My mom never had trouble getting me to eat my vegetables; except those times when she served lima beans. I hated lima beans. I thought they were so disgusting to chew, that I’d swallow them like pills. I flushed them down with milk.
My family believed in the “Clean Plate Club.” You didn’t leave the table without eating everything on your plate, whether you wanted to or not.
In the summer, after dinner, we’d go back out to play and that play might include a rousing game of football. We’d play on the grass by the school around the corner. If I got tackled, my brothers often mushed my face in the grass; sort of a final motion conducted at the end of a tackle. I hated the smell of getting my face planted in the grass so I worked hard not to get tackled. I got faster.
When I got to college, sprouts became popular. I tried them. They were all the rage. They smelled like the grass my faced had been mashed into. I gagged and sprouts came off the list of vegetable options for me.
I never got into kale, either. It had that same kind of earthy smell and tasted, to me, reminiscent of dirt. Arugula, too.
There are so many vegetable options offered up by Mother Nature that I thought I could go my whole life skipping the ones I didn’t like.
Now, I’m reconsidering some of them...
Baked Kale Chips are easy to make, and you can even try this with Swiss Chard. Super Easy! If you have a hankering for potato chips, try these! They are dark green but you’ll be amazed how good they taste!