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Having trouble with vegetables

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 30, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Hey guys. I just started on the paleo diet a few days ago and I'm having trouble with my vegetable intake. I never had a good diet and was always a picky eater and hated most vegetables. As I've gotten older I've tolerated them more and more but still generally stay away from them. Since going paleo, I realize this is going to be a huge problem. Meat, fruit, nuts, eggs etc are no problem but vegetables are the bane of my existence. Anyone have any tips on overcoming this?

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on June 03, 2013
at 01:32 AM

They're not really necessary. Eat a variety of meats, including organs, eggs, fruits, dairy, and potatoes, and you'll have everything you need.

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on June 01, 2013
at 03:04 PM

Red > Green cabbage, too.

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on June 01, 2013
at 03:04 PM

Cabbage braised on the stove-top is awesome. A little butter, something to flavor it (apple, onion, or bacon), some caraway seed, salt and pepper. F'in awesome.

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on June 01, 2013
at 01:10 PM

I just made roasted cabbage last night. I had previously only liked cabbage as sauerkraut. Not bad! Certainly beats the heck out of that sulfurous boiled cabbage my mother made me eat as a kid.

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on June 01, 2013
at 03:42 AM

+1 for steaming sucks. grew up on it, ick.

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on May 31, 2013
at 05:26 PM

Seconding this. For most vegetables, roasting them (cooking at high heat) carmelizes the sugars in them and tenderizes them, turning them into tender, delicious nuggets. Good choices are sweet potatoes, squash of all types, asparagus, brussel sprouts, and others in that vein. I've heard cabbage is delicious roasted as well, but I've not tried it. The only things I wouldn't recommend roasting are leafy greens (spinach, chard, lettuce, etc) because I don't think they're robust enough to stand up to that high heat without burning. Better to pan-fry them in oil or eat them raw.

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on May 30, 2013
at 07:55 PM

oven roasting or grilling diminishes what I think is the less palatable characteristics of veggies. Lots of salt and seasoning.

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on June 01, 2013
at 01:10 PM

I just made roasted cabbage last night. I had previously only liked cabbage as sauerkraut. Not bad! Certainly beats the heck out of that sulfurous boiled cabbage my mother made me eat as a kid.

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on May 31, 2013
at 05:26 PM

Seconding this. For most vegetables, roasting them (cooking at high heat) carmelizes the sugars in them and tenderizes them, turning them into tender, delicious nuggets. Good choices are sweet potatoes, squash of all types, asparagus, brussel sprouts, and others in that vein. I've heard cabbage is delicious roasted as well, but I've not tried it. The only things I wouldn't recommend roasting are leafy greens (spinach, chard, lettuce, etc) because I don't think they're robust enough to stand up to that high heat without burning. Better to pan-fry them in oil or eat them raw.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on June 01, 2013
at 03:04 PM

Red > Green cabbage, too.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on June 01, 2013
at 03:04 PM

Cabbage braised on the stove-top is awesome. A little butter, something to flavor it (apple, onion, or bacon), some caraway seed, salt and pepper. F'in awesome.

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on May 30, 2013
at 07:18 PM

It's all in the dressing. Mash up an avocado, be generous with sea salt and lime juice, and spices. Chopped onion. ~or~ Mix olive oil and apple cider vinegar, savory and green spices, and of course, sea salt. Yum!

Sautee or grill your vegetables, if you can. Steaming sucks.

Also, if you can do tahini, it works wonders for making vegetables taste good.

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on June 01, 2013
at 03:42 AM

+1 for steaming sucks. grew up on it, ick.

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on June 01, 2013
at 06:46 AM

Don't be afraid to include some sort of fat and seasoning in your vegetable preparation. A lot of people have trouble incorporating vegetables when they first start cooking for themselves because they just don't know how. Go ahead and look up the most decadent paleo recipes you can find... your rectum will thank you.

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on June 01, 2013
at 03:29 AM

I was so surprised that I liked zuchhini "noodles" or zoodles.

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on June 02, 2013
at 11:57 PM

I also don't like vegetables, but I'm trying! All the suggestions above are great, and I plan on trying a few of them!

My suggestion is to buy one vegetable a week and just try it. Prepare it a few different ways and don't be afraid to add fats and seasonings. Some things you might like, others- maybe not!

Note: I don't like mushrooms- at all! However, if I put them in the food processor until they are finely ground, then I can add it to meatballs, or tomato sauce and I don't notice it.

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on June 02, 2013
at 11:38 PM

If you mix olive oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard, honey, minced garlic and salt and pepper it makes a coleslaw dressing that basically tastes good on any chopped raw veg.

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on June 02, 2013
at 10:45 PM

You're just beginning. Do what you can. So you don't eat many veggies for the next month. That's fine. Ease into it slowly and without guilt or worry. You have your whole life ahead of you to get this right.

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on June 01, 2013
at 01:33 PM

Definitely don't be afraid of fats and trying new cooking methods!

I just started eating vegetables in the last two years. I started with broccoli, because that was one that I was okay with raw and I've accelerated up to actively trying new vegetables and re-trying all the vegetables I hated as a kid. My mother fed me canned, steamed, or boiled everything and I'm pretty sure that, in combination with just being a kid, is why I hated them.

Agree with the roasting and sauteeing comments, would also add in braising. My FAVORITE VEGGIE EVER is Brussels sprouts and I eat them braised pretty often.

A few of my favorite veggie recipes to get you going (though I'm not usually much of a recipe-girl): http://summertomato.com/how-to-make-and-eat-a-perfect-steamed-artichoke/
http://www.marthastewart.com/315062/roasted-cabbage-wedges (I add a little balsamic to this)
http://www.goddesslifestyleplan.com/oven-roasted-cauliflower-recipe/ (I usually skip the lemon and rosemary, but I HATE cauliflower and this is the only way I don't HATE eating it, broccoli is good this way too or mixed)
http://www.bhg.com/recipe/vegetables/creamy-brussels-sprouts/ (So good! Don't cut the sprouts for this recipe, though, for some reason it makes a big textural difference!)
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/thyme_braised_brussels_sprouts.html (My other favorite non-roasted sprouts!)

Also, no recipe - but very thinly sliced zucchini and crookneck yellow squash, sauteed in lots of butter with just salt and pepper is fantastic. Southern collards - two parts chicken broth, one part water. Add in heavily smoked bone (ham bone is the best, IMHO) to the broth, optional garlic/onion/jalapeno, let simmer about 30 minutes before adding freshly torn collards and braising until done.

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on June 01, 2013
at 03:41 AM

Omelets are great for getting your veggies. Onion, peppers, and mushrooms inside and leafy greens cooked into the egg. I usually start with bacon, then saute the inside veggies in the bacon grease. I add butter and saute the greens, then pour the beaten eggs right over them. Add whatever spices you like to the eggs and it masks the veggie taste pretty well.

For straight cooked veggies, add fat, salt, and other seasonings. And I also thing sauteing is the easiest, roasting the tastiest. Grilling is good but requires a grill that I don't have. :(

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on May 30, 2013
at 06:44 PM

Salad with spinach + mango or strawberries

Dressing with raw honey or maple syrup plus a little ACV

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