Okay, Iíll admit that I am not a fan of many vegetables. But despite my aversion to collard greens and Brussels sprouts, I also know that vegetables are an important part of my diet. So I figured out more entertaining ways of eating them to be sure I got enough vegetables in my diet without having to sacrifice my delicate sensibilities.
The woman who invented the salad was on to something. Put a bunch of lettuce and other veggies in a bowl, toss on some serious dressing and top with fried croutons. Its vegetables, itís dressing, itís yummy. Now, Iíll not claim to eat a salad for a meal all the time when there are other options available, but a side salad is a nice way to get some green in the diet, and the occasional Caesar or grilled chicken salad actually hits the spot when Iím in the mood for something reasonably healthy. I should mention that most salad dressings and the fried croutons are actually very bad for you, so be sparing about those.
Iím not foolish enough to state that French fries are good for you, but if you get creative you can make potato wedges that are a bit better for you than youíd imagine. Potatoes are surprising a rather healthy vegetable Ė if you eat the skin and donít fry them. So cut your potatoes into wedges leaving the skin intact.Place the potatoes on a tray and spray them with some butter. Sprinkle on salt or other seasoning and pop them into the oven. Flip the ďfriesĒ over when one side seems to be well cooked, and in no time youíll have a home-made fry that is actually pretty good and has an iota of healthiness Ė not something most fast food restaurants can say.
You can hide all kinds of things in casseroles. Start with some ground beef, beans and cheese. Add in cut tomato and peppers. Stir in some carrots and even potato pieces. Bake until itís nice and hot and then top with cheese and lettuce. Of course, you can be much sneakier about vegetables in casseroles if you need to. Chop up any vegetable finely enough and you can hide it in a thick creamy chicken sauce or in a cheesy mixture.
Another nice option for veggies is to grill them on the barbeque grill alongside meat. Grilled vegetables have a special flavor and they are a lot of fun to eat. Corn gets seasoned and roasted. Long wooden skewers can hold all kinds of vegetables cooked to perfection on the grill and tin foil holds potatoes and other foods on the heat to cook.
Of course, you might not have access to casseroles or the grill when you try to eat more vegetables, but if you help your parents in the kitchen while they are cooking, youíll have ample opportunities to make suggestions. If your parents realize youíre serious about trying some new vegetables in different ways, they might be willing to give it a shot, too.