40. Cooking Healthy at Home (B)


Maria: It's almost ready. Just give it fifteen more minutes. What did you want to eat instead?
Mike: I was craving a cheeseburger and fries. I'm sorry, Maria. It was nothing personal. It's just hard to get adjusted to eating healthy.
Maria: I understand, Mike. You don't have to be sorry. If you want, you can go have your cheeseburger. I won't stop you.
Mike: No, Maria. You already said you need someone to help you do this. I'm your boyfriend, and I should support you no matter what.
Maria: Thank you, Mike. That really means a lot. I promise you this meal I'm preparing will be better than any cheeseburger you have ever had.
Mike: It sure smells good. I hope you're right about that.
Maria: You know, if you want, you can help me cook.
Mike: Are you sure?
Maria: Yeah! I'll tell you what you need to do.
(Mike rises from his seat and goes next to Maria.)

Maria: Here. Cut these vegetables in halves. Use this knife and cutting board to do it. It's easy; just watch me.
(Maria cuts a few carrots to demonstrate how. Then she hands it over to Mike who gives it a try.)
Mike: Like this, Maria?
(Mike carefully cuts carrots.)
Maria: Yeah, just like that, honey. While you do that, I'll put some water to boil.
Mike: Is the grilled chicken ready?
Maria: Yes, I just need to boil the vegetables.
(Mike finishes cutting the carrots and Maria starts to boil them. Ten minutes later, the vegetables finish boiling and Maria serves the food.)
Maria: Alright, dig in, and tell me what you think.
(Mike takes a bite of the grilled chicken and vegetables.)
Mike: It's…not that bad. I like it, honey. Thank you.
Maria: I hope you really mean that. Because this is the kind of food we should be eating more often.
Mike: I think I just need to adjust to eating like this every day in order for me to truly enjoy it. It might take some time though.


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