I know why kids don’t like vegetables and I don’t blame them. From infancy we are fed boiled, pureed flavorless veggies. Mush. After baby food stage, we are fed the same boiled to death veggies, just not in mush form any longer. If lucky these lifeless veggies may pass under a sprinkle of salt on the way to your sectioned kids plate. Ick. As teens we are forced to eat our veggies as well so we reach for french fries, potatoe chips and pizza. Hey its veggies right? Potatoes, tomatoes, green peppers…
So it’s no wonder as adults that we pass on the vegetarian option at restaurants and focus on protein. We are always still a little scared that the mush will reappear in our now food stable life. Just the thought of those sad carrots and peas lying limp and cold on the plate will quicken our step past the vegetarian buffet.
But I am here to announce to the vegetable abused kids and grown ups out there that there is another way! Your veggies can be delicious. As yummy as candy even. Oh yeah, its true. I hold a secret recipe for carrots, that you will feel guilty eating as if it were a decadent treat. Yup. Best part, it doesn’t take magical foam or 3 hrs of preparation and careful measuring. Takes about 10 minutes to prep, 20 minutes to cook and 2 minutes to reach your lips.
Pick a veggie, any veggie. Fennel you say. Good choice, I love fennel. Now use the following instructions on any other veggie.
Rinse clean, cut off any inedible end bits or bitter bits or leafy tops. Chop into 2 inch bits or peel away layers if like fennel or onion. Toss into a roasting pan. Drizzle olive oil over them very generously. I like an herbal infused oil like garlic. If not, toss some fresh chopped garlic in with the veggies. Now toss in any herb that makes you happy. Generously sprinkle with salt and fresh ground pepper. Lots. Heat oven to 475 degrees and roast the veggies until soft. Grab a chunk of crusty bread and eat your veggies! Another option, pour some white wine into the bottom of the roasting pan and braise the veggies in the liquid while they cook. Could be veggie stock also. Roast em, Braise em just don’t boil em!
It’s too easy to be true and it will make you a bit angry for a few minutes as you realize that your childhood could have been improved with this knowledge. You could have spent a lot less time sitting at the table all night, while you stood your ground and refused to eat the mush. Yeah, it sorta sucks. However just relish in knowing that you could land in a veggie patch and create tasty delights that are as good as the candy patch. Well, almost 😉