V is for Vegetables

Growing up as a “city mouse” who was raised in the country, there were vegetables all over.  Each and every one, fried.  We had fried potatoes, fried squash, and fried okra.  I remember very clearly the can of Crisco that my mother kept above the stove.  Everything was cooked in a cast iron skillet.  Yum-o!

Whether it was because of my mother’s affinity for lard or my affinity for McDonald’s, I never really enjoyed eating vegetables.

All that has changed.

In the orientation class for the UAMS program, Betsy joked, “After 6 weeks on meal replacements, a piece of steamed broccoli will seem very appealing.”  Boy, was she right!  This plate of roasted vegetables was HEAVENLY!  I’ve even shared my new-found love for veggies with my friends and coworkers.

Who knew a roasted cherry tomato was SO GOOD!?

What veggies do you like?  How do you prepare them?

6 thoughts on “V is for Vegetables

  1. Angie says:

    I’m hoping you are right. I can tell you after 3 days a dill pickle is wonderful….and rarely ate those! 😉

  2. Katie says:

    Back when I worked in a regular office, I kept a George Foreman grill in my filing cabinet and once a week I would get it out, spray with cooking spray and “grill” some tomato, onion, bell pepper, squash and zucchini on it. LOVED it! I’d forgotten how much I loved grilled/roasted veggies til I saw your post! Definitely going to have to do more of that this summer!

  3. Catching up on entries… This blog post has brought a question to mind. Is there a limit to the amount of vegetables that participants are allowed on this program? It would seem that if you wanted to eat an entire head of brocolli (sans cheese sauce, of course), there would be no harm in it, at least from a caloric stand point…….

    • Beginning in week 6, participants get 2 servings of fruit and 4 servings of vegetables a day. A serving of fruit is 60 calories. A serving of vegetables is 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw. The fruit and veggies are optional.

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