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An_246763 posted:
I'm 20, similar in age to your daughter, and I cook largely for myself. Meat is expensive so I tend to find other protein options to use in my cooking when I can (lentils/beans, eggs, nuts, greek yogurt); in essence, I'm vegetarian 6 days of the week.

In the beginning it was tricky figuring out how to make meals seem like meals and not just random items thrown together to meet nutritional needs, and something that helped me was finding recipe resources from other people. One book suggested to me that I now own and really enjoy (it teaches you about nutrition, how to cook, substitutes, etc) is Mark Bittman's cook book, "How to cook everything Vegetarian." It could make a nice birthday present! In it, she's bound to find something she'll like and want to cook. It also made me more open to free-styling and developing my own recipes based on what I have in the fridge that day.

Hope you like it!

http://www.amazon.com/How-Cook-Everything-Vegetarian-Meatless/dp/0764524836
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