Thursday, October 8, 2009

Method: Veggies First

Okay, so this is not a new concept. Not ground-breaking or earth-shattering, but... we switched it up a little at the Herrmann House last week.

It's so easy to get into a rut with meals. Especially when everyone is so busy! We do the pasta, the rice, the wraps, the 'fill-in-the-blank' and add veggies and protein to the mix to make it a complete meal. What we have found, however, is that we're eating a lot of starches and not enough veggies. Another factor to note in this observation is that our refrigerator is still chock full of CSA veggies every week. I can only make so much hash and stir-frys to use it all up! And pickles. Boy, do we have the pickled vegetable collection.

Anyhoo, my point is this: we mixed it up. We started using veggies as our base and 'topping' it with the starch or protein. Okay, we're not doing it everynight, but it's worked out well on the nights we have tried. Our favorite was a PILE of stir-fried veggies with a coconut curry lentil 'sauce'. Really yummy. We're going to try to do 'switch it up' more often.

What do you do to 'switch it up'?

1 comment:

  1. We like to dip our veggies in "creamy" pesto: pureed cannellini beans, lots of basil, some spinach, and just a little olive oil.

    We also let the kids dip everything in "ketchup": pureed carrots and roasted red peppers with just a drop of real ketchup.