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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Traditions

So we've been leading a pretty boring life lately...

The hubs and I have started a few new meal traditions that we're wanting to carry over to when we get our kids. Part of my New Year's resolution was to be consistent with meal planning and stick to it.  We're doing three speciality nights a week: Sunday Supper, Meatless Monday & Movie Night on Fridays!

Sunday Supper is probably my favorite.  We've been cooking healthier meals throughout the week, but Sunday supper is more about comfort foods.  So far, we've done Beef Burgundy, Country Fried Steak, and Roasted Pork Tenderloin.  Sunday suppers are all about savoring and enjoying the meal; they begin with more in depth prep and work in the kitchen than weeknight meals, and I try to include a homemade dessert as well.  For this meal, we sit at the dining room table (sorry, TV trays!) and turn on some music.  This is meal for conversation, for taking our time, for family.






Meatless Monday is a little less exciting.  It's pretty self explanatory; we cook a meal that has no meat at all.  It's a tiny bit of an adjustment, but you really don't miss having meat in your food.  Having a meatless meal one night a week is better for your body, the environment, and your wallet! If you follow me on Pinterest, my recipes for these meals will be on my "Healthy Eating/Living" board.

Prep for Mushroom & Kale Risotto


Our other "themed" night is on Fridays.  Once we get our kid(s), this will become family movie night. Now, we're getting takeout Chinese and watching a couple of movies.  I learned my lesson on hashtagging my pictures with "chinese". Don't do it.  Just don't. 



I know once we have children and we're running all over the place, planning dinners will be way harder.  I think we can all do it though.  If you're struggling with this, try to commit to at least one night a week of having a home cooked meal around the table.  It's good for the soul. 









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