“But I’m Bored of Vegetables!”

January 31, 2012 in Categories: , by

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Funny.  Most of us cavemen and cavewomen seem to get bored of steamed broccoli much more quickly than we get bored of grilled T-bone steak.  I’m not sure what it is, but keeping variety up in vegetables always seems to be a greater challenge than any other aspect of paleolithic nutrition.

So, if you are bored of what you have been eating, then it’s time to try something new!  Have you eaten every different kind of vegetable in the store yet?  Have your tried those purple sweet potatoes? mustard greens? jicama? yellow beets? purple carrots? celery root? acorn squash? Have you tried them steamed, roasted (Roasted Butternut Squash, Savory Roasted Taro, Simple Roasted Green Beans, Garlic and Lemon Roasted Cauliflower, sautéed, braised (Bacon Braised Cabbage, Maple Braised Butternut Squash, Braised Cauliflower, Leeks, and Artichoke Hearts, Braised Kale, Bacon Braised Brussel Sprouts, also see my instructions about how to braise greens), stir-fried (Stir-fried Turnip Greens with Mushroom and Almonds)?  Have you tried them in a soup or stew, curry (Shrimp, Talapia, and Cabbage Curry, Lamb Curry , Curry Cream of Carrot Soup, Curry Braised Kale and Cabbage), casserole (Chicken Pot Pie, Shepard’s Pie)?  Have you tried them raw? fermented (the book Fermented by Jill Ciciarelli is a great resource)? pickled?  Have you tried them together?  Have you tried them with different seasoning?  Have you tried a new spice that you don’t normally cook with?  If you are bored eating the vegetables you normally buy, try buying something new.  Maybe just once a week.  If your local grocery store doesn’t have a huge variety, try the specialty stores (like Whole Foods) or your local Farmer’s Market.  And try new recipes!  There are dozens of great paleo recipe blogs out there to peruse.  Have fun and don’t be afraid to be adventurous!

To help inspire you, I’ve created a list of vegetables that should be fairly easy to find in a grocery store or specialty store near you.  If I’ve missed any good ones, please leave a comment below!  Thanks!

Green Veggies
Cruciferous Veggies
Roots and Bulbs
The Rainbow
Beets (many varieties)
Broccoli rabe
Carrots (many varieties)
Beets (many varieties)
Brussels sprouts
Bell Pepper 
(many varieties)
Beet Greens
Cabbage (many varieties)
Celery Root
Carrots (many varieties)
Bell Pepper
Fennel Root
Chard (many varieties
Bok Choy 
(many varieties)
Collard Greens
Eggplant (many varieties)
(many varieties)
Brussels sprouts
Lettuce (many varieties)
Kale (many varieties)
Chard (many varieties)
Radishes (many varieties)
Collard Greens
Radishes (many varieties)
Turnip Greens
Red Cabbage
Squash (many varieties)
Squash (many varieties)
Kale (many varieties)
Sweet Potato 
(many varieties)
Sweet Potato 
(many varieties)
Water chestnuts
Lettuce (many varieties)
Zucchini (many varieties)
Mustard Greens
Zucchini (many varieties)


I’m struggling to find a list of the foods to abide by. I understand meat, fruits, veggies but are there limitations to these? If you could point me in that direction that would be very helpful. (I’m a visual list kind of girl when it comes to shopping/cooking so anything will be of help)

I think it’s because of what we evolved to be. The bulk of nutrients can be obtained through mostly animal sources. The Inuit for example lived on very little fruits and vegetables – perhaps for tens of thousands of years and before Westernization, were mostly healthy.

For that reason, we evolved to find that meat tasted great. Similarly, I think salt and sugar taste so good to our senses because well, in paleo times, such things would have been hard to get – salt especially for those living away from coastal areas. Sugar too would only have been ever obtainable from fruit and fruit would not have been so easy to get. For that reason, they would have been precious.

Thank you so much! I bought some to liven up a stir fry along with some bamboo shoots, and then thought “uh oh! Guess I’ll be holding on to those for awhile until I get to reintroducing nuts!”

This ex-vegetarian is already bored with meat… and I’ve only been doing paleo for four days! Or maybe it’s partly bored, partly grossed out? I just know that I need a serious pep talk for this whole laborious, confusing, and squishy process of turning dead animals into food. I cannot believe I might be doing this every day for the rest of my life!

