Welcome to my new mini-series! Yes, I made the title a pun. Since we all now know how I don't eat vegetables, I thought this might be a fun (or horrible) experiment. Each week I will attempt to try a new vegetable and tell you about it.
Broccoli has been a long-time nemesis of mine. I hate the smell and despise the texture. Recently, however, I found that it is possible to smother it in enough of something I do like in order to choke it down. Even more recently (as in two days ago) I also discovered that I like hummus. The very idea of it weirds me out, but I actually bought some Atheno's hummus at the store today, along with some fresh broccoli.
Then I realized something about myself: I have no idea what to do with fresh broccoli, or any fresh vegetable, other than carrots. Even my carrot prep skills are limited to one of three things: eat them raw, put them in the crockpot with a roast, or feed them to the dog.
I remembered someone saying that cooking vegetables depletes the nutrients, and since I HATE the smell of broccoli anyway, I just thought I'd eat it raw and smother it in hummus. It worked! I managed to choke down about 3/4 of it, and I ate all my carrots.
For dessert, I sliced up fresh peaches and sprinkled just a smidge of sugar and cinnamon on top. It was refreshing and delicious.
All-in-all, my first attempt at broccoli was a success. Maybe next time I'll try something more than just washing it and cutting it up.