As a child, I used to be an absolute vegetable hater. Yes, I ate iceberg lettuce, cucumbers (no skin on) and corn... your basic non-nutrient-providing vegetable group for many picky children. At dinner, you could often find me studying my food like a scientist in a lab (all I needed was a high-powered microscope!), making sure the vegetables DID NOT touch other foods on my plate. I became an expert at figuring out ways to make it appear that I had actually eaten my veggies: spreading out the evidence on my plate, wadding it into my napkin, feeding the dog beneath the table (a willing accomplice) the occassional feigning of a stomachache. I'm sure my parents knew what I was up to, but that didn't stop me from my nightly routine. Eventually, we arrived at a happy compromise...only take 1 bite. You know, just TRY it. That seemed to suffice. I mean, I could mask the taste of the miniscule amount of vegetables with a whole mouthful of juice or milk!
In college, I began trying new food items. I read cookbooks like novels. An interest in 'gourmet' food had begun. It's odd,really. A gourmet menu on a college student's budget? It didn't work. The beginning of the month my roommate and I ate well; by the end of the month we resorted to eating rice and peanut butter... But my love of vegetables was starting to flourish.
After getting married, my husband became my very eager and very willing guinea pig to my food experimentations. And he lovingly tolerated my feeding him the same vegetable night after night. You could call it becoming fixated on one vegetable. For example, within the first year of our marriage, I finally became brave enough to try broccoli again and discovered a very interesting thing: I actually liked the taste of it! So what ensued, was several weeks' worth of eating broccoli with every meal. Of course, I didn't subject him to just plain old broccoli; I doctored it with cheese and seasonings and changed its form. The scary head of broccoli had become a work of art. Okay, enough with the drama!
Now, as I try to feed our children, I find my own loathing of vegetables as a child has come back to haunt me. Actually, that's not entirely accurate. 3 of our 4 kids like vegetables for the most part. Only 1 is picky like I was. Now he's the one sitting at the dinner table when everyone else has left, trying to swallow the 1 bite of broccoli or 1 tiny slice of tomato (which by now has taken on the consistency of soup) in his mouth. Oh well. Maybe he'll eventually become a vegetable lover like I am.
Recipes of above vegetable dishes I made the past week are here:
Zucchini Tomato Provencale
very good! -I omitted marjoram because I didn't have any in the house
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
very very good! I added 1 more cup cheese and 32 oz of low-sodium chicken broth along with some curry powder, garlic & turmeric (for color)
Quinoa, Chickpea & Spinach Salad with Smoked Paprika Dressing
very very very good! - I didn't have any mint, and I substituted garlic vinegar for the sherry wine vinegar Used chopped Romas since I didn't have any cherry tomatoes on hand. I also cut the baby spinach leaves into strips.