It is Friday afternoon and I am feeling some relief. My Valentine's craziness is behind me. (Minus one child to a party this afternoon.) I can start to refocus on cleaning my house and getting ready for this baby. I really need to go downstairs and start on dinner, but sadly, I am out of energy, so pigs in blankets is about all I will be good for.
I do have some healthier meals planned this week, but they will just have to wait. Speaking of which, I am trying to be better about getting fruits and vegetables into our diet. This would be much easier if I liked vegetables. I certainly don't hate them the way I did when I was a child, but if there are carrot sticks and cookies at a party, there is no question which one I am going to eat. (Although I will usually take a carrot stick to make myself feel better about eating eight cookies.)
So I joined this food co-op thing called bountifulbaskets.org. For a reasonable price, they load you up with a random assortment of fruits and vegetables. My goal is to bring home all this good-for-you food and actually use it in a week. I am not doing too badly right now. I have another pick up tomorrow and we have used most of what we got last week. The asparagus is patiently waiting its turn because I am not fond of asparagus and I am too tired to make it tonight. But other foods have been used.
My kids, like me, don't love vegetables (wonder where they get that from?). I can usually get them to try a bite, but there is still much cajoling involved. If I put vegetables in something such as soup or a casserole, I can usually get even more down their gullets. However, this week, I am proud to say that I took cauliflower, pureed it, and put it in smoothies. I have never seen my kids down a vegetable so fast. (Granted, they had no idea it was there and it probably tasted more like berries.) I don't plan on doing this all the time because I want my children to get used to the normal taste of veggies as well, but for a small moment I can smile to myself as I see them slurp up the dregs of their cups.
And if you have any great ways to prepare vegetables, I would love to hear them. (Especially asparagus.)