Do you ever have those moments where your life feels out of control? Where you can’t remember when the last time your family sat around a table for a meal and conversation? Please tell me you do so I can relate to you!
This new season of children growing up, getting married and having babies has taken some juggling. What use to come so natural for planning a family meal now needs to be scheduled weeks in advance.
Last minute planning.
It was one of those days where I was so hungry (no pun intended) to sit around the family table with a meal and great conversation. It seemed our schedules had eaten away at the days since we had all been together. So I whipped out my phone and sent a quick message wondering who would be able to make a last minute dinner that evening.
To my surprise all the family could make it, except of course my daughter’s family living in Florida. I was excited and thrilled to put together a yummy meal.
Now I’m not a big meal planner or cooker. I don’t spend hours preparing as some phenomenal chefs (moms) do. This evening was no different as there was no time to run for groceries. It was going to be an evening feasting off what was already bought.
Ingredients for spaghetti squash and the makings for a wedge salad I had been wanting to make were available. So there you go — that would be our scrumptious family feast for the evening. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. (Click here for disclosure information.)
Serves 4 servings
15 minPrep Time
15 minTotal Time
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- 1 head of Iceberg lettuce
- 1 small bottle of Ranch dressing
- 1 small package of Feta cheese crumbles
- 1 small bottle of Bacon pieces
- Wash and cut your head of lettuce into 4 wedges. Place on a salad plate.
- Drizzle the wedge with the Ranch dressing.
- Sprinkle with Feta cheese to desired liking.
- Sprinkle with Bacon bits.
Healthy Version Substitutions:
- Organic Olive oil — I use the Bragg brand and absolutely love it!
Wash and cut your head of lettuce into 4 wedges. Place on your salad plate. Drizzle with ranch dressing, cheese crumbles, and bacon bits. So quick and easy leaving more time for family.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to hinder our activities or desire to gather others together. Instead of loading up my wedge with dressing and cheese, I used extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice as a natural and delicious dressing. Santa Cruz is a great organic non GMO brand.
That healthy wedge salad captivated all.
The family gathered around our large dining table. Laughter rolled through the air as each enjoys the others company. It had been too long and we had so much to catch up on. Things change fast in young adults lives. I was soaking it all in when my son says, “Mom, this is so fancy.”
I’ll admit, I was puzzled. I wasn’t sure what was fancy.
“This salad is amazing. How did you make this fancy salad? I bet it cost a fortune.”
We all giggled louder.
There was nothing fancy to it. It was after all just a head of iceberg lettuce cut up for four people. It didn’t even cost a fortune, the lettuce alone was probably around 25 cents a person. But I felt proud. I put together a salad last minute that made my children take note and laugh about the fanciness of my cooking skills.
When all our bellies were full of food and our souls were stuffed with great company and laughter, this mom was happy.
These precious moments are harder to squeeze in as children leave the house and begin their own families, but these scheduled times are so important to a momma’s soul.
What are your recipes that create festive meals around your family table? How do you make them healthy?
Did you make this recipe?
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