I put strong value in family dinners. It is a time that our whole family can connect, sit down together, have conversation and share a meal.
I do not want to portray the illusion that every family dinner in our household is calm and blissful. Nor do I want to brush aside the effort it takes to plan, prepare, and time everything so that it works with a busy family's schedule.
I do want to emphasize that, however, that this habit, has paved the way for daily family connection in our family. As much as it is a chore, the benefits make it all worth it.
I know too, the opportunity to spend this time with my four children around our family table is fleeting. My children are growing up quickly. I want to share this experience with them.
To make this happen I take some time each week for meal planning, which I am choosing to share with you as well!
I hope you get some inspiration by what I post. Regardless, this practice is beneficial for me, as it is creating a database of dinner ideas (all you have to do is click on the meal planning category tag on the sidebar to see all my posts on this topic).
I also value your feedback and appreciate your ideas and inspiration as well!
------Our weeknight family meal plan - April 8-12------
Lasagna Rolls (I made these over the weekend) & caesar salad
need: lasagna noodles, cheese, ricotta, Italian sausage, romaine lettuce, croutons
These were so good we're having them again this week - thanks Kel for the recommendation!
need: ground pork, onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, oregano, paprika, coconut milk, pineapple juice, lime juice, avocado
Venison Brats & Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries (with leftover chili)
need: brats, yellow potatoes, sweet potatoes, hot dog buns & leftover chili
Savory Sandwich Ring with homemade relish & cranberry preserves
need: deli meat & cheese, lettuce, tomato, relish and cranberry preserves
need: shrimp, black beans, corn, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, spices
Have great week friends!