The other day I was having a conversation about family dinners with a friend as we watched our kids
poke each other with sticks happily explore our local playground. “I just cook the same meals over and over again,” she told me. “Whenever I try anything new, nobody eats it. Why should I bother?” This made me feel sad, but I get it. Dinnertime can really be a source of angst – all that planning, shopping and cooking for little people who demand to fed. Every. Single. Night. Sometimes it’s easiest to just have the same meals that you know everyone will eat, week after week, after week. B
ut this is exactly why I started my Busy Day Dinners series: to help families get out of the dinnertime rut, try some quick, healthy and easy meals that (hopefully) most of the kids will eat. To encourage your fussy eaters (let’s face it, most of us have at least one) to branch out a little bit. Now I’d love to see what everyone else is eating for dinner, in the hope that we might all inspire each other to break out from our usual repertoire and try some new family meals. And make dinnertimes that little bit more enjoyable!
So that’s where my Busy Day Dinners Instagram challenge comes in! Starting on 1st April, the challenge will run monthly and at the end of each month I’ll post a collection of my favourite photos and recipes inspired by the challenge on the blog. I’ll also choose a winning Busy Day Dinner each month and send them one of my favourite cookbooks.
Here’s how you can join in the Busy Day Dinners Instagram Challenge:
1. Take a photo of a delicious family dinner that has taken you 30 minutes or less to cook (sorry, home delivered pizza does not count). I’m looking for simple, healthy meals (the less washing up the better!). 2. Post it on Instagram with a caption telling us what the dinner is and the approximate time required to prepare it. Hashtag #busydaydinners #scribeandspoon and tag me @salwilsonwords 3. Tag any friends who would love some dinnertime inspiration. Not on Instagram? What is wrong with you? (Kidding. Sort of.) Sign up here and follow me @salwilsonwords.