Originally Answered: How can I eat more vegetables?
Food preferences and personal tastes in food are alterable. You can discipline yourself into liking a particular food group, into eating less fatty foods or learning to appreciate the taste of whole grains over refined white flour based foods. A healthy plate of food has one quadrant of the plate with meat, one quadrant of the plate with a complex carbohydrate or high fiber carbohydrate, and one half of the plate filled with vegetables. You should eat only one serving of red meat weekly, and the portion should be no larger than the palm of your hand. You should eat 2 servings of fish weekly, but do look up mercury levels in fish and download the list of low mercury fish, and the remaining should be poultry.
You really don't have to cut out meat to have a healthy diet; you have to learn to keep it in proportion, and you cannot replace meat with vegetables as they are from different food groups and contribute different sets of essential nutrients.
As for the vegetables themselves, try roasting them in a hot oven with olive oil and garlic drizzled over them. Roast them until they carmelize. Root veggies are especially good roasted, like carrots and onions, as are the cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower. And the veggies that you roast in winter, you can grill in summer. I personally love frozen mixed veggies, and I buy 5 pound bags of them. When I get a snack attack, I will make up some and just eat them as I watch TV. Also, the whole green beans. I stir-fry them in very garlicky olive oil until they are cruncy-soft, then I turn them into a bowl and grate a little sea salt on them, and those are my french fries. I eat them as finger food (of course I live alone, so there's no one to roll their eyes), but they're delicious. I also like to just cook up a nice piece of chicken breast and make it very, very savory in a wine sauce and garlic. Then I make up a huge green salad in a big serving bowl, dress it in a little oil and vinegar, then cut the chicken breast into bite sized pieces, drench it in the warm wine sauce and when each piece is deliciously dripping and saturated with the sauce, I spoon the chicken and the wine sauce on the salad, and sit down and watch the evening news. Good stuff.
Also, when you find a veggie, go online and check out recipes. Some of the simplest recipes are the most delicious. Like asparagus, cut in 2 inch pieces, parboiled for a couple of minutes, then plunged when still emerald into cold water to stop the cooking, then dressed in lemon juice, olive oil and pecorino romano cheese. You won't have any problem filling 1/2 of your plate with that. You can also puree almost-cooked asparagus with a drop or 2 of lemon juice and a dash of salt & pepper. Then cook up some linguine, combine the asparagus puree with 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, heat it just slightly, and serve it over the linguine with fresh sliced tomatoes on the side. Not a bit of meat, but you will founder yourself on it and when it's gone, you will miss it.
I guess what I'm saying in the last paragraph is: Be adventurous. Buy something at the store that interests you, then go home and look it up on line and see what you can do with it. You will surely strike out now and again, but you will also score and you will have fun.