Vegetables Promoted from Side Dish to Entree


Marge: Oh, I was hoping we’d miss the 3:00 holdup. I don’t know what to do for dinner now.
Lisa: Maybe we could shop somewhere else. There’s a farm stand next door.
Lisa: Well, I think this family should try more vegetarian meals. We’d feel better and live longer.
Marge: Vegetables, you’ve been promoted from side dish to entree.
[Later]
Homer: I don’t miss meat at all. This portobello mushroom eats like a steak. A rubbery, fungus-like steak. Mmm. Oh, Marge, I’m giving birth to a food baby.
Bart: Oh. I feel like something crawled inside me and took a crap.
Marge: Bart, don’t use that word…Oh, crap!
– A Star is Torn 

The Simpsons | Season 16 - Episode 18

Before I get into the Vegetables Promoted from Side Dish to Entree recipe, I want to talk about this image of Marge holding her stomach. Because she feels ill, Marge is holding her stomach. But to me it looks more like she is holding her breasts. I know she isn’t very “top heavy”, well except for that one episode, but for some reason this seemed like the animation was off here. Discuss!

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After the Simpson family embraces a vegetarian meal they all get sick, except for Lisa. That’s because their bodies aren’t used to digesting plant based foods. Then Lisa sings them all to sleep and the rest of the episode devolves into a parody of American Idol. But not before my favorite joke of the episode where (as the family is feeling better) they are eating a bucket of Shakespeare Fried Chicken. Of course, I would also prefer to be eating fried chicken. But instead I did what I could to recreate vegetables being promoted from side dish to entree.

There’s a lot going on at the dinner table including:

  • Portobello mushrooms
  • A bowl of mushrooms
  • An eggplant with peppers for garnish
  • Salad
  • Two vegetable casseroles
  • Stuffed peppers
  • Vegetable platter

So, that’s a lot of food. I guess the animators wanted to really stress how many dishes you can make from vegetables? I almost had this pegged as an “I’m Not Making That” entry. But instead I decided to pick and choose a few items and experiment with making a *shudder* healthy, meatless meal.

Ingredients

  • Eggplant with Peppers
  • Portobello Mushrooms “steaks”
  • Vegetable Casserole
  • Salad

Directions

I didn’t cook the eggplant or peppers since I think they were meant to be presented raw? I did fry up the Portobello mushrooms for a few minutes a side. The vegetable casserole was thrown together with various vegetables, cheese, milk, flour, and some spices. I put salad in a bowl and that was that.

Promoted-Vegetables

So, it might seem like I didn’t really try with this recipe – at least as far as conveying what I made to you, the reader. But, really, how many of you actually recreate dishes that I make for this blog anyway? Even if you were going to recreate something I doubt this would be the recipe, most people are way more interested in how to make a Lean Cuisini.

In my mind, the point of this whole thing was to try eating a vegetarian meal that isn’t just a bag of potato chips. By the way, potato chips are usually vegetarian AND gluten free, which basically makes it the healthiest thing you can eat! Overall, this food tasted fine. I’m not a fan of Portobello mushroom “steak” and no amount of spices and grilling will convince me it is a steak. I would (and did) eat all of this as a meal, but I would have been happier with a vegetarian meal that comes from Rahmatpur…that or fried chicken.

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Vegetables Promoted from Side Dish to Entrée Recipe From: A Star is Torn (The Simpsons Season 16 – Episode 18)

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André Bosch
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did you eat the eggplant raw? how was that?

Eatslikeaduck
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I did not eat the eggplant raw, but it looked raw in the episode so I kept it like that for the visual effect. I usually prefer my eggplant barbecued or added to a Thai curry, yum!

Glenn S.
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Glenn S.

Are you nuts putting broccoli in that casserole! It’s one of the most deadly plants and earth. It tries to warn you itself with its terrible taste.
As far as portabella mushroom “steaks” are concerned, mushroom cannot beat cow.
And hey, if you need to detox from these vegetables you could always bacon up some sausage (especially if you got any buffallo sausage left over).

Eatslikeaduck
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I did need a detox of 24 hours of nothing but chicken, bacon, and occasionally chicken fried bacon. Then I felt much better!

teightytwo
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Maybe I just haven’t been shopping in the right stores but I have yet to see an eggplant that fat in New Zealad! I feel a bit cheated because I absolutely love eggplant.

I look forward to your instalment of Shakespeare fried chicken, with extra skin.

Eatslikeaduck
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I thought you might call it “aubergine” since I believe that’s what they say in the UK or are you dumbing things down for a lowly North American? Either way, yes we do get big ol’ eggplants and they are delicious. As delicious as extra skin friend chicken? That’s up for debate.

John Hutton
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Are we to believe that this is some sort of magic torso? Boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder.

Eatslikeaduck
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Right? I mean, where does Marge’s torso even begin and end on that crazy Olive Oil frame?

Glenn S.
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Glenn S.

Well don’t bother asking the top of Marge’s hair. Her head stopped eighteen inches ago.

Eatslikeaduck
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If only they had kept in the joke that Marge is secretly a rabbit hiding bunny ears behind her tall hair!