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TOPIC: ONIONS/PEPPERS - HATE THEM! WHAT TO DO?

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June 11, 2013 1:13 PM
I feel your pain...it is almost impossible to find packaged meals that do not contain peppers or onions. I have to knock out all nightshades not just peppers (e.g. tomatoes also), which eliminates another big chunk of easy meals. I become ill if peppers have been in contact with my food, so I can't just pick them out.

You've gotten several good comments about how to handle it if it is a texture issue, and if you have tried it 15 times and still don't like the taste you might never like it. I don't think it's SO important that you need to eat it if you don't like it, just eat something else.

Batch cooking to make your own onion and pepper free freezer meals is one option for easy meals, or sometimes you can find prepared meats that you can just throw your own preferred veggies in.

I occasionally have made a separate batch of peppers for the pepper eaters in my house, but the last time I did my throat was closing up a bit so I think that is not a good idea anymore, for me.
June 11, 2013 1:59 PM
Don't eat them?

Onions are cheap and abundant, thus their use in lots of food. Peppers pack a flavorful punch, and are also fairly easy to access for many areas of the world.

If it's the flavor, can't help ya. No subs there. Try experimenting with other herbs and spices! Because cooking is just science for hungry people.
June 11, 2013 2:01 PM
Oh I dont know...dont eat them?
June 11, 2013 2:12 PM
I don't mind the onion flavor, I just can't eat them. I use onion powder instead.

I also don't like green or red peppers, but I like banana and jalapeño peppers, so I substitute.
June 11, 2013 2:24 PM
I would say, if you don't like them, don't eat them. You can learn to like new things though. I hated bell peppers until a couple of months ago, when I decided to learn to like them. I just started eating them regularly. Started with red ones, roasted. The first couple of times it wasn't that pleasant, but after that, it was ok. Now, I actually like them, even raw. I was surprised at how quickly my taste changed.

Celery's another one for me that I've always hated. One night recently I was having a drink at a friend's house and joked about needing to get over the celery thing. Under the influence of alcohol, I munched through a couple of sticks with no problem. Now, well I still don't like it, but I can tolerate it better. It still tastes a bit bitter to me, but I got over my psychological aversion to its texture.

There's not reason to eat foods you don't like, but if you are prepared to tolerate things for a while until they no longer taste unpleasant - it can really open you up to new culinary experiences. I used to be the pickiest eater ever, and it's great to have a wider range of things I can eat and enjoy.
Edited by JesterMFP On June 11, 2013 2:25 PM
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June 11, 2013 2:38 PM
I'm quite fond of onions and peppers because of the flavor they add (and for so few calories). But my wife's tummy doesn't do well with peppers, so I'm forced to omit them when I do the cooking for the family.
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