What is the One Veggie You Couldn't Live Without
onions and garlic for cooking don't count!
I think for me it would be lettuce (because I love my salads) and broccoli. I feel like broccoli goes with anything (eggs, meats, salads, straight up on its own) and with just about every cuisine. Plus it's a great source of calcium, among other nutrients, something most women don't get enough of on an everyday basis.
What about you?
Coming from someone who has tasted practically every cuisine known to man, I'm sure it sounds strange that the one vegetable that I couldn't live without is sweet corn. Just plain, ol' fashioned corn on the cob with a dab of butter just has no equal. It may not be the most diverse vegetable in the world (although, if you take corn as a whole for the example, it's pretty diverse!), but there's no replacement for it.
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Carrots - I am a bit of a produce junkie in general, but I snack on carrots more than any other veggie. They're yummy plain, roasted, dipped in PB, hummus, cream cheese etc. and they also travel well. I really love sweet potatoes too though and the idea of being without them makes me sad. I think I must have a thing for orange veggies...
I'm with you on the carrots - I can eat a whole bag of baby carrots in one sitting if I'm not careful.
I'd add a green veggie - probably broccoli - to that, and tomatoes, if only for the cooking versatility.
But really, I love all veggies, so thank God we don't really have to choose.
Since tomatoes, onions, and garlic don't count, I would say spinach - for the same reasons you listed above: versatility and flexibility.
Broccoli, eggplant, various kinds of squash also make my list. Sigh, that's more than one vegetable....
If I were stuck in a world with only one vegetable, it'd have to be cabbage. Not that it's my favorite by a long shot, but in terms both of nutrition and versatility you can't beat it. It goes with any diet; it's good raw, boiled, braised, steamed, and godnose how many varieties of pickled. Diabetics can eat it, people with gout can eat it, nursing mothers and toothless grannies on their deathbeds can eat it - and all of those kinds of people SHOULD eat it. Not to mention it grows easily in damn near any soil or climate. It is not by accident that it's a mainstay of more cuisines than any other food item I can think of, and in many parts of the world (Northern and Central Europe especially) there were long periods when if people hadn't had cabbage they would not have eaten regularly.