Though we're already a month into it, there's still something shiny and new about 2018. The hustle and bustle of the holidays is over and we've returned to life as normal. While I enjoy the time with family and friends the holidays afford us, I also love the return to everyday life. And I enjoy returning to the simple things. For me, one of those things is family supper.
Ever since Heather and I got married, we've made an effort to sit down to supper together as many nights a week as we can. I grew up with my mom cooking supper nearly every single night, so it’s important to me. Having our son only amplified the desire to make time each day to share an evening meal. It's a time to connect. It’s time to put the cell phones away and turn the televisions off. We use the opportunity to learn about each others’ day and to hear about what Jack learned in school—even if we’re met with his usual answer: “nothing.” It’s a time to turn the world off and just be a family. It’s probably my favorite time of the day.
Sitting down for supper doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen, though. Home-cooked meals don’t have to be elaborate to be delicious. I’d even venture to say that what you have on the table is not nearly as important as who’s around it. Wouldn’t you agree?
More from Southern Living
This Chili Mac is one of those dishes that makes getting supper on the table super easy. It's the nostalgic, stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal that just makes you feel all warm inside. This version is quick, easy, and maybe a little lighter than some more traditional recipes, but it certainly isn't short on flavor.
This recipe makes a pot full. Which is great because this stuff is even better as leftovers.
Click here for Stacey Little’s Chili Mac Recipe
WATCH: Mexican Mac and Cheese
Blogger and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Stacey Little is committed to getting folks back to the table for dinner. His quick and easy recipes are helping busy families get a home-cooked meal on the table without a lot of hassle or expense. Southern Living Magazine has repeatedly named Stacey a top blogger to follow and a favorite Southern blogger. He has appeared on The Today Show and Fox and Friends and has lent his talents to national brands like Betty Crocker, White Lily, Martha White, Kraft, Queen Latifah, and Reese Witherspoon—just to name a few. Today, his easy, delicious recipes and heartfelt stories have brought tens of millions to his blog, SouthernBite.com, since he created it in 2008. Stacey's cookbook, The Southern Bite Cookbook, is available at book retailers across the country and online. Stacey's deep Southern roots have him firmly planted in central Alabama where he lives with his wife, little boy, two dogs, and his collection of cast iron skillets.