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SONICB Posts: 4,381
7/25/13 10:57 A

You could try blending in raw spinach or kale into smoothies. I personally don't like this approach, but other people swear by it... It's all a matter of taste preferences, I suppose.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
7/25/13 10:47 A

The foods you like can change in as little as 3 weeks. We have conditioned our bodies to like the food we eat today, and can change what we like in another 3-4 weeks. Otherwise we would all have to live in a big circle around macaroni and cheese factories. We adapt.

I still think that cauliflower and brussels sprouts are horrible, but most of the other vegetables that I started to " force " myself to eat, became quite tasty once I had eaten them for a month. Also cutting out all sodium/sweets helped adjust my taste buds. If you are looking for sugar/salt, and have a broccoli spear, of course you will be disappointed. When you realize that beets are actually very sweet, then you will have gotten your taste buds clean.

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7/24/13 6:42 P

All great ideas from people! I think the one thing that I would say is to also try different veggies. In your original post you mentioned carrots, celery, lettuce, and tomatoes....which are probably the most boring veggies known to man. I like veggies and even I don't live for those. Try artichokes (great grilled), zucchini, squash, beets, green beans, onions, asparagus, brussels sprouts, different kinds of greens (kale, spinach, arugula). These have a wide range from sweet to bitter and you can definitely find something you like in the range.

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7/24/13 6:11 P

Thanks all!!! Tomorrow is payday which means grocery day, so I think i will be spending some more time in the fresh veggie aisle =-) I really appreciate the ideas !

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,582
7/23/13 10:28 P

Roasting is great, I didn't like many vegetables until I roasted them.

Also you can have lots and lots of veggies for very few calories.

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7/23/13 5:36 P

Wonderful Post with Tons of Great Ideas!! Thanks to All!!

I totally agree with previous posters that seasonings make a Very Big Difference! One lunchtime favorite was a "Green Bean Salad": drain can of green beans, put in a plastic container, and add 1 Tbls your favorite most flavorful dressing: Italian, Ceasar...even Blue Cheese. Let it marinate until lunchtime! Awesome!! (Have even used spaghetti sauce, or just basil/olive oil....just make it something you like!!)

And since you like fruit: try a salad of finely diced Broccoli (raw, or cooked); Flavored Dried Cranberries (orange, cherry, etc...); Orange slices; Pecans or almonds; and a bit of sweetened dressing to bind together. (I like Honey/OJ dressing or lightly sweetened Mayo diluted with milk.) Let the ingredients be together for several hours prior to adding the dressing.... Even my "Picky" little brother (LOL--he's 52 now!) likes this one...!

Another is Cabbage/Apple/Sweet Onion Coleslaw... or Pineapple & shredded Carrots in Sugar Free Lemon Jello....

Our most recent favorites are done in a BBQ Basket: cut up Sweet Onions drizzled with a bit of Olive Oil and minced Garlic; perhaps with added veggie like thin slices of Carrots/celery/zuchinni... Let them sit in the garlic & Olive Oil for 30 min or so...then toss on the BBQ Basket and cook until tender....

Happy Eating...!

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7/23/13 4:45 P

One more thing to add--salads can be great with balsamic vinegar, if you want to get away from needing to dip your veggies in a sauce or high-calorie dressing. I buy a really nice fig balsamic from an olive specialty store and it is wonderful on so many veggies or in place of salad dressing.

I think that, for raw veggies, a variety of colors and textures is the key. So instead of a salad with just lettuce, try lettuce plus spinach, red onion, grape tomatoes, baby carrots and some garbanzos or other beans.

I'm finding that the more I eat veggies, the more I enjoy and appreciate them. Like you I LOVE fruit, but because it can be so high in carbs, I am trying to limit myself to one or two servings of fruit a day plus more vegetables.

Also, Pinterest can be a good source for learning how to cook vegetables and for recipes. This spring I bought a bunch of artichokes that I wasn't sure how to cook--found tons of good instructions on Pinterest and it was easy.

NSMANN Posts: 981
7/23/13 4:06 P

That's right, you really need to listen to what people are saying on this thread and introduce ROASTING to your life. Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, asparagus, zucchini, they all tasted marvelous when oven roasted with olive oil and garlic. I prefer lemon seasoning from the seasoning aisle for the zucchini. And don't just eat corn and carrots. You need green vegetables in your diet.

