Dinner time…the coming together at the end of the day! My husband and I believe that it is important for us to sit down together and share a meal. While this was a romantic notion to start with, it is now a necessity with our growing family. We still enjoy cooking a meal and getting to sit down together, but most nights it’s just about all we can do to get through the meal with an almost three year old and four and half month old!
Challenges: Getting the three year old to eat and keeping the baby entertained so you both can eat with two hands! Ready, set go!
Shopping list (this should feed two adults and one picky 3 year old)
Two Pork Chops (we got center cut and typically try to get organic meats)
Broccoli (one large head)
Two large potatoes
Green salad – we used a salad bag of mixed greens, tomatoes and avocado (use what veggies you have)
Pork chops: Cook uncovered for 6-8 minutes on each side – do not overcook. (Cook until there is barely any pink inside)
- Medium to heavy – salt & pepper (to taste)
- Heat the frying pan to medium-high, once hot add approximately 1 tbs. of butter
- Tip: You want to cook on high heat for a shorter amount of time to not dry out the chops.
Broccoli: Sauté, uncovered for 6-8 minutes…stir every so often.
We have been just steaming our broccoli for so long “because it’s better for you” but my husband started making it this way and it’s still just a bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and tastes sooo much better!
- Cut up to just use the florets, you can use the stem if you like but we really only like the “tops”
- Heat frying pan on medium and once hot, coat the pan with EVOO, add broccoli and liberally sprinkle garlic salt.
Cook these as you normally would. We tend to leave the skins on, for the extra fiber and honestly it’s just one less thing that needs to be done. We do like to add a healthy dose of garlic salt/powder, butter, milk/cream and salt!
Tossed Green Salad
We always have a bag or box of mixed salad greens on hand. Throw those on your plate and any cut up veggies that you have in the fridge and voila – salad!
Grab the children, gather your plates, get to the table and breathe! You have completed the first part of the challenge….now to get the three year old to eat and the baby to stay happy! Good luck and happy eating!
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