Miscellaneous

Survive the Ups and Downs with Family Mealtime // Sesame Chicken

Did you know that the communication and relationship skills learned at the dinner table help prepare you and your family for life’s ups and downs? The FMI Foundation tells us all about it with their Family Meals Movement. But what if family mealtime feels less like a time of family togetherness and more like a… Continue reading Survive the Ups and Downs with Family Mealtime // Sesame Chicken

Create A Sandwich, Create Family Mealtime

Surviving Family Mealtime // Crunchy Hawaiian Chicken Wrap

If family mealtime is your least favorite part of the day, you are in need of a family mealtime survival guide! Families need time together to reconnect. Regular family mealtime provides the opportunity to learn, to grow, and to teach. Even 15 minutes a day will add up to hours over time, and those hours… Continue reading Surviving Family Mealtime // Crunchy Hawaiian Chicken Wrap

Create Family Mealtime

Create Family Mealtime // Conversation Starters

Emotional balance is important at any age. Family mealtime is the perfect way to nurture areas of emotional balance. Get more connected with your family through regular family mealtime. Conversation starters are a huge hit with my kids at dinnertime. They are a great way to get the conversation going and to learn more about… Continue reading Create Family Mealtime // Conversation Starters

Create A Soup, Create Family Mealtime

Ready…Set…DINNER! // Family Mealtime Month

September is Family Mealtime Month. It is a great time of year to reflect on your family mealtime routine. You might remember this post from last year. Give it a read. It is a great reminder of all the benefits family mealtime can bring. It is also a great motivator to get you on board… Continue reading Ready…Set…DINNER! // Family Mealtime Month

Family Mealtime Theme Nights

MEATY MONDAY TORTILLA TUESDAY WAFFLE WEDNESDAY THREE BEAN THURSDAY FRIDAY IS EGGCELLENT SANDWICH SATURDAY SOUPER SUNDAY  

Family Mealtime Resources

We want to help make family mealtime easier!  We’ve compiled lots of tips, tricks, and resources for you.  Click on each link to check them out.  Enjoy! Why Family Mealtime Importance of Family Mealtime Family Mealtime Pledge Food $ense and Family Mealtime Make Mealtime Fun Conversation Starters Conversation Starters 2 Mealtime Fun and Games Get… Continue reading Family Mealtime Resources

Create A Sandwich, Create Family Mealtime

Free Family Mealtime Cookbook // Sloppy Joes

Have you sat down to dinner with your family lately?  A favorite quote of mine comes from Lori Borgman, author of All Stressed Up and No Place to Go.  She says, “Dinner is where you put together the puzzle of the world and sometimes the puzzle of yourself.  In the midst of all the shuttling and… Continue reading Free Family Mealtime Cookbook // Sloppy Joes

Create A Fruity Dessert, Create a Menu Plan

Reduce Mealtime Mayhem / Two Week Sample Menu

Summer is winding down and soon kids will be back in school. Are you stressing about weeknight meals? Don’t! Follow some of our easy menu planning tips to reduce mealtime mayhem. Start with this helpful advice from Create Better Health and USU Extension: 1. Schedule a time that would work for you to plan your… Continue reading Reduce Mealtime Mayhem / Two Week Sample Menu

Create Amazing Veggies, Create Family Mealtime

What’s So Magical About Mealtime? // Lemon & Feta Chicken Kabobs

You’ve probably heard about the many benefits of family mealtime. September is Family Meals Month, after all! Many studies have been done on the positive impact that family meals can have on a child’s vocabulary/reading skills, overall physical health, and even mental well-being. Waving your magic wand won’t put dinner on the table, but understanding… Continue reading What’s So Magical About Mealtime? // Lemon & Feta Chicken Kabobs

Create Family Mealtime

Raise Your Mitt to Commit // Family Meals Month

Did you know, when families eat together, they eat better? September is National Family Meals Month. Raise Your Mitt To Commit! Creating family mealtime is not always easy. Busy schedules, homework, and many other obstacles can stand in your way. If you feel overwhelmed at the idea of regular family mealtime, keep in mind that… Continue reading Raise Your Mitt to Commit // Family Meals Month

Create A Quick Bread

Balanced Meals On-The-Go // Pancake Muffins

Summer is winding down. August can be a busy month for many families. It is possible to have healthy, balanced meals even when you are busy. Fruitsandveggies.org suggests you get creative! Rather than focusing on “home-cooked” meals, enjoy a balanced diet with “home-prepared” meals. Here are a few great suggestions for dinner in a hurry or on-the-go:… Continue reading Balanced Meals On-The-Go // Pancake Muffins

Create A Skillet Meal

Media Free Meals // Apricot Chicken

Did you know that watching T.V. while you eat is a big deterrent to eating mindfully? Mindful eating is simply being aware of what you are putting in your mouth, paying attention to how it affects your body, feelings, and mind. (Read more about mindful eating by clicking here). The T.V. acts as a distraction. After a… Continue reading Media Free Meals // Apricot Chicken

Create A Soup

Dinnertime Shortcuts // Spring Vegetable Soup

Does dinnertime feel like a total scramble? Are you left grasping for straws, wondering what you’ll cook? What if I told you that there is an easier way? Dinner doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious and healthy. Check out these five dinnertime shortcuts to simplify your life, and prepare healthy meals for your… Continue reading Dinnertime Shortcuts // Spring Vegetable Soup

Create A Salad, Create Family Mealtime

Save The World One Meal At A Time // Barley Tabouli Salad

September is National Family Meals Month. In a world of busy schedules, deadlines, and too many responsibilities, eating together as a family may not be top on your list. If we all understood the benefits of family mealtime, perhaps we could save the world one meal at a time! It is true that those who… Continue reading Save The World One Meal At A Time // Barley Tabouli Salad

Create a Menu Plan, Create A Skillet Meal

Make Menu Planning Fun Again! // Family Theme Nights and Mozzarella Chicken

Are you in a menu planning rut? It is time to make menu planning fun again! Menu planning simply means choosing ahead of time what you will cook for each meal. To make it more exciting, try answering the question what’s for dinner by using theme nights. Dinner is a time for the family to… Continue reading Make Menu Planning Fun Again! // Family Theme Nights and Mozzarella Chicken

Create A Quick Bread, Create Healthy Holidays

It’s Party Time! // Cinnamon Bread

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season will soon be here. Have you thought about how you will maintain healthy habits through it all? One of the biggest challenges may be the meals you eat away from home. Whether it is office, family, or neighborhood parties, or eating out while you are doing your… Continue reading It’s Party Time! // Cinnamon Bread

Create A Pizza, Create Family Mealtime

Making Family Meals // Pizza Perfