Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Are you ready for it? My arch nemesis? The do-er of all evil? The vegetable. I do not like the texture, the taste, or even their look. I just do not like them at all. Oh yes, this holds true for fruits as well.
The back story. Apparently, when I was younger, I loved my fruits and vegetables. I got something like the stomach flew when I was young and basically stopped eating anything remotely healthy. I donít know why, but I never started eating them again. I know, I know, its bad, but I was young.
Well, I went to see a nutritionist back in June, and (Surprise, Surprise) she wants me to eat vegetables. (Yuck) Apparently my love for potatoes and corn are considered starches and not vegetables (Seriously?) Well, I did try cauliflower and mashed it like a potato. It wasnít remotely good but it was scarcely edible so I choked it down. I also tried an apple (and after about a million disgusting bites and tries) I fell in love with them. Thank goodness, I can manage to eat at least one fruit and one vegetable.
My nutritionist is making me try a new vegetable every week, twice a day, 5 different ways. Iím supposed to try carrots, pepper, and broccoliÖ(ugh, ugh, ugh)
I guess my issue is that I do not like them raw. Or in general. I love orange juice but to eat an orange, the texture and the chewing makes me gag. Iíve tried peaches, pears, oranges, pineapples, apples, cauliflower, peppers and lettuce. I only like cauliflower and apples. However, I have learned to hide my vegetables in the food that I eat. If I mince them up small enough, I can eat it without too much trouble. I currently have recipes for an amazing bean-less chili, baked ziti and stuffed shells. If I can hide them, I have a slightly better chance of eating them.
I think my next big idea is to create minced up packets of vegetables that can easily be thrown into any meal. I mean, how perfect would it be to pull out a packet of minced vegetables when you pull out your chicken for supper in the morning. (Well at least it seems smart for me)
The only issue with this is we have two grocery stores where I live. Organic (supposedly better) is hard to come by and itís a lot of money to simply buy food out here. Its hard to make a 45 minute trip just to get to a wegmanís to buy some cheap ole good veggies.
So, if you have read this, (well congratulations and) thank you. If by chance, you have any hidden vegetable recipes and would care to share, Iíd love it! Also, has anyone been to an Aldiís? We have one in the town about a half hour away but Iíve never been there because its right by the Wal-Mart. Between Aldiís, Tops, and Wal-Mart, where would I get better vegetables (and possibly cheap ones at that?)