It's a new year, it's resolution time, and dammit, I'm going to make my family (and myself) eat some vegetables if it kills me.
This is hard. Like REALLY hard. You have no idea. I hate vegetables. I'm not sure why they exist. Yuck, yuck, yuck. Unless is something steamed that I can then use as a vessel for as much melted Velveeta as I can fit on my plate, I ain't interested. Raw veggies - no. Cooked veggies - HELL no. Salad - well, OK, maybe, but it has to have a LOT of Ranch dressing on it, or be one of those super fattening awesome salads that have like candied nuts and cranberries and avocado and a ton of feta cheese in them.
Now, my husband is a tiny bit better than me when it comes to veggies, but since the kids and I hate them, I rarely make them with our dinner, and he does not complain about it - so it's safe to say, our vegetable consumption has declined considerably in the last year. So, during the last week of December, I told my family that every night starting January 1, we would be eating at least one vegetable with our supper.
Mackenzie cried. Like actually CRIED. Then she refused to speak of it in any way. Whenever I would say something like, "OK, I'm off to the grocery store, what kind of veggie do you want to try?" she would stare at me blankly, close her mouth, make a zipping motion over it, and cover her ears.
Well, yes. She IS mine, after all.
Here's how it's gone so far:
January 1, we went to my parents house for dinner. The kids declared that whenever we have dinner at Grandma's, the veggie rule does not apply. Grandma agreed fully while on her way to get AJ his second bowl of Froot Loops. Shawn and I decided, well if THEY don't have to eat them, then neither do we! So, thanks, Mom. That was super helpful. Day 1: FAIL.
January 2, we had a little something I like to call "Crap From The Fridge" for dinner. I love having Crap From The Fridge (sometimes also called Crap From The Freezer). We had had a New Years Eve party, so there were a lot of leftovers, and the mission that night was to get rid of it all. Crap From The Fridge is a mission to kind of clean out the fridge, so it means I take everything out, heat it up as necessary, and put it all out like a smorgasbord on the dining room table, and we pick and choose what we want. New Years leftovers included a lot of raw veggies, so everyone had quite a big selection of what they could try. AJ did well - he had some orange pepper, and like 9 baby carrots. Mackenzie, on the other hand, managed to choke down one baby carrot (the tiniest one she could fish out of the bag), which she covered in Ranch and gagged her way through with tears in her eyes. Honestly, you'd have thought it was a baby carrot covered in baby poop by the way she was gagging and choking and carrying on. Day 2: Meh. Good for AJ. Not good for Kenz.
January 3, they got yet another reprieve, as we had the much loved Breakfast For Supper. Veggies don't really go with breakfast, so I let them each have a banana instead. Day 3: FAIL (but that was my fault.)
I'm only 1 for 3. Gotta balance that out tonight. This resolution is not going well, and it's only Day 4!