Embracing Simple & Graze Meals

Let’s embrace simple…

Simple and sourdough don’t seem to go together, do they?

And for the true beginner this may very well be the case.

But if you are able to keep a starter alive, you can make some very delicious and simple recipes with sourdough discard like Sourdough Graham Crackers (Sourdough Discard).

If you don’t know what discard is, check out this page: What is a sourdough starter?

Embracing simple has been an important lesson in my season of motherhood with small kids, but I imagine it will be a concept that I will have to keep returning to.

Sometimes I over program my time with my kids or set my expectations too high.

Recently we took a trip to the beach as a family. I had a whole weekend itinerary full of places to go, hikes, activities, and special times baking cookies.

But I had already level-set with my husband that our aim was to connect as a family and focus on that outcome.

If you’ve been a parent of young kids, maybe you know what happened…

Well, day one of taking our kids to the beach to play in the sand and chase waves made me realize I needed to toss out all my scheduled plans and make a new plan: go to the same beach 5 minutes from the rental house and play in the sand with the kids each day.

At ages 1, 5, and 7, they didn’t want anything else. And we had a great time embracing the simplicity of the weekend with them.

Not only that, sometimes I have to put boundaries on my kitchen time so that I can be present with my family. So we scrapped some of my complicated meal plans for the weekend and even ate some… don’t let this shock you… store bought bread and cookies.

The result: less stress for mom and dad created more peace and joy for the whole family.

I love the proverb in the Bible that says: “Better a dry crust with peace than a house full of feasting with strife.” (Proverbs 17:1)

So with that perspective in mind, I want to share a fun way that we’ve enjoyed connecting around the table. This can be made complicated and fancy or can be super simple. The main point is creating a table for connection.

It’s a concept that’s been trending for a while, but I’ve recently become a big fan of grazing boards for snacks or meals. These are also called charcuterie boards and there are probably many other names people call this type of meal.

It’s a large plate, platter, cutting board, strip of parchment, or a combination topped with finger foods like cut vegetables, slices of cheese, deli meat and charcuterie, small pastries, breads, crackers, chips, guacamole, ranch dip, or any combination you can imagine!

It’s a great way to share bread and create an opportunity to connect, relax, and break bread as a snack or meal. The arrangement is meant to bring beauty to the table and conversation to the people partaking.

And if you have picky eaters, it’s a great way to introduce new foods in a casual, no-pressure way.

I love doing this on the weekend, especially on Sunday when we invest our time in rest and connecting as a family.

In this post I have a few photos of graze boards we’ve made for recent holidays and celebrations as well as some simple ones we’ve made.

I have incorporated sourdough into these snacks and meals with a Sourdough Boule cut and served with dipping oil, Sourdough Baguettes served with baked brie,  Sourdough Graham Crackers (Sourdough Discard), Sourdough “Weenie Winks” (recipe to come), Twice-Baked Seeded Raisin Bread Crackers with Sourdough Discard, as well as simple slices of sourdough bread cut into small pieces with butter and honey (my kids’ favorite way to enjoy bread). The classic Sourdough Discard Crackers would be an excellent addition to a graze board as well!

I hope this inspires creativity and connection in your kitchen! I look forward to seeing what you create!

P.S. The “deconstructed s’mores” with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and Sourdough Graham Crackers (Sourdough Discard) was a big hit with the kids!!

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