Waste not, want not – I’ll eat almost anything, but….

broccoli, personal, vegetables, veggies | October 27, 2013 | By

So there are seemingly three main perspectives I’ve had over the years when it comes to eating foods or parts if foods that I don’t like. 
1. Hating the food as a kid and not understanding why I had to eat it anyway.
2. Hating the food as an adult and understanding why it was important to eat it anyway.
3. Hating the food as an adult and being able to say “screw it, I don’t have to eat that!”
For example, I don’t like eating the crust on a basic sandwich. As a kid, I didn’t understand why anyone would want to eat them in the first place. As an adult, I knew it was silly to waste food and that there wasn’t muh texture difference so I shouldn’t be so childish.
I don’t HATE the crusts any more and sometimes even enjoy them on the right kind of bread. If I’m alone, though, and have the choice of throwing the crusts to the squirrels instead (this is how I justify it as not wasting food…I’m sharing!), then I definitely will. If I’m not enjoying it, then why force myself to eat it anyway?
So what’s with the broccoli picture? I don’t really enjoy eating the stalks. Normally I buy fresh and can cut off as much as I want. When I buy frozen, I go with florets….and then cut off the excess. 
But this time, I ended up with “cuts” and half the bag was chalky, flavorless broccoli stalks. Instead of avoiding the bag in the freezer for months or using the whole thing in a dish and ultimately shuffling the bits around my plate later, I promptly picked out the bad stuff.
Why? Because at stage 3, even with understanding, it’s my money and my taste buds, and if I want to torture the squirrels with stale bread or the garbage disposal with tough veggies instead…I can. :p


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    October 28, 2013

    If the broccoli stalks you’re getting are “chalky and flavorless,” it sounds like you’re not getting good broccoli! I’m as likely to slice (and maybe quarter) the stalks and use it like florets, or make it into a cream of broccoli soup (with lots of cheddar, and maybe some sour cream). Tasty, and you can’t see that it isn’t pretty florets.

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    November 1, 2013

    haha! My husband refuses to eat the stalks too. I like them though, So I just split up the broccoli the way he likes it. Usually I’m the picky eater out of the two of us, though.

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    November 2, 2013

    I’m not a huge fan of the stalks either! I have stretched my tastebuds tremendously as an adult (new things I like – avocado and hummus to name two, which I thought were gross as a kid and as an adult I am like ‘What was my kid self thinking?’) but there are still some things I can’t get over. At least with veggies you could always compost them.

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    November 3, 2013

    I have no problem with the stalks, but I will not eat eggplant. I’m sorry, it just won’t happen.

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