My family has a tendency to inhale meals. Indeed, thanks to our turbo eating speeds, Thanksgiving dinner typically lasts no longer than 30-40 minutes. Unfortunately, this rapid eating style continues when I’m on my own too. During the school year in particular, I am often far too focused on the upcoming test or activity to truly savor my meal.
Accordingly, I have made several concerted efforts over the years to eat more mindfully—to dine rather than merely eat. One method I’ve adopted in the past to slow down mealtime is the use of chopsticks. In my experience, grasping pieces of food with two sticks of wood is slightly more challenging than stabbing them with a fork, thereby reducing the likelihood of the trademarked Yoder chow-down.
In looking over my meals today, I noticed that I never used a fork. Granted, the first two meals were eaten with my fingers, my utensils of choice. Nonetheless, dinner required occupied a reasonable 20+ minutes to consume thanks to the use of chopsticks. Bearing these results in mind, perhaps I’ll set up a Chopstick Challenge for myself (ala Katie).
Are you a fast eater? How often do you use chopsticks?
Let’s get onto the forkless meals:
Although there are utensils pictured below, I didn’t use them. Sometimes utensils seem far too fussy
In organizing the pantry last night after a Publix run, I noticed a lonely jar of roasted red peppers. Unsurprisingly, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus was on the lunch menu this afternoon.
Tonight’s dinner was a modified version of my beloved Peanut Butter Noodles recipe. Instead, I made a Peanut Butter Slaw dish, substituting broccoli slaw for noodles (and adding tofu, of course). Tasty.
Good night, lovelies!
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