When I first started food blogging, it was to motivate myself to cook at home more often for my family. We had gotten into a habit of going through the drive-thru way too often and I was watching our eating habits becoming worse and worse. When our children had more memories of the menu at the fast food burger place than the meals I cooked for them, I realized something has to change.
Initially, my efforts at cooking meant long complicated meals. I felt like that was the true sign of a good home cook. These complicated meals were balanced with easier meals because, let’s be honest, I didn’t have the time to spend hours every night cooking dinner.
But, a funny thing happened. I realized that my family loved my easy cooking just as much as the ones that took me hours.
And, I made an even bigger realization: the easy meals had just as much memory-making potential as the one that left me exhausted at the end of the night. I began to see that memorable food wasn’t necessarily about the food itself, but more about everything else surrounding the food: the conversations that were taking place, the people who were there, the atmosphere in our home and kitchen, and even other factors that I couldn’t control or plan for.
This is the reason why I started focusing on easy dinners for my family and sharing easy dinner ideas with all of you. Everything I share are meals that my family is loving, but more often than not, they are fairly simple, easy-to-make recipes. And so many of them are perfect for hectic weeknights.
Of course, planning easy dinners is one why of saving my sanity (and yours), but there are other ways too. Have you ever considered how some tech-savvy kitchen appliances could make things easier for you? I’ve been looking for a new refrigerator lately and wow…things have come a long way! Check out these GE Appliances:
- Hand-Free Auto Fill Refrigerator – it has the first hands-free autofill for filling water glasses automatically, perfect for when you need to multitask.
- – if you are like me, then having exerciser heat control is everything in cooking. This will take you from the lowest simmer to the highest sear without any issues.
- Dishwasher with 102 jet wash system – I’m sure you can agree that the only thing worse than prewashing is rewashing. Those 102 jets will be a huge help.
And that’s not all that GE Appliances has going on right now. They’ve partnered with Food Network to bring to us The Weeknight Kitchen. It has everything from dinner ideas that take 30 minutes or less to desserts and kitchen tips. It’s a must-visit if you could use some mealtime inspiration and more.
And speaking of mealtime inspiration — I have so many easy weeknight dinners I could share with you, but I thought it would be fun to share my 5 current favorites. All of these meals will take you 30 minutes or less and they are all approved by my family. These Hummus Pita Pizzas are on my menu again this week…can’t get enough of them!
Weeknight dinners should be quick and easy for any busy family. GE Appliances can help streamline the kitchen process with their hands-free auto-fill refrigerator, their double oven range, to their 102 jet wash system dishwasher. To see these appliances in action check out GE: Kitchen Reimagined. For more tips on weeknight dinners head over to FoodNetwork Weeknight Kitchen page for recipes, tips, and much more!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of GE Appliances. The opinions and text are all mine.