mushrooms... only diced finely in a sauce or on a pizza.

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11/14/07 6:58 P

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I spice the heck out of things :) I love basil and other Italian spices, garlic, the mrs. dashes...mmmm - I can make a mean veggie stir fry where I don't even miss the meat in it. but I just have to be more careful with my sauce for that because I don't always have low sodium soy sauce and I thicken it with corn starch. I throw green peppers in about everything. or hide corn or mushrooms in things, sometimes hide zucchini in stuff, because you can grate that up and put it in about anything and you can't really tell it is there. If i make a chili i'll put in diced tomatoes, corn, some mushrooms, turkey burger, beans/lentils, and lots of spice so i don't notice the corn/mushrooms.

my suggestion is to dice things up really small and hide them in stuff.

and with thanksgiving coming up - grate some carrots really fine, or food process them, and put them in the stuffing - I had some last sunday and it was really good. I was surprised.

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11/14/07 6:47 P

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I have had to learn to tolerate veggies too. Fortunately, I do like broccoli. But... you can only eat the things for so long on regular basis before you even tire of those.

I have forced myself to add things like asparagus (yuck) recently in hopes of developing an acquired taste.

No real solutions to offer other than I am forcing myself to eat them.

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11/14/07 6:46 P

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V-8 makes an infusion drink that taste like fruit
but has vegetables in it.

Or I saw a show where vegetables were put into cupcakes and brownies and you don't even know they are there.

Jerry Seignfeld's wife wrote a cookbook for kids
that shows how to put vegetables in your kids diet
without them even knowing it.

I would check out the cookbook isle in Barnes and Nobel. She goes by the last name of Seignfeld.

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11/14/07 6:41 P

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Okay, I can't be alone here. I really don't like that many veggies...and the ones I do like are either starchy (like potatoes) or high in the good kind of fat (mmmmm avocados), or they aren't good for people with thyroid issues (edamame, or soy). So, how are other veggie haters dealing with getting their veggies in? One can only enjoy so much pasta with homemade tomato based sauces.

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