Hiding veggies in things might be an idea for kids when you're at your wits end, but adults should choose to eat veggies of their own free will. It could work if he wants to eat the veggies, but has issues with the texture or flavor. But, if he's actually opposed to eating veggies, the girlfriend would probably have to hide the whole practice from him. If he's around at all during food preparation, it will be almost impossible to hide - "Honey, why are you blending cauliflower? I thought we were having macaroni and cheese." Good luck getting him to eat anything she makes after he finds that out! And what would it accomplish anyway? I think the goal is not only to get him to eat vegetables, but for him to expand his palate a little bit.
I know the original post is a little old now, but if you're still looking for ideas, there are a couple of ways to go. She could leave him on is own for dinner and just hope he comes around once he sees and smells the wonderful things she's cooking. That would take a bit of a thick skin, though, and it never really worked for me. Probably the best thing to start is cooking "veggie optional" dishes where the veggies would be cooked separately and added at the end. If he's just discovered he likes green beans, that's a great place to start. Sounds like he also likes tomatoes, at least in sauce - that counts! If she keeps trying new vegetables, she might find even more things that he likes. Maybe he would prefer veggies cooked in a particular way - my husband didn't like it when green peppers were still crisp, but he didn't mind them if they were cooked until totally soft.
Anyway, it's a slow process and it probably won't be an all-or-nothing change - think baby steps. But, it will happen! It might be easy to think of the picky eater as a "brat," but things will go a lot more smoothly if your friend approaches things with an attitude of caring and understanding. All of us were raised differently, and taste is different for every individual. We all have foods we don't really like - but, the list is longer for some than others.
It's possible the fabric itself might fade with either bleaching or in the sun, but the print might remain. This might have the effect you want, or maybe not. Definitely test swatches if you care at all about the fabric.
I think what I would do is layer the fabric with something sheer. If it's woven, maybe some organza, chiffon, or cotton voile. If it's knit, maybe a stretch mesh. That could great a really cool effect.
Is your friend the young man's parent, or significant other? In a parental situation, I would say 20 is old enough for him to cook for himself if he doesn't like what his parents are making. When he gets tired of hot pockets, those healthy veggie meals might seem more appealing.
In a romantic relationship, things are a little tricker, but I do have some experience with this (my husband was also a very picky eater, although I wouldn't say there were any phobias involved).
The question is - how picky is picky? Are there any veggie he does like? Corn, carrots, potatoes, zucchini...? I would focus on building meals around "likes," and not worrying about the "dislikes" at least at first. But, I will reserve further comment until the relationship is clarified.
What kind of foods do you like? There are so many options! You can't go wrong with combinations of veggies, beans and grains. Prepared foods like veggie burgers are more expensive, so save those for when you're really in a rush. Or learn to make your own and freeze them.
For general inspiration, I would recommend checking out a few cookbooks from your local library, if they are available - a couple good ones are Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker (I think all the recipes can be made vegan, too), and Veganomicon. The slow cooker one is perfect because so many of the recipes require mostly pantry staples (beans, canned tomatoes, onions, etc). If you don't have a slow cooker, the recipes can probably be adapted to stovetop, with adjustments in liquid amounts. Also, www.vegweb.com is a great website for vegan recipes, and their forum has reviews of lots of vegan cookbooks.
I'd love to join. It seems like making a big plan of what to sew is the kiss of death for my sewing mojo, so I'm just going to take it one step at a time. I really need all manner of everyday clothes for summer, so other items should follow close behind - I'm thinking short sleeve and sleeveless knit tops, a few woven tops, knee-length skirts, longer shorts/capris, and maybe some lightweight pants. I have lots of nice cottons and linens in my stash, and those fabrics are so very nice to sew, so I really have no excuse!
But, first up is some running clothes - for running in warm weather, so I guess that counts.
Beans! Canned beans are super convenient. You can cook them up in so many different ways (throw into a stir fry, in chili, soup, make a bean burger, burritos, rice and beans), or have them cold on top of a green salad or mixed up with chopped veggies. Usually I make extra of whatever I'm having for dinner and take the leftovers for lunch. For soups/stews, I'll freeze some of the extra. I'm eating this right now for lunch, actually: Black bean salad - something like this would be perfect if you don't have access to a microwave.
Look for low-sodium and no salt added canned beans, but don't worry too much if you can't find them. If you drain and rinse the beans, you will remove a lot of the salt. Dry lentils cook quickly and don't require soaking, so those are really convenient too.
Don't forget about soy either. Tofu, tempeh, and soy milk are great protein sources. You can find reduced fat varieties of tofu and soy milk, but the fat is relatively low anyway, compared to nuts, eggs and cheese. Soy yogurt is pretty tasty, but the sugar can be high if you are concerned about that. I've been making my own from soy milk.
Since you eat dairy, there is also low-fat milk, yogurt and cottage cheese. Some cheese are lower in fat, like part-skim mozzarella or string cheese, low fat ricotta cheese (works just as well as the full fat in lasagna), and dry, hard cheese like parmesan. Read labels and you might be surprised! If you substitute some egg whites instead of whole eggs, you can reduce the fat a bit there too.
Hope this helps - best of luck with your lifestyle change!
Hi there! You might be interested in starting a new thread, since this one's been dead for about 2 years. But, I'd be interested in joining a sewalong, I think. I could use a little extra push to sew some things for summer!
The real part where the bread maker comes in handy is the kneading. If you happen to have a kitchenaid or other heavy duty stand mixer with dough hooks, you can use that. Otherwise, you can just use elbow grease! This only applies to traditional yeasted breads.
There is a great way to make yeast bread that doesn't require any kneading - some recipes are available from www.healthybreadinfive.com, or you can see if you can get the books Healthy bread in five minutes a day or Artisan bread in five minutes a day from your library (or you could buy them, of course). If you make a whole recipe, make sure you use a container that can hold at least 5 quarts.
Another alternative is quick breads, which use baking soda/powder to rise. Some quick breads include banana bread, beer bread, or Irish soda bread. You'll definitely need a loaf pan for baking these, since they make a pretty liquid batter.
The authors' newer cookbook, Healthy bread in 5 minutes a day, has several gluten-free recipes. You might find some of them on their blog, www.healthybreadinfive.com. We've been making lots of whole grain wheat breads from it, and everything has turned out great, so I would definitely recommend the book in general.
I'm sure you know about this, but you need to be extra careful about cross-contamination. You'll probably want to start with an unopened package of yeast if you reuse measuring spoons at all and verify that the yeast is gluten-free to begin with, just as one example.