Friday, December 17, 2010

Do You Eat Your Veggies?

By Heather

I was making dinner last night (chicken, baked potatoes, and veggies) and found myself making two kinds of veggies. Steamed broccoli and frozen green beans (the fresh ones this time of year are scary). The broccoli was for my husband and my husband only. The kids have never liked it, and while I tolerate it, I don't want to eat it. Ever again. And at my age, I think I've earned that right of refusal.

When my husband asked why I didn't eat it anymore, I told him the simple truth. Life's too short. It's way too short to eat foods that you don't like just because they're good for you.

Of course he, being the jokester he is, had to say something along of the lines of life will be too short if I don't eat my broccoli.

It's a chance I'm willing to take.

I'll eat green beans, squash, zucchini, peas, carrots (mmm, my favorite!), corn, peppers, and plenty more. I think I can skip the broccoli. And the cauliflower. And, okay, the brussel sprouts, too. It's not like I'm skipping out altogether and having cupcakes for breakfast (we won't count that day last week...).

How about you? Do you eat your veggies? What's your favorite? Least favorite?

22 comments:

lori cimino said...

my favorites actually are broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. hated them as a kid but as an adult i crave them.

Heather Webber said...

LOL, Lori! You can have mine!

Lorna Barrett said...

I love veggies--much more than fruit. (In fact, I detest most fruit.) I'm not fond of eggplant and it's about the only veggie I avoid. I'd eat tons more if I could get my husband to eat them. Oh, he'll eat just about everything but eggplant, but he wants only one veggie per meal because that's what he grew up with. (Meat, potato, veg.) But I grew up having 2-4 veggies plus a salad with every meal.

BTW, Heather, you have not LIVED until you've eaten roasted Brussels sprouts--the blacker the better. They caramelize and are really sweet and delicious. In fact, most veggies taste superb roasted. (Never tried roasted broccoli, though. I love it plain--but not in quiche for some reason.)

Kristine said...

I love my veggies... and I am the broccoli enforcer in my home :) Hey, it fights cancer!

Sheila Connolly said...

But, but...I like broccoli! And cauliflower, in all colors. I'm not so happy with squash and eggplant, though.

My daughter found a recipe for caramelized brussels sprouts--you add a little sugar and butter and steam them. It had never occurred to me, but the sugar cuts the bitterness.

CindyD said...

I love broccoli - salad is my favorite, though. I don't like peas, especially canned ones.

caryn said...

Broccoli, brussel sprouts, parsnips, carrots, baby lima beans, califlower-pretty much any vegetable EXCEPT eggplant and Harvard Beets. I've tried, really tried but I just can't do them. Yellow beets are okay though.

Linda McDonald said...

I'm a terrible vegetable eater. I admit it and I don't like that I am. I just got Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook (the first one, but there is another one out too) about adding veggies into your food, so you are still getting them, without really enduring, oh I mean tasting, them so much. She hides all these different veggies from her kids by mixing them into the food. I'm going to get the food processor going and try it. If it works, then I'll be adding a lot more veggies to my meals which I really need to do.

Miki Willa said...

I enjoy all veggies except peas and beans. I really like them roasted with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Last night, we had roasted yams with butter and salt. Yummy.

Aurian said...

Actually, i love cauliflower and brussel sprouts, but I detest broccoli, courgette and aubergine (eggplant I guess that is). I do eat my veggies, canned ones that is, fast in the microwave. My boyfriend doesn't like much, except the traditional winter veggies, and he'd rather have meat on bread than meat with potato and veggie.

signlady217 said...

My absolute, all-time favorite vegetable is: mashed potatos, with gravy of course! I used to embarass my mom terribly when we had company because I would just scarf them down and not leave much for others. She learned to just make extra. She still has to! :)

I also like green beans, Great Northern beans (mom makes the best!), sauerkraut, spinach, raw carrots (not cooked, :/ ), and probably some others I can't think of right now.

I detest brocolli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts! And green peas, ick! My husband loves them all, naturally. The only veggie he really doesn't like is celery.

I do have an awesome zucchini casserole recipe from one of my best friends. It has lots of cheese and eggs in it, yummy!

NOW I am hungry, or is it just lunch time??

Rural View said...

I love all veggies except okra and eggplant. This reminds me that my husband told me before we got married that, "I'll eat anything." Ha!! He'll eat only a few veggies and won't try new things at all. But, we both love fruit and eat probably too much of it.

Rochelle Staab said...

I like all veggies but will only tolerate eggplant if it's baked Parmegiana with lots of gooey cheese. LOVE the roasted, carmelized brussel sprouts. Actually, any roasted veggie is good by me. My favorite-favorite is acorn squash baked with brown sugar. Yum.

Shel said...

About the only veggie I won't touch is peppers. Green, red, yellow, hot, mild, it doesn't matter, I don't like them. Everything else though - including ones that most people find awful, like eggplant, squash, spinach, and brussels sprouts, I'll eat tons of. I would eat more, but my husband is one of those men who only eat corn and green beans, LOL.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on the broccoli, Heather! Have never liked that or cauliflower...and I like tomatoes in any way EXCEPT as tomatoes (as in sliced/stewed/etc.). I'll eat tomato soup, I'll cook with tomatoes, but hard as Grandma tried when I was a kid, I'll not put a tomato in my mouth willingly.
That said, I love spinach (raw and cooked) and brussels sprouts...which I agree go to a whole new level of delish when roasted! Love peas (fresh or frozen...I'm w/George Carlin on canned: "They look like they've already been used!", corn, green beans, cabbage (raw & cooked). I always like Grandma's pickled beets but recently discovered roasted beets and omg...LOVE!
Yeah...I know broccoli and cauliflower are good for you, but I agree with Heather...life's too short to eat things you don't like just because they're good for you!

Anonymous said...

Oh...and one more thing...hubby dislikes most of the same veggies I do (except he's not big on brussels sprouts or cooked spinach). However, he did have cauliflower once and said "You know, I think I could enjoy cauliflower this way!" I replied, "Yes, but somehow I think battered & deep-fried kinda negates the healthy aspect!" HAR!

Heather Webber said...

I'm impressed with all our veggie-eating! That's a good thing--just as long as we can all have our favorites. And they're not deep fried (LOL, Sara!)

Suzanne said...

I love brocolli and string beans. I could eat them every night. I like carrots but haven't had them in a long time. I do eat sweet potatoes (as fries only) and other potatoes, lettuce, spinach, peppers.

I will never eat cauliflower or tomatoes (tomato sauce is ok). Corn bothers my stomach and I miss it, I loved corn on the cob as a kid.

Vickie said...

Favorite is asparagus, we wrap it in aluminum foil after drizzling with olive oil and sprinkling with whatever spice strikes my fancy.

It's probably easier to say what I don't like: beets, brussel sprouts, turnips, and any bean bigger than a pinto.

Dru said...

My favorite vegetable is corn until someone told me corn is not a veggie. It is in my book.

Growing up, I did not like broccoli but as an adult it's more or less the only green vegetable that I'll eat.

Do not like cauliflower or brussel sprots.

Nanc said...

Roasting cauliflower and brussel sprouts is one of the est ways to eat veggies!!! I toss them with a wee bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and then throw them on a cookie sheet. In the oven for 30~45 minutes and you are all set. My kids LOVE this...

Renee said...

Beets. My ultimate favorite veggie. I agree, any veggie roasted is delicous. Growing up we always, had meat, potatoes, veggie and a salad.