Hello, my nemesis.
Confession: cooked veggies have never been my thing. Just ask my parents – I think they gave up on me after a couple of pivotal dinner-table standoffs. It’s kind of weird: I’ve always loved salads. I’d tolerate, if drenched in ranch dressing, raw crudites. But cooked veggies were either surreptitiously avoided or pushed to the side of my plate.
In the last few years I’ve come a long way in getting over my hatred of veggies. I conquered green beans by learning how to sear them in browned butter; now they are one of my favorite side dishes. Cooked carrots, which used to make me retch, are now delectable when glazed in maple syrup. Asparagus – well, I’m working on that one.
Broccoli, though? Ick.
However. Millions of people eat broccoli every day and enjoy it, so I will persevere. In this war against veggies, conquering broccoli would be a key victory for me.
So when I saw this recipe for Thai Chicken and Mango Stir Fry from Eating Well, I fought my immediate urge to replace the broccoli with something else. You’re going to eat the broccoli and you’re going to enjoy it, I scolded myself.
It’s hard to hate on a dish that looks so colorful and delicious:
Honestly? There was so much awesomeness going on here that I barely even noticed the broccoli! I won’t go as far as to say that I liked it, but it wasn’t objectionable. I didn’t pick around it or avoid it. I didn’t grimace when I ate it.
This is huge for me.
One more step in the journey toward being a grown up who eats her veggies. I’ve come a long way from the days of childhood clean-plate showdowns.
Today’s EAT: Obviously I’m a fan of this Thai Chicken and Mango Stir Fry! I absolutely love cooking with Thai flavors: salty fish sauce, sour lime and spicy chillies go so well together and pack a massive flavor punch:
I just made a couple of minor mods:
- Added chopped red bell pepper
- Used dried basil instead of fresh; skipped the mint and cilantro (although if I’d had all of these herbs fresh, I would have definitely used them! I just didn’t have them on hand)
- Served over whole grain rice instead of noodles
The hubs and I both inhaled this. The bold flavor was so satisfying! I love eating dishes like this fresh out of the pan, too, capturing the heat of the temperature as well as the chillies. It reminds me of eating street food in Thailand.
Today’s DRINK: Garbage disposal night! There were a couple of random wine bottles open with just a splash left in the bottom, so I am doing cleanup duty. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. 🙂
Today’s RUN: Easy 5 miles, my usual Hudson river route. 41:45. Resting up for CTPC track night tomorrow night! Is it bizarre that I am so stoked for this? I love track workouts.
Today’s QUESTION: Do you have a veggie nemesis? Or any food nemesis? Something that you know you should like but just have a hard time with? I battle with broccoli, cauliflower, cooked spinach and peas.