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From Cornell University Food and Brand Lab: http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/outreach/veggiesmeal.html
Chicken, steak, pasta – these classic dishes are featured in many family dinners. Besides making common sense from a nutritional point of view, would the addition of a vegetable to a meal change anything else for the eater? Would they see the meal as more loving, better tasting or even give them an improved opinion of the meal preparer? In this study researchers Brian Wansink, Misturu Shimizu and Adam Brumberg explored the impact that adding a vegetable to the plate has on perceptions of both the meal and the person who prepared it. With the majority of vegetable consumption in the American diet taking place at dinner time but only 23% of those meals being served with a vegetable, the study explores what added psychological motivation to include vegetables in meals might exist.
Rats. Nv won't let me place an image in the article this morning.
Do you have some yummy vegetable recipes you would like to share? I really like the way the French approach vegetables (that sounds kinda funny and I just had an image in my head of a Frenchman sneaking up on a green bean with a butterfly net).