Q & A – Sympathy Meals: Do You Give & Receive Them?

Today we’re going to do something a little different, because I’d love to hear from you on an important topic. We’ve had some great discussion on our Facebook page on this subject, and my readers over at Under the High Chair have shared their experiences, and I am now curious as to what my dear Simple Bites readers have to say.

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about cooking for others and the meaning behind the action. I don’t mean carving roast beef and passing around popovers for dinner guests (although that also has its qualities), but hot, nourishing meals that are made with care and delivered to someone in need.

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Classic Comfort Food: Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables

Written by Elizabeth Nyland of Guilty Kitchen

If there’s one thing that must be eaten at least weekly in our house it is this simple, rustic dish of roasted chicken and root vegetables. Why? You ask. Well for one, it usually leaves substantial enough leftovers for lunches to be made for whomever desires them. Another reason is because, contrary to its appearance, it’s amazingly simple and quick to make.

Getting home from work at a somewhat late afternoon time doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have time to make a wonderfully satisfying dinner that will suit just about anybody’s needs. Roasted chicken, as per this recipe, can be done in no time at all and come out unfailingly moist and succulent on the inside while creating that crackly, perfectly crisp skin on the outside.

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Michel’s Super Bowl Guacamole Recipe (vlog)

On Sunday afternoon, Danny and I will gather at his father’s place and watch the Super Bowl with as many of his seven other brothers as are in town. There’s also a handful of grandchildren, family friends, wives and girlfriends who help push the numbers well into the twenties, but there’s always plenty of food to go around.

Full confession: I’m not a huge football fan. The Super Bowl is about the only game I sit through all year, and that is mostly because of the company — and the food. For years, my brother-in-law, Michel, has been bringing a massive bowl of guacamole that, together with a few bags of tortilla chips, keeps the gang of us happy until half-time. It always keeps me coming back for more, and with avocados in season right now, guacamole is ideal Super Bowl party fare.

It wasn’t until recently that I discovered Michel’s guac had a secret ingredient, and of course when I did, I knew I had to share it with readers. It is an absolutely brilliant addition that makes for a healthier guacamole and helps stretch it out. And when you’re making dip for twenty people, anything that stretches avocados is a good thing.

Michel agreed to do a demo just for you, my readers, so hit the jump to watch our fun vlog, and learn about the secret ingredient that now goes into all my guacamole.
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Two Healthy Snacks for Kids (Recipes: Apple Chips & Sun Butter Bites)

I‘m not handing out snacks to my kids right now because I’m at Blissdom in Nashville, hanging out with an absolute stellar group of bloggers. Because I’m taking time to soak everything in and network my heart out, I’ve lined up a guest poster today who knows her stuff.

I’m so happy to introduce Cindy from Fix Me a Snack! Her blog is an inspiration to me, because, oddly, although I’m never out of ideas for dinner, snack time tends to get repetitious. You know what I mean? Fortunately Cindy pops up on Twitter frequently and sends out her creative ideas that help liven up our after school snacks. You should definitely give her a follow.

Here’s what Cindy told me about snacking:

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Convenience Food Confessions (Recipe: Crispy Waffles)

Written by Cheryl of Backseat Gourmet

You get in the door at 5:30 pm, hockey/dance practice starts in an hour and the kids are screaming for dinner. Without even thinking about it you throw some fish sticks into the oven and open a bag of frozen peas. At least they’ll have some veggies.

Not a single one of us are immune to the power of convenience foods. Anything to get dinner on the table quick, right? Something to cook that requires no energy and little brain power? There is a reason it is called convenience food.

What I define as a convenience food, however, differs from my neighbor and the rest of the preschool moms. I imagine it is the same for you.

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