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The Importance of Family Meals

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I spent the night using up 2 bunches of cilantro to make the glorious rancheros sauce featured in Everyday Paleo. It freezes very well, so well worth my time to make a giant batch: 24 tomatillos, 2 jalapenos, 8 cloves of garlic, juice from 2 limes, some sea salt. Dinner was Huevos Rancheros. Breakfast for dinner reminded me of an important fact about the "paleo lifestyle" and the homecooked meals:

Kids get involved when you need to cook, and they love beautiful meals.

Savannah hardly grumbled at all in December 2011 when her bowl of Lucky Charms was replaced by awesome fruits and eggs. When I added steamed broccoli, I expected a weird look, but she loves it. Whatever veg your kid loves, that's the one to go ahead and make a routine of at breakfast.

Most days, here's how it goes:

- put the electric kettle on for the green tea of the day
- get her up
- pour the hot water over the tea
- Her job: steam the broccoli (prewashed and cut for the week and put into a Debbie Green bag/Forever bag for her to grab) by just steaming it in our microwave for 1 minute.
- Her other job: wash the fruit of the day and set the table, set up the plates with fruit and veg
- My job: scramble and fry up the eggs

Simple routine. We knock out the breakfast in 5 minutes, sit, and relish it and talk. No TV. Nothing but us, and these lovely breakfasts... photos are a bit dark, but in person they are so colorful and bright...

Baby Girl's breakfast:

Mama's big old breakfast:
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