February 16, 2012

You Are What You Eat

If that's true, then I'm probably about 75% peanut butter. I eat it every morningon toast, a bagel, an English muffin. I gladly, gleefully, shamefully admit it.

I'll eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but only as a last resort. I don't particularly care to eat peanuts as a whole. But, if I'm sick, I feel a lot better if I eat a bowl of chicken noodle soup and peanut butter spread on white fluffy bread only. Go figure.

Let's not even explore the rest of my diet.

These days, I'm trying, really trying to eat more vegetables. Mostly because I should. But now I'm cooking and eating more vegetables because my Kate has become a vegetarian. It's thrown my whole menu plan into the can. I never thought that cooking vegetables would be so....time consuming. But it is for me.

I spend a lot longer in the produce section than I used to. I pick things up one at a time wondering how many ways each item can be prepared. I ask myself if she would like them steamed, raw, roasted, sautéed. I wonder if I can hide them under macaroni and cheese.

Then it's time to prepare dinner and satisfy my vegetarian daughter and the three carnivores who sit at the same table. Dinner conversation hasn't been this lively since her brother lived at home.

Last night, I prepared a quasi-Asian dish of spicy chicken (for the meat-eaters), a stir-fry of broccoli, pea pods, bean shoots, and carrots (raw for daughter Amanda, all separated for my dear husband), and a smorgasbord of noodles (chili oil for me, plain for daughter Amanda, and a little garlic and oil for the vegetarian and hubby). I don't even remember how many pots I used.

So, if you're still following along....here are some yummy recipes for you to try (with peanut butter) and some for the vegetarians in your life. Good luck!


Anonymous said...

I love peanut butter, I too put it on my toast in the am :)

We may not be able to do it anymore if Michele Obama gets wind of us :) they want to control everything we do !!!!

Nice post,


Cilla said...

Ha! If that's true, I'm a pickle. Sometimes I get myself in a pickle, but mostly I just like eating them.

Love the blog.

Sue said...

Good luck indeed. I have a vegetarian daughter too. She gets bored with foods easily so it's hard to plan meals. It does get better so hang in there.