Padma Lakshmi seems to have found the secret to balancing her work life and her home life. The Top Chef host knows that it isn't always easy to come up with "nutritious and yummy meals" for your family after a long day at work, but she think she's discovered the perfect way to ensure that she's always feeding her daughter Krishna a tasty and healthy meal.
"It's hard. I know what it feels like to be exhausted and come home and still have to cook dinner for your kids or your family. And what I suggest is chopping all your vegetables on the weekends and putting them in Tupperware containers," she told The Daily Dish. "You know, you're going to eat some carrots, some celery, some onions, garlic, ginger, tomatoes. There are these stable vegetables that you will use in a number of recipes. You know most of cooking is chopping. So if you have all that done then on a weeknight, you can just take that filet of fish or chicken, throw some olive oil in pan, saute some veggies, add whatever protein, you can roast a baked potato or make some rice."
And, Padma has concocted the perfect way to make her meals with her daughter extra satisfying. "I use a lot of condiments as seasonings," she said. "So I make a lot of chutneys or purees, and I keep those in my fridge."
Not that it's particularly hard to please Krishna. Turns out, she's a big foodie just like her mom. "Krisha is not a picky eater. She's a great eater. She's grown up on Top Chef," she said. "We're into pickling vegetables. We've been pickling cauliflower and all kinds of crazy stuff. She loves making salads. She loves soups and lentils and fried chicken and spaghetti. She also will be great about eating good-for-you foods. She's not big on fish, but if I make it a certain way, she'll love grilled fish, too."
Sounds like she has a future cheftestant on her hands. (Season 13 contestants might want to watch their backs.)
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