100 lb. Club - foods I've never tried... but am thinking about..




Charbar
03-12-2007, 10:49 AM
You would be amazed at what foods I've never tried. It wasn't till I was in my early 20's that I tried sour cream... cream cheese.... mayo.. (okay - maybe I should never have tried these..lol)
In the past year I just tried avocados. I was afraid before. They looked like Kermit the frog's guts.. but they are really yummy. And the fat is the good fat.. yeah!

There is such a huge.. I mean huge list of foods still!

I'm thinking about spinach. And not the canned stuff.. that reminds me of Poyeye and it looks nasty. What should I do with it? Can I cook it with other foods? ie. baked chicken .. you know, hide it incase I don't like it.

Are there foods out there you are curious about trying?


royalsfan1
03-12-2007, 10:53 AM
Start off simple, Dana. Add fresh spinach to your salads. Excellent dark green veggie benefits! I love it sauteed with just about anything and put on a whole wheat tortilla.

I'm considering asparagus. Several people on here seem to like it. I've only had it once in my life...and it was from a can....BLEH!

Mrs Quadcrew
03-12-2007, 11:03 AM
Fresh spinach (and asparagus!) are both on my grocery list every week these days. I eat spinach just about everyday. I throw some in my salad, I put a bunch of spinach leaves on my sandwiches (instead of lettuce) and I love it sauteed in a tiny bit of olive oil with some fresh garlic! YUMM!

Asparagus - I even eat this raw too! Cut the thick stems off and it is great! I eat it in stir frys, steamed in the microwave, roasted, you name it!


FilmGrrl
03-12-2007, 11:17 AM
I have this thing against vegetables that I'm trying to get over. It's like a weird gag reflex, but I'm certain it's psychological. So I'm trying to get over it slowly.

Spinach is surprisingly one of those veggies that I've learned to be able to enjoy.

I like to saute it with a little bit of olive oil and garlic. It goes nice spread on a thin slice of baguette or toast. I was surprised. It doesn't look so appetizing, but it has a nice flavor and complements a lot of things.

I had some cooked carrots last night. It was a huge step forward (god, I feel just like a 6 year old), and I actually liked them. My fiance wants me to try brocoli, but I am having trouble eating something that smells so terrible. I know, I'm sure it's delicious, but I can't make myself do it.

kaplods
03-12-2007, 11:32 AM
It's easier to get my nephews (2 and 5) to eat fruits and vegetables than my husband. Though surprisingly the ones he likes are not the ones you would think a veggie-hater would eat (like broccoli).

My theory is to "cover them up" even in unhealthy ways until he gets used to them (Just like with a kid - dip helps, and now he at least likes fat-free ranch dressing).

Once I started pushing him a bit (not quite nagging, but pretty close), he
would eat one or two slices of a piece of fruit I was eating, if I offered it to him, and he likes canned pineapple and pears. He's coming around, but it's a slow process, and I often resort to hiding them in meatloaves, cooking meat in V-8, and making soups with V-8 and a lot of veggies (it's surprising what he will eat in a soup as long as there's some meat in it, though there's still usually a little pile of one or two veggies he's eaten around).

penor
03-12-2007, 11:33 AM
I'm thinking about hummus but I've been "thinking" about it for awhile. It'll have to be one of those occasional things but the name just kinda makes me go ,"UGH!"(lol) Since I don't really do any crackers anymore I don't know what I'd do with it but I (think) I'd like to try it. (?)

FilmGrrl
03-12-2007, 11:35 AM
Hummus is yummy with toasted pita.

SereneChaos
03-12-2007, 11:42 AM
On the spinach note, another good way to have it is in your soups. Just place a hand full at the bottom of the bowl, and pour your soup over. Excellent way to get some veggie power, without the major taste. Works with my fussy nephew too!

But a food I've beenb considering trying again....clams. Couldnt stand the texture as a kid, or the taste...but I figure it may have changed since? Not the taste of the clams, but my taste buds! lol

royalsfan1
03-12-2007, 11:48 AM
Clams are awesome, in my opinion! I love them sauteed in their own juice with garlic, green pepper, onion, and mushrooms...and served over whole wheat pasta.

