I hate vegetables!

By mlmeyers Latest Reply 2016-04-27 09:15:46 -0500
Started 2010-04-13 19:40:16 -0500

I have type 2 and am very bored with my diet! I cannot stand vegetables I can't even choke them down the only one I like is corn but it's the worst one for a diabetic. I'm a very plane jane eater I don't a lot of fancy stuff and hate onions. Because there are very few things I like that I can have I repeat meals a lot and it's beginning to drive me crazy! Please let me know if anyone has any suggestions.

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ilikeclouds84 2016-04-27 09:15:46 -0500 Report

I know you posted this question about 6 years ago, but I felt I had to comment anyway. lol

I'm exactly the same way. It seems like the only vegetables I do like are spinach, broccoli, corn, peas, green beans, edamame, and sometimes asparagus. And, just like you said, corn (and peas) are not very good for a diabetic. So it doesn't leave me a lot of options, as far as vegetables go, to prepare for dinner.

I think the most helpful thing I can suggest is getting one of those blenders that pulverize your ingredients (I actually got a Ninja blender that was on sale for a great price). Making yourself a smoothie that combines fruits and vegetables is a wonderful way to consume your recommended portions. This is also a great opportunity to throw in vegetable ingredients that you normally wouldn't eat on their own. I start off with a 16 or 32 oz. glass (big I know, but it makes me feel fuller quicker), and throw in a cup of spinach and maybe a grape tomato (any kind of tomato immediately makes me gag when I try to eat the, - the juice, the pulp, the taste…blech. I'm getting sick just thinking about it!), a banana (half or whole) or a cup of greek yogurt to make the smoothie thicker and creamier, frozen berries (I use blueberries and sometimes frozen strawberries), a few broccoli florets, two tbsp of flax and maca powder each, two tsp of cinnamon, one tbsp of honey for sweetness, one part unsweetened almond/cashew/soy milk and one part 1% milk, and just a dash of vanilla extract for flavouring. I pulse everything on high for a minute, and enjoy. You don't taste any of the vegetables and really only taste banana or berries. I normally make this for breakfast, and then perhaps again for part of my dinner. This is the best way I can think of for me to get my required fruit and veg portions. Hope this helps :)

jimLE 2012-12-05 15:42:43 -0600 Report

i agree with douglasslb..write down what foods you like.even if it means makeing 2 coloms.the ones you like the most on one side.and the ones you like least on the other side.might even try useing word pad to type it out.then print it..then each time you fix a meal sit down with it and look it over to decide what you want to go with and try out when it comes to puting them togeather..and next time you go shoping.go up n down each ilse to see what you havent eaten in some time but like at least some what.my mom cooks a great asparagus cassarol.might want to try some thing like that.

Pastelpainter 2012-12-05 15:20:26 -0600 Report

Cook your vegetables and put them into the liquidiser, turn them into soup. It is also much easier to eat veggies like spinach or cabbage or brussels sprouts in a stirfry, lightly cook the sprouts first and then fry until carmelised. Soups and stirfries take a mix of vegetables and are an easier way to eat them than being faced with a pile of stuff you don't like to eat on your plate.

douglasslb 2010-11-01 21:43:31 -0500 Report

You should make a list of all the food items you like (veggies , carbs, meat). Then sit down and write out different ways you can mix and match the list to make different meals. Don't forget to cook them different ways and add different spices to add a change of taste. Have fun with it. Who knows, you may have the makings for a new cook book. Nothing ventured nothing gained. Good Luck and let us know how you make out.

Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2010-11-01 13:50:57 -0500 Report

I agree with fellow responders..it may be finding the way you can eat and/or enjoy vegetables. Asparagus: mix 1/4 t. salt. pepper, and 1 t. sugar. Wash and snap root off. Spray dish with olive oil. Put in asparagus, Spray it. Sprinkle it with mix. Oven 350 for 5 minutes. Stir. 5 minutes. Should be crisp tender and good with a whole wheat turkey sandwich with romaine lettuce, etc.

Light mayo, vinegar, olive oil, splenda. Whip together and pour over cabbage, broccoli, carrot, red cabbage, chopped green or red pepper, etc slaw mix. Sprinkle with ground black pepper and sea salt. Sweet, sour, and crunchy.

Cook 1 chicken buillion cube in shallow boiling water. Crush, add 1 can french style green beans. serve with your slaw and baked chicken.

2 chicken buillion, 2 cans mixed vegetables, 2 cans Healthy Request chicken based soup such as Chicken and Rice. Increase ratios as you need for your family.

Another factoid: Everyone in your family is not diabetic, but everyone wants to avoid obesity, diabetes, heart disease. Education and practice is the only way to arrive at your best health, sooner rather than later.

