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How to start eating vegetables

Postby counrikke » Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:02 am

Alright, I'm new here, so please don't flame me straight away. This has nothing to do with "put food in mouth, chew vigorously and swallow"

Now, I'm trying to start some sort of healthy eating. Yes, that's right, I've never really ate vegetables. I was never fed them as a child, well, maybe in mushy form, but thats nothing like the real thing.

This has been my biggest problem. I can't really EAT healthy foods, which are pretty much required, at least as far as I've read in.

Now my plan to tackle this situation is that, what "STARTER" vegetables do you recommend? Those with not too different texture, taste, or what not. Or even, what should I have "Vegetable A" with to make it taste better.

I'm hoping to find someone else who's been in this predicament before.

Thanks in advance :)
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Re: How to start eating vegetables

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:21 am

I think the easiest vegetable to start with would be tomatoes (technically a fruit, but we'll class it as a vegetable for the object of the exercise). The reason this is the simplest to start with is because it's actually better for you cooked than raw - it has more lycopenes in the cooked state. You can have tomatoes as a pasta sauce, tomato soup or as a tomato sauce.

For easy vegetables that are unlikely to gross you out I think carrots and zucchini are good to start with. Carrots are very sweet so you can try them raw as carrot sticks with a low-fat dip such as salsa. You can grate them, throw in some sultanas and add a splash of lemon juice as a nice side dish. You can chop them and steam them. Or you can make them into a soup. They're very versatile.

Zucchini is a little more bland, but that can work in its favour. Simply grate it and add it to pasta sauces, omelettes, meat-loaf, lasagna... anything that can hide grated zucchini really!

Pasta sauce is a good place to start trying a lot of vegetables. The tomato base is 'normal' enough to most people's taste buds to provide a base with which to experiment. And it's easy to add grated vegetables to - that way you get the nutrients and don't have to deal with experimenting with new textures at the same time. Carrot, onion, zucchini, broccoli, corn, pumpkin, capsicum, mushrooms and many more veggies can work in a pasta sauce. Just don't add too much at once as the flavours may not be sympathetic. Try two at a time and see if you like the taste.

Good luck!
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Re: How to start eating vegetables

Postby Jisgone » Wed Oct 29, 2008 1:21 pm

its all about how you eat them :)
brocolli and cauliflower can be yummy with some four cheeses sauce on the top!
i love roast butternut pumpkin, its sweet and has a nice constistency when its roasted
mashed potatoes are great, with a little butter milk and pepper, and if you dont like the taste try having it with some gravy or aoli sauce
i guess just take little steps! make a stir fry with meat veg and a sauce to cover the taste of the vegies if you dont enjoy them
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Re: How to start eating vegetables

Postby Karnak » Wed Oct 29, 2008 6:13 pm

I do this with kids a lot so here are a few options:

HIDE THEM IN FOOD- Spagetti bolognaise is a good one for this. Grate carrot, zuccini, sweet potato and chop up brocolli, you can get 5+ serves into a a single meal, its also a fantastic way of reducing calories as its less meat than required but still tastes great. Other options are soups - most people like tomato soup, guess what its a Vegetable. Same for pumpkin and stews - all full of veggies.

TASTE VEGIES PROPERLY- Go to a true vegetarian restaurant and try some of the food there. Most are fairly cheap and with chefs that specialise in cooking veggies to perfection you might find that you actually like some of them.

OUT THERE AND LOVING IT- Go full on, chop up carrot, celery, capsicum (three good starter ones). Maybe add a low fat dip for taste or do what I do - on the way home from work when I'm starving put a container of them on the seat next to you. I have a 45min commute, they're all gone by the end of it.
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Re: How to start eating vegetables

Postby Jane85 » Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:03 pm

Pumpkin is good...not such a grand idea coming into summer, but in winter I boil it up with whatever veggies I can find and blend it together for a thick soup.

In summer I slice potato up thinly and cut tomatos in half and put them on the bbq which are yum with a steak :)
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Re: How to start eating vegetables

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:20 pm

There are two books you may be interested in. "The Sneaky Chef" and "Deceptively Delicious". The aim of both is to hide vegetables in recipes so that children won't notice they're there. Naturally if you're doing the cooking yourself you're going to be aware of the vegetables, but hopefully the recipes taste good enough that you won't notice them too much!
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