The family dinner is an event as special as any other occasion. It’s the time you sit down for a hot meal, thoughtfully prepared and partaken in the company of your family.
In spite of the how busy everyone is, take the time to have a family dinner at least twice a week. For it is during the family dinner when you create family traditions, connect with loved ones and simply share a good meal you will remember with much fondness later on in your lives. Surround yourself with good conversation and laughter.
Consider everyone’s preferences when planning the family dinner. Though the majority should always rule (it’s difficult to assemble a dinner menu that has everyone’s input on it), be open also if you have a family member with special needs. They may be vegetarian or allergic to seafood, so try to cook a small dish she could eat alongside other neutral dishes like a salad or the bread basket.
Always create a nutritionally balanced menu for your family dinner. After all, a happy heart is also a healthy one. Family dinners don’t have to be extravagant or complicated. A salad, a hot soup, main dish of chicken or beef, and fresh fruits would suffice. Just look around our cooking recipe collection for ideas and suggestions on what you could include on your menu.
Spend less time in the kitchen and more time on the dinner table. For that, you need easy recipes and a lot of help from members of the family. On occasion, surprise everyone with a lovely dessert you made yourself or bought from a store. It’s a nice touch that everyone will look forward to whenever you have this kind of get together. Before and after your meal, express your gratitude to family members who make the dinner extra special.
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