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I know it's good for me but I just can't eat it

People keep raving about kale but it just doesn't do it for me.

I buy V8 juice thinking it's so "good for you" but I can barely choke down a glass.

What foods get you?

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  1. with you on the kale; it can be ok when cooked, but i hate it raw.

    i like v8 actually, i i like to drink it with a toasted everything bagel with chive/onion cream cheese for a savory breakfast.

    i know i'm supposed to prefer white meat over dark, but i just don't... i like dark meat, what can i say. i also like "refined" grains better most of the time - white rice, regular pasta, regular bread(s). i also just can't convince myself that low- or non-fat dairy is as good as the full-fat stuff.

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    1. re: chartreauxx

      Count me in on brown rice too. I'll take white rice, please.

      1. re: chartreauxx

        I'm with chartreauxx - the thought of eating chicken breast makes me gag. I think it's just that monotonous texture. I know it can be redeemed by cooking it different ways, but give me dark meat any day, wIth lots of bones to work on! Also probably why a fillet steak doesn't appeal (unless it's tartare or carpaccio).

        1. re: Billy33

          The only way I can eat a chicken breast is when it is served with an abundance of tasty sauce. Even breading and frying can't salvage it. Give me a chicken thigh any day.

          1. re: Pwmfan

            The only way I can eat bscb is pounded, breaded as a cutlet Milanese, with plenty of greens, tomato and lemon juice all over it. Otherwise, give me four dark chicken quarters and I'm good to go.

          2. re: Billy33

            Have you ever tried chicken breast pounded down super thin? I pound it to almost shreds, it is a totally different animal. I would gag on a thick chicken breast too.

          3. re: chartreauxx

            Totally don't like white meat. Give me dark any day and I'm happy.

            In my family, we always fought over the dark meat. No one liked white.

            1. re: chartreauxx

              V-8, even the reduced sodium version, has over-the-top sodium content so I am glad I don't like it. Besides, juicing produce removes the fiber, thereby reducing its value in one's diet.

              1. re: greygarious

                All true. As for taste, spicy V8 is passable and Campbell's tomato juice is fabulous. I like the low sodium version.

                1. re: melpy

                  I like the low-sodium v-8...you get your potassium for sure each day and many of us don't get enough of it--bananas are only an "good" source of potassium, tomatoes being a much better source! It's nice added to soups and stews too if you don't have tomatoes on hand I've found.

              2. re: chartreauxx

                I prefer kale raw ... you can make a good kale salad (not that I do ... but sometimes I buy them), but cooking it to me brings out its worst. (I'm a supertaster.) I like dark meat too. Whole grains are good, lots of flavor, but not pasta, and not if they've gone off. I like brown rice from a good rice cooker, but on the stovetop just doesn't seem to be successful.

                1. re: chartreauxx

                  I'm curious, for those who do not like kale, have you tried "baby kale" which is a lot milder and more tender than your typical kale.

                    1. re: melpy

                      So is Bishop kale, which is so much more tender than Tuscan (or Dinosaur) kale.

                    2. re: ipsedixit

                      My coworker grew some purplish kale in her plot in the community garden last year, and I was blown away by how wonderful and sweet it was, until the weather got hot, then it got kind of old and bitter tasting. I've just planted a bunch of kale seeds in my plot.

                      1. re: EWSflash

                        Kale is a cool-weather crop, and like all of the brassicas and lettuces, will "bolt" and go bitter when it's hot.

                        *Early* spring or fall is best for kale -- it gets sweeter if it gets just a dusting of frost.

                  1. V8 is great with a little vodka and horseradish ;-) It's also a wonderful add in to soups and stews, so that you don't have to choke it down. I keep a case on hand, but I'm with you about drinking it straight.

                    I love the new fad of dried kale, but otherwise I'll reach for escarole or something a little softer.

                    1. I personally love kale (and have loved it since I was a small child), but if you don't like it, don't eat it!

                      In the past few years, I've come to realize that it is pointless to eat something you don't care for, just because it's supposedly "good for you." There are way too many delicious things to eat and too little time.

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                      1. re: ohmyyum

                        I am with you ALL THE WAY with this view! I have had enough of trying to eat something just because it's supposed to be good for you. Besides, there's studies that show your body uses more nutrients when you eat food that you like rather than what you don't like.

                        1. re: janmcbaker

                          I would really like to see links to the supposed "studies."

                          1. re: pikawicca

                            Me too . . . . Half because I find that difficult to believe, half because I'd like it to be true

                        2. re: ohmyyum

                          There are also way too many delicious HEALTHY things, so why eat the nasty ones?

                          1. re: ohmyyum

                            Sure, the point is that we all need to eat more leafy greens and if you don't like kale, there are a plethora of other choices!!! Good point!

                          2. V8 makes a great base for beef vegetable soup. But when I drink a bit, I just feel like I've opened a can of stewed tomatoes to chugalug.

                            I don't eat tofu. It just doesn't do anything for me.
                            I'm a little iffy on some of the nonstandard starch options... quinoa, couscous, farro... I'll try anything, but do I ever make them at home? No.

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                            1. re: kitchengardengal

                              I'm with you on the tofu, as well as making the weird stuff at home. I'll try just about anything in a restaurant, but when I'm cooking, it's generally a minimum of four meals at a time, and I am not up for an epic fail x 4. Plus when I cook, I'm cooking my version of comfort food ... things I cannot get (my version of) in a restaurant.

