Monday, October 17, 2011

Menu Plan Monday ~ Week of October 16th

Can I just tell you how frustrating it is when events are scheduled during the dinner hour?! We have always eaten dinner as a family. There are very few dinners that we miss and there usually is a really good reason for not eating together. Gathering the family around the dinner table nutritious not just our bodies, but also our souls and the soul of this family. It is when, after a long, day that we are able to come together and share our joys, our accomplishments, our failures and our needs. It is a time when memories are made. And while I have know that gathering around the family table for supper is becoming a thing of the past, I now truly morn this loss especially for those who don't even know they have lost anything.

You see, our daughter Sarah is in a local production of Peter Pan. And while she loves theater and this company is fabulous, rehearsals begin at 5:30pm a little more than 1/2 hour from our home. That means at least three nights a week our dinner has been a little crazy. Sarah and I eat before we leave for practice, the rest of the family eat when Dad gets home. At first planning meals that would hold or could be reheated and still taste fresh was the hard part. However, then I started to miss the family dinner table, I missed the stories shared, the laughter, the bonding. All these so much more important than the food that was actually served.

So while Sarah will continue with the play - the show must go on, and will audition for next years production (yes she is already talking about it) I will cherish all the family dinners we do have together and look forward to the end of the show when all our dinners can be shared together.

If you aren't eating your dinners as a family or are eating them in front of the TV I challenge you to set your table, light a couple of candles and share your meal together. I guarantee you wont regret it.

So now that my rant is over, on with the meals for the week.

Breakfast: Cinnamon Toast and Apples
Lunch: Harvest Supper at Church
Dinner: Baked Cod with Spinach and Tomatoes served with Brown Rice

Breakfast: Homemade Yogurt and Maple Almond Granola
Lunch: Chicken Cesar Salads with Garlic Bread
Dinner: Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole with Broccoli

Breakfast: Buckwheat Porridge with Blueberries and Cream
Lunch: Creamy Mac & Cheese with Peas
Dinner: Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Breakfast: Poached Eggs on Wheat Toast with Cantaloupe
Lunch: Picnic - Hummus, Rye Crackers, Veggies Sticks, Apples and Cheese
Dinner: Spaghetti , Garden Salad and Garlic Bread

Breakfast: Oatmeal
Dinner: Baked Chicken, Red Quinoa with Roasted Veggies

Breakfast: Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins and Kifer Smoothies
Lunch: Tuna Melts with Kale Chips
Dinner: Sausage with Onion & Pepper Subs with Tater Tots

Breakfast: Blueberry Pancakes with Sausage
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Black Bean Burritos

I'd love to hear your thoughts on family meals.

1 comment:

  1. your meals look amazing! I would have loved some baked cod :) but I admit the carrot tomato soup went fast here and is now a FAVORITE for sure... it was amazing! I love your thoughts about family time around the table and with ballet from 5-7 three nights a week we have ended up eating late those nights just so we can enjoy our time... it was worth waiting :)


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