My Top 5 Favorite Vegetables

Today I wanted to share my top 5 favorite vegetables with you!  I’m in love with literally every kind of fruit, but veggies, I have to force myself to eat–except for these guys, these guys I love!!

5.  Potatoes

These were a childhood staple growing up and I love them still!   I mostly eat baked potatoes or homemade potato “fries”. But I love all incarnations—cheese potatoes, hash browns, mashed. And I like sweet potatoes a LOT too!

Here are my top recipes with potatoes: 

Potato Soup easy recipe

 

4.  Spinach

I love leaf spinach for its versatility: I can throw it in the blender in a smoothie or make a big fresh salad of it. I almost always go through a box a week.

Here are some of my favorite recipes using spinach: 

white bowl filled with crockpot lasagna soup

3. Carrots 

Carrots are such a delicious and easy vegetable. I almost always buy bags of baby carrots because I love how simple they make getting my veggies!  I like it with hummus, peanut butter, ranch or just plain old. Besides raw I really like carrots roasted! Here are two quick and easy roasted carrot recipes: 

maple roasted carrots sliced on a pan

2. Green Peppers

Thank goodness for grown up taste buds and for re-trying old foods I used to hate. I NEVER ate peppers until after I got married—now I love them raw or sautéed; chopped  up in stuff, you name it—I eat it!

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1. Corn.

Yeah, I know it’s not a “good” vegetable but I love it. Especially on the cob—with salt and butter–summertime perfection! And Nate now loves it too so that’s awesome!

AND the veggie I love to hate….

BROCCOLI!!! There are a lot of vegetables I like or tolerate as an adult that I didn’t as a kid, but broccoli is my nemesis. I don’t even like it in a cheesy broccoli soup, but to each their own. 

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My parents and I had quite the stubborn run in when I was a wee lass about broccoli. I sat at the table looking at it until bedtime. I went to bed thinking I had “won” and made my intentions about said disgusting, green vegetable known.  But alas, I met the full extent of my parent’s combined evil genius: I woke excited for my breakfast of oatmeal, but instead found I would be eating reheated broccoli.

After that I always had to choke down a small helping whenever it was served. Then, a month or so after I turned 18, as we were sitting around the dinner table the bowl of broccoli came to me.  I quietly passed it along, hoping no one would notice.  My sweet sister felt the need to draw my parent’s attention to my oversight. Quietly I looked down at my plate and said, “I’m 18 years old, I hate broccoli, I always have and I always will. I’m never eating it again.” 

You could cut the silence with a knife. Then my parents shrugged, dinner continued, and I breathed a huge sigh of relief.

And no more broccoli for me!!! Yup, that was my huge 18 year old rebellion. haha!

What is your favorite vegetable? 

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17 Comments

  1. Ooh, I like baby carrots (raw, although carrots are one of the rare veggies that are better for you cooked). I also spinach and will add tomatoes and avocados (okay they’re fruits). Oh yea, cucumbers and zuchinni!

    1. I really do like them cooked probably better than raw and I didn’t know they were better for you like that! Score!

  2. FAVORITES: GREEN BEANS, SPINACH, SPAGHETTI SQUASH, SEA VEGETABLES (love me some NORI) & BUTTERNUT SQUASH — The squash are kind of cheating though because… Well, they contain seeds so they are technically considered FRUIT… So fine, I love me some ONIONS and LEEKS too! 🙂

  3. 1. fresh corn on the cob dripping with butter and sprinkled in salt – but only in very strict moderation.
    2. fresh tomatoes
    3. cooked and mashed butternut squash
    4. spinach – cooked, raw, or blended in smoothies
    5. green peppers and onions sauteed and in anything (not a big fan raw)

    I usually eat a salad a day with veggies on it, veggie sticks (carrots, celery, cucumber, tomatoes and peppers), and homemade cabbage and veggie soup. I am a big fan of mixed roasted veggies – broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash and onions – yummo! And I love sauerkraut and any kind of pickled veggies. I love the bright colors.

    Just the other day we had spaghetti squash for the first time and loved it!! Our meal was so colorful – yellow spaghetti squash, bright red chunky tomato sauce, a deep green spinach salad, and blueberries. So pretty! So yummy!

    The next veggie I want to try to like is brussel sprouts. I think I will try roasting them. I’ve heard they are tasty that way. (Remember the time I made brussel sprouts for dinner when you were maybe around 10 and said we would all try them. I said they were good for you and couldn’t possibly taste all that bad. I remember taking a bite and almost gagging. No one had to eat the brussel sprouts that night – or any other night.) I would really like to conquer brussel sprouts.

    1. I’m glad you liked the spaghetti squash! I want to try some this summer! Did you plant some in the garden? Brussel sprouts I have no inclination to try…good luck with that..
      I want to re-try aspargus this summer. I saw a roasted recipe that looked really good.

      1. I cut the spaghetti squash in half length wise, lightly greased a 9×13 pan with olive oil, and baked them cut side down on 350 for 40 minutes. They were perfect. I didn’t want them to get too soggy. Basically there seemed to be no flavor. All the flavor was in the sauce. It was yummy and I felt so healthy eating it. I like feeling healthy when I eat things! No guilt – just joy!

  4. 1. Corn on the cob!
    2. squash… fried in an unhealthy manner 🙂 But I also like it grilled up with some zucchini
    3. Green Beans
    4. Sweet peppers (amen to the grown-up taste buds – I never liked these until recent years)
    5. Carrots, but mostly only with hummus

    Vege hates? Green peppers and celery. Can’t get myself to like them at all.

  5. Oh, I forgot peas. I really like peas too! And snap peas are actually one of my very faves. See, it’s been winter for too long, so I forget about some of my favorites!

    1. I just planted sugar snap peas in our camp garden! And clearly, hummus makes all the vegetables yummy!!

  6. I honestly ate peas, cucumber, and corn strictly as well as regular potatoes. No sweet potatoes! I have since ventured out to squash, carrots, peppers, asparagus, cauliflower, and some others depending on how they are cooked. I shock even myself!

    1. Cauliflower…I hate it by it’s general association to broccoli, but I suppose I should give it another chance…

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