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    What veggies add little taste to soup/stew/chili

    So my gag reflex goes ape on most veggies... (I can manage corn and potatoes and per the supreme court the vegetable tomatoes)... well bye bye corn and potatoes. I've always been able to do carrots in stew once they get the consistency of a potato in the stew... so what else could I add that would impart little flavor but have that same sort of texture?

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    Is it the chunks of veggies that irritate the gag reflex? Perhaps you might try shredding the veggies so that it is the same consistency of ground beef. Carrots, zucchini, onions, turnips, parsnips, celery would be good places to start.

    I once used kale, carrot, celery to make a juice in the juicer, then used the pulp from the veggies in a tomato sauce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unicorn View Post
    Is it the chunks of veggies that irritate the gag reflex? Perhaps you might try shredding the veggies so that it is the same consistency of ground beef. Carrots, zucchini, onions, turnips, parsnips, celery would be good places to start.
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    i'll add garlic, mushrooms, squashes, and, for chili, tomatillos.

    these are all good if you want to add some flavor and texture/volume to your soups. if it's just flavor you're looking for though, go for fats, wines and spices.

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    the last time I used squash, it completely disintegrated and thickened the sauce - no chunks. Also, turnip is supposed to end up with the same texture as potatoes.
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    Squash is great. Also, I have found that turnips are great in stew - they are dead ringers for potatoes.
    In chili, I've always liked to put shredded carrots. They vanish, but their goodness is in there.

    Don't discount herbs, too. Parsley, cilantro (if you like it), chives - these are all "vegetables" in their best form, green leafies. Pick up some fresh, and chop finely and throw in towards the end of cooking time.

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    I agree with the above posters regarding turnips and would add parsnips, which attain basically the same consistency as carrots.
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    I'm not sure why you're saying bye to potatoes, but okay.

    For soups, one thing you can do if you want to obliterate the texture of veggies is to run the soup through a food processor. It's sort of like a creamy soup, and for more cream, add butter, cream, or whatever fat you like best. (Duck fat rocks my world.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanieL View Post
    I'm not sure why you're saying bye to potatoes, but okay.

    For soups, one thing you can do if you want to obliterate the texture of veggies is to run the soup through a food processor. It's sort of like a creamy soup, and for more cream, add butter, cream, or whatever fat you like best. (Duck fat rocks my world.)
    Because having some potatoes to me is sitting down with 2-3 large sized potatoes heh which is probably a few hundred carbs.

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    Blended soups!

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    When I make paleo chili, in addition to the obvious tomato sauce I put in bell peppers and sweet potatoes. Some times cauliflower too.

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