Veggie Challenged - EWWW Vegetables- gross

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01-08-2008, 12:38 AM
*sigh* Veggies and I- we don't like each other. Well, they may like me, I don't give them a chance.

A major accomplishment was getting me to go from iceberg lettuce to romaine.

So that brings my veggies up to:

*Carrots (just recently got to where I could eat them cooked)
*Romaine lettuce
*iceberg lettuce
*corn- which only sort of counts
*white potatoes- (yummy yummy)

Umm, yeah that's about it. I've tried hiding cucumbers in salad, I can taste them no matter what. Same with tiny little pieces of tomato.

I can choke down a small bite of broccoli if it's drowned in cheese. :(

What's a girl to do? Any advice? I'm very picky, it has to look good, smell good, have a good texture- if we get to that, then I might consider tasting it.

I've been browsing some of the other threads- it's so nice not to be the only one :D.

01-08-2008, 02:21 AM
I remember when I would only eat broccoli when it was slathered in cheese... lettuce only if it came with a burger... carrots only when they were in carrot cake...and potatoes only mashed with butter and served with gravy. Well, I can tell you - change is possible!

For me, it started with just what I mentioned above. I ate broccoli with cheese, so I figured the broccoli couldn't be THAT bad on it's own. So I tried playing with it. At first I used toppings like butter and cheese, but it was a start. I experimented - see if you can handle veggies with garlic, soy sauce, salt & pepper... dip veggies in hummus and spinach dips... sprinkle them with lighter cheeses like feta, parmesan and mozzarella...drizzle with citrus vinaigrettes and experiment with spices like oregano, curry, red pepper flakes... (BTW - cajun spice is SUPERB on roasted veggies). Also experiment with your cooking methods - roast, bake, steam, grill - there are so many great ways to cook veg!

I guess the moral of the story is you need to experiment, think with an open mind and try new things, mask the flavors with the above mentioned and before you know it you will be wanting to eat them raw!

Good can do this :)

01-08-2008, 02:34 AM
I tend to be just as picky as you are, especially when in comes to veggies.. I hate the putrid things. (my list of vegetables that I'll eat is near the same as yours, just substitute lettuce with celery) However, I love fruit.. So, I'll make fruit smoothies and sneak vegetables in.. The fruit masks the taste of the veggies. Maybe you could try something like this?

01-08-2008, 11:07 AM
Thanks for the encouragement guys :).

I hadn't considered making fruit smoothies with veggies! Hmm.. :)

01-09-2008, 12:55 PM
Jiffypop had a brilliant suggestion on another thread somewhere, she said to grate/shred different vegetables and add them to a meatloaf. You honestly can't taste the vegetables once they're added. I've tried this a few times now, in a meatloaf and in meatballs, my kids love it.

I am not a veggie person either, grew up in Idaho on meat and potatoes. We now try a different vegetable each day, try cooking it differently, to see what we like and don't like. Asparagus last night was NOT a hit. Good to know.

I'm still debating the mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes thing, haven't been brave enough to actually TRY it yet.

01-09-2008, 02:52 PM
I've heard you can't tell the difference between the potatoes and cauliflower but for some reason, I think I would- if I know what I'm eating, I'm already biased, even though I try hard to keep an open mind!

I did sneak a bite of green pepper in to a salad today- yep, definitely tasted it and *GASP* it was different! So I couldn't force myself to be brave enough to try another piece :(. I'm gonna work on it though!

01-09-2008, 09:17 PM
Someone also said to mix some cream cheese with the cauliflower, to make is creamier. I'm THINKING about trying it, that's at least a start!

I'm not a pepper eater, wish I was, but I can't stand them. They're so pretty, every stir fry has peppers in them...but I just can't eat them. :(

I'm also trying to enjoy the wonders of squash. Who knew you could fix squash so many ways, or that there were so many different varieties of the stuff.

01-09-2008, 11:56 PM
Since you are talking about the mashed cauliflower, I thought I'd add something to the conversation.

While living in the UK I discovered a veggie called a celeriac, sometimes called celery root. It's big, brown and ugly - even a little intimidating - but the inside is alot like the texture of a potato. If you take the time to peel it, cube it, boil it and mash it you get something akin to mashed potatoes. Personally, I think it beats the mashed cauliflower.

I like to do half celeriac and half potatoes. It's seriously so good. I've seen celeriacs sold in large supermarkets that have organic and natural sections, and also in natural foods stores. Try it...if you dare!

01-10-2008, 01:06 PM
I have heard a lot of good things about Jessica Seinfeld's book called Decpetively Delicious. It's how she sneaks in veggies and other good for you foods into everyday meals, where no one is the wiser. Check it out.

01-10-2008, 08:32 PM
Guys, you'd be proud of me- I snuck some teenie little pieces of broccoli in to cheese & rice (not exactly healthy, but it's not french fries either lol) & today I snuck a little tomato in to lunch! :D

I'll have to check out "Deceptively Delicious".

I've almost made up my mind to try cauliflower taters, and see if I can find celeriac! :D

Thanks for the support and ideas guys!

01-11-2008, 02:44 AM
This may not seem like a huge deal, but after making some (homemade) ranch dip last night, I built up the strength to eat a carrot. THAT'S A BIG BIG DEAL FOR ME!

The dip is very very very low in cals, and I think if I start with putting as much dip as can make me stomach the carrot and then trying to wean myself off it it might work.

Any thoughts???

01-11-2008, 09:08 AM
I know one of the things that helped my BIL to eat more veggies was to take a spoonful of corn/peas/etc and then swallow them down with milk.
He was getting his veggies in without really having to taste them.
Now, he reaches for veggies first. And, he really eats them.

