When I saw that Jenn is dedicating February to Vegetables I was ecstatic. I mean, I love vegetables. Seriously LOVE them.
Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, peppers, broccoli, collard greens, carrots, radishes, the list goes on and on and I love the all. Maybe not equally but I do love them. See, over the last year my taste buds have really changed, which I assume is because I’ve cut out all animal products from my diet. So now, rather than looking to a big burger to give my meal flavor and spice, I rely on vegetables to add flavor and complexity and honestly I never really knew that veggies had a flavor of their own.
I mean growing up I never ate vegetables and then when I was in college I knew I should eat them so I’d boil them and then they would all taste the same.
But now, now I can tell the difference between the sweet crispness of a yellow pepper and the slight bitterness in kale.
Now my taste buds crave the veggies I have never been interested in, like collard greens, bok choy, arugula and leeks. And honestly, they’re just as easy to cook or maybe even easier than the normal ones we all go to – broccoli, green beans, etc. Not that there is anything wrong with broccoli or green beans, it’s just my taste buds want more.
So here is what I eat on a Typical Tuesday!
Organic Cinnamon Crunch with soy milk &
Smoothie: Veggie Juice, frozen strawberries and raspberries, 1 banana, 1/2 pear, 1/3 green apple and a TON of spinach
Eaten alongside one of my favorite series, Maisie Dobbs!
Slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter and cinnamon on top with Orange Juice and Coffee
Oh, and I take my coffee without sugar (except for the weekends) and with soy milk!
Erin’s Goulash: Brown Rice with sauteed peppers, brussel sprouts, kale, onions and Veggie Sausage
So super yummy and full of vitamins, protein and healthy whole grains.
After Work Snack
Yummy toast with another Smoothie!
Smoothie: Carrots, celery, cranberry juice, frozen strawberries, mango, lettuce and spinach
Country bread toasted with roasted garlic smeared on top – delicious!
Rice pilaf with sauteed collard greens and mushrooms with green beans
Along with a small glass of white wine and my normal sparking water with a splash of cranberry
All in all, Tuesday’s meals had a ton of different veggies and were delicious, if I do say so myself. I think a lot of veggies get a bad wrap but it’s really all about how you cook them. So my advice for today:
Pick up a new veggie next time you’re at the grocery store and try sauteeing it in a little olive oil or roasting it alongside onions and potatoes. I bet you’ll find that you like more veggies than you thought!
Question of the Day: What’s YOUR favorite veggie?
All my love and strength continues to go out to my cousin’s daughter Madeline.