Here's what I hate about cooking with fresh vegetables!

United States
June 30, 2008 7:37pm CST
Just now I was finishing up supper on the George Foreman grill and found that my fresh vegetables had wilted from abundance to barely there. I had used an entire squash, one whole onion and ten baby carrots. And yet, the whole thing cooked down to barely one serving. Not even enough for one person. It's very yummy. But only a few bites. Now I am trying to bolster the meager feast with broccoli. It will seem out of place with the garlic pork chops, but I'm sure no one will notice. Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to cooking with fresh vegetables? Please share. Thanks.
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16 responses
@snowy22315 (36285)
• United States
1 Jul 08
It's jsut that vegetables take so much work. chopping and cutting, rinsing etc. I think fresh veggies are really good for you,but dealing with the work gets on my nerves. I dont eat them as much as I should for that reason.
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• United States
1 Jul 08
Fresh veggies really are a hassle. My onion and carrots wilted down to nothing! But it was tasty nothing! Just not enough to go around.
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@karmendra (1123)
• India
1 Jul 08
i don't think so vegetable can not take so much work. its depends on you baby. if you enjoy cooking or any think else then your food will be good... don't use high flame during cooking. i think cooking is good job.. it takes only 30 min of you maximum..
• United States
1 Jul 08
And good pots and pans really do make the job faster. An older pot won't heat fast, so everything cooks slower. Thanks for your comments.
@Hatley (162053)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Jul 08
to keep your fresh veggies from cooking down like that' dont grill, steam them in the microwave oven for three minutes and they will be tender crisp and not melted down. otherwise you just get mush. You can also cook them on top the stove with very little water, in the microwave do not add any water at all. a lot of water makes veggies mush, and also you lose a lot of the vitamins that way.Its very easy to overcook veggies but you do not need to do that.
• United States
1 Jul 08
You're so right! They turned to mush. But they were so delicious. From now on, I'm going to microwave as you suggested! Thanks for the suggestion.
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@karmendra (1123)
• India
1 Jul 08
i listen from somewhere, that microwave is not good for you health... regular cooking is good.. it is time taking but good for health..
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
1 Jul 08
I have noticed when I have cooked on my George Forman grill that almost anything seems to shrink up. Although I do like grilling meat on it since it is healther that way. I have never tried vegtables yet. After reading this I am not sure if I want to.
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• United States
1 Jul 08
The veggies do shrink up. But here's the update! It's the best tasting squash and broccolli that we've ever eaten! Very good stuff. I'm not kidding. Just spice heavily with pepper or whatever you like. Better than a salad and so soft.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
1 Jul 08
I will have to try it for myself thanks for the update
@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
1 Jul 08
We love fresh vegetables. I usually steam them in a pot on the stove. But tonight, I cut the ends off a butternut squash, split it in half, put it in a microwave dish with a couple spoons of water,salt and peppered it, and then hit fresh vegetables on my microwave. It automatically cooked it until it was done.It was delicious! And, the broccoli you had with your pork chops sounds great. We love it! And,we also had the pork chops with our meal tonight.
• United States
1 Jul 08
That sounds yummy! Must try that.
@sexylc (501)
• United States
1 Jul 08
Freh vegetables are really good! but pass for me! I don't cook really...I always eat to the deli where I work.
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• United States
1 Jul 08
Convenient food is still good food!
@ellie333 (21029)
1 Jul 08
Hi Beautyqueen, no none, my daughters favourite is cabbage and they would eat just a plate of that if I dished it up for them. I tend to just cook for enough time for the veg to all still be crunchy and have never experienced i cooking down too much. Ellie :D
• United States
6 Jul 08
I will try the cabbage idea. I've been looking for something else to serve with my family chicken feast. It's my grill meal, with everything under the sun piled in. This past week, I used squash for the first time. It melted! The next time, I cut bigger slices and it held up nicely! Thanks for your tips.
@carlaabt (3508)
• United States
1 Jul 08
I don't ever cook fresh vegetables. They are too much extra work. I use frozen (or canned every once in a while) when I want cooked veggies. When I serve fresh veggies, I always just serve them raw. I used to steam them for Elliott, before he was big enough to eat them raw, but now he likes them raw, so that is the way my whole family eats them.
• United States
6 Jul 08
Wow! You can get your son to eat raw vegetables? That's amazing. Mine doesn't really like any veggies except potatoes or any variations thereof. But she does love fruit. I guess it's something she'll grow into. I keep trying and serving the foods to her and one of these days she'll pick up the fork and eat a bite of veggies.