01-11-2008, 11:05 AM
This may not seem like a huge deal, but after making some (homemade) ranch dip last night, I built up the strength to eat a carrot. THAT'S A BIG BIG DEAL FOR ME!

The dip is very very very low in cals, and I think if I start with putting as much dip as can make me stomach the carrot and then trying to wean myself off it it might work.

Any thoughts???

That seems like a good idea to me! Get to where you're used to the carrot crunch, then take a little off, then a little more, until you can build up to eating a plain carrot! Especially since the dip is low-cal. :carrot:

01-11-2008, 02:13 PM
Carrots aren't difficult for me to eat (maybe because they're not GREEN) It seems the green things are the worst for me to stomach. Green beans, peas, broccoli...I can eat broccoli, raw, with ranch dip now though. And peas, if they're raw, on my salad. I like carrots raw too. Hmmm...

I think we're going to try the cauliflower this weekend too, one day mashing it, one day steaming it, see if there's any way to cook it that we like. Besides eating it raw, with ranch dressing.

Anyone found a good way to cook asparagus? I tried it with a little olive oil and butter (just a tiny bit), and baked it covered (was told this would keep it crunchy) for 10 minutes. No-one liked it. And it was fairly expensive to buy in the first place, so I was not happy that it was icky.

01-11-2008, 07:36 PM
Suzy- do not cover the asparagus if you are baking /roasting it. It needs to concentrate in flavor. Try tossing in a touch of oil, a little soy sauce, and a dab of dijon mustard if you like it. Depending on how long you let it go it can be crunchy or a little limp but never mushy. You have to experiment.

01-12-2008, 01:49 PM
We bought some cauliflower too- so I'm gonna try a little garlic & some butter and see if it comes out as delicious as mashed potatos- maybe a little cheese too. Just to see if I can fool myself.

01-13-2008, 03:10 PM
Suzy - Just another thought on the asparagus...I've had success wrapping it in deli meats and then brushing the outside with olive oil before cooking. The meat really masks the flavor of the asparagus and you can use them to 'dip' too - like in low-cal ranch, as someone else suggested. I've used prosciutto and it was DEE-LISH, but if you're looking for something lighter, smoked turkey breast is good too. Good luck on your veggie challenge!

01-13-2008, 06:30 PM
If you like veggies in cheese sauce, I think have a lower-cal alternative that you might like. My mom bought me Kernel Season's Popcorn Seasoning in White Cheddar flavor. Although it is advertised as a popcorn seasoning, it's really good on veggies tossed with a little bit of olive oil. A 1/4 teaspoon is only 2 calories and it has a minimal amount of sodium. And it is soooo tasty! You'd be surprised how flavorful a 1/4 tsp is, too. I put it on broccoli, and it is really delicious.

I'm pretty sure you can find it with the popcorn in most larger grocery stores, if not then it might be in with the seasonings.

01-14-2008, 05:45 AM
What's a girl to do? Any advice? I'm very picky, it has to look good, smell good, have a good texture- if we get to that, then I might consider tasting it.

While we're on the subject of yummy vegetables..
There's a vegetable I absolutely can't live without. Parsnip! Here's a quick rundown of my favorite way to prepare it:
You wash it, cut it into thick french-fry shapes, lightly brush small amount of carotina oil (red palm oil and canola mixture), sprinkle with some paprika and just bake on medium-high for like 15 minutes or until they're slighty crunchy on the outside.

When I lived in the US, I don't remember seeing red palm oil very often, but I did remember seeing tiny 'tester' bottles of uncommon oils in assorted Safeway's. If you like the flavour, it's great for vitamins. Contains lots of vitamin A, E and betacartotines. (Along with some other great stuff.)

If you don't like parsnip this way, you can even try the same method with sweet potato. It's just as yummy. You could probably do the same thing with other sort of root vegetables / foods of the same texture. Oh, feel free to add a light sprinkle of sea salt before you bake to add some flavour if you wish.

I also end up making a lot of 'mashed parsnip' these days. (Personally, I think potato is kind of boring, so parsnip is a great way to change things up.) The best way to serve them up is with white pepper. Sometimes I add a bit of cayenne when I mash them up as well. It just makes the taste 'pop'.

Parsnips are really versatile. You can basically prepare them any way you prepare carrots. They're a lot richer in vitamins and minerals, and have LOTS of potassium too. Plus they're yummy. :D

I'd better stop myself before I fill up this forum with mucho parsnip talk.
(*Rereads the post* I can't actually believe I just wrote that much about a root! :p)

Enjoy! <3

01-14-2008, 11:49 AM
Vrai: I was 27 years old and living in the UK the first time I had a parsnip. It has been true love ever since! They are so DEELISH!!! Why hasn't America caught on to the delectability of the parsnip?

01-16-2008, 08:21 AM
:D I had my first parsnip here in the UK as well.

I remember seeing them in the veggie aisle whilst growing up, but I always thought they looked weird.
I imagined they'd taste like cardboard too.
Instead, they turned out completely delicious.

Parsnip <3 for all.

01-16-2008, 10:41 PM
What do parsnips taste like? I honestly wouldn't be able to identify one if I saw it, but I'm curious.

01-19-2008, 03:25 AM
Since you like iceberg lettuce and romaine, I'd try to add raw cabbage (with lemon juice or a mild vinegar, a little oil, grated carrots and poppy seeds) or try jicama (basically tastes somewhere between a raw potato and an apple. --- usually in the latin section!) I also like to sneak them in crqzy peas in pesto. Just add like a 3:2 ratio of pesto to peas. :)

01-22-2008, 04:33 PM
I also wish I ate more veggies. I can tolerate iceberg lettuce and carrots (but not cooked). And of course the starchy ones like potatoes, corn, lima beans, and black-eyed peas. I just can't seem to get past the taste and texture of most veggies. My hubby will however at ANY veggie!