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« on: July 18, 2011 09:27:53 AM »

Help me!! My carnivorous husband eats very few veggies. He'll eat just about any potato, corn, green beans, and peas. That's it... and I've grown tired of the lack of variety and I feel silly making something that only I'll eat. Anyone know any good ways to fix these veggies? I'd love to try it!

Or even any other ideas you have!!!
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2011 08:03:19 PM »

Have you tried doing kabobs?  Its a good way to mix in a lot of different types of peppers and onion?  Or what about stuffed peppers?  Whether it is with a meat stuffing or with a cheese stuffing (my favorite) it can be a great main dish or a side.  And both have the plus of making easy non-meat versions.
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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2011 10:42:35 PM »

Honestly? I'd keep making things he doesn't like that I do. That's what I do with my somewhat picky husband. He'll usually try everything at least once, and sometimes he surprises himself by liking something he thought he didn't like, so there's sometimes a win in there. But when he doesn't, he'll eat what I've made for him and I'll eat what I've made for me.

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Sometimes, it isn't that he doesn't like something. It's that he doesn't like how he's had it before. But if I prepare it in a new way, he'll try it, and sometimes he'll like it.

Like pumpkin. The husband doesn't like pumpkin. But he loves cumin & pepper pumpkin soup. He thought he hated cream cheese icing, but he loves it the way I make it. He hates eggplant, but likes it a certain Middle Eastern way. Sometimes, it's about making it in a new-for-him way and getting him to try it.
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2011 07:12:18 AM »

Size can matter. Some folks just don't like big chunks of vegetables, and the ones who don't like the "taste" will taste more of what they don't like when there are big chunks of it. Chopping small and adding to a rice or potato side dish could help. If your guy likes spicy or saucy foods, there's no point serving plain, steamed veggies. Most veggie haters like corn and think it's a veggie, so adding a few bits of mushrooms, bell peppers and etc. to corn can help the veggies go down easier. Also, if you have kids, just remind hubby that he is teaching his kids to be picky eaters.

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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2011 09:27:48 AM »

i got my boyfriend eating a wider variety of veggies by simply mixing them into things i knew he'd like, for instance, you can stir fry pretty much anything, so i did, now he likes peppers and mange tout, which before he wouldn't go near
or soup, sometimes i'll make a big pan of veggie soup, add in some veg that he wouldn't normally eat, or isn't keen on, but by the time it's been blitzed he doesn't even know it's in there, Sweet potato and Red Pepper is a good one

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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2011 11:20:17 AM »

My fiancee and I have a deal.  I love almost all veggies and he likes almost none.  However, the deal is that at my house, when I'm cooking, I will tell him what's in the dish and then he can decide for himself if he wants to eat it.  Most of the time he discovers that he's fine with the veggies in a sauce or very well seasoned, but doesn't like them fresh. 

Also, I don't make two things.  I make the one and if he doesn't want to eat it, he finds something else for himself.   This has saved us from a bunch of disagreements.  I will sometimes not make things with green beans in them, because I know he doesn't like them, but for the most part, he just picks it out if he doesn't like it.  Whatever you do, don't hide veggies from adults.  That doesn't lead to good things.

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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2011 10:03:23 PM »

Stew, curries, and chili come to mind.  Stew's great because everything ends up tasting like the meat, but you can add all kinds of veggies.  Curries and chili are nice and spicy, which might put a spin on the tastes that he'll find he likes. Lasagna is another great veggie vehicle, thanks to cheese and tomato sauce. I'd also try cooking veggies in a variety of ways with different spices.  I used to HATE cooked carrots until I tried cooking them lightly, glazed with ginger ale and chili flakes.  I've since grown out of most of my food aversions  Grin 


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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2011 04:35:36 AM »

My mom hate zuccini(sp)? but I found if I sautee it in butter with squash then add it to spaghetti sauce she loves it.And fried bacon and/or cheese make almost everthing better. Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2012 05:30:19 AM »

Soups and stews?  Good ratatouille can have a huge variety of vegetables and you'd hardly know it.  Ditto vegetable lasagna.  Also, you could try fritters?  I like corn much more than my boyfriend does, but he'll tolerate it if it's in corn fritters with lots of batter and frying.
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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2012 08:04:31 PM »

This recipe isn't very pretty, but I'm going to try it soon, sounds delicious! (It's a paleo version, which I'm not into, when I make it, it will be regular wheat flour and dairy milk). And even if he doesn't want to eat the zuchini boat with the topping, maybe he'll eat the sausage gravy over something else (mashed potatoes?) and there is at least some zuchini inside the gravy.


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