Food cravings: A bit spicy…

Posted by on December 1, 2011 at 9:05 am.

Stir fry vegetables

We all experience cravings, right? The past few days my daughter has been craving dark leafy greens. Raw or cooked?  It doesn’t matter; my eight-year old daughter loves eating dark leafy greens.

I’m an early riser (usually awake by 4:00 am — today I was awake at 2:30 am). After a few hours of work, I decided to make her some homemade hash browns. What began as hash browns turned into a completely different dish. By the time, I was through I had prepared a lightly sauteed vegetable dish. It was delicious, nutritious, and simple to make.

What’s in this dish? Kale, carrots, onion, tomato, carrots, ginger, curry, and a sprinkle of sea salt all make an appearance in this dish. The kale was especially tender since I’d picked them from our garden this morning. I’m happy that dark leafy greens can be planted/harvested during the cooler months. It means that my daughter and I eat fresh greens for most of the year.

It’s interesting to see how my daughters taste buds have developed (as she’s gotten older). If I’d have prepared this a few years ago, the added ginger and curry would have been too spicy for her, but now she quite enjoys the extra kick.

Because the kale leaves were huge,  I used only about two leaves in the above dish. The rest has been set aside to include into a smoothie.

My daughters cravings for greens had been satisfied, and she went off to school happy that I’d remembered her request. I’ll eat greens anytime, but recently I’ve been craving a homemade pizza. I’m thinking about making one later today.

Question: Recently, have you had any food cravings? If so share in the comment section.

15 Comments

  • Karen says:

    I’m afraid my cravings are nothing like yours – usually pasta, fresh bread and sweets! Karen
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    Opal Reply:

    @Karen, Your cravings sounds a lot like my daughters. A few days ago I made a few batches of cookies (oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip). The cookie princess (my daughter) has eaten most of them. 🙂

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  • Jennifer says:

    My fave foods as a toddler were Lima Beans, Dried Apricots, and Alfalfa Sprouts! My parents should have KNOWN I’d grow up to be a vegetarian! LOL 🙂
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    Opal Reply:

    @Jennifer, That’s a nice clue! 🙂

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  • Reina Elliston says:

    That dish looks really yummy. I’m such a sucker for anything hot and spicy.Can you share the recipe for that? Pretty please.. 🙂

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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Reina Elliston,
    Thanks for stopping by.

    I’ll recreate the recipe and send you the info via email.I rarely measure ingredients, which is why I’ll have to recreate this. 🙂

    I’m a big fan of hot and spicy too.

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  • Kate Brown Wilson says:

    I admire you children Opal I hope that my children would like veggies than pastries like yours, I would like to try to cook veggies for them but I’m afraid they won’t eat it. specially when a little spice is added.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Kate Brown Wilson, With my daughter it was simple, she’s been eating this way since she was born.

    However you can slowly introduce vegetables to those who don’t normally eat them. Vegetable smoothie is one way, by blending the vegetables you change their appearance, making it easier to mask their appearance in soups, sauces, stir fries, etc.,

    There are lots of creative ways to gradually add healthier options to mealtimes. I tell people to take baby steps, start out slow, and over time gradually increase the amounts of healthier options. Old habits can be changed (in time) and be replaced with healthier eating habits.

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  • antjon says:

    Hi i havent had any recent food cravings, but i have had a lifelong craving for cream cheese and tomato sandwiches, this started with my first packed lunch on my first day at work, i was 15 at the time i am now 67 and eat them daily

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    Opal Reply:

    Hello @antjon,
    Thanks for stopping by.

    Wow, that’s fairly impressive that you’ve ate the same thing since you were 15. 🙂

    My daughter loves cream cheese too. I usually make cream cheese frosting for my carrot cake. She devours that.

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  • Kate Brown Wilson says:

    I really appreciate this tips you have shared Opal I am sure that this will work fine, to change my child,s eating habit.thank you so much.
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    Opal Reply:

    @Kate Brown Wilson, You’re welcome. 🙂

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  • Cindy says:

    wow that sound really delicious! it is very hard to find really fine vegetarian recipes, I marked that there are 5-10 recipes in the net, and most of the blogs/communities are sharing only these. I1m always happy when i find something new, which i haven’t tried. Thanks for the impression, tomorrow i will give this one a try! Does anybody already have made it?
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Cindy,

    There are tons of vegan/vegetarian sites out there. While there are some that mainly post pictures, you’ll find plenty that share their recipes also. Finding Vegan is a great example, since you’ll find a variety of Vegan food pictures, clicking on a picture will take you to the personal site, and you’ll find the recipe. Although I won’t be doing that with all the food pictures I do post, since that takes a lot more time. I’ll try to add a few recipes now and again. 🙂

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