Family Meals ~ Turn Off the Electronics

by Nicole on June 13, 2013 · 0 comments

We live in a turned on world with TV’s, Computers, MP3 Players, Smart Phones, Radios and other electronic devices. They invade almost every space in our homes, taking the place of books, games and even toys. Dinner time is the time to all of these turn off. Nothing should come to the table, not even your phone.


Leaving your phone behind will increase meaningful conversations and connection with your family. It gives you an opportunity to role model manners and social skills. In a turned on world, meal times need to be electronically turned off and instead we should be tuned in to face-to-face contact. It will also give a connection to the food you eat, with the opportunity to eat better and to be mindful in eating meals. It also means that your children will have 100% of your attention and will be more likely to share their days.

So, tonight turn it all off and try a new recipe!

Apple Cumin Pork Chops

½ tbsp of garlic powder
1 tbsp of ground cumin
½ tbsp of chili powder
1 tsp of paprika
2 tbsp of apple juice
½ tbsp of oil
1 lb of boneless pork chops or loins

1. Mix first 6 ingredients into a paste and slather on chops.

2. Marinade them for 2-24 hours.

3. Preheat BBQ on high heat.

4. Reduce heat to medium high.

5. Grill for 4-6 minutes on each side depending on thickness.

6. Make sure that chops are no longer pink and that juices run clear.

7. Let sit for about 5 minutes before serving

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