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SUSANK16 Posts: 2,635
2/3/14 12:52 P

I found out I love vegetables roasted - not a fan of steam or boil but roasted is fabulous.

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2/3/14 12:36 P

You can find many of the same nutrients in fruits that are in veggies...just do some online research! See what veggies you don't like--find out what their nutrients are--and google other food sources for those things.

I don't eat what I don't like...period. Call me crazy. It's the best part of being a grown-up...I get to choose what goes on my plate! :)

BAPSANN Posts: 1,448
2/3/14 11:46 A

I enjoy drinking my vegetables as a breakfast drink and that helps get in all the veggies I need for a day.

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2/3/14 8:04 A

I used to consider myself a veggie hater until I discovered cooked vegetables. I started with soups. Short version - My soup stock consists of half water, half celery onions and zucchini. I simmer for 15-20 minutes and process with an immersion blender until smooth. Then I add the seasonings and a lot of additional vegetables. The result is delicious and equivalent to several salads per bowl. Also - try Indian recipes. They do exquisite things with vegetables, as opposed to our plain peas and carrots cooking cooking culture.

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2/2/14 11:30 P


I am also a reformed veggie disliker (just this side of "hater!").
I kept seeing on this site about how important it was to get so many fruits & veggies in.
I had lost 50lbs twice & regained it, plus it was torturous both times. Guess what - I didn't include many fruits & veggies then.

Finally decided to just try it and I was floored at what a difference it made! Was safety pinning my waist bands tighter after the first week! All told, it has made this time losing weight much easier and easier to keep off. Now I'm a veggie lover!

That said, I'm a stubborn old broad and refuse to eat "diet" type foods or food that I don't like / doesn't taste good. No way! If I'm going to eat veggies, they better darn well taste good.

So I started experimenting with not only what I bought but where I bought them. I didn't care too much if they were organic; my focus was on taste. There is a HUGE taste difference depending on where you get them, the time of year, etc. I tell you this as you may have written off certain veggies because they tasted bitter or otherwise "yucky." But it could just be where you bought them.

I love Trader Joes, but found most often than not, the zucchini there is bitter. Maybe it's picked too early, who knows. I find this is the case with many large grocery chain (though Stater Bros seems a bit better). Farmer's mkts are usually better but not always.

Ever buy strawberries from a farm stand? They can be sweet as candy. Sometimes the berries at the supermarket have so little taste at all in them or are slightly sour. No wonder people put sugar on them! Time of year can affect taste a lot, too.

Ever have backyard grown tomatoes vs the store kind? Night & day, no??

I live in So. CA and here, I find that Gelson's is about the best place for consistently good tasting, fresh produce. And because it's so good tasting, I like to eat it raw! Every day: zucchini & yellow squash spears; sliced red & orange bell peppers; sliced hot house cukes and Mann's stringed sugar-snap peas. Filled to bursting in a quart sz freezer baggie. Great car food if you drive a lot!

If you were to have asked me 3 yrs ago, I'd say no way would I picture myself doing this. So you never know - you could become a convert, too!

BOBBYJUNE Posts: 139
2/2/14 2:53 P

I stir chopped carrots, celery, spinach and onion into scrambled egg add 1 ounce of mozzarella cheese and a dash of hot sauce. yum.

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2/1/14 11:35 P

Drink v8 juice. I eat hummus with my broccoli, raw broccoli. I also eat hummus with radishes, peppers, any veggie would work with it. Hummus is healthier than dressing, especially creamed based dressings and gives added protein. Try some hummus.

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2/1/14 7:41 P

I like veggies at every meal sometimes more than one and not necessarily a salad

l love serving my meat at dinner on a bed of spinach

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2/1/14 2:43 P

I love veggies! I even crave them. I didn't used to, and there are some in particular I could live without. If you have a hard time with getting your veggies in try this!