                            2. Chia seeds. The texture is so off putting. A coworker eats one of those chia seed "puddings" every afternoon and just looking at it makes me want to gag. Of course she adds stevia too it which just makes it worse. Nasty.

                              Plus I have visions of Chia pets growing in my stomach.

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                              1. re: foodieX2

                                I love to drink chia seeds shaken up in a bottle of water. It does wonders for my- you know- and I REALLY like how it grosses people out when I tell them i'm consuming frog eggs.

                              2. Yeah there are plenty of leafy greens I adore but kale is not one of them. Recently I ordered a mixed greens salad at a restaurant and was presented with a ton of fresh raw kale as "the greens"...I laughed out loud and sent it back to the kitchen. So mainstream already !

                                On the V8, I'm mixed. In a cocktail it has the right body for the drink and I've stewed cabbage rolls in V8 and other ingredients and been happy with the results.

                                But a big glass of V8, even ice cold, isn't something I would run to to satisfy thirst.

                                About the only food on my can't eat it list is an Asian confection of clear jelly/stuffed peanut butter/coconut shred concoction I see from time to time. Odd combo that I can't enjoy.

                                1. As a kid my mom use to give me V8 juice to drink. I can still remember being 5ish and drinking it at the "Secret Playground". Tried it again a few years ago and couldn't choke it down, the thought of it makes me nauseous.

                                  Plain milk is something I can't stand. Throw some chocolate in it, pour it over cereal, or transform it into something better. But plain milk, warm or cold, is something I won't drink.

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                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                      Milk reminds me of little kids; when grown ups drink it, I wonder "Why?"

                                      1. re: coll

                                        I've been known to give adults drinking plain milk the side eye, and I also wonder why anyone would drink that stuff.

                                        1. re: zitronenmadchen

                                          A cold glass (about 6 oz.) of skim milk is the *perfect* pairing for my breakfast. No, water won't do. No, I don't like food with my coffee. I don't drink soda. I am crestfallen when I realize I've run out of milk for my breakfast meal.

                                          So, stare at me all you want but I frankly couldn't care less.

                                          1. re: linguafood

                                            Double stare for skim... bleah.

                                            1. re: mcf

                                              Yep, that's what I used to think. Until I started buying the local dairy's skim milk which is creamy and tastes like milk, not the chalky, watery excuse you get in your regular supermarket.

                                              But hey, I'm certainly not trying to convert anyone here.

                                            2. re: linguafood

                                              Oh, I would never say anything, and I would do my best to make sure you didn't know I thought you were weird.

                                              1. re: zitronenmadchen

                                                Whew. Thanks for letting me sleep tonight.

                                              1. re: coll

                                                i'm 27, and i had to start drinking milk after i entered treatment for anorexia in fall 2013. it's on my meal plan; talk to my dietician about that one. i have really high calcium requirements to keep my bones safe. i've had to drink so much of it in the past year, i've actually developed a taste for it. i do treat it as more of a liquid food than a beverage, though.

                                                it's particularly nice at night, if i need something to keep my tummy full enough to sleep comfortably without having too much to digest. i'll usually drink it alone, though, not with food. if it's with food, it has to be with something sweet (cookie, pbj sandwich, etc). i refuse to drink milk with savory foods, it doesn't taste good to me.

                                                1. re: chartreauxx

                                                  do what you need to do to be healthy, chartreauxx

                                                  We're pulling for you.

                                          2. Whole wheat anything. I swear, I've given it my best shot, but whole wheat flour ruins all my favorite recipes.... banana bread, oatmeal cookies, bread.
                                            And whole wheat pasta, forget it!

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                                            1. re: kitchengardengal

                                              ACTUAL whole wheat is known as graham flour and is quite tasty. I recommend it.

                                              What's labeled as whole wheat flour is mostly white flour plus inedibles (the healthy parts of the endosperm being sold to more discerning customers).

                                              I mean, really, who doesn't like true graham crackers
                                              (made in a dehydrator)? ;-)

                                              1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                I like it half and half for baking certain things, like chocolate chip cookies. You get the nutty flavor without the lead weight.

                                                1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                  I'm inclined to agree. I've had good whole wheat bread, but not often.

                                                2. Spelt pasta. I was given a box once. Cooked it according to package directions and it went straight to the garbage. Just the looks of it was offputting enough to kill my appetite.

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                                                  1. re: mtlcowgirl

                                                    So many of the alternative pastas are a disaster ... I would go so far as to say all of them. Corn, Jerusalem artichoke ... God bless the people who are eating that mess for ethical reasons. To me, there is a specific way that pasta should taste, and you get there with durum wheat. End of story.

                                                    1. re: foiegras

                                                      There are medical reasons to eat non-wheat pastas too.

                                                      1. re: foiegras

                                                        My sweet wife has celiac, so that puts the kabosh on wheat pasta for us. I've tried just about everything else but nothing really works, as you said. We eat a lot of potatoes and rice. I've also tried asian noodles (rice obviously) but haven't developed much expertise with them yet; need to keep trying. It's a shame there is no such thing as wheat-free soba noodles, since buckwheat otherwise would be fine.

                                                        1. re: johnb

                                                          There IS "ju-wari soba" (十割そば) noodles made from 100% soba flour, though it is a bit hard to find outside of Japan.

                                                          1. re: Tripeler

                                                            I have looked and looked for soba without wheat flour, but to no avail so far. I will have to try to find these things. At least it's good to know they exist. Thanks.

                                                            1. re: johnb

                                                              You could continue to try to find Ju-wari soba in Japanese food markets where you live. It is a bit hard to find here in Japan, but with a little effort it always turns up.

