10 Best Ways to Eat Vegetables for People Who Dislike Veggies

Are you here searching for ways to sneak veggies into dishes for your kids? Or is it you who detests the taste of vegetables but realizes that you need to grow up and start eating them for your health? I can relate to not knowing the best ways to eat vegetables. 

I grew up in a home where the only vegetables served were two cans of peas, corn, green beans, or spinach, microwaved for two to three minutes, with an entire stick of margarine. We didn’t consume fresh vegetables or dinner salad often. 

Finding a Way to Eat Vegetables

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People typically grow up maintaining the diets they grew up eating. So, as an adult, I struggled to find ways to ingest anything more than the lettuce and tomato on a burger. 

Nonetheless, it’s essential for getting necessary nutrients and vitamins. God designed creation that way.

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you, it shall be for meat. — Genesis 1:29 NKJ.

Here are ten ways that have proven to help ensure that I eat my vegetables, serve my family a healthier diet, and honor God with what I eat.

1. Juicing

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Step one: start juicing! Juicing is a fun, delicious, and creative way to enhance (hide) the taste of vegetables with fruit. I started with a Ninja Cold Press Juicer, and it’s been a game-changer in my family’s vegetable consumption. Juicing vegetables is a great activity to involve your children in because it makes them more curious about learning and trying the juices.

My family drinks beets, and none of us enjoy eating them. It’s glorious that we’ve found a way to savor their flavor enough to reap their health benefits. Cara Cara oranges and pineapple make them tasty. I liken juicing veggies to the “baby food” stage of introducing our adult selves to the flavors. 

2. Soups

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Another fantastic way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet is by making savory soups. Depending on your level of detest, you may discover them more palatable in a softer form. 

However, if you genuinely can’t stomach the texture and taste, get a handheld mixer and puree the vegetables into a creamy consistency you can season to taste. Alternatively, you can put your vegetables into a blender and puree them. But it involves venting the top, blending in smaller batches, and dirtying another appliance.

3. Smoothies

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Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to mask the bitter taste of vegetables like kale and arugula with the sweetness of your favorite fruits and berries. I’ve heard great things about Vitamix blenders and am curious to know if the brand is as fabulous as smoothie influencers allege it to be. 

Nonethless, I have the Ninja Kitchen System, which has four functions for smoothies, and I appreciate that it comes with two individual blender cups you can take on the go. So, you can make a big batch for the family in the blender or a personal smoothie with less waste or cleanup. 

4. Baking Veggies Into Bread

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Did you know that you can bake vegetables into bread, and they don’t taste anything like they do in raw form? Baking veggies into bread is one of the best ways to eat vegetables for people who dislike veggies. Zucchini bread is the definitive example of people not liking squash but loving it in bread form. Other veggies, including carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes, taste magnificent baked into bread. 

5. Chopped Salads

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Sometimes, all those nasty vegetables need — is to be chopped into tiny pieces and covered with a delicious dressing. For example, I can’t stand green peppers in raw, big pieces sitting on a veggie tray form. However, chopped into tiny pieces and covered with a fresh, homemade dressing, they’re digestible. 

Have you seen chopped salad recipes trending throughout TikTok (or Facebook Reels for them OG’s like me)? I’ve found many of them to be delicious. I like this method of consuming veggies because it ensures I’m eating some in raw form. 

6. Spaghetti Sauce

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My Ninja Kitchen System also includes a food processor, which is ideal for hiding veggies in your favorite pasta sauce. Did you know that adding carrots to your spaghetti helps thicken the tomato sauce while adding a natural sweetness? 

You can shred carrots, yellow squash, or zucchini into the sauce. You can also add bell peppers of any color and use an immersion blender to puree them before adding them to the tomato sauce for a creamier consistency. You can also use this method to hide veggies in curries and other sauces.

7. Smashed Veggies

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Smashed vegetables often involve butter, garlic, salt, herbs and other seasonings, and parmesan cheese. I realize this isn’t the healthiest way to consume your vegetables, but it’s better than not eating veggies, especially if you dismiss this method while eating a burger and fries.

Smashed potatoes are a staple, but smashed carrots, broccoli, and even Brussels sprouts are incredible ways to eat vegetables with bursts of flavor.

8. Offset the Bitterness

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Many vegetables, particularly greens, are bitter, making them less palatable. One way to combat this bitterness is to cut it using ingredients such as lemon, vinegar, white wine, or sherry. Adding a hint of any of these flavors while sauteeing your veggies genuinely reduces the bitter “no thank you” accompanying many vegetables. 

9. Herbs and Seasonings

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Did you know that people season their salad? I didn’t until my friend made me one with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and dill to accompany the dressing. It was a definitive turning point in my ability to eat salad.

Adding fresh herbs and seasonings to your vegetables is necessary for those who do not like them at all. Find a way to make them taste good. My neighbor put me onto Badia Complete Seasoning and added a new level to my spice cabinet. Season your veggies like you season your meat!

10. Ricing Veggies

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Have you tried cauliflower rice? Add some to regular rice, and you’ll be none the wiser. You can also rice other veggies such as broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets. Ideally, you can substitute these for rice. It’s one of the best ways to eat vegetables covered in your favorite sauces.

Still, adding riced veggies to rice to make fried rice is a wonderful way to grow accustomed to the textures and flavors of the veggies before making the complete swap. 

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Elizabeth Ervin is the owner of Sober Healing. She is a freelance writer passionate about opioid recovery and has celebrated breaking free since 09-27-2013. She advocates for mental health awareness and encourages others to embrace healing, recovery, and Jesus.