In our busy routines, we often forget to take some time to spend with our family. Everyone is rushing around, and we end up eating at different times, in front of our laptops or TVs. Many of us also have varying diets from gluten free to vegan to low carb and everything in between, making it tricky to cater to everyone, but! There are ways to make it work. Here’s why you should make time to have family mealtimes and some practical tips to make it happen.
You can check in with each other
People tend to open up in conversation more when they are sharing a meal. While you may not be able to get a proper conversation out of someone in passing, you’re more likely to do so while eating together. The past year has been a tough one for everybody, so it’s really important we take time to check in with each other and make cherished memories together.
Teaching your children healthy habits
By taking the time to prepare healthy meals, you can lead by example and teach healthy habits to your children that they will take with them into adulthood! Family mealtimes give us the perfect opportunity to get them involved with cooking and showing how delicious and easy healthy food can be. Preparing wholesome, nutritious food will also boost your health and wellbeing too.
Getting quality leisure time
Enjoying and sharing food with family is a great way to relax and de-stress after a busy day. You will feel much more replenished and fulfilled than simply grabbing a greasy takeaway and eating it mindlessly in front of the TV. Cooking can also be a great mindfulness activity! You’ll get to spend quality time with people you love and that’s what it’s all about.
Family mealtimes that everyone can enjoy
If you want to make family mealtimes easier and more manageable, here are some tips to help you. For example:
Work out a time when everyone’s available
Choose simple, yet tasty meals so you’re not spending all your time in the kitchen
Opt for products that are suitable for a range of diets, so you can make a meal that everyone can enjoy. This way, you don’t have to make several dishes to accommodate everybody
Get everyone involved with the cooking! It’s a great way to teach your kids some basic cooking skills and everyone will feel like they have contributed
Desi can help
Our curry kits can help you make family mealtimes a regular occurrence. Desi currykits suit a range of different diets as they are vegan, naturally gluten free, low fat, low carb and low calorie so something to appeal to all of the family. They feed between 3 - 4 people, depending how much you want to share! Inside our spice kits you will find the exact spice mix you need for your chosen curry, as well as onion and a garlic and ginger paste. The main ingredients are entirely your choice! With a great selection of family favourites available, including, Jalfrezi, Korma, Tikka, Bhuna and Saag, there’s a curry for everyone to enjoy; from mild to spicy curries, you find something to suit all pallets. Desi currykits also lend themselves well to creating a curry feast! Great if you are having a party to celebrate the easing of lockdown or if you are putting on a spread for your family and neighbours get together.
Not to mention, these spicekits are well suited to the busy modern family, you need less than 30 minutes to make a restaurant quality meal! This means Desi is perfect for those busy weeknights, work from home days and indulgent weekends.