Hummus is good on raw vegetables. Especially carrots and celery!

Mrs. Q. I LOVE spinach on sandwiches!!!

rockinrobin
03-12-2007, 11:49 AM
OMG, some of my favorite foods you mentioned. I love spinach. I sautee it with garlic and then put a grilled chicken cutlet over it. I use it in stir frys and I use baby spinach in salads.

Asparagus is my new favorite find. I make it roasted. so easy. I cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil, spray it with PAm. Wash and trim the ends of the asparagus and place it on the sheet, sprinkle it with a little salt, onion powder and garlic powder, Spray a little more cooking spray. Cook at 400 or so for about 10 -12 minutes. Delicious at only 3.6 calories a stalk and 1 gm of fiber - good stuff.

Hummus, another yummy one. Just watch how much you eat it adds up quickly. I make myself a veggie platter, cucumber spears, baby carrots, peppers, grape tomatoes, celery stick and just dip away. Yummy.

Kamily828
03-12-2007, 12:30 PM
This is a great topic!

My daughter is always begging me to buy different veggies to try. Artichokes and eggplant are the main ones. I would but I have no idea how to fix them. Does anyone have any suggestions?
The lunch ladies at school call her veggie girl. She always goes back for seconds. :D
The roasted asparagus sounds like something she would love. She eats it buts it always canned.


I had always wanted to try hummus. I did and loved it!


I eat spinach just about everyday. I throw some in my salad, I put a bunch of spinach leaves on my sandwiches (instead of lettuce)

I do too.



making soups with V-8

I also make chili and spaghetti sauce with V8.

Casey4
03-12-2007, 12:47 PM
I am a pretty good veggie eater. I have add Kale to my menu since Jan. It is another great for you green leafy veggie. I am so glad I gave steel oats another try. I tasted them last year and just couldn't eat them. Now I can't start my morning without them!

jillybean720
03-12-2007, 01:38 PM
It's easier to get my nephews (2 and 5) to eat fruits and vegetables than my husband. Though surprisingly the ones he likes are not the ones you would think a veggie-hater would eat (like broccoli).
You know, there must be something about broccoli because most veggies make me literally physically gag, but I don't mind some cooked broccoli (not plain, of course, but with some sort of sauce or something).

I'd like to find a good lower-calorie tortilla. I used to buy the "La Tortilla" brand, but I can't find them anywhere anymore. I have compared many of the tortillas on the shelves and in the refrigerated cases of my grocery stores (multiple times--you know how you always hope something has magically changed from one week to the next ;) ), but they all seem so high in calories for the size of the food.

royalsfan1
03-12-2007, 01:48 PM
You know, there must be something about broccoli because most veggies make me literally physically gag, but I don't mind some cooked broccoli (not plain, of course, but with some sort of sauce or something).

I'd like to find a good lower-calorie tortilla. I used to buy the "La Tortilla" brand, but I can't find them anywhere anymore. I have compared many of the tortillas on the shelves and in the refrigerated cases of my grocery stores (multiple times--you know how you always hope something has magically changed from one week to the next ;) ), but they all seem so high in calories for the size of the food.


I just bought some La Tortilla Factory tortillas at Kroger. Instead of being with the other tortillas they were over in the produce section. Where they keep the egg roll wraps and the TVP products. You might try looking there at your local market....

Charbar
03-12-2007, 01:54 PM
What exactly is hummas? or do I want to know?

Mrs Quadcrew
03-12-2007, 01:56 PM
I eat Hummus about everyday! It is a "dip" made from pureed garbanzo beans, garlic and lemon juice basically. It is supposed to have tahini in it (sesame seed paste) but instead of that I use natural peanut butter! I always have some of it in my frig. I LOVE It with cut up fresh vegies. I make it myself every Sunday!

lessofsarahtolove
03-12-2007, 02:15 PM
Various comments:

Hummus is awesome with cucumber slices and baby carrots! (When I buy it already made, I doctor it with extra roasted garlic, cumin, and a little extra lemon juice.)

