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Feb 13, 2011 07:49 AM

I need to eat more veggies, but don't really like them...Please help me with some ideas.

I need to incorporate more veggies in my diet. I do like broccoli and asparagus. We have just discovered roasted cauliflower and Kale crispies. What recipes do you use to make veggies more interesting? Is there a good cookbook I should get?

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  1. Start off gradually. I like to roast squash with a little olive oil, ginger and nutmeg. Try a Japanese kabocha squash it's a little sweeter than others. My DH hates squash but will eat this. Puree vegetables into something you like. Cauliflower or parsnips into mashed potatos or carrots into pasta sauce or add vegetables to soup.

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    1. re: Pegmeister

      Yes, re roasted squash. I really enjoy a mac and cheese with roasted butternut and bacon and spinach (hey, very fattening but includes two veggies, LOL, three if you count shallots).

      Also for the squash -- at 400 degrees roast some butternut (about five cups, chopped) with an onion and a garlic clove (drizzle all with olive oil). When done roasting, puree (buy the precut butternut to spare yourself the headache of hacking up an entire squash). Use this puree as a filling for quesadillas along with some thinly sliced red bell pepper and shredded Jack cheese. Mmm.

      1. re: twilight goddess

        I like the quesadilla suggestion so I'll keep that in mind. I just picked up a squash last night and that certainly would work for a change of pace.

    2. I love grilled vegies!!! I like to slice up zuchinni, onions (thick slabs), eggplant, portabella mushrooms, whole aaparagas, marinate and grill them. I use lemon juice, olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper for the zuch, eggplant, & asparagas; marinate for several hours, then grill. For the rest I use olive oil. balsamic, garlic, salt and pepper. Sometimes I will add in other herbs or chili flakes. They are good served with a nice cheese and grilled bread, add in some prociutto or salami and you have a wonderful meal. I make enough that I have left overs for the rest of the week and I am a happy camper.

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      1. re: JEN10

        Grilled veggies are a great idea, and they're delicious hot or cold on a cheese sandwich. Ratatouille is a great vegetable dish that makes a great omelette filing with cheese, too.
        If you tire of just the veggies, shred and squeeze water out of zucchini, mix with eggs, a little binder like a small amount of flower, and make squash patties. I love to add peeled whole shallots to my high temp veggie roasts, too.

        1. re: JEN10

          I love grilled vegetables and often use them as a base for other dishes. Grilled portobellos are great as 'pizzas' with baby spinach, chopped tomatoes and melted cheese. I'll make that for dinner with a green salad.

          If you like zucchini, slice into long, thin slices and grill. Then wrap around goat cheese mixed with sundried tomatoes and herbs. It's a nice light lunch with a slice of crusty bread. Also makes a nice meal with vegetable soup and salad.

          Another great vegetable to try is fresh spinach. So different from the frozen stuff. And artichokes- Trader Joe's has great frozen artichoke hearts that work great in tons of different applications.

        2. As for cookbooks, I would look into what your local library has. Online, check out to find lots of delicious recipes. Do you like cheese? Grated cheese, or cheese sauce is wonderful on lots of veggies. If you like baked veggies, you might want to explore gratin dishes.

          1. There are a few cookbooks available right now (aimed at parents of children) that have recipes which "hide" vegetables in everyday recipes. [Deceptively Delicious and The Sneaky Chef are 2 of the cookbooks.] If you really don't like them, you might try some of the methods for cooking with them so they aren't obvious. I also vote for grilling them - tossed in olive oil and salt, grilled asparagus or zucchini almost feel like eating french fries. You also might look for recipes which include an ingredient you really love - something with a strong flavor like bacon or a strong cheese so you will focus on that flavor that you really enjoy and associate vegetables with that. Good luck!

            1. You might want to head over to the Home Cooking section for this discussion that ended just a couple of days ago:

              And that person had problems with texture too!