“She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family.” (Proverbs 31:15, NIV). I don’t about you, but keeping up with her in Proverbs 31 can be exhausting. I get tired just reading about everything she does for herself, family, community and the list goes on and on.
I tend to think that most women today take it to extreme. We are either trying to be the perfect woman with the picture perfect meal or give up and grab and eat whatever, whenever and where ever.
Although it is not perfect, one of the things I am passionate about it ensuring that my family sits at the table at least 3-5 times a week for a meal. Of course, as we entered into the busy fall, the goal with be three. But I have learned that it is valuable time when we learned about each other, share our feelings, thoughts and laugh at the end of the day.
I was very blessed to have a mother who provided that consistency in our home growing up. Although we had the normal busy house, I knew I could walk in the house and say, “what is for dinner,” and she would have an answer. As we sat around the table for a meal, we strengthen our relationships with meaningful conversation. Yet in today’s world, we are allowing our business to keep us from having this time together. I recently read an article, The Silent Tragedy Affecting Today’s Children, that shares how our children are being deprived when we are not emotionally available for them and provide good nutrition with social interaction. I believe that we can meet some of those needs when we take time, whether it is 15 or 30 minutes to sit at the table as a family with a healthy, not perfect, meal. We have to be intentional.
My heart is to carry the tradition my mother had for my family, whether it is dinner for me and my husband while the kids are gone or all of us together. My passion is to help other women by providing healthy meals that are simple.
For example, Monday evenings are one night of the week when we are free from extracurricular activities. It is a good time to plan and prepare a simple meal in less than 30 minutes like healthy Chicken Cordon Blue which is on the menu for September’s Simple Designer Meals.
- 4-4oz thing chicken breast
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
- 1 TBS of dried parsley
- 2 slices of thinly sliced deli ham
- 4 slices of Mozzarella cheese
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400ºF. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray
- Wisk egg in one bowl and pour bread crumbs in another bowl
- Lay chicken out and sprinkle with parsley
- Lay 1/2 piece of ham and 1 slice of cheese in chicken breast
- Roll chicken up, dip in egg wash and cover in bread crumbs
- Bake for approximately 30 minutes.
- Calories – 195
- Protein – 20gms
- Carbs – 10gms
- Fat – 9gms
I serve with a basic Caesar Salad and save more time.
As our time is short, may we remember that we can provide food for a family and be purposeful with the time and resources God has given us. An Easy Recipe is all our family needs sometime to provide a healthy meal and talk time with the family.