I actually enjoy eating fruits and vegetables.
It's the preparation part that kills me.
Cutting, dicing, chopping, roasting, and grilling are not easy tasks for one-handed mamas.
I almost always have a baby in my arms so I don't eat them quite as much as I would like, but we still usually manage to add them in somehow. Perhaps because we love them so much.
My 5 favorite fruits are:
Blueberries : Good blueberries are surprisingly hard to find. We buy them often and, more times than not, they are disappointingly soggy, soft, or sour. BUT - when we do get a good batch, they don't last long. We eat them by the handful.
My 5 favorite vegetables are:
Potatoes : Baked, Mashed, Hashed, Sweet, Russet, or Red...I like them all. Baked potato "bars" are great for parties. Creamy mashed potatoes go perfectly with steak. Sweet potatoes are delicious topped with a little butter and brown sugar.
*** For more fruit and vegetable inspiration, check out "Melissa's Great Book of Produce" by Cathy Thomas (John Wiley & Sons, 2006). The 326-page book tells you how to buy, prep, store, and serve more than 100 fruits and vegetables. Have you ever wondered how to tell if a watermelon is ripe or how to cut a pineapple or how to cook with chard or rutabaga? This book tells all (and features 200 full-color photographs to "keep you interested").
YOUR TURN: What are your favorite fruits and vegetables?
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*UPDATE* The winner is #68 Deborah R. Congratulations!