Feeding our families is about so much more than just getting something onto the table every night.
To nourish them is important. But the table, the gathering place, has a lot more going on than just food.
To meet together every night after hustling about to this activity and that, to sit down, look at one another, to hear each other, to connect on today’s events and matters of the heart big and small, and to share food – hot or cold, fancy or regular, on glass or paper – is the essence of family.
A family dinner is so much more than food, and as much as I want it to be so delicious to their sometimes picky palates, I want to see them. I want to gather with them. I want to share moments with them, and I want them to remember the family dinner table, the mealtime as much or more than the meals.
A simple tool I use to make sure these moments happen is menu planning. It’s not hard. Each week I make a list of five dinner meals. From that I make a grocery list. Then each night I choose a meal from that menu plan. Sometimes one or more boys will help me make it. Sometimes they don’t. The point is making sure it happens, because it’s increasingly important in this ever-changing, busy world!
The Homecooked Menu Plan for the Week
- chicken pot pie
- vegetable beef stew and cornbread
- baked salmon with sautéed veggies and brown rice
- chicken spaghetti and salad
- chicken and dumplings and green beans (per Hayden’s request)
What’s on YOUR menu this week?