Learning to love vegetables?! A fussy eater's week in meals
I've always been a fussy eater. For as long as I can remember, I've battled with vegetables, retched over fish and shed tears over cheese. I must have spent hours of my childhood pushing around cold food on my plate crying whilst my parents cursed in frustration. I even remember a dinner lady at my primary school whispering to me 'you're a strange one you. You don't like ANYTHING.'
Fussy eating is a psychological problem - at least in my case. Don't try and tell me my parents 'spoilt' me as a child or reared me on 'bland children's food'. I can assure you my parents did everything they could to challenge my eating habits and I have a brother who grew up in the same household who eats everything under the sun. I have a very acute sense of taste and am extremely bothered by smells and textures of certain foods.
Everyone has their own Everest and over time, I've learnt how to accept and overcome my little quirk. University helped me greatly (shout out to all my wonderful housemates who put up with my, at times, unusual dietary habits - namely cheeseless pizza) and I'm now at a stage where I can eat most dishes. However, like most, I'm never going to adhere to a perfect I-only-eat-green-things diet. I have a takeaway once a week, I eat a tonne of carbohydrates, I snack all the time and I'm partial to a McDonalds breakfast now and then...all the time...
ALAS! We are in the midst of the 'New Year, New Me' pandemic and, in ode to this time of year, my boyfriend and I have been sneaking more exotic, vegetable based meals into our weekly meal plans. Fortunately, my boyfriend is an amazing chef (he's a Chemist so spends most days cooking 'stuff' anyway), which really helps widen my food-cabulary.
Here are three meals we cooked this week which are (relatively) healthy, filled with delicious vegetables and are helping me banish my fussy eating tendencies!
Yotam Ottolenghi's Roasted Vegetable Bake
Ingredients: Parsnips, sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, red onions, dijon mustard, honey, thyme, rosemary etc
The verdict: Unusual, but ABSOLUTELY delicious!
Dan's Thai Laksa
Ingredients: Noodles, red peppers, asparagus, tender stem broccoli, marinated chicken (five spice & lime), peanuts
Oliver Austinella's Lemon and Thyme Steak Slice
Ingredients: Steak, lemon-thyme-garlic-oil marinade, sweet potatoes, peas