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how to make vegetables for people that don't like them?

I can't seem to get my kids or my husband to eat vegetables and it makes it so much harder on myself to get them in. I feel like just giving up.

Wed. Dec 24, 5:43am

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What have you tried so far? Then, what can you do differently?

For example, there are a lot of veggies I didn't like because they were always served to me soggy, overcooked, and swimming in butter. But when I learned how to stir-fry, I discovered that I liked them.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 8:33 AM

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Fresh veggies, cut up with a dip is usually very welcome. That's how I got my grandchildren to love veggies. For dip, we use plain yogurt and sometimes add minced garlic and onion to flavor it savory. Or dill weed. Think of it the same as sour cream and add whatever you'd normally add to make dip out of sour cream. We also make dip by blending cooked beans with onion, garlic, black olives & a tiny bit of oil (1 tsp or less).

Also, celery or carrot sticks spread with peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter. Kids love this.

Or steam your veggies and eat them tender crisp. Steaming softens them just enough to make them easy for just about anybody to eat, without making them soggy or stinky. And the colors brighten up a lot with steaming. You can even do it in the microwave. Put them in a glass casserole dish with a lid and a spoonful or 2 of water. Then nuke for 2 minutes (or more if they're really fresh and hard).

Another great way to eat veggies is as rice pilaf. Make a blend of wild & brown rice and add diced carrot, bell pepper, onion & celery, sliced olives & mushrooms, then whole lima beans, edamame or peas. Season with curry, sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Yum!

Maybe take a look at the Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen. It's filled with veggie dishes you can serve to meat eaters as well as vegetarians. Lots of great ideas. There's another terrific book by Mollie as well. Enchanted Broccoli Forest. Look for them in the library.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 10:19 AM

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Try this

I've found that roasting them in the oven with olive oil a little of Ms. Dash seasoning (if you're salt conscious) or just add salt and pepper.
Cook asparagus, broccolli, brussell sprouts for 15 minutes in the oven, it taste great!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 9:52 PM

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Making Vegatables taste good!

I didn't eat veg or fruit for around 18 years! I used just enough potato to eat with them to stomach them. Try it, it really works! Also, adding lemon juice of fat free salad dressings are good. There is a really good range available in virtually all supermarkets! I like tart tastes, so I use white wine vinegar and can easily eat a massive bowl of salad like that, when accompanied with a little chicken breast!

Monday, January 26, 2009, 5:01 AM

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Make a stir fry with carrots, bok choy, mushrooms, snap peas, celery, broccoli... anything, really. Just be careful not to overcook the vegetables -- all they really need is a couple minutes of steaming. Because you're creating a vegetable based main dish, your family won't have any alternative. :) Also, avoid the commercial sauces -- they're death in a bottle. Instead, marinate your meat in soy and freshly ground ginger, and make your own stir fry sauce. If you want a sauce that "clings" to things, add a tbsp of cornstarch to a 1/2 cup of OXO broth, then flavour with soy, fresh garlic, etc. However, I've found that a "clingy" sauce is largely unnecessary if you add a concentrated sauce right when you're adding the veggies, and steam everything on high. The water evaporates quickly, and everything is nicely infused with flavour.


Monday, January 26, 2009, 9:13 AM

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Maybe steamed veggies w/ the "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" spray. The spray is 0 cal and it tastes just like butter.

Monday, January 26, 2009, 1:06 PM

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My mother tells me I spit out vegetable baby food from the very first time. I grew up eating a lot of fruit and raw vegetables and salads without dressing. I hated cooked vegetables except spinach in a homemade cheddar sauce. BUT, the one place I loved cooked vegetables was in my mother's homemade vegetable soup. Go figure. When i visited my aunt and uncle there was no catering to my particular, picky tastes. I couldn't be excused from the table until I ate one Tablespoon of the vegetable. It didn't hurt me and oddly I didn't resent it, but then that was back in 1960 or so -- when parents were still in charge.

Also, I know there are a few cookbooks out there about how to sneak vegetables into kids' food -- one of them by Jerry Seinfeld's wife -- can't remember her first name.

Monday, January 26, 2009, 1:53 PM

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Here's Ms Seinfeld's book:
Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food

If you go to that link, Amazon will point out other books in the same vein.

Good luck! I don't have kids, but I do have a picky eater partner. He enjoys steamed broccoli (tender crisp, please) with mayonnaise. He's always enjoyed salad. After many years, he will now enjoy (and voluntarily prepare) lightly sauteed kale and packages of frozen mixed vegetables topped with nutritional yeast and some sesame oil.

Monday, January 26, 2009, 2:44 PM

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Green smoothies! It's sweet and delicious and you get lots of fruits and vegetables in one serving. :)

Monday, January 26, 2009, 2:50 PM

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I really like the green smoothies and mixing veggies with potatoes option....
as for Deceptively Delicious it hasn't gotten good reviews, but I'd love to hear more from people on PT who've tried it..

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 2:09 AM

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