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post #1 of 16 Old 05-09-2014, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Hiding veggies?

Okay, so not exactly a parenting question, but I figured many of you might know something about this!

Scenario: I've been trying to eat healthier and include more veggies in my diet over the last year or so. I will be moving in with my boyfriend for a few months this summer so most of the time we'll be cooking for each other. The dilemma? He's not very fond of vegetables (grow up!!! )... It's not the idea of them like most kids, so even if he knows they are there it would be okay as long as he can't taste them. That way everyone is eating healthier and we both win!

Other than the veggie stipulation he'll suck down just about anything, so any recipes or tips at all are quite helpful. Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-09-2014, 04:21 PM
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Rice or Baked Potatoes, then give him this for his drink V8 - V-Fusion Benefits

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post #3 of 16 Old 05-09-2014, 04:30 PM
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Try pureeing zucchini or carrots and putting it in meatloaf or sauces. I have a turkey meatloaf recipe that has chopped, frozen spinach in it, and with the other flavors and cheese you don't notice it - but I LOOOOVE spinach, so maybe I'm a poor judge of "noticing"

Also, maybe he'd try something like a pot pie where the veggies are covered in sauce? You could make some mashed cauliflower and mix it half and half with potatoes to see if he'd notice :)

I know when I was a kid I could not STAND veggies, mainly because of the way they were cooked. Canned, boiled to death, BLECH. Disgusting and tasteless. I prefer raw veggies much of the time because they are sweet and crunchy. Roasted brussels sprouts with bacon might also get him to try it. If you've never had a roasted sprout, you don't know what you're missing!
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I find it's all in the method of cooking. Experiment with some recipes. For example, Brussels Sprouts disgust me if they are boiled, but we cut them in half, put them on a baking sheet with olive oil, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder (and sometimes red pepper flakes) and bake them.
Dips can also help, and the fat in many dips actually make absorption of certain vitamins and minerals more efficient. Aioli, ranch, garlic butter...dress them up!
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Great suggestions, everyone! I've been considering springing whipped cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes on him to see if he notices haha, my coworker says that he even likes the cauliflower version better so who knows! I got him to try deep fried artichoke hearts which he tolerated, but it's, "still green sh**," to him. He's such a doof!

Hoping maybe he'll deal with peppers and mushrooms in mac & cheese or alfredo and noodles. Not green at least!
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It seems you've already decided you're the cook. If he doesn't want to eat veggies, let it be. If you've mentioned it once, that's plenty. A second time, in a man's mind, is nagging.
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Pulse cauliflower in a blender and it looks and taste just like rice :). my other half does not like veggies either, so he eats the baby food pouches that are fruit and veggie mixed to get his daily servings.
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post #8 of 16 Old 05-11-2014, 12:06 PM
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It seems you've already decided you're the cook. If he doesn't want to eat veggies, let it be. If you've mentioned it once, that's plenty. A second time, in a man's mind, is nagging.
Hmm yes, but if the partner doesn't have healthy eating habits and it's a long-term relationship, then the healthy eater will statistically end up taking care of the unhealthy eater post cardiac arrest / stroke / cancer / diabetes / various other conditions related to unhealthy eating. I think preventable nursing and premature funeral arrangements are not fun. I had an acquaintance who was a nutritionist and her husband an unhealthy eater. He developed huge weight problems that directly impacted on their family life, and even needed knee reconstructions because of this. A neighbour who eats healthy food is doing great at 60 and her unhealthy habits husband is really suffering now and starting to physically fall apart. I am so glad my husband was also a healthy eater before I met him, it makes life so much better for both of us.
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I well recall when I was about five years, Mother dishing up a roast dinner. On the plate there was cabbage. I immediately remarked that I didn't like cabbage.
My plate was removed and I thought Mum was going to take the cabbage off but she mashed the food together faster than any MagiMix, put it back in fron to me saying "You can leave the cabbage!"

Leave it? I couldn't even see it!

I love veggies, no point in not liking them because as a child I had no choice!

Guess disguising them is one way of getting them down unwilling throats.
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Including more vegies: Traditional Bolognaise sauce has a far higher vegetable content than the Western version. It is less than half mince and more than half vegetables: Onions, garlic, celery, finely chopped carrots and mushrooms, lots of tomatoes. You can up the vegetable content even more, including by adding finely chopped zucchini. If you blitz these vegies in a food processor before cooking them, they get fine enough to be quite hidden.

When you make tacos, you can make a lovely filling that has as much mashed beans as mince in it - and it tastes better too. Plus, lots of grated carrots and shredded lettuce, as well as sliced tomatoes, capsicum, and avocado, are Mexican standard along with the grated cheese and sour cream to serve.

Go to a specialist greengrocer or grow your own - supermarket vegetables really don't taste that great...

And consider marrying a healthy eater who will encourage rather than discourage your own desire for healthy eating, and set good examples for your children. The repercussions through the generations are tremendous...

Healthy Food Fast, published by the Western Australian Health Department, has many super recipes that are healthy and tasty.
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