What’s for dinner …when I have time to cook

One reason I love France and their culture is the healthy relationship they have with food. Three meals a day are important, they are generally well balanced and portion sizes are not raging out of control.


I like to cook and try to cook dinner with protein, a veggie and some sort of rice or pasta as my kids can be picky about veggies. Most of my food is broiled or baked, I rarely fry and I don’t eat anything with sauce… too heavy to digest. I do not cook every evening, so I make sure to cook enough to have left overs, or food prep on the weekend. Here are some examples of the kind of meals we eat…when I have time to cook :


Hamburger with carrot / onion / apple hash 

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Ham and lentil quiche with tomatoes : 

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Broiled salmon with curried caulk rice and cherry tomatoes : 

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Roasted peppers and carrots with pork skewer : 

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Chicken with rice, leftover cauliflower pizza and guacamole :

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Chicken thighs, Brussel sprouts and guacamole :

Chicken, homemade guac

Chicken, homemade guac

Fish (cod), with roasted carrots and rice

(with my husband’s Top Chef presentation of the food) :

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Roast beef with broccoli and potatoes :  

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Usually for dessert I have some kind of milk product, yogurt or some kind of spreadable cheese. We generally don’t eat too much cheese during the week, as we are not big bread eaters (well actually we are, which is why I don’t have fresh French bread in the house !).

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Depending on the season, we often have fresh fruit. We could eat strawberries or nectarines every day :

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Of course everyday does not look like this…. but 80% of the time we try to have a balanced meal and with a minimum amount of anticipation and veggies in the freezer (just in case), dinner usually comes out pretty well.


What does your weekly dinner look like ? How do you like your veggies ? Boiled, roasted, in a wok ?



Comments: 2

  1. Nice pics of your food. I need to work on that. I usually end up making 2 different dinners bc I am a vegetarian and the rest of my family is not. I’m trying to work on them but so far..no good.

    • Karen - French Inspiration May 30, 2014 at 9:16 am Reply

      Thanks for commenting ! I too always have to make something additional for hubby & kids… pasta, rice, something without spices. They will eat veggies, but need something with it !

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