Are you in search of a fun way to introduce vegetables to your children? Are you looking to use up all of your CSA farm share veggies before they go bad? Do you have picky eaters or special dietary restrictions which you need to cater to every night? “Salad Night” could be your answer. This is one of our favorite summertime family meals. The kids absolutely love being able to create their own salad. And I have found that when they have a hand in making their dinner, they are more likely to eat it. Plus, it is so easy to throw together on a night when you are busy.
Before each one of you were born, I wished for you. As I carried each of you inside me, I spent many hours dreaming of what you might be like. I thought about whether you would be a boy or a girl. Would you look more like me or your father? Would your delivery be as we had planned, or would we encounter complications? Would you sleep and eat easily, or would you scream at all hours of the day and night? Little did I know, these were the easy parts. After each one of you were born, I began to dream differently. I would look into your sweet, innocent, angelic faces and I had so many new hopes (and fears) for your lives. Still to this day, as each of you change and the world changes around you, I continue to dream and fear.
I was an odd child because I grew up loving Brussels sprouts and not the fancy roasted kind but the mushy, overcooked, heavily buttered kind. I realize I am probably in the minority on this one, so in order to get my husband and kids to eat my beloved Brussels sprouts, I had to find a different way. This is a recipe for Brussels sprouts that is a hit with both my kids and my husband. It serves my family of six with some leftover.
“The pen is mightier than the sword.” – Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Dearest Writing Implement,
I can vividly remember the beginnings of our extensive relationship. The excitement of back-to-school shopping, knowing you would be there every time. I really had no desire to go back to school beyond the first couple days of catching up with the friends I hadn’t seen over the summer. My true enthusiasm stemmed from my love for you. The joy of choosing new colors, new types of inks and tips, and buying a blank canvas on which we could express ourselves together.
I love tomatoes, and when the little mini heirloom tomatoes make their appearance in summer, I am in heaven! I love to make this salad in the summer months as a simple, fresh, healthy side dish for a grill out. If you want a vegan option, use an avocado or two in place of the mozzarella cheese. I’ve used this variation several times when limiting my dairy intake, and it’s just as good.
Wouldn’t you love to feel even more inadequate as a mother? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have all of your worst fears about your competence as a parent confirmed? How would you like to have every person you have ever known be able to tell you what you are doing wrong? Don’t you want to see how all of your friends have their lives in perfect order, but you have not even showered today? Does this all sound too good to be true?