Veggie Challenged - what veggie did you hate before, but have learned to like - or even love?

Suzanne 3FC
10-24-2005, 06:55 AM
I'm just curious :) We know that a lot of our members have struggled to learn to like vegetables. Are there any specific veggies that you wouldn't eat before your diet, that you have learned to enjoy now that you are treating your body better? Can you share some examples?


10-24-2005, 08:46 AM
I wouldn't touch most veggies before, well, except for corn I guess. But now, OMG! My tastes have completely changed and I can't believe all the veggies I eat and actually enjoy! Number one most despised vegetable was cucumber. Now, I can't seem to get enough of it! YUM! Another major thing for me was trying that broccoli slaw mix stuff that you can buy in the bag at the grocery store. I add it into almost everything now, and because of it, I have a newfound appreciation for broccoli. Also, I eat tons of fresh spinach now, along with bell peppers, carrots, celery, green onions, tomatoes, (which I also hated with a passion) more nutritious lettuces instead of the old standby; iceberg. The list just goes on and on, and frankly, I'm amazed by it. I never thought I could be someone who actually likes vegetables! The same goes with fruits, I wouldn't touch most of 'em before, except bananas. Now I eat a variety of fruits every day, including strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, mandarin oranges, and bananas (of course). My trick with fruits is discovering that I love them frozen! This alone opened a whole new world to me. And lemme just say how lucky I feel that I am actually able to enjoy these things. I couldn't imagine trying to force myself to eat things I hate just in an effort to live a healthier lifestyle, but I know that so many people are just like I was; repulsed at the idea of eating those dreaded veggies. This has definitely been a gradual process of trial and error, and did not come easy at first. But if you just open yourself up to the possibility, experiment and try new things, well, almost anything is possible, isn't it? I know that must be true if I, of all people, can actually enjoy eating my fruits and veggies. So give it a try my fellow veggie haters, because tastes really can change, I promise!!


10-24-2005, 09:13 AM
I used to hate all veg! I had a hard time eating a potato that wasn't chipped and fried! :rofl: But now I love my potatoes boiled, baked etc, I've also started to eat mushrooms, corn on the cob, courgettes, eggplant, carrots, avocados, and other yummy things! I just chop em all up and throw them in a wok, add some noodles and some chicken et voila, healthy dinner!

10-24-2005, 10:08 AM
I've been on a health kick for a long time, 20 years at least, so it's hard to think so far back! :lol: ... My least favourite veggie, way back when, was turnip but I LOVE it now... Lucky for me I liked veggies pretty much but as kids we only ate canned peas and carrots, and boiled potatoes. At 16 I introduced steamed broccoli, cauliflower to my parents because I had started reading teen magazines that advocated fresh veggies and fruits....

10-24-2005, 03:09 PM
I hated green beans (my stepmother would always buy canned and then make these horrid casserole things). Then one day I decided to buy some fresh green beans and just steam them. Wow! I like green beans! I finally decided to try that with green beans because I had done the same thing with spinach years ago. Canned/frozen spinach = gross! Fresh spinach or slightly wilted/sauted spinach = delish!

There are definitely still fruits/veggies I think are icky, but i try to eat a good variety of them.

Allie Abbott
10-24-2005, 05:10 PM

I used to think that the only way to prepare spinich was to boil the heck out of it, and serve it in a mashed-looking heap. BLEAH! :p

Now, I serve it raw in salads, and mixed with other greens or cooked with LF cheese, or baked into bread, etc.

broke away
10-24-2005, 07:36 PM
I'm not really there yet :P I've lost about 90 pounds since Jan of 04... but I'm still mostly clueless when it comes to veggies. (Not counting potatos and corn... and I still think of tomatos as a veggie even though I KNOW it's a fruit)

Basically, anything green... I have NO idea how to prepare it. My mother wasn't really a good role model as far as food goes and I seem to have a natural clumsiness in the kitchen.


