Three vegetables with every dinner is our family goal and potatoes don’t count. That is a pretty ambitious goal in the best of situations. I can give you a host of reasons why it is hard to achieve in our house:
- One of cooks in the house, my husband, was raise with minimal to no vegetables. They aren’t on his radar. His take on vegetables when I married him: ” I eat corn because I like it and beans because they are good for me.”
- We grocery shop only once every 7-10 days
- I live in a spot in Montana where it semi-arid, and the growing season runs from late June to sometime in September. Frost is common in July and August.
- Our farmer’s markets reflect the problems stated in number 3.
- Our grocery stores, though national chains, reflect a 60’s produce selection. If you don’t shop on a day the truck comes in the produce is just so-so.
- Frozen veggies require more thought. It easiest to pull them out of the bag and throw them in the steamer. Steaming and serving gets pretty boring pretty fast.
- Dollar for dollar on a per serving basis fresh is more expensive.
Those of you following my blog, know that I recently started participating in Bountiful Baskets. It is a traveling delivery co-op system. It allows us to purchase a basket of fresh veggies and fruits and a reasonable price. The downside is that you don’t know what you will get in your basket until you pick it up. If you are willing to go outside your normal comfort zone it is a great way to get those three veggies in you dinner menu. My husband is even getting into this. Friday he made sandwiches for lunch and proudly announced he had included 3 veggies. It is a sign that this goal of ours is finally becoming a normal reality for us, not just me but both of us.
Changes happen slowly, but with persistence change can become your reality.