I fill my Vitamix or any blender should work, with 2 cups of water, 1 medium ripe banana, four cups of fresh spinach, one medium carrot cut on four pieces, and one serving of Trader Joe's frozen mango chunks & ice to your liking. Start your blender on low to high and once it starts mixing slow it down and add 4 tablespoons of flax meal. If it's not sweet enough I add in 2-3 Medjool dates!!! (Of course remove the pits!) Spinach is bland so you don't really taste it, but it's so healthy! Makes 2 12 ounce servings.

I vary my smoothies. Today I made a banana, 4 cup spinach, one whole cut up beet (for the brave as it adds an earthy flavor, BUT if you add in a Chia + Superfoods packet, it helps sweeten your smoothie and it tastes great! Plus you get the benefit of the chia and other super foods! I found on Amazon or your Wholefoods may carry it.) I also added Mango, ice and just 2 tbsp of flax meal since I added the chia. It was very tasty. My husband enjoys a morning smoothie as well!

It's a help knowing I got 2 servings of fruits and veggies in one sitting! :-) So many variations and dates really help to mask the veggie taste if you do not like them. Try cutting up a fennel bulb once in a while & adding it in! It helps when you feel bloated. Cheers!

ALIHIKES Posts: 4,456
2/1/14 12:00 P

Keep on trying until you discover some recipes that you like. I really like vegetable curry; soups with veggies; I can eat a main course salad with diced veggies and chicken and yummy dressing; roast veggies.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,483
2/1/14 11:08 A

hide them in the stuff you enjoy
make half potato half cauliflower, mash them together. (add kale to mashed potatoes)
sautee carrots, celery, mushrooms, and then add them to your meatloaf recipe with an egg.
beef/chicken stews are a great way to eat more veggies.
or try some of the freggie smoothies

1/31/14 10:36 P

I forgot to add that I hide veggies in things a lot. I puree carrots, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, or zucchini with a little water and add them to my spaghetti sauce and chili. I also put veggies in my smoothies. You can not taste it at all. I use spinach, kale, raw broccoli or celery in mine. Avocado makes smoothies REALLY smooth. :)

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1/31/14 9:54 P

I live in Alaska so the produce is shipped from the lower 48 & the price is $$$$$..... emoticon so I live on canned veggies-

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
1/31/14 7:18 P

OMG grilled asparagus is amazing. Olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic - I'm in heaven!!

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1/31/14 6:59 P

It's important to enjoy your food so you don't end up feeling deprived and more vulnerable to bingeing. I would stick to veggies I like for the time being, maybe try V8 if you like it, and add new things one at a time. With eating healthy your tastes will probably change over time and you might start to enjoy a greater variety of veggies.

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1/31/14 3:33 P

I love all kinds of veggies. However I am extremely busy and don't have time for preparation and cleanup. I have been drinking 2 glasses of 100% vegetable juice daily. Its good and convenient. Don't get me wrong, I've got a juicer, blender, smoothie maker, magic bullet...all of those. I just find opening up the bottle and pouring a glass to be easy. The brand I get is Great Value and it's a nice hearty consistency. So it's quite filling; as if I've had a bowl of soup. I also found very quickly with my juicer that unless you grow your own veggies, juicing can be very expensive.

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1/31/14 3:24 P

Grilled veggies are awesome! Ever try asparagus on the grill? It's amazing. Eggplant too.

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1/31/14 3:14 P

I have to say that grilled or roasted is a good way to get veggies into your diet. I said the same for fish. I did not and do not like baked fish but when it is grilled I love it. So this is what I do with my veggies. I have to now try fresh green beans on the grill. I love the fried one at TGIFridays so I am going to see if I can do them on my indoor grill.

