With school getting back in session, it’s a good time to think about how you’d like things to be the same or different this time around. Family dinner is one of those things.
Eating dinner together has been studied for its effects on all members of the family. Links have been shown between family meals and lower rates of obesity, eating disorders and depression as well as higher grades and self-esteem in kids and youth.
Even with our family of two, my husband Audun and I cherish the hours when he is home after work and we get to talk and share about the highs and lows of our day.
Something special happens when a family however big or small partakes of a meal together. It’s a time for nourishing body and soul. Apart from when we take walks around our neighborhood, mealtime is when Audun and I dream big. We talk about what we want to do to help our clients more; how to capture the memories from our last weekend road trip; and where we see ourselves in the next few years.
The dinner table is where sharing can happen every day. Sharing of love, laughs…and good food.
This is a simple, nourishing recipe that is just asking to be shared. Ready in less than 30 minutes, you’ll have the rest of the night to linger. Multiply it to accommodate more mouths. Add a salad or roasted broccoli if you’d like. Or just enjoy the simplicity and the company of loved ones.
1 Tbsp avocado or coconut oil
1 large onion
3-4 garlic cloves
1 cup red lentils
2 cups water or broth (I use Better than Bouillon)
1 tsp curry powder
salt to taste
parsley or cilantro for garnish, optional
Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic. Sauté for 3-4 minutes.
Add lentils and water or broth. Bring to a boil.
Cover pot and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed and lentils are soft, stirring occasionally.
When lentils are fully cooked, stir in curry powder and salt to taste. Garnish with chopped herbs, if using, and serve.