I’ve been thinking of the art of cooking. It’s fairly easy to cook for yourself…you know what your likes and dislikes are and can come up with creative ways to please your own taste buds. Cooking for two really isn’t that hard either because it includes the give and take of each other and working together to achieve what you desire. BUT cooking for a family of four with different tastes CAN present a challenge….if you choose to look at it that way.
My family’s tastes vary. My son has chosen to eat vegan (not only eat vegan, but also adopt the vegan lifestyle in all areas of thinking). My daughter LOVES her meat, cheese, eggs….all the things that are not acceptable in my son’s world of eating. My husband and I can go either way we need to go to support our kids’ choices. I think I am at a point of allowing for anything that provides joy. If it tastes good and my body responds well to it, then I usually allow myself to enjoy it.
So…as I said before, this could present some difficulty. Some may say they are not going to cook several meals for their family, just to suit their tastes. I can understand that desire to not make dinnertime a long, drawn out process. But I think we have gotten to the point to actually allow it to be a beautiful time of connecting and finding out what foods we like and why. Helping our kids think through their choices and even make their own foods, the way they like them. It pushes me to be a better mom…to be more present with my kids and the food that they eat. To bring them into what I am doing and recognize that they so desperately want to help create the meals with the ingredients that they love.
It all part of the perspective change that I am trying to make in my life. A more simple, creative and connected life with the people I love. And I get to spend lots of time on the Food Network…how cool is that?!