Truthfully, I’m not so good at it. Numerous attempts have inevitably failed, despite my wholehearted belief in it’s virtues (less $$ spent, more time gained, less waste, more healthful meals, etc…) BUT! Recently I’ve come across Jenny Rosenstrach’s blog “Dinner: A Love Story,” along with her newly published cookbook of the same title. Her main intent is to help parents figure out how to get family dinner on the table – with an emphasis on family. This was my experience as a kid. Both of my parents worked, both of my parents cooked (exceedingly well) and dinner was shared at the table every night at 6:00. That’s not to say every meal was a gastronomic sensation. Remember Steak-umms? Yeah, we ate those.
A NEW PLAN
My husband and I already made the commitment to have family dinner every night with our son – and we do. However, I don’t always know what’s going to end up on the table. So my plan is to grab a page out of Jenny’s blog/book and start a DINNER DIARY. She has miraculously recorded all of her family dinners since 1998. This strikes me as a very clever and doable way of meal planning in reverse – just jot down what you eat and eventually you end up with a catalog of meals to choose from.
I highly encourage you to check out Dinner: A Love Story. This fabulous blog is artfully constructed with lovely photos and an extensive and varied recipe index. Because she is a writer and her husband an editor, she also has numerous suggestions for great kid lit. Not just a destination for families, but rather a supremely fun blog for anyone to explore!
EAT WELL AND BE WELL