Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Bit Greener

My boys, both big and little, probably think I have lost my mind.  I have been trying to add more green to all of our diets.  They do pretty well with standard vegetables, but are struggling with the new ones I am adding.  I, on the other hand, cannot seem to eat them enough.  I am in love with all things green.  I wish I could magically instill that love on the rest of my house.  The two new ones that I tried to bring to the table this week were Kale and Brussels Sprouts.  Sautéed Kale went over so-so at the table.  They ate it with grimaced faces.  The Brussels Sprouts were another story.  Jack ate 4, Kevin ate 1, and Lincoln's were found in various places under the table and in his highchair. I grew up eating Brussels Sprouts and am quite fond of them.  My boys see them as a type of torture.  I guess I win some and lose some.  But, I give them credit for tasting them. 

Last night, I roasted my Sprouts and it was by far my favorite way to eat them.  I drizzled them with Olive Oil, sprinkled salt and pepper, and roasted in a shallow pan for about 30 minutes in a 400 degree oven.  They were superb!  My parents came over later and declared them a huge hit (that is after my own children and husband nearly died trying to swallow them)!

I have also been using my Basil plant as much as possible in the kitchen.  That thing is growing like crazy.  I like to thinly chop a handful of leaves and add it to melted butter and lemon juice.  Then, I pour it over Tilapia fillets and broil the on high for about 7-8 minutes.  That is a super tasty and easy way to prepare fish.

So, last night, our green things were our own fresh cucumber, basil, and rosemary.  We also had roasted Brussels Sprouts.  I served them all with Tilapia fillets and mini corn muffins.  Overall, dinner was a success-minus the hatred for sprouts.  (I am thinking it's all in their mind!)

I would love any suggestions for new, green vegetables that I might have success getting all the fellas in my house to actually swallow and smile.  I will keep trying.  Green is good, after all.

B Charmer

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