Since I was raised by a vegetarian, I have nothing BUT good memories of veggies.
My mom cooked meat, we didn't have to eat by her standards, but we always had awesome sides that could have made meals.
We had roasted vegetables with beef roast, potatos, parsnips, onions and carrots were my favorites. homemade pickled beets and salads of every description were on the table every night. She liked to experiment with different lettuces and we ate pasta salad back when everyone else was sticking to macaroni salad only.
sautes of eggplant with mushrooms and tomatos over pasta were always good. I remember one time we made Julia Child's vegetarian crepe casserole and to this day that remains an example of culinary achievement we still talk about. We are always either too tired, broke, or dieting to make it, but it remains large in our food dreams.
We ate turnips mashed with butter and a dash of sugar, cabbage steamed with onions, califlower in cheese sauce with a dash of wine added, fresh spinach wilted in olive oil with parmesan cheese, potato pancakes with sour cream, and fried tomatos with breakfast. When spring came and the first asparagas appeared, we would eat it on toast under a blanket of cheddar cheese sauce. I have too many to mention! Good thread!!!!!