Playing "Chopped"

So many of the cooking classes I teach at Decision Point have an end goal in mind:

  • We will make good tasting, good for you food
  • Here is the recipe and ingredients
  • Cook food
  • Eat and enjoy

Sounds like a good “recipe” for success, right? Well it is, if you are one of those people who follow recipes and go shopping for just what is needed for said recipe. But I for one am not one of those people. I saunter down the aisles of our local health food store or Trader Joes and fill my cart with great food, but without a plan at all.

So what do we, the planning deficient folks do when dinner time comes around? Well, we play a game of “Chopped”. For those of you who are not Food Network fans, that means the show “Chopped”- where chefs are challenged to make a dish from a basket of mystery ingredients and are then judged by Food Network chefs. They must make a wonderful meal, including everything from the basket like...chicken, peanut butter, sauerkraut and cherries (I am NOT making this up. These are actual ingredients they had to use).

So, if you are anything like me, your evening looks a great deal like the show “Chopped”- (sans great cookware and hairstylists). I look into my cabinet and began to wonder- what can I throw together that will work, be healthy, fast and my child will eat it. It doesn't look like steps 1,2,3,4 as seen above.

So my wonderful 11 year old brain child challenged me to a “Chopped” event she is hosting for me in my home. Me vs. a basket of food. I love it. We have a blast and decide that Sunday nights are “Chopped” challenges in our house. Mostly great food, some nightmares so far.

Something new always keeps your mind focused on your Goals

During our last challenge, my daughter said, “This would be great for your clients at Decision Point Mom. It's more realistic than bringing them a recipe and all the food”. (Did I mention she is brilliant?)

So, January 30, 2013 was the first official “Decision Point Chopped Challenge”. The clients geared up for the battle with teams chosen and partook in actual practices. I provided the food (with more compassion and kindness than the basket mentioned above- sauerkraut and peanut butter??) and the two teams had to provide a meal in 45 minutes. Bob, Mo, and Chanel were are our panel of judges.

Some of our "Chopped" pictures: