The other day my husband and I went to a friend’s house for dinner. She is married with two incredible kids. Both adults work and their children have numerous activities, interests and friends to hang out with.
It was a Monday night and after chatting in the kitchen and sipping drinks in the living room, we all migrated around the kitchen table. We shared a delicious meal together followed by dessert. I was constantly impressed at how their children stayed engaged in our conversations and never pulled-out their smart phones or tried to escape to their bedrooms.
I asked the family if they eat dinner together every night and everyone shook their head yes. They all took turns with various responsibilities from cooking to cleaning, and made it a priority to share a meal together nearly everyday.
My husband and I left the dinner and talked about how encouraging it was to see this practice. Both he and I have wonderful memories of eating dinner with our families growing up, but know that this practice is becoming rarer in the U.S. and when it does happen, is often coupled with battles of Facebook, T.V. shows and Twitter.
Even with just the two of us, we’ve had to make eating dinner together a priority, as our schedules often conflict and we’re just plain tired. And even though we do enjoy many homemade meals throughout the week, we alway plan on a few simple, quick meals, knowing there will always be nights of the week when we just don’t have the time or energy to make a meal from scratch. We try to keep these quick meals healthy and “semi-homemade.” This helps us to avoid the temptation of eating out and keeps our priority of eating dinner together. Pasta is definitely our most often “quick meal” but I’m always looking for ways to do something other than eat it with jarred sauce.
So I was happy to be offered the opportunity to try one of Campbell’s Skillet or Slow Cooker Sauces! There are a wide variety of sauces available, from Marsala and Toasted Sesame to Apple Bourbon BBQ and Moroccan Spiced Stew. Each sauce package provide a guide of what ingredients are needed but all the fresh meats, veggies and and carbs are completely up to you and your preferences.
I decided to try the Scampi Skillet Sauce. We prepared this with whole wheat fettuccine, shrimp and broccoli. The entire meal was ready in the time it took the prepare the pasta, and it definitely felt a lot more special that just opening up a jar of sauce!
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~Did you grow-up eating dinner with your family? If you have a family, do you eat dinner together now?