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Vegetables?

Discussion in 'Weight Loss and Dieting' started by Jamesb80, May 9, 2017.

  1. Jamesb80

    Jamesb80 Type 2 · Member

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    Hi I looking for some information about what people who like myself can't manage vegetables as I'm not a bit fan of them, had a chat with my dn today and she recommended trying them with spices with the, has anyone tried this and has it help with there diet would be greatful for any feedback
     
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    chalup Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Butter and dill or cheese sauce is great on veggies.
     
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  3. helensaramay

    helensaramay Type 1 · Expert

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    Depends on the veg
    - tarragon goes lovely with mushrooms
    - nutmeg with spinach
    - cumin with cauliflower
    - mint with peas
    - basil and tomatoes
    - cinnamon and carrots
    - aubergine and oregano
    - onion and sage
    - chilli with peppers ... and most stuff for me

    You don't have to buy one of every spice: buy a couple and experiment.
    Or check out a few websites like
    http://www.spicesinc.com/p-509-the-best-fruit-and-vegetable-seasonings.aspx

    Or trying mixing some together to enhance the flavour.
    - green beans and carrots can be cooked in the same pan
    - onions can be fried with mushrooms, peppers, aubergine, ...
    - peas and sweetcorn was a favourite from my childhood
    - cook some vegs with a tin of tomatoes

    Try some raw instead of cooked
    - mushrooms
    - courgettes
    - peppers
    - carrots (sliced or grated)

    If you can try out a spiraliser, you could use spiralised courgettes or squash or carrots instead of pasta.

    It doesn't have to be advanced, fancy cooking to subtly change the flavour.
     
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  4. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    "Not a fan of vegetables" seems rather a sweeping statement. There are hundreds of varieties of vegetables and thousands of ways of preparing them.
     
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    qe5rt Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    There once was a show in Belgium named (freely translates) "Also tested on humans". In which they had an episode about people who really did not like a certain food (the subjects) and some specialists (can't remember their area of expertise). The objective was to try and get the subjects to incorporate the foods they didn't like into all of their meals for one week. It didn't matter how or even how diluted the food was, just that they ate it one way or another. They've cooked with heavy spices ... blended it into a soup, ... you get the point. After one week all but one managed to eat the food in it's purest form and some even liked it. Point is you apparently need to eat something at the very least 5-10 times in a fairly short time to develop a taste for it.

    I'm certain i'm forgetting some points (i've been without cable-tv for at least 4 years now) so it's been longer than that that i watched the show but i do find this to be true. I don't consider myself a stubborn eater, i'm willing to try everything a couple of times (to be honest there's only one thing i can say i've tried plenty and don't like) and a lot of the things i've grown to like i've tried a minimum of 4 times. After 5-10 times i've acquired a taste for some foods and some i even love right now. Like olives: couldn't stand them 10 years ago, tried a couple, still didn't like them, ate them a few times with garlic, didn't hate them ... now: put a bucket of olives in front of me and you'll have an empty bucket pretty darn fast :D

    Long story short: give all vegetables a couple of tries and prepare them differently each time. Over the course of a few meals you might not dislike them and who knows even start enjoying a few.
     
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  6. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Yes go for it.

    Stir-fry's are a good way of getting a good intake of vegetables whilst adding plenty of herbs & spices. You could also try cauliflower cheese but make it with half cauli & half broccoli, when I make it I always adds a handful of garlic cloves to the mix which gives it that extra special taste.
     
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    Hotpepper20000 · Well-Known Member

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    I work with children and I can say it does take 8-12 time for a child to try something new before they might enjoy it. However each child does have things they never like no matter how much you offer it too them
    We all have things we don't like and there's nothing wrong with that. However, there are so many types of vegtables and ways prepare them I'm sure you will find one you enjoy. Find one you don't mind and try it cooked different ways. Then try a new vegetable and cook it the way you enjoyed the first one. And continue this way until you have a few you like.
    I got my stepdaughters to eat asparagus when I wrapped it in ham and roasted it.
     
  8. SWUSA_

    SWUSA_ Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I tend to put Ranch dressing, lemon pepper seasoning, or ketchup on most vegetables now-because I am cooking for a finnicky family member who likes those seasonings-personally I like butter and tamari on most everything. Do you have an issue with textures or tastes or both? Pasta sauce or stews are great places to put vegetables with meat and then stew the whole thing until it becomes one delightful dish. Roasting veggies in the oven with a little olive oil and salt to coat changes the texture and taste for the better in most cases. Hope that helps-and remember you do not have to like everything-there are plenty of choices out there to find something that you do like!
     
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    sarah_chadwick Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    A trick I used to use when feeding my fussy children, cooking then blitzing veg (a variety of) into pasta sauce for lasagne or Bolognese or a curry-they never knew!! ;)
     
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    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    That list sounds very much like my kind of veggies and a one or two that I hadn't come across!

    And some more I use :
    sage with green beans (with or without a little tomato sauce - you can use tinned or paste fo this)
    cabbage (esspcially savoy) with nutmeg and zest & juice of an orange.

    Butter with parsley or chives is also good addition for a bit of variety, and lemon or lime juice, chopped garlic or ginger are also useful flavourings.

    Some people have their vegetables in green smoothies, and I often make vegetable soup plain or combined with other veggies and chicken stock with mixed herbs/bouquet garni; try chicken and mushroom, or stilton with broccoli and/or cauliflower, or mushrooms, celery and fennel.

    Robbity
     
  11. NoCrbs4Me

    NoCrbs4Me I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @Jamesb80

    I haven't eaten a fruit/vegetable/plant in almost two years. You could try an all meat diet like I'm doing. It improved my health.
     
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    SWUSA_ Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I love vegetables-just pulled baby carrots, the last of the snowpeas and some small red onions to add to my favorite chopped Asian salad! Will use a soy-vinegarette and add a few dried cranberries! (May have some meat or cheese on the side-maybe not.)
     
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