January 12, 2010

A Gateway to Vegetables?

I am looking for a gateway drug to vegetables.

I like cold carrots and celery. That's about as far I've gotten. I like V-8 fusion, but don't think it really counts. They just hide some vegetable extract in the fruit juice. It's probably like taking a multi-vitamin.

Any suggestions?


Anonymous said...

Read Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer.

But you probably don't care. Vegetables are so yummy!

Ryan said...

Here are a few things I'd try:

- Eat things cooked with seasonings/sauces on them. We love broiling asparagus with a little garlic and other spices, or baking broccoli (probably my favorite vegetable) with some cheese.

- Get some good dips for raw veggies. I would say that hummus (which there are many varieties of) makes almost any vegetable delicious.

- Get fresh stuff. Canned veggies are disgusting. Frozen veggies will do if they're just a component of some dish. But fresh veggies always seem to taste much better.

- I don't know if it qualifies as a veggie in the healthier sense (my wife would consider it more of a 'starch' anyway), but I love sweet potatoes. They can be prepped as many ways as normal potatoes, but they are way more delicious and provide an excellent source of vitamin A!

Eric Olsen said...

Food Inc. convinced me to steer clear of factory farms, both for animals rights' sake and my own personal health. looks like "eating animals" pushes the same thing a little further. i'll have to look into it.

love the ideas, Ryan. Thanks!

Meghan said...

One of my biggest things currently is roasting veggies in the oven with a little salt, pepper, and olive oil. It totally changes the taste. My mom used to just steam or heat fresh/frozen vegetables and I hated them - roasting changes that. Example: Bobby Teenager ate almost an entire head of garlic roasted cauliflower last night! I realize that you may not be ready for this step, and in that case Ryan's tips are great!

This reminds me that I still owe you a gateway post...I was thinking about doing one on spinach...

Eric Olsen said...

great ideas, Meghan. I'd love to hear your spinach gateway. i'll currently eat spinach leaves in a salad, but don't particularly enjoy them.

Bobby Teenager said...

...then I chased it with a couple Thickburgers.

The Wife said...

So, I told Eric that my New Year's resolution for him was to eat vegetables this year, which I believe is where this post came from. I had 2 reasons for this resolution: 1. I truly enjoy eating vegetables and would love for him to join in the enjoyment. 2. I don't want him to die.
Now, Eric has come a long way in his food choices since I met him. We even made a decision this year to eat only organic fruits, vegetables, and (grass fed) meats. Over the years, I have resorted to blending vegetables into his pasta sauces and even re-naming foods just so they would not be immediately rejected. "Cinnamon cake" was the best cake he's ever had, but under the name "Zuchinni bread," it wouldn't touch his lips.
I think what is has really boiled down to is that he does not like the texture of vegetables unless they are raw. So, any suggestions on overcoming textural food aversions?

Meghan said...

I love "The Wife"'s post!!! :) :) :)

If it's texture he has a problem with, you may be doing the best thing you can - hiding veggies in his food - like Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook "Deceptively Delicious" for kids who are picky eaters. Not that I'm comparing Eric to a child... ;)

Anonymous said...

Guy goes to the doctor's with broccoli in his ears, carrots protruding from his nostrils and a celery stick rammed in his eyeball.

Doctor takes one look at him and says, "Well, there's your problem. You're not eating properly..."

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