Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Today's breakfast was a total fail, pizza and breadsticks. After, I felt rather guilty so I decided to drag my brother to the store and grab some healthier options for both of us. While at the store, I got the urge to cook for my whole family. Usually, I buy some snacks or a couple meals for me and occasionally my brother and my dad will pay for most of the food for the whole house. I got ground turkey instead of the ground beef my dad's girlfriend always buys and wheat buns instead of the white ones we usually have. I also got corn and bell peppers to grill with the burgers instead of the potatoes, chips or pasta we would usually have with the burgers. When it came time to cook, the grill wouldn't work so I got out the electric George Forman grill and cooked it all on that. It would have worked a little better if I had been able to use the actual grill but dinner was still a hit. I decided to cook everything as plainly as possible and let the natural favors of everything come through. I brushed the corn and peppers with some olive oil and left the meat unseasoned since I knew there would be enough salt from the cheese. I also changed things up by decluttering the table and having us eat there instead of all plopping down to watch a movie. We really had a good time and it seemed to ease some of the tension that had been in the house, but not all of it.
For some reason my dad's girlfriend seems set on making things difficult for me. She refused to come to eat with us, complaining that it was ground turkey and would further upset her upset stomach. She also seems to not like the idea of us all sitting around the table to have meals together but I don't know why. I loved that we could all unwind, catch up on everyone's schedules, and have an actual conversation. When we are watching a movie we are all together(usually) but can't really say anything because we would interrupt the movie.
I also noticed that I didn't eat as much as I usually do. I normally would have had 2 or more burgers and 2 or more ears of corn too but I had only one of each and was full. There were leftovers too. I was afraid that I hadn't cooked enough and would have to come up with something extra for my 19 year-old, eating-machine brother. He also is really picky about "healthy" foods. His motto growing up was "I'm allergic to anything green." He is changing a little as he gets older but I still had a fight on my hands at the store when I told him I was going to make a healthier dinner tonight. He raved about the peppers and didn't have anything bad to say about the burgers. For that I am claiming Queen of the Kitchen!
After dinner I talked to my dad and told him I would like to work with him to start making healthier options for dinner. He has some minor health concerns and all of us could lose at least a few pounds. We also discussed eating at the table more often and breaking the habit of watching movies and turning into zombies during dinner. I'm really hopeful that we can all make these changes together. I know we won't always be able to sit together and enjoy dinner. We have busy, different schedules. As long as we can sit at the table when we do eat, we will be one step closer to being healthy, even if my dad's girlfriend does get to cook the meal (yuck!).