List the vegetables you use most. Or just tell me your vegetable habits.

(54 Posts)
oinkment Mon 20-May-13 09:55:51

I am bored of my vegetable mainstays.

I seem to use courgette and / or aubergine in about 80% of all the meals I make.

And peas and sweetcorn are my freezer staples.

What do you use most. I'm hoping to be inspired by other peoples habits.

DeepRedBetty Mon 20-May-13 09:57:22

Carrots with virtually everything.

Also green beans, broad beans and peas all mixed together.

Mintyy Mon 20-May-13 10:00:13

My favourite vegetables are the brassicas - tenderstem broccoli, purple sprouting broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spring greens. I just love them as a side dish, plain steamed usually, occasionally a bit of butter.

I don't make enough vegan food, but my children can be a bit iffy about veg (they tolerate them but don't love them). I wish I could be faffed to cook separate adventurously veggie things for dh and I.

MisselthwaiteManor Mon 20-May-13 10:53:21

Carrots, onions, and/or peppers go in, peas/green beans go on the side. I'm stuck in a rut too.

thestringcheesemassacre Mon 20-May-13 10:55:25

green beans
a bit of sweetcorn as the kids like it

Seeline Mon 20-May-13 10:57:21

Carrots and brocolli for the kids
Can stretch to cabbage
DS will also have peas, sweetcorn, mange tout, baby corn
Dh and I have onions, peppers, mushrooms, cauli, leeks, pak choi, swede, turnip and courgettes.
I love french beans but no-one else does.
For 2 weeks in September we fight over Granny's runner beans grin

cazboldy Mon 20-May-13 10:58:14

green beans
salad stuff (depending on time of year)

actually it all pretty much depends on time of year tbh!

During the winter we eat lots of fennels (raw), cauliflower, artichokes, broccoli, cabbage.

In the spring/summer: peppers, cucumber, courgettes, aubergine.

Staples: green leaf salad (any kind), tomatoes, carrots.

Ah, in the spring lots of asparagus, steamed with olive oil and pepper. Preferably dipped in soft boiled eggs.

Bowlersarm Mon 20-May-13 11:04:42


I cook lots of food like casseroles and 'hide' vegetables like mushrooms, courgettes in there, which otherwise would not be eaten.

ZZZenagain Mon 20-May-13 11:06:32

broccoli , to dd's disgust
eggplant and zucchini
red and yellow peppers

eat a lot of salad

CheungFun Mon 20-May-13 11:09:54


21mealspluscake Mon 20-May-13 11:11:23

Asparagus - with nothing or anything definitely my absolute current favourite, always have carrots, onions, garlic, celery, but usually buy veg to go with the meal I'm making, so it was leeks and celery in a blue cheese risotto Friday, asparagus and cucumber with ham hock potato patties Saturday, new potatoes with lettuce, roasted onions and boiled carrots with roast pork yesterday, rainbow chard with quinoa tonight. Eat lots of salad, like beetroots randomly through the year, often roast a big scoop of peppers with onions for a salad. Don't eat much corn!

Carrots and peas are the general ta-da that'll do veg along with sweetcorn. Mediteranian (sp!) Veg stir fried is dps favourite when i make it but it looks foul so i don't do it often blush we have loads of birds eye type micro freezer veg bag things confused with broccoli spinach green beans and sweetcorn etc that live in the freezer.

BlingLoving Mon 20-May-13 11:18:54

At this time of year I eat asparagus with pretty much everything.

I always have butternut around - roast it with other veg as a dish in itself, or boil/steam (then sometimes mash) as a side dish for regular food. In winter I make soup with it a lot. Or roast it as a side dish for roast chicken etc.

boiled carrots/courgettes/peas/corn/broccoli are our standard, every day boring stuff.

Avocado is a regular for us, as are peppers. Regularly just have avo, pepper and tomato salad as a side dish, or turn the peppers and tomatoe into salsa to serve with lamb or steak.

BlingLoving Mon 20-May-13 11:19:30

Oh, and I often roast tomatoes to have with pasta - alone or with bacon/avo/cheese.

ouryve Mon 20-May-13 11:23:26

Onions, carrots, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, salad leaves, lettuce, cabbage, spinach, sweetcorn, peas...

And, in season, brussels sprouts, courgettes, butternut squash, corn on the cob. And the odd bit of celery, but only cooked because I think it's vile raw. DS1 sometimes eats a bit raw, though.

