What I want to get is something like:
1. potatoes 2. onions 3. carrots
Create a pragraph style which increases numbers in the list and bullets section.
Define a list for it.
Define another paragraph styles based on the other to start with 1 and next style the previous created one.
Select all paragraphs, right click on style with number 1 and apply this and next style.
Or what you want in one line: Create a Para style with auto numbers, nothing else. Create a text frame write "." and copy this frame into the clipboard and paste it everywhere you want the number. Optimize size of this little frame. Baseline grid might help to align them.
Thanks a lot for the explanation and for the example file!! Been struggling with this for a while