Vegetables For Beginners?

I don’t eat my vegetables.

We did eat some when I was growing up. Most suppers included one of The Big Three: corn, peas, or green beans. I’m not much of a bean fan and my husband doesn’t care for peas, so that makes our Big Three now The Big One — and corn is arguably a starch rather than a vegetable. (And the same veggie every day makes us tired of corn, understandably.)

Which leaves with The Big Zero.

Sometimes we’ll have spinach salads. Sometimes I buy a bag of baby carrots — but both get boring fast. Other caveat: Husband doesn’t like peppers, and I don’t consider them a loss from our cuisine.

But within the next four to five months, we’ll have another solid food consumer in our home. We’ll start her on veggies — and then not eat them ourselves.

I don’t want my daughter to grow up like her mother. I want her to know what kale is. I don’t want her to regard stir-fry veggies as filler to round out the meat bits. For me, I want to be healthier and have a more diverse cuisine.

But I don’t believe I like vegetables. A lot of it might be lack of experience.

I’ve done a little reading about veggie-eating tips, but nothing sounds super-promising to me. Maybe if some of you would like to share your favorite veggie recipes, that would inspire me.

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3 responses to “Vegetables For Beginners?

  1. Ariel's Mom

    Let me say, as your mother, that I am horrified by the thought of a meal without a vegetable, or at the very least some fruit salad or canned fruit. When we were young parents it was frowned upon to force your children to eat anything. The theory was that they would gradually gain a desire to eat the things that were good for them. Well, that ridiculous theory has certainly been debunked! Most people of my generation who grew up in those force fed homes, eat their vegetables, and many even like them. Very few of the children who grew up in the coddled recent generation will eat them. It kind of makes you wonder what it was that the experts were trying to fix when they changed the rules on making kids eat what was good for them.
    Vegetables are a non-negotiable! My husband and I (who both grew up in good old-fashioned force fed homes) both eat our vegetables at every meal. No, we don’t always love them , but, if they are edible we eat them!

  2. David’s range of veggies seemed to bigger than my own when we were first married. I am a big carrot fan so I like them raw or cooked and with dips. David introduced me to raw carrots and peanut butter, a good snack! How about sweet potatoes they are great baked with some olive oil and seasoning…I always use some sort of bread dipping seasoning mix. I am not a big fan of raw onions and peppers but has your hubby tried them cooked? In the summer I am always making kabobs: chicken, peppers, onions, zucchini marinated in Italian dressing then grilled. Or Sausage and Peppers, when I first had it at a friends house I was skeptical and ate it out of good manners, I loved it and is now one of my go to dishes. If you need a recipe let me know. I also sneak veggies into things: pureed squash or pumpkin into pancakes, FINELY chopped spinach into lasagna, spaghetti sauce, stuffed shells.
    Last year we had fun going to the Farmers Market and we would try and make it a habit to pick one veggie that we have never prepared before and we each chose a recipe and prepared it. Sometimes we would find something we like and sometimes we didn’t, but at least we tried.
    With Noah our rule with ANY food: ‘You can’t knock it until you try it.’

  3. I think Rebekah had some great ideas. And of course, I’m the same generation as your mom, but we DID make our kids eat vegetables. They weren’t allowed to be finicky: They had to try them, and the next time we had them, they had to try them again.

    Today, they all love vegetables and are glad I did it “to” them.

    That said, I think “hiding” vegetables is a good idea; putting them in sweet/savory marinades or offering a yummy dip — easy on the sugar! — is a great way to get them to eat.

    If nothing else, just have patience. As they get older, their taste buds will mature (read: fall off), and things will be more appealing.

    As long as you know you’re in the fight, that’s half the battle!!

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