Is there an easy way to enjoy eating vegetables?

  1. seconded!! roasting is so much better than steaming imo when it comes to veggies. the textures and flavors are definitely better

  2. Always season your veggies! A lot of people underseason their food, but once you learn how much to use it's a game changer

  3. A tray of roasted potato, sweet potato, pumpkin and onion with some olive oil and garlic with a bit of salt and pepper is just glorious. Also tastes great cold the next day!

  4. And especially try this with root veggies like turnips. I'm like you about veggies,and thought i hated turnips but roasted with oil and salt/pepper-delicious. Also green beans roasted with olive oil and bacon on top

  5. One part salt, one part black pepper, 1/2 part onion powder, 1/2 part garlic powder, 1/2 part paprika. This spice blend works well with most roasted veggies.

  6. This is honestly the only way. It completely changes your perception and the taste. Makes them so good. Take something like carrots. Roast for 20 mins and they taste like candy

  7. I converted my cousin on Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and carrots medley by roasting them with olive oil, garlic powder, and sea salt haha. Roasting with the right seasonings does wonders.

  8. I feel like steaming vegetables is exactly why some people don't like vegetables. Imo the worst way to prepare vegetables.

  9. Steamed vegetables are extremely bland. Find better ways of preparing them, that introduce more flavour. Roasting, frying, stir frying, grilling, marinating, pickling, etc. And use them in things - curries, soups, stews, sauces, dips, etc.

  10. All these responses are from eager veggie lovers. Take this from one anti-vegite to another. Get some protein and a tortilla and a salad and make a big fat burrito or two. You can choke down a whole salad that way and it’s good

  11. Just my opinion, but you know who does vegetables really well? Indian cuisine. Try getting a vegetarian meal at an Indian restaurant. Ethiopian too.

  12. Sauerkraut is a great way to make cabbage more appealing. I actually enjoy steamed cabbage as it becomes quite sweet. I cut added sugar out my diet and vegetables actually taste amazing now.

  13. No shame in hiding veggies! Sometimes it's the only way I can stomach spinach, hide it in a smoothie with apple and banana. Takes over the mild spinach flavor.

  14. I really like making "loaded" broccoli, treating it like a baked potato. Roast it in the air fryer, melt some shredded cheddar, then add sour cream and bacon on top. So good!!!!

  15. I'm not sure what kind of food you like but look into Indian food... we spice the ever-loving shit out of our vegetables to the point you can barely taste vegetable. Not unhealthy either if done properly

  16. I learned to like veggies by grilling them or dousing them with salt and butter. I moved up from there. Keep trying! Once you find a way to like them, your palate starts to be more accepting of other ways.

  17. I second a lot of what's been said. One thing to add, though, is never overcook them, especially green vegetables. The longer they cook, the more bitter they become, and the less texture they have.

  18. 1.Take the veggies you will eat. Mix them up with some oil ( more yhan you think) and spices. Salt. Pepper. Onion powder. Garlic powder. Red chillies flakes, some Johnny's seasoning amd or Lauwrys garlic salt. Mix it all up nicely.

  19. why would you steam veggies? Grill that mess, panfry, hell, just throw 'em into a skillet, throw in a bunch of butter, like 3 tbs worth, sprinkle some pepper, salt and/or garlic. whatever you like.

  20. Fry them up with some bacon and try, I like frying cabbage/greens/kale and pattypan squash with some bacon sliced into little pieces as a side dish and it's good enough to have as my main meal.

  21. You're doing it wrong. I have no idea why anyone would steam a vegetable, other than to parboil it (although I have frequent debates with my SO about this, she likes broc steamed for God knows what devilish reason.) Steaming introduces no flavor.

  22. You should stop eating things that are high in sugar or salt (fast food, desserts, etc) because if your palate is used to the taste of McDonald’s a carrot will taste like puke no matter how you cook it.

  23. Sautéing or roasting, depending on the vegetable. Some do better in an oven, some fit better on a pan. Steam them first to get them mostly or fully cooked, get some olive oil for your pan, season, add heat and boom, instant flavor. It is amazing how tasty green beans get when they’re just tossed around on a pan with olive oil, like not even with salt or pepper. Even brussel sprouts can be delicious when roasted.

  24. Somewhere I saw a recipe for microwaving an entire head of cauliflower after smearing it with Thai curry paste. It was really easy, and, as I recall, we sliced it in wedges, and it was really good.

  25. My husband makes roasted zucchini with olive oil and feta. Cut it into thin circles, drizzle with oil and sprinkle those feta chunks on it. My veggie hating dad loves it.

