Low tolerance for veggies.

  • unhooligan

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    Oct 29, 2012 2:48 AM GMT
    I hate vegetables. It makes me feel ridiculously immature, especially when I'm sitting there spending 10 minutes picking them out of my meals. Am I the only one, and how should I go about building tolerance for it?
  • HottJoe

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    Oct 29, 2012 2:50 AM GMT
    You could get a juicer and try drinking your vegetables. icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 29, 2012 2:55 AM GMT
    I used to be the same. I hate most veggies, and avoided them like the plague.

    First, find the ones you like and eat those as much as possible. (I found I really like apples, oranges, and tomatos)

    Second, find the ones you can bear to eat and get used to them. Start by eating them with other food. (I hate brocoli, but the beef in brocoli beef makes it bearable since the beef is so overpowering.) Then try eating them without. Also make to work on the face you make when your eating them. (Trust me people can tell when you don't like something)

    Third, find the vegies you hate and try to be able to tolorate them. Or avoid them all-together. Your choice there.
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    Oct 29, 2012 3:00 AM GMT
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  • unhooligan

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    Oct 29, 2012 3:01 AM GMT
    Lol I eat fruit. I could it eat it all day. Gonna give the juice method a try though.
    Also that face... I know it well. I tried a salad at school while eating with friends and everyone thought I was suffocating. :/
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    Oct 29, 2012 3:11 AM GMT
    I like raw veggies much more than cooked ones, but they're harder to digest. I really hate frozen veggies. The trick is finding what you can tolerate. You can also eat them in a stew or something else that is mixed with food you like. I haven't been brave enough to try a veggie smoothie yet.
  • camfer

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    Oct 29, 2012 4:22 AM GMT
    Which vegetables do you dislike and how are they prepared? I think you need to learn to cook for yourself rather than picking ingredients out of your meals after they are cooked. You can cook vegetables the way you like. Expand your options.

    Personally I like a lot of vegetables but I really don't like to eat a salad. So don't judge all veggies if you don't like salads.
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    Oct 29, 2012 4:23 AM GMT
    Try shoving them up your ass, you get twice the nutrients
  • unhooligan

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    Oct 29, 2012 4:30 AM GMT
    I've tried just about all the basic vegetables. Carrots, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, peas. Their flavors almost taste the same to me. Like grass. Lol
  • camfer

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    Oct 29, 2012 5:04 AM GMT
    So for carrots get a bunch of organic carrots with the tops still on. Make sure the carrots are firm and not floppy when you buy them. As soon as you get home remove the tops. Rinse and then chill the carrots in the fridge. Then peel with a vegetable peeler and try one raw. It should taste sweet, almost as sweet as an apple. I can't eat those packaged conventional carrots you find in stores, "baby" or full sized. They either taste like nothing or they taste like soap. The "baby" ones are just broken and misshapen carrots from the processing plant that are milled to be small.

    For peas try fresh sugar snap peas. These are different from snow peas or shelling peas. Again, if fresh they taste really sweet. You can eat them whole either raw or lightly blanched.

    I feel like broccoli or spinach is not a good place for you to start. And lettuce has to be very fresh to have much flavor, so let's skip that one for now.

    In the summer try fresh corn on the cob. Boil for 6 minutes then eat it with butter and salt. You can slice it off the cob if you don't want to eat it on the cob.

    Lastly, try a sweet red pepper. It looks like a green bell pepper, but it's bright red and tastes totally different. Again, it's sweet. Good raw or sauteed with a little olive oil.

    When I was growing up I thought I didn't like veggies because in my household they were canned, frozen, or overcooked. Now I can't imagine not eating fresh veggies every day. But it's got to be fresh to be good.
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    Oct 29, 2012 5:15 AM GMT
    <3 veges like woah........lol and meat even more
  • vintovka

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    Oct 29, 2012 5:33 AM GMT
    Find a vegetarian, date him for a while. It worked for me--now I'm a giant veggie-eating hippy.
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    Oct 29, 2012 5:41 AM GMT
    Just pour a bottle of ranch dressing over the veggies.
  • unhooligan

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    Oct 29, 2012 5:43 AM GMT
    Maybe the frozen foods is what has been holding me back. Never had I thought of a vegetable being sweet.
  • FRE0

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    Oct 29, 2012 5:46 AM GMT
    Not all frozen vegetables are the same. For example, some frozen peas when quickly and lightly cooked are firm and very good, whereas others can be mushy even if not overcooked. How they are cooked is critical; even fresh peas will be mushy if overcooked.

    Try corn mixed with lima beans, perhaps 3/4 corn and 1/4 lima beans, but do not overcook.

    If you are a carnivore (I am not), try a stew containing vegetables. You can get stewing beef. Cook the beef in a pressure cooker, but not to the point of being fully done. Then, depressurize, open, and add onions, carrots, potatoes, and possibly other vegetables, and cook very briefly. Consider adding curry powder. The exact mixture is less important than avoiding under or over cooking and it may take some experience to get it just right. The two stages of cooking are essential else either the beef will be undercooked and tough or the vegetables will be overcooked.
  • camfer

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    Oct 29, 2012 5:47 AM GMT
    You an also try going out for Indian food, Thai food, or Ethiopian food. Yum!
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    Oct 29, 2012 5:54 AM GMT
    vintovka saidFind a vegetarian, date him for a while. It worked for me--now I'm a giant veggie-eating hippy.


    Awesome.
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    Oct 29, 2012 5:56 AM GMT
    camfer saidYou an also try going out for Indian food, Thai food, or Ethiopian food. Yum!


    This. Expand your idea of what eating vegetables should be. I'm a vegetarian and love a fresh salad as much as the next guy, but I also go nuts for spicy food. Go for great Thai or Indian and you might get hooked.
  • FRE0

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    Oct 29, 2012 6:09 AM GMT
    camfer saidYou an also try going out for Indian food, Thai food, or Ethiopian food. Yum!


    Good idea, and don't rule out Chinese and Italian. Those cuisines often integrate vegetables into the meal in such a way that people who don't like vegetables may find them good.
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    Oct 29, 2012 6:30 AM GMT
    I love steaming but also try frying veggies (not deep frying, just a very light coating of olive oil in the pan, it doesn't take much, or some butter & pinch of salt) or try baking them when appropriate. Baking can concentrate the flavors and frying can impart a smokey flavor. Baked onions, tomatoes, obviously potatoes, carrots, all very good. If possible, other than maybe corn, avoid boiling vegetables. No one wants to eat soggy, mushy veggies. Veggies are gross with the wrong texture. Also you lose a lot of flavor to the water.

    I never understood boiled spinach. Instead try frying it on high heat and let it burn a little. Huge difference. Same with asparagus. Use a real high heat, a little butter in the pan, salt, and let them char but then take them off the fire before they get too soft. They're like candy. On a grill? Even better.

    Actually grillling veggies might be a way to get you into them. I presume you a meat eater, so make shish kebobs alternating meat with different veggies. What off a grill isn't good?

    Steaming while keeping the veggie slightly undercooked is about my favorite.
    Just last night while steaming some beets for beet/quinoa/radish salad I had room left in the steamer (mine fits in the large pot) so threw in some carrots and potatoes. They're delicious. Steamed carrots don't need anything added, not salt, not butter, nothing. The trick is to steam long enough for the sugars to come out but remove while still firm. A knife should go in fairly easy though maybe not all the way and then maybe even have a little trouble pulling out.

    Also note that some vegies are better than others by packaging. For instance, canned peas are usually pretty gross but frozen peas can be very good. On the other hand I usually prefer canned corn when fresh isn't available.

    Experiment with it all and don't be discouraged if you throw a lot out until you get it right. When I switched from meat to tofu many years ago I was throwing out my meals for about three months before I figured it out.
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    Oct 29, 2012 8:02 AM GMT
    What you have to do is train yourself to like them. Your tastes will change. I find roasting vegetables in the oven brings out a flavor in them you don't get other places.

    Skip canned veggies altogether - that may be part of the problem. Fresh or frozen will give you better results.

    I used to hate 99% of the vegetables that are staples in my diet now, so it is possible to retrain yourself.

    Best of luck.
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    Oct 29, 2012 8:07 AM GMT
    I honestly hated vegtables when i was a kid...it would be the last dish ill pick

    Mom will give me a look...ill be hmm OKAY whatever!

    today knowing how what and felt what's it like going on a Vegetarian stretch then it does make sense what my Mom was looking/telling me like that icon_biggrin.gif

    Now I could have Caesar salad all DAY! my utmost favorite Salad ever in the world..well there are others I dont quite remember the name it was with lots of cheese with it.

    anyway that said V E G E T A B L E R O C K S !
  • kiwi_nomad

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    Oct 29, 2012 8:21 AM GMT
    WaytoDawn saidI used to be the same. I hate most veggies, and avoided them like the plague.

    First, find the ones you like and eat those as much as possible. (I found I really like apples, oranges, and tomatos)

    None of the above are vegetables! They're all fruit.
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    Oct 29, 2012 8:28 AM GMT
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    Honestly I Hate! Coleslaw when its too much of dressings/mayonnaises eeww! they are just as lazy salad!
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    Oct 30, 2012 7:42 PM GMT
    guyfromnz said
    WaytoDawn saidI used to be the same. I hate most veggies, and avoided them like the plague.

    First, find the ones you like and eat those as much as possible. (I found I really like apples, oranges, and tomatos)

    None of the above are vegetables! They're all fruit.


    Correct on apple & orange, but not entirely correct on tomato because a fruit (tomato) can be a vegetable, just as a root (carrot) can be a vegetable, or a flower (broccoli), or a stalk (celery), or a sprout or a shoot or a leaf (lettuce) or name that vegetation can be a vegetable.