                                                          2. re: johnb

                                                            The noodles that work best for me, with very high protein and fiber are Exas Explore Asian Golden soybean spaghetti and their mung bean fettucine. Not bitter and gritty like other soy pastas.

                                                            1. re: mcf

                                                              Are those the ones that come in a plastic bag in water?

                                                              1. re: johnb

                                                                johnb, I am not familiar with the noodles mcf recommends, but if you are looking at noodles in a water-filled bag, you may be looking at konnyaku or shiritaki noodles. I have used them, and while others may disagree on the chewy-slipperiness of the noodles, I like them. You can only know if you try. I, too, am celiac, and would love to find a source for 100% buckwheat soba. So far, no luck; but I haven't been focusing so much on it lately.

                                                            2. re: johnb

                                                              Johnb, Eden has a 100% buckwheat soba but it is still "produced on equipment that also handles wheat and eggs" and that may be unacceptable for y'all. Here's the link.


                                                        2. Beets...I've never liked them; I grew some this summer just so I can work my way into them but they sat in my fridge until I threw them out. I did pickle the beet greens and they were good but the beet itself, no.

                                                          Coconut; ever since I was little, I never liked it. I like coconut milk when I use it in curries or soups but the coconut itself is something I avoid.

                                                          V8 and tomato juices are things I can't drink out of a glass but I use them all the time in soups.

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                                                          1. re: Cherylptw

                                                            Oh beets. I have a bag of them sitting in my fridge from last weeks CSA. I know I will have to cook and ear them at some point, but I really don't want to.

                                                            1. re: viperlush

                                                              try roasting some of them with other root vegetables. i've never been a big beet fan, but combined with carrots, parsnips, turnips, onions, potatoes, they look pretty and the flavors mix well.

                                                              1. re: wonderwoman

                                                                Nope. Don't like mixing roast veggies either.

                                                              2. re: viperlush

                                                                I love dried veggie chips, haven't tried the beet variety yet. Even though I can't stand beets, I'm game to use my mandolin to slice up a beet and make chips in the oven just so I can say I did it. This may be the only way I can get them to go down.

                                                                1. re: viperlush

                                                                  Roasted with goat or blue cheese, yum. In salads is good too.

                                                                2. re: Cherylptw

                                                                  Oh yes, me too. Beets taste terrible to me too.

                                                                  And I cannot get myself to eat okra or liver either.


                                                                  1. re: mcel215

                                                                    I love okra, but only when its pickled or fried and no longer good for you.

                                                                    1. re: mcel215

                                                                      LOVE okra any way I can get it...not too fond of beef liver, I eat it maybe once a year but I like fried chicken livers.

                                                                      1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                        I love okra pretty much any way it can be prepared, but this year we have been able to get (in Tokyo) some very fresh and beautiful okra, and while I just LOVE fried okra, this year's okra has been best boiled lightly and eaten pretty much plain.

                                                                        1. re: Tripeler

                                                                          I like okra so much that when I go to the u-pick farms I'll eat a bunch of it raw while I'm picking it.

                                                                          And beets are so wonderful to me, I can't believe that people don't like them

                                                                          1. re: EWSflash

                                                                            Another okra lover here. I will take raw okra pods, slice it finely into little discs, then mix it with natto (fermented soy beans) for a double - gooey treat. Sort of like snot-meets-snot, but luscious in its own healthy way.

                                                                            1. re: Tripeler

                                                                              dont forget the nagaimo for an extra bit of gooeyness! Yum!

                                                                    2. re: Cherylptw

                                                                      +1 on beets. I am sad when I see them in salads and other dishes that I would otherwise want. I just . . . can't.

                                                                      1. re: Rilke

                                                                        I know....but this spring I worked for a client and made a roasted beet salad with diced green apples, sweet & savory pecans and Dijon vinaigrette over a bed of mixed lettuces with a scoop of goat cheese to serve...it looked pretty and they enjoyed it....I tried all components excepts the beets for quality assurance....

                                                                        1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                          Sub sweet potatoes or butternut squash for the beets and feta for the chevre and I would be all over that.

                                                                          1. re: Rilke

                                                                            I'm with you on all accounts; I love squash & feta, don't like goat cheese at all but my clients loved it. It would probably be great with roasted squash.

                                                                        2. re: Cherylptw

                                                                          Ugh, beets. Works out okay, because DH can't stand them, either, so they just never are an issue at home.

                                                                          Went to a dinner party last week, though, and the appetizer was beets. I would never tell the hostess this, but I was secretly glad that the dish didn't have a lot of flavor, because it meant I didn't taste beets, either. DH and I were remarkably mature, and ate the whole dish without gagging.

                                                                          One of my team drinks spirulina smoothies in the mornings -- I know it's supposed to be healthy, but yecch. I just can't bring myself to drink something thick and green.

                                                                          1. re: sunshine842

                                                                            That's one reason why I like the tablets. Spirulina, not beets.

                                                                          2. re: Cherylptw

                                                                            I have never liked beets until recently I was served a salad with some raw shredded beets on top. I thought I'd better try them, just to be sure I still hated beets and - they were so not beet-y! No weird bo smell and they were tasty! Of course they were a small addition to the salad and at that rate it would take me a week to eat one beet. Still, there may be hope to reform my beet hater lurking within. That said, I adore beet greens. I could eat them morning, noon and night.

                                                                            1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                              Oh my! When I'm at an ice cream place with all those flavors to choose from among, my strategy is to narrow it down to the ones that have have coconut and then select from those. Love the stuff.

