I like vegetables but I wouldn't say that I love them. I have to tally how many I have eaten each day to make sure I get enough, otherwise I would probably only get one serving. I found this list from WebMD. It introduces 15 tips and tricks that will certainly convert veggie haters to veggie lovers.
- Hide veggies you kind of like in dishes you love. For example, add peppers or mushrooms to an omelet or layer fresh spinach leaves in lasagna.
- Add to soup. When making homemade soup, fill with your favorite veggies. Or, bolster the veggie content of reduced-sodium soups by adding more carrots, green beans or edamame.
- Fill a salad. Use spinach leaves and baby greens instead of lettuce, and fill with every vegetable you like.
- Serve raw. Some people prefer the fresh crunch, texture and flavor of uncooked vegetables.
- Dip them. Dip vegetables in a low-cal dip like hummus, salsa or a light dressing.
- Go Italian. Pizza and pasta are great places to hide veggies like mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, zucchini, bell peppers, fresh basil leaves, or artichokes.
- Drink them. Make your own veggie juice at home, or try quality brands like V8. For a sweeter alternative, try V8 Splash.
- Make it fun. Grilled vegetable kabobs, corn on the cob, stuffed mushrooms or peppers are all fun finger foods that kids and adults will rave about.
- Grill. The flavor of grilled vegetables cannot be beat. Lightly brush with olive oil and asparagus, zucchini, mushrooms, peppers and eggplant perfectly complement any meal.
- Learn to cook them properly. The stronger flavored or more bitter tasting vegetables, like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and eggplant, need special attention when cooking. Try saute or stir-fry, or add special flavors like balsamic vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice.
- Surprise yourself. Put roasted red peppers on a sandwich, include fresh basil in a wrap or stuff a pita with shredded cabbage. Unexpected flavor in familiar places will change your thinking.
- Choose fresh. If all you’ve ever had are canned vegetables, you don’t like them for a reason! Steamed, grilled and roasted fresh vegetables have a completely different flavor and texture.
- Fast-food veggies count. Get salads, carrot and celery sticks or a baked potato. Just be mindful of the calories in dressings, sauces and dips.
- No prizes. Don’t reward yourself or the kids for positive vegetable behavior. You’ll learn to like the treat, and forget to learn to like the veggies.
- Be cheesy! Bake veggies topped with low-fat or skim milk cheese for a gooey treat.
You can find more sneaky vegetable tips in Jessica Seinfeld’s popular book, Deceptively Delicious. I have made a few things from her book and they turned out pretty good although I try not to hide my families veggies cause they need to get in the habit of eating them.