In my family, we don’t have traditional family dinners where we all sit around the kitchen table and talk about our day; however, meal time is still an important time of the day for us. My husband works a typical Monday through Friday schedule so he only gets a few hours with my son each evening before bed. We do have supper together each night and talk about our day but we do that on the couch in front of the television. Sure, this may not work for everyone but we enjoy our time having a more casual meal, watching a show together, laughing and talking about our day. Despite not sitting at a table without distractions, my son still finishes his meals. It may not work for everyone but it works for us. A family dinner doesn’t have to be traditional to be special!
My son is a fairly picky eater but his favorites are chicken, carrots and broccoli. People often ask me how I get him to eat so many vegetables but the truth is that he really loves them! It has helped my husband and I become healthier eaters as well. There are still many nights that I make my son a separate main dish from what my husband and I are eating but that’s okay by me as long as it’s healthy. For instance, my husband and I love this delicious Cowboy Quesadilla but my son prefers his meal plain with the chicken, broccoli and carrots all separate.
This is really easy to make and it works great with leftover chicken. My husband cooked a large batch of chicken a few days ago and put it in the freezer for a future meal. To make this Cowboy Quesadilla, I simply added some of the frozen cooked chicken to BBQ sauce and added some sliced red onions. Boil this on the stovetop for a few minutes (stir often as BBQ sauce burns easily) then add it to a tortilla, top with mozzarella cheese and a second tortilla and grill in a frying pan or quesadilla maker until slightly browned and crispy. No quantities for this recipe as you can add as much chicken and cheese as you’d like but don’t go overboard on the sauce or it will all fall out of the tortilla and you’ll have quite the mess to clean up after! Baked beans and steamed vegetables make an excellent side dish.
Although our family dinners are more casual, I still plan out all of our meals and make time for preparing those meals each day. We eat at home 99% of the time and very rarely order food in. With my son’s allergies and our healthier eating lifestyle, take-out doesn’t have much room on our menu.
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