5 Least Favorite Vegetables {And How to Make Them Better}

“Eat your vegetables, they will make you big and strong.”

As children we were told this by our parents; but it’s rare to see strong superheroes or professional athletes as the face of vegetable products, like you do on the cover of a Wheaties box. It’s unfortunate because the nutrient profiles of vegetables are truly super-powered; and rich in potassium, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate, vegetables are not only good for you, but taste good too… if prepared creatively!

Setting out on a mission, we tracked down the so-called “villains” of the vegetable world (you know… the kind with widespread dislike) and turned them into superhero dishes. So join the adventure as we tastefully prepare your vegetables by combining them with ingredients that complement the vegetables’ natural flavor!


1. Brussels Sprouts

What you don’t like about them: A member of the cruciferous vegetable family, Brussels sprouts have a bitter, sulfuric taste that can be quite intense for some individuals.

Try it this way: Brussel Sprouts and Bacon
Combining Brussels sprouts with other ingredients with strong flavors like the bacon and red onion is a great way to cut down on some of the bitterness. This recipe is only 3 ingredients! I suggest using grass fed, nitrate free bacon, if possible!

2. Beets

What you don’t like about them: The compound, geosmin, found in beets gives them a dirt-like flavor. Others may dislike the beets’ natural sweetness.

Try is this way: Berry Beet Smoothie
Throw a couple of baby beets into your next blend of frozen fruits. The beets flavor is easily masked by other fruits while it’s rich antioxidant character gives your smoothie an amazing color boost!

3. Kale

What you don’t like about it: Besides being more peppery and bitter in taste than your typical salad greens, kale is also slightly tougher in consistency, thus requiring a little extra chewing.

Try it this way: Lemon Parmesan Kale Salad
One of the great things about kale is that it isn’t as finicky as other greens, meaning it doesn’t get soggy real fast. Leaving the dressing on this salad in this recipe may actually help soften the greens. Also, the light lemony parmesan dressing softens the bitter flavor of the kale.


4. Eggplant

Why you don’t like it: The eggplants beautiful purple exterior does not hide the fact that it’s inside possesses a spongy texture and seeds with a bitter taste.

Try it this way: Ratatouille
Mask the eggplant’s natural bitterness while consuming a wealth of other vegetables in this delightfully simple dish. The thyme is really the kicker in this recipe, giving a fresh flavor to not only the eggplant, but to the amalgam of other vegetables as well.

5. Peas

Why you don’t like them: Peas prove quite the challenge to eat, being nearly impossible to keep on the fork for adults and children alike. Widespread dislike for this vegetable is a result of their interesting consistency.

Try it this way: Indian Curry with Peas
All the ingredients are cooked thoroughly in this traditional Indian curry, creating a uniformity of textures among the vegetables. Complaints about the taste of these peas will not be tolerated as the curry spices offer bold and spicy flavors.

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Have you thought about giving it a second try? Let us know in the comments!
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Carly Sippel is a registered yoga teacher, certified life coach, and nutrition nut. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Dietetics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She turns her passion into practice, promoting healthy bodies in both her personal and professional life.