Life is busy for us and our family, and it can be quite easy to just eat on the go or sat in front of the TV. As well as just taking the time to sit down and eat a meal together, there are plenty of benefits from it. I know it was a big thing for my parents when I was younger. We sat together for pretty much every meal. I remember even being as teenagers and just wanting to sit on the sofa and eat, my dad would always head to the table and lead the way.
You might think hat you need to have a proper home cooked family meal when you’re all sat down together. But even if it is a ready meal or a sandwich, it is the being together that gives you the benefits.
Eating Together Helps You To Connect
- I think that this can be especially important as our children are growing up. Being able to talk to them about their day and get to know each other is so important. You can build better relationships, discuss and problem solve.
Eating Together Can Help You Relax
- After a busy day, physically being able to sit down and eat some good food is a great way to relax and unwind. It prepares you all for the evening routine of bath time and bed, which can (hopefully) run a little smoother if everyone is a little calmer.
Eating Together Encourages Mindful Eating
- I know I haven’t often thought of it before, but if I am not paying attention to what I eat (when I’m in a rush), I just eat it. It is rushed and I don’t pay much attention to the flavours. When we take our time and discuss with others, it encourages mindful eating. This can help with overeating and just eating for the sake of it.
Eating Together is Fun
- I have many memories of being at the table altogether as a family growing up. Often we would get a board game out on the table afterwards. It is a bit busier with little ones, but still a fun time. The kids ask each other questions and make plenty of jokes!
We were sent some of Patak’s new frozen meal range. I have used Patak’s quite a bit in the past. Using their curry pastes with coconut milk to make a sauce, or just the jarred sauces when we are in a rush. So knowing that you can have the taste of Patak’s even quicker and easier, is a fab. Having some in the freezer is most handy when you have little ones. On days when we have swimming lessons or tennis after school, easy dinners are my jam! They can be cooked in the oven in about 40 minutes or in the microwave in about 10.
I think a lot of people think that curry can be a bit too spicy for little ones. I liked that the range has such a variety. There are much milder options like chicken korma, as well as spicier options like beef madras and even chicken vindaloo. Each meal has two compartments, with pilau rice in one side and then the meat (or veg) and sauce in the other side. There is a vegetarian option in the selection.
Patak’s have succeeded with their great flavours and making these meals tasty. If you love curry then I would recommend looking out for these next time you are at the supermarket, in the frozen section. I am unsure of the precise RRP, but I believe it is about £2. I think it is total value for money!
*the meals were gifted in exchange for an honest review. All options are my own.