My friend Susan recently wrote about vegetables, citing a source that states that most Americans limit themselves to only about twelve different kinds. She and her daughter made a game of coming up with a list of what those might be as well as of all the options too many people neglect. So I decided to follow suit and take stock of our vegetable intake. Which ones do we eat and not eat? Of those we don't eat, what might I try to include in our diet more often?
What we eat a lot or fairly often
Lettuce - iceberg, romaine, red-leaf
Tomatoes (I know they're not technically vegetables, but I'm including them anyway)
Sugar snap peas
What we eat sometimes or rarely
Corn (only the kids and I--my husband can't digest it)
Lima beans (husband loves them but the rest of us don't share his enthusiasm)
White potatoes (Husband is a low-carb eater, so I don't make them very much)
Cucumber (only my daughter and I like them)
Mushrooms (are these considered to be vegetables?)
What we don't eat but should
Okra--I am a Southern-born girl who grew up eating okra. I'm not sure why I don't ever cook it because I do like it!
What we don't eat but ought to try
What we don't eat and probably never will
Yellow squash--I just like zucchini so much more
Brussel sprouts--I don't have a clear memory of ever eating them, but for some reason I have a very bad feeling about them
What I have gleaned from this exercise is that there are certain things I don't make very often because a few people in the family don't like or eat them, and that ends up limiting the scope of our diet. I think I really need to start making some of those less popular items in smaller quantities. Just because a few people don't like them doesn't mean the others shouldn't enjoy them! It does mean a bit more work and dishes to clean. But I think the result would be worth it.