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Old 02-17-2008, 05:14 PM   #1
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Bf hates veggies...now what?

My bf doesn't like : broccoli, asparagus, and califlower. My usual dinner veggie side is either a tossed salad which includes iceburg lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers...or I am adventurous and add red oinions. Or sometimes I just use those carrot, peas and corn frozen mixes with some butter. Oh and I do carrots with butter and a "veggie" seasoning that he likes.

Any ideas? And no...I can't dump the bf


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Old 02-17-2008, 05:18 PM   #2
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Has he tried them a lot of different ways and doesn't like them at all, or has he only tried them one or two ways and didn't like them that way?
Sometimes we try something one way and don't like it and assume we just don't like that ingredient at all, but then we try it another way and end up liking it a lot.
cauliflower for instance can be made into a substitute for mashed potatoes, broccoli done with a cheese sauce, etc. Also if you are going to try and get him to try them done a way he has never had before, make sure they are as fresh as possible and find a good TNT recipe. I know I usually don't like asparagus but if done fresh and right it is not bitter and I do like it.
If he has tried them several different ways and doesn't like them, there is nothing you can do about those. Just concentrate on other veggies that he will eat.
In all honesty my list of veggies I hated ten years ago was three times as long as my list now. Tastes change and his may as well.

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Old 02-17-2008, 05:20 PM   #3
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I guess you cold make two separate veggie dishes, one for each of you.

How about other veggies that you didn't list such as eggplant, zucchini, turnip, parsnip, butternut squash, etc.

Ask him to try a hated veggie mixed with veggies he likes.
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Old 02-17-2008, 05:26 PM   #4
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And remember, perfectly cooked FRESH veggies are so much better than frozen (and certainly most canned). Try roasting some broccoli, or cauliflower, or beets, or turnips - they surprised a few veggie haters I know.

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Old 02-17-2008, 05:45 PM   #5
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DH doesn't like broccoli, carrots or cauliflower, but loves onions and all kinds of peppers, so we have those frequently. When I make salads for the two of us, I put different things in each - I can't stand raw onions, but he loves them, etc. He never thought he liked asparagus till we were dining with friends one night, sharing tapas, and they ordered pan-roasted asparagus with sesame seeds. He loved it, and he loves roasted asparagus, too. HTH.
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Old 02-17-2008, 07:48 PM   #6
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I know of no relationship in which both people like and dislike exactly the same things. So you don't get to eat cauliflower, broccoli and asparagus often. Me - I don't get to eat fish, which I dearly love. Sure I could make it for myself but just don't get around to it. My fault, no one else's. The better half of us will eat steamed sea bass in a Chinese place but no where else - go figure. But I had better get on point.

Maverick has a great idea about cooking the veggies in different ways, but I have to agree with your bf about the cauliflower. Have had it many ways and I just don't cotton to it. Oh I can choke it down if am served it by someone who does not know my preference, but it has never made me happy. (If there is a he** they will serve me bananas and cauliflower eternally. Maybe I deserve it but I don't think I ever did anything that bad.)

But there are so many other veggies out there. Peas, beans (there are a lot of beans to be had), lentils, carrots, artichokes (something that does not go over well here either, sigh), corn, rutabagas (toss that in because I like to spell it), peppers, onions, fennel (on this we both agree - blech), corn, cabbage, okra (one of my favorites), just cruise the market.

Oh yeah baby corn, Asian veggies, there are all kinds of possibilites. And then there are mushrooms.

So totally agree with bf about the cauliflower distaste, man has a palate in my humble opinion. Like broccoli, but were it to be banned would not suffer any particular angst. It is just OK, except as a soup in which it can be spectacular. But the asparagus thing would be a problem. Fresh asparagus in the Spring is a total joy, to me it means the world has become alive again. Steam it, saute it, bake it, it is one of the most wonderful experiences a palate can experience, at least as far as a veggie can take it.

So toss some shrooms with baby peas, or make candied carrots, or make okra and tomatoes - there is so much to do with veggies.

And if you find a good buy of asparagus make it for yourself.

Me, I gotta go and buy some fish.
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Old 02-17-2008, 09:02 PM   #7
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Most guys like corn and potatoes. Give him some V8 Fusion juice for his drinks. It has fruits and veggies in it. Just don't tell him what's in it.
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Old 02-18-2008, 02:33 PM   #8
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On a side note, but still on topic:

Last night DW wanted creamed spinach with supper. I don't like spinach, and the only way I will choke it down is as creamed spinach. So she made it up, and I decided to play a twist on it and added some lemon zest.
I loved it, no one else would eat it LOL. So here I found a way to get myself to eat a vegetable I wouldn't normally eat, and everyone else hates it. But that is OK, next time around I will save the zest for my portion only.
Now, if I can get DW to eat cooked carrots I will be in business!!
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Old 02-18-2008, 03:27 PM   #9
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Hi Maverick, you indicated you are not adventurous nor is your husband but I did have to chime in about cuisines that have extremely flavorful vegetarian dishes. No offense but steamed veggies or creamed or just even plain roasted are pretty bland and not everyone's cup of tea.

Have you tried Asian cuisines that dress up the veggies so well that you don't miss the meat.

I would say if not try some stir frys and carrots in them will be an easy sell. I am Indian and given majority of Indians are vegetarians there are many many creative options.

For example creamed spinach made as Saag has so much oomph and flavor that you would never miss meat. Same with eggplant and cauliflower. If you eat Aloo Gobi (translated as cauliflower and potatoes) with all the fragrant spices you would not miss meat. Again it takes a full spice pantry and some adventure to try these.

I also love Italian and Middle Eastern dishes and they also make use of vegetables in a very creative way. If you eat a falafel sandwich you know what I mean. You can stack in a lot of veggies and the little fritters are made of beans.
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Old 02-18-2008, 03:31 PM   #10
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I've mentioned this before but most guys will eat anything if it's wrapped in bacon. That's how I get my sons to eat asparagus and green beans. Make a bundle of 3 beans or spears (after blanching them), wrap a half or a whole piece of bacon around the bundle, line them up on a baking sheet, season with salt/pepper/soy sauce/whatever, broil until the bacon is crispy. Plus, they can eat the bundles with their fingers - another plus for guys. For cauliflower or broccoli, I've had success serving them with a mornay sauce. Good luck!

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