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1/31/14 1:28 P

I hated Veggies growing up. I could eat the normal carrots, celery, and LETTUCE ONLY with NO hard middles (weird i know) and broccoli with NO stems!! (weird i know) lol.. But now that im learning how to live a healthy lifestyle, iv realized i cant be to picky. Honestly, does anything healthy sound really good to you?? Especially if your so use to the highly processed foods. Well, i broke out of that stage of fear! You know, the first day you see asparagus!! They look like a nightmare!! BUT THEIR MY FAVORITE VEGGIE!! It doesnt hurt to try new things out! This is a JOURNEY!! ENJOY AND HAVE FUN!!!

P.s. if you think the food item is okay... KEEP eating it.. and you will SOON LOVE IT!!

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1/31/14 1:03 P

Great tips and points everyone :)

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1/31/14 12:41 P

Roasting is amazing. I forgot to say but a little Parmesan is good too if you eat cheese. It doesn't take a lot. I can seriously eat an entire pan of Brussels sprouts or asparagus done that way.

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1/31/14 12:18 P

Thanks again for all the suggestions. For the record though, I never claimed to hate most or all veggies, just certain ones. I tend to favor the starchy ones though like beans, potatoes, and corn. I do like spinach, peppers, onions, zucchini, yellow squash, and well-cooked broccoli and cauliflower (though prefer those two mixed with other stuff).

And I eat fresh, frozen, and canned (well-rinsed). So, as I said in my last response, I probably get more nutrients than I realize. But at least now I have some new ideas to try (like roasting).


SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
1/31/14 12:13 P

Just eat more of the ones you like and find other foods to provide any nutrients you may be missing.

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1/31/14 12:12 P

Starting small is a good idea. We've definitely slowly ramped it up around here (I was huge on veggies already but DH wasn't a big fan at first).

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1/31/14 11:59 A

Trying veggies prepared different ways helps. My daughter doesn't like carrot sticks but will eat a few shredded carrots on her salad. I don't like cooked kale, but like kale in a salad. Cabbage is another one I don't like cooked but like it as a slaw.

Maybe don't make the veggie the main thing. Add a tiny bit of chopped broccoli to scrambled eggs. Add chopped veggies (celery, cucumbers, onions) to tuna or chicken salad. That way they are with something else. Maybe add some to a casserole. Slowly increase the amount of veggies you add.

I mix canned pumpkin with plain or vanilla yogurt.

Check out websites for how to prepare veggies for kids.

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1/31/14 11:50 A

Are you eating fresh veggies or mostly canned? Fresh is much much better and there's a lot you can grow yourself even with just a little space (we grow on our apartment balcony in the middle of a bustling urban area). I also want to mention that not eating a lot of processed food makes the unprocessed stuff better. Your tastes can change. I've gotten DH to like tomatoes a lot more in the past few years.

Also, how are you preparing them? I roast a lot of different things from cauliflower to carrots with just a little olive oil, pepper and salt and they're amazing.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
1/31/14 11:23 A

Stop eating salt and sugar. Vegetables taste delicious once you stop destroying your taste buds with these two. I used to hate veggies too, but once you get rid of the salt and sugar, you find that chicken is very salty, and vegetables can be sweet, especially if cooked longer. I find green beans to be sweet now, not quite dessert, but very pleasant to eat. When eating salt, and sugar in the diet though, we can't taste these at all. I am not just talking about ADDED salt and sugar either, but you should also be limiting the salt, and sugar in foods. Packaged foods have salt added, so you don't need to do so yourself, but they still make good food taste bland.

1/31/14 10:53 A

My guess is we all have sensitive taste buds. My guess is also that the majority of people would prefer to eat other foods than vegetables...
It can be so that we just don't like certain vegetables. I have a hard time believing that someone would find ALL vegetables hard to like.

I tend to look at it this way: our body resembles that of primates a lot. We have over 99 % of our genes the same as chimpansees, if I remember correctly. Wild chimps eat a lot of fruit and 25 to 50 % of their diet is greens. (See also Victoria Boutenko's 'Green for Life'). So my thought is we, our bodies, our intestines, are made to eat fruit and vegetables. Of the two, the vegetables are less attractive because they contain less sugars and in a world in which we needed calories to survive, our senses and taste were designed to like sugary foods.

