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"I don't like vegetables"

This was an old blog entry of mine and I heard it today ind one of my groups so I thought I'd repost it here.

"I don't like vegetables"

I've heard many people say I would love to eat more vegetables but I just don't like them.

I once sat in on a health seminar and the leader did an interesting experiment. He passed out a piece of paper with tons of vegetables listed and said -- you don't think you like vegetables? Look at this list and tell me there's not even one that you like. He made us circle the ones we liked and when I got home, I put this on my fridge.

I've listed a few here. Sure, maybe eggplant or corn isn't the same as green beans but it's much better than a side of fries. If you have more to add, please email me. Jackie

butternut squash (yum!!)
zucchini (great sliced long in eggs)
spaghetti squash (great substitute for pasta if your'e into the lower carb)
pumpkin (yes, for more than just halloween)
jicama (great in salads)
sweet potato
yams (even better than sweet potato)
water chestnuts (these are amazing)
avocado (I know, but sparingly they're full of good fat)
spring greens
Beans (yes, these are considered veggies, butter, green, lima and the like)
brussel sprouts (if you don't like them, you've probably never had them cooked well -- they are supposed to be boiled to make them soft before they're "prepared"
collard greens
snap peas (these are good)
green beans

jackie , Tuesday, May 31, 2005, 12:58 PM

Mon. Jan 30, 12:45pm

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Monday, January 30, 2006, 12:54 PM

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They're a type of green (for those who don't know)...absolutely fantastic!

Monday, January 30, 2006, 1:04 PM

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When I met with a nutritionist yesterday, I told her that I'm not good about eating veggies b/c I don't like them. After discussing my likes and dislikes she said "You DO like veggies, look at all the vegetables you like!" I just need to be better about eating those I do like. Something is better than nothing.

Also, cucumber is missing from the list.

Monday, January 30, 2006, 1:39 PM

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Yellow squash
Swiss Chard (also a type of green - a little salty and ohh so incredible with fish)

Great post! I enjoyed reading your llist :-)

Monday, January 30, 2006, 1:43 PM

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Butter beans. A better version of lima beans popular in the south. They are terrific!

Monday, January 30, 2006, 4:03 PM

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kale, kohlrabi, bokchoy, escarole, turnip, rutabaga, olives, kelp, shallots, parsnips...

Tuesday, January 31, 2006, 12:36 AM

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Eat your colors!

Here's a great website with this idea! It's about Eating 5 a day the color way... You actually get more nutrients you need when you eat a variety of colors, too, but I really enjoyed this list!


Tuesday, January 31, 2006, 4:36 PM

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Add spices, nuts or just a variety of veggies together to help keep you interested in them. I steam my green beans and then toss them with almonds and nutmeg (awesome combo) or I make up a batch of Emeril's Essence (he is a chef on TV the recipe is on his website) and put that on steamed asperagus and cauliflower for some heat! I also cook up pepeprs and onions and throw on some taco seasoning, tastes like a fajita!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 11:32 PM

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don't like vegetables

the thing about not liking vegetables is that many have little taste so you can put anything on them. This is not an excuse!!

Thursday, September 20, 2007, 12:12 PM

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I love scarlet runner beans. Very similar to a green bean taste but like a foot long and half inch wide. Very yummy

Thursday, September 20, 2007, 9:05 PM

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I can't believe this thread is going on three years! Here's a new blog post on how to make them taste good!


Thursday, December 18, 2008, 9:02 AM

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I've noticed that among all my friends and acquaintances who say they don't like vegetables, they all believe the veggies need to be cooked. Their mothers all used mostly canned veggies and cooked them in a pot of water on the stove. Some cooked things until they smelled bad (cabbages, brussels sprouts, spinach, broccoli, etc). YUCK!! No wonder they don't like vegetables!

Try your veggies raw, or steamed lightly until they are brightly colored and tender crisp.

I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't eat veggies...

Thursday, December 18, 2008, 10:05 AM

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they are amazing when drizzled with olive oil and a little rosemary and then grilled crisy in the oven on the top rack. Yum!! I want some now!

Friday, December 19, 2008, 12:58 PM

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my favorite quick 'n easy veggie prep

i steam green beans, thin down couple of tablespoons of tehina w/ a lilttle water, drizzle over the hot steamed veggies, toss lightly, and sprinkle lightly crushed roast almonds on top. yum!!!! could eat these 4ever.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 12:28 PM

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In relation to the condiment on vegetables tip, here are some things thta I like to dip my vegetables in to make them better:

low sodium soy sauce
soy sauce w/ a little lemon squeezed in is also good on some cooked vegetables
Tzaziki - has cucumber in it also and is good on some "blander" vegetables
Hummus is also good - especially roasted pepper hummus
homemade honey mustard - it has less honey, but the honey is better than store bought
Various kinds of store bought and homemade salsas

Plain old salt with pepper is really good on cucumbers and cantaloupe too. I liked cantaloupe anyway, but the pepper really adds to it.

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 8:12 AM

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I was the last poster, but, depending on how they are fixed, okra is another vegetable that I didn't see that can taste really good in the soy sauce/lemon mixture.

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 8:16 AM

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Is soy sauce like olive oil or is it like vinegar? Is it fattening? Never used it...
Also is balsamic vinegar the same (in cals) as plain vinegar?

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 8:38 PM

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Someone already listed this, but I second it -- it's a favorite I grow in my garden every summer
KOHLRABI. Raw especially.

