If you grew up in a household like mine, veggies were an afterthought during meal planning.
Aside from the spaghetti sauce, which was always my papa's specialty, vegetables weren't often featured.
And I completely understand why.
Little M will be two in the fall, which means that we hear a lot of the word non (which is French for I am exerting my new-found independence) and usually in response to food propositions.
With a garden full of bounty, I am consistently seeking ways to get my toddler to eat more of our own vegetables.
And, much as I hate to admit it, this extra effort in food preparation actually ensures that I eat the proper amount of veggies too.
Perhaps there is a way to enhance said vegetables for the greater enjoyment of the whole family? Apparently so.
While on our way to the White Owl Bistro for our annual Anniversary dinner, we stopped at a kitchen supply store and bought a hand-held spiral slicer. Yes, I caved and bought a gadget. It was Ryan's idea, and in the spirit of entering our 4th year of marriage, I agreed without (too much) protest.
The nice fellow at the cash explained to us that these were selling like hotcakes, and that just the other week an elderly italian man had come in to purchase one, having been sent by his wife who, from now on, is no longer allowed to talk to his doctor.
This man had been eating pasta all his life and was not too enthused about swapping spaghetti for zucchini. The man at the store was not shocked to see him come back the next day, but much to his surprise, the elderly fellow was actually back to buy a second and third spiral slicer for his daughters.
It turns out that he loved the zucchini pasta (but didn't tell his wife about it).
So I say if he can reinvent the wheel so can we. Let's follow suit and make zucchini front and centre by using it in lieu of any noodles, rice included, with or without a spiralizer. Let's place slices of them in our lasagna.
Let's use broccoli, kale, spinach or carrots as the pizza “crust”.
Let's make a vegetable fritter our main course, and the herbed yogourt the side.
Let's place vegetables on the pedestal, where they belong.