10-25-2005, 07:43 PM
Beet! When I was a kid, my mom would force us to "try" vegetables we didn't like at least a few times. Every so often when there were beets on the table, she would make us eat one. Sometimes this would work, but more often we would hold our breath and swallow the item whole, or we would bury it in bread or mashed potatoes. Either way, we rarely actually tasted the offending veggie.

Then when I was 25, I was helping my mom at her garage sale and we ordered greek salads (beets were on the salad). My Mom started to stab my beets right off my salad, and I said jokingly "Hey that's my salad!" So I felt I had to at least try one on principle, and it was SOOO good. So at first, I ammended my preference to "like beets only on salads." I even like them hot now, but I still hate the awful "spiced beets" on alot of salad bars.

The biggest thing you have to get over with food is the FEAR that it's going to taste bad. I love trying ethnic food, and would rather have a bad experience than a boring experience eating out. I've become abit of a food adventurer (especially since the actual food is such a low cost item for most restaurants, if you mention that the item really isn't exactly what you were expecting, they will often offer to bring you something else), My mother on the other hand is always saying "what if I don't like it," when asked to try something new. My answer is "so, then you won't like it".

Veggies are especially like this though, because how they're prepared can make all the difference in whether you'll like them or not, or other factors that you can't really control like how fresh they are, what variety... It takes a little experimenting. I don't know varieties of celery, for example, but I can recognize the one I like (light greenish yellow, shallow ribbing) and the one I hate (dark green with deep stringly ribbing).

Apples are like that too, I hate red delicious and mealy apples like Macintosh, but I love crisp soursweet apples like Braeburn, Pink Lady, HoneyCrisp, Royal Gayla, Fuji...


10-25-2005, 07:52 PM
I started eating eggplant regularly within the past year.

I started eating spinach regularly within the past five years.

I still haven't gotten around to liking beets.

I have yet to find a good use for (or an easy way to cook) rutabaga. It's got such a cool name that you figure it would *have* to be good, but no. It's a bit of a disappointment.

I like all the other vegetables, I think.

10-26-2005, 01:48 AM
I have gotten into peppers (bell peppers, poblanos, pasilla). I used to absolutely hate them. I would even tell people I was allergic because I just hated them SO MUCH. I eat cubed roasted zucchini a lot (I loved it fried before). I don't hate veggies, but being from Alabama I pretty much loved to eat them all fried. Roasting things has been the key for us. My husband has even got into veggies he swore off simply because they taste so good roasted. I agree with the sauteed is not soggy and that is a plus.

10-29-2005, 05:34 PM
Broccoli. At first, I could only eat it with cheese on it, but now I can eat it just by itself..... :D

10-30-2005, 08:14 PM
celery well I don't hate it but it is to tough and stringy

10-30-2005, 08:32 PM
About the only veggie I don't eat is cooked spinach. I'll eat it raw, in salads, but not cooked. To me it tastes like grass! I know it's good for me and I"ve tried it every way imaginable and in all kinds of dishes but I just don't like it.

Beets are actually my favorite vegetable. I can actually just open a can and eat them straight! :lol:

10-31-2005, 03:04 PM
Hmm.. Gosh.. I grew up with my family having a garden so I pretty much would try all the veggies. I have to say that to this day that only veggie that I won't touch is celery. I just can't stand it. It's really hard to explain, but I don't like the taste, texture and boy do I smell it on the breath of people after they have eaten it. But other then that I am a veggie lover through and through. I have to say that I don't think I have ever had spinach raw. I usually at it cooked with a little vinegar on it. I guess I am going to have to give it a try.

10-31-2005, 03:19 PM
Green peppers! My Nona (Italian grandmother) used to fry them in about 1 or 2 inches of olive oil - they would turn out grey, soggy and oily! Blech! :p I hate eggplant for the same reason.

I finally was able to eat them in my 20's when I discovered they weren't so bad on pizza. Now I throw them into salads (raw) or add them to stirfries and pasta. And the only way I can enjoy eggplant is when it is made into Moussaka :)

11-01-2005, 02:05 PM
I finally remembered a veggie to add here. I love this veggie so much now that I had entirely forgotten that I used to despise it as a child.

