Preparing the Evening Meal Together

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FrittataThankfully, my husband Vic and I share the evening meal responsibilities. I say thankfully because I get bored eating the same food all of the time. But with him cooking, it gives me a break from the kitchen, adds a bit of surprise to meal time and, most importantly, shows the kids that men have a rightful place in the kitchen!  They learn that to make a household work, both parents have to work together. This is very different from what we grew up with. Back then, our mom’s did all of the cooking and cleaning. That might still be the case in many households, but in ours, Vic has a role right alongside me.

But I digress….tonight was my night to cook, and all I knew was that I didn’t have time to cook quinoa burgers, the kid’s favorite fall back dish. I immediately thought – leftovers! They’re quick, easy and environmentally friendly (discarded leftovers are a big contributor to global warming….not to mention a waste of money).

I searched the fridge and found mushrooms (that were just shy of their use by date), green beans from last night’s dinner and some fresh spinach. I thought, “Ok, I’ll sauté the mushrooms with some garlic and add in the greens!” However, I still needed a main dish. Sautéed vegetables weren’t going to fill the kids’ bellies, and it’s so hard to sleep hungry. Then it came to me. I’ll do a frittata! They are so easy to prepare and you can throw in practically anything but the kitchen sink to make them work.

The one-pot Spinach, Mushroom & Green Bean Frittata that came together was satisfying and delicious.  Click here for the recipe.

This fantastic meal offered some impressive health and nutritional benefits!

  • White button mushrooms reduce heart disease by reducing inflammation of the arteries and boost the immune system.
  • Green beans provide dietary fiber, which adds bulk to your diet and your stool. Vitamins B and C add needed minerals and are great for fighting infection.
  • Spinach is high in iron and fiber.

Not only was the meal delicious, but my fridge is now emptier and I can sleep better knowing that we ate well and prevented food from landing in the garbage.

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