  26. The Air Fryer changed my life with vegetables- not a super healthy way, but better than just regular frying

  27. I take baby potatoes, brussel sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, red onion and diced sweet potatoes, and bell peppers, toss them with olive oil, season with garlic,, rosemary, salt and pepper and roast. Sometimes I will add in some cooked rice and smoked andouille sausage to make a meal.

  28. Honestly man I'd go pan roasting or pan fried. Toss is it on there with some salt, pepper, actual seasonings. Grab some of that "Hamburger seasoning" or "Montreal Steak seasoning" from*...idr the brand atm, sorry...*and make yourself some nice beefy veg.

  29. Much like meat it's all in the seasonings. Vegetables are usually very bland or bitter on their own so you need to season well, baking them gives a totally different effect than steaming or boiling. Soups are also a good way to get a nice blend of flavours

  30. Season them...garlic, olive oil, onions...roast in oven, stir fry with teriyaki sauce and soy sauce and ginger...choose a sald dressing you like, there are literally hundreds....and stop eating like your 5yrs old lol

  31. I love to cook, and I really like vegetables. Many great answers have pointed out how roasting and frying are much better than steaming. Another thing I've seen waaaay too many people do is over-cook their vegetables -cook them until they're bitter mush- . Unless your cooking some fibrous root or something, keep your cooking time short (< 5 minutes) and your heat high.

  32. Have you tried grilling? Grilled zucchini (optionally w/ paremesean after you get some grill marks) is pretty good. Slice them in halfs or planks. Grilling asparagus is great - use salt or celery salt. can spray or drizzle with olive oil to help the salt stick

  33. As an enthusiastic home chef, it is my belief that you should learn how to become an expert at cooking healthy foods. This includes vegetable dishes. They are not hard to try and practice but somehow, we always search up a recipe when trying to make a delicious meat dish, yet when we never search up vegetable dish recipes.

  34. Don't steam them. Don't roast them. Don't do anything with them except cut them up. Raw vegetables are the best. Obviously, not every vegetable can be eaten raw, but you can make tons of salads with those that can be.

  35. what if its the actual taste of them that is revolting. ie I only eat vegtables when they are mashed into something as a seasoning. For example to me eating a carrot on its own in any form would ve similar to eating a handfull of black peppercorns

  36. Use sauces, eat them raw, cook them into dishes! My favorite sauce to use is an simple cheese rue and I love to dip raw cauliflower into it. Cooked vegetables tend to lose a lot of flavor and get soggy most of the time when cooked. Another recipe I like is broccoli cheese soup, and some simple stir fry with bean sprouts. Bean sprouts usually dont go soggy when cooked and the way the broccoli absorbs whatever sauce I use is amazing. Another one is fajitas, buy a bag of frozen peppers and onion mix, cook some sliced chicken with seasoning and when its pretty much fully cooked put the veggies in, put a lid on it for about 10 minutes, and then serve, it can be standalone or go on a tortilla with beans and cheese etc. One odd one is canned green beans dipped in "meatball" sauce which ours is 1 can of tomato sauce to 1 can water, about 1/8th teaspoon garlic, and 3 or so tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. Another is pumpkin baked goods, or baked goods like zucchini bread.

  37. Honestly you gotta try a bunch till you find ones you can tolerate or enjoy. There are a ton that are vastly different in texture and taste.

  38. I add most of my veggies in my chicken stews- granted, that usually lends itself well mostly to root vegetables like carrots and parsnips…but you could maybe serve some meat of your choice over something like sautéed kale, etc?

  39. Try getting a veggie dish from your local Chinese restaurant. They stir fry the veg and cover it in sauce. I only ate cucumbers and lettuce beforehand. Now after eating a bunch of stir fry I can tolerate vegetables other places.

  40. Roast em! My boyfriend was a picky eater growing up and lived off take out and pasta before me. He is now the easiest man alive to please with any meal I make. Including veggies. Use olive oil, garlic, paprika, herbs, even some balsamic sometimes in the oven and they come out delicious!

  41. Loads of ways to solve this problem. Roasting vegetables with some olive oil (and spices if that's your thing) could improve things. Adding them into something is also great (i.e. fry up some mushrooms and onions and add them to omelets etc), my favourite is frying/ roasting up some vegetables and adding them to enchiladas (spicy tomato sauce coupled with things like mushrooms, sweet potato (or regular) and peppers is so damn good!) And speaking of sauces, putting them in the likes of curries or Bolognese give those dishes some substance.