(And I would cut someone for a piece of cheese right about now.)

u seriously dont need much meat. just eats tons of vegs, some fruit and nuts/seeds, eggs and uve cut out the bread, beans so u have to eat a little meat too. 2-3 oz is plenty for a svg. its ur FAT you need to go at! coconut oil, nice fatty meat, eggs, olive oil, avocados, etc. i eat eggs as one meals protein everyday. hide em in a smoothie so u dont get sick of them. but put on salads, etc. u know the egg routine. then its just 2 meals a day to make meat for. n it doesnt have to be much remember.
as for dairy, while i would go paleo, even AIP, for gut healing, afterwards i would try to tolerate butter and cheese cuz life aint worth it without cheese for this chick…im feeling ur pain, hon. then again ive never had an autoimmune disease strangle my life… and rly its just the cheese on pizza i cant live without. no grain in the crust? done. no cheese to lap up all that pepperoni n sausage grease? ever again? Shoot Me Now. lol
hopefully u kept on with ur paleo or even primal journey! 🙂

Thanks! I was reading other paleo blogs about whether green beans, snow peas, sugar snap peas, and green peas are acceptable or whether they’re considered beans…and some of the main experts say they should be fine. What does Sarah think? Also, are fresh/frozen lima beans in this category?

I know I need to get the book and get ALL my questions answered. =)

I LOVE veggies!! I don’t know what I would do (and what people do who don’t like them would do) without them!!! I have a ton of veggie recipes on my blog-although it’s not a vegetarian blog, I find that I create recipes with veggies (to substitute meat) more and more each day…

The local natural food markets here in Vancouver, BC all carry Dandelion Greens. If you’re eating dairy, try them cooked, chopped and mixed with goat cheese. Divine!

if ur bored of veggies, ur not putting enough fat on them. or prob salt either. i eat my vegs shiny 🙂 esp with a meat fat on them, but coconut oil is great too. butter mmmmmm sour cream mmmmmm lol dont get me wrong, i love vinegar or lemon or lime juice on them too. but a splash of lemon over barely salted steamed vegs? barf!
and then u wonder why ur ice CREAM addiction or CHIPS addiction is so out of control n neverending.

It seems weird to see mushrooms on here, I don’t think of them as a vegetable being that they’re a type of fungus. I have a question that I’ve been curious about. Why don’t they have beets in frozen food section? Do they not freeze well?

I may be an odd one, but I do not get bored with the diet! However, my question is about sweet potatoes. What’s the difference between sweet potatoes and yams? When I ask in the produce department, I get all kinds of answers. They say the long orange potatoes are yams, but when I say I’m looking for sweet potatoes, they say they are the same! I have been eating the white “long'” potatoes that are often labelled sweet or jersey.. which ones are appropriate for the Paleo Diet? Also, I have eliminated all grains, but do kind of miss the oat crackers I make. I like something besides carrots and jicama to crunch on. Are all grains off limits even after symptoms are gone? I appreciate your suggestions, and am really enjoying The Paleo Approach and all the information it is packed with. Thanks for your help! Estelle

Yams are actually a completely different vegetable that you might find in ethnic or speciality markets. In the US people tend to use yam and sweet potato interchangeably, but what the really mean is sweet potato. For example, cans of candied yams (which I don’t recommend!) are actually sweet potato.

Thank you very much for your reply. I”m also starting to do fermenting and that is fun as well as tasty and good for us!

I’ll never get sick of veggies, but spending more than ever on them now. Today’s veggie shopping at the local organic farm cost $60 Aussie. The only fruit was bananas.
I’m looking for a way of using leek TOPs somehow- ie the very tough dark green part all the way up the top- I hate to throw them out as the chickens won’t eat them. They look and smell nutritious , plenty of fibre too I am certain. Anyone have any ideas?? We eat the broccoli and cauliflower right down to the base of the stalks already.

In order to get more variety in, I make a large green smoothie every day, rotating what greens I use. I always put in a minimum of 1 packed cup of greens, some berries for antioxidants and a banana for sweetness. The rest is a combo of whatever I have on hand or have small bits of that I do not want to waste- carrot slices, parsley, raw zucchini, cucumber, fresh ginger, fresh mint, and a homemade milk alternative – coconut or nut milk (nuts not AIP safe but I seem to tolerate them well if soaked for 24 hours before use) A great way to pack in a lot of nutrition AND it is easier to assimilate since the cell walls get opened up in the blending process.
I too would love to know what to do with leek tops. As for the broccoli and cauliflower stems, I pare them down to remove the tough outer part then slice them and make them into a type of slaw that is delicious!

Here in Wyoming we have very limited vegetable options. We only have one store to get really good vegetables from and all our stores have a very limited selection. We have a Farmer’s market for about 1 full month. And nothing the rest of the year.

IS there any where else to get vegetables, even if they are dried or whatnot. Our selection of frozen veg is even smaller than the selection of fresh.

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