Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Man Up! Eat Your Vegetables
I hate hearing the "I'll eat the salad later" or "don't care much for greens" or "I'll have a salad, but only the greens". A salad with only greens and dressing is no salad at all. Don't get me wrong, greens are fantastic and healthy, but eating just greens is like asking for a plain doughnut. No thank you!
Can we agree that among the general population, majority being males, vegetables are ignored or undervalued. And no, the lettuce, tomato, and onion on your burger isn't a full appreciation.
As eaters, we need to recognize the beauty of vegetables. They bring color and livelihood to meals. I am not advocating becoming a vegetarian or vegan. But, I suggest stop pushing your vegetables to the side, don't save them for later which is really code for I'm not going to eat them, but indulge in the green stuff. The meat is the head of a meal, but the vegetables, despite their secondary status, are the backbone of every great meal.
I love chicken, fish, steak, pork, and various types of meat, but I also love asparagus, broccoli, cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, celery, Brussels sprouts, and any other green thing I can roast, saute, grill, or steam.
Being in NY lately has inspired me to write this article to make a stand for vegetables. Two nights, not consecutive of course, my sister and I concocted and roasted this rich, flavorful, savory combination of green beans, potatoes, and fennel. The licorice scented fennel doesn't lure me in, but when roasted to the point of ultimate caramelization, I tend to go crazy for the onion like veggie. Now if you don't think these vegetables look incredibly delicious, then you're fooling yourself.
Look past the meat, forget your no vegetable stigma, indulge and explore the world of vegetables.
Do you love vegetables as much as me?