                                                                              1. re: johnb

                                                                                I have really tried to at least like it but I just can't...I'm a chocoholic; my aunt makes the most fabulous chocolate cake but she messes it up by putting coconut over the top. It makes me sad....

                                                                            2. I eat things that taste good. I don't eat something just because it's supposed to be good for you. By the way, it don't think V8 is good for you. Sodium content is ridiculously high. I think it tastes fine but I never drink it because I think it's good for me. I do think its a good hangover remedy though. It ok not to like somethings that everyone else says you should eat.

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                                                                              1. re: Bkeats

                                                                                the potasssium is very high, too. Best sports drink around for that reason. Nothing's wrong with salt, especially with potassium. Veggies are high in both, that's one of the reasons they're good for you; essential minerals.

                                                                                1. re: mcf

                                                                                  I love V-8 (but not the reduced sodium version), and the only reason I don't drink it for breakfast every morning is the sodium content (and the cost). That said, it is funny that it is mentioned as a sport drink, because it tastes best to me after a long hike. When I was younger and did a lot of backpacking,my tradition as soon as I came out of the back country was to head to the nearest store, buy V-8 and beer, and chug a can of each in that order! The thought kept me going down the trail :-)

                                                                                  1. re: susancinsf

                                                                                    My husband drinks it post workout and takes it in his golf bag, too (he likes to walk with a hand cart, so puts on mileage). I love me some salt, and it lowers my blood pressure, but I'm not into the carbs from it.

                                                                                    1. re: susancinsf

                                                                                      Gently mix the cold V8 and beer together and add a dash of hot sauce, maybe a squeeze of lime or lemon. So good on a hot day!

                                                                                  2. re: Bkeats

                                                                                    agree with mcf; sodium and potassium content is neither good nor bad by nature. if you need a low-sodium diet, then high sodium content is something to watch. if you're like me, with low blood pressure, things high in salt are a-ok. a lot of good/bad food labeling does tend to come from blanket assumptions, but the reality is every"body" (and thus, everybody's needs) are a little bit different when it comes to food. so few things, except "non-food" items such as trans-fats, are good OR bad for everybody out there.

                                                                                    1. re: chartreauxx

                                                                                      When my bp goes up, salt lowers it, too. Very few people get ht from salt, especially. Especially salt with potassium.

                                                                                      1. re: mcf

                                                                                        true that, and i agree with you! but it certainly has that reputation in popular perception, so i thought it made sense to address that in the context of a thread about what people "say" is "good" for you :-)

                                                                                      2. re: chartreauxx

                                                                                        I have low BP as well. I love not having to worry about salt.

                                                                                        1. re: sisterfunkhaus

                                                                                          I have low BP as well. I have to make sure I take enough salt. On bad days, I have to take even more.

                                                                                          1. re: LMAshton

                                                                                            Me too, on bad days when I stand a lot my doctor recommends bouillon in water

                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                              I keep pedialyte in stock. It's the local hydration salts packet for children who vomit or have too much diarrhea. Generally tastes not great, but does the job when I'm in trouble.

                                                                                              Another local remedy is king coconut water. Apparently, its electrolytes are a good balance for hydrating us humans.

                                                                                              1. re: LMAshton

                                                                                                I also keep pedialyte in the house for when I am in trouble. I keep the unflavored because the flavored tastes like melted popsicles and cough syrup to me. I cannot stomach that taste when I am attacking, but I need the electrolytes. I mix it with koolaid mix to make it taste tolerable.

                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                  We haven't ever seen unflavored, only lime, which is okay enough, and orange, which is vile. But that was in Sri Lanka where variety is not the word of the day.

                                                                                                  1. re: LMAshton

                                                                                                    I buy the apple flavored powder. It is actually pretty tasty.

                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                      I've never seen it. I didn't know it even existed.

                                                                                                      1. re: LMAshton

                                                                                                        It is the most tolerable of them all. And you can make half a sleeve and save it for later, unlike the liquid that needs to be tossed after two days.

                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                          I haven't come across the liquid, either. I only ever get the powder. As you say, it can be partially used and the rest saved for later, which I do.

                                                                                    2. I use v8 for cooking (tomato soup, for bloody marys, as part of the broth for cooking grains) but drinking a glass isn't my first choice.

                                                                                      I like most "healthy" foods, but wheatgrass seriously tastes like lawn.
                                                                                      I wish i liked bananas, but i have tried many times and its not happening.

                                                                                      I'm open minded and will try anything once, or sometimes a few times but there are more than enough nutritious foods i enjoy, so i don't worry about the fact i hate goji berries and like real salt on my food.

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                                                                                      1. Cucumber juice. Somehow or other, I was able to take more sips (as in, two) of a durian shake than of warm cucumber juice.
                                                                                        With ice, it might be a different story.

                                                                                        1. Milk. I know its good for me but yuk to a cold glass.
                                                                                          Winter squash

                                                                                          1. Quinoa. Lord knows I've tried but we just don't have any chemistry.

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                                                                                            1. re: tcamp

                                                                                              I'm with you there - it has a funny taste to me.

                                                                                              I also hate sweet potatoes.

                                                                                            2. Coconut water. I've tried it several times, and it always ends up being thrown out!

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                                                                                              1. re: OhioHound

                                                                                                Eew. Yeah, I tried it earlier this year (it's *everywhere* now!) and I think I was expecting something amazingly thirst-quenching, given its popularity. I was underwhelmed.

