Dinner prep can be a tough time of day for many families, ours included! Everyone is tired by the end of the day, and the task of planning, prepping & cooking a meal with kids at your heals can feel overwhelming. Our Ben (3 y-o) has taken to asking "Is dinner ready yet?" "Yes Dinner's Ready!" "It IS Ready!" Imagine this sequence on repeat over and over while you prep & cook a meal. Super fun times ;) We've tried to involve him in food prep and cooking as much as possible, but with his 10 month old sister in tow it becomes a bit chaotic to say the least.
In order to keep my sanity and avoid episodes like this I focus on quick easy things to prepare so we can have dinner on the table at a reasonable time before anyone gets hangry. We want to make sure we get lots of healthy whole foods in our diet, so keeping it simple ensures this actually happens.
In the summer months one of our family's favourite healthy side dishes is a Simple Tomato Salad. Our good friends Lesley & Mike introduced us to this recipe a few years ago, and we make it at least twice a week, usually at Ben's request. It's that good!
Now that our beautiful grape tomatoes are all beginning to turn a bright red it's even more exciting.
This recipe takes mere minutes to prepare and only takes a few ingredients, making it ideal for a busy family and a perfect light addition to any BBQ.
You don't need exact measurements for this one, so have fun with it and make it to suit your tastes.
Enjoy! Hope it becomes one of your family's favourites too.
Simple Summer Tomato Salad
- Grape Tomatoes
- Fresh Basil
- Feta Cheese
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Olive Oil
- Wash grape tomatoes and cut in half
- Wash basil and chop roughly
- Place tomatoes and basil in a bowl
- Crumble feta on top
- Add freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Drizzle with balsamic vinegar & olive oil
- Toss & Serve