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August 10, 2011 at 1:04 PMComments: 4 Faves: 0

How I Became an Avid Vegetable Lover


I've never been against eating vegetables. As a little kid, my parents would put broccoli and peas in front of me, and I would eat them without protest. When I grew up and moved away from my parents, though, I lacked the motivation to experiment with new recipes. So, I just never bought vegetables until I met my husband. He has made me an avid vegetable lover. Why, might you ask? Here are some reasons:

  • He is a great cook.

Sadly, I didn't know how to cook many dishes. I never listened when my mom made dinner or created new recipes, and oh how that has affected my (in)ability to cook! Oh wait, the only time I DID listen was when she made peanut butter fudge. That’s the one recipe that stuck with me. Anyways, before I met Luke, these are the things I could cook: tacos, fajitas, cookies, brownies, and basic pasta dishes. Yup, that was it.

  • He LOVES vegetables.

One of the main reasons why I love them is because he would buy veggies and I would try them. I wasn’t forced, but when you are on a limited food budget and veggies are a big part of it, you are going to have to try them. And surprise! I loved them.

  • He knows his spices.

We got a gift card to Penzey’s Spices, and he took as long as I would take in a clothes store! (Not a bad thing, you want to take enough time to pick the right spices). He went around the whole store and looked at every spice. Then he picked out ones that were the best fit for his type of cooking. He also bought new ones to try out. I fell in love with zucchini the first time he fried them up. He mixed in lots of different spices (which, of course, I don’t remember) and drizzled cheese on top.

Those are the three major reasons why he has influenced my love for all things vegetable. And since we are supposed to have 3-5 servings each day, it has made a hugely positive impact on my diet.

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  • As a person who really needs to eat more vegetables, I appreciate this post! I really like vegetables, but I'm always much more inclined to reach for fruit as a snack.

    It's so wonderful having a significant other who loves to cook, isn't it? :)

  • It really is easy to go for the fruit! I know what you mean! It's sweet and tasty and it is good for you :) Luke cooks veggies with every meal, so it's really helped me get into a routine of incorporating them into my diet more. Today I sliced up some orange pepper as part of my lunch. I would have never done that in the past. And orange pepper is a bit sweeter so it tricks my tastebuds into thinking it's fruit. :)

    And I agree! It's great to be with a guy that love to cook!

  • Would Luke mind if you shared a recipe or two of his with your Hello Life friends?!

  • We will definitely share some recipes on here! I think I may share my chicken pasta one. It's a simple dish, but so good.

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