Friday, August 23, 2013

Family Meals

I remember the weekly list of dinners, in my mom’s handwriting, placed on the side of the refrigerator. Chicken cacciatore, chili dogs, taco salad, macaroni and cheese, chicken tacos , turkey burgers, chicken kabobs, manicotti. We always knew what we were going to have for dinner and we ate dinner together, as a family. Every night at 6:00pm. We prayed and then spent the time together laughing, talking about our day, sometimes arguing or not saying much at all.

Growing up I didn’t really cook. Well, I helped my mom in the kitchen but I was grossed out by meat and didn’t enjoy making dinner. After getting married I realized that we needed to eat and that meant cooking, so I made the meals that I knew. Ingredients and recipes I was familiar with. Casseroles, tater tots (oh how I love tater tots!), chicken, turkey, pasta.
Then, I found cookbooks. Wonderful new foods to try, foods that were different, foods I had never heard of. And I started to love cooking. We never had a list of weekly dinners posted on the refrigerator. Dinner would be a surprise when Brian would come home from work.

After almost 15 years of marriage, I’m now doing meal planning. I was resistant. It felt too…stay-at-home-mom, boring, predictable. But I’ve found out that it’s helpful. It’s more cost effective and it makes me more organized and with a toddler that is important! Each week the menu is different. I guess in my mind that’s one way I can keep it from becoming too boring. Plus, I love experimenting with new recipes! So far, it's working out well. I don't have something planned for each day of the week because some days are for leftovers or for my lazy, comfort food cooking (grilled cheese, pasta, risotto).

Here is one of my weekly menus:

Miette is now old enough to know that we pray before eating our meals. And she makes sure to remind me if I forget! It’s so cute watching her fold her little hands and then enthusiastically say “Amen!” when the prayer is done. I love sharing meals with my family (and with friends) and I look forward to sharing many more with the ones I love.

1 comment:

Shaffer Sisters said...

Beautiful food and beautiful post my up bringing was similar with daily meals around the dinner table. Until recently my husband worked evenings and one of the things that I enjoyed most was being able to have dinner together. It is such a beautiful way to close the day.

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