Delicious vegetables are in the mouth of the beholder.
Tonight’s Dinner Rehab meal plan comes from Angel. (Remember Angel?) Rather than tiptoe around Joe’s irrational fear of vegetables, Angel emailed me three suggestions that would require sedating and blind folding my husband then feeding him intravenously while he lays unconscious.
It is probably a reasonable bet that you and Joe will not be consuming the three dinner-time staples that Jonathan and I eat, mainly because of the vegetable content, but I will throw them out there. Maybe it will spark some ideas.
1. Stir-fry: Brown rice, loads of veg (spinach, kale, swiss chard, mushrooms, celery, snap peas, zucchini, broccoli, summer squash, carrots, onions … whatever is in season), red curry pasta, sriacha, diced pork loin or chicken breast (Everything but the rice sautéed in chicken broth with the sriacha and red curry and a single drop of sesame oil.) I have been mad for this awesome Tamari soy sauce lately, so I usually throw a dash of that in as well. I usually make this when I am short on time and/or creativity. Tons of sriacha covers up the fact that I am eating healthy. I can pretend it is take-out.
2. Whole wheat spaghetti noodles with a ground turkey and vegetable sauce: (usually includes fresh basil and oregano, onion, garlic, mushroom and zucchini.) Sprinkle some fresh grated parm on top and it is carb heaven, but still really good for you.
3. Ground turkey nachos with fat free vegetarian refried beans (on the side): homemade salsa and guacamole. Jonathan will eat half a tub of sour cream with these, and not a small tub.
Jonathan used to be super anti-vegetable. He actually ate peas and green beans the other night. At the same time. Without bitching! I just started sneaking things in and making them in a way that actually tasted good. Plus, I totally have him on my organic, local food bandwagon, now that he realizes vegetables can actually taste good. Our garden is huge this year (148 sq. ft.!) and my mom has a farm a couple of hours away, so in addition to the CSA we belong to, it is safe to say we always have a shit-ton of vegetables and fruit in the house at all times. I don’t remember the last time I bought anything at a grocery store.**
I am a cooking freak and an admitted kitchen Nazi. If you really want to get me excited, let’s talk about Kitchen-Aid attachments, mandolines, and butcher blocks. It’s sad, really.
Good luck getting out of your rut!
**Must be nice.
PS. Top photo courtesy of Maggie Hoffman via Flickr.