I Like You, I Really Like You

Why do I have to eat those?

Because they’re good for you.

Sound familiar?  It’s the lame comeback for just about everything you don’t want to eat as a kid.  Not too creative parents!  We didn’t have the internet when I was a kid, otherwise I could have Googled it (mini fact-checker).

Wouldn’t you know it, they were right. According to Wikipedia, brussel sprouts were grown in Belgium as early as the 13th century and not in fact created by evil parents who over cooked them in boiling water to green mush.

How do I prepare them?  Steam for 4 minutes, top with fresh squeezed lemon and sprinkle with lemon pepper.  Easy Breezy!  Zero Weight Watcher Points and only 65 calories per cup.  They’re also an excellent source of vitamin C and A.

I never thought I’d say it but “I like you, I really like you”.

What vegetables did your parents force you to eat?

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28 thoughts on “I Like You, I Really Like You

  1. When I was a kid I’d eat everything and anything. I’d try anything. I haven’t changed, I’m still the same way. My middle sister is the picky one. My son takes after me, thank God! He’s given me a lot of reasons to pull my hair out but being a picky eater isn’t one of them. I think I’d have to draw the line there! LOL! Now, as an adult, he’s a good cook! Maybe even better than me! He’s an adventurous eater too. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree. I’d eat that bitter melon dish – it looks good to me! ; – ) Oh, and brussels sprouts? I used to bread them with seasoned bread crumbs (dipped in beaten egg first) and then fried. Lots of work but fabulous! The recipe is better for the smaller BS (oops! brussels sprouts) so you can pop them in your mouth like candy!

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    1. LOL, well I guess you and I are about as opposite as they come. I’m the fussiest eater I know. I love to cook for my hubby and I generally get good reviews, but it’s hard to eat out, which is ok because we prefer the quiet comforts of our own dining room -vs- dining out.

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  2. I never liked Brussel Sprouts till I ate them at my friend Pam’s house. She’s a gourmet cook, turning them in to a delectable dish.

    Milk was the thing I was supposed to drink, night after night. It literally made me sick to my stomach. Mom tried to make it palatable even adding chocolate, but to me it was still milk.

    Vegetables on the other hand, I enjoyed. Strange child, eh?

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    1. Oh, let’s call you special instead <3. I also didn't like milk much. Still don't really, we drink skim now, but I remember choking down that whole fat milk, eck. It never seemed cold enough…fridge was probably a hand-me-down relic. I imagine it's hard as a mom to ensure good nutrition when your kid (me) is so picky.
      What do your boys like?

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      1. I could write a book on picky! I was a picky child, and with my 12 year old it is pay back time. I don’t know how he continues to grow with his fussy, mostly white-colored food diet. My older son eats a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, but my younger son will only eat peas and edamame. Even things he used to like, he stopped liking. I’m hoping its a phase, but let me tell you, living with an adolescent boy is not for the faint of heart. LOL

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      2. I do remember my brothers seemed to eat like a bunch of racoons and then be gone. It was like we were being robbed. I guess their pallet takes time to mature and it’s a while before young men realize that eating can be ‘dining’ , a social event rather than a ‘hit and run’. My sympathies, hang in there. Do you ever make anything off of Pinterest? The recipes always look so yummy.

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  3. My parents always overcook sprouts (in fact they’re probably already boiling them ready for Chrismas!). I enjoy sprouts lightly steamed or stir fried with ginger and garlic 🙂
    I’m trying to grow some this year but fear the bugs will eat more than me!

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    1. So funny, ready for Christmas…LOL I’d like to try them with ginger & garlic. Thanks for the tip. I hope the bugs bring a bag lunch next time they’re in your garden & thanks for your message. It’s a beautiful day here, sunny & warm…but not hot. I love fall! Cheers.

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      1. hehe, her parents sound entertaining don’t they, I guess that’s where she get’s it from. The great thing about growing up is you can make whatever you want….and what do we do? Make brussel sprouts, LOL.

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  4. It was Brussels Sprouts for me, too—ugh, I hated them! But now I think it’s because they were the frozen variety (and Mom, bless her, probably overcooked them). Well-prepared, they really are delicious! Plus they look really cool in the garden.

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    1. You’re so right Jen, most parents didn’t know what to do with them back when. Remember canned corn? My brother used to like to drink the water from the can….OMG that makes me ooozzy just thinking about it…sorry. Fun in the garden and I also think brussel sprouts look so fresh and lovely on the table too. Thanks so much for your message!

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  5. mmmm….brussel sprouts…..in my mind, they’re just mini-cabbages. I shred them, fry them up in olive oil and add bacon! ohhhh soooo delish! I mean seriously…. what isn’t good with BACON…. right?! 😉

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    1. Smacki!!!! Helllooo, Beinvenue as they say in your hood. I want to see your adorable face in that Gravatar soon! Thanks for the link in your Premier Post, LUL 4 it. Your delighful twist on Brussel Sprouts sounds magical, saddly for us folk who indulged all summer in naughty treats, WW is boycotting copious servings of bacon. I will let you know if I EVER reach my goal, I will give your twist a whirl. xoK 🙂

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    1. Didn’t you grow these on the farm Auntie? Maybe they’re one of those newer hip veggies. It’s a no brainer in the kitchen, which works well for me, but you could make them blind folded in your magic kitchen. See you tommorrow! xoK

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      1. LOL, I’ve been trying to look up what l l meant…..I thought I was a ‘web abbreviation illiterate’.
        Good gravy, clearly you might be correct. You had a very sophisticated pallet for a youngster. I still don’t like olives and blue vein cheese would certainly have be met with distain…..that is just beyond comprehension. Holy crackers…..:P

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      1. It does look a bit scary doesn’t it? haha We can use the fruit in stir fry or soup, but I’ve always had it in soup. The seeds are removed from the core and then the melons are soaked in water for a few minutes. My mom traditionally stuffs it with ingredients like bean thread noodles, mushrooms, and shrimp and then boils it.

        It should look something like this: http://www.phamfatale.com/id_1040/title_Stuffed-Bitter-Melon-Kho-Qua/

        Brussel sprouts are pretty tasty. It’s a little bitter in the core.

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      2. I appreciate the visual, I really do, but I’m even more frightened than before…I’m so sorry, did I mention I was a picky eater? I bet there are lots of people out there that’d think that looks fantastically delish but my hand is not up. Is it Vietnamese? It looks very exotic. 🙂

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