Challenge – Eating Vegetables vs Me….
(Or: It is time to come to terms with my grudge against vegetables.)
I loathe vegetables.
I have been at war with them for as long as I can remember. My mother can tell you about nights where I sat alone at a dark dinner table for hours, stubbornly staring down at cold cauliflower and broccoli on my plate. When it comes to vegetables, I modelled myself after Jane Austen’s character, Elizabeth Bennet “An obstinate, headstrong girl.”
As an adult I’ve decided it’s time to change my mindset and approach to help me actually grow a desire & love for veggies. A victory would be avoiding a frown while chewing on broccoli and sucking back water to wash it all down… you know… the look a 5 year old makes while eating brussels sprouts.
So I call to arms beginner veggie eaters like me to unite & take this one step at a time.
Step 1 – Groceries
Pick a veggie. Only one. Carrots. Red peppers. Broccoli… Educate yourself about it, learn the nutritional values and Google search recipes. Start to understand how your veggie can be prepared with foods you enjoy. If we don’t understand something, we (humans) have a tendency to avoid it. Food for thought — Have you eaten vegetables at a restaurant and enjoyed it? Probably. How was it prepared?
Step 2 – Recruit your foodie friend.
Grab a friend who loves to cook and enjoys vegetables (Vegans and Vegetarians are great resources for this). Let them know about your one veggie challenge and quiz them about how they prepare it. What are quick ways to prepare this item? Is it better raw or baked? What should you avoid? Over boiled broccoli is terrible. Let’s win at just cooking it properly first.
Step 3 – “Experience: That most brutal of teachers. But you learn.” – C.S. Lewis
When you are working with food, the only way to learn is trial by fire (or marinating, or steaming). Once you’re set with recipes, it is time to do some cooking. Set aside an evening, purchase multiples of your choice veggie and get cooking. Focus on using your vegetable in a few different ways. Can it be prepared as a pickle? Is it best roasted? How does it taste from the BBQ? Made into a soup?
Cooking can be creative, so try to keep your testing low-risk and fun while you experiment. If your recipe is terrible then try another… but make sure you re-read the old one to make sure you correctly followed the instructions.
Bonus Step – Purchase in season produce.
In season and local produce can taste a lot better than out-of-season and tends to be less expensive. This can help keep costs down as you experiment.
A fellow kettlebell-ist, Ayden and I were chatting about food preparation where he drove a concept home for me. “Making time to prepare food at home is much more satisfying. When you put the work in you can make a healthier, more colourful and tasty meal on your plate. It is just so satisfying.”
Well Team. I’ve picked red pepper for this first round, I’ll report and show you how it goes in about a week.
What’s your veggie of choice? How do you prepare it? Hit me with your pictures and ideas!