Day 8 – Lisa’s Analysis

How about a little psychology and life coaching with dinner?  Yesterday one of our co-writers noticed that most of us seemed to have a little guilt wrapped up in our dinner discussions.  I was completely offended because . . . well the truth hurts.  Guilt doesn’t sit well with me.  It’s one of the most common issues that I work on with clients.  My standard policy around guilt is to either use it or lose it.

Either use guilt to make some changes in your life or let it go.  It’s useless otherwise.  So how will I use it regarding dinners with my family and this blog?  Honestly, I’m not sure yet but it seems that part of the work of this blog is life work.  The same co-writer also suggested that the blog might be therapeutic and that certainly seems to be the case.

Guilt certainly doesn’t feel right when gratitude seems in order.  How lucky am I to have access to lots of good food, money to pay for it, and a nice warm house to cook it in or bring it home to?  And, how unhelpful to my family fun factor to feel guilty when I’m feeding my family a perfectly reasonable meal even if I didn’t cook it?  Deep thoughts by Lisa Kaplin provided free of charge.

Anyway, I cooked a great dinner tonight!  Yep, I took chicken out of the freezer and I used it.  Today.  I made a simple but yummy chicken parmesan (see pic) and a veggie stir fry of brussel sprouts, mushrooms, and onions (see pic).  My family raved, my husband cleaned up, and all is well.  Except for the fact that it’s 2,000 degrees below zero.

Chicken parmesan brussel sprouts


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