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    I grew up being a very picky eater and as a result have many many foods that I haven't tried, or didn't try until very recently.

    I had never had mustard until about 2 months ago. I also have been meaning to try many fruits and vegetables that I have never had before (Actually tried a kiwi for the first time 2 days ago!) I am trying to broaden my culinary horizons as an adult. Eventually I hope to try and like fish, the smell has always put me off of it and to this day the only seafood I've eaten is clam dip and tuna fish sandwiches.

    So I am starting this thread for myself and others who may have similar goals and maybe you all might have some great recipes that can ease our transition to eating certain foods?

    Foods I have never tried:
    Eggplant
    Almost All Seafood
    Bell Peppers
    Brussel Sprouts
    Beets
    Peas
    Cabbage
    Figs
    Prunes
    Suash
    Turnip Greens
    Mushrooms

    There's probably plenty more... What foods have you never eaten?
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    Brussel Sprouts Ewww

    I would not want to try prunes or figs, they look abit gross

    I am pretty fussy about food, I think it's a good thing to try new things though, if you can bare it.

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    there are some exotic vegetables and fruits i'd like to try

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    I tried an almond today. A whole one. I did not like. I think I might like sliced almonds better. Or if I had them incorporated into another dish. Almost tried a green olive too, but my dad said they were pickled and really strong, and I'm not all that big on pickled things other than actual pickles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WitchHazelEyed View Post
    I am trying to broaden my culinary horizons as an adult.
    Good on you. I've tried a lot of new foods in the years since I got married to someone who likes almost everything, and some of these foods have become favourites of mine.

    Eventually I hope to try and like fish, the smell has always put me off of it and to this day the only seafood I've eaten is clam dip and tuna fish sandwiches.
    You could try a mild fish like cod or sole, and buy only high quality. I've bought cheap cod before that tasted bad, but the more expensive brands I've never had a problem with. It doesn't stink and has a very mild taste, not typically 'fishy'.

    Quote Originally Posted by WitchHazelEyed View Post
    Almost tried a green olive too, but my dad said they were pickled and really strong, and I'm not all that big on pickled things other than actual pickles.
    I hate olives myself, and I've given them three tries, more than I've given anything else But really, what's the worse that can happen? Why are people so afraid to try something that might taste bad to them? It's over quickly. I don't understand it, even though I myself am also afraid to try things I think might taste bad. I'd like to become a less picky eater myself.

    However, I have learned to like things I didn't like at first. I couldn't big chunks of raw parsley at first, but now I love it. I could eat just parsley as a snack. I hated avocado at first, but when someone served it to me in a salad, I found it wasn't half bad. Now I put it in my salads all the time. I never used to eat garlic because it smelled foul to me when my brother would bake garlic bread at home, but now I love it.

    I want to be one of those people who likes just about everything.

    And p.s. you are really missing out by never having tried mushrooms. I'm mad on mushrooms.

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    Quinoa.

    I also got some advice that I need to figure out how to get lentils into my diet. I think the only time I've had them is when I had an Amy's potpie (country vegetable) and asked what they were. Delish, but not sure how to prepare them on my own yet.
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    Wow, I honestly think a list of foods I haven't eaten would be shorter by far. I save my fear for bungee jumping, skydiving and other life-threatening experiences. Vive la difference!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ariesallover View Post
    Quinoa.

    I also got some advice that I need to figure out how to get lentils into my diet. I think the only time I've had them is when I had an Amy's potpie (country vegetable) and asked what they were. Delish, but not sure how to prepare them on my own yet.
    Well, If you're feeling adventurous:
    Recipes : Lentil Cookies : Food Network

    I saw that when I watched AB's lentil show and really wanted to try them if only to say I did.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenna View Post
    But really, what's the worse that can happen? Why are people so afraid to try something that might taste bad to them? It's over quickly. I don't understand it, even though I myself am also afraid to try things I think might taste bad. I'd like to become a less picky eater myself.
    I know, I don't get why but I have some weird mental block on eating certain things. Some foods I have no problem trying and others it's like as much as I want to try new foods, I have to literally force myself to.
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    I don't call myself a picky eater but my bf eats everything and hates that I don't. I had a bad fish experience many years ago and I haven't eaten seafood (except tuna salad with lots of goodies in it) since then. I absolutely can not stand mushrooms either!! Bleh they grow in poo! (I know not all mushrooms grow in poo but that is all I can think about when I see them) Those are really the only things I will not eat! I am a sissy when it comes to hot stuff but I at least try it, then I regret it as I breathe fire later.
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    i think it's great that you're trying new things. like another poster said, what's the worst that can happen? happy tasting.

    another important thing is how food is prepared. for example, when you decide to try mushrooms, don't go for the tinned kind. buy them fresh and ideally have them cooked by someone that knows how to prepare them. or better yet, go out to a nice place.
    Quote Originally Posted by ariesallover View Post
    Quinoa.

    I also got some advice that I need to figure out how to get lentils into my diet. I think the only time I've had them is when I had an Amy's potpie (country vegetable) and asked what they were. Delish, but not sure how to prepare them on my own yet.
    lentils are easy. if i'm feeling lazy i buy the kind that come pre-cooked and vacuum sealed. they're basically half cooked already and then the easiest way i do them is just fry an onion, add some chopped tomato and a bit of tomato paste (for texture), olive oil, salt, pepper, a bay leaf, any other spices you have lying around (oregano, thyme, etc), finely chopped carrot-celery-turnip-potato-any veg you can think of basically. maybe some sliced sausage (or vegetarian sausage. i've tried it with these quorn sausages they sell here that are quite tasty), sliced. add the lentils, let it cook for a bit and voilą.
    you can also buy yellow lentils and make a dal or curry
    Yellow Lentil Dal with Fragrant Basmati Rice Recipe - Anya von Bremzen | Food & Wine
    Spicy Indian Yellow Lentil Curry Recipe | Recipezaar (this says to use a pressure cooker - i don't have one and i just make it in a regular pot. it just takes a bit longer)

    or make lentil soup Lentil Soup - Allrecipes
    i usually cheat and use tinned lentils for soups and it works, though it's better if it's just plain lentils and not the kind that come in a sauce.
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    One thing I will probably never try: Wasabi.

    I've heard many a horror story.
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    I just tried Indian food on my 32 birthday for the first time..it was different, and I want to try more new foods..
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSDiva View Post
    I just tried Indian food on my 32 birthday for the first time..it was different, and I want to try more new foods..
    Indian food... that's a cuisine I haven't touched. I'll have to look up some recipes.
    What did you have?
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    For Indian food I eat Chicken Balti. You'll love the Nan breads, the puffy bread.

    Try Moroccan too. Instead of the traditional couscous, I always eat Chicken Tagine.

    This is the tagine that it's cooked in.


    I prefer chicken to lamb. The combination of spices with almonds and apricots with rice makes it savory and sweet.

    I will never try prunes or tripe.

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    Chicken Balti is one of my faves. I made a recipe of it at home and let's just say...I'm sticking to my favored restaurant. I've never had Moroccan but Dallas is a big place so I'm sure to find a restaurant somewhere.

    And why not try prunes? If you like plums, why wouldn't you like prunes. They're just the dried version. Actually, I felt the same way about them for the longest time but saw a catchy commercial once and decided to give them a try. Love them now~
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