Does cooking dinner feel like drudgery? As a child, I always loved dinner time. At 5:30 p.m. sharp my parents would call myself and three siblings to the table. Plates were set along with a tall glass of milk for each of us. We would each eat our fill and leave the table feeling satisfied.
Now as an adult, dinner is much more than merely enjoying what was set before me. Years into making nightly dinners, I do my best to find ways to keep it fun. Here's how:
- I search for recipes and making food I’m excited about. This is part of what keeps my nightly routine interesting.
- I also figured out the tasks that are a real downer during the pre-dinner rush and found alternate solutions. For me, this means buying shredded cheese and pre-chopped vegetables when available.
- Lastly, I find making dinner so much more enjoyable when it’s a shared task. When possible, my husband and kids will wash the produce or set out dishes and condiments.
Dinner is not only eating a meal, but, hopefully, an enjoyable experience along the way. This week’s meal plan includes recipes that make me excited for dinner time.
This pasta uses frozen artichokes to keep the prep work simple. A crunchy topping of almonds and breadcrumbs finishes the dish with a nice crunch. Serve with crusty bread.
Noodle bowls are my go-to when we eat at a Vietnamese restaurant. This is a great meal for extra hands to get involved since the majority of the ingredients are served fresh.
This is exactly what I want to eat—like right now! Fall apart beef, covered in bourbon sauce. Yes, please! If the sauce is too sweet, add more salt to taste. Don’t forget the napkins.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
This sandwich has it all. Crusty bread, juicy ham and lots of cheese. The croque has gruyere melted inside the sandwich plus a creamy cheese sauce (béchamel) broiled on top. Don’t be intimidated by the cheese sauce. You’ve got this! I usually add a fried egg to mine making it a Croque Madame. Serve with Provencal Endive Salad.