I'm almost toward the half-way point in the book, but one of the most common themes so far is the stressed importance of family meal time. In the book, the authors note that "Less than 40 percent of American families are eating together at dinner . . ." (chapter 3, page 33) They also delve into a lot of interesting research about the benefits of eating together as a family.
It wasn't a surprise to me to read that the reasons families aren't eating together these days are because of busyness, conflicting schedules, and the lack of know-how (pg. 33). I'll admit, it's a challenge in our own little family of 2, so I know it must be hard for families with active children. What I love most about the book so far is that Les and Leslie don't just tell you why you need to eat together as a family, they also offer lots of great ways to combat these issues and get quick, yummy, family-friendly meals on your dinner table each night.
The below is a recipe featured in the book that me and my man tried out just this past weekend. I enjoyed it so much, that I thought it was worth sharing with you.
Typically when I make Sloppy Joes, I opt for Rachael Ray's recipe, but I have to admit it's time consuming and contains a lot of ingredients. This recipe for Super Simple Sloppy Joes is so easy, even your teenager could whip it up! This is proof that dinnertime need not take hours to prepare and it can still be delicious.
Super Simple Sloppy Joes (The Hour That Matters Most)
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 package dry onion soup mix
- 1 c. marinara sauce
- 1 c. barbecue sauce (we used Kraft Original)
- 6 Hamburger Buns
Start by browning your meat until done; drain and set aside.
In your skillet, combine marinara, bbq sauce, onion mix, and cooked beef.
Simmer on low 10 minutes.
Serve with warm hamburger buns, top with sliced cheese (if desired) and serve with pickle slices and french fries!
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