Sunday evenings can be a great time to make meals for the week. It is also a good time to have a nice dinner with family and friends. Last Sunday I invited a friend over for dinner and as a surprise she brought some ingredients with her. She was on her way out of town the following week and didn't want some of her fresh ingredients to go bad in the fridge while she was gone. Since we both love to eat, we starting brainstorming on what we could prepare with the food she brought and what I had around the house. We had a great meal created in about 45 minutes. Here is what we made.
She brought grape tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese. She found some artichokes hearts in the fridge and a salad was born. We added some fresh herbs from my garden, extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper and we were done. I had some green tomatoes in my garden so we pulled a few and dipped them in apple cider vinegar and coated them with cornmeal. After sautéing them for a few minutes they were juicy and ready to eat. For our protein we sautéed some shrimp. To pull all the tastes together we created a goat cheese, olive oil, chives, lemon, water and agave dressing drizzled on top.
Since we love dessert I whipped up a non dairy strawberry ice cream in my vitamix in 2 minutes flat.
It was a fantastic meal that we created together. Neither one of us would have thought about making it on our own but playing in the kitchen together brought new tastes and flavors to foods we use all the time. Not only was it a great meal we made enough to have a couple more meals – leftovers.
Even though I like to cook, having a friend over got me excited about making dinner for the rest of the week.
I often recommend to patients that they have friends over for dinner or potlucks to get ideas about how to vary your meals. Invite 2-3 friends over and have everybody bring over a dish that serves about 6. Then you have a nice meal and have some to take home to eat later in the week. It makes eating healthy food fun and easy.
Cooking with friends and/or family can be an excellent way to eat well for you and them. What yummy meals have you created with your friends?
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Dr. Daemon Jones