This year at Inspired RD, I want to throw out challenges for you. I want to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone both in food and fitness. I hope you will participate because it is only when we step out our ordinary routine that we can do something extraordinary.
Challenge number one starts on day number one of 2011. I call it the “Hated Veggie Challenge.”
I have met so many people who are convinced that they don’t like a certain vegetable (or in some cases, ALL vegetables). Many times it turns out that they have never had a properly cooked vegetable in their life! They either grew up on no veggies, canned veggies or overly cooked veggies.
I mean, if you had only had store-bought, mealy, no-taste tomatoes and never tried one off the vine, you wouldn’t like tomatoes would you? And if you have only experienced canned, mushy, brownish peas and never tasted one fresh from the pod, how could you ever think you could like peas?
So here’s the challenge: Choose one vegetable that you are convinced is disgusting and learn how to prepare it in a fresh and new way. For this to work, you have to start with a fresh vegetable. So make sure to choose something that is currently in season. If you can buy something locally, that would be even better.
To find out what is in season near you, check out this handy tool from Sustainable Table.
And how to prepare your vegetable? My favorite way to get someone to like a hated veggie is to roast it at a high temperature with olive oil and a little bit of kosher salt. The result is beautiful caramelization with a satisfying salty crunch. You can find a couple examples here and here. You can also browse through my recipe page for inspiration or some of the many food blogs out there.
Challenge #1 is officially on. Let’s go!
Make your pledge below! Tell us the veggie you hate, then come back to tell us the results of your challenge. If you take photos of your veggie, post it to my Flickr Group for all of us to see!