OK, I know this sounds like a stereo-typical personal trainer/fitness professional, however I do actually like vegetables. I’ve always eaten my veggies, even as a kid. Here are a few new, and a couple of old favorites.
Brussel Sprouts . . . as a kid, I’d have never touched brussel sprouts. Now, my favorite way to eat these stink bombs is roasted. I cut them in half, lay them out on a cookie sheet, drizzle with a bit of olive oil and roast them until they are brown and tasty! Unfortunately, every time I cook them, my family isn’t too pleased because they STINK!
Cauliflower . . . Growing up, my grandma made creamed cauliflower that was out of this world! In her honor, I make a killer cream of cauliflower soup, that is a staple during cooler weather. I start with a flour, butter, and milk base, then add roasted cauliflower, skim milk and chicken broth, and puree until the desired consistency. The only seasonings are salt and pepper, but that is all it needs. (Sadly, this also makes the house stink!)
Avocados . . . in the past, I’d have avoided these due to the high fat and calorie content. However, now that I’ve realized that healthy fats and oils actually may contribute to fat loss and help keep me feeling full all day, I eat at least one a week. I eat them on salads, in soups and as guacamole.
Peppers . . . Roasted red, yellow or orange peppers are another staple I keep in the fridge. I use them on my daily breakfast egg sandwich – a Thomas whole wheat english muffin, plus 2 eggs, a slice of Canadian bacon, and some roasted peppers. This is a great way to get in some veggies for breakfast.
Cucumbers . . . this was never a favorite vegetable growing up, but I’d eat them. My favorite way to eat cukes is sliced and dipped in humus. This makes a great late afternoon snack when dinner isn’t ready yet.
So, what are vegetables that I don’t eat or enjoy?
Carrots . . . I will eat cooked carrots and have them in soups, however, to just sit down and eat raw carrots. . . uh, no thanks.
Celery . . . one word – GROSS! (yes, I will use celery in soups, as long as it is well-minced).
Onions . . . I loved onions cooked or grilled, but I do not enjoy raw onions in salads, on burgers or other sandwiches.
What are your favorite vegetables and how do you prepare them?