Making healthy foods taste better?

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Terrylm1

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Posted: 29 Nov 2012, 07:19
Anyone have any good hints or tips for making veggies and other healthy foods taste better? I can stomach raw and steamed broccoli, and steamed green beans. But that's it. I HATE carrots and every other veggie out there. The only fruits I can tolerate are apples, grapes, and on occassion a banana.

I'm SSSOOOOO sick of the broccoli and green beans! Not to mention that I tried eating deep friend broccoli the other day, and it was so friggin nasty that now even the thought of broccoli makes me want to gag.

Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks!!!
Hoser

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Posted: 29 Nov 2012, 07:28
Why are you eating plain steamed food? Don't suffer!

Saute your vegetables with flavorful herbs and spices. Butter and olive oil add flavor, but don't add a lot of calories if you use them in moderation. Stir fry your veggies with garlic, ginger, mirin, and soy sauce.
Cimaen

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Posted: 29 Nov 2012, 07:41
Hi, I eat only steamed veg, but now I also squirt brown sauce over them for a better flavour / break the monotony.
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ambtreh

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Posted: 29 Nov 2012, 07:49
You can always add veggies to your favorite foods. If you like pasta, make whole wheat pasta and add veggies to it. Veggies are heavenly in a tomato-based gravy. Personally, I love cumin and garlic in such gravies with a dash of vinegar or lime juice.

As Hoser said, stir fry your veggies in a Chinese-style gravy. Steam the veggies first so you need a lot less oil/butter. Check out some fabulous recipes of oven roasting veggies in balsamic and even oven-baked chips.

Best yet, something I really really need to do myself, is to convert the veggies into a healthy soup. You can always add beans, meat, and lots and lots of veggies in it using a vegetable/chicken/beef broth as a base. Mash some veggies/beans to thicken the soup if you don't like clear broth soups.

Hope this helps.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 29 Nov 2012, 09:41
Depends on what you like - I love garlic and onion and oregano - so I season with that. You can try sauteing (?sp) in chicken or vegetable broth. Try googling for vegetable recipes - I like ones with pictures and have found many ways to cook different veggies especially squash (zucchini, butternut, spaghetti).

And if all else fails, green giant has some good seasoned vegetable steamers (simply steamers - broccoli, carrots, potatoes, snap peas...) Most of those are good, but do add some calories and fat b/c of the seasoning sauce. But it is good for getting you started on veggies.
mars2kids

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Posted: 29 Nov 2012, 11:16
Sometimes you can hide veggies in other foods. Spinach doesn't really have a stong flavor, so if you put it in with spicy enchiladas or tacos you may not notice. I've also heard of people putting spinach in smoothies, but I've never tried that. Or, like others have said add spices to your veggies when you cook them, that helps too. My kids hate veggies, but sometimes I'll make spaghetti sauce or casseroles and put the veggies either through the food processor or blender so they are ground up and they don't even notice they are eating them.
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Posted: 29 Nov 2012, 14:19
My current lunch is a good example of making healthy veggies into something tasty. I'm eating acorn squash that's stuffed with spinach, carrots, onions, mushrooms, chicken-apple sausage, and a little bit of parmesan cheese. It's quite good, smells wonderful (according to my coworkers) and is filled with lots of veggies and healthy, real food. The only thing that's out of a package is the olive oil that I used to saute the onions. Well, OK, the salt and pepper are packaged too.

Also, this is a nice filling 325-calorie lunch.
BeckaM1211

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Posted: 29 Nov 2012, 14:56
Lemon pepper is a great seasoning for a lot of veggies. You can also make a great high protein, zero fat, low calorie ranch dip for raw veggies. Get some no-fat plain greek yogurt (I like to use Chobani) and mix in some of the Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning packet. It's up to you on how much you need. Just add in until you get the flavor you want. Add skim milk to make it a little thinner. You can also add more skim milk to make it runny for salad dressing.
eKatherine

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Posted: 29 Nov 2012, 15:25
I suggest you see a hypnotist to help you get over your food aversions.
Terrylm1

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Posted: 30 Nov 2012, 07:41
Thanks everybody! Good tips!
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Posted: 30 Nov 2012, 07:55
Try roasting veggies to give them a more concentrated flavour. Squash (summer and winter), root veggies (carrots etc etc), tomatoes, and bell peppers work extremely well this way!

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tute75

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Posted: 30 Nov 2012, 09:33
my kids not so big on the veggies as well but I want them to eat it anyway so all carrots,celery, onion goes into food processor Smile) and problem solved !!! I make hamburgers,meat souce with it and they have no clue that they eating not only meat but veggies as well.
eKatherine

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Posted: 30 Nov 2012, 09:49
riocaz wrote:
Try roasting veggies to give them a more concentrated flavour. Squash (summer and winter), root veggies (carrots etc etc), tomatoes, and bell peppers work extremely well this way!


Very thinly sliced cauliflower, asparagus, and green beans are all great roasted in the oven with a little fat until brown.
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Posted: 30 Nov 2012, 14:16
I use a garlic flavoured olive oil to give veggies some flavour with much less calories than butter or other spreads. Since I need to incorporate 2 tbsp of oil anyways, it might as well taste good!

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Posted: 30 Nov 2012, 14:27
Someone already said lemon pepper, but I use that and a lot of the other seasoning shaker blends (in the spice aisle) for veggies and on top of poached or broiled fish. Also dried red chile pepper flakes are good to give food a little kick for no calories. Just check the sodium content on the label - some seasonings have too much! I also roast in the oven on high heat for yummy golden brown goodness! If broccoli and green beans are your go-to veggies, they both taste good with fresh lemon or orange zest on them!
Kevinlyfello...

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Posted: 01 Dec 2012, 03:38
You could trying pickling them. I love carrots pickled with jalepeno. Salt is always good at reducing the bitterness in foods if it's a bitterness issue. Also, try pairing vegetables with other bitter foods (I recently discovered how good black coffee and raw broccoli taste together but I'm probably a little unusual). Broccoli doesn't taste good when over cooked, so frying it seems bad. Also, never stop exploring different vegetables, there is a lot of variety.
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Posted: 05 Dec 2012, 16:11
My old boyfriend used to use the book The Sneaky Chef to get his kid to eat real food despite his preferences. I found they now have a pretty helpful website with some free recipes http://www.thesneakychef.com/free_sneaky_chef_recipes.php
- Lots of pre-work and creativity, but i'd assume giving your kids proper nutrition is high on the priority list since you're on here watching what you eat- so i'm sure you can make all these suggestions work when it's right for you!
lisakp71

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Posted: 05 Dec 2012, 16:44
I +1 the roasting.

I have never sliced thinly, just chunk up my broccoli or cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and give them a once-over with olive oil from my Misto (and maybe some ground red pepper flakes). Pop them in a HIGH oven for 15 minutes or so. I like it with a light sprinkling of salt when they come out. Very Happy SO good!
eKatherine

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Posted: 06 Dec 2012, 11:42
lisakp71 wrote:
I +1 the roasting.

I have never sliced thinly, just chunk up my broccoli or cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and give them a once-over with olive oil from my Misto (and maybe some ground red pepper flakes). Pop them in a HIGH oven for 15 minutes or so. I like it with a light sprinkling of salt when they come out. Very Happy SO good!


Try slicing the cauliflower thinly sometime. The effect is completely different.



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