I know that there are many people in this world who don’t like vegetables. For some reason, most of those people are men. I just don’t understand that, quite frankly. From the time I was about three or four years old, we had gardens growing up in Utah. Mom would send us out to the garden in the back yard to pick some green beans or corn. We used to go sneak raw beans out of the garden all the time when we were playing. (We thought we were being SO sneaky, too. My guess: mom and dad always knew, but weren’t about to stop us from eating vegetables on purpose.
The real problem, I believe, stems from canned vegetables. Canned veggies are nasty. All the way around disgusting. I remember long, long nights being forced to sit at the table with mushy carrots or grey peas that had come from a can on my plate, sobbing and trying to gag enough down that mom and dad would let me leave the table. I think that may be why a lot of people hate vegetables. Because those nasty canned things barely count.
With my super-fun gardening adventure this summer (those are words that shouldn’t ever go together in a sentence), I’ve been eating WAY more vegetables than I have in years and years. Because I have them around. And I went to so much work to grow them that I don’t want them to go bad before I get to eat them. And it’s great. You forget how good green beans are when they’re fresh from the garden. (The purple beans above turn green when you cook them, so even thought they are a gorgeous shade of purple, I still call them green beans.) Snow peas that don’t come in a pre-sealed bag from the grocery story have an amazing flavor. And I’m still completely in awe over the fact that lettuce actually has a flavor at all. It’s not just crunchy water!
We eat miserably in this country. I count myself in that number. But the easiest way to get people back to eating healthily is to have them start growing their own food again. I realize this won’t happen for most people, but I would like to use this blog platform to encourage people to grow what food they can. It’s so much easier to eat healthy foods when you can pick them right off the vine as you need them.
Shoot even Luke the Dog eats more healthily when the food comes from the garden.
Seriously, he would have devoured everything on this plate if I would have allowed him to do so. I have never met a dog that loves veggies as much as this one does. It’ probably because he never had to eat that grossest of all foodstuffs masquerading as vegetables: canned peas. Parents, for the love of all that’s good and holy, don’t ruin your children’s opinion of vegetables by feeding them veggies from a can. It’s just cruel and unusual.