                                                                                                1. re: OhioHound

                                                                                                  Not a fan of the stuff. On my last vacation the boys would climb the trees, get coconuts, cut off the top, find straws and then give them to us to drink. I felt so bad. I would take a couple sips before tossing them.

                                                                                                  1. re: viperlush

                                                                                                    I really like coconut water from a fresh coconut -- the packaged stuff is pleh.

                                                                                                    You do know that for boys the object was obtaining the coconuts, not your refreshment, right? (I have boys...)

                                                                                                  2. re: OhioHound

                                                                                                    When I'm exercising and dehydrated, it tastes like the heavens are opening and a choir of angels is trumpeting its arrival in my mouth. The rest of the time I find it tastes like plastic that's gone off somehow -- foul.

                                                                                                    1. re: OhioHound

                                                                                                      I love coconut water from king coconuts, not so much from the more common coconuts. King coconut is a different variety with an orange husk.

                                                                                                    2. Fish. Any kind, any preparation. I really really don't like it. I wish I did, because as it stands I probably eat more red meat than if good for me because I need my protein and chicken gets boring.

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                                                                                                      1. re: cookie monster

                                                                                                        Yeah, I have fish issues too. It's a texture thing. I'll eat it fried or crudo, and not soo crazy about the crudo. I will try it grilled or whatever, but ... and the skin is the worst. Don't talk to me about the skin.

                                                                                                      2. Yogurt
                                                                                                        Raw tomatoes -ketchup-tomato juice-V8
                                                                                                        Cottage Cheese

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                                                                                                        1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                                          Funny; when I was a kid, I really disliked any tomatoes in a non ketchup form. Now, I like tomatoes but don't care too much for ketchup except when I use it in homemade BBQ sauce

                                                                                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                            I am with you on this ipsedixit. I do use it frequently but usually no more than a pat, even for a compound butter. I like the flavor but something about the mouthfeel and I don't love it plastered on anything like some do - eggs, steak, occasional toast, otherwise no.

                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                              My Screaming Yellow Zonkers last night set me back a whole stick. And well worth it.

                                                                                                            2. amen to kale. i know i'm supposed to be excited by all of its healthy and tasty opportunities (eight great new recipes for kale! ten fall-tastic uses for kale!) but i just can't.

                                                                                                              1. I don't eat kale enough to form an opinion, but I definitely do not hate it. As for V8, I love V8. It was one of my most favor drink when I was younger.

                                                                                                                Let's see what foods are supposed to be good for me and I don't care for.

                                                                                                                Actually, I think I like every so called good foods. I don't often eat breakfast because I often wake up too late to eat breakfast (skip breakfast probably 75% of the time). So you can say that I don't eat breakfasts even they are good for me.

                                                                                                                1. I eat braised kale, although it isn't my favorite. I think it is good in winter soups too.

                                                                                                                  I will drink the lower sodium V8 and think it is fine.

                                                                                                                  I can't bear tofu. I guess I can't eat anything that is gray. It just isn't appetizing to me. And the flavor is meh.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: sueatmo

                                                                                                                    If the tofu you've come across is grey, then you probably shouldn't be eating it anyway.

                                                                                                                    1. re: MplsM ary

                                                                                                                      during the cooking process, it seems to absorb only the grey tones of the spectrum of the dish.

                                                                                                                      Nasty texture, missing flavor, and off colors. Tasty.

                                                                                                                      And I've tried. Fried, sauteed, tossed into stir-frys. Yuck.

                                                                                                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                        You should try mapo tofu some time. It'll make you see the light.

                                                                                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                          Nope. It's in the "don't bother" category.

                                                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                              Agreed. There is so much flavor in this dish. Totally changed my husband in to a yes to tofu guy.

                                                                                                                              1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                                I was on the tofu hating side of life. No more (still don't have a *love* affair with it), and this dish is 100% responsible.

                                                                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                            <You should try mapo tofu some time. It'll make you see the light.>

                                                                                                                            Yes, when you eat super spicy/hot food, you can see flashes and sprinklings in your eyes.

                                                                                                                          2. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                            Interesting. If you don't like tofu texture, then I must say there are many tofu from very chewy to very tender. If you don't like the gray color, then I will say that most tofu I know is not gray.

                                                                                                                            Try steamed silken tofu dishes. They are very white and require next to no skill to make:




                                                                                                                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                                              guys and gals, there is nothing wrong with my palate -- beets, hot dogs and tofu are the only three commonly-found things that I simply. don't. like. In a social situation, I'll eat them to be polite, but I have tried them all prepared in a multitude of ways and I just. don't. like. them.

                                                                                                                              Silken, firm, as protein substitutes, in stirfries, on its own -- tofu is the pleh in my book. I have zero guilt about not liking it -- I have tried it many, many times over the years, so I've given it more than a fair shake.

                                                                                                                              One more time -- it's not grey in the package -- it just seems to only absorb the most unappetizing colors of whatever it's cooked with.

                                                                                                                              I don't need to try anybody's version -- thanks, but I'm good.

                                                                                                                              1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                But have you tried a tofu hotdog boiled in beet juice? That I'm sure you will enjoy.

                                                                                                                                1. re: viperlush

                                                                                                                                  I saw someone advertising root canals without anesthesia. I'll be down there while you enjoy your mess.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: viperlush

                                                                                                                                    I think that deserve a separate topic. Combing things which you don't like into something you like.

