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New veggie side dish recipes, please!

Hi Chowhounds,

I love vegetables with just a bit of butter and salt. But my boyfriend...well, not so much. His mom doesn't really eat vegetables, and so most veggie dishes he will eat involve hiding them a little bit. I have a few things he will eat: broccoli with melted cheese on top, grilled asparagus with montreal seasoning, potato soup with a bunch of cauliflower in it, quiche with spinach mixed in. You get the idea. It has to be covered in something or chopped up into little itty bitty pieces and mixed in. Do you guys have any recipes like this? I'm getting bored of the ones I have. I don't mind a bit of work, though some simple recipes for weeknights would be just lovely.

We are relatively adventurous when it comes to spices. His favorite flavors are lemon and chili powder (though usually not together). He typically does not like sweeter vegetables like carrots and peas (weird, right?). The list of acceptable veggies for him includes: broccoli, eggplant, spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, spaghetti squash and cauliflower. Feel free to add other things, though. Sometimes he surprises me, and I do have a few nights a week that I am on my own and can make whatever I want.

May 15, 2015
ferris91 in Home Cooking

One-Pot Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodles

Mar 16, 2015
ferris91 in Recipes

Date night in Denver for $50

So my lovely boyfriend wants to take me out to a nicer dinner just because it's been a while. Right now we're dealing with mismatched schedules, and we want to have some time to focus on each other. The restaurant doesn't have to be too fancy (and probably won't be at our price range). But I want the food to be delicious and for us both be able to get a glass of wine or beer. We are new to Denver and haven't really been able to explore what's available. I'm a very adventurous eater. My boyfriend is less so--not a big veggie eater. But he is usually able to find something he would eat on any menu. Also we both live in the Glendale/Cherry Creek area. I don't want to drive more than maybe 25 minutes away from us unless it's spectacular.

Mar 11, 2015
ferris91 in Mountain States

Date night in Louisville

Thanks for the recommendation! I did look at your blog, and after talking it over with the boyfriend, I think we decided that Hammerheads was actually more their style.

Jan 24, 2015
ferris91 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Date night in Louisville

I'm looking for a restaurant to send my boyfriend's best friend and his fiance for a date night. It's a late Christmas present--we will be looking after their children and sending them out to have some one-on-one time on us. They are not the wealthiest folks, so I don't want to send them anyplace too intimidating price wise. Just someplace with good food and a comfortable vibe. Great drink specials are also a major plus! The fiance is a little picky, so a solid Italian, burgers, or even a tapas joint where there are lots of options would be excellent. Thanks for your help!

Jan 18, 2015
ferris91 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Introduction to good food in Orange County.

Hi, i need a restaurant recommendation for a nice restaurant for my parents and I to go with my boyfriend. My boyfriend is coming to visit and my foodie self has fallen for a guy who has not really spent the money for a really good meal. My parents see taking us out to a nice dinner when he comes to visit as a way to introduce him to some excellent food.

So basically we need a restaurant with excellent food, a relaxed but nice atmosphere, and prices that won't make my boyfriend feel weird about ordering something nice (I'm thinking $30/plate max), and a robust wine list. The type of cuisine doesn't matter too much, as we are all pretty adventurous eaters.

Jun 16, 2014
ferris91 in Los Angeles Area

Seafood in south orange county

I'm about to go off to school in a small town in Ohio where access to good seafood is limited. For the last meal with my family, I requested some seafood. We don't go out for fish very often, so I don't know where to go. I live in Laguna Niguel, and I'm willing to drive a little. I also don't want to ask my parents to spend too much cash on this, maybe $30 per person max. Any ideas?

Aug 23, 2011
ferris91 in Los Angeles Area

Help! I'm a foodie trapped in a family with weird diet issues!

Thank you! I may have been oversimplifying when I talked about our usual dinners. Whole wheat pasta is something we also eat a lot of. I was upset when we first started eating it, but after 11 years, you kind of get over it. No cream though...too rich for my mom. I can make a tomato sauce from scratch (because the store bought ones have too much sodium for my dad) and throw in some lean ground turkey.

I may be able to do a stir fry (?) My mom is okay with ginger still. I tried to spice up some snap peas with a little ginger and soy with no complaints.

Honestly, the biggest problem is richness. My dad can survive a little bit of excess salt and my mom can eat processed carbs as long as it isn't the main dish (for example, she can eat a baked russet potato with a little butter). But something like bacon or an alfredo sauce will make my mom sick and my dad uncomfortable.

Aug 06, 2010
ferris91 in General Topics

Help! I'm a foodie trapped in a family with weird diet issues!

I actually really like my parents. I couldn't find a job this summer, and my summer class doen't take up very much time. Cooking and helping out around the house is the only way I can contribute. I do my own thing for lunch, but I'm kind of at the end of my rope for dinner. I end up cooking a chicken breast or a piece of fish with a squeeze of lemon on top, some kind of veggie, and brown rice. And I CAN cook, thank you very much. I'm sorry if the OP sounded bratty, but I was braising lamb shanks at 12 years old and I can make a mean cioppino. It just makes my mom barf (literally) because it's too fatty or too spicy. The question isn't how to cook, it's what. I'm looking for something tasty that isn't totally boring.

Aug 06, 2010
ferris91 in General Topics

Help! I'm a foodie trapped in a family with weird diet issues!

Okay, I'm a college student who spends breaks at home with my parents. My dad has heart issues, so things need to be low-sodium and low-cholesterol. He can't eat anything too heavy too late because it gives him heartburn He also can't eat grapefruit. My mom is pre-diabetic, so things need to be low in simple sugars (ie: whole wheat). She's also taking a medication that makes it hard to eat anything too heavy (ie: basic pesto = too heavy). Spicy food and garlic have suddenly become distasteful and bacon makes her barf. Most of this stuff is fairly recent. I was so excited to eat things that didn't come out of my dining hall (AWFUL!!!!) but now I'm bored. Help? Thanks!

Aug 06, 2010
ferris91 in General Topics

But I Come Here Often

Speaking from experience, staff generally don't reach out unless you reach out first. When I was in high school, my parents and I would go to this Thai restaurant on a semiregular basis. We're all pretty introverted so none of us made any overtures to the servers. I had no idea that they recognized us until I went to lunch with just my mom and the server asked about my dad. Even so, we don't get more than a warm smile when we return. The thought that they OWE you free food or drinks doesn't sit well with me.

Aug 05, 2010
ferris91 in Features