Family meals are more than just the act of sharing food. Meal time is the perfect time for families to reconnect with each other. It strengthens families, and makes your relationships with each other stronger, healthier and happier. It isn't surprising to hear that families that eat meals together have children with better grades, more of a positive outlook on life and a healthier diet.
How does one prepare meals that are healthy, vegetable based and something that everyone in the family will enjoy? It's actually really simple with a few creative tricks up your sleeve. Here are my favorite three ways you can create meals that everyone in your family will enjoy so much that they will be asking for seconds.
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1- Spice It Up: It is amazing how a little bit of spice, can take a meal to a whole new level. If you are serving organic baked potatoes with sour cream as a side dish, add a little fresh cut dill from the herb garden. Having family pizza night? Add fresh oregano and basil from your herb garden. By drizzling your favorite steamed and sauteed vegetables with organic extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of sea salt, fresh cracked pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, you can give take veggies a whole new taste. A tad of organic brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon can turn a sweet potato from ho hum to yum yum.
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2- Get Saucy: People enjoy food that tastes good. If your family isn't crazy about eating steamed veggies, it's time to get creative. You can add a homemade light cheese or teriyaki sauce, to get anyone craving those goodies from the garden. If you having raw veggies with your afternoon meal, add a little dip. Children especially love to dip their foods. Some excellent options are homemade ranch, strawberry vinaigrette, peanut butter, hummus, sour cream, soy sauce or tzatziki.
3- Dress Up a Salad: Many children and some adults may not be too excited to find a salad on their dinner plate. The ingredients that you put in the salad and the dressings that you use, can have a huge positive impact. Try adding fresh organic strawberries, grapes and apple slices to a salad and then drizzling with a sweet strawberry vinaigrette dressing. Another favorite at our home is a salad dressed with organic green apple slices, almond slivers and a homemade honey Dijon dressing. These salads always have everyone asking for more.
What tricks do you use to spice up family meal time?
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