Also, we have become used to foods, these days, that have more stimulating tastes, but I do believe we can learn to appreciate natural foods more.

I can also say that after a period in which I ate a lot of junkfood, but switched to eating mostly vegetables, my body felt SO MUCH better. I may have started to appreciate fruit and vegetables much more once I realized how much more energy I had and how better I felt in my insides when I ate a lot of vegetables. In addition, my skin became bright and my hair and nails started growing much faster. I'm pretty convinced that one cannot truly be healthy unless one eats a lot of fruit and veggies.
It could be that being (more) aware of the EFFECT of a food helps to start to 'like' it.

Edited by: CHRISTINA-TODAY at: 1/31/2014 (10:55)
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1/31/14 10:30 A

I don't like a lot of veggies either. Forcing yourself to eat something you hate is just miserable, so you may want to try adding veggies to something you love instead I find that we eat more veggies if we add them to the foods we're already making, but fail whenever I try to add them to our diet. Here's what we do, and I hope you can use a couple of these ideas.

There's garden delight pasta which is made with veggies in it. Their spaghetti is really good. We add veggies like onion, cilantro or basil, and tomato to a quesadilla. My kids won't eat it unless the veggies are blended into a green sauce, but if I can get them to eat it that way then we will do that. Any little bit helps. If there's even one veggie you like, eat it often. We eat soy chorizo because it tastes like the real thing. I look up vegetarian recipes and add meat to them. I add a slice of lettuce to a sandwich. I buy chunky veggie spaghetti sauce. If we treat ourselves to pizza I get the kind with all the veggies on it. I add lintels or grated carrot to my taco meat. If you like any veggies raw, eat them that way. We discovered quinoa, which is a tiny grain that you can substitute for rice, and it's the only way I can stomach peas is mixed with quinoa with some parmesan cheese, or corn and tomato. We like our sweets, so we add zucchini or carrots to bread and muffins. We add corn or jalapenos to our cornbread or jiffy muffins. Cabbage slaw, green salad, or cucumber salad as a side are pretty good. Add onion to your scrambled egg, celery to your chicken. carrots to your beef, fresh herbs like cilantro, basil, or parley to your fish every time you fix those meats. Maybe these foods aren't the best choices, but if we're adding health, then we're taking a step in the right direction.

1/31/14 10:08 A

I am a reformed "vegetable hater." I used to hate all vegetables as a child and wouldn't try anything I didn't already like. As I grew older and started to eat healthier, I realized I don't hate all of them. I just didn't like how they were prepared for me as a child. Roasting is WONDERFUL. There are still some veggies I don't like that way, but in general, it's a great way to try some that you wouldn't otherwise eat. Experiment with different veggies and then prepare them different ways. For example, cauliflower is something I really don't like as far as taste. I don't like it raw, boiled or steamed plain. Sometimes you need to add spices or other ingredients to them. I found a recipe here on SparkPeople that was a Mock Potato Casserole. It added cream cheese,shredded cheese and bacon to steamed and mashed califlower. YUMMY!

I also sometimes eat my veggies in the same forkful as something else such as meat or something else I like so I get different tastes together. Marinate them in soy sauce and sesame oil and then grill them or roast them. Add spices. I PROMISE: you will find some vegetables you can eat or at least tolerate. You may even grow to like them. There will still be some that you really can't eat. (I can't do any type of bean - mostly because of the grainy texture - pears, too. Or Mushrooms - the slimy texture grosses me out). But you will find some. It just takes time and creativity.

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1/30/14 11:49 P

TRY THEM. our taste buds change
try new recipies, dips ot herp/spices.

veggies come in different flavors, colors and textures. they can be eaten raw, steamed, roasted sauted or blended with other items to change the taste. many bitter veggies lose that puch when they are cooked.

i also go green smoothies. spinach and kale work well.would not suggest using romaine or green leaf lettuce. they have a stronger flavor.