Be of good cheer. We are all here!

jkstvnsn 2010-11-01 12:06:35 -0500 Report

I'm not a vegetable eater either but I do like steam broccoli and green beans. I find eating different types of salads keeps a meal interesting. Also, cooking vegetables in olive oil might make a difference.

klfrcmom 2010-11-01 07:01:49 -0500 Report

Is it the taste or the consistency you don't like? Maybe try cooking them differently… i.e. broiled v. steamed?
I found shredded broccoli at my grocery store.. it's awesome! I hate the little "tree tops" on broccoli — but get the benefits of it by adding shredded broccoli to salads, etc. (or, I give the kids the "trees" and I eat the stems) — don't like the consistency of those little "beads" on top… or try this! DICED TOMATOES — you get he benefit of the tomato without all the "larvae" (seeds, etc.) from the inside… I add diced tomatoes to almost everything.

angelblueeyes1967 2010-04-22 06:06:52 -0500 Report

I don't really like vegetables either but I really love the green bean casserole with mushroom soup and bacon on top! I also like the french style green beans. I love raw carrots, cucumbers and cauliflower with light ranch. I can only eat brocolli if it is loaded with alot of cheese! Know what I mean! I have type 2 diabetes too.

joni55 2010-04-22 08:26:13 -0500 Report

I love that casserole too. Is it okay, I mean with the the Cream of Mushroom soup and the onion rings? I have been wondering this, as I also have a recipe for mac and cheese where I use it.

Susie624 2010-04-21 08:49:29 -0500 Report

maybe the veggies aren't prepared the way that would make them taste good to you.I used to hate asparagus,but found out the only reason for that was it was always slimmy because it was being cooked to long ,now I cook it about 3 minutes and I love the stuff, maybe that is the problem.Try a few different stir fries,might decide you like a few veggies.

klfrcmom 2010-11-01 07:03:25 -0500 Report

try taking fresh green beans (preferably farmers market) snap off the ends (remove strings, etc.) wash and sautee in a skillet with teeny bit of olive oil and juice from 1/4 lemon… MMMM MMMMM MMMMMMMMM!

joni55 2010-04-21 09:24:27 -0500 Report

My neighbor said the same thing. When I made asparagus that still had a crunch to it, she decided that it was one of her favorites. She now even makes sandwiches with it. That is the one problem if you don't like vegetables. If you eat canned or cook them too long, you won't like them.

Zimoss 2010-04-17 02:34:49 -0500 Report

I am so glad to hear I am not the only one that this happens to.

You might look up Super taster online to see about what causes this and what recipes might work for you.

I know I am so sensitive to vegetables that I can taste lettuce and will gag on it if I have any on my taco/ burrito. (my wife argues that lettuce has no taste)

Good luck.

klfrcmom 2010-11-01 07:04:13 -0500 Report

it's probably the consistency you don't like… lettuce is predominantly water (at least "regular" head-lettuce, that is)

GabbyPA 2010-04-17 07:41:41 -0500 Report

Here is the link to the Super Taster concept. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supertaster
It does list foods that can be a problem, so maybe we just have to introduce you to some new veggies.

mlmeyers 2010-04-18 14:43:56 -0500 Report

I have tried various veggies and I try them again every so often because I hear that yor taste buds change as you get older but I just don't like them. Which sucks because they are a goo filler food so you don't eat alot of the bad carbed foods like potatos and pasta.

joni55 2010-04-18 16:22:28 -0500 Report

Actually, Ronzoni makes a pasta that not only has a serving of vegetables, but looks pretty too. It is called Garden Delight. I promise, you won't even notice there are vegetables in it.

joni55 2010-04-17 10:11:06 -0500 Report

I hate milk. I know my mom had a terrible time with me on that. But, when I became an adult, I discovered that it was a food allergy. Could this be the same thing?

joni55 2010-04-18 16:25:44 -0500 Report

One reason Weight Watchers did not work for me years ago was that they insisted I had to eat fish and liver. I am not real fond of either one, although I do eat mild fish sometimes. This program may have changed, but at the time, I was completely turned off because they did not make any effort to work with me. I hope this site will be helpful for you. There is a pasta called Garden Delight by Ronzoni that not only has a serving of vegetables but also is pretty because of the colors. I promise, you will not even notice there are vegetables in this.

mlmeyers 2010-04-18 14:40:15 -0500 Report

It's nice to know I'm not the only one either!! I just don't like veggies but I can and do eat lettuce it just gets boring.

joni55 2010-04-16 23:30:32 -0500 Report

You may want to try veggies with different spices and nuts. My husband used to like string beans with slivered almonds, one of the few healthy things he ate.

I also have found some pastas that have a serving of vegetables in them. They are good.

Variety is the important thing. Even if there are very few vegetables that you like, try fixing them different ways.