  42. All of the previous cooking ideas are good to try. Also try eating those small baby carrots raw; they're my go to snack. What about corn? I don't know anyone who doesn't like a cob of sweet corn with butter and salt. Don't forget salads with whatever things look tasty.

  43. search online for good restaurants, and read the menus for ideas. esp Salads. You can make them at home. with the right greens and dressings, all vegetables go in there raw . Go somewhere with a good salad bar for ideas . Eat your Vegetables !! there's a reason.

  44. If you're looking for tasty and easy, air fryer is the best way to go. Get some spray olive oil and toast up your veggies for only three to four minutes on 400. Don't cook the veggies until you're ready to plate the rest of the meal, as they are best hot and crispy!

  45. Is it just the wanting to enjoy vegetables or is it increasing your intake of the nutrients from vegetables?

  46. I roast them in the oven. Last night for example I sliced some zucchini and broccoli, tossed in some truffle oil and spices, shaved a bit of Parmesan on top and roasted in the oven at 390 for ~15 mins. Delicious

  47. When you're cooking a dish with several ingredients, just chop up avegetable and toss it in. Like, if you're making a bolognese, chop up some carrots very small and add them. You won't realize they're there.

  48. Sauteed brussel sprouts or asparagus with bacon and onion! Super yummy! And I hate brussel sprouts! I usually cook up 2 pieces of bacon till crispy, pull it and chop it pretty fine the saute everything in the bacon grease. Squirt a little lemon juice in it at the very end of cooking. Really good, and you can do it with most veggies.

  49. Try thinly sliced zucchini or yellow squash (or both) and lightly fry them with a little butter. It’s divine and super simple.

  50. good way if you eat meat and cheese put cheese and bacon on it makes it edible. source grew up with alot of picky eaters

  51. If you currently don't like loads try them in sauces you know you like, or roasted with eg lemon and garlic, salt and pepper. Try different herbs/ spices - mix into other food you do like. You need to try any new food lots of times before it becomes palatable so at first cover/ eat with things you like - try cooking in different ways (in a curry, in a stir fry, crunchy and raw dipped in houmous, in a British roast dinner with gravy, as soup) you will find ways you like but it might take a while so be patient

  52. I always thought that vegetables were disgusting, until I started realizing that my parents just didn't know how to cook them. Vegetables have so many flavors and textures that not liking all vegetables is like not liking all drinks

  53. Learn to cook. A good homemade Bolognese meatsauce has a shitload of veggies in it. You wouldn’t even know if you didn’t cook it yourself.

  54. Lots of great suggestions here that have already been posted. But if you're looking for a low effort way of making vegetables more palatable something like

  55. To add to everything that is already said, you will likely never like veggies very much if you don't change the rest of your diet. Been doing Keto recently. I used to crave bread and sugar soooooo much. After a few weeks the craving are gone and now foods I used to not like as much taste better and are more appealing.

  56. My children don't like to eat much vegetables so i blend them down into a sauce, and mix it in with pasta. Its good because they don't even know they are eating vegetables and you can vary the vegetables you put in there. And because its a sauce you can add other things to it depending on your taste.

  57. Make vegetable soup and blend it smooth. Soup is delicious and you can add whatever else to it to suit your tastes. A bowl of veg soup is also low calorie so good to add to a meal as a side dish.

  58. Broccoli, red pepper, and pineapple in a stir-fry is delicious. Maybe add chicken. Add a bit of teriyaki or jerk or curry and voila!

  59. It's not uncommon for younger people to dislike the taste of vegetables. Your body is geared towards wanting sweets until you get older and your taste changes. So the solution is to do some aging

  60. Look up some vegetarian and vegan recipe books or YouTube channels for inspiration. I am a meat eater but a good vegetarian or vegan meal is still a regular thing for me - those guys know how to vegetable

  61. That's kinda ironic since carrots are actually one of the rare vegetables that gets healthier when cooked :-D

  62. I steam broccoli and cauliflower and put garlic butter as well as Knorr Aromat. I specifically use the German one as it is the best version of Aromat, IMO. You can get it here:

  63. If you have an air fryer, take some veggies like cauliflower or green beans, toss them in olive oil and salt and pepper, cook them on high in the air fryer. They’ll be salty and crispy and crunchy. You can dip them in sauce if you’d like. Sometimes I cook cauliflower this way and then toss it in buffalo sauce like chicken wings!

  64. Roasting is the best way. Get some green beans, cut into bite size pieces, place in a bowl, pour in some olive oil, sprinkle salt and pepper, toss to mix, place in the oven at 425° for 8-12 minutes until slightly browned, enjoy.