Asparagus! When I was a kid, mom did a lot of canning, and we would have jars and jars of aspargus to eat all year. It was slimy and disgusting and I would throw major fits when forced with some on my plate.

It wasn't until adulthood that I realized that asparagus didn't have to be canned :lol: that steamed or broiled it's absolutely heavenly. I eat pounds and pounds of it when it's in season.

11-01-2005, 07:36 PM
I never ate greens growing up (yes, I had spinach but not kale, collards, etc). When I became a vegetarian and was living in a co-op in college (Madison, Wisconsin, a great place for a co-op!), I started eating swiss chard and other greens. Now I just love them. They are a great source of calcium, Vit. K, many other minerals.

Today with lunch I sauteed some chopped garlic in olive oil til soft, added some mixed greens (kale, chard, turnip), sauteed a few minutes, then covered with water and steamed for a little while longer. Don't overcook--stop while they are still bright green. Yum!

11-01-2005, 09:17 PM
Tani, I'm with you on the asparagus. Eat it almost daily in season. :lol

I'm having a problem with green beans. I love them fresh, but we had a bumper crop in our garden, so I froze a LOT. I don't like the texture of the frozen beans. Anyone got any suggestions as to what I can do to/with them?

11-01-2005, 10:35 PM
I'm having a problem with green beans. I love them fresh, but we had a bumper crop in our garden, so I froze a LOT. I don't like the texture of the frozen beans. Anyone got any suggestions as to what I can do to/with them?

I'd save them for soups. I don't seem to mind veggies with softer textures in soup context for some reason :) I also like to freeze salad spinach when I can't make it to the end of the bag in time (gi-normous costco bags) and then add it to soup too.

11-02-2005, 05:50 PM
Beets - It wasn't until I was in my early 20's and I was at a friend's place that I learned to love them. He made fresh beets, sliced and boiled and served with garlic butter and salt. :T Before that I hated them cause my mum always serve pickled ones - yuck! :p

11-02-2005, 06:46 PM
Before that I hated them cause my mum always serve pickled ones - yuck! :pI love them pickled I just never knew you could eat them boiled till I met DH, I like them both ways now...

11-02-2005, 11:29 PM
I love them pickled I just never knew you could eat them boiled till I met DH, I like them both ways now...

That's how I learned to like beets. I loved them pickled. I have never had one boiled. Just seems weird to me, I would probably would liike them that way. I will have to try it sometime. Also, would like to give wilted spinach. I've never had it but I have heard how yummy it is. I'm finding that I am willing to give some veggies a new take. :)

11-03-2005, 01:53 PM
Beets rock! :lol: I love them pickled, boiled or roasted.

Tani, thanks. I do put the green beans in soup. However, the texture of mine is kind of chewy and tough.

01-13-2006, 05:53 PM
I learned to try foods I don't like every couple years to see if my tastes have changed, and I'm so glad I do.

Up until a couple years ago, I despised asparagus. Now, it's one of my favorites! I've come to embrace dry beans lately. Onions are losing my loathing, and I kind of like them now. I'm gaining tolerance for tomatoes, but I still don't like the jelly-like stuff inside.

I am still very much anti-mushroom, though. Texture, flavor, smell... I don't like a single thing about them.

01-22-2006, 09:22 AM
I used to hate winter squashes. Hubbard, butternut, etc. Then recently I discovered different healthier ways to prepare them and now I really enjoy them. I never cared for sweet potatoes as a child and now I love them so much. Roasted with a drizzle of EVOO and salt and pepper. OH MAN are they good.

01-22-2006, 10:16 AM
Libby -- What is EVOO?

01-22-2006, 06:04 PM
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

01-22-2006, 07:42 PM
Extra Virgin Olive Oil :lol: GEEZE, why couldn't I figure that out for myself :doh: Thank you!

01-22-2006, 09:36 PM
Raw Spinach. Ive been replacing the lettuce in my salads with it.