Disclaimer: This post was written as a part of the GoodLife Fitness Ambassador program. All opinions expressed are my own.
The transition to living with JZ after we moved in together a few months ago has been surprisingly easy.
Without too much difficulty, we’ve managed to merge our lifestyles into a new routine that we’re both happy with. We start our days with a 6:30 am workout at GoodLife Fitness, he makes coffee while I shower, I make breakfast while he showers, and then we sit down to breakfast together before running off to our respective jobs. When I get home around 6 pm I start on whichever dinner is on the meal plan that I created on the weekend.
Okay, I lied, this is where things can get a bit tricky. The food, that is. Because I like vegetables in just about every form, whereas he is a little bit more… selective (aka. picky). Onions, mushrooms, raw tomatoes, and bell peppers are totally out of the question, as is anything that tastes too “green”… whatever that means.
So over our past year and a half together, I’ve tried out tons of vegetable recipes on him – some being hits and some being total misses. But I’ve accumulated a few boyfriend approved vegetable side dishes that I make over and over again. And if he’ll eat it, you can pretty much bet that anyone you are cooking for will eat it, be it a picky 6 year old kid or college aged guy who lives off of Kraft Dinner.
Broccoli with Cheese Sauce and Toasted Pine Nuts (from Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen): Broccoli has a bad reputation amongst vegetable haters, but my parents got me to love it as a kid by serving it with a homemade cheese sauce. I swapped out the cheddar for Gruyère in my version and added some chopped toasted pine nuts for a salty crunch.
Maple Pan Roasted Baby Carrots (from Fine Cooking): Roasting the carrots and adding a touch of maple syrup brings out the natural sweetness of the carrots. Everyone I make these for loves them!
Zucchini Fritters: Crispy and salty, these almost taste like potato latkes if you close your eyes. They’re the only way I’ve been successful in getting JZ to eat zucchini!
Cheesy Baked Cauliflower (from Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen): This recipe is guaranteed to convert any cauliflower skeptics out there. The crispy baked cheese that coats each floret makes you forget you’re even eating vegetables!
Balsamic-Glazed Roasted Beets (from Once Upon a Chef): I’m not going to lie, I didn’t think these would go over well. I know a lot of people just aren’t beet lovers. But surprisingly he really enjoyed them! The balsamic glaze adds an extra touch of sweetness that makes them irresistible.
Garlic Lemon and Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts (from Cooking Classy): Brussels sprouts get a bad rap, but roasting them brings out the most delicious flavours. The addition of garlic and Parmesan make this recipe even better – and boyfriend approved!
Maple Chipotle Sweet Potato Wedges (from The Healthy Maven): they’re sweet, they’re spicy, and they’re crispy. What’s not to love?
Grilled Corn with Herbed Butter (from Diethood): this one is kind of a no brainer because, well, who doesn’t like corn? But the herbed butter takes it up another notch!
What are your go to vegetable dishes for picky eaters?