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Today I'll share a story with a sort of moral as that seems fitting :)
Last week I was bored with the normal cooked veg for dinner. I also have a rule where I push myself to try one new food thing a week. Whether it’s a new recipe or a different way of cooking or a food we haven’t tried before. Sometimes it’s just adding something or mixing and matching two unusual foods.
On this day I decided to create what I’ll call an “aggravated” salad. I got two big serving dishes and started with lettuce and then built upwards in layers using sliced, cooked broccoli, green beans, diced capsicum, baby spinach, peas, onion and avocado. Then I added the “crowd pleasers” crumbled feta, olives and sliced boiled eggs.
I served this with a series of dips. Lemon/honey/yoghurt – a winner for Roy and Joe, guacamole – a winner for Max and vinaigrette – for me 😊
Normally if I serve a salad the boys will take a medium sized serving and eat it because it’s there and it’s what we do. This time the teen demolished almost a whole dish on his own.
1. The novelty factor. It was served differently, it was something new and visually appealing.
2. There were additions that were favourites and encouraged bigger portions so they could get more of those 😊
3. The dips. All of them slathered the salad in their favoured sauce.
Lessons for me to remember:
1. It’s good to shake things up.
2. We do eat with our eyes so visually appealing is important
3. Having favourites paired with the average can often elevate the boring
4. Dips/sauces can often lift a dish
5. All of the above made for a very pleasant meal. I was complimented, they ate willingly and joyfully.
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.