While I have you mesmerized by the delicious Radish/Zucchini/Lime quesadillas we made the other week, I’m going to come clean about something.
Eating vegetables and fruits on a regular basis is still really hard for me. Or maybe, harder than I think it should be. Have we upped the amount of produce in our house? Yes. On a weekly and almost daily basis do we put fruits and veggies into our maw? Yes. But Kamel is doing so much better at this than I am. Partly because it’s so much easier for me to take care of him instead of take care of me. And also because he will eat way more things than I will.
Like bananas. He eats bananas and I don’t eat, or touch, or want to smell bananas. I eat avocado and he doesn’t, but I don’t want (nor should I) eat an entire avocado in one sitting, and they so quickly turn brown and icky. He can gobble down broccoli, and I can stomach it on a good day. He is not so bothered by textures, the idea of blueberries mixed with plain yogurt makes me want to barf. Thankfully, we both understand each other’s hatred for tomatoes that aren’t involved in a sauce or a soup, and we both know that if we liked tomatoes our lives would be so much easier.
I like beets, kamel doesn’t. He likes grapes, they aren’t my first choice. I love cantaloupe, but those suckers are heavy and buying them by the pound is expensive. And the truth is, I make sure there are foods in the house that Kamel will eat, and I make that a priority. I feel bad buying stuff that only I eat. Beets? The last time I had them was when I roasted them in the oven. But food that Kamel will eat, and i don’t, makes me feel relieved. At least he’s taken care of, at least he’s getting all the fruits and veggies he needs. I figure if they are in the house, and they aren’t being thrown away, then we’re absorbing the nutrients. But me? Is it by osmosis?
Is this one of those “woman” things I hear tell of? The thing where women put other people above ourselves to our own detriment? Or is it that I just don’t like, nor will I ever like bananas, and they just so happen to be a very convenient fruit? And that I find a lovely pizza to be more satisfying than lettuce wraps? I’m a vegetable work in progress.