Sunday, December 2, 2012

Eat your Vegetables!

Growing up in an Italian household, there were vegetables with every meal.  But unlike typical vegetables like corn, carrots or green beans, we had things like, broccoli rabe, fava beans, cardoon, cucuzza, and eggplant.
Not very tempting to a childs palate, at least not mine.

I wouldn't even think of touching broccoli, zucchini, or heaven forbid - cauliflower. Up until I had kids I wouldn't even think of it.  My husband on the other hand used to be a vegetarian and will eat almost anything.  It was important to him (and me) to make sure our kids grew up with a well rounded palate.  We want to make sure they try every thing - at least once.  House rule, in fact!  You have to try everything at least once.  I'm happy to say that my kids LOVE their fruits and vegetables.  We keep a well stocked fruit bowl on the table so the kids can grab a piece anytime they want.

In my attempt to make sure the kids don't grow up hating vegetables, I, in turn, have started eating them myself..even the dreaded cauliflower!

Earlier this week, I had such a craving for a hearty soup.  I felt a cold coming on and wanted something rich and warm.  I looked around and found a recipe from Cook Michael Chiarello for a Super Quick Minestrone.  Perfect for an after work meal.

The original recipe can be found here - Super Quick Minestrone

I made a few little changes:

Added 1/4 cup chopped mushrooms which I sauteed with the carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and pancetta mixture.

Added 1 tablespoon tomato paste

It took some prep work and not exactly quick...but quick enough and once you put it all together in the pot to cook - you could walk away and do something else.

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