10 Foods I Adore, But Used to Hate!


Brussels Sprout Slaw

When I was little I was a picky eater. I wasn’t horribly awful, but it was enough that I would turn up my nose at quite a few things. Luckily, with time and exposure I came around to most things I used to hate. I still hate broccoli, however, and stand by the fact that it is a good vegetable to hide in things like frittatas and omelets. Other than that, I now devour all sorts of yummy foods that I can’t believe I let myself miss out on when I was young!


  • Brussels Sprouts Slaw 1 of 10
    Brussels Sprouts Slaw
    Yes, I was the kid who would literally retch at the very sight of Brussels sprouts, but now I can't get enough of them!
    Make brussels sprouts slaw
  • Mushroom Kale Rice Bowl 2 of 10
    Mushroom Kale Rice Bowl
    Both mushrooms AND kale were on my do-not-eat list as a child but now i love them both. This delicious, healthy meal is right up my alley!
    Make mushroom kale rice bowl
  • Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms 3 of 10
    Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
    I could never understand why people liked Portobello mushroom burgers until I had one that was done really well. Now I make them all the time at home!
    Make stuffed Portobello mushrooms
  • Panko Crusted Salmon 4 of 10
    Panko Crusted Salmon
    I couldn't bear the sight of pink fish when I was little — it was fish sticks only for me! Now I love this healthful fish and make it at least once a week.
    Make panko crusted salmon
  • Salt & Pepper Tofu Triangles 5 of 10
    Salt & Pepper Tofu Triangles
    It is only recently that I've come around to tofu. I like to flavor it up with spices, like these delicious triangles.
    Make salt and pepper tofu triangles
  • Asparagus Frittata 6 of 10
    Asparagus Frittata
    This gorgeous frittata would have made me gag twenty years ago; I couldn't stand asparagus! Now I've come around and grow it in my garden.
    Make asparagus frittata
  • Baked Broccoli Rabe 7 of 10
    Baked Broccoli Rabe
    Broccoli is still tough for me, but even broccoli rabe was tough for me then. Now I love this veggie, especially roasted with lots of flavors.
    Make baked broccoli rabe
  • Blueberry & Flax Muffins 8 of 10
    Blueberry & Flax Muffins
    I couldn't get used to the taste of flax for a long time, but now I like to add it to a lot of baked goods for healthy benefits.
    Make blueberry flax muffins
  • Banana Soy Milk Smoothies 9 of 10
    Banana Soy Milk Smoothies
    Soy milk is still not a favorite of mine, but I do like to make fresh fruit smoothies with it. These are great for breakfast!
    Make banana soy milk smoothies
  • Green Smoothies! 10 of 10
    Green Smoothies!
    I would never, EVER have glanced at a green smoothie when I was younger, but now I love slurping these down as a snack or a refresher in the morning.
    Make green smoothies

Photo: Julie

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