All of us, with the exception of DS2, love veg. DS2 things veg are evil.

ouryve Mon 20-May-13 11:24:38

Oh, and asparagus! Only in season, though. I object to buying it at a premium price after it's been flown from the other side of the world, only to find that it's stringy and bland.

ouryve Mon 20-May-13 11:25:31

And mushrooms. I'm the only big mushroom eater, though, so I usually have them for lunch.

throckenholt Mon 20-May-13 11:27:12

brocoli (pretty much the only veg my kids will reliably eat).

varying by season :
runner beans

VenusUprising Mon 20-May-13 11:28:14

Every week i buy about half a kilo each of the following veg:
Onions, red and white
Boston beans
Fennel bulb
Iceberg lettuce - one head
Little gem lettuce -two
Cos lettuce - two
Butter leaf lettuce - one
Cucumber- one
Rocket, and sheeps lettuce - bag 250g
Red peppers (3 a week)
Chilli peppers (about 50g)
Brown mushrooms 250g
Potatoes (about 3kg)

And I always have the fresh Herbs growing in pots:

Frozen peas

I make chilli with lamb and aduki and kidney beans
Chicken thigh curry with lots of veg and lentils
Tagine vegetable with chickpeas -not a favourite of most sad I love it!
We have veg omelettes with herbs
Salmon with veg
Tuna salad
Mushroom soup and
Minestrone soup with all veg remaining.
Every month we have puy lentils with veg and lamb hocks casserole
And pork with carrots, red onions, apples and pears casserole

It's not a very varied diet, in that we have the same things every 10 days or so, but I think it's healthy.

exexpat Mon 20-May-13 11:28:20

Broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and mushrooms are probably used most often, as they are around all year, but this time of year also lots of asparagus and spring greens. DD loves eating raw peas out of their pods.

I like lots of Chinese-style leafy greens, so grab them whenever I can find British-grown stuff, otherwise make do with fresh spinach and kale.

Butternut squash and sweet potatoes also go down well with the children and are very easy to use (roast, in soups etc).

Xiaoxiong Mon 20-May-13 11:32:56

Salad, salad, salad. I'm sure DH thought I was joking when I told him when we moved in together that I like a salad with every meal except breakfast. The "extras" of the salads change with the seasons though, eg:
Winter: mizuna, orange segments, parmesan, walnuts
Spring: lamb's lettuce, cucumber, fresh peas, mint (or my favourite: mint, griddled courgette, buffalo mozzarella)
Summer: sweetcorn, red peppers, roasted aubergine
Autumn: roasted butternut squash, goat's cheese rounds, bacon

Carrots & parsnips and red onion - roasted in the oven
carrots- steamed
Broccoli - steamed
onions in everything but particularly curry and stir frys
peppers - stir frys or rice dishes
peas - as well as just as a side dish with fish usually- i also chuck them in ommelettes and currys etc
sweetcorn usually just straight out the tin or fresh cobs done as corn on the cob
cabbage - steamed and with some wholegrain mustard stirred in.
Cauliflower - in curry, or plain steamed or with cheese sauce
Also grate a pile of carrots in bolognaise
turnip (swede in england?) mashed with mashed tatties and haggis smile
I make a nice soup as well with spring greens or spinach or any green leafy stuff and frozen peas - Mmmmm.

chesticles Mon 20-May-13 11:33:22

We are massively stuck in a rut too! Each week I buy the same veg:

Celery (to go in soup and in a bolognaise/chilli type dish)
Peppers (in a bolognaise/chilli type dish and in a curry)
Mushrooms(in a bolognaise/chilli type dish)
Carrots (to go in soup and with the roast)
Brocolli (to go with roast)
Parsnips (to go with roast)
Onions (to go in everything)
Frozen peas and sweetcorn (to go with any chicken kiev type meal)

So so bored of it all, but then again I am bored of our entire menu, but am limited to food that can be prepared (reheated) inbetween getting into the house at 5.50pm and the kids teatime at 6pm!

Leo35 Mon 20-May-13 11:36:25

Onions, carrots, peppers, cucumber, tomatoes, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, PSB, lettuce, sweet potoato, mangetout and baby corn (latter is a BIG treat!).

Freezer veg: peas, sweetcorn and green beans.

To a lesser extent (as in mainly DH and I like these): asparagus, courgette, parsnips, avocadoes, aubergine, spinach, butternut squash, mushrooms, radishes, chard.

Simple veg skewers are nice if you want to vary side dishes, also veg stir-fry. Roast veg is fab - summer (roast asparagus) or winter. DS2 and I fight over the roast carrots and sweet potato wedges!

CelticPromise Mon 20-May-13 11:41:08

Broccoli with toasted sesame seeds and soy sauce.

Random greens with garlic and anchovy.

Those are my favourite non-dull veg side dishes.

MrsHoarder Mon 20-May-13 12:45:53

Standard carrots, broccoli, onions, frozen peas and spinach. The frozen spinach is especially good for throwing in with pasta, rice etc

iklboo Mon 20-May-13 12:47:39

I've just made curried parsnip soup for tea. Lovely!

