#2 On my 40@40 list - rediscover 5 "new" veggies.
I'm going skp over the first veggie on this list - brussel sprouts. I roasted them. I ate them. I didn't love them. I'll make them again - particularly when they show up in my CSA box.
I also had sunchoke recently - mixed into a scallop entree. I honestly don't recall anything exciting about them. I'll have to buy & prepare them myself to really get a flavor (ha!).
That brings me to the third veggie that I get to count toward this goal: beets. I don't recall ever having beets as a child (Mom, correct me?). I think that I often associated them with canned cranberry sauce b/c of the color - not a pleasant link in my mind. I have friends who adore beets. I mentally added them to my "maybe" list - and suddenly they were everywhere.
First date - Central Market in Petaluma - an appetizer of beets slathered with butter (and maybe some cheese). Oh, hellooo beets! It's a shame we haven't met before!
Second meeting - beets in my morning juice. Paired with apples & carrots. Tasty, and totally good for you. Think folate, potassium, manganese, and vitamin c.
For more about the benefits of beets, click here. I've definitely found a new veggie friend. Don't just take my word for it - rediscover them for yourself. (and if you're already a fan, send me your fave recipes!)