Although there are only two of us (and one handsome beggar dog), we still have our own food quirks and serving styles. Of course I will never be a short order cook, but with a couple of extra steps I make enough food to make the whole family happy when we have our family Sunday dinner. Of course nothing I am about to say is revolutionary or professional quality, but it's easy, fast, and delicious.
I start with the protein- since I usually bake, grill, or broil our food, I find it easy enough to add different seasonings to the fish/chicken/tofu and bake it all at the same time. This time I made honey mustard salmon and chipotle seasoning salmon and it didn't take any more time than making only one variety.
Next, I like to have a fun side or an appetizer. This time I used some simple ingredients (onion, pesto, vegan cheese) and topped a brown rice tortilla for some flatbreads. Again, I threw them in the oven as my salmon was baking and wasted no time.
The final step is selecting a base. I usually like to load up a bowl of spinach and throw my food on top so I can have more of the fun stuff. In that case, I just fill a gigantic bowl with greens like so:
The more refined members of my family have learned to eat from plates rather than bowls and I usually have a grain, such as my quinoa dish pre-cooked and ready for enjoyment.
The easiest part about a bigger dinner? I cook 4-6 servings so I can always pack up the extras and 2-3 lunches are covered for the week.
Question: Do you cook multiple meals for family members?