Also, there is a juice out that has fruit and vegetables in it. I am not real sure what the carbs are though.

GabbyPA 2010-04-14 12:42:28 -0500 Report

Maybe it is how the veggies are prepared. I know I can sneak things in on my family if they don't know they are there. I do this with spinach, romaine, and even mushrooms sometimes. My mom doesn't like steamed green beans so we cook them a little extra long for her. Me, I like them seared in a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
I used to hate lima beans until I cooked it the way my husband likes them. I was amazed. I enjoy them now.

Perhaps you can't deal with sald because you are eating boring water in a leaf iceburg lettuce. Try some mixes, they have more flavor a lighter texture and are even pretty to look at. Try tossing in a carrot that is shredded, maybe that way it is not such a big crunch in the salad. Peel a cucumber and remove the seeds and you might find that a cucumber sandwich is a great option with a slice of cheese. The skin can be bitter and maybe that is a turn off for you.

Also, make up your mind to like it before you try it. That might help. Sometimes we have made up our mind that we won't like something and it is impossible to change it. My husband is like that. I always say that I will try something, then when I say that I don't like it, it is because I know from experience. As long as it won't kill me, it is there for me to experience. Even if I don't care for it, I will endure the meal with out complaints. I just know it will not be on the menu again.

If you have one or two that you like (other than corn and peas) maybe you can grow a plant on your patio. There is nothing like a fresh veggie. I don't like peppers, but when we grow them in our garden, they are so much better than what the store sells. They are more tender, sweeter and leave no after taste for me. Go figure, but that is one thing that surprised me.

Another thing I do often is mix fruits with my veggies. Mandrin oranges are yummy in a salad with chicken. I love strawberries and walnuts in my spinach salad. Apples and onions sauteed with pork are wonderful.

Nothing beats the real thing, but if you really cannot stomach them, maybe you would want to consider taking a whole food or green food tablet. It won't help with broadening your menu, but it will give you the benefits of the greens.

joni55 2010-04-18 16:31:35 -0500 Report

It is funny. My neighbor will tell me that she doesn't like something and I will ask her if she has eaten a particular food that had it in it. Then when she says yes, I will say well then you ate whatever it was. I am thinking of cod. I asked her if she had ever had fishsticks. She said she had. I told her that she had eaten cod. So, you can hide things in other things and enjoy something you may have otherwise rejected. I have learned a lot from the food network. One thing that is good is mushrooms because they take on the flavor of the other things you cook them with. I am rambling, but does this make sense?

Elrond 2010-04-14 02:22:51 -0500 Report

Actually, I generally agree with you. I could starve to death inside the world's largest salad. The mere smell of lettuce nauseates me. If you put a pickle on a sandwich then remove it, I can't eat the sandwich because of the pickle residue. But as I age, I've begun to lighten up a little on some veggies. I even enjoy stuffed bell peppers now as long as I cook them and control the ingredients. I use green chilies in many recipes and love them. Like you, I hated onions when I was younger but like many things, they're an acquired taste. They're actually very good once you get used to them. It was onion rings that hooked me in my pre-diabetic days. I still won't eat raw onions but love them cooked. I wish I could cook a meal for you. (I'm considered to be a gourmet chef) Since that's not likely, check out some of the recipes on this site.

joni55 2010-04-18 16:33:16 -0500 Report

I have to have onions cooked to have them agree with me, but I have found a friend in red onions. The taste is much milder.

joni55 2010-04-18 16:33:56 -0500 Report

Good for you Elrond. If you have a recipe for stuffed peppers, I would love to see it.

Elrond 2010-04-23 03:03:57 -0500 Report

This is a rather delayed response but I just posted a simple recipe for stuffed peppers. I have tons of different ones I use but this is one of my favorites.

joni55 2010-04-23 08:17:59 -0500 Report

Thank you! I will look for it. Have you ever heard of using couscous in stuffed peppers? I was making them on Cafe World (a facebook game I play - Smile) and I noticed that one of the ingredients was couscous.

AllyOop 2010-04-25 12:23:12 -0500 Report

Get used to looking at the carbs listed on the package, couscous is one of the highest in carbs - you would certainly undo any gain you made in veggies. So try some chopped cabbage and onions or zuchini with the ground beef and then you really would have a winner!

joni55 2010-04-25 15:49:20 -0500 Report

Okay. My neighbor was interested in couscous I will make her aware of it. I personally was never interested in it, but was thinking of trying it.

Harlen 2010-04-13 20:12:10 -0500 Report

I am so sorry
That would be hard
I eat a lot of meat, cheese, eggs there are a lot of ways to to fix food thats good .Are you on meds?What typ?
And corn is a grain not a veg like rice and bread they just are not good for the bloog sugar.
Best wishes

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