1/30/14 11:24 P

I have never been a vegetable eater, but I recently tried roasting (as others have mentioned) and I love it. I have done it mostly with carrots, but also butternut squash, broccoli and brussel sprouts. I bought a small container of "finishing butter" from Wegmans (orange vanilla) and add that after veggies are roasted. A little goes a long way (e.g. 1/4 tbs for an entire batch of roasted carrots) and really makes the veggies taste delicious.

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1/30/14 7:21 P

I've found that I can add a whole cup of baby spinach to my morning smoothie and can't even taste it. Kale works too. I use a Nutri-bullet and it pulverizes everything. I personally hate most fruit, but just the texture, not the taste. So every morning I drink about 2 servings of fruit and a serving of veggies with some Greek yogurt for protein.

MLEHTO Posts: 734
1/30/14 6:29 P

I understand exactly what you are talking about. Most of the fruits and vegetables I dislike, I do so because of the texture, not the taste. I try to find different cooking methods or non-cooking methods which alter the texture.

For instance, cooked spinach is a thumbs down but raw spinach, thumbs up. Canned peas - thumbs down, frozen peas - I love.

GABCIN Posts: 15
1/30/14 6:26 P

I have been reading this discussion and find myself with another question. What if it isn't necessarily the taste of the food but the texture? I have an issue with the textures of fruits and vegetables. Enjoy the flavors just can't do the texture thing. Any ideas for this dillema?

CIELBEE Posts: 357
1/30/14 6:23 P

In addition to grating up veggies for soups, I really like veggie soups made smooth in the blender (or use an immersion blender or food processor). You can make the dominant flavor potatoes and then things like broccoli, carrots, cauliflower are secondary. You can put a lot of cauliflower, zucchini and broccoli in a potato soup and have it still taste like potatoes, but you know you are getting a nice mix of nutrients. Just cook your veggies in broth until they are cooked through and blend. Add milk or more broth if you like it thinner.

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1/30/14 4:39 P

I have very sensitive taste buds, so when I say I can't force myself to eat something I don't like, I really can't--and I can't "acquire" a taste for them. I've tried carrots and celery over the years (since I know that tastes do change), but the taste of them still disgusts me. I do occasionally put carrots in vegetable soup, since, once it all cooks together, you can't really taste any individual veggies anyway. But still can't eat them raw or just cooked, even with a dip.

But, again, I do appreciate all the tips. I do eat more veggies than I used to when I was younger, trying new ones every so often. So maybe I do get enough for what I need. But it's always good to get some new ideas. Thanks!

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
1/30/14 4:25 P

it might be helpful to start thinking about yourself NOT as "a person that doesn't like vegetables" but "a person that hasn't been used to eating a lot of vegetables." And think of the veggies NOT as "something I don't like" but as "something I haven't acquired a taste for, yet."

We can change what we like.

It doesn't happen overnight. You aren't going to go from an occassional eater-of-cauliflower-and-cheese to a raw-kale-and-shredded-beet salad overnight.

Eat the ones you know you like, and make it a habit to "try one new thing" each day. Either a new veggie you haven't tried in a while, or a new recipe or method of preparation for it. If you don't like it, you don't have to finish it. And you then don't have to eat that veg again for awhile... because tomorrow you will try something *else.* Eventually you'll come round to it again and maybe it "won't be as bad as you remember." Maybe on the third, fourth, fifth time, you'll find that it's really pretty good.

Tastes can and do change. Heck, I remember the first time i tasted cilantro - i literally had to spit the food out of my mouth. And now it's one of my favorite herbs. Never saw that coming! You just have to find the balance between "tasting/experimenting/exploring" and "forcing" - if you force yourself to eat things you hate, you'll probably solidify your hatred for said foods. If you experiment a bite at a time, a taste here and there, with no punishing demand that you MUST learn to like these things, you'll probably find you naturally come to tolerate or even appreciate them, over time.