We grow a lot of our own veg, so it depends what's in season.
Onions/Shallots/spring onions/leek
Broccoli/purple broccoli/cauliflower
Sprouts/cabbage etc.
Peppers (sweet and spicy)
Runner beans/peas/mangetout

I supplement with frozen or tinned:
Kidney beans
3 bean salad
Borlotti beans

I use a range of spices, so the constituent veg in a dish are usually secondary in terms of flavour.

How about going to the greengrocers and seeing what's in season (not much this time of year). Pick one thing each week and try to work it into a meal. You'll have expanded your range in no time!

Jojay Mon 20-May-13 13:08:36

Broccoli, carrots, green beans, baby corn, courgettes, peppers, peas, and sweetcorn are in my trolley most weeks.

Sometimes cauli, corn on the cob, cabbage, aubergine.

daisydalrymple Mon 20-May-13 13:15:59

For "dinner" type meals, always carrots and brocolli, or frozen peas if towards end of week (shopping-wise)
For pasta/rice/noodles dishes always mushroom, courgette, peppers.

mainly these because the DC will actually eat them. I get fed up of wasting money when they pick their way around other stuff, but equally get so bored/uninspired with the above at times!

Butternut squash / parsnip / leek / cauli get used for soups, I make one a week then freeze in portions so I can have some variety at lunchtime!

I do sometimes make a big batch of red cabbage then freeze that in double portions and me and DH have that alongside other stuff [poison to DCs obv!]

Onions, peppers, babycorn, green beans & cherry tomatoes(vegetable fajitas)
okra & spinach( cooked in curries or african stew)
Button mushrooms(in chinese curry with mixed veg)
Carrots(only ever use for soup)
Peas and sweetcorn
Salad - iceberg lettuce, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes( eat this most days with dinner)

I cook with onions and peppers most days but totally fed up, I need a menu overhaul!

MrsBungle Mon 20-May-13 13:24:25

Our staples in practically every lunch and dinner are a combination of the following

Tomatoes (I know it's a fruit!)
Sweet corn

We do use and eat other veg but I always have the above in the house and seem to use them for everything!

EldritchCleavage Mon 20-May-13 13:25:10

Peppers, skin charred off I use a lot in salads, on pizza, in pasta sauce;
I start most stews and things with onion, celery and carrot chopped;
Butternut squash (nice done with brown butter and sage, served with pasta);
Spinach I often put in lamb curry or just serve as a side dish, buttered;
Cauliflower is also good in curry
Leek gratin is a favourite too.

MrsBungle Mon 20-May-13 13:25:10

Oh forgot about

Mange tout and green beans.

BornToFolk Mon 20-May-13 13:27:10

I always buy fresh
mixed stir fry veg

I would buy mushrooms more but DS won't eat them. He's also not keen on aubergine or courgette so I don't often get them.

I have in the freezer:
broad beans
soya beans

I quite often buy celery for bolog/soups etc. Also green beans/sugar snap peas/mange tout if we're getting bored of brocoli as a side veg.

mrsvilliers Mon 20-May-13 13:27:42

We get a veg box, it forces us to eat different veg otherwise we'd probably live off peppers, courgettes and mushrooms! If you have a bit of time to cook I'd definitely recommend trying one, it really changed what we ate veg wise.

Blu Mon 20-May-13 13:30:59

Fine green beans and broccoli as fresh veg staples to have alongside dishes.
Frozen leaf spinach to use in curries, cremed with fish or smoked fish, or with an egg, or in an omlette.
Carrots and parsnips to roast
Tinned (or grilled frozen when available - Waitrose used to do them) artichoke hearts to use in pasta sauce or sliced on pizza
Grilled mix veg frozen bags for use on pizzas and for various things
Leeks to have creamed with salmon, or in soups
Caulliflower - curries, cauli cheese with bacon and new potatoes,
Tinned chick peas and kidney beans - curries, chilli, stew

Babelange Mon 20-May-13 13:32:00

Butternut squash is SO versatile; great in a homemade minestrone, also with oven roast vegetables (with aubergine, courgette, onion and peppers) - the latter works for a 2 day adult meal with roast veggies on a bed of cous cous salad topped with feta/parmesan shavings then the next day heated up with pasta (add a sprinkling of rocket leaves). Alas NOT for the DC's palates (yet).
Most recently added 'green' veg is sea asparagus - samphire. A bit of a niche vegetable usually just available at the seaside or in fish shops but now available at Tescos. It's very insubstantial, only requires a few minutes parboiling and is very salty.

