Hey, Robin-watchers! We've come 'round to that time again. This week's Round Robin Photo Challenge, Eat Your Vegetables!, was suggested by Jill of "Letting Crazy Take A Spin." The timing is excellent. After three days of veggie-deficient free lunch at work, I'm definitely ready to eat some vegetables!
Before dinner takes place at the Museum of the Weird, however, there is a certain ritual that must be observed. Those of you who are married, and who hate cooking as much as I do, are probably very familiar with it. It goes something like this:
She: What do you want for dinner?
He: I don't know, but I want it soon.
She: How about Subway?
He: No, I had a salad for lunch.
He: Too greasy.
He: Not tonight.
She: Well, what do you want?
He: I don't know. Do we have to go through this every night?
She: How about one of those roasts?
She: Meat loaf?
She: Italian sausage?
He: That'd be okay. With some nice steamed vegetables like we had the other night.
She: I can do that.
The specifics vary, but the ritual itself is almost inevitable.
Tonight, however, I had an unusual opening gambit for it.
"The Round Robin tonight is 'Eat your vegetables,' so...."
"So you want veggies for dinner. What did you have in mind?"
"I thought maybe a salad from Applebee's."
"That's not vegetables!"
"Yes it is. Lettuce and stuff are vegetables."
"No, they're not. Veggies should be hot."
"Well, what do you want for dinner?"
"I want a hamburger."
"Applebee's has hamburgers."
So we went to the Applebee's web site. John picked out a quesadilla burger. I decided to go with something with hot veggies for once, instead of my usual Oriental chicken salad. So I ordered the grilled beef teriyaki bowl. I called it in and drove over, but the curbside service spaces were all full. I had to drive around the block a few times. Fine.
When I got home and opened my container of teriyaki, I was somewhat underwhelmed:
There was a fair amount of beef in it, and yes, some veggies, but not a lot. They didn't even fill the bottom of the bowl. So I did what I had been considering all along:
This particular selection of steam-in-bag vegetables seemed just about perfect for teriyaki. So I nuked 'em for five and a half minutes, offered John half of the result, ultimately added the whole thing to my Applebee's container and stirred it up. Ah! That's much better!
And I still have half of it left for later!
(Addendum: In fairness to Applebee's, since many of you seem to be taking my description above a little too seriously, I should mention that the bowl got tipped on its side a bit as I prove him, so that the food slipped to one side. That's the real reason you can see bare bowl. Even so, it was a little disappointing how veggie-deficient it looked.)
Okay, okay. I can feel someone glowering at me. "Frozen vegetables, Karen? Is that the best you can do?"
Well, no. It's not. Let's go to Safeway.
Grabs jacket, drives away.
Okay, I'm back. And look what I got!
Yes, I've brought back pictures. But that's not all.
As you can see, I bought zucchini. I also picked up two packs of asparagus. Despite my protestations about hating to cook, I do steam fresh vegetables occasionally, in a pretty blue spaghetti pot with a drain in the lid.
The asparagus was especially cheap tonight. Looking at the pictures now, though, I get the impression they're past their prime. I'd better cook 'em tomorrow. And look, off to the left. Rutabagas! When I told John about this topic, he asked, "Can't you just riff about rutabagas again?" Not this time.
Here you go: chili peppers and jicama. Produce doesn't get much more Southwestern than this.
The produce aisle is inevitably the prettiest place in the supermarket. Forget the flowers, the frozen foods, the brightly decorated boxes of sugary cereal. Nothing at Safeway (or Kroger's, Wegmann's, Food Lion, Winn-Dixie, Van's or even Trader Joe's) is more visually attractive than a well arranged display of fresh produce.
I also love it when the veggies for sale get "rained" on, complete with thunder and lightning effects. That wasn't happening tonight, though, twenty minutes before the store closed.
Maybe I'll catch that show for you next time.
Now go sample the veggiemania of our other Robins:
Jill - POSTED!
Letting Crazy Take A Spin
Carly - POSTED!
Carlo ***Welcome New Member*** - POSTED!
Captured by Carlo
Sandy - POSTED!
Shorty - POSTED!
I Couldn't Help Myself
Momma - POSTED!
Martha - POSTED!
Karen - POSTED!
Swampy ***Welcome New Member*** - POSTED!
Anecdotes, Antidotes, & Anodes
Lisa - POSTED!
Sarah - POSTED!
Jan ***Welcome New Member*** - POSTED!
The Prytz Family
Suzanne R - POSTED!
Living . . . Suzanne R's Life
Sandra - POSTED!
Janet - POSTED!
fondofsnape (formerly fondofphotography)
Pictures of Craziness
Kim - POSTED!
Nekked Lizard Adventures
Vicki - POSTED!
Marie - POSTED!
Photographs & Memories
Robinella - POSTED!
Nancy - POSTED!
Nancy Luvs Pics
Kiva - POSTED!
And be sure to stop by here again from time to time. You'll be most welcome, even if you don't bring a covered dish!