Here's a little background so you understand our problem. I was raised in "The Grass Seed Capitol of the World" Where grass seed and cattle were the only things that were grown on local farms. I grew up on a steak and potatoes diet (oh, do I miss the readily available grass fed beef!) cooked by my dad who has really no desire to eat anything more exotic. Dani'el, was raised in a family of excellent bakers who raised their own pigs, but don't give much thought to their health or the environment when it comes to dinner. Don was raised by a single mother who didn't feel the need to teach her kids to eat things they didn't like. By the time he was a teen, he was the only one who cooked at all in his household. Meats, starches, and cheeses were about all he ate for years (unless you count Tang as a fruit!) The three of us have a dream of living a sustainable, healthy, and self-sufficient lifestyle. We are in the process of buying a home with room for our chickens and lots of garden space. We have pledged that we will eat better and wean ourselves from all the processed foods we so heavily depend on now. Now here's our problem. I don't know what to DO with most vegetables. I can grow them, I know how good they are for me, I know that we SHOULD eat them... but... I am delving into unknown territory here. I do not know what's good, how to cook it, what goes together well, even what some veggies LOOK like. I can find recipes for them, sure, but they seem to be recipes from veggie lovers and we are just not ready to eat like that. Does this make sense? I am desperately seeking transitional things... dishes that carnivores will like that contain plant matter so we can get used to it. I have made progress in adapting our diet. Don eats salads now, Dani'el will eat broccoli if its in small pieces in stir fry, I have shifted the proportions on my plate to be more balanced and have attempted several vegetarian dishes (which were too bland and not meaty enough to evoke any enthusiasm) I have pushed this as far as I can. I have run to the ends of my knowledge of eating plants and have no where else to turn for advice! I have become enthralled with the Seed Saver's Exchange catalog and want to order absolutely everything in it, but I have never even tasted most of the veggies they offer. The only beets I have ever had were pickled and frozen and microwaved in a TV dinner. Needless to say, I hated them. Same for Lima beans (except for the pickling part!) I don't know what okra even looks like, and it took me growing spinach in my garden to discover I liked it when it wasn't canned slime! I want to like veggies, so do the boys, but we need your advice! Here's my plea: if you have any recipes that include healthy veggies that picky, veggie-hating children love please send them my way! If you know of a great resource for figuring out what to do with veggies, I would love that. Like I said, I can google recipes, but no guarantee we will like them and I really can have only so many failed attempts before that veggie is banned from the menu. Help!