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 10:12 PM

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Soy sauce is a sauce made from fermented soy beans. It's brown and salty. It's used in a lot of Chinese dishes and stir fries and stuff. Lots of people eat plain rice flavoured with soy sauce.

It's low in calories and doesn't have any fat. But it's VERY high in sodium.

Friday, March 13, 2009, 4:16 PM

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I love all vegetables but struggle to get away from butter. A lot of veggies taste very good with lemon pepper, especially beans of any kind, particularly limas.
Try just a little basalmic vinegar on brussels sprouts. It seems to bring out their sweetness.
Try making a smoothy with lowfat milk, pumpkin, cinnamon and whatever sweetener you prefer. They are great, even for breakfast! Paula

Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 4:10 PM

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2 cups spinach
1 cup frozen mango
1 banana
1 cup apple juice
1 tbsp protein powder

liquify. can't even taste the spinach, but the color is a lovely green. Three full servings of fruit, 1 serving of veggies. Great for breakfast, or a meal on the go.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 5:49 PM

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 12:30 AM

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baby carrots dipped in reduced fat ranch sauce tastes marvelous!
I've also had carrot salad which contained raisens, chopped celery and diced carrots with ranch sauce! it was awesome!

Friday, April 24, 2009, 8:38 PM

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red onions in everything!! They taste amazing.

Saturday, April 25, 2009, 9:32 AM

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Beans? You betcha!

I love gardening and I make sure I plant Italian or Romano green beans each year. They are the wide, flat beans and have a different flavor that is very tasty. Also, there are so many wonderful flavored vinegars available in the grocery stores today that you have many options available for dressing up those veggies!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 9:21 AM

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A bit of balsamic vinegar on cookied veggies makes them taste really savory. I love to add balsamic vinegar to homemade soups, too.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 6:31 PM

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Roast Veggies

Roasting in the oven make vegetables taste fabulous! Combine potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, green peppers, etc. with a little olive oil and italian herbs

Thursday, October 01, 2009, 6:59 AM

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Making Vegetables Taste Better

For peas that aer out of this world -
Cut some thin strips of sweet onion into a pan sprayed with non-fat cooking spray (about 1/2 onion) and sautee slowly. Add some curry, ginger, and ground rosemary (I do everything to taste, but start with 1/2 tsp of each. You can always add more) to the onions. When they are tender, throw in about 1/4 to 1/2 lb thinly sliced mushrooms and a package of frozen baby peas. Stir, cover, and steam until peas are tender. Then take off the lid, turn up the heat, and cook, stirring frequently, until all the liquid is burned off. You will end up with a fabulous glaze and a taste that is out of this world. Great side dish!

Monday, December 21, 2009, 11:39 AM

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Wt Watchers pointless vege soup

Highly recommended, can't remember the exact details, but here is my adaption

1) Tin or two of flavoured tomatoes,preferably salt free ( or flavour tomatoes yourself with curry powder or tuscan or moroccan seasonings etc)
2) Add any pointless veg you like
onions carrots leeks garlic mushrooms, pumpkin etc etc
3) perhaps a point or two of lentils, chickpeas, beans etc...(diluted by the other veg the points will hardly count)
4) Put into slow cooker and cook slowly covered on stove top. Either sterilise by bringing to boil every day or chill in fridge.

Eat ad lib!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 2:07 AM

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I love this product called TRUE LIME
It is real crystalized iome in a shaker. They make a lemon and orange version as well. Great on vegies and popcorn

Monday, June 28, 2010, 10:12 AM

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I <3 rutabaga

mashed rutabaga is the stuff! love it!

Monday, June 28, 2010, 2:11 PM

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Ways to like vegetables

Few ways my family has been enjoying dark greens, my new habit thanks to PEERTrainer & Dr. Fuhrman:

Red Lentils & Collard Green Soup,, cumin & cinnamon smell heavenly when cooking.

Creamed Kale, Health Starts Here recipe from Whole Foods, unusual vegan ingred that makes "cheese" sauce coating kale...higher in calories, but my son had second helpings of kale!

Chinese Broccoli in Ginger Sauce,, great low-salt stir-fry.

Rip's Big Leaf Wrap, Engine 2 Diet, cookbook from son of famous cardiologist, blanched collard green leafs become wrap for hummus, brown rice & veg.



Sunday, January 16, 2011, 7:44 AM

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Any kind of asian curry with coconut something or other makes things taste so good!

Sunday, January 16, 2011, 9:19 AM

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to sugar snap peas add a dash of sesame seed oil, toss, and sprinkle with sesame seeds and sea salt... my kids devour!

Monday, October 10, 2011, 12:37 PM

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Roasted vegetables are my favorite. No way to make them taste bad and any vegetable will do.

Monday, October 10, 2011, 12:42 PM

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Don't forget about peppers! Red peppers, green peppers, jalepino peppers, banana peppers, etc.

Friday, December 02, 2011, 1:32 AM

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Mmmmmmm I love sugar snap peas! I like to dip them in everything.

Monday, December 05, 2011, 2:31 PM

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I'm trying to incorporate more veggies into my diet, so over the summer I told myself I would try one new veggie a week. I now LOVE brussel sprouts and beets. Roasting them, with a little olive oil, s&p, and they are perfect !!

I also love spaghetti squash. My mom used to make that when I was younger. Top it with your favorite sauce and its just like a pasta meal. I'm having it tonight for dinner :)

Thursday, December 08, 2011, 11:18 AM

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