Mealtime is an important element of family life, but with today’s busy schedules, getting your whole family to the table can be a challenge. Use smell and sight to lure them in – feed their senses to tempt their stomachs. Here are a few ideas to help bring your family to the dinner table.
Family Mealtime: Foods That Will Bring Everyone to the Table
Slow Cooker Pot Pie
Slow cookers are miracle workers for dinner preparation. You put your ingredients in the pot in the morning, and when you come home in the evening the house is filled with wonderful smells indicating that dinner is almost ready. To tempt your family to the dinner table with wonderful smells, try making a slow cooker pot pie. Put your vegetables, meats, and sauce in the slow cooker to simmer away while you are out and about. About an hour before dinner time, taste the filling and adjust the seasonings, then either drop some biscuit dough on top of the filling and let the biscuits cook, or bake the biscuits in the oven. You can try one tonight, maybe chicken for your meat-eaters and a vegetarian for the health-conscious person in your family.
Another way to make your house smell like wonderful food is to bake – your oven can help you prepare a delicious dinner centered around flatbreads. Professionals, like those at Klosterman Baking Company, value hardy, old-fashioned breads. After all, delicious bread is always welcome in any kitchen. Flatbreads are unleavened or minimally-leavened breads, and with little to no rise time, they are quick to prepare. These versatile meal staples are found in cuisines around the world, from Indian naan to Middle Eastern pita. For dinner tonight try making a simple vegetable curry and serving it with a freshly baked basket of fragrant garlic naan.
Another way to lure your family to the table is to prepare a visually beautiful meal. You eat with your eyes first, as the saying goes. For a special family dinner try preparing Spanish tapas. This meal consists of many small dishes, some hot and some cold, all arranged on beautiful dishes. Put out bowls of olives, cheeses and bread, pickled vegetables, and serve a few simple cooked dishes like baked fish, grilled meats, and vegetable pies. A large variety means there is something for everyone, and the visual appeal will tempt your family to try new dishes.
With a little planning it is simple to prepare a meal that will bring your whole family to the table for good food and good conversation.