I’m not fond of vegetables. Given a choice, I usually would choose not to eat them. I don’t mind them much in something – but I was never one to intentionally add them as a side dish. But for the past year I have been making a concerted effort to up my veggie intake.
The South Beach Diet dictates eating 4.5 cups of vegetables a day. I consider it an accomplishment to have one good-sized serving. I’m proud of myself when I manage to have more.
I did make a pleasant discovery this summer – I like roasted fresh green beans. Probably more than any other vegetable and certainly more than I expected. And surprise, surprise… my husband likes them too. Sometimes I am selfish about sharing too many with him because I can’t always find good, fresh beans and I know I would willingly eat them several days in a row. (He, on the other hand, is not on a low-carb diet.)
Buoyed by my discovery, I took my newfound vegetable roasting skills a step further and added asparagus to my repertoire. I don’t like it as much as the green beans but it is certainly more palatable to me prepared this way. And my hubby will unenthusiastically partake, then proceed to entertain us all as he comments (every time) about how the asparagus will make his pee smell. (Yes, he said it again last night – and yes, I warned him he was going to be in my blog.)
My next experiment was the roasted cauliflower “popcorn” I had read so much about. Amazing – vegetables I would willingly eat for a snack. (Maybe “willingly” is too strong a word here. Let’s say I would concede to substitute them for a snack when I am watching carbs.) Then I tried baked sweet potato fries. Dangerously yummy. Time to branch out beyond roasting. I tried spaghetti squash. Surprisingly good considering I still don’t like summer squash. On to zucchini, another formerly hated squash… until I fried it as pancakes. Perfect for a low-carb breakfast. Who’d have thought?
So for those of you out there who also don’t like vegetables – take the advice of Sam-I-Am. “You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may.”