10 Vegetables Everyone Complains About That Can Actually Be Delicious
People tell us to eat our vegetables for a reason—they're good for us. Whether or not they taste that way, though, is another story.
Luckily, there are actually a lot of ways to make vegetables cravable, including even the least popular ones. People might complain about them, but that probably just means they still haven't found the right way to eat them. Keep scrolling to find out which vegetables we think don't deserve the hate they get.
A lot of things can go wrong with Brussels sprouts. They can be too soft, too crunchy or too bland. When any of those things happen, we get why people don't like them. On the other hand, there are so many amazing ways to cook them, too. You can roast them with olive oil and balsamic dressing or even add bacon. Yum, right?
Poor broccoli gets a bad rap. A lot of us have been forced to eat it at some point in childhood, and that doesn't exactly make it easy to appreciate. Even so, it's possible to enjoy it. Having it roasted with garlic, for example, is game-changing.
We used to think cauliflower was basically broccoli's less colorful cousin, but oh, how wrong we were. There is so much you can do with the veggie, and so many of those things are delicious. Any vegetable that can be turned into alfredo sauce or a pizza crust is a friend of ours!
Peas are yet another vegetable kids are often forced to eat by their parents. When they're overcooked, they can be a mushy mess. Cooked right, though, they can be wonderful as a side or an ingredient in entrees like pot pie, pastas or mutter paneer. If none of those appeal to you, try snacking on a packet of baked snap pea crisps—they're a good substitute for chips!
Our absolute favorite time to eat corn is when it's fresh. If you can get it at the right time of year, there's nothing better than cooked corn on the cob with butter. (We're craving it right now.) Still, it's good prepared other ways, too, like in corn chowder, added to salads, etc.
Canned green beans can be fine, but there's a world of difference when you have them fresh. We love them raw or cooked. Just imagine how much better that can make green bean casserole, green beans and garlic, and the like.
We promise asparagus can be delicious. If you melt a little parmesan on it, for example, it automatically gets better. It's also tasty in quiche and stir fry, among other dishes.
You may not love spinach like Popeye does, but it's still so good for you. If you don't like it on its own, it works great as an omelet ingredient or just mixed in with other salad greens. Another option is hiding it in a smoothie—it works in almost any flavor combination because it's so mild.
Zucchini is so versatile. If you don't like eating it plain, you can try experimenting. We love using a spiralizer to make zucchini noodles (aka "zoodles"). Baked parmesan zucchini fries are also a thing, and they're delightful.
If you've only ever eaten artichoke out of a can, we can't blame you for not being the biggest fan. Fresh artichoke, however, is a whole other story. If you have a steamed artichoke with the right dipping sauce, it's a totally different eating experience.
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