I tend to eat certain vegetables more than all others. Unfortunately, they happen to be mostly nightshades (tomatoes, chiles, and potatoes) and things that can cause digestive issues (onions, garlic, shallots). Add to that corn and beans in the summer, and starchy squash in the winter, and I'm thinking that I should diversify my vegetable selection a little. PHers who avoid nightshades and other problematic vegetables, what are your most versatile kitchen staples in the vegetable realm?
Anything chopped into bite-size chunks, tossed in fat and roasted @ 400 till it's got some black:
Heap it onto a hot plate, throw a steak on top and beat your chest.
Then eat it.
I'm an equal opportunity vegetable lover, I eat them all including nightshades - sorry!
Roasting is my ideal way as the veg get tender but I have control on exactly how I want them to turn out - either firm or tender but with that nice finish that an oven gives. Curried cauliflower. Kale: chips, braised, raw as a salad with lemon vinaigrette. Thinly sliced sweet potato roasted so a bit crispy on the edges but tender in the middle. Tiny potatoes rubbed in fat and sprinkled with coarse salt then roasted. Squash: smashed, roasted, steamed - all varieties. Kabocha is hands down a favourite, you can eat the skin! Stuffed zucchini. Roasted carrots finished with a little lemon juice and some fresh herbs are like candy. Shredded brussel sprouts - roasted or eaten raw with a dressing. Beets! Oh beets.. grated raw, roasted, steamed. Oo! Turnips and parsnips!
I go to two-three farmers markets a week, always Monday for my tuber guy, Saturday for fruit, Sunday for veggie-rama. There's a certain veg stand I frequent, organic/pesticide free, and if I miss their Sunday stand Monday is when I load up - they are parked near my tuber dude. Trader Joe's is my fill-in spot as they just started getting in some good organic fall veggies.
Always a staple: tubers, kale, squash, carrots, beets, and then each week one or two others.
Squash and different types of squash. I have a kabotcha, an acorn, and a butternut squash in my kitchen right now. Carrots are another favorite. I usually have lots of salads with lettuce too.
I don't think it's nightshades that bother me. I think cooking and pureeing things makes most vegetables OK for me. Corns and beans are generally not considered paleo and give a lot of people digestive issues.
I have to wonder if this question would be better phrased as "what are you favorite easy to digest vegetables?"
Actually I love all vegetables but vegetables don't like me!! I've tried them all, I can eat them for a little bit and then I can't. I'm pretty much down to potatoes and asparagus and I'm pretty bored. I literally crave brussel sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower but my system cannot handle them. I can eat a bit or two tops. Love pumpkin, and cooked carrots they do not like me!!
Nightshades, green-shades, yellow shades doesn't matter (lol....see what I did!)
Turnips, beets, radishes. I am loving the underground bunch lately! I just made a wonderful japanese pickle out of some watermelon radishes that I just got in my weekly veggie delivery. The pickle was easy - rice vinegar, salt and water poured over thinly sliced radishes = delish! Even the little guy loves them!
And I agree with the Kale, collard greens and chard - super delish. I have been pan-frying lightly in butter and then adding some miso - just awesome!
If there's a good-sized Asian community near you, check out some Thai, Vietnames or Chinese markets. Excellent vegetables from the Asian farmer's market in our area. Gai-lan, red spinach plus other varieties of spinach. Also watercress, rapini, and turnip, rutabaga, radish and beet tops.
I've been eating 1-2 lbs of japanese pumpkin daily for the past 2 weeks, a bit addicted. I'm actually quite surprised that my body has taken to it so well since 80g worth of starchy carbs is double what my body can usually handle without experiencing some sort of carb overload reaction (increased hunger, bloating, lethargy). I add pastured cream to the soup, which maybe blunts the carb load. I also eat much of the skin (even though it's not organic) because it tastes amazing and adds fiber.
Anyway, love the stuff and hope there isn't anything detrimental in it that I've been consuming too much of as I don't expect I'll be easing up for as long as they're in season. May have to stop eating so much of the skin though.
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