3 BOWLS ARE ALWAYS AT THE FAMILY TABLE:
A GREEN SALAD, A PLATTER OF RAW VEGETABLES,
AND A BOWL OF FRESH FRUIt
It is never my intention to cook an unappealing dinner, but it does happen.
You just can’t please everyone.
These Bowls are always on the table. They supplement the meal with more fruit and vegetables and provide everyone with choices. The children can serve themselves and eat as much or as little from these platters as they wish. There is no need to assemble the platters fresh each night. On the day you shop, prep your fruit and chop any raw vegetables for the week. Store them in baggies and then plate them at dinner.
Serving The 3 Bowls every night in addition to dinner accomplishes a couple of things. It is predictable. Everyone knows these items are always on the dinner table. If someone does not like what is being served for dinner, they can eat more from the three bowls.
It also provides more opportunities to eat or at least be given the opportunity to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, a category that is often underplayed.
1. The fruit bowl/platter
Assemble a bowl of fresh seasonal fruit. A bowl of fruit on the table is perfect for dessert or for filling up a hungry tummy with no appetite for your well-cooked dinner.
Everyone likes fruit and I encourage them to eat as much of it as they like.
2. Green Salad
For convenience sake, make a quick vinaigrette in the serving bowl and then toss in prewashed greens.
It takes less than a minute. If you have more time, there are many interesting alternatives, but a salad need never be complicated to be good.
Note: Making your own vinaigrette is always the way to go. It is quick, easy, economical, and healthy.
This is a small plate of raw vegetables. Serve as many different kinds as you like. Sometimes, I have just a bowl of cherry tomatoes, other times, I fill a platter with as much color as I can. Celery and carrot sticks, blanched snow peas, raw broccoli, and sliced bell pepper are all great choices. Serve your raw vegetables with a small prep bowl of hummus, peanut butter, or light ranch dressing for dipping.
Optional: A small cheese plate
Place a few slices of American cheese for the children and perhaps some brie or Bonne Bell for the adults. For children who don’t care for their dinner, fruit and cheese will fill their tummies. For the rest of the family, ending the meal with fruit and cheese is just right.