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Jun 4, 2011 02:11 PM

Favorite Vegetables

Recently I've realized how glad I am that I love vegetables (and I'm a far cry from a vegetarian). I even thanked my parents the other day for forcing me to eat vegetables as a kid, as I remembered that my cousin at family functions would refuse and get away with it, and is still a picky eater today. I've noticed a lot of people (though not all) who don't like vegetables tend to be more narrow-minded when it comes to food. And while I can definitely enjoy a straight up meat+carb dish, I think it's more satisfying when a vegetable is included. When I'm low on money (especially as a perpetual student), throwing in some broccoli with standard pasta+oil+garlic completely elevates the meal. And of course, all the nutritional benefits. I had to hold back in insisting to my bf (who is trying to lose weight) to include a vegetable side to his dinner of ribs and mac and cheese. He was resigned to having a delicious but guilt-inducing meal. When trying to lose weight we tend to think of meals as delicious fatty indulgences or healthy and responsible bland filler.

THEREFORE, I thought it might be interesting to find out from fellow chowhounds what vegetables are your favorite and what ways you like to prepare them and include them in your meal (or even make it the centerpiece).

I love almost any vegetable roasted. My favorite side is a medley of roasted zucchini, yellow squash, green and red peppers, red and yellow onions. I like putting said medley in a wrap with a chipotle hummus. I love roasted grape tomatoes, roasted eggplant. I always think I can make people like vegetables by just roasting them.

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  1. My favorite vegetable? Whatever's in season! I grow my own organically, and grow as wide a variety as possible. Right now, the asparagus is winding down, and I just harvested the first of the broccoli.

    Mostly, we like our veggies very simply prepared---usually just heated in the microwave until tender-crisp. And, as you said, roasted. But we also enjoy them in Indian recipes. Madhur Jaffrey's recipe for Green Beans with Cumin and Fennel Seeds is one of our favorites

    1. I really love most vegetables. Honestly, vegetables are almost all so good that I could eat them and nothing else forever.

      Except for the occasional cheese enchiladas, grilled ribeyes, and sushi. And cheese. And cherries and mangoes. Well, and pasta too.

      1. The best way for me to answer this question is to respond to the flip-side of what you are asking.

        In other words, it's easier for me to answer the question "What vegetables do you not like?".

        nswer? Very few.

        The only vegetable that I probably will not voluntarily buy or enjoy eating is iceberg lettuce.

        Everything else I really enjoy, prepped in just about any fashion, and eaten at any time of day.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          i'm with you ipse. unfortunately there are actually a few that i can't really enjoy anymore due to health reasons, but iceberg lettuce is the only one i choose not to bother with.

          oh, and i'll pass on any *over-cooked* vegetables too.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            What? No overcooked iceberg lettuce for you?


            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I actually recently had a wedge salad at a restaurant: iceberg, bacon, blue cheese dressing. I hadn't had iceberg in about 20 years. It was good! very crisp in a way other lettuces are not and it actually tasted good ( aside from the very good sour cream/blue cheese/ lemon juice/pepper dressing.

              I love all vegetables. My favorites are : snap peas,english peas, asparagus, small japanese turnips, lacinato kale, fresh fresh romano beans , eggplant, kohlrabi,and tomatoes when they are perfect ( I know they are fruit) Oh and corn at its freshest just picked best.
              I like simple preps best: steamed, grilled, raw .

              1. re: magiesmom

                i was *just* thinking about the classic wedge salad because of this thread...haven't had one in years, and i do recall enjoying the crispness of the iceberg but i also remember thinking it was really just a vehicle for the dressing...which, considering my love of blue cheese, isn't/wasn't a bad thing ;)

                oy. now i'm craving it and i'm off dairy right now. argh!

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  I can't imagine paying someone else to pour blue cheese dressing over a wedge of iceberg, though.

                  1. re: mcf

                    well as i said, i haven't had it in years - probably not since i was a teenager...when Dad was footing the bill ;)

                    of course these days i make all my own anyway, i don't think i've purchased salad dressing more than a handful of times since college...and even if i was willing to pay for it in a restaurant i'd be SOL because GF blue cheese products are pretty rare.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      Really? They got gluten in the blue cheese?? I buy some dressings, because we like very different things, though I rarely use anything but some evoo, vinegar s and p on my salad. Lazy, I know. But blue cheese dressing is so quick and dirty...

                      1. re: mcf

                        the cheese itself sometimes contains gluten! certain blue/bleu varieties are grown on gluten-containing media, and there have been issues with cross-contamination even for the ones that aren't. it's actually getting easier to find GF ones, but you still have to be careful.

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          WOW, that never would have occurred to me... you have to be so vigilant!

                          1. re: mcf

                            don't i know it! i learned about this particular issue the hard way when i was still a GF newbie.

                    2. re: mcf

                      The place l go to makes their own blue cheese dressing and it is awesome, the bacon is in lardons the size of your thumb, after all that the lettuce matters less.

                  2. re: magiesmom

                    About a year ago I had iceberg with divine blue cheese dressing. It made a very good salad. The dressing was a bit rich for my taste, but nevertheless it was wonderful. I haven't bought it in decades, and apparently others don't either, because I don't always see it offered at the grocer.

                    1. re: sueatmo

                      Really, you don't? There are about 20 varieties of it, from those on the shelves to those in the refrigerated cases most places I shop. And it's pretty much always one of the handful of dressings offered in restaurants.

              2. Mr. Pine is from India, so I've gotten used to any and all versions of Indian vegetable preparations. My favorite is probably eggplant, which is why I grow it every year. So versatile, takes to many ethnic variations and just darn pretty.

                1. So many to choose. I don't think there's a veg I don't like - although I'm not keen on okra.

                  If I had to choose just one (leaving aside the obvious choice of onion) - then let it be parsnip. So versatile, so tasty