It’s Not Easy Eating Green!

Sparks sent me a link to 15 Kale Recipes You’ll Actually Eat! (Click on the underlined link if you want to read them but I will question your sanity.) I want to eat green but I have a very limited love of green foods. I don’t like broccoli. Actually I don’t like the tree part of broccoli, I will eat the stems but they are paler. I don’t like alfalfa sprouts – they taste like grass. Oh, they are? I barely can eat asparagus (unless roasted with balsamic, garlic and olive oil), spinach (unless in a salad with lots of bacon – mmmmm – bacon), peas (preferably with cream sauce or in tuna a la king),bok choy or cabbage. And I will not eat: kale, brussels sprouts, nori (the green seaweed around sushi), broccoli rabe (what the ever the heck that is, but what’s-her-name cooks it on her show – you know, that woman who cooks and talks funny), wheat grass, scarlet runner beans, broad beans (I can handle lima beans but the small frozen ones swimming in real butter), artichokes, avocados(unless they are guacamoleized), or pears (Ok I’m getting carried away here).

Maybe it has to do with how the green is prepared. I love basil but it’s an herb, right? I can see it on a pizza and in pesto and ciffonaded with fresh tomatoes and garlic for the best pasta sauce you ever ate. That one even tastes fabulous on spaghetti squash! I guess I could eat some of the others in a stir fry – celery, bok choy, suy choy, even broccoli and bean sprouts (they’re pale not green like alfalfa), but throw in the carrots, too.  And of course I add peas to any 1-pot dinner to fulfill the veggie content rule but they’re buried, really, buried.

Think about brussels spouts and spinach – cooked – eeww! I know people are going to wax poetic about braised spinach with garlic or baked brussels sprouts with cheese and almonds but seriously – eeeewww!

And in Victoria we grow kale all winter – in planter boxes – they’re ornaments!!!! It’s like asking a Canadian of you prefer green pea soup to French Canadian pea soup (it’s made with yellow peas).

But dark green vegetables are good for you. I will eat the gourmet salad mix with all those green (and red) lettuces … and arugula. I do like arugula and I can’t find the nutritional info on arugula. But let’s be real, most of the leafy stuff is full of water and we all need to consume more water. Or eat more cucumbers, they’re classified as green, aren’t they? Thanks for listening. ;D Diane

~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on March 21, 2012.

4 Responses to “It’s Not Easy Eating Green!”

  1. Good stuff….great stuff Diane…..i can hear your laughter in your writing.

  2. I’m with you on the sprouts – but there’s something amazingly satisfying about eating crunchy broccoli or green beans 🙂

  3. I’ll grant you the green beans. And there is the crunch factor. But I cannot handle food that tastes green!

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