                                                                                                                                    I will go first. I am not a big fan of plain walnut and plain cookies, but I like walnut cookies. I am not a big fan of plain sashimi and plain rice, but I like sushi. I can go on and on.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: viperlush

                                                                                                                                      I like hot dogs and beets, and your 'dish' has me gagging ... but I'm sure it will be just the thing to change sunshine's mind ;)

                                                                                                                                    2. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                      <guys and gals, there is nothing wrong with my palate>

                                                                                                                                      I know, I know. I wasn't going to convince or change you. I just thought you somehow only had grey tofu, and that you should try the "not grey" tofu, but if you have tried plenty tofu, then it is all fine.

                                                                                                                              2. re: sueatmo

                                                                                                                                Tofu is digusting, hate the texture and the taste!

                                                                                                                              3. having a current tequila aversion. My mental status is now questionable with just rum and gin to help us out

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                                                                                                                                1. re: autumm

                                                                                                                                  My tequila aversion was due to a Tequila Summer almost 40 years ago. Just started again a few years ago. And still can't touch it straight.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                                                                                    Something about tequila, I once had too much as a teenager and didn't touch it again for maybe 10 or 20 years. I'm OK now though!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                                                                                      Me too! About the same time frame. Triple shots of rot gut for $.60 at a local dive ended my tequila consumption forever. To this day the very smell of it makes me queasy.

                                                                                                                                      And of course it should be considered in the "good for me" category - all that vitamin C from the lime!

                                                                                                                                    2. re: autumm

                                                                                                                                      Pretty funny that tequila is an answer to things that "I know are good for me....."

                                                                                                                                      1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                                                                                        Yes, I was wondering about that too. I view my tequila aversion (25 years and counting) as a positive for my health and I haven't tried to overcome it.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: coll

                                                                                                                                            As opposed to can't feel a thing?

                                                                                                                                            And alcohol has many health benefits. I am sure I can find it someplace on the internet. So it must be true.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                                                                                              So my doctor tells me, when consumed in moderation. The moderation part is the trick.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: autumm

                                                                                                                                          Oh heavens- send me all your tequila. I love it. rather too much, I think sometimes.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                            Try tequila half-and-half with boiling water. Pop in a few cloves if you like. Really revs your engine.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: autumm

                                                                                                                                            dude, the title of this post is
                                                                                                                                            "i know it is good for me..."
                                                                                                                                            Tequila, really? Tequila has never done anything good for me. Oh, i thought it did, but the next morning, i found out otherwise.

                                                                                                                                          3. Whole wheat pasta. Instead of leaving me pleasantly satisfied, it goes down into my belly it magically changes into a cinder block. At least that's what it feels like.

                                                                                                                                            1. Same for me with both V8 and tomato juice. Makes me gag. Kale I like when I roast it until crispy and coat lightly with olive oil and salt, like healthy chips.

                                                                                                                                              1. Bananas. It's not so much the taste, but the texture. I can't do it!

                                                                                                                                                Also, as much as I love things salty and brined, I have had a really hard time getting into olives of any kind. I keep trying because I feel like there must be something I'm not getting, but I haven't seen much improvement.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: pickledtink

                                                                                                                                                  try a European-style olive -- I like black olives, but they're best on pizza, etc. I'll eat Spanish (green with pimiento) olives, but they're not my favorite.

                                                                                                                                                  French olives cured in herbs and olive oil...tiny Nicoise olives...bright-green Italian Piccolinis... I never liked olives until I got to Europe and started trying the beautiful olives they sell in the marketplace. It was like "Oh, THIS is what they're supposed to taste like!'

                                                                                                                                                  Good olives are tragically hard to find in the US....but keep searching - it's worh it.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pickledtink

                                                                                                                                                    So does that mean that banana bread or dried banana chips are ok? Since the texture is different. What about plantains? Or is the texture too close to banana.

                                                                                                                                                    Have you tried olives cooked in a dish? Like puttenesca sauce or a tapenade? Or even a bloody mary or martini?

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pickledtink

                                                                                                                                                      With you on the bananas, but that's no secret to anyone who knows me. And I agree, its definitely the texture....I have been known to eat banana bread or banana cream pie if it doesn't have any actual PIECES of banana in it....

                                                                                                                                                      My husband gets very upset with me, he loves bananas, and sees them as the perfect cure for leg cramps (potassium). And lately I seem to be getting leg cramps occasionally (usually after over-exertion in hot weather), and DH will start in with the "this wouldn't happen if you would just eat bananas" thing. Ugh. Then he tries to get me to drink Gatorade instead (for the electrolytes) but that's the other food item I refuse to eat/drink. Tastes like melted Jello. Gross. (I don't even like soft Jello. It has to be rock hard or I won't eat it...:-)

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: janetofreno

                                                                                                                                                        How about banana smoothies? They could even be made with proper electrolytes. Or just slip in a little Gatorade ;)

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: johnb

                                                                                                                                                          no, no, no. Bananas in smoothies just invariably don't get smoothied enough. I can still taste that gritty mushiness. ich.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: janetofreno

                                                                                                                                                            My dad had esophageal cancer and one of the things he wouldn't eat was bananas because they were gritty and the seeds hurt his throat. Even in a smoothie/ milk shake he felt them. I thought he was just being a pain in the ass. Nice knowing that someone else also finds them gritty.

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: janetofreno

                                                                                                                                                          Just found this chart the other day- and there are seven choices with more potassium than a banana! So buy some dried apricots and leave the bananas to your DH....

