Friday, September 25, 2009

A Week of Meals

What to feed a family of 6 during a busy week? One that includes: Boy Scouts, 3) cross country practices, 2) cross country meets, bike club, 2) day shifts, 1) evening shift, morning chorus practice,
work an evening event, Doug's marathon training, homework for 4 and preparation for a garage sale?
Add to that the desire to use as many of the fresh vegetables available at the market because they are slipping away. And most importantly gather for many meals together at the table as many times as possible.

Here is what I came up with....

Sunday: Doug's Amazing Chili (including leftovers frozen for another meal)

Monday: Pork Bolognese over Penne Pasta
Roasted Cauliflower with Olive-Caper Vinaigrette
Italian Bread with Goat Cheese

Tuesday: Broccoli, Home-Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes
Tomato-Cucumber Salad

Wednesday: Sloppy Joes, (from the can) on Homemade Brioche Hamburger Buns
(Ironic combo, huh?)
Multi-Grain Chips
Home Pickled Green Beans

Thursday: Leftovers - no sense wasting

Friday: Webb Farms Ham Steak
Roasted Acorn Squash
Garden Tomato Slices
Homemade Applesauce ( I can smell it cooking now)

Saturday: Pizza out with family. Yaayyyyy!

Not a bad week, I don't think. With people so busy these days, too often family meals are not a priority. We work hard to eat together as often as possible. If one of us is working in the evening there is still one parent at the table. Statistics show so many benefits of the family table that shouldn't be ignored. I have found with a bit of planning and prep the night or morning before I can put real food on the table easily.

We all love our time around the table together. We catch up, make weekend plans, play best and worst and draw cards from our conversation box.

It's a simple gift that's easy to give and one that will carry them into adulthood.

1 comment:

Georgine said...

I love that you do a family dinner! We eat dinner (such as it is) together every night. It is really important. However, my our meals are nothing like yours. Let's see, last night we had Diana's swiss chard, Mike and I had eggs and sausage and B had spaghetti and green beans. Mike nor I have ay appetites. Plus I am sick of emptying the dish washer. I love sloppy joes. I haven't has them forever (unless you count sloppy Juan from MF). I love the homemade bun with the manwich!!!!!! Oh, and pork bolognese. YUM!