If your family is leaving most of their vegetables on the plate, perhaps there's a reason. Despite the fact that dozens and dozens of varieties grow in gardens, large scale agriculture has reduced our most available options to a few types of tomatoes, lettuce, and peppers. Growing large volumes of a single variety of vegetable, makes those vegetables more affordable, but it also limits the choices we have when we shop.
As backyard gardening popularity has grown, and farmer's markets have become mainstream, access to more varieties of vegetables is gaining ground. Heirloom tomatoes, for example, have become so popular they are showing up in larger grocers.
If you see something that looks a little different, ask the farmer or produce manager how to use it. They are a great source of information and ideas. And buy them. As evidenced with heirloom tomatoes, even large grocers will move toward variety, if they know they'll be able to sell what they offer.
Take the plunge. If you add new shapes and colors to your menu, chances are, what you're cooking in your kitchen will become interesting again.