Learning to Like Vegetables

What if you just don’t love the taste of vegetables?

If that’s the case, it’s probably because you simply aren’t used to eating them.

People who think they don’t like vegetables can actually end up loving them if they introduce them gradually, which gives the palate a chance to develop a taste for them. The following strategies will also help:

1. Try preparing vegetables in different ways, since texture, not taste, may be the problem. Cooking them with a little less or more than usual will change the texture and perhaps even the taste. You may also find that you like some veggies better raw than cooked.

2. Serve “baby” versions of vegetables such as carrots, green beans, and Brussels sprouts, which tend to have more appealing texture and slightly sweeter flavor.

3. Get your vegetables in disguise — for example, in vegetable juice or salsa, which contains onions, peppers, and tomatoes. Use salsa as a dip for vegetables or a topping for baked potatoes.

4. Add chopped or pureed carrots to meat loaf; this disguises the vegetable without substantially changing the taste of the meat. Similarly, put chopped or pureed spinach (or anything else that appeals to you) in lasagna, bread dough, or pasta sauce.

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