I'm a spinach-in-my-salad girl, BIGTIME! I also add it to my baked egg muffins and my rice, top my fish with it, eat the pre-chopped frozen stuff nuked and alone in a bowl for a snack. I also do a nice light pasta dish with spinach, chicken, lowfat feta, garlic and chopped fresh tomatoes, lemon juice and olive oil. I swear I've never met a piece of spinach I didn't like! :tongue:

Rockinrobin, I roast my asparagus too! YUM! I also like to grill it, either on the outside grill or in my stovetop grillpan. I love the charred flavor! Sprinkle lemon juice on it, and gobble it up! I also like to add it to pasta with chicken and garlic, olive oil and a little parmesan. Very yummy.

Careful with the canned asparagus -- it's PACKED with sodium!!! I can't stand that stuff! It's pretty far removed from actual fresh asparagus in flavor, color and consistency.

Kale rocks! And so do collard greens and mustard greens. :) Check out Italian and other Mediterranean cooking styles for some great greens recipes -- they've been cooking them for centuries. Of course, also Asian cultures!

Try grilling eggplant and sprinkling it with lemon juice over it. Slice it into 1/4 inch rounds and lay them out on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Lay all of the eggplant rounds out on the paper towels and sprinkle the tops of each with a little salt to remove the bitterness. Let them sit for about a half hour until you see that there are beads of moisture at the top of each. That will tell you that the bitterness has been removed. Cover them with paper towels and pat the tops dry. Brush the tops with a tiny bit of olive oil -- or, even better, some garlic-infused olive oil -- and grill either on the grill or in a grillpan. Lemon juice, a tiny sprinkle of sea salt, and you're good to go! They're fine reheated, also.

lessofsarahtolove
03-12-2007, 02:19 PM
Just a quick addition to the list of hummus ingredients: it's also got tahini, which is a sesame paste. The tahini is the most highly caloric ingredient, so that's what ups hummus' caloric count somewhat. Hummus packs a nutritional punch and it's very satisfying, so it's a great addition to a healthy diet.

Slashnl
03-12-2007, 02:32 PM
I'll ask about the steel cut oats. I haven't looked for those yet, but I'm wondering where you go for that. Also, what is the benefit as opposed to rolled oats? I'm assuming that maybe there's more fiber to "steel cut" than "rolled". I've been thinking of trying those. Do they take long to fix?

** I was going to ask how much sugar you would need to add to make them tasty, but .... (just kidding!!!!!!)

Slashnl
03-12-2007, 02:34 PM
Oh, and thanks for the idea of roasted asparagus. I love fresh asparagus!!! Roasted sounds good.
I actually can pick fresh asparagus in a month or so if I go up and down the ditch banks near our house. YUM!!!

Glory87
03-12-2007, 02:38 PM
I make my own hummus, so I can control the oil content. I don't use tahini (although I love it).

Recipe:

2 cans chickpeas, drained and reserve liquid
garlic (to taste)
Flavor (I like a package of sun dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers, but anything is good, black olives, onions, etc etc)
Splash of lemon juice
Olive oil (up to 2 tbs, it's fine without any at all).

Put all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse, slowly add reserve liquid until the hummus is a creamy consistency. Makes about 6 1/2 cup servings. I love it with cut up vegetables.

As far as eggplants and artichokes:

Artichokes - if I buy whole artichokes - I steam them. I cut off the majority of the stem and the prickly parts of the leaves. I put them in a big pot with about 2 inches of water and steam them for 30 minutes (consult the internet for better directions, I peek at them until they are the right "color."). I serve them with dips - I make a great dip with silken soy, garlic, lemon juice (blended in the food processor), but probably any dip is good. To eat them, pull off a leaf and dip it, then drag it between your teeth, scraping off the edible flesh and leaving the majority of the leaf behind. Discard leaf. Repeat until you get to the "thistly" choke. Use a spoon to scoop out the thistle part (you will know it when you see it). The heart is left and it is the best part, cut it with your fork, dip and yum! It is a good vegetable because it is labor intensive, takes forever to eat and is very low in calories. You can also buy frozen packages of baby artichokes, when I was growing up, my mom just nuked them and we ate them as a side dish (just like...peas or something). I also used marinated jarred artichokes in salads, in omelets, in pasta sauce, etc.

