This week, I am so excited that I am sharing my house with my parents! I’m taking the week off from work (I work from home) so it’ll be a double joy – no computer work to do, and spending my days with my parents.
They are courageous eaters, health conscious people. However, they come to health-food from a different perspective. Now obviously, in the spirit of hospitality, I am still buying some of their favorite foods! (That I would personally not eat as I do not believe they are healthy.) However, if I’m going to cook, I want to cook meals that are healthy based on my research…. but what do I cook?
The bigger question is: what do I cook that introduces them to real food, but won’t turn them off entirely? That they walk away from their almost-real-food-week-experience with a positive attitude, and may even be willing to make changes, too?
What I will stay away from: really foreign flavors and different textures.
The things I will introduce, but in a very small batch, are coconut oil, coconut flour, almond flour. Anything that they have a preconcieved idea on what it “should” taste like, I will proceed with caution. Things that I’ve made “real food versions” of are probably not what I’m going to do first. (Example: I will choose to fry the egg in butter, not coconut oil. I won’t make coconut or almond flour pancakes and expect them to gobble them up.)
So, onto the list of recipes that I think are compatible for people not used to the “real food movement”:
Homemade refried beans (reminder: sub chicken stock for those granules!)
Sweet Potato Brownies (*this one does have a different texture, but people are generally won over by the chocolate flavor. This would be a good intro to the coconut flour texture.)
“Poor Man’s Delight” (i.e., breakfast skillet)