My other half wont eat fruit or vegetables….?

….And lives on pizza, burgers and chicken nuggets. I worry about his health and want to live a long and happy life with him and not be a widow before I’m 50 because he’s died of a heart attack after a lifetime of poor diet. He has agreed to try to eat healthily in the new year (and I’m going to join him on his quest for "5 a day") but can anyone recommend any good recipes that contain vegetables/fruit but where they are almost "hidden"? I’m thinking along the lines of lasagne, where the meat is in a tomato sauce but there aren’t really any big chunky bits of vegetables. Maybe you have kids who are fussy eaters, how do you get them to eat veg? (I know, he’s a grown man!!!!!)

7 comments

  • Buddha

    If you make bolognese sauce or lasagne, grate a carrot into the sauce. You can’t even tell it’s in there.

  • Ѕαмміє

    Smoothies!
    They’re so simple to make and taste delicious, you can add a variety of fruits so you get different flavours.

    My favourite one is 2 bananas and 2 handfuls of strawberries – 4 of my 5-a-day in one serving!

    You can also have things like carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumber sticks etc and then make some hummus together, that’s nice as a little side dish with a larger meal.

  • rosiereal

    You have my sympathies, as I have a husband who’s exactly the same. I tried everything, but in the end you know what got through to him? I was horrible. Told him he looked like sh!t, his breath stank and he’d be dead soon. He wasn’t happy (obviously) but it got the message through. Now, he will eat carrots, butternut squash (roasted), some salad, apple, strawberry and he drinks juices. Give him the plain truth, and tell him to grow up. Good luck.

  • I personally love vegetable so i eat them raw (which is sometimes the healthiest way) but one way to get their nutrients is by adding them to protein dishes like stews but if he likes burgers then how about veggie burgers?

    * 3 tbsp olive oil
    * 1/2 cup corn kernels
    * 7 mushrooms, diced
    * 3 scallions (green onions) diced
    * 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
    * 2 cloves garlic, minced
    * 1 tsp cumin
    * 1 carrot, grated
    * 1 small potato, grated
    * 1/4 cup silken (soft) tofu
    * salt and pepper to taste
    * 1/2 cup bread crumbs
    In a blender or food processor, process tofu until creamy and set aside.

    Sautee the corn, mushrooms, scallions and bell pepper in one tablespoon of oil for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cumin and cook for one more minute.

    Remove from heat and add the carrot, potato, tofu, salt and pepper. Add bread crumbs until the mixture holds together. You may need a little bit more or less than a half a cup.

    Shape the mixture into patties and refrigerate for at least one hour.

    Heat remaining two tablespoons of olive oil and cook each patty until the veggie burgers are done, about 3 minutes on each side

    another good way to add vegetables is chili:

    * 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes with juice
    * 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
    * 2 zucchini, thinly sliced
    * 1 onion, chopped
    * 2 carrots, sliced
    * 2 stalks celery, sliced
    * 1 red bell pepper, chopped
    * 1/3 cup chili powder
    * 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
    * 2 cloves garlic, minced
    * 1 tablespoon dried oregano
    * 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    * 1 teaspoon salt
    1. In a slow cooker, combine the tomatoes, chickpeas, zucchini, onion, carrots, celery, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, chili powder, green chile peppers, garlic, oregano, cumin and salt.
    2. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours OR on high for 3 to 4 hours.

    that recipie requires a slow cooker but if you don’t have one a stove on low heat should work but I don’t know the exact time it will take.

  • Veronica Alicia

    The only vege my Dad would eat was peas – he lived to 78.
    Home made vegetable soups (well liquidized are sometimes acceptable to people who don’t like veg.
    Tinned tomatoes are one of the best things you can give him if he will eat those. (heap extra on his pizza!)
    I like vegeburgers which you can buy from supermarket freezers.

  • Rylie

    give him a veggie burger and tell him it’s a regular burger

  • Portly-Pete

    You could try getting a book on nutrition and leave it on the coffee table
    , Just have a straight talk to him, tell him the worries you have regarding his health.

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