|Wouldn’t you want to have dinner with this guy every night?|
Despite the little bit of extra effort we have to make, we are both trying to stay committed to family dinners. Sitting down for dinner is not only good for relationships but I also think it helps us enjoy our food more. I hate eating a meal in front of the TV and ten minutes later having an empty plate and not having any recollection of having eaten. We still get through a meal pretty fast but we always end up talking about what we are eating, what we enjoy the most and what we are looking forward to making.
From a preparation perspective, making dinner each night doesn’t have to be too time consuming. Both our Tuesday and Wednesday dinners took less than 20 minutes to prepare. For the Tuesday dinner, we ate food that we had prepared during the weekend for the week. Feraz made the chicken and okra and I made the kidney beans and peppers. For last night’s meal, I wanted something cozy since it had been raining all day. I whipped up some daal, baked potato and salad in about 15 minutes.
- Take two large potatoes and put two knife cuts in them so they don’t explode in the microwave.
- Put in microwave for nine minutes eighteen seconds.
- Take them out and allow to cool for a minute or two.
- Peel and serve with seasoned salt.
Fast and Dirty Daal:
- Bring 3 cups of water to a boil.
- Rinse one cup of lentils and add to boiling water.
- Leave heat on high. Stir occasionally.
- Fry one large chopped onion, (I cut a huge bag of onions on the weekend so I have it ready to go for fast meal prep.) one chopped green chili, 1/2 tablespoon garlic ginger paste, 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin, 1/2 tablespoon turmeric, 1/2 tablespoon chili powder, 1/2 tablespoon salt. (Adjust spices to taste, as necessary.)
- Once well cooked, stir into the lentils.
- Slice one persian cucumber for each plate.
Do you have family dinners? How do you make it work? Do you feel like it makes your family closer to have them?