@miryam (6510)
• Italy
1 Jul 08
so i dont know that but i'm like a cook a fr4esh rice whith fresh vegetable and chees but in my home...... bye myryam...... you are hot???? in italy 30 - 35 °
• United States
6 Jul 08
Your temperatures sound chilly. Here it's already almost ninety degrees during the day, not safe to go outdoors before late evening. We risk sunburn or heat stroke otherwise. So we stay indoors. Thanks for your lovely post.
@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
1 Jul 08
I have to buy a lot of fresh veggies because like what happened to you - when you grill or steam fresh, they cook down. This isn't altogether a bad thing, but when everybody expects to get at least a cup of vegetables, you have to buy like 2 lbs per meal lol! This means I have to buy 4 lbs of asparagus, 8 tomatoes, 4 lbs of broccoli, 2 lbs of carrots, 8 ears of corn, and 10 lbs of potatoes. I have another issue with fresh - sometimes they don't last the week in the fridge, other times they do! I never know, so sometimes I end up having to throw out tomatoes or a melon or berries, or asparagus I forgot was in the crisper. It truly depends where I bought the produce, when I go to some of the cheaper grocery places, I try to only buy quantities that we'll eat within a couple days because otherwise all of it starts going bad.
• United States
1 Jul 08
That's true about the freshness issue! As for the cups of veggies, I did not know that! I'm still learning lots about cooking. Thanks for your kind help! Be well.
@makingpots (11928)
• United States
1 Jul 08
Yum. I got a little hungry reading this. Even though I'm still full from my dinner. I notice that you use your George Foreman grill quite alot. I have used one at my sisters house before and it seemed to me to be more trouble than it was worth. Maybe I was doing something wrong. It definitely took longer than I am used to grills taking to cook the food. My pet peeve about cooking with fresh veggies is that I don't think they taste well as leftovers. Frozen veggies do, but fresh veggies I just throw away if we don't eat them all. The trade off is that we love fresh veggies so much that we usually always eat them up when I cook them.
• United States
1 Jul 08
I have two Foreman grills. One is super powerful and cooks everything perfectly. The other one drags and takes forever to cook things. I think it's defected. I don't use that one cause it doesn't cook the meats thoroughly. Can't risk getting sick. But it didn't cost much, so I'm not out of a lot of money!
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
1 Jul 08
Spinach is one of the worst. You can cram a pan full of it and when you are done cooking it down a little it looks like there is nothing there.
• United States
1 Jul 08
I've only done kale before in a pan and it came out the same way. Or, was it chard? I can't remember. It's been ages.
@tessah (6638)
• United States
1 Jul 08
i dont generally cook fresh veggies to the point of them being near to nothing.. and prefer to have them be rather crisp.. which only takes a minute or two specially on a grill. not knowing exactly how large or what kind of squash you cooked.. i cant say if you actually cooked plenty of it or not (ie if you only cooked one summer squash.. they are very small really, and shouldnt be considered more than enough for just one person) one onion and ten baby carrots.. is really just barely a single serving. you also didnt mention just how many people you were cooking for..? but no.. ive never had an issue with how fresh veggies turn out, fact i prefer them over anything else because you can cook them to yer own pesonal specifications rather than just popping the top off of a can and reheating a factory processed food, which is generally overcooked even before you reheat it.
@bonbon664 (3480)
• Canada
1 Jul 08
If they're wilting that much, I would try not cooking them so long. I like them with a little bit of crunch left, that way, they shouldn't shrink so much.
• United States
1 Jul 08
I usually steam vegetables; they keep their color and don't cook down to mush. Sometimes I use the microwave. I don't have a steamer anymore, so I just use a big pot and my collander. Works great! lol I hate overcooked vegetables, though. The other night I did roast some vegetables in the oven; I had some potatoes, onions and carrots. I just drizzled them with a little canola oil (very little), put them on a pan and roasted them. They were wonderful, especially the carrots.
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
1 Jul 08
We're actually quite the opposite! I like my veggies overcooked and soggy. Well not that soggy that it turns to mush; but I really do prefer soft over crunchy veggies. My pet peeve when cooking fresh vegetables though is that I need to wash and cut them. Spinach and other leafy vegetables are just some of the most difficult to wash because I do it by leaf! SO most of the time I but the pre-washed and bagged vegetables for convenience. :)
@bluemars (952)
• Australia
1 Jul 08
Oh my I have not cooked with my george grill for a while and you actually reminded me that I even own one. That is quite funny how I bought one but forget to use it as I stash it away in a cupboard I hardly open so forget that it is even there. I do like to cook on it though. Yummy I can not wait to use it next, I never actually tried using it for vegies so that is new to me. I usually just use it for the meat. However thanks for the tip on your experience with the vegetables and the grill.