Thursday, September 30, 2010

Nourish to Flourish

Several years ago, I went through a two week period where I was terribly overwhelmed by my work. I was simultaneously organizing back to back private dinner events and chairing a large local fundraiser. I am sorry to say, one of the first thing to go during this busy time were our regular family dinners. Sure people ate, but it was a fend for yourself environment and we were just a little disconnected. Frozen pizza even graced our table on more than one occasion. Fed up, I decided to take back the dinner hour. I threw four potatoes in the oven, baked some chicken parts seasoned with Lawry's, and boiled some frozen broccoli. It was about as far from gourmet as my dinners get, but at least I had I cooked it. I called the family to dinner and when Finn saw that sad salty chicken he gasped and exclaimed, "Oh my! Is it Thanksgiving already?" Take the chicken wing and choke me; I wanted to die.
Does this sound like a story told by an authority on family dining?
Think again.
Yesterday evening I presented a Nourish to Flourish program on behalf of the Lincoln School Wellness Committee to a room full of folks anxious to recapture the family dinner hour. To be honest, I'd never given a presentation like this before and I was a little nervous. My self deprecating humor was a big asset in breaking down any barriers in the room and I really think a bunch of folks bought into my approach to weekly family dinners. My hour long presentation illuminated the reasons family dinners are beneficial, how to create healthy eating habits in children, and also provided a menu, recipes and tastings for a week's worth of dinners. We covered crock pots, planned leftovers, and how to get dinner on the table in under 30 minutes. We talked about whole grains omega 3's and nutrient dense foods. Phew!

I was flattered to be asked and I guess people thought it was a success because I've already been asked to bring it to another local elementary school!

My sample week at a glance...

Monday: Honey Orange Salmon Skewers with Smashed Potatoes and Roasted Veggies
Tuesday: Chinese Style Rice Porridge with Chicken, Cilantro, Scallions, and Chili Garlic Sauce

Wednesday: Double duty pasta Primavera with Basil and Parmesan.

Thursday: Crock Pot Pork Tacos with Radish, Black Bean, and Cucumber
Friday: Sloppy Turkey Joe Sliders

I had so much fun that I didn't want it to be over! I am anxious to do it all again!

1 comment:

Nubia said...

Ummmm.....so this is a fantastic idea and I hope you get to do this more and more. I actually forwarded this post to some folks I know because I think it's a splendid idea that should be shared!

Also, I think I'm gonna need the sloppy joe turkey slider recipe, please! Have I shared with you my love for sloppy joe's?!

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