Dinner Discussion

“Menu Inspiration” gives subscribers exclusive access to original and inspired recipes from Fr. Leo Patalinghug, host of the movement, Grace Before Meals.  If you try this recipe, let us know what you think.  If you have a special recipe that inspires the family to come together more regularly, please share it with us and our faithful foodie community.  Pictures of your food surrounded by your family and friends are always welcome!  Post your comments below.

One Pound and Four Meaty Meals

Recently, I posted a Facebook video letting people know I’ll be creating four separate meals out of less than one pound of top round beef!  It was a fun and creative exercise that provided me with some great tasting meals for an entire week, but it also gave me a bit more compassion for people who cook alone.

(Me with my cousin Bernadette and her friend, Chef Mike – a friend of GBM.  We taught Bernadette some cooking techniques to prepare her for a move to a new apartment.)

(Me with my cousin Bernadette and her friend, Chef Mike – a friend of GBM. We taught Bernadette some cooking techniques to prepare her for a move to a new apartment.)

While I’m giving recipes for singles, I always encourage people to find company to share the blessings and a “domestic” communion around the dining room table.  I know it’s not always easy for people to do that.  I understand – you get home from work, you turn on the TV just for some background noise, take out some stuff from the fridge, microwave it, eat it quickly, fall asleep, and start over again the next day.  And I don’t forget that you also have to clean those dishes up at some point in the day!

What’s a single person to do for inexpensive, healthy, but delicious meals?

(Food service employee at "Eataly" of New York City.  His shirt translates as "Life is too short to eat badly."  I would also add "da solo" – to eat badly “and alone.”)

(Food service employee at “Eataly” of New York City. His shirt translates as “Life is too short to eat badly.” I would also add “da solo” – to eat badly “and alone.”)

Therefore, I am writing this menu specifically for singles.  But remember, don’t get used to eating alone!  Maybe you can “multiply” some of these meal ideas and invite some friends over for a supper club.  It just takes some pre-planning, creativity, and initiative.

(Different types of cauliflower on sale in French-speaking Quebec.  Variety is the spice of life!)

(Different types of cauliflower on sale in French-speaking Quebec. Variety is the spice of life!)

Hopefully these recipes can give single people some inspiration, some ideas, and some tips to make sure one pound of meat doesn’t become one pound of monotony!

(One pound of of top round beef, butchered four ways for four separate meals)

(One pound of of top round beef, butchered four ways for four separate meals)

Recipe Disclaimer: With all GBM Recipes, I rely on the taste buds of home cooks/chefs like you all to manage the exact ingredients.

Recipe # 1:  Beef and Veggie Stir Fry

(A perfectly sized portion bursting with flavors and textures.)

(A perfectly sized portion bursting with flavors and textures.)

Recipe # 2:  Philly-pino Cheese Steak

(Philly Cheese Steak Muffin with some chips and fresh guacamole, a recipe found in my book.)

(Philly Cheese Steak Muffin with some chips and fresh guacamole, a recipe found in my book.)

Recipe # 3:  Steak Salad

(Healthy eating: a small portion of lean beef, fresh greens, and a savory dressing!)

(Healthy eating: a small portion of lean beef, fresh greens, and a savory dressing!)

Recipe # 4: Beef Braciole

Beef Braciole

Let us pray:

Dear Father in Heaven, You made an abundant meal out of a few pieces of bread and fish.  Give us inspiration and grace to make the most out of the little things in life!  Give us courage, never to fear, and to try and cooperate with Your creative love!  In a special way, I pray for people who regularly eat alone.  May they experience the loving community of faithful people and share the blessings around the table!  Amen.

Food for Thought: 

  • Tell us what you do to multiply meals.
  • If you eat alone, what do you do for meals?
  • And how do you encourage others to join you at your dinner table?
  • If you have a family, what do you do to make room at your table for single people who eat alone?

Your comments and ideas definitely help our growing community.  And your comments encourage us to keep doing what we do – share food, faith, family, and fun!  Post your comments BELOW.

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