Imagine if Superman was real. Seriously. Imagine. But not as the superhero that you know…
No, rather than saving the stolen royal diamonds and stopping the bad guys before they get away, this Superman (or most likely, Superwoman, because you know it’s actually women that are super) well, she turned up at your place, every night, at about 7, with dinner. WITH DINNER?!
That’s right, with dinner. “Hahaha!” you’re thinking or “As if! I wish!”
Yes, dinnertime can be stressful. Strike that. Dinnertime IS OFTEN stressful. Everyone’s hungry, everyone’s busy and everyone wants to eat NOW.
Not only is there pressure to get food on the table as quickly as possible, but parents these days are criticised for so many different things, it’s insane. They criticise us for eating meat, for not eating meat, for not buying organic, for having carbs, for not having enough carbs, for including too many options on our families’ plates, for not providing our families with enough options, for being or not being paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian, fruitarian, pescatarian and every other type of eater that exists. It is so utterly exhausting.
But take comfort, fellow parents. According to a North Carolina University study, the "family meal" ideal is stressful, and we need to stop idolising a home-cooked family dinner as the ultimate display of perfect parenting.
Rather, it is suggested that more benefit will result from spending the time and energy it used to take whipping up the perfect meal, to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. To have a family catch-up and to share jokes and stories from the day with one another. This is far more valuable than having handmade the bread that accompanies your soup at mealtime.
As a food blogger, one of the main things that I am asked about is dinner. People far and wide ask for tips to create an evening meal that is not only delicious and nutritious, but that also doesn’t take six months to make. So, below I am going to share with you my top four pieces of advice when it comes to meal preparation.