This post is sponsored by La Famiglia Garlic Bread.
“Why do they want dinner, every, single, night?”
I’m sure you’ve seen the meme on facebook? The woman with her head in her hands lamenting the fact that her family want dinner every darn night?
Right now, that woman is me.
Not only do my family want dinner every night, but they want it to be delicious too!
At the moment, even the thought of having to make food at the end of each day makes me want to curl up in a ball and rock quietly in a corner. There is no way I can manage delicious too.
I’ve lost my dinner mojo.
It happens sometimes, and I can either give up entirely and order take out, or I can cut myself some slack and find some easy ways to make dinners doable until my mojo returns.
My budget and my health are pleased to know I am going with the second option.
Six Easy Ways to Make Dinner Awesome.
Keep it Simple!
Dinner doesn’t need to be a four course, fancy meal. Basic meals can still be awesome so go easy on yourself and make something simple. Baked beans on toast, eggs, good old spag bol… You can make it a little more special by adding a side dish, dessert or drink. Freeze some fruit into ice blocks to make boring water instantly more awesome and plain old pasta is always more exciting with some garlic bread.
Use Pre-Prepared Items.
I love cooking from scratch, but sometimes it’s just too much, or takes too long, so using pre-made or pre-prepared items saves my sanity. A bag of salad, frozen veggies, garlic bread… you are already half way to dinner if you start with something that is already done.
Make it No-Cook.
Dinner doesn’t always have to be a hot meal. No cook meals are quick and easy to prepare and easy for the kids to make. A salad platter, wraps, dip and bread, they are all totally acceptable and awesome dinners. So is a bowl of cereal!
Get the Kids to Cook.
Choose an easy meal and get the kids involved in making it. You’ll have less work to do and the kids are more likely to eat something they make themselves. Our big kids can cook a couple of meals almost entirely on their own – chicken noodle soup, pizza pasta bake, quiche – and they can all help with chopping vegies or making a salad.
So I’ve lost my dinner mojo at the moment, but last month I was totally on my game and I filled the freezer with meals! I can manage to boil some pasta, defrost the sauce and throw some garlic bread in the oven even if I am totally overwhelmed. So take advantage of the good times and plan ahead for the not so good times.
Make it Fun.
You can serve up the same boring meal again and again if you make it a little fun and different. Spread out a rug on the lounge room floor and have an indoor picnic, eat outside (no crumbs to sweep up!), try eating with chop sticks, or light a candle and set the table all fancy.
Three Easy Garlic Bread Meal Ideas
Everyone loves garlic bread in our house, so it’s often the first thing I think of when I’ve lost my dinner mojo.
La Famiglia garlic bread easily makes ordinary meals, into awesome meals, and really, garlic bread makes everything better, doesn’t it?
I’ve been relying on the magic of garlic bread a lot recently with these three easy dinner ideas:
Garlic subs – this is a favourite easy family dinner which is half way to done before you even start thanks to the garlic bread base.
Spread a little tomato paste onto a traditional style garlic loaf, top with cheese and whatever pizza toppings you have on hand, and pop them in the oven.
Chicken noodle soup with garlic dippers – this is a meal my kids can cook pretty much on their own.
Add some rice noodles to some chicken stock, whack in some veggies if you have them, and cut some garlic bread slices into sticks for dipping.
Avocado on garlic toast – quick, easy, and delicious for dinner.
Mash some avocado with garlic and lemon juice, and pile it on some toasted garlic bread slices.
You’ll find lots more easy and delicious ideas on La Famiglia’s facebook page too, and they might just help you find your dinner mojo!
How do you make awesome dinners when it is the last thing you want to be doing?
This competition is now closed. Congratulations to Lisa who’s comment was chosen as the winner and who has been contacted via email.
Win a year’s supply of Australia’s tastiest garlic bread from La Famiglia simply by leaving a comment on this post and telling me your easy idea for an awesome dinner.
You must be an Australian resident to enter, and entries close on Monday 26th October 2015. See full terms and conditions below.
Competition Terms and Conditions.
You must be an Australian resident and have an Australian postal address to enter.
You must be 18 + years of age to enter.
You must provide a valid email address and entries are limited to one per household.
Entries close Monday 26th October 2015 at 11:59am Australian EST.
Entries will be judged on merit and creativity.
One winner will receive 1 x loaf of La Famiglia garlic bread per week for 52 x weeks to the value of $330, distributed by way of a supermarket gift voucher.
Winners will be contacted by email and announced on this post by Monday 2nd November 2015.
The winner must contact me within 5 days or the prize will be re-drawn.
The winner agrees to have their contact details passed on to the appropriate PR company or brand representative who will send out/organise the prizes directly.
This post is co-ordinated by The Remarkables Group