Eggplants - they can be bitter, so I sometimes cut them into disks, sprinkle with salt and leave them for 20 minutes in a collander covered with a paper towel, then I rinse and pat. They are good roasted, in lasagna, in ratoutille, I also love them grilled. They don't have much taste themselves, but they really soak up the flavor of the sauce/marinade you use.

I also HATE canned asparagus and love roasted asparagus (or fresh!). I hate raw broccoli and love steamed broccoli (but it has to be very tiny pieces).

kaplods
03-12-2007, 02:39 PM
If you're going to try eggplant for the first time, I would highly recommend japanese eggplant if you can find it (The slender zuchinni shaped eggplant).

It is wonderful, and you don't have to salt it to leach out the bitter liquid before cooking, as it isn't bitter at all cooked (unlike the big pear shaped italian eggplant). The skin is also much thinner, so it is always so tender.

I like to cut it in chunks alone or with other veggies. Toss with a tiny bit of oil (usually olive, sometimes canola) and some seasonings (I either use garlic, salt and pepper or a packet or ranch dressing mix) and roast in the oven at 425 until tender (usually about 25 minutes, but I start checking at 15).

I usually buy eggplant at a farmer's market, and there's a large southeast asian population in our area, so there are a lot of fun "exotics" to try. This year I want to try some of the other asian varieties of eggplant. I've seen the zucchini shaped ones in white, and little egg sized and shaped ones in white and a striped green varieties (for the first time I understood why it was called "eggplant" - these actually look like plain or decorated easter eggs).

As for hummus I often make my own, or even use other beans to make a similar bean pate or dip. I like white canellini beans, they're very light in flavor, so it really picks up the taste of the seasonings.

This week I bought some hummus at Aldi (a discount grocery - very good prices on many things except produce), and they've added hummus to their regular store lines. The hummus (I tried the garlic variety) was the absolute best store bought hummus I'd ever tried. Although I believe the calorie count was a little higher than many store brands (70 calories for 2 tablespoons). But this was so good and creamy, it would make a wonderful alternative to mayo on sandwhiches.

rockinrobin
03-12-2007, 02:53 PM
I don't know. Now eggplant if one veggie I love - but ONLY when dipped in egg and breadcrumbs, and fried in tons of oil and then layered with sauce and cheese. Eggplant parmaginia. So yeah, I don't really like it. I tried roasting it, didn't like it. It's okay in a ratatoullie.

kaplods
03-12-2007, 04:47 PM
I had eggplant parmiagiana once, and even with all the lasagna-type goo on top, I could not stand the eggplant, it felt slimy, tasted bitter, and the peel was left on and was like tough plastic wrap.

I tried eggplant (the italian "normal" kind) a couple times after that in other dishes, and still absolutely HATED it, no matter what it was in. Then last year, when I was at our farmer's market, one of the Hmong ladies gave me one to try free, promising that it was much better than the "American" eggplants, and could even be eaten raw (I will try almost anything, but I am so not THAT brave).

penor
03-13-2007, 07:10 AM
Hummus,I believe, is mashed chickpeas(garbonzo beans).
I just looks pretty good.
As far as stuff others have picked to try...eggplant,clams...I like all those but I like them deep fried.Guess I won't be having them like that huh?(lol)

Mrs Quadcrew
03-13-2007, 09:48 AM
My hummus recipe is:

2 cans of garbanzos drained and rinsed
LOTS of garlic (usually about 4 cloves)
2 Tablespoons of natural peanut butter
several tablespoons of lemon juice

pulse in the food processor and add lemon juice till it is the consistency I like. This is 108 calories for 1/3 cup. I don't use any oil in mine.

I love it and I eat it about everyday.