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                                                                                                                            Very useful, thanks! I love dried apricots and dates, so will just munch on those when the leg cramps start hitting. And since medjool dates are a favorite of DH's we won't have to have that "you should just eat bananas" argument anymore....yeah!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: janetofreno

                                                                                                                                                              Potatoes have a ton of potassium. Eat a potato!!

                                                                                                                                                              Or Vitamin Water. I believe one of them is specifically formulated with extra potassium. It's absorbed faster in liquid form and not nearly as disgusting as Gatorade (IMO). I won't touch Gatorade. That stuff--in EVERY flavor--is truly awful.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: janetofreno

                                                                                                                                                            Coconut water is a godsend, if you happen to like it. Low sodium v8 also contains a significant amount of potassium (because the NaCl is replaced with KCl).

                                                                                                                                                        3. Yogurt
                                                                                                                                                          Brown Rice
                                                                                                                                                          Whole Wheat Bread
                                                                                                                                                          Cottage cheese
                                                                                                                                                          grilled, boneless, skinless chicken breasts

                                                                                                                                                          1. Salads, kind of. I mean I can eat a salad. I like salad, but it will never be a meal for me. There has to be meat or bread or something. I could eat a salad the size of a garbage can and still crave a "real meal.

                                                                                                                                                            Any kind of meat substitute - even though many aren't particularly "good" for you, just not as bad. Same with any sort of milk/butter/cheese/flour substitute. Rice milk? No thanks. Low-fat/low-sodium butter flavored spread? Nuh-uh.

                                                                                                                                                            I'll jump on the kale bandwagon too - or rather jump off it.

                                                                                                                                                            Since V-8's a big topic, I'll say me too - or even tomato juice. I like tomatoes. I like juice. I can't even drink a bloody mary, even though they look delicious and I like excuses to drink in the morning.

                                                                                                                                                            Brown rice.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                                                                                                              I'm with you on meat substitutes! Same with salad as a meal.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                                                                                                                We often eat salad as a meal, but it always has substantial protein on or in it.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mcf

                                                                                                                                                                  On, in...or alongside. My favorite meal is a protein+leaves. Leaves alone doesn't feel like a meal.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cayjohan

                                                                                                                                                                    Leaves, reminds me of "bunny food" which is what my friends and family call sprouts.

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                                                                                                                I never ponder any salad that doesn't include meat. My dad likes to call our family salads "meat with a side of lettuce."

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                  I call that sort of salad a meat salad. People look at me funny until they see exactly what I'm talking about. There was a fast food place in Auckland the husband and I went to and we always got their meat salads. Loved them!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                    One of my food obsessions this year is chicken Milanese; I just love piling the salad atop pounded, fried cutlets and putting a great EVOO, fresh lemon juice and salt all over it.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mcf

                                                                                                                                                                      This sounds great, and just as easy as you say or is there more to it? No recipe I imagine?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                        1 lb pork tenderloin cut crosswise into 12 medallions
                                                                                                                                                                        : 3TBS plus 2 tsps extra virgin olive oil, divided
                                                                                                                                                                        : salt and fresh ground pepper
                                                                                                                                                                        : 1 large crisp apple cored and cut into medium dice
                                                                                                                                                                        : 2 celery stalks, cut into medium dice
                                                                                                                                                                        : 1/4 large red onion, sliced medium thick
                                                                                                                                                                        : 8 lightly packed qts factory washed baby spinach
                                                                                                                                                                        : 1/4 cup each dried cranberries and walnut pieces
                                                                                                                                                                        : 1 TB balsamic vinegar


                                                                                                                                                                        : Heat a large skillet over high heat. While it heats, toss pork medallions
                                                                                                                                                                        : with 2 tsps of oil and a light sprinkling of salt and pepper (I used
                                                                                                                                                                        : extra of all three). Add medallions to pan and cook until well browned
                                                                                                                                                                        : on one side 3-4 minutes then turn and cook until just
                                                                                                                                                                        : cooked through, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to a plate to rest.
                                                                                                                                                                        : Heat 1 TBS of oil in the hot skillet, add apples, celery and onion;
                                                                                                                                                                        : saute until golden brown, just crisp tender, about 2 minutes.
                                                                                                                                                                        : Meanwhile, place spinach, cranberries, walnuts in a large bowl. Add
                                                                                                                                                                        : remaining two TBS oil and sprinkle with salt and fresh pepper; toss to
                                                                                                                                                                        : coat. Add pork juices and vinegar. Add warm vegetables and give it a
                                                                                                                                                                        : final toss, adjusting flavors, including more vinegar if necessary.
                                                                                                                                                                        : Divide salad among 4 plates; top each with a portion of warm pork and
                                                                                                                                                                        : serve.
                                                                                                                                                                        : Per serving: 370 calories, 24 gms carbohydrates, 26 grams protein, 20
                                                                                                                                                                        : gms fat (3 saturated), 74 mg cholesterol, 5 gm dietary fiber, 156 mg sodium.


                                                                                                                                                                        Use very small granny apple, unsweetened dried cranberries to lower carbs or soak sweetened ones in water ahd halve the amount of them.. Also just about as good without apple at all. Good low carb dinner for 2, not four. I use more oil for the pork than called for here, too.

                                                                                                                                                                        There's always some leftover salad, and Tom had slices of last night's flank steak with some of it. Couldn't hurt to make another tenderloin, either.

                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, wait, you asked about Milanese! I either buy or make pounded, breaded cutlets and top with either baby arugula or mixed baby lettuces, lots of halved cherry, grape or baby kumato tomatoes add s and fgbp, evoo and fresh lemon juice, including a squeeze for the warm cutlets. Super easy. I just slice bscb in half, pound the halves, dip in egg, then some almond meal, a bit of panko and sometimes some parmesan and cook til golden.

