My daughter, the Chef...???
Friday, July 15, 2011
My 17 year old daughter is very industrious and has taught herself several things, such as knitting...(I am not very crafty.) She was touched by the movie "Julie and Julia" but knew that her dad and I having lost over 40 lbs each would not likely partake in the recipes of Julia Child's cookbook. So she silently set out on a quest. She went to the book store and browsed through the cooking books till she found one called "Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast" It is written by the Editors of Cooking Light Magazine. It claims that each recipe has 5 ingredients and takes 15 minutes cooking time. Her goal is to cook and taste every recipe in the book, just like the movie she loved so much.
We are only on our 4th day of this journey, but I just have to give her a shout out because I am simply delighted that she is cooking, using fresh food, and mostly that she is eating the things she makes. She has been the most finicky eater of my three kids and sometimes just makes up her mind that she doesn't like something before she even tries it.
I can cook, but I'm not super excited to do so. Her dad, however, is a great cook and can throw things together and make yummy foods. She wants to be like him. We both work in DC and have a daily commute which makes dinner a chore sometimes. As far as cooking, she has done minimal things, like make macaroni and cheese or cooking hotdogs. This is such an exciting event to me that I can barely contain my happiness. Really, I'm not containing it at all. I rave over her meals and made a deal that if she cooks, I will try everything and do all the cleaning. I also told her I would get her a credit card so she could run to the store for her ingredients, if needed. (That may be her single biggest motivation)
Last night, she made Veggie Grilled Pizza! This is a girl who has never eaten zucchini or tomatos in her life! and she liked it!!! It was absolutely fabulous and I mean her dad and I both were floored by the flavor of it.
Granted, the recipes aren't complex and some have semi-prepared food such as canned beans or a Boboli Pizza Crust, but the calorie count is on the page for each dish and they fit our plan well. She would have struggled with complicated recipes anyhow. And most importantly to me, she is embracing healthy eating. She has not been thrilled with our eating habits and often fussed about having to eat my "healthy" stuff. My daughter ROCKS!!
Regardless, I can't wait for dinner tonight!!!!! YUM