Monday, June 20, 2011
We've been intentional lately about family meals at the table. The busier we get with all our activities, it seems the harder it is to have time together as a family. But everybody has to eat, right? So I've set my bar low enough to reach:
Eat at least two meals together at the table each week and make them special meals.
So I've been trying to pick some fun or rare foods. For instance last week we did a fondue night and a shish kabob night. Those were fun because they were interactive as we dipped into our cheese sauce or built our own custom shish kabobs. So this week we have a Bruschetta night and a Grilled Burger night on the schedule.
Here's what's cooking at our house....
Breakfasts: This is a serve yourself house. I have three early risers (one of them is me) and three late sleepers so I've given up on family breakfasts. Every once in a while I'll whip up something special and everyone can graze when they roll out of bed but for the most part it's whatever you make for yourself. Think: smoothies, omelets, or homemade muffins from the freezer. This is why it's such a good idea to teach your kids how to cook the basics. Then you're off the hook.
Lunches: Usually intentional leftovers, a continuation of breakfast, or something creative from odds and ends. (quesadillas, tuna sandwiches, grilled cheese...they've come up with some pretty fascinating creations.)
Dinners: This is where I come in....
Grilled Pork Chops, Baked Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli
Grilled Tomato Bruschetta, Creamy Garlic Pasta
Grilled Burgers and Baked Potato Salad
Spaghetti with meatballs, steamed broccoli
Fried potatoes, eggs, and sausages
Attending a wedding
Leftover Buffet (using up whatever is left from the week so there is no waste)