i really like beets! who knew? not i, that’s for sure.
i was one of those kids who (like most kids, probably) ate what my parents liked (carbs), and didn’t even try stuff my parents didn’t like (chinese food). if my parents came up with a split decision, i might give it a shot and decide for myself… or i might just err on the side of caution and join the "don’t like it" team. my grandma was always a total sweetie pie and she continually told me that i didn’t have to try things if i thought they seemed gross, and she also regularly said, "don’t make yourself sick, sweetie–you don’t have to finish it if you don’t want to." i don’t really consider myself a fussy eater, per se, but there are definitely things i DON’T like, and i tend to have rather strong opinions about them (i.e., mushrooms, eggplant, mustard, pickled ANYTHING).
but there are also lots of things i have just never tried, owing mainly to my parents, and over the years i have learned that i actually adore plenty of things i never bothered with as a kid. like what, you ask? well, like: guacamole, avocados in general, caesar salad, chickpeas, hummus, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, refried beans, black beans, tofu, and yogurt… these are but a few examples of things i never tried until i was in my 20s (some not until i was in my 30s!) but completely am head over heels in love with today.
when i went vegan, i became a lot more adventurous with my eating, and i started trying all kinds of things i had never wanted before, or maybe never even heard of. nowadays i readily order tempeh and seitan when i’m out, and i’m eating cuisines i never experimented with before going vegan (indian, middle eastern, thai). i guess veganism basically facilitated breaking down a lot of boundaries for me, as far as trying new things. and yet there are still tons of things i’ve never eaten, like kale, for instance. or beets–until the other night, that is!
i came home a couple of nights ago and my husband was involved in some top-secret dinner project, which i eventually learned was vegan cheesesteaks and a side of beets. hee! i had been talking about beets lately, and he loves them, so i guess he decided to take matters into his own hands and make some for me. he prepared them with a little olive oil and some salt & pepper, and plated them very prettily next to my sandwich. i was totally excited to try them, although a little tentative, but i shouldn’t have worried–i really really liked them! hooray! i get very excited when i try something new, and i’m all proud of myself when i like it. i have no idea why i get proud of myself (and i also usually ask my husband, "are you proud of me?"), but whatever, i’m weird.
anyhow, i thought it was kind of funny, once i tried them, to learn that beets are somewhat unremarkable. they remind me a little bit of carrots, which i’ve loved since i was practically a baby. they have a mild and somewhat sweet taste, and a nice texture. they’re so unassuming, yet tasty. i don’t know what i was so afraid of all those years. yay beets!