A quick saute of radishes with a sprinkling of crispy pancetta make a healthy vegetable dish for dinner.
I always thought we ate enough vegetables. We had them every night and always enjoyed them. When I visualized a dinner plate with half of it filled with vegetables, I started to second guess my assumption that we were eating healthy dinners. Vegetables are never half of our plate. They are probably a good third of my plate but I noticed my husband barely covered a quarter of his plate with vegetables. Then I thought about the way I plan dinner. Most of the time, I think about the protein then the carbohydrate and lastly what vegetable we are going to have. I realized the way I plan dinner is totally wrong. We should be eating everything around the vegetables.
When I would spend the time to drive 45 minutes one way to a farmer’s market, we would eat more vegetables that week. When I just shopped at our local grocery stores, the produce sections are so pitiful that vegetables were a second thought or I spend 10 minutes desperately searching for something seasonal and fresh. While we do live in a rather rural area, we are by no means out in the middle of no-where. We have large grocery stores but the produce departments have continued to decline. It has really opened my eyes to this problem. I know what is in season; I know what to look for in produce; and we love a wide variety of produce. Yet I can spend 10 minutes in the produce department without finding any inspiration or satisfactory produce to buy. I can now fully understand why “we” don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.
I wish I could grow my own but I have a black thumb. Heck, I have a black hand. Any plant, that comes into this house that I am responsible for, dies. I joke with my husband if it doesn’t talk, meow or bark, I forget about it. My hubby will plant some flowers and ask me to water them while he is on a business trip. Umm, you think by now he would know that is futile. I cannot remember to save my life. They are almost always dead by the time he gets back. I’ve tried planting some vegetables but I don’t think they lasted more than 3 days. It is quite frustrating.
In June, we are getting a new organic, natural grocery store. I am counting the days. I have heard they have excellent produce at great prices. I just went by the shopping center they are going into, and saw they have started the build out. Oh, happy days! June is still so far away though. I’ve got to find a better solution until then. One way I am working on is rethinking common vegetables we like to eat. That is where this recipe comes in. I tend to think of radishes as a vegetable to throw in salads. I really missed the boat. Radishes are fabulous cooked. They mellow out making them child-friendly. Of course, a little pancetta doesn’t hurt. I never said we were trying to have vegetarian vegetables, just more vegetables.
What tips do you have for getting more produce into your diet? I would love to hear them.
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Happy Healthy Eating,
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