Jcee Mon 20-May-13 13:33:11

Ths thread is quite inspiring as i'm in a vegetable rut too so it's interesting to see what others eat regularly.

I've been trying different salad bags for a change over last few weeks <lives life on edge> and it always makes me laugh when PIL come for dinner and they are in raptures over green beans as MIL apparently would never think to buy them!

Each week I buy: mushrooms, courgettes and peppers (for pasta, stir fries etc), green beans or broccoli or cauli (for dinner type meals) and salad bag x2 with salad stuff like cucumber, cherry toms, beetroot, spring onions.

I always have onions, garlic, fresh ginger, chives and coriander in. We have tinned sweet corn in too but I only ever seem to use this with tuna mayo!

EldritchCleavage Mon 20-May-13 13:45:46

I also love broccolini stir-fried with oyster sauce.

DewDr0p Mon 20-May-13 14:09:36

Our vegetable consumption varies a lot by season. But always always have salad and onions, garlic, celery, carrots. Broccoli features heavily thanks to the rare combo of it being green and dc3 being willing to eat it.

Dh and I love leeks and aubergines but don't eat lots of them as the dc aren't keen.

We also love courgettes, spinach, mushrooms, peas, broad beans, French beans, peppers, chicory, sweet potato, fennel. This summer I am growing salad leaves, rocket, French beans, peas, runner beans, chard and courgettes.

We've got more into butternut squash thanks to some great ideas in River Cottage Veg Everyday. Love cauliflower in a curry. Asparagus a lovely treat in season.

DewDr0p Mon 20-May-13 14:10:03

Oh and cabbage! Love cabbage and sprouts.

MissLurkalot Mon 20-May-13 14:20:01

I use leeks instead of onions and celery
I grate carrot and courgette into meals to make them more '5 a day' and to 'pad' them out
Brocolli fresh in fridge, Savoy cabbage, carrot sticks, fine beans
Frozen peas and sweetcorn

I like soya beans, freezer, but not broad beans (too dry)
Babycorn sometimes, fresh though, frozen aren't nice

If I say I've put some butter on the veges that they're not so keen on, they tend to eat it!

I always use peppers, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, sweet corn. Though DH and I love all veg.

mamageekchic Sun 26-May-13 20:25:40

Most weeks I buy:

New potatoes
Baking potatoes
red onion
salad leaves
spring onions
cherry toms
cucumber (mainly for my gin ;) )

we also use frozen peas

VivaLeBeaver Sun 26-May-13 20:29:09

Actual cooked veg on the side tends to consist just of sweetcorn or peas.

I do all sorts of different veg soup. Sweet potato, fennel, broccoli, carrot.

I do a lot of stir fries and put in sugar snap peas, peppers, mushrooms, sweetcorn.

Eat lots of salad with stuff like pea shoots, cucumber, pepper, fennel, pak choi, beet root.

Sweetcorn (frozen)
Peas (frozen)
Broccoli (frozen)
Sweet potato
Tomatoes (tinned, does that count?!)

I make a fair ammount of soups, stews and casseroles, things that can be made at some point in the day and re-heated for the boys tea at 4.30, and whenever DH gets home, usually between 5 and 7pm!

Ashoething Sun 26-May-13 20:39:55

Onions-I use them in pretty much everything
carrots,turnip and butternutsquash-usually for soups,
frozen veg is peas and sweetcorn-the only veg kids don't whinge about eating.

Jojobump1986 Sun 26-May-13 20:40:04

Staples are: broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, baby corn & peas
We'll occasionally have green beans, runner beans or sugar snaps for a change.

I'd love to have salad more often but it always seems to make both DH & I gassy & DS wouldn't eat lettuce. sad

MadeOfStarDust Sun 26-May-13 20:42:28

Broccoli, carrots, corn on the cob, peas, green beans, cabbage, cauliflower are the staples.. oh and roasted beetroot..... mmmmmm

Hubby doesn't like any other veg - but I like the "fruits" done as veg -cucumber/courgette/aubergine/tomato/peppers/pumpkin/squashes etc...

riverboat Sun 26-May-13 22:00:04

Lots of peppers, mushrooms and onions because I cook quite a lot of curries and stir fries.

Broccoli, peas and green beans as side dishes to meat. Sometimes plain sometimes jazzed up.

Sweet corn, carrot, radishes, cucumber in green salads.

I love aubergine, courgette and asparagus but DP dislikes all three so I tend to just cook those when I'm eating on my own.

sparkle12mar08 Mon 27-May-13 21:04:39

In order it's probably:

frozen sweetcorn (we eat probably a pound or more a week just of this)
frozen peas
fresh carrots
fresh peppers
fresh onions

then rather lower down and according to season come:
salad leaves
other root veg (turnip, swede etc)

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