For the first year or so that Arizona and I were together, he worked in Brooklyn, NY. So we would spend the weekends together at my place in southeastern CT, a couple of days together in Brooklyn, and a few days apart each week. In Brooklyn, he rented a room from a friend and didn’t have much kitchen access, which meant we ate most of our meals out. One of our favorite places was this little hole-in-the-wall taco place that sold fat burritos, rice and beans for five bucks a plate. Sounds great, right? Well, it was, except for one thing.
I believe I have mentioned before that our marriage is the home to very few and select vegetables—mainly salad in a bag, tomatoes, cilantro, and the occasional pepper. So it was a mystery to us why these burritos contained peas and carrots in addition to their normal burrito-like components, and we would root through and evict the intruders whilst eating our meals.
More recently, though, as I get on a kick of finding some healthier alternatives for our usual pizza-and-burgers fare, I’ve been trying to sneak some good stuff onto the menu. Chili is always a winner, made with pork and no beans, and since I stick the peppers in a blender, I can usually sneak in some extra veggies that way. Chicken soup, though, is broth and noodles, and pizza is cheese or pepperoni.
Just this past weekend, with family visiting (which means a lot of meals out), I overheard him bemoaning the way a certain other family member insists on trying to sneak healthy stuff into the family salsa (*gasp* corn! yegad!) and other foodstuff. Whereupon I decided not to tell him that the brownies he was in the process of scarfing down had been made with applesauce rather than oil. (Heh, heh, heh.)
So how about you? Where do you hide healthy stuff when you cook? It’s all fair game as far as I'm concerned!