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1/30/14 4:23 P

You can grate a lot of veggies into chili without really noticing them. Carrots and zucchini are both good this way. There are also lot of recipes out there for mac and cheese with butternut squash in it. I haven't tried it, but one of my friends credits it with about 50% of her son's veggie consumption. What about zucchini, carrot or pumpkin muffins? There are plenty of lower fat options out there, many with whole wheat flour that would give you a serving of veggies for breakfast.

And, as someone else said, you really don't have to like them, you just have to eat them. I don't like doing laundry; I just do it.

Edited by: LULUBELLE65 at: 1/30/2014 (16:35)
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1/30/14 4:01 P

Thanks for all the suggestions! The roasting ideas sound promising, so I will definitely give those a try.


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1/30/14 3:42 P

I too am not a veggie fan but I have forced myself to try new ones once in a while or to prepare them in a different way. Baby steps! I often grate carrots or zucchini into tomato based sauces and you really don't realize they are there. Soups is another way I get my veggies. Keep experimenting -- it's worth it! emoticon

1/30/14 3:25 P

To like a food or not is most of the time an acquired taste.

I think one should not pay too much attention to if you LIKE a food like vegetables. We just have to get them in!
Compare it to brushing your teeth or taking a shower frequently. You don't have to like it. But you HAVE TO do it!

So eat a lot of the vegetables you do like. Do cook them, put them in soup, that's fine.
And try a veggie you don't know or haven't eaten for a long time now and then. You may discover more vegetables you like that way.

Green smoothies are a great way to have more vegetables too.

You can also try to find recipes that combine vegetables you are not too fond of with ingredients you do love.

Edited by: CHRISTINA-TODAY at: 1/30/2014 (15:27)
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1/30/14 2:40 P

The most successful thing about the way I am going about my journey is that I am taking "baby steps". While I LOVE vegetables, I HATE exercising (especially a laid out type of program). So, I noodled around on SP, asked some folks for suggestions, and came up with a couple of things that worked for me.... one is "sneaking in" my exercise (see my blog if you want to know more) and the other is exploring different kinds of exercise that I hadn't looked at before (thank you YOUTUBE and Sparks Videos - lol). I just looked today and found that I am at DOUBLE my exercise goal, and to be bluntly honest, I don't even know how I got there.... ha ha ha

For you and veggies, have you considered taking a similar approach? Start by getting in 5 helpings of fruits OR veggies. Then, maybe visit a farmers market (if there is one in your part of the country this time of the year) or a store that specializes in veggies. Go in, noodle around, ask questions of staff and other shoppers (if you feel comfy with that), and just add 2 veggies you haven't tried before or in a LONG time... unless you can get samples, which is even better! You may find veggies are lurking out there that you actually like.

We are our own worst enemies sometimes and we stand in our own way a LOT. It takes a lot of commitment and focus to take advantage of a tool like SP, and I am proud of you for being a part of the community :)

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1/30/14 2:11 P

I agree with the already stated ideas. Until one of those fits, I would aim for at least 5 servings/day of what you like.

KATHY47802 Posts: 1,337
1/30/14 1:12 P

Put it in a smoothie - I love spinach smoothies - you can disguise them with fruit but there is so much more that goes in to this drink emoticon

1/30/14 11:55 A

disquise them

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
1/30/14 11:53 A

Normally I tell people "If you don't like it, don't eat it".

One thing to to try to roasting veggies - a lot of times it brings out a whole new flavour - I love roasted cauliflower - OMG - it tastes nutty!! And the tops are kinda crunchy, and the inside smooth and mellow.

You break it into florets, toss with a little olive oil, sprinkle with a little salt and garlic powder and roast - you can sprinkle cheese on it too - wow.

