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May 28th, 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?

30 comments to “I Like Vegetables”

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. ahaaannn now that is some list :D

    do chk mine

  6. ahaaannn now that is some cool list :D

    i did mine on me.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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. ;)

  9. 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

  10. 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!!!

  11. 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:

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

  13. 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.

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

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

  16. 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!

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

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

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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:

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

  23. I’m with you on everything but the beet root, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts! LOL!


    My TT is at

  24. 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.

  25. 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:

  26. 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.

  27. 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. :???:

  28. 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. :(

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  30. 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…