Haley gets a knife-skills lesson from her dad while she preps the veggies for soba noodle bowls.
You might know Isaiah Mustafa as the smooth-talking Old Spice Guy or the smoldering werewolf, Luke, on Freeform’s Shadowhunters. But his role of a lifetime is dad to his 18-year-old daughter, Haley, who will be moving from their home in Los Angeles to Baylor University in Waco, Texas, this fall.
On many nights, you’ll find dad and daughter on the couch in their L.A. home, critiquing the horror movie they’re watching and devouring slices of buffalo cauliflower pizza from SunCafe, their favorite local restaurant. Before Haley heads off to school, Isaiah is giving her a cooking crash course so she can have a taste of home when she’s halfway across the country.
Because she’s on a scholarship for the varsity acrobatics and tumbling team at Baylor (2019 national champions!), Haley needs lots of good whole foods to fuel her active days. “I wanted to teach her how to make easy, good-for-you food that’s convenient to grab and go when she’s late for class,” says Isaiah, whom you can catch this month in It: Chapter Two (hitting theaters on September 6). She’ll be living in tight dorm quarters, so all the recipes Isaiah is teaching her (like vegetable-topped soba noodles and an avocado-cacao parfait) can be made using a toaster oven or a hot plate.
Since her dad adopted a vegan diet a few years ago, Haley has come around to eating plant-based meals when they’re together. Sort of. “I like eating vegan—when it tastes good,” says Haley in classic teenage-deadpan style. To bring her fully over to the vegan side, Isaiah created a snack inspired by their favorite cauliflower pizza. When Haley gets homesick, Isaiah hopes she’ll make a big batch of cauliflower, turn on a movie—and call her dad.
Recipe: Try Isaiah Mustafa's Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower
Recipe: Try Isaiah Mustafa's Veggie-Packed Soba Noodle Bowls
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