This Week's Eats 10/6
This Week's Eats ~ October 6th
This Week's Eats
Easy Recipes for the Home Chef
Spinach Mushroom Quiche,
Slow Cooker Chili with Skillet Cornbread,
Vegetarian Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini, &
Cashew Caramel Brownies
October 7, 2013
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together during the week. It's such a unique opportunity to connect with the boys, laugh together, share important life lessons and just talk about this, that and the other. It's also a time to learn about manners, social skills and other life skills.
What about you? How do you manage life's busyness with the desire to have a family dinner together a few times a week? What about electronics at the table?
Food for thought, huh?
So, on to the recipes, shall we...
Can we spend a few minutes thinking and reflecting about "the dinner table"? I've been thinking quite a bit about the concept of eating together as a family, and how important it is to sit down at the end of your day to connect. Reason I've been thinking more about it than I usually do...we just started piano lessons with the boys...and the only time slot where the teacher could come to our home was 5-6 pm. The piano lesson addition brings us to 3.5 nights a week with an activity. (The .5 comes from an every other week commitment.)
I'm all about balance and simplicity of schedule, but pushing to 3.5 nights a week of activities feels like it's pushing right up against our desire to have a sit down together meal every night. Even though there is plenty of time built in for dinner on each of these nights, it still feels rushed..."go get your Cub Scout shirt on"..."Mom, I can't find my hat"...
Even with all of my time saving tricks, using the slow cooker on crazy afternoon days, I still need to protect our family's value of having dinner
1/2 cup coconut milk
6 Tbsp sweetener – agave, honey, maple syrup
4 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Crushed pistachios, for topping
The recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free and tree nut-free if you omit the pistachios.
With the holidays coming up, you may find you'll need some Pumpkin Pie Spice to use in some fun fall recipes. But, you don't have to buy a big jar of it especially when you'll only use a few teaspoons. Make your own with seasonings you already have (or at least with seasonings that can be used in other recipes, too!):
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