Thursday, November 27, 2008

Eat Your vegetables

It is the advice given to us by most of our mothers. The sad truth is that if your mother was anything like mine vegetables were viewed as a punishment rather than a pleasure. Often overcooked from cans or frozen vegetables were what I HAD to eat in order to get dessert.

Nutrition wise vegetables are our best source of almost everything. With obesity, especially among children at an all time high we really have to teach our children well. No one ever got fat from too many green beans.

Hiding vegetables in other dishes is the wrong approach. If you disguise your cauliflower in macaroni and cheese then you will teach your children to eat Mac and cheese, not cauliflower. Those cookbooks should be thrown in the garbage. Instead take a fresh approach to the vegetable word and try things. Those of us without kids can benefit from a new approach to our green friends as well.

Kids often don't like bitter. Steaming brings out the bitterness in veggies. Roast, saute, sauce a little bit. Vegetables should be a delicious delight, not a torture course.
Kid Friendly Green Beans
Take 1 lb of green beans (have your kids snap the ends off, they will love it)
2 ripe Roma tomatoes diced
Olive oil
Pre-heat oven to 425. Cut beans into thirds and toss with a touch of olive oil and salt. Throw in the tomatoes and give another toss. Add some pepper if you like. Put 'em in the hot oven for 5 to 10 minutes depending on desired tenderness. I like them crisp, but you can make a touch softer.
They are really delicious.

No kidding.


Just said...

Having been raised somewhat Greek, I love my green beans as you describe them, except they need to be totally mushy!

Chef...Karl Wilder said...

I can't do the mushy ones. I prefer them quite crisp.