Here is a guide to roasting veggies if you are interested:

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1/30/14 11:53 A

1) Smoothies! My favorites include shredded carrots, pumpkin puree, and blueberries OR a banana, spinach, and boiled sweet potato. Just throw them in a blender with 1.5 cups of unsweetened almond milk, one teaspoon of agave nectar, and maybe some protein powder if you'd like. Then -- boom -- you have at least 1 serving of veggies in a cold treat.

2) I also love to roast my vegetables to give them flavor. I like to do this with sweet potatoes, asparagus, beets, and carrots. I boil sweet potatoes for about 15 minutes while pre-heating the oven and then slice them. I coat them with one tablespoon of olive oil, which helps up the flavor in a little heart-healthy fat. Then, I place them in the oven uncovered with a glass oven-safe dish or aluminum foil. In 20 minutes, they come out of the oven caramelized and sweet-tasting. Then, I sprinkle a little pepper and cumin, which really helps the flavor.

3) I saute my dishes with non-starchy vegetables. So instead of just cooking eggs or chicken, I'll heat a pot with some oil and throw in the onions or tomatoes, and kale. Then, I add the meat. When you mix it together, the flavoring in the meat tends to enhance the taste of the veggies.

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
1/30/14 11:43 A

If you don't like carrots (for example), try pickling them. I pickle almost anything that grows up from the ground and munch on them for snacks. I'm intimidated (frankly, scared) by the pickling process with any kind of canning procedure, so I pickle my vegetables the simple way: slicing, salting, seasoning, and then adding something acidic like vinegar. Then I put the mixture in the refrigerator.

Right now, I have some baby cucumbers in the fridge. I sliced them very thin with a mandolin, salted them in a bowl so that they taste salty, added seasoning (a smoky mixture of seasonings I ground up myself) but not much, and then put them in a very clean jar.I poured vinegar in,(I don't cover with vinegar, I pour in maybe to fill the jar a third of the way up, then really mix them by turning the jar and mixing it all up as if it was in a drum), and closed the jar loosely. Then I put it in the fridge. Now, the cukes are seasoned, tasting of vinegar and some salt, but mainly, very very crunchy.

If you don't pickle things already, the best thing to do (and safest) is to google 'refrigerator pickles' and get the amounts from those recipes. I'm pretty casual about it because I'm using the fridge and everything is gone in a week or so anyway.

You can do this with carrots, onions, cucumbers, raw asparagus (I haven't tried that), garlic (I have some garlic in a different jar in the fridge), even thick lettuce leaves that you've shredded. If you like what you've been making, you can move on to things like kimchee - for some reason, kimchee is all the rage now in restaurant dishes and food trucks.

The seasoning I added to my cukes had red pepper flakes in it, so call that kimchee-like!

Pickles are snacks, go in sandwiches, and can even just be mounds of crispy veggies alongside something heavy and fatty. I think this is why coleslaw became a regular addition to the fish and chip plate. It's refreshing if not too mayonnaise-y. The cabbage you shred for coleslaw could just as easily have been made into pickled cabbage (that would be a classic start for kimchee) and without vinegar, you've got the makings of homemade saurekraut.

Make your own sauerkraut and you will not buy the store-made again. Google will give you tons of recipes for homemade sauerkraut.

Edited by: ALGEBRAGIRL at: 1/30/2014 (11:46)
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1/30/14 11:19 A

I know it's important to add more vegetables to my diet, especially non-starchy ones. But, unfortunately, most of them just don't taste good to me. I can eat broccoli and cauliflower, but only if they're well-cooked and mixed with something else (i.e., I don't like them steamed or raw). And I simply cannot force myself to eat something that doesn't taste good to me (like carrots, celery, asparagus, avocado, etc.). About the only non-starchy ones I like are spinach (and most other lettuces), peppers, and onions. So I do eat a lot of salads anyway (just very bare compared to what most people eat). But I'm concerned that I may not be getting enough nutrients. I take vitamins and supplements, but I know it's healthier to get the nutrients from foods. it okay to go ahead and eat the less-favorable veggies well-cooked (like in soups) than to not eat them at all?

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