Everyone is getting run down, catching spring colds, tired of school and ready for summer holidays. This week is going to be simple, comforting, low-stress and easy to eat – nothing complex if at all possible. I’m hoping for some happy, relaxed mealtimes with minimal prep that will rejuvenate tired kids (and parents!) so that we can focus on resting and reconnecting, taking dinner to soccer or eating at the park. Nothing some bare feet in the grass won’t cure.
Light, fluffy quinoa is easy to digest, and quinoa salads are always a hit at our house – since there isn’t much in season yet, apples are still a standby in our fruit bowl, and go perfectly with crunchy walnuts and aged cheddar. For a more substantial meal, serve with simply roasted chicken or salmon, or top with a poached egg.
Photo credit: Jan of Family Bites
Aimee of Simple Bites has a great round-up of ten minutes meals – I know they will come in handy this week. These calzones are brilliant – cheese, sauce and other pizza fixins stuffed into pitas and quickly broiled. Add a bagged salad and dinner’s done, and perfect when you need to take it to go.
Photo credit: Aimee of Simple Bites
There’s no better salve for a stressful day than dinner in the park, barefoot in the grass. My glut of mason jars in the basement will be put to good use with these layered chunky chicken salads – perfect for transporting, and for eating. Environmentally-friendly, too!
Photo credit: Shaina of Food for my Family
Beef fajitas are quick to put together, and everyone will be happy to assemble their own. Drippy things like fajitas are perfect for eating in the back yard – in flip-flops.
Photo credit: Lori of Recipe Girl
When the apple tree begins to blossom, I want to invite people over for dinner in the back yard. A big batch of pulled pork is perfect for feeding a crowd – get everyone to bring a side or salad and everyone will be able to enjoy an interesting meal, with friends, for minimal effort.