I’m Bored With My Vegetables


Please help! I am tired of the vegetables I normally eat. I love them, but I’m bored with them. Here’s an example of some of the vegetables I eat. I steam, sauté, roast, grill or eat them raw. My list includes any form of green leafy stuff: lettuce, arugula, amaranth, spinach, even dandelion and other greens my husband calls weeds; cabbages including napa, bok choy, or red; broccoli; cauliflower; squash: yellow, summer, zucchini, acorn, butternut, and spaghetti; Brussels sprouts and mushrooms. Don’t forget asparagus; all peppers; celery; snap peas; snow peas; green beans; garlic; leeks; onions; scallions; chives; jicama; artichokes; water chestnuts; and sometimes yams. Generally I abstain from root vegetables, beans and grains. . . except I love beets. So, I’m searching for a new vegetable. What i realized is that I already eat a pretty big assortment of vegetables and the ones I had never heard of just scared me too much. Like samphire. Today I stumbled on kohlrabi. A vegetable my husband informed me he has had raw and he really liked it. With his supportive feedback I feel confident that I’ll enjoy this new treat. The part of the plant pictured here is what is normally eaten. Although it has large leaves and stems are edible. The plant is in the cabbage family and the bulb is said to taste like peppery broccoli stems. It comes in either green, white or purple. The varieties are green and purple and what they call white but looks green to me! All the meat of the bulb is yellowish-white. I think it looks like a potato once you cut it open. Moving on to a recipe. I found a site Farmgirl Fare and selected the recipe below because I love mushrooms.

Kohlrabi Purée Recipe Serves up to six Adapted slightly from The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins (authors of The Silver Palate Cookbook 4 kohlrabi bulbs with leaves 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 4 ounces cultivated mushrooms (I used Baby Bellas), quartered 3 Tablespoons cream (or milk, chicken stock, olive oil, or water) Salt and pepper to taste

The author said the magic words in her description of how to eat this. Replace your mashed potatoes with this side dish and have meat loaf! So, off to the grocery store I go.

A day later and a few dollars short I just want to say “Interesting.” The description “peppery broccoli” really means radish. . . I’m not a fan of radishes. So, I’m still searching for a new vegetable, or a new healthy way to prepare vegetables. I would appreciate some suggestions. Please feel free to respond to my plea with any information you can give my palate!

In the meantime, Bon Appétit!

Be Well!

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