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        05-11-2014, 12:40 PM
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    Mix them into everything. I'm very limited on what I can eat, and can't eat processed foods, so I've had to learn to like veggies. A few ideas:

    Stir Fry. Cook up some chicken or pork any way you like with seasonings, add in some noodles, bean sprouts, and veggies. I use wilted spinach, carrots, zucchini, and water chestnuts, but you can use just about whatever. Pour in a bit of soy sauce and/or scramble an egg in with it and you have a great meal.

    Veggie omelet. Make omelets and wilt spinach or kale in it. You can also add in tomato, olives, peppers, etc.

    Grated carrot meat loaf. Grate the carrots up and add them to the meatloaf- he won't even notice!

    Broccoli, cauliflour, and cheese. Melt some velveeta as a sauce or mix bread crumbs and Parmesan for a yummy baked crust on them. I can't eat this but even my dad who refused to eat veggies will eat this!

    Lemon Broccoli Chicken - cook up some rice, whatever kind you like- and bake some chicken with a can of chicken soup poured over. Steam some broccoli, cut up a lemon, and voila! Put all of these together and he'll be getting a whole serving of broccoli without noticing.

    squash -I dislike squash as a rule so I'm trying to develop a taste for them. Turns out there are some great ways to cook them! Zucchini is wonderful cut longways like french fries, and breaded with breadcrumbs and italian seasoning. Spaghetti Squash can be substituted for spaghetti or put in with spaghetti and tastes just fine. Butternut squash is good cooked like sweet potatos. Does your BF like sweet potato? Make it the same way- bake it, mash it, put a little brown sugar in it, and it is practically a dessert!
         
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        05-13-2014, 08:29 PM
      #12
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    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.
    Yes and no. I'm sure that he will be cooking as well, or that much of the time we will be cooking together. We are also trying to compromise on these sorts of things as he would like to eat healthier as well, he just doesn't like the taste of most vegetables. If he can't taste them or they taste good it's a non-issue.

    Though quite frankly, he needs the carbs. I do not. This is going to be the tough part, in all honesty!!!

    Endiku, some GREAT tips!!!
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        05-13-2014, 10:12 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Different carb serving sizes is simple if you're doing stir-fries or sauces or curries on rice or pasta or some other carbohydrate base. You just have the same amounts of sauce but give him a bigger load of the rice, pasta, potatoes etc. If you go wholemeal/unrefined that's even better. Lots of dishes improve as a result taste-wise.

    If it's only a taste thing, then cooking the vegies crisp, and getting actually tasty F&V from a specialist grocer, farmers' market or your backyard will make all the difference. Good luck and happy eating.
         
        05-14-2014, 03:19 PM
      #14
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by SueC    
    Different carb serving sizes is simple if you're doing stir-fries or sauces or curries on rice or pasta or some other carbohydrate base. You just have the same amounts of sauce but give him a bigger load of the rice, pasta, potatoes etc. If you go wholemeal/unrefined that's even better. Lots of dishes improve as a result taste-wise.

    If it's only a taste thing, then cooking the vegies crisp, and getting actually tasty F&V from a specialist grocer, farmers' market or your backyard will make all the difference. Good luck and happy eating.
    I just get bummed because potatoes, pasta and starches in general are my favorite and I could eat them constantly! Although I did make mashed cauliflower yesterday alongside the mashed taters to go with our NY steaks last night and they were pretty danged tasty!!! I'd like to experiment adding other veggies like carrots or puréed greens...

    I absolutely need to look into local farmers markets. Higher end grocery stores like Whole Foods (more like Whole Paycheck...) often have better produce but I would like to be able to afford to still feed my horse after I feed us!
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        05-14-2014, 03:42 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    2BigReds, check out some of the Gluten Free/Low carb blogs for tasty veggie recipes. There is a lot you can do with just veggies. I have to control my carbohydrates so I replace pasta and potatoes with vegetable substitutes. Lots of people have the same issues, but that can be a boon for you because these folks get CREATIVE. Beware that many of these recipes are high in fat because most low-carbers are getting their energy from fats in their diets - so if you do high fat AND high carb, you're going to gain weight.

    I do understand the sadness though. I love potatoes, pasta, cake, and sugar of all kinds. I'd live on Taco Bell and cake for the rest of my life if I wouldn't wind up weighing 700 pounds. But sadly my biology isn't built for a Taco Bell and Cake diet, so instead it's Spinach and Bacon :)
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        05-14-2014, 04:09 PM
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    Just keep putting them on his plate!!!
    I've never had a problem with veggies and neither do my kids because that's how we were used to being fed - To me a meal isn't a meal without them
    You could try things like cauliflower and broccoli in a cheese sauce - maybe add macaroni and make it a Mac and cheese special
    Make spaghetti sauces with zucchini, peppers, mushrooms and anything else you can throw in
    Make casseroles with sauces using herbs and red wine - you can throw anything in those - carrots, parsnips, peas, beans
    Try quiches or frittata's - something else you can add any sort of veggies too
    Spicy curries and chilies - another great place to hide veggies
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