During hockey playoffs, the TV is on most evenings around our house (even when the Flames are no longer contenders), and as in most households, TV and food go hand in hand. Unfortunately it’s most often chips, popcorn and other snacks that are consumed on the couch – after dinner – so long ago I decided to come up with some munchable food that could count as dinner, but be eaten on the couch without need for utensils. After all, while watching hockey or a movie, soup just isn’t the same as pizza or a jalapeno popper.One of my most requested couch meals (and also one of the easiest to make) is Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps – adored by my 1 year old, niece and nephews because of the hands-on factor, by my husband because they are so much cheaper than Chinese takeout, and by me because they are actually healthy, filling, packed with veggies, and take some effort to assemble and eat, which enforces portion control. Heat up some frozen pot stickers to serve alongside and you have a perfect eat-with-your-fingers meal. What else could you ask for from a TV dinner?
Our home is filled with snack-o-sauruses, or is that snack-o-sauri? Regardless, we have four hungry girls and two parents who need healthy snacks. We need portable, eat-in-the-van, snack-in-the-arena and sometimes even eat-at-the-table snacks. We can keep the children physically active but need to constantly review and revise the snack department.
This week I hosted a freezer shower for my friend Edith, who is due with her second child in two weeks. We all figured out on the first go-round that when there’s a new baby on the scene, food is the most welcome gift of all. And when you’re on your second or third and have all the Robeez and Bumbos you need, a freezer shower is ideal. The idea is to usher your guests into the kitchen (they’ll gravitate there anyway) to help prepare meals for the new mom to pack up and take home.
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