Something happens in families when everyone sits down to a meal together. Smartphones are turned off and the only sounds are voices and laughter. Meals start with a shared prayer, offering thanksgiving to God for the blessing of the food. Kids may begin the table chat by telling stories about the day. Moms and dads have time to listen and respond. During the give-and-take of conversation, values are nurtured and family bonds are deepened. Manners and respect take root.
Simple family dinners become special when fresh flowers grace the table. Flowers proclaim that family time is important. Seasonal blooms such as ranunculus, phlox, anemones and hydrangea signal that a shared meal is worth celebrating.
Arugula & Citrus Couscous Salad
A zesty arugula and couscous salad complements the salmon served as a main dish. Couscous, a kid-friendly grain, serves as this salad’s base. Sliced citrus, such as grapefruit, navel oranges and clementines, provide sweet and tangy counterpoints to peppery arugula.
Seared Salmon with Cucumber
Seared salmon is an excellent choice for a quick family meal. Delicious, yet ready in minutes, preparing this favorite is as easy as seasoning and sautéeing in olive oil. Serve salmon on a bed of refreshing cucumber and sliced tomatoes. Looking for a dinner conversation starter? Talk about how wild salmon find their way across thousands of miles of ocean to spawn in the streams where they were born. Surely this is an example of God’s design of a wondrous Creation.
Chocolate Avocado Mousse with Coconut Whipped Cream
Chocolate mousse will be a hit with every age group. With a few healthy twists among its ingredients, this dessert will surprise your family. Avocado, dates and coconut milk blend with chocolate, coffee and vanilla, forming a mousse with a mild chocolate taste. Prepare this dessert ahead of time and keep it chilled in the refrigerator to enhance its texture and allow you to slow down and relish time with your family.