When I was a kid, it seemed like every other day an adult would respond to one of my questions with the phrase “how am I supposed to remember that when I don’t know what I had for dinner last night.” It seemed kind of silly to me at the time because, how hard was that to remember? But as a pseudo-adult myself (not sure if I’m fully qualified by any measuring stick that age), I often forget what was for dinner las night. If there isn’t a container of leftovers sitting in the refrigerator to remind me, the only shot I have at remembering is to look back at the photos I took for this blog.
I sat down to write about last night’s dinner, and as I was sifting through the photos, two things occurred to me. First, I noticed how little I wrote about last week’s meals. Apparently they were so unremarkable that I didn’t have much to say. But then the second thing I noticed was how many vegetables were jammed into the entrees. Can we have a moment for applause?
In looking at my meals as a running commentary, I’ve caught onto my trickiness. I am making a lot of meals with vegetable quantities equivalent to the proteins. There were the pulled pork tacos that were loaded with lettuce and tomatoes as much as the savory, slow cooked pork. Following that was the pasta salad filled with plenty of broccoli (well, there was some prosciutto too!). And even my Friday night pizza has been converted into a flatbread serving up plenty of green along with the cheese and meat. I’m not sure if this has been a deliberate strategy as I menu plan ( I can’t remember what I ate last night, you want me to remember what I was thinking as I planned my menu?!), or if this is a random occurrence. But in the end, this strategy has succeeded in forcing more vegetables into our diets. I think when vegetables are served as a side dish, it’s very easy to serve yourself one little spoon of it. But when it’s a part of the main dish, it takes so much more effort to pick them out.
I may not remember everything I’ve cooked, but I’m still pretty smart about what I prepare.