I chose this photo on Pinterest and I noticed only after I uploaded it that it was from Whole Foods. I live directly between two beautiful Whole Foods stores. One is a little over a mile away and one is slightly less than a mile. They each have a staggeringly wonderful array of vegetables. An array, that would have caused my great-grandmother to wander through the aisles in unbelieving ecstasy at the agricultural miracles she was seeing. I evoke my great-grandmother, for whom I am named, because in the village in the Ukraine in which she lived in for the first forty plus years of her life she lived on root vegetables all the long, long Russian winter. A tomato or cucumber or a fresh mushroom would have been an incomparable treat.
I was born into a different world and sadly I take these treasures for granted. I find it difficult to make time to cook fresh vegetables, even though they are so easy to buy and so delicious. I like vegetables a lot. I like cabbage and mushrooms and brussel sprouts. And that's only the beginning of my list. But I am lazy when it comes to preparing them. There is no other word to describe it. I will not plead too busy. I cannot lie to the citizens of Buttercupland. I am lazy about vegetables. The awful truth has been spoken.
Laziness, be gone! When I look at vegetables and the gift of health that they provide I know my laziness has to end. January is not just a no spending month, it's an eating vegetables month. I will be at Whole Foods tomorrow morning. It is two blocks from my opthamologist's office, so I have no excuse not to stop in and buy vegetables to prepare over this long weekend.
Do you cook vegetables regularly? What are you favorites? Appreciate any veggie inspiration you can lend.
Stay tuned for a fun post tomorrow starring Pepe and a box of soup!
Wishes for a cozy and sweet weekend!