by Sybil PrattSeptember 2004
Back to the balancing act
It's that time again: back to school, back to work, back to time-challenged reality while summer slips into sun-drenched memory. To make your cooking life a little easier and to encourage mealtime togetherness, Jeff and Jodie Morgan serve up The Working Parents Cookbook, their practical paean to the family dinner, dedicated to all parents who balance work and family on a daily basis. The Morgans have been there; they've lived with busy work days, finite budgets, children who always need to be picked up, dropped off and eventually fed and lived to tell the tale. It's a tale worth listening to, filled with fast-prep dishes that are also healthy alternatives to processed foods. They begin with reasonably healthy breakfasts, go on to sandwiches and appetizers and then get into the basic parts of the sit-down-together dinner. You'll find Easy Onion Soup with goopy, kid-enticing melted cheese, Moroccan Spiced Carrot and Raisin Salad, One-Pot Broccoli Pasta, quick Baked Salmon Fillets, a bevy of non-beef burgers and sweet treats that are (mostly) wholesome. The Morgans' focus is on food that's simple, healthy and quick. The recipes are time- and kid-tested and sure to produce dinners that are winners even when the children are tired and you're not inspired.