Today's post is in the spirit of Been There, Done That! For many years our Just One Donna! household was one with two parents working outside the home dealing with long work hours and frustrating commutes. Even so, it was important at our house to have an evening meal together as often as we could during the week.
Do you embrace the concept that a family that eats together, stays together? We always viewed our family dinner as a time to take a breath, catch up and stay connected. Are you spending too much money on takeout and restaurant meals? Cooking at home can save both money and calories. It's win-win all around.
"OK," you say. "I buy in, but it is easier said than done." You are so right. It is easier said than done, but if we could do it, so can you. Here's some suggestions on how to get started.
3. Prepare only one meal for dinner. I hear the gasps out there now! "Oh no, my sweet Johnny will only eat chicken fingers."
Trust me, that's only because you are willing to make Johnny his chicken fingers. It may mean a couple of bumpy nights retraining Johnny about what to eat for dinner, but Johnny won't starve. When Johnny is hungry he will eat what he is served.
Sure, you'll trip over each other in the beginning, but soon enough you'll each fall into your respective role in preparing the meal.
Are you a single parent? Preparing dinner with the kids can be an opportunity to talk and work together as a family.
It's all good. Together you will create a set of family meals that become part of your family's shared history. You may even develop a family of adventurous foodies. It's OK to fail in this experiment. We laugh about many of our failed dinner experiments. Not every dinner you create together will be a keeper. It's the journey that will endure.
Do you have a 30 minute, in the door to table recipe you'd like to share?
Family dinners, oh yeah!