I am not a fan of vegetables, to be brutally honest. Ever since I was a child, my mother would always tell me to eat finish my greens because they’re rich in nutrition. “Vegetables are good for your health. They’ll make you stronger.” I never doubted her, of course. But it was unbearable to force down the bland taste of green vegetables that made it difficult for a child’s palate.

You would think that as I grew older, my taste buds would also evolve and be more open to new adventurous palate. No doubt it did happen.

Yet, my distaste in veggies didn’t really take a turnabout view as I entered into my adult life. I still have no affinity in those leafy greens. I wouldn’t wholly reject veggies anymore now, but my palate still isn’t accustomed to liking them. There are times where I would catch myself picking out the greens in my meal and putting them aside.

So every time I see my friends, most of them totally fine wolfing down a salad bowl, I admire their patience to such bitter, bland, green leaves.

However, I have also realised that I can’t rely on meat forever. Thus, I took it upon myself to discover vegetables that has an actual taste than grass (don’t ask how I know). Not only is it beneficial for my health and balanced diet, but also for my adventurous taste buds.

How naïve was I to think that vegetables simply meant those green tasteless things? I now know that vegetables aren’t limited to just leafy things. There’s a whole variety of produce which can act as substitutes for the bland ones.

The following is a list of recommendations for a handful of vegetables with a commendable taste, as well as their health benefits.

Onions

If you’re looking for a really strong flavour for your dish, onions are the real deal. But first, here are some of their incredible health benefits:

  • Assist in regulating blood sugar
  • Reduce inflammation and heal infections
  • Lower production of bad cholesterol, keeping your heart healthy
  • Compounds in onions are known to play a significant role in preventing cancer
  • Rich in vitamin A

Beneficial and rich in flavour, you can make use of onions for better-tasting soup, tasteless salads and upgrade the zest in everyone’s well-loved pot stickers.

Bell Peppers (Capsicums)

While they are related to their spicy pepper cousins, the capsicum has zero spice level. Instead, it has a sweet, juicy relish. Like many other vegetables, the bell pepper is no different when it comes to its healthy nutritional value. Here’s what bell peppers have to offer:

  • Super rich in vitamin C, the amount of it is more than twice than that of an orange
  • Helps protect against scurvy
  • Boosts immune system
  • Lowers inflammation in arteries that leads to heart disease, diabetes and cholesterol

Where can you put bell peppers? Substitute the lame lettuce in your sandwich with these awesome capsicums and be amazed at how flavourful your sandwich now tastes. They are also a great addition to your salad bowls and soup.

Carrots

The poster fruit for the ridiculous high amount of vitamin A it contains. The famous claim that carrots are good for your eyes is 100% true. It’s all thanks to carrots being extremely rich in vitamin A, which is an important nutrient for having good vision. The following are some other benefits carrots have to offer:

  • They can prevent heart diseases and strokes
  • Preserve and maintain youthful skin elasticity
  • Flushes toxins from your body

A fun fact about dealing with carrots as a meal is that roasting, braising or sautéing them will bring out more of their vitamin A. This will also bring out the natural sweetness of the carrots even more, making any lackluster platter presentable and delectable.

Corn

This vegetable will always offer delicious mealtime options that you can never go wrong, whether it’s a roasted cob side dish, an added texture for your healthy soup or even enhancing the flavour of your homemade shepherd’s pie.

While it does contain more sugar than other vegetables, it’s still a pretty healthy and very tasty vegetable.

Corn is able to:

  • Potentially prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease
  • Boost immune system because of the richness in antioxidants
  • Help maintain healthy mucus membranes, skin, and vision. 

Vegetables really aren’t the worst, I have learned. Although I’m still not going to say they’re the best in terms of taste. Because the golden rule of food is that taste matters. By simply making veggies irresistible, with combination techniques using spice blends, roasting, steamed and the likes – the flavour is more prominent. Veggie haters, such as myself, would need all the savoury goodness from what can be dull, monotonous produce. Thus, this is a good start.