Back when I was a kid, I refused to eat vegetables. I’m not sure why, but I was convinced that anything green or orange didn’t taste good.

Thankfully, my mom didn’t pressure me about it. She would still serve vegetables at the dinner table, but I could skip them if I wanted. Looking back, I’m glad my mom didn’t make a big deal over my finicky eating.

When I went away to college, I discovered the joys of the cafeteria salad bar. And I realized that I actually liked carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and all those veg­etables I tried so hard to avoid as a kid.

Nowadays, my husband and I are trying to eat healthier. We aim to include at least one vegetable in our home-cooked meals, even if all we have time to do is microwave a bag of...