Foods I never used to like

Believe it or not, I did not used to like any of the following vegetables. But I’ve seen the light. And I’m including a recipe for each to whet your appetite.


My brother still refuses to touch this beautiful vegetable. What he calls slimy, I call succulent.

This Smitten Kitchen recipe for roasted eggplant with tomatoes is ace (I don’t like mint so exchange it for other herbs).


Until recently, I only ever ate carrot when grated up into a coleslaw (or perhaps a couple of carrot sticks at a time, coated liberally in hummus or dip).

But my absolute favourite way to enjoy them now? Roasted, of course. You can’t go past a tray of succulent veggies crackling away in the oven. The Perfect Pantry suggests sea salt, EVOO and balsamic vinegar to accompany along the journey.

Beans and chickpeas

It took me until my 20s to discover the likes of couscous, chickpeas and beans. Really.

Rachael Ray’s chickpea salad with celery and capsicum is a quick way to get some legumes into your belly. But I suggest you add a soft cheese. Cheese makes everything better.


 Are there any foods you converted to late in life?

20 thoughts on “Foods I never used to like

  • Reply Elle @ ForHerByHer April 15, 2013 at 07:42

    I love all of these foods. Over the lats few years, I’ve grown to really like artichoke (something I used to hate in the past). I assume my taste buds of evolved 🙂

  • Reply storm April 15, 2013 at 08:35

    i was raised eating NO veggie’s, so my love of them now was completely developed in my adult years.

  • Reply anna April 15, 2013 at 08:38

    I still have a hard time with beans, but eat them for the iron (at least black beans). Love eggplant and carrots, especially in ratatouille along with any veggie that might be going bad in the fridge!

  • Reply Michelle April 15, 2013 at 10:40

    I hate bananas. I force myself to add them into my smoothies. But, I if I can taste them then the shake is ruined! So, it’s a delicate balance. I do love all of the recipes above, thanks for posting them.

  • Reply Amanda @ Gourmanda April 15, 2013 at 12:24

    My favourite chickpea salad is just SO simple and delicious – one can of chickpeas, a cup of cous cous, bunch of parsley, one small red onion and lime juice squeezed on top. Super simple, and a great healthy side dish.

  • Reply Mochimac @ Save. Spend. Splurge. April 15, 2013 at 13:23

    Pizza. I hated it when I was a kid, it was so greasy, slimy… yucky. Now that I have real pizza that is more bread-y and less oily, I like it.

    Eggplant is another one I hated as a kid, now I can tolerate it, even enjoy it.

    I also really hated yoghurt and cheese as a kid. Turns out, I wasn’t eating the RIGHT yoghurts and cheeses.

  • Reply CashRebel April 15, 2013 at 14:45

    I never used to eat eggplant either, but now it’s one of my favorites. I love a good egg plan Parmesan!

  • Reply Justin April 15, 2013 at 21:28

    Yogurt and lettuce. Those are probably the big two, though I doubt that I’ll ever like the big one (cheese).

  • Reply Holly@ClubThrifty April 15, 2013 at 23:17

    Yummm….those are some of my favorites =) I never used to like them either but my tastes have changed as I’ve grown up. And we quit eating meat so I have to eat most vegetables anyway =)

  • Reply nicoleandmaggie April 16, 2013 at 01:49

    I hated raw tomatoes with a passion until high school. Also spinach. Now I am a big fan of both.

    I still don’t like Brussels Sprouts or most greens.

  • Reply Budget and the Beach April 16, 2013 at 02:14

    I hated peanut butter! Now I can’t keep it in the house because I have an addiction to it I think.

  • Reply Michelle April 16, 2013 at 04:40

    I LOVE eggplant! And until just 2 weeks ago, I’ve never even had chickpeas. Love them!

  • Reply Morgaine April 16, 2013 at 05:30

    I can’t stand the smell and taste of brussel sprouts and cabbage. I can tolerate cabbage in a coleslaw (although I won’t eat it if I don’t have to) but the smell of cooked b/s or cabbage makes me want to hurl, literally. I get naseous around the smell. Not sure why. Most other vegitables I can handle, but usually with cheese, dip, or sauce. I think I’ll try that carrot recipe. Thanks!

  • Reply Alexa April 16, 2013 at 06:37

    I have never had egg plant or chickpeas. the pictures above look fantastic so I would like to try it out. I used to never like zuchinni, but now i love it.

  • Reply Pauline April 16, 2013 at 12:20

    Lentils used to be a weekly dish at the school cafeteria and were really terrible, but I have learned to love them now, either in salads or stews.

  • Reply Cat Alford April 16, 2013 at 12:43

    I am really coming around to brussel sprouts, esp roasted in the oven. Mmmmmm!

  • Reply Buck Inspire April 16, 2013 at 19:20

    Your pictures are mouth watering! I didn’t get into eggplant and asparagus until later. Funny how tastes change when you age. Yummy post!

  • Reply Laurie @thefrugalfarmer April 17, 2013 at 00:02

    Yum! All of these recipes look absolutely delicious! I’ve still never tried eggplant, but I have friends that swear it’s delightful. Things I like now that I never did before: asparagus, cream cheese, avocado and sour cream are the biggies.

  • Reply Jessie's Money April 17, 2013 at 08:47

    What a fun post, and I love the pictures!

    I haven’t had eggplant before, but I hear that it’s great!

    My big new one is avocado, love it!!

  • Reply SarahN April 19, 2013 at 12:37

    I could LIST all the things I don’t like, it’s insane. Avocado, corn, broccoli and cauliflower (though I will eat a cauliflower based pizza), cilanto or coriander, and I go on and on and on… So picky – but I hide it well!

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