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Jun 22, 2011 07:51 PM

DH hates cilantro & bell pepper

It seems like every recipe I look at calls for either/or cilantro or bell pepper. What do you think would be good substitutes for these ingredients? I do use a lot of garlic, mushrooms, herbs, etc. but it just seems like everything needs both or at least one or the other. Help!

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  1. Sub basil for cilantro. Works for most things! And is it all bell pepper that he dislikes? I find that many people who dislike green bell pepper and good with yellow, orange or red.

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    1. re: mojoeater

      hmmmm...I've heard that celery leaves are a good sub for cilantro too...yes, many people who can't do green bell peppers CAN eat the red, yellow or orange ones..which are even better for you, due to the colors.

    2. rather than find a substitute, is it too late for an annulment? ;)

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      1. re: raygunclan

        Yup. He's gotta go.

        To save the relationship maybe he could drink beer in large quantities before a meal to loosen up a little and try new things...

        1. re: raygunclan

          Hey! Julia Child hated cilantro too.

          1. re: raygunclan

            Fraid not, we've been married 54 years! And it's all bell peppers even though he loves all the other peppers! Frustrating to say the least. It seems every recipe I see now calls for cilantro and/or bell peppers.

          2. Cilantro tastes like soap to me so I sub based upon the cuisine. That means omitting it in Mexican, subbing in coriander seeds for Indian, and either parsley, basil or mint in European dishes. As to bell pepper, I've had friends who wouldn't eat green peppers but were fine with red or yellow--otherwise just omit unless it is a pepper based dish in which case you'll have to skip it until he is away or you're making something else he'll be happy with.

            1. My husband used to hate bell pepper when we first started dating and even suggested omitting it entirely from a dish he loves that is no good without it. After he tried the dish without the bell pepper, he began to come around and has become more willing to eat bell peppers. Though I still get all his leftover peppers when he orders fajitas at mexican restaurants.

              1. Sub parsley for cilantro and just forget about bell pepper. My wife can't handle bell pepper in any color (makes her quite ill) and frankly we don't really miss it in recipes.