I have always been a picky eater. Not your run of the mill picky. I mean REALLY picky. Beef? No thank you! Turkey? Disgusting! Vegetables? Forget it! I always have been, and always WILL be picky. To this day, I still love peanut butter, but hate peanuts. I love pizza, but I hate spaghetti sauce, tomatoes, and ketchup. I hate potatoes, but I love french fries!
My diet is filled with contradictions, and populated by a very short list of items that I consider to be edible. When I was child, I was SO stubborn about the food I would or wouldn't eat that my parents literally thought I had an eating disorder! They asked my doctor about it and everything!
Having grown up as a picky eater, I can't begin to count how many times people have told me that the problem is "just in my head," or that I'm not being open-minded. I beg to differ.
I am very open minded about trying new foods. That doesn't mean I'll like them, but I will try them. To get a little more variety in my diet, I've tried all kinds of strange food combinations to find something else that's good! And I have found a few things.
For example, have you ever put nacho cheese Doritos in a peanut butter sandwich? Doritos are delicious. Peanut Butter sandwiches are a staple in my diet. Stick the two together, and you're left with a goey, soft, delicious sandwich with a pleasant cheesy crunch!
You think that's weird? But why? Haven't you ever had cheese cracker sandwiches with peanut butter in the middle? It's practically the same thing!
Another thing that's good is Peanut Butter and Honey! It makes it nice and sweet! Plus, if you put it in a sandwich bag and take it with you to school or work to be your lunch, the honey will start to crystallize, giving the sandwich a delightful crisp to it!
Another thing that goes great with honey is french fries! I say "Screw You, Ketchup!" Who needs a condiment with more than one spelling? Hmmmm, Catsup??? No thanks! I'll just use honey!
Also, I think that strawberry milk is weird. I don't particularly care for strawberries, and I don't like milk. I ESPECIALLY don't like strawberry milk, but any beverage that's pink is A.O.K. in my book!
PLUS, when you drink Strawberry Milk you get a serving of Dairy AND Fruits!!! Yay for multiple food groups!
A tasty dessert that's kind of strange is chocolate covered popcorn! It's delicious! And addictive!!! =)
One of my favorite dishes is a chicken recipe that my Grandma gave me. You mix sour cream, white cooking wine, and cream of mushroom. Then dump it on the chicken and cook it. I don't like sour cream, and I DEFINITELY don't like mushrooms! But for some reason, this combination yields that most delicious, juiciest, tenderest chicken ever!
The last thing that I'm going to leave you all with is something that I think is very strange, but nobody else seems to notice. Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches are STRANGE. Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Catherine, peanut butter and jelly is the most normal lunchtime meal ever! What's strange about that?"
Well, let me tell you. Consider the origin of those two main ingredients. Peanuts, and some sort of Fruit. Now, who, in their right mind, would look at these to basic ingredients and decide that mashing them together would make a tasty sandwich filling? Let me tell you, I do NOT get it!
So before you go and call picky eaters close minded, take a moment to think about the lengths they must go to in order to find acceptable food! And also, take a second look at your own diet! You might be surprised what kinds of strange combinations you find!