This is a guest post written by Carol Kicinski.
It seems that balance is something we spend our whole lives trying to achieve; babies teeter perilously while learning to walk and many at the end of lives rely on canes or walkers to keep us upright.
In between infancy and old age we struggle with balance in a variety of ways; we may not be literally fighting to stay upright – we search for balance in work and play, family and friends and hopefully, inner balance.
As a busy working mother I fought constantly to balance my ideal of having my family sit down for dinner every night with the realities of hectic and varied schedules. I was busy, my husband was busy, even my boys were busy – we had lives and very full ones. Often the only time we had to connect with one another was at the dinner table over a meal.
Years of arriving home at a quarter to 6, exhausted with 4 hungry people to feed taught me a thing or two about getting dinner on the table fast. It is not just about having an arsenal of quick cook recipes on hand; it is about having a strategic plan which includes a well-stocked pantry and some sort of organization in meal perpetration.
Simply…Gluten-Free Quick Meals
I am very happy to share with the readers of The Balanced Platter my new book – Simply …Gluten-Free Quick Meals. This is more than a recipe book; it offers suggestions of how to stock your gluten free pantry, whole meals that can be prepared in about a half an hour and even easy entertaining menus that you can execute in under an hour. Each of the full dinner menus includes a quick cook strategy to make sure you get it all done in time without wearing yourself out.
Part of making sure your family wants to sit down for dinner includes, in my opinion, offering a variety of tasty meals. That is why my simple weeknight suppers are diverse – there are recipes that circle the globe in terms of flavor.
An example of one simple meal included in the book is Greek Burgers and Fries; a Greek twist on the all-American burger and fries. The menu includes Greek Burgers, Quick Tzatziki Sauce, Lemon Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Cheater’s Rice Pudding. Yep, you can make all that in about a half an hour!