A Simple Kind of Life
Apr 27, 2017
A constant theme I continue to visit in my blog is simplifying life. The reason I do so, is because I am seeing so many benefits in my family’s life and in our general eating habits. As I lesson our commitments to activities and events I am recommitting to the things that matter. Our evenings are becoming more meaningful and relaxed. And when our evenings are not rushed we tend to find the time for a better dinner.
This week I am suggesting a very easy dinner option that is perfect for spring and a side dish that can double as a great take along item to a graduation party, picnic, or any other outdoor function that might be coming your way.
Starting with the side dish is a fruit feta salad. I do not usually mix fruit and cheese, but this one really goes together well. It is also very versatile and will work with pretty much whatever fresh fruits are on sale when you make this.
Here is the recipe. Could you make it without the recipe? Absolutely. As long as you have a vinaigrette dressing, fresh fruit, and feta crumbles it is sure to be a hit.
To go along with the fruit salad I put together pan fried chicken. This gives you lots of add on options. You could chop the chicken and serve on a salad, stick to chicken strips and add french fries, or make a quick chicken parmesan with a can of spaghetti sauce and shredded cheese.
Putting together the fruit salad and frying the chicken took me about 25 minutes combined, and I threw in a few easy to make sides in that time as well.
It is nice that these recipes are quick to make, but something I am realizing is that cooking is not wasted time. The kids tend to gravitate towards the kitchen when I am there and that is when we have some of our best conversations. I know that not every night can be relaxed and sometimes you do have to rush. But if you don’t have to, I hope you join me in putting down your phone and connecting with your friends and family.
Last night my oldest son and I sat down and read Lemony Snicket until we were too tired to keep going. We flipped through the pages and looked at the artwork and discussed the differences from the movie. We were in absolutely no rush. That is my goal with dinners – to relax and enjoy the experience. I hope this blog inspires you to do the same.
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