So this summer's bucket list includes trying three new recipes a week. To accomplish this task without the usual grunts and groans from the youngin's, I made a point to include them in the planning. So we sit down weekly with my favorite cookbooks (Bobby Flay and Rachel Ray) and the entire family select meals that look or sound appetizing. From there we create shopping lists and I only purchase what we planned that week.
Now I know that there are those of you for whom this is old hat. But in our house, this is quite a new experience. We'd been stuck in a nutritional rut for far too long, eating the same rotations of meals every week and the grocery list rarely varied.
But by taking the time to include the entire clan on our new flavors for the week, not only have we been enjoying tasty new entrees and side dishes, but we've created a new family tradition of meal planning. If you've never tried this, give it a week and see how different your meals become. We are eating more veggies and (gasp) are even using the fine china!!
An added bonus is that with this "Eat Sheet" for a shopping list, I find that I am spending less at the grocery store!!
Some have been huge hits, like the steak Alfredo pasta and the barbecue chicken spinach salad with strawberries, while others have not. The pork loin schnitzel with boiled cabbage was a "good effort", a.k.a. "nice try Mom, but yuck!"
Research has shown that families that regularly sit down and eat dinner together have children who are less likely to experiment with drugs, alcohol, smoking and sex. It has even been shown that teenage daughters have better bonds with their dads when this family ritual is regularly scheduled. (Family Dinner Info)
We've seen a difference in not only our eating habits, but our time together. After prayer, our son reminds us to each "tell us about your day" and everyone shares. These are the sweet moments of our busy day. These are the days I will cherish always.
So plan together, pray together, and enjoy each other!
Many blessings & happy eats!