I know my UK readers are giggling at my use of “ain’t”. Nope…ain’t ain’t a word, but it just goes with the saying.
As you may know, the saying is “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”, but wouldn’t you agree that my version is true as well?
I had coffee with a friend today and we were discussing food…especially what we ate as kids. Though I did eat plenty traditional Mexican food thanks to my grandma and a healthy dose of Filipino food thanks to my stepdad, my mama made very different meals and I am so grateful.
Because of my mama, I love the hearty taste of brown rice.
I do a happy dance over garlic sauteed veggies.
My mouth waters at the thought of roasted veggies.
My steak is never complete unless it is topped with mushrooms.
I consider Romaine lettuce a canvas full of delicious possibilities.
Stuffed cabbage are my comfort food.
And I always double check my grocery cart to make sure I have fresh goodness in there before I check out.
I am so grateful that my mama helped me to love healthy food.
My hubby…well it’s growing on him. It’s not like his mama didn’t feed it to him, but I guess it was just different. The veggies were pretty much the same all the time (zucchini) and prepared in the same fashion (lightly sauteed with a touch of salt and pepper). I find it odd really because my mother-in-law is a fantastic cook (in fact she owned a restaurant at one point) and the food that she prepares is so inspired and lovingly made.
No desire for her family to eat and enjoy the veggies.
So I guess the key to have your family eating healthy and loving veggies really begins with you, mama.
But what if you don’t enjoy your veggies or healthy-type food… or even to cook?
Well then, what you need is some inspiration! Here are great places to start:
- Jamie Olivers Food Revolution cook book looks like a great place to start. I love his cooking shows and I’m obsessed with his show Food Revolution. So judging from those shows and the great book reviews, I’d say this book is a winner.
- An article from Readers Digest suggest trying the “baby” versions of veggies since they have a slightly sweeter taste and more appealing texture. You can more of their tips in the original article.
- Watch movies that inspire you to cook. I love Ratatouille, Somethings Gotta Give (something about them shopping at the local market and then sitting around the table eating makes me want to cook), Like Water For Chocolate (fresh food and a love story with passion? Love it!), and It’s Complicated (makes me want to bake…but food inspiring nonetheless).
- I’m not a big fan of sneaking in veggies (how else will you learn to like them if you don’t taste them?), but there’s no harm in adding extra to spaghetti sauce and pizza just to get you started on the right track.
- And lastly, you just got to give healthy food a chance. I saw in a Dr. Oz TV special that when a child was given a small piece of food that he didn’t like (in this case it was avocado) for 7 days straight, that by the end of the week the child will grew to appreciate (and dare I say, enjoy, the new food). So if you scared or just not accustomed to a certain healthier flavor, give it a week and it’ll grow on you.
How about you mama? Do you love your veggies? Does your family love them? What’s your favorite veggie dish?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!