I thought it might be interesting to explore the Wonderful World of Vegetables in a series of posts featuring a vegetable for each letter of the alphabet. So, when I have to particular food topic to discuss, or great recipe to share, I will pick a vegetable in alphabetical order. There may be a letter for which I will talk about more than one vegetable. We’ll just have to wait and see how this turns out.
So much nutritional advice recommends the addition of ever more vegetables to our daily diet. If the vegetarians have any sway, we will soon be implored to have a 100% diet of vegetables. I can understand someone’s impetus to become a vegetarian, for ethical, conservation, religious, or health reasons. I just wish that the moral superiority that some vegetarians assume would be replaced with my “a chacun son gout” (to each his own) philosophy.
Anyway, the USDA provides nutritional recommendations in their periodically updated food pyramid. It is an interactive site, and after one provides the required age, sex, weight, height, and activity levels, a personal food pyramid is generated with specific amounts of each category detailed. Your tax dollars at work.
The orange slice represents the grains portion, green for vegetables, red for fruit, yellow for oil, blue for milk, and purple for meat. My personal USDA recommended pyramid suggests 7 oz. grains, 3 c. vegetables, 2 c. fruit, 6 t. oil, 3 c. milk, and 6 oz. meat per day.
The next “Vegetable” posting will be the first in the series, featuring the letter “A”, in green instead of scarlet. I think it will be about artichokes. That is a vegetable that I eat only in its cooked, peeled, de-choked, and preferably marinated state. It was a vegetable never served in my childhood; I have never cooked an artichoke; I did get a sample when my sister prepared one once and really can’t remember much about it. Tomorrow, I will provide a recipe that uses artichoke hearts that is one of my favorites and we will explore other uses. Who knows?Maybe I’ll become adventurous and actually prepare a fresh one.
Stay tuned and happy dining!
PS. If you have a vegetable recipe request, send me a comment and I will try to provide one for you.