                                                                                                                                                                2. Many previously mentioned, including brown rice and wheat pasta. also chia. It SMELLS so bad.

                                                                                                                                                                  Add to that list - quinoa. Just no.

                                                                                                                                                                  And yeah, fish. Yes, pretty much all fish. I can eat a really, really plain whitefish if it doesn't taste like fish AT ALL and is breaded and fried and served with chips and vinegar, but then it's really no longer good for you, is it.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rockandroller1

                                                                                                                                                                    So is the smell you get from brown rice and wheat pasta kind of a rancid smell? If so, it really is the oils going rancid and the product should be pitched out. I store whole grain products (as well as nuts) in the refrigerator or freezer unless its something that I will use up in a month or two.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: rockandroller1

                                                                                                                                                                      Cannot beLIEVE I forgot fish. All fish - no matter how fried and breaded and sauced it is.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: rockandroller1

                                                                                                                                                                        Chia smells bad? I've never noticed any smell whatsoever. I hope yours wasn't rancid.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. currently (the last year or so) both eggplant and asparagus are topping the list. not sure why - used to love them both. i keep thinking of the texture of cooked eggplant, and the smell of asparagus and just..want..to..gag.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Green tea. I know you don't technically eat it, but it's always touted as being so good for you, and I think it tastes nasty- reminiscent of how moldy grass smells. I've tried all types, brands, loose leaf, flavoured, etc.; it all tastes vile to me.

                                                                                                                                                                          [I like green tea ice cream, though.... but no health benefits there, i'm sure :) ]

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Brussel sprouts. I love, love, love cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower. Why don't I like brussel sprouts? Nope, not even roasted.

                                                                                                                                                                            Spaghetti squash. No, it's not just like spaghetti.

                                                                                                                                                                            Carrots must be raw or mush, nothing in between.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                                                                                                              I'm trying to like sprouts too, love cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower not so much but it's ok.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                Deep-fried cauliflower (as found on Mediterranean buffets) is the bomb. I won't eat it any other way (willingly).

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: foiegras

                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah. One of my favorite additions to a falafel or shwarma sandwich. Or just as is, with a little squeeze of lemon and/or tahini sauce. Yowzah.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: foiegras

                                                                                                                                                                                    Deep fried anything tends to be pretty good :) I did try cauliflower pizza crust once and other than a soggy mess, the taste wasn't too revolting but I'd never buy it to eat straight up.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                                                                                                                  I can't figure out why anybody likes spaghetti squash! It's like squash that mutated and got all stringy and tasteless.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                    I like spaghetti squash with a really good marinara drowning it, and a ton of freshly grated pecorino romano.
                                                                                                                                                                                    As long as I'm on Weight Watchers, it makes a pretty good low-points dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                                                                                                                                      I also do the red sauce and parmesan, with a good heaping of pesto, the only way I really like spaghetti squash. I can eat it for days that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I cannot believe nobody has mentioned black-eyed peas. When I flat-out refused to eat those disgusting things one New Years' Day, my mother-in-law-to-be tried to convince my (now) husband that I wasn't the one for him!
                                                                                                                                                                                    I receive purple hull peas in my Greenling box occasionally and they are donated immediately to a coworker.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: recklace99

                                                                                                                                                                                      I really like them fresh ... out of a can not so much.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm not kale's biggest fan, but recently I bought baby kale mix (with baby spinach, which is what I was looking for but couldn't seem to find, baby chard, and shredded carrot). I added some last night to a pasta dish & it was perfectly fine (if a little astringent against my teeth, if that's the right word). I guess baby kale is to kale what kittens are to cats ... (I'm a dog person who can't resist kittens, but is uncharmed by an adult cat sinking its claws into me.)

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: foiegras

                                                                                                                                                                                        Publix had one of their Aprons recipes last week that was sautéed chicken over a warm baby kale salad -- I think made with the mix that you describe.

                                                                                                                                                                                        It was delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: thinks too much

                                                                                                                                                                                        I got an egg white omelet once at work, they poured it out of a carton. It looked like snot and smelled like a fart. I've always wondered if fresh would be better but haven't felt the need to make it.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: thinks too much

                                                                                                                                                                                          I never eat egg white omelets but egg white scrambled and frittatas are a daily occurrence. I have no idea but I love them. Omelets must include whole eggs.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kagemusha49

                                                                                                                                                                                            Hahaha! That can be particularly tough to swallow.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kagemusha49

                                                                                                                                                                                              Please post the recipe. Sounds delish. I think my mother used to make it ...

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Any of those horrible looking green smoothies/juice. Just can't go there - simply because they look so awful!

                                                                                                                                                                                              And I agree with all the people on the whole wheat and brown grains. Yes...edible (kinda), but I greatly prefer some nice over-processed white stuff!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                                YES on the green stuff. It could be kiwi, which I love, but I just. can't. drink. green. stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I do, however, lovelovelove wild rice and brown rice and all kinds of grains.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Offal. I would love to take advantage of the nutrition benefits of organ meats but no matter how many times I try them I just don't like them. Too rich, too gelatinous, too metallic, and many times just too overpowering.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                  So with you on this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I can handle chicken gizzards when curried using my mother in law's recipe. I can handle liver when it's made into liverwurst. But that's it. My husband, on the other hand, along with everyone he's related to, loves it all. Brains, intestines, liver, whatever. He loves it all.