I'm just starting a 30 day paleo challenge and I'm not a big veggie eater- before this week I'd stick to peas (apparently not a veggie), corn (also not a veggie?!?!) and salad greens with red or green peppers. Does anyone have good suggestions for "starter" veggies for someone who hasn't eaten a lot of them in the past, or good recipes to try to get more veggies into my diet without overwhelming my palette?
Try roasting veggies with olive oil, salt and pepper. You can do this with just about anything- asparagus, cabbage, carrots, brussels sprouts, broccoli, onions, peppers, mushrooms, or a mix. I often do a broccoli, onion, pepper, mushroom, zucchini mix with garlic and herbes de provence. Put the oven on 400-425 and they're done when they get soft with crispy edges!
Since you like salad greens, I'd suggest some things of a similar texture: kale, swiss chard, parsley, cilantro, spinach, red lettuce, cabbage and maybe collard greens. I think it's great that you want to try more vegetables. I LOVE vegetables. What don't you like about most vegetables? That might help with any suggestions.
What do you normally eat? If you want to start eating more vegetables but wary of the texture, it might help to puree them into something you like, such as meatloaf, soups, or salmon patties. Onions, peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes work pretty well mixed into other foods. If you like eggs, omelets are amazing with vegetables to flavor it.
Pea is a legume and corn is a grain, which are considered "non-paleo" but some people here eat those after "proper preparation" with soaking, I think.
Just answered another question about vegetables that is perfect for this question as well. My issue is that I hate preparing veggies because they take so much extra work and often I'm not crazy about the results. Don't really like cruchy raw veggies at all either so needless to say I am forced to do some sort of preparation.
The easiest way to sneak veggies in each day is by sticking with frozen veggies at lunch. Each week I buy a bag of organic frozen spinach (chopped) and a bag of organic broccoli crowns. I eat those with some sort of meat at lunch and add an olive oil/vinegar/mustard dressing over the top. It's delish and helps me get some greens. I don't really do veggies unless they are super simple and preferably mixed up in something. I know my weakness and try to address it this way.
I'll add that sometimes I will add a bit of ghee and salt as well. Just depends on how flavorful the meat is since the veggies have no flavor that I can detect but add a nice texture variation. So if it's chicken I add the ghee and if it's italian seasoned ground beef or turkey thighs I just use the dressing.
Strangely I also like beets and beet greens. http://www.chow.com/recipes/11100-basic-roasted-beets
For special occassions I'll get some Daikon radishes and put them in the pressure cooker. I paleoized a Betty Crocker recipe that works great. Turns into the best mashed anything I've ever had.
Raw parsley- or frozen, since I can't eat it all before it wilts. I just eat a handful or two when I remember. Raw carrot seems like a medication. I just break a piece off and eat it. Like a small piece or two each day. I cook liver with onions.
I was eating a little seaweed each day for the iodine, but I've got a weird nerve problem and iodine seems to make it worse, so I don't eat it much anymore. I roast beets and sweet potatoes. If people comment about how much butter you are putting on your sweet potato, you are doing it right.
I didn't eat vegetables until I was nearly 23, and my method is to hide them until I'm sufficiently used to the taste that I can eat them with a minimum of seasonings. I had this horrible mayonnaise/cheese/olive oil mix that I would put on cauliflower before I baked it, and I could barely taste the cauliflower. Right now I'm trying to get used to organ meats using very spicy and flavorful curries -- I get a taste, so I can acquire that taste, but never enough to put me off my meal.
Riced cauliflower is pretty awesome, and you can prepare many vegetables to taste like french fries -- sweet potatoes in particular are pretty amazing sliced thin, doused in some fat and baked. Try kale chips, too. I like almost all vegetables better if they're a little burnt. You can even pour a tiny, TINY bit of sugar or honey on them (mix honey with some oil so you don't have to use a ton of it) to make them caramelize.
Try using loads of garlic and butter, if you eat butter. Tomato sauce is great; so is guacamole. If you like balsamic vinegar, try some of that.
The vegetables I've found least offensive and was able to eat almost right away include butternut squash (also you can put cinnamon on that), baked carrots and sweet potatoes. Must be something about the orange ones. Artichokes are great too, but I'm not sure who has access to those or what they cost in other parts of the country; they're somewhat abundant in California but I know it's not the same everywhere.
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