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May 28, 2009

I Like Vegetables

Thursday Thirteen

When I was a kid there were quite a few vegetables I didn’t like. My parents, however, had rules. If my brother, sister and I didn’t eat our vegetables, we didn’t get dessert. It was as simple as that. I learned to slog through cauliflower and parsnips, very grateful for cheese sauce, which helped make the vegetables go down easier.

These days I eat a mainly vegetarian diet. My tastes have changed and some of my childhood hates have faded.

Thirteen Vegetables I Like to Eat

1. Potatoes. (follow the link to visit an earlier TT on potatoes)

2. Carrots – both raw and cooked. They contain vitamin A, iron, calcium. Great in stews, soups and salads.

3. Spinach – in lasagne or risotto. Contains vitamin A, calcium and iron.

4. Cauliflower – nice with a tomato based sauce or cheese sauce.

5. Mushrooms – we eat mushrooms with almost everything. Not strictly a vegetable. Vitamins B2 and B3.

6. Peas – frozen peas are an excellent standby when the vege crisper is almost empty.

7. Sweetcorn – microwaved with butter.

8. Pumpkin – great in soups, cold in salads and roasted.

9. Kumara (sweet potato) – roasted. – contain iron and vitamin C.

10. Broccoli – with cheese sauce. – contain vitamins A, B, and C.

11. Beetroot – yummy served hot with horseradish sauce.

12. Green Beans – in a salad or boiled as a side dish. A rough chopped tomato type sauce goes well with beans.

13. Brussel Sprouts – they go with chestnuts very well and a little butter. Contain Vitamin A, B and C.

Which vegetables do you enjoy most? Which vegetables did you hate as a child? Do you still hate them? How did your parents get you to eat your vegetables?


  1. Lanie Fuller

    It’s sad, but I don’t really like vegetables, and I only like 2 of those vegetables. Potatoes (whether they’re mashed, fried or hashed) and carrots (but only uncooked). I do like corn, especially creamed corn.

    Then again, I’ve been called the world’s pickiest eater, LOL. Maybe there’s some truth to it. :mrgreen:

  2. Ms Menozzi

    I got converted on a couple of veggies late in life:


    I’m endlessly amazed at how good these can be, and how many ways they can be prepared. And my eggplant parmigiana is Great, if I do say so myself. ;)

    Happy TT!

  3. Adelle Laudan

    I never have liked pumpkin, or beetroot. I think you’re one of only a few people I know that like brussel sprouts. Great list. Happy T13!

  4. Ella

    I admit to liking brussel sprouts!
    I like all those (& like Ms Menozzi, eggplant & zucchini) except beetroot, though I think that’s a mental hangup cause I’ve liked borscht. Love my veggies!

  5. AD

    ahaaannn now that is some cool list :D

    i did mine on me.

    i love self analysis.
    hope you’ll visit :)

  6. Leah Braemel

    I’m with you until #13. Brussels sprouts are one vegetable I despised as a child. I’m ‘tolerant’ of them now, but only if I’m at someone else’s house and there’s no choice but to eat them or be rude.

    I never used to like beetroot as a child but then changed my mind as an adult and can eat lots of it.

  7. Smittenly Written

    I was happy to see that brussel sprouts made the list…they have always been a favorite of mine. I love the veggies…even as a child…but okra is about the only thing I can’t get behind. ;) Way back when…and now. ;)

  8. Voronda

    I love veggies as a kid growning up in Louisana I loved okra and tomatoes and in the summer one of my favorites was fried green tomatoes! I also love:
    sweet peas

  9. Christina Phillips

    I love beetroot, but have never tried it hot! As for Brussel sprouts, urgh! Hated them as a child and still do. I can’t even swallow them on Christmas Day!!!

  10. Fedora

    Hmm… favorite vegetables–corn, potatoes, broccoli, cabbage. Will eat just about anything else, but perhaps with slightly less enthusiasm ;) As a child, I didn’t like celery, but it doesn’t really bother me now. Oh, and didn’t like cilantro as a kid and still don’t. :mrgreen:

  11. Stephanie Adkins

    Yummy. I love all of these except brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and beetroot. Great list! :grin:

  12. Alice Audrey

    I’m hoping my kids will follow in your footsteps. They take after my dh, who thinks he’s eating green when he picks the green ones out of the M&Ms.

  13. Jennifer McKenzie

    I love my veges!!! I don’t like cauliflower though. LOL.

  14. Harriet

    wow. Great post.
    I’m not a fan of the brussel sprouts.

  15. Kaye Manro

    I love most all veggies. I like trying ones I’ve never eaten too. I also mix my diet up with lots of fruits. Oddly enough I’ve always been a basic vegetarian. Even as a child I hated meat. My parents would try to shove it down my throat and I’d gag. Strangely I did like liver. Though I hate it now! I do eat chicken on occasion. But I try to find the organic kind rather than the kind shot full of hormones and such. I’ll eat organic eggs, mild and cheeses too. Too pure I am, lol!

  16. Sarah @ TM2TS

    Minus the peas and brussel sprouts, and the sweet potato because I’ve never had it, that list sounds fabulous and yummy!!

  17. Heather

    I’m with you on all but 4, 5 and 11!

  18. storyteller

    I love veggies too (except for Brussel Sprouts). I’ve never heard of Beetroot but may give it a try.
    Hugs and blessings,

  19. Debra Kayn

    As a kid, I’d only eat corn and potato. Terrible veggie eater. But that changed when I hit 30 years old. I love most basic veggies, except brussel sprouts and spinach.

    I don’t really remember my parents making me eat them, but I did have to take one bite to try them all.

  20. Shelley Munro

    I actually ran out of space. I enjoy Zucchini and Eggplant.

    Veges I dislike – parsnips, okra (after having to eat it often on overload trips!) and bok choy.

    I’m surprised at how many of you dislike the poor little brussel sprout. I mean they’re so cute. :lol:

  21. Shelley Munro

    Alice – I had to laugh about your hubby and green M & Ms.

  22. Janice~

    My daughter thinks there isn’t a vegetable I don’t like. Because I do like a lot of them, but I stopped eating Brussels Sprouts when I was pregnant with her. Now strangely she has a food allergy to any kind of cabbage.

    Happy TT.

  23. Jamie

    I love most vegetables, except Brussels sprouts and Lima beans. My stepfather would make the most awesome bubble and squeak out of leftover veggies.
    Happy T13 :smile:

  24. Elise Logan

    I like veggies. I’m a huge fan of bok choy (or pak choi or pak choy or bak choi, or whatever variation you prefer). Super nutritious and easy to cook.

    I also like roasted beets tossed in a little honey-mustard. divine.

    There aren’t many veggies I won’t it in some iteration, but as a kid I really disliked brussels sprouts. My dad boiled them to death and they tasted horrible. Now that i know how to roast them properly, I like them just fine.

  25. R.J. Lebeau

    I like vegetables, but except for potatoes or something out of a can I don’t like cooking them. They never really turn out right. :???:

  26. Susan Helene Gottfried

    I sorta like veggies… and they certainly are good for me.

    I just wish they were as easy to grab and go with, the way other things are. :(

  27. Shelley Munro

    Susan – I hear you. Unless you enjoy raw vegetables there’s always some sort of preparation required before you can eat them. That’s a minus. Of course if hubby likes to cook…


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