Thursday, February 7, 2008
Eat Your Veggies
Lot's of people seem to have a fear of vegetables. Perhaps it goes back to their childhood; maybe they were forced to clear their plate (filled with canned or over cooked veggies) before leaving the table. Then there is the veggie specific fear, such as Kale, which typically stems from not knowing what to do with it or because it seems "exotic".
Vegetables are rich in flavor, minerals and vitamins. Instead of centering your meal around a piece of meat (or even fake meat), try making the veggies the star of the show. Vegetables have luscious colors, which can make a home-cooked meal look tres gourmet.
If you don't like veggies, try preparing them in different ways. Perhaps you might like certain veggies raw rather than cooked. Going raw is always a great option for veggies. However, if you're looking for a hot meal, try sautéing, steaming, baking/roasting or BBQ-ing your veggies.
Veggies also make great snacks. Instead of a bag of chips, eat a bag of snap peas!
Some of my favorite vegetables (such as kale, beets, swiss chard, eggplants, etc.) may seem inaccessible to some; however keep in mind that the "strangest" veggies are often the tastiest. Don't feel intimated by vegetables; instead try a large variety using various flavor combinations.
More to come...