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
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    That's so great. My mom never let me cook because she was convinced I'd make a mess of her spotless kitchen.
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    2724 days ago
    I think you mentioned something the other day about the apple and the tree. Your daughter likes to think for herself--what a wonderful attribute!
    I am sure you and Jim are really enjoying having something new every night. emoticon
    2749 days ago
    emoticon that she took the initiative on her own! I have 4 kids (1 left at home) and only 1 really enjoys to cook. I LOVE to cook and try new recipes.

    I saw your blog from another friends feed and see that you run and that you're near DC. I'm in VA, South of DC about 30 miles. I run too, although only 5K's and 10K's so far (and those are more walking at this point!). I just signed up for the Rock 'n Roll half in March in DC though and am SO excited. A whole big group of us on a team on FB are going to do it together.
    2753 days ago
    OOOOOHHHHH I am so envious that you have a personal chef now, and even better it's your daughter. You are so lucky she has found a passion, hopefully she will stick with it. Tell her I said fantastic job. So exciting to see young people doing great things and that pizza looks absolutely delicious. Your daughter definitely ROCKS !!!! Give her a big emoticon and emoticon
    2767 days ago
    How wonderful that your daughter has decided to take up cooking! I’m in my late 20s and am finally getting the hang of preparing meals—kudos to your daughter for starting now!
    2768 days ago
    Your daughter loves to challenge herself. What a wonderful trait! And to find a way to fit her challenge into your goals is awesome!
    2778 days ago
    She does ROCK!! =) This is awesome on so many levels!
    2779 days ago
    I am soooo proud of your daughter too, and I don't even know her. I saw that same movie that inspired her, and it is neat to hear that she is challenging herself that way. What is so good is that she is young and by the time she is older, she will have established some good eating habits. Plus she will realize that she is capable of taking good care of herself and even entertaining others, if she wants to!!! Great blog. I can read the pride you have in your daughter. It's so true how our kids follow in our footsteps more than a person would think that they do. Great model you are!!

    2779 days ago
    What a great blog...You've certainly inspired your daughter with
    "the healthy way' emoticon and its fabulous she's preparing
    dishes thats Enjoyable..makes your heart warm with pride and love emoticon ...its wonderful! emoticon
    2779 days ago
    That is so awesome. My kids are learning to cook too, but I don't know if I could get them to cook anything that fantastic...
    2779 days ago
    WOW Elaine that is so AWESOME!! You must be very proud of her...and she is only 17??? Great habits start early and if she is enjoying it she will keep at it.
    I am so happy that you shared this. I need to go out and buy the cookbook!
    2779 days ago
    That is so sweet of your daughter, brought tears to my eyes. And congratulations on you and your spouse's mutual weight loss. Way to go, or should I say Weigh to go!
    2779 days ago
    How awesome is this??? And she is learning to cook healthy!! I love veggie pizza and that looks delish!
    2779 days ago
    That is so great!
    2779 days ago
    That is AWESOME!!!!!!! Love it!!!!! emoticon
    2779 days ago
    That is so cool!
    2779 days ago
    That is awesome!
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