Look at Me Eating My Broccoli! AR


It’s a miracle.

I’ve learned to like broccoli.

I never thought it would happen. I couldn’t stand the stench of it. If one of my college roommates or an co-worker made it, I had to leave the room. People have said that I hadn’t had it prepared in a way that I’d like it. Some say to try it with cheese sauce. No no no! I would never want to ruin cheese that way! Even with the cheese, the smell of the broccoli would just make me gag. I found later, that the only time I could really eat it is if it was chopped up really small into a stir fry. Even then I’d pick most of it out.

But when I was a kid:

  • I didn’t like seafood (or even had much of it) – but I do now.
  • I didn’t like mushrooms (the ones we had were canned!) – but I do now (if they are fresh!)
  • I didn’t like green beans (also canned) – but I do now (if they are fresh or frozen.)

And now… broccoli!

Here’s how. Because I never make it, my husband begged me to make him some after he put a package of the frozen stuff in my cart at Costco.

“That’s a lot of broccoli!” I said.

“Yeah.” he said with a smile.

That week, I got an email in my inbox with a recipe for Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli from Damn Delicious. I was cooking some steaks for us that night and decided to thaw out a portion of broccoli to roast for him. I had some tomatoes I wanted to eat that I knew he wouldn’t want anyway. When it came out of the oven, it didn’t smell bad nor stink up my house. Because I learned I liked broccolini when it was roasted, I took a little taste of the roasted broccoli. “Not bad!” I thought. It was good enough for me to even pop a whole piece into my mouth!

So the next time I made that recipe, I made enough for both of us. And I ate up all of my broccoli on my plate! Yes, moms across America would be so proud. I truly believe that it’s the roasting that mellows out that strong broccoli aroma.

So look what I bought for the first time ever at the Farmer’s Market last weekend!

My first head of fresh broccoli!

My first head of fresh broccoli!

The whole time I was chopping this, I kept singing Dana Carvey’s “Choppin’ Broccoli.” I couldn’t help myself. I made it for the girls when they came over on Thursday, alongside this Garlic & Herb Chicken from Kalyn’s Kitchen. I had this vision of pouring my beloved Roasted Tomato Dressing over the chicken. I had made some of that the night before.

Roasted tomatoes waiting to be pulverized to become dressing!

Roasted tomatoes waiting to be pulverized to become dressing!

The dressing was fabulous, but didn’t work quite so well over the chicken. Maybe it was a bit a bit overpowering? Maybe I should have warmed the dressing? What’s strange is that I did like dipping cold pieces of chicken into the dressing later. Hmmm…

So here were my leftovers:

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So I put some into a Power Bowl for my Friday lunch!

  • red kale
  • chopped roasted garlic roasted parmesan broccoli!
  • chopped tomatoes
  • onion
  • sliced chicken breast
  • sprinkling of shredded mozzarella
  • about four teaspoons of the roasted tomato dressing

I warmed it up in the microwave at work and this was an out-of-this-world bowl of leftovers! One of my best bowls yet!


So what about this week?



We’re changing things up a bit this week! Rob isn’t always in the mood for what I have planned for dinner. And unless I make two separate meals for each of us, I never get to eat chicken or fish. This week, we are on our own. We might try to do one meal at home together on the weekend.



  • Leftovers
  • Snacks – Honeycrisp apples, nuts or string cheese and dark chocolate


Fitness _ TBD

  • Monday – Walk 1 hour OR Run 1 mile OR HIIT Run/Walk OR 30 min on recumbent bike.
  • Tuesday Walk 1 hour OR Run 1 mile OR HIIT Run/Walk OR 30 min on recumbent bike.
  • Wednesday – Walk 1 hour OR Run 1 mile OR HIIT Run/Walk OR 30 min on recumbent bike.
  • Thursday – REST
  • Friday – REST
  • Saturday – Walk 1 hour OR Run 1 mile OR HIIT Run/Walk OR 30 min on recumbent bike.
  • Sunday – Walk 1 hour OR Run 1 mile OR HIIT Run/Walk OR 30 min on recumbent bike.

What foods have you learned to like?



8 responses »

  1. I had to laugh Carrie because growing up, the only veggies I liked were carrots and cucumbers i.e., not cooked veggies! Um, turned out my Mom overcooked or used canned veggies that I never liked the texture of. Fast forward to age 32 – I am dating my now husband and we are at a Steak house and he orders asparagus on the side. He says we can share, and I was like “I am not eating that cooked green thing!” But after several coaxing requests, I finally tried it, and lo and behold, I liked it! It was crisp tender and bright green, nothing like the dark forest green color that came out of a can.

    Now I love all sorts of veggies – but Brussels sprouts will never be one of them 😛

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