Or perhaps not. Some thinkers in the paleo tradition have questioned how many vegetables we need, or if we even need vegetables at all. Here is an excellent, if somewhat difficult, blog by Kurt Harris. My opinion is that we do need some vegetables but probably not seven servings per day. So let’s see how you might enjoy doing that.
Butter – you can pile it on. (Depending on dairy tolerance. If you can’t do dairy, you can use clarified butter – ghee.) That makes about half of all vegetables yummy, even beets. (OK, we can agree to disagree about beets.) Use butter from cows that live in pastures and eat grass if you can.
Sour cream – ditto.
Bacon – go for it!
Olive oil – yep, that too.
Roasting – it improves most vegetables. If you are getting into this caveman thing, you can roast them on your grill. Otherwise, your oven works beautifully. Most cookbooks have recipes. Here is one chosen somewhat randomly from the web. Balsamic vinegar helps most of them.
Tomato sauce? Most veg haters like pasta sauce. (You can put it on lots of things besides pasta, like spaghetti squash.)
I have never met a veg hater who hated potatoes. Those are becoming more and more acceptable in the Primal/Paleo movement. Potatoes are good for you if you can handle nightshades and carbs. I eat lots.
I like to throw a couple handfuls of baby spinach into the pan where I cooked my bacon and eggs to soak up the bacon grease.
You don’t have to eat all vegetables. Your genes may prevent you from enjoying some such as broccoli and cilantro. Find ones you like. Get a variety of colors.
Corn is not a vegetable. It is a grain. I do eat some when it comes into season and corn tortillas. But it is definitely not Paleo or Primal.
Still not thrilled about veggies? How about salad? (Not talking about taco “salads” with big globs of refried beans, pseudo-sour cream, “cheese product” and mystery meat on a little lettuce in a huge flour tortilla bowl. Throwing real meat, sour cream and cheese on your salad is great though.
Most primal folks love Big Assed Salads. Typically, primal folk use olive oil and vinegar, but remember that you can have stuff like buttermilk ranch dressing. Just avoid commercial dressings unless you check the ingredients carefully. Avoid polyunsaturated oils (soy, safflower, cottonseed [eeewww], etc., high-fructose corn syrup and things whose names you can’t pronounce. Gums are generally OK.)
Buttermilk ranch: lots of buttermilk, a glob of full-fat sour cream, onion and garlic powder to taste. I sneak in a tablespoon of mayo. Not Primal or Paleo unless you make your own. (I’m too lazy.)
Meaty soup and stew! Yum.
Feeling better about veggies now?
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