  65. I used to despise veggies myself, but I've found that mixing them I to things and not having them by themselves is the best way together started trying to enjoy them. For instance, if I'm making spaghetti, I'll chop up some spinach and cook it into the sauce. I add diced peppers and onions to a lot of things too, just sauté them up and throw them on a sandwich.

  66. Smoothie. Use tomato juice as the base, spice it with some mustard and a bit of apple cider vinegar. Add spinach (frozen, you get the benefits, but not the taste) and blend until smooth. Add peppers (red and yellow bell, and a little bit of jalapeno if you like the heat). Add a small cube or two of cooked beetroot. It will push the color to a deep red. You can use a little salt, but don't go crazy with it. Blend it all up until smooth.

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  68. I toss asparagus with olive oil and garlic salt and broil them for about 7 minutes. They can be eaten hot or at room temperature, and they're super quick. Just snap off the dry ends at the bottom, first.

  69. Gotta roast em in some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, a hint of brown sugar, and one sprig each of fresh thyme and rosemary. Put the veggies in a shallow pan, mix the oil and stuff in a mason jar and pour over the vegetables. Roast in the oven for 20 - 40 minutes depending on if you have thick veggies like potatoes or carrots they take a little longer.

  70. If you are trying to simply get veggies into your diet for health, what I do is put some frozen spinach (incredibly cheap) into a smoothie every morning. Then I snack on some mini peppers and hummus.

  71. I can only eat fresh vegetables with some very rare exceptions like frozen French fries. I either grill them or air fry them so they still have their natural texture but are softened slightly. I cannot stand the texture of frozen corn or carrots. Doing it this way is healthier too because you won’t have to watch for hidden sodium or preservatives.

  72. Sauté your broccoli in butter and garlic! Also roasted cauliflower and carrots with potatoes are really good too. Drizzle with olive oil and season the crap out of em

  73. Midwest chiming in...all you need is Ranch dressing. The crunch of raw veggies and Ranch is next level. There's also Ranch seasoning you can keep in your purse for eating out with steamed veggies. I don't do this. Of course I do.

  74. Hide it in a smoothie. I can put a whole bag of baby spinach in a blender with a banana and Orgain or Vega protein powder, and you don’t taste the greens. I’ve even done it with a whole cucumber and baby carrots. Then, I drink it really fast. Easily tripled the amount of vegetables I was consuming and helped with my sweet tooth since the protein powder is rich and tasty.

  75. I hate that it took meal prep services to show me how far you can go with this, but a simple amount of seasoning (salt, pepper minimum) and pan frying in a little neutral oil go a very long way

  76. Yeah easy! Cook them well and add spices and flavour. An easy one is making a sauce from tomato paste, water and a few spices. Goes with anything. Also remember that adding cooked onions to veggies makes everything nicer (garlic too). You can also make other healthy dressings or spice mixes

  77. I sometimes just throw a salad into a blender (alongside some apple slices for the flavor) and gulp the whole thing down like it's a job. I don't know if I get less fiber that way but it's quick and better than nothing.

  78. Could try just eating them raw. Do myself just cut up bell peppers just for snacking all the time. Healthier than potato chips, and honestly a lot more satisfying too.

  79. Indian food. Vegetable curries are so tasty! They are so well seasoned and spiced and easy to prepare. I don't even know how and why people eat bland steamed veggies. They taste horrible by themselves. Could be considered culinary torture in my eyes. But I guess to each their own. People need to see and learn the beauty and simplicity of Indian food and not the restaurant specific elaborate North/south Indian dishes.

  80. What are some things that you do like? Getting an idea of the flavors and styles you enjoy might help give ideas of how to match that with vegetables.

  81. Is there something relatively neutral that you really like? I’m Indian, so I grew up eating yogurt with everything. Now I cook spinach or whatever vegetable with garlic and spices, and I eat it with yogurt. Goes down without issue

  82. If you're doing it to be healthy, just eat them shits raw bro. I don't like any cooked veggies, but know I need some, so I just eat them raw. Also not a fan of salad dressings, so dry veggies for a salad for me.

  83. Have you tried baking some veggies in the oven with seasoning? Perhaps with cheese topping or a nice sauce? Or make a nice salad with lots of stuff complementing each other and some dressing, perhaps adding mussels or tuna or chicken along with some Parmesan.

  84. Use Greens +. Drink once a day, and eat things other than veggies! Edit: it is a powder like protein powder.

  85. Steam the brocolli, then throw it in a pan with some oil, and stir fry until it starts browning. Lightly salt and season. bam.. delcious veggies

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