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Are Those Cooked Vegetables I See You Eating?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Today I had one of my aha moments. Whenever someone asked if I liked vegetables, I would say only raw. Very few would I eat cooked. I do like collard greens, green beans, spaghetti squash, "candied" yams, potatoes and spinach but only if it is in an onion florentine (onion scooped out to form a shell, stuffed with chopped spinach, hot turkey sausage, chopped onions and cheddar cheese). No other cooked veggies, or so I thought.

I came home prepared with my own groceries to last what I hope is the entire weekend. I immediately put together my veggie tray for making my salads. I say I hope it will last because everyone now wants a salad. I guess that's a good thing. I always hear no one can make a salad like you do. When I bring a salad to work, I always hear you can make the best salads, next time bring us one too!! I'm puzzled, because I'm always thinking just how difficult can this be? Cut your veggies and when it's time, grab a handful of everything and put it on a bed of your spinach, or spring mix - my two favorites, add a little feta cheese, tuna and low or no fat dressing and you're good to go. I know what it is though, they don't want to do all of the chopping. It takes me about 40 minutes, to wash, dry, chop, but when I'm done, I'm ready for a week.

Now to get to those cooked vegetables. When I was preparing my dinner tonight, I knew I was going to have veggie burgers. Tonight I would be topping them with red onions, red, yellow and orange peppers and mushrooms that had been sautéed in extra virgin olive oil.

When all was said and done, and I was enjoying my meal, it dawned on me, hellooooooo, aren't those cooked vegetables you're eating? Weren't those cooked vegetables that you were eating during the summer that you were so proud of grilling. The yellow squash, zucchini, etc.? Now that I think about it, I probably wrote about this back then too. Guess I'm having another senior moment. But eating cooked vegetables is a small step, maybe I'll progress to other veggies that are cooked as I go along on my journey to becoming a healthier me.
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