By Elizabeth Dubos
As part of a 2021 New Year’s resolution, I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone more. I wanted to try new things, so life didn’t seem like it was all work and no play. I’m an introvert who doesn’t like change. I enjoy the safety of predictability. However, I’ve learned that too much safety can take the fun away from life. While it’s a bit nerve-racking to step outside of my comfort zone, as I did more research, I found that there are ways to accomplish my goal without making myself too uncomfortable. As a young adult, I want to make memories. When I get older, I want to look back at this time and say, “Wow, those were some fun times.”
As you’ve probably guessed, I have a limited and bland palette. I like what I like and don’t change it. Whenever I get takeout, I always get the same thing because it’s safe and I know I’ll like it. But whenever I watch cooking or baking competition shows on Netflix, my mouth starts watering because the food looks incredible and according to the judges tastes delicious too. Therefore, I finally set out to research some foods I’d like to try. I thought it would be fun to share my research, because maybe you’d like to try some delicious food as well.
1. Avocados. According to Healthline.com avocados are loaded with healthy fats, fiber, and potassium. They look delicious on sandwiches and toast. I think it’ll be a good addition to my diet because I can make it look delicious. Also, due to its nutrients, it’ll reduce bloating and weight, so my clothes will fit better.
2. Bell peppers. I’ve seen a lot of restaurants use bell peppers in their dishes, so I think it would be fun to try them. Plus, I’ve seen a lot of interesting designs on Pinterest of how people utilize bell peppers. During Halloween, I’ve seen a recipe that turns bell peppers into jack-o-lanterns.
3. Datil peppers. I love Chipotle BBQ seasoning from Buffalo Wild Wings, so I’m not too adverse with spicy foods. However, I think it would be fun to expand my palette to different types of spice. Plus, I think it would be a lot of fun to grow my own datil peppers too.
4. Tomatoes. I love when tomatoes are cooked, but I’m not a huge fan of them when they’re raw. I feel like I’m missing out on something, since I’ve seen them always added to sandwiches.
5. Oatmeal. I’ve seen tons of recipes on Pinterest that look delicious! I’ve tried to recreate them, but they ended up looking unappetizing. Maybe, I could do curbside at a local café and buy some prepared oatmeal, so I don’t judge its aesthetics.
6. Ham. After doing a bit of research, there’s different flavors of ham. So, I think it’s worth trying. I think it would be healthy to add another meat to my palette.
Six things may sound puny, but it’s a big deal for me because I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone. Maybe I’ll write another blog post about these food adventures. Are there any foods or recipes you’d like to try? Leave a comment below!
Edited by Emelyn Ehrlich