There is a certain pride and sense of accomplishment that comes from making a nice meal for yourself. It’s an opportunity to experiment with new ingredients and flavor combinations, or to stick to your old favorites, without having to worry about impressing anyone. You get to make exactly what you feel like eating. Cooking for one is like meditating, or writing in a journal, or exercising: it’s a form of self-care that is not completely necessary, but makes life more enjoyable.
It’s a challenge to get the whole family together to sit down for dinner, especially on weeknights with different schedules and little time to cook. Dinnertime is an important opportunity for meaningful conversations with your kids, a chance to eat more mindfully and an excuse to take a breath and relax after a long day. For healthy, delicious meals that will have you spending less time in the kitchen and more time at the table with your loved ones, look to the Mediterranean diet.