#51. Spend as much time enjoying the food
as it took to prepare it.
~ Michael Pollan, Food Rules
This rule is a hard one to teach kids, to really savor and to enjoy their food rather than wolfing it down and running off to play. One way we endeavor to impart this nugget of wisdom is by lighting candles and sharing our day during dinner time. The kids seem even more interested when they also have a part in making the candles.
Of course, all of the kids enjoy a pizza dinner and this is one of the best around. Flax meal crust (using this basic recipe, but with 1/2 cup flax meal, 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour, and 1 cup unbleached white flour) with caramelized onions, olives, fresh tomato sauce extra oregano, mozzarella and parmesan.
To balance out our meal, we had yummy smoothies with our pizza. These smoothies had frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, frozen peaches, a banana, a carrot, 2 heaping scoops of Amazing Grass with cacao, and apple juice.