I know that picture is weird. The cauliflower looks blue in places. But I’m embracing the imperfect with this post and encouraging you to do the same.
That photo shows how I cut cauliflower quickly for a side dish to go with a weeknight meal. It takes all of 1 minute to cut up the head and have the veggies in the pan cooking.
In an ideal world, we would all have time for elaborate dinner prep. We’d make our time in the kitchen unhurried. Sometimes those slow evenings happen and it’s wonderful when it does.
But many nights dinner prep happens fast and furious, either coming at the tail end of a long day or squeezed in between activities.
I’d much rather get the cooking done fast, even if it means it’s not perfect. I want to have a nutritious meal with my family, preferably with plenty of time around the table to eat together. And I’m willing to sacrifice the “right” way to do things for just getting it done.
As part of the 15 Minute Meal series, I’ll be sharing quick cooking tips with you. This week though, instead of a tip, I wanted to share this perspective:
Dinner doesn’t have to be perfect or elaborate. A simple meal with your family is a weeknight gift. Enjoy it!
Whether your having pot roast or grilled cheese sandwiches, the important thing is that you’re having dinner together.
One more note:
Sometimes it’s hard to get everyone together. Once kids grow into the teen years, they are busy with work and activities. Just as dinner doesn’t have to be perfect, not everyone has to be home for it to count as a family dinner.
At our table, sometimes we’ve got 7 people for dinner. And sometimes it’s just two of us. Either way, we still make it a habit to sit down together with whoever may be home. Whenever family members are gathered at the table – no matter how few or how many- it still counts as a family dinner.