Do you know how important family dinner is? A favorite new find is The Family Dinner Project, which I think is wonderful and weird. Wonderful that we recognizing dinner’s importance. Weird that we have to be reminded just how important it is.
Is it really so hard to gather all together for just one meal? Looking back at our fall schedule, I may need to raise my hand with a guilty, “sometimes.”
“A recent wave of research shows that children who eat dinner with their families are less likely to drink, smoke, do drugs, get pregnant, commit suicide, and develop eating disorders. Additional research found that children who enjoy family meals have larger vocabularies, better manners, healthier diets, and higher self-esteem. The most comprehensive survey done on this topic, a University of Michigan report that examined how American children spent their time between 1981 and 1997, discovered that the amount of time children spent eating meals at home was the single biggest predictor of better academic achievement and fewer behavioral problems. Mealtime was more influential than time spent in school, studying, attending religious services, or playing sports.”
Yikes. It’s so simple.
I’m going to help you out with a simple family favorite: steak and cheese subs.
It’s so easy you can sit back on the couch while the kids make the dinner!
Easy, yummy, filling, with carbs, fat, and protein. Add a side of brussel sprouts and you might have perfect 🙂
Start with a little olive oil over medium heat. Throw in sliced green peppers and onions. The Professor loves mushrooms, but the darlings vetoed them. Feel free to add! Cook a few minutes until softened! If you like your onions caramelized, keep on cooking. Add shaved steak. I can find this in the frozen section of my grocery store and one pound costs about $6. It cooks really, really quickly. Add salt and pepper to taste. In less than ten minutes you’re ready for the cheese. Put slices of American Cheese atop the steak, onions, and peppers. This is personal preference – I like cheesy! In about three minutes you’re done! Add a side of broiled sprouts, seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper – YUM. And that my friend is all it takes – dinner in less than 30 minutes. Wouldn’t Rachel Ray be proud?
Steak and Cheese Subs
- Olive Oil
- 6 Bulky Rolls
- 1 lb. Shaved Steak
- 9 pieces American Cheese
- 1 Medium Onion, sliced
- 1 Green Pepper, sliced
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add sliced onions, pepper, salt and pepper. Cook until soft, about 5-7 minutes.
- Add shaved steak. Cook until steak is no longer pink, about 5 minutes, stirring often.
- Add American cheese. Let melt, stir.
- Toast bulky rolls in oven, about 3 minutes.
- Serve immediately! (with the brussels :))
Enjoy – and have a spooktacular weekend!