One of the big things about changing the way you eat is discovering new foods. The way I grew up I had little experience of vegetables outside of microwaved broccoli and green beans. When I first became vegan, I had a period of discovery where the world of vegetables, fruits and grains-that-weren’t-white-rice opened up to me. Who knew that veggies could be tasty without being absolutely drowned in butter? What was more amazing was the discovery that a lot of foods that had a reputation as being ‘gross’ were quite delicious when prepared well.
An important part of making healthy changes that often gets left out is that if you don’t actually enjoy some of these healthy foods it’s gonna be a helluva lot harder to maintain those changes. Which means being open to trying new things and also being willing to acknowledge that sometimes the healthiest vegetable just isn’t going to taste good to you. That being said, here are some of my favorite vegetables that I discovered later in my life:
Brussel Sprouts. Toss with olive oil, salt and maybe some chopped garlic. Roast in a 415 degree oven for 20-ish minutes and voila. These are awesome.
Cabbage: Yeah, I know, everyone else already got the memo. Hot ‘buttered’ cabbage? Wow. And it doesn’t actually require a soup of butter to be good, either.
Parsnips: Shred some of these on a veggie wrap, chop them up and roast them with onions. Whatever. Their flavor and texture just screams fresh to me.
And likewise there are a few that I’ve come to accept will never be my favorites:
Kale Summer squash green beans
Maybe some of you can convince me of a way to prep these that I’ll actually enjoy.
So what are some of the foods that you discovered later in life that surprised you by being both nutritious and delicious?