Monday, May 13, 2013
Operation Green Things
Yesterday was Mother's Day, and my family celebrated me. At dinner, my husband asked both kids "what nice things Mommy does." It seems my strong suits are:
1. driving people around
2. cooking most of the food
3. snuggling, and
4. being there when they have bad dreams.
I appreciate the accolades, but I'd like to do better. I'm starting with number 2, cooking.
I can cook, but I don't particularly enjoy it. I love to bake, but I try to keep that to a minimum because the last things we need in our diets are more baked goods.
Last week, my nine-year-old went in for his annual check-up. The pediatrician asked him all the usual questions, and I was abashed when my kid said he ate no green vegetables. It's true, and it's mostly my fault. I don't offer him many.
I don't offer my kids many green vegetables because I don't eat many green vegetables. My mother made me eat them, but it didn't take. The first time I remember liking a vegetable was a crisp green bean during law school. My home cooking repertoire consists of broccoli and green beans, usually steamed except on special occasions.
It's time to expand the vegetable menu around here. I think I'm ready. When I eat out, I usually eat and enjoy whatever I'm served. I even ventured to a vegetarian restaurant with a friend, boldly ordering brussel sprouts [insert childish gag reflex] and eating them. So I'm optimistic.
The problem is that I don't know how to cook vegetables.
This is where I hope that you, dear readers, can help me. Each week, I'm going to choose a new vegetable to cook and serve to my family. I hope that you will offer a simple yet delicious way to prepare said vegetable.
I'm jumping into the deep end with both feet, because I have asparagus in my refrigerator. I think I hate asparagus. I remember being made to sit at the dinner table until I tried some asparagus and outlasting a very strong-willed cook--at my boyfriend's mother's table when I was in high school. I chose asparagus because I know my husband loves it. If I do it right, at least one of us will eat it.
If you or your family members are not veggie people, join me in Operation Green Things: one new green veggie a week, starting now. Week One: Asparagus.
If you have a simple way to cook asparagus that you enjoy, please tell me or link to a recipe in the comments. I'll pick one I think I can handle and share the results before moving on to the Week Two vegetable.
I'm not sure that the absence of green vegetables at the dinner table was something my kids would seek to change, but what do they know. I'm the mom, and I've decided we need to do better.
Eat green things!