You know that moment when you walk into the kitchen and think, "Okay, gotta feed the family dinner." And the kids are screaming with hunger in the other room and there's a great, big cartoon thought balloon above your head. AND IT'S EMPTY?
Yeah, I hate that, too.
It's like those days when you open your closet and think, "I have nothing to wear!" even though there are clearly clothes there. You open your refrigerator, see food-like substances, but unfortunately some assembly is required. That's why we need ideas for quick, simple family meals! Well hang in there, moms, help is on the way.
I mentioned Debbie Koenig's new book, Parents Need to Eat, Too, a few weeks ago in a post about healthier "processed" foods. Debbie's book is mostly a cookbook, but it's also a guide to feeding yourself well. It has pantry lists and suggestions galore. And one of the most helpful sections is a list of quick dinner tips from other parents in the family dinner trenches! Here are a few.
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Debbie has a whole section of "un-recipes" -- super easy recipes for beginner cooks that you can use many different ways. I think my favorites are the "Pesto Variations." You can use pesto as a pasta sauce -- but also as a sandwich spread, a dip, a sauce for chicken, on pizza. Here's just one of Debbie's pesto recipes.
Parsley Pistachio Pesto
1. Put everything except the oil, salt, and pepper into a food processor. Process until it's a finely-chopped, dry-looking paste.
2. With the processor running, pour the oil slowly through the feed tub until you're happy with the consistency. I like mine to be pretty thick, almost like cream cheese, but if you prefer yours more like heavy cream, that's good too -- just add more oil. Season with salt and pepper.
What are your favorite quick dinner ideas?
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Image via Debbie Koenig