I used to think I needed to make my children meals full of fancy vegetable concoctions, perfectly cooked proteins and sides of starches to qualify as a "dinner". I put myself through the wringer looking for recipes, ingredients and ideas that would be creative and also tasty to my kids and husband.
No one wanted to eat the stuff, I had to beg them to finish or at least try the new thing and by the end of the meal I was exhausted and disappointed and still had a sinkful of dishes to tackle. So, now once a week we have "Pancake Night" which is a huge hit with all of the boys, the dad and even the mom. Depending on what fruits we find seasonally at the Farmer's Market, the toppings may change and I have even canned my blueberry sauce and peaches to make sure Pancake Night can live on through the winter time and it can still be full of local ingredients.
My week 10 One Local Summer meal is a repeat of yogurt pancakes (or Pancrack depending on who you ask) topped with peaches, blueberries and maple syrup with a side of organic, ethically farmed bacon. Now, if that's not a balanced meal right there, I don't know what is! Please, try not to lick the computer screen! I know my kids sure licked their plates!!
Blueberries (hand picked by my boys!)