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7/23/13 2:46 P

toss a bunch of veggies in olive oil and garlic salt and roast them in the oven at 425 deg. for 20 minutes, instant YUM

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7/23/13 1:39 P

For work snacks, try veggies with something to dip them in. Hummus is a good bet. They have lots of different flavors of hummus too, I like Sabra brand, and the "Supremely Spicy" is my favorite one. Not all stores carry it though so the roasted garlic one is my second choice. In addition to carrots, I also like to slice up red bell pepper to dip. It has a nice sweet flavor, and is good even just by itself.

Also, this recipe is really good at room temperature (I don't use the sesame seeds):
I also use whatever oil I have around.

This zucchini recipe is really great and very easy, and zucchinis are abundant right now, I used to dislike them til I had them this way:

Also, I haven't tried this, but I've heard people really enjoy zucchini "boats":

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 7/23/2013 (13:43)
DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
7/23/13 1:10 P

You like fruit. So why don't you make a fruit smoothie and throw in some veggies. I can't even taste the veggies i throw in unless they have a strong flavor such as cucumber or cilantro. Spinach works great and carrots are good too. Dandelion greens don't change the flavor of my smoothies either.

If that doesn't sound enticing, its all in the preparation of the veggie. About three years ago, I only knew the simplest of veggies-- carrots, cauliflower, green beans, celery, ice berg lettuce of all things, wax beans, corn (which isn't really a veggie), and rutabaga (my grandmother grew them in the garden and they were awesome). I never really ventured out of my comfort zone. However, i always preferred raw veggies unless it was the beans or corn.
then about 2 years ago, i met a raw food chef. To my dismay i did not understand the raw food diet and when I saw the first basket of food she made me, i panicked. how was I going to feel nourished and full with what she prepared. To this day, I actually miss my veggies if I don't eat enough. I have learned to love Kale, mustard greens, collard greens, swiss chard, dandelion greens, broccoli slaw, carrots, and a whole slew of other veggies.
I never knew that veggies could taste so good.

This is in no means suggesting that anyone go raw. It works for me.
But it may not hurt to look at some recipes. The dishes I prepare are flavorful and delicious.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,320
7/23/13 12:50 P

I agree soup is are a few ideas you might try....

Green Peppers are high in nutrients, vitamin A and C. Raw with hummus, Maybe try them stuffed with chicken or sirloin and rice, in salads, stir fry, soups, as a garnish.

Romaine is better than iceberg as it contains Vitamins A, c, K, and various minerals. Or try baby spinach which is milder than more mature spinach. Sometimes I use baby spinach in a sandwich.

Green beans can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol and is low in calorie and sodium. Steam them lightly...maybe you don't like them mushy...add sesame seeds on top for crunch or even sliced almonds as they are both good for heart health.

How about a sweet Potato? Steamed, baked, as a side dish, great as a snack, homemade sweet potato chips or fries, sweet potato pie, in casseroles, stew....just about anything! Acorn Squash tastes like a sweet potato and is low in carbs and has fiber, potassium, omega 3's, vitamins A & C, and B complex. Serve sprinkled with cinnamon

Tomato is a natural antiseptic and loaded with vitamins A, C, and K and Low in fat. Add pepper or rosemary for flavor or grill the tomato

Celery Another high water vegetable that acts as a natural diuretic and has Vitamin C. Celery may be low in vitamins but is rich in minerals that our bodies need...add peanut butter or Laughing Cow reduced fat cream cheese for more taste.

Try those baby carrots dipped into 2 tbs of Ranch dressing or some other dressing you might like. You might also try Matchstick carrots...a handful over a salad....

Cucumber slices Cucumber
Due to their extremely high 96% water content, the inside temperature of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air, making them a refreshing, low-calorie food. One whole cucumber equals only 45 calories! You can dip these in ranch or hummus too

Also great ideas from MISSSVJS

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 7/23/2013 (12:58)
GIPPER1961 Posts: 769
7/23/13 12:50 P

You can train yourself to like things. Sugar free pop tasted horrible 30 years ago, now regular pop tastes strange. Whole wheat bread used to be too grainy and frankly hard. Now after months it tastes normal to me. You can come to like things if you decide to. You won't like every veg but you can find some that are better than othes

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7/23/13 12:36 P

You can add them to other foods and not even notice they are there - shred some zucchini, chop up some mushrooms and add them to spaghetti sauce or meatloaf or even lasagna; if you make smoothies - throw in a handful of raw spinach or kale - you'll never know it's there. Soups are another great way to get veggies in - you can, again, shred zucchini and/or carrots and add them to chili. You'll just have to think outside the box!

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
7/23/13 11:28 A

For me, a lot of it came down to a change in attitude. I didn't WANT to like veggies, so I didn't. I didn't want to give up junk food, so I claimed I didn't like the other options.

If you like fruit, you're already halfway there. Don't force yourself to eat a plain carrot - that's like punishment. You wouldn't eat a plain, boiled chicken breast would you? No, you'd season it, maybe even marinate it. Maybe even top it with a sauce (probably not salsa, but you know).

For snacks, I eat fruit - apples with peanut butter are great - mix a bit of cinnamon in with the PB and it's even better. I'll also have a piece of fruit with some cheese (grapes are always good). I do eat salads now - I used to think I hated them. I'll top lettuce with meat, nuts, cheese, chopped carrots, apple, celery, dried cranberries and then put a bit of balsamic vinegar on it. It's like swapping a boiled chicken breast with chicken cordon bleu.

Do you like eggs? We make a frittata with chard, onions, mushrooms and a chorizo sausage, top it with cheese at the end of baking and then pour salsa over it and eat it with a slice of toast.

My husband made a mango salsa for our tuna last night - mango, onion, tomato, tomatillo and some hot peppers and lime juice.

Some lemon juice on steamed broccoli makes a huge difference. And I'll chop up onion and celery in my tuna salad (now made with hot sauce instead of mayo).

7/23/13 11:26 A

Find a dressing you like and try it. If you like fruit, a sweet poppyseed dressing would be nice. I hated salads until I tried Panera's strawberry poppyseed chicken salad. It is so good. Now I like balsamic vinegar or ranch.

Do you like spice? I LOVE spicy veggies. I can't handle a lot of spice, so I don't add too much to mine, but adding some spicy chili powder or curry makes veggies tasty, and definitely not bland.

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7/23/13 8:56 A

I think it depends on how you make em. I grill my zucchini , I make chicken pea burgers and add red bell pepper, I prefer carrots in a chicken soup verses cold carrots. I bake my red potatoes instead of fried. Sometimes the right seasonings make a difference. Ever heard of WildTree Products?? They are awesome!! Look em up!:}

KPA1B2 Posts: 786
7/22/13 6:01 P

I agree! How they are fixed make a huge difference! Experiment in small portions until you find a recipe that you like.

JUDY1260 Posts: 1,570
7/22/13 5:29 P

If you want something to keep your hands busy at work, try raw veggies with a dip. Google healthy homemade dips so you control the ingredients.

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7/22/13 2:51 P

Try spaghetti squash too. I usually cover it in marinara, but a little butter and parmesan cheese is still pretty healthy :)

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7/22/13 2:47 P

You could try soups! Even if they aren't strictly veggies, you can still sneak a lot of good stuff in there without having to really taste them. For example, you could make chicken tortilla soup with shredded chicken, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, broth and spices.

Also, you should google the recipe for "buffalo cauliflower". Seriously SO good. It took some practice not to dip them into a cup of blue cheese dressing, but now I used them in a wrap with just a little dressing and/or blue cheese crumbles. :)

One of my other favorite veggie-filled meals is shepherd's pie. I mash about half potatoes and half cauliflower for the top layer, saute ground turkey with onions and garlic for the bottom layer, and usually just use extra corn (although sometimes a corn, pea and carrot mixture) for the middle.

Oh and one more life saver....chopped frozen spinach! I use it in almost everything and in most cases you can barely taste it! Scrambled eggs, pasta sauce, mac & cheese, soups, tacos (mix it in with the meat)....

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7/22/13 2:37 P

I used to hate veggies, too. I'd eat them because it was "healthy" but never liked them. And no wonder, most people cook them wrong. In the Standard American Diet, people tend to cook with butter and use salt and cheese as condiments. "Don't like brussel sprouts? Add cheese! Can't eat broccoli? Cheese! Know how to make those peppers good? Sautee them in butter! Have a baked potato? Add butter AND cheese until it tastes good." But if people are concerned about calories and sodium, the salt, butter and cheese come out and we're left with the problem: a bland, tasteless vegetable - because it's been cooked wrong!

I'm now a vegan. I had to completely re-learn how to cook veggies. Now I do it the right way, with proper cooking techniques and seasonings galore. As soon as you can't rely on cheese and salt to flavour foods, you're stuck with bland veggies. And if you're vegan, this really sucks.

I suggest you stop looking at SAD cooking techniques for veggies. Obviously it hasn't worked for you since you still think vegetables are bland. Try some vegan cooking one knows vegetables like we do :)


Just to get you started. Most of the sites have a search feature, so type in what vegetable you want to cook and see what comes up. I went from hating vegetables to absolutely loving them...nothing changed but the way I cooked them.

Edited by: AJBOTV at: 7/23/2013 (11:09)
BITTERQUILL Posts: 1,639
7/22/13 2:21 P

Just try new recipes, as many as you can. Try different veggies or combinations of veggies, new cooking methods, and lots of herbs and spices. I also like pepper sauces and vinegars to add different flavors, and you can use light sour cream or greek yogurt to make creamy sauces that don't add a ton of calories.

I love to sautee veggies with a dab of olive oil and lots of garlic. It's probably my all-time favorite way to eat veggies. Grilled and roasted are good, too.

NHELENE Posts: 1,505
7/22/13 1:46 P

I can't find the exact quote, but I've read that it can take 10-15 tries in order to start to like a new food.

If you have the time to actually cook during the week, try to pick up a new vegetable every week, and find a few recipes for it with different preparations, and a different recipe every few days in a small amount. For example, you could try grilling carrots, roasting them with some potatoes, and sauteeing them in a pan with some butter and brown sugar. (The last one is definitely not an every day recipe)

There were a lot of vegetables that I absolutely hated until I found the right way to prepare them.

7/22/13 1:44 P

"Im a night owl by nature and have been told that eating when the sun goes down doesnt help"

Oh! And don't worry about that. Your body doesn't know or care when it takes in calories. It burns them or doesn't burn them just the same. Eat at 3am if you like.

7/22/13 1:42 P

Veggies should not be bland!

As BUNNYKICKS said, the cooking of them can make or break them. Also, I've found a disturbing number of Americans don't know what a properly ripened vegetable or piece of fruit looks (or tastes) like. I think there's an article here on SP that tells people what to look for in their produce.

I learned from my grandmother how to judge the produce I intend to buy. Many people didn't receive those life lessons while growing up.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
7/22/13 1:38 P

I swear, veggies can be either the most boring, unappetizing, horrid things possible...

or the most exciting delicious interesting things possible!

It's all in the cooking.

In the fall/winter I am all about roasting. (I'd do it now, too, but it makes my kitchen too hot). Toss with a little olive oil and salt or other seasoning, you can roast almost anything. Root veggies like carrots and parsnips, big chunks of onion, cauliflower, squash, even 'green' things like broccoli, really benefit from roasting. They get sweet and chewy and intense...

In the summer, barbeque! I did corn in the husk for the first time this weekend and it was a great success. I have also done thick slices of zucchini, halved tomatoes, eggplant, and asparagus.

At any time - think COMBINATIONS. I find that single-veggie dishes can get boring pretty fast (bowl of carrots? scoop of green beans? meh). But if you combine a bunch of different flavours, colours and textures into a single stir fry or salad - wow! Also you can combine veggies into one-dish dinners (think - pasta with sauce and a heaping portion of sauteed mushrooms and peppers...lasagne layered with spinach... a soup, stew or curry bulked out with whatever was fresh at the farmers market)...

I have found that almost every veggie I "didn't like" - I have come around to liking after discovering HOW i like it. For example kale. I thought I didn't like it. But I'd only ever tried it boiled in soup. Then I tried it in a saute... still not a fan. THEN a friend of mine gave me some of her raw-kale salad with lime-soy-sesame dressing and i fell in L O V E with kale. I like it raw! But not cooked. I had just never known you could eat it raw, and assumed that anyone that did was just trying-too-hard lol!! And now it's the basis of my favorite salad that I eat at least 1x week - never saw that coming!

Experiment, experiment, experiment. Sparkrecipes,,, pinterest, google, all will yield a wealth of ideas...

Edited by: BUNNYKICKS at: 7/22/2013 (13:39)
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7/22/13 1:16 P

Well what I meant when i said one carrot and celery stick, was that I'd add that in my lunch box for work, and try to eat the whole thing, usually i'd get 1/3 of the way and be so disgusted by the taste, i'd move on to something else. It's hard to eat the stuff you dont like, 1/2 the time, my caffeine addiction or my ADHD takes over and i need something in my hands, and i figured carrots better than m&ms or popcorn, so i'd get to bringing a few baby carrots, and still couldn't finish one. I really need foods I can eat at work that are good, tasty, healthy, etc. I spend 3/4 of my life at work working a mix of 12, 10, and 8 hour shifts in the office at night. Im a night owl by nature and have been told that eating when the sun goes down doesnt help, idk if thats true since i sleep in the day and am up at night. been this way for years. Should be sleeping right now, but am doing house cleaning haha.

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7/22/13 1:09 P

Seasoning. Salt, herbs and spices. Fried or roasted, and don't skimp too much on the oil. Boiling vegetables is a crime against nature in my not so humble opinion. Yet that's what is usually passed off as a suitable accompaniment for "meat and potatoes". Bah, I say!

Try vegetarian recipe websites for ideas to start off with, you'll find all kinds of stuff.

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7/22/13 12:37 P

Roasted veggies are good too. Tossing them in a little olive oil and seasoning them with any seasonings you like (i like to use lemon pepper, or old bay or sometimes fajita seasoning) which gives them a lot more flavor than just eating them raw. I saute mushrooms with some onion and garlic and LOVE it (and I used to dislike them). You'll just have to play around with it and you'll find some thing you like (:

JUDY1260 Posts: 1,570
7/22/13 12:32 P

A single carrot or celery stick with your lunch or lettuce wrapping your sandwich sounds pretty boring so it's no wonder you hate it! lol

Try making a yummy salad with a delicious homemade (so you control the ingredients) dressing. Instead of iceberg lettuce, which has practically zero nutritional value, try something darker like romaine or even baby spinach. Add a few simple veggies to start, like those carrots you say you hate (grate them or cut them in strips), maybe some cucumber or tomato slices. Then add some protein to make it a meal - grilled chicken strips, a hard boiled egg, cheddar cheese (go easy on the cheese). Top it with your delicious homemade dressing and you're ready to eat your veggies. :)

For what it's worth, I'm not a big veggie fan either but I do eat cooked broccoli, carrots, corn (both kernels and on the cob when it's fresh local), potatoes and raw spinach. I love fruits so I've been eating plenty of those.

For lunch today I had Annie's Shells & White Cheddar mixed with cooked broccoli.

Edited by: JUDY1260 at: 7/22/2013 (12:36)
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7/22/13 12:13 P

Never would have thought of BBq veggies! thank you! =-) going to google some books now

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7/22/13 12:09 P

Hmm well since I love veggies I may not be the best person to answer this but I do have a hubby with this problem. Lets see you don't have to eat your veggies raw. Bbq corn is yummy, fresh green beans with a little butter, lemon juice an a pinch of salt, oh and salad. Before you say no to salad I must say its all in the dressing. My hubby refused to even look at lettuce until he tried it with an Asian sesame dressing now he has a salad everyday with lunch.

You could also try hiding your veggies in food like they do with picky kids. There are plenty of books out there on this.

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7/22/13 11:55 A

Help!! I hate veggies. hate them. i know its a major part of being and eating healthy, and they offer great nutrition, but i hate the way they taste, a lot are so bland. Im a major fruit eater, but tend to be meat and potatoes type mostly. I've tried introducing veggies to my diet, eating one carrot at lunch at work, adding in a celery stick here and there. Trying lettuce wrapping my sandwhich instead of using bread. bites of tiny tomatoes here. and i can not get to the point of forcing myself into liking what I'm eating and tend to give up after a couple weeks. this is not my first battle with veggies. Does anyone suggest advice or recipes on hiding the tastes of the veggies i do not like so much? I know this sounds like something a 7 year old would have the problem of, but I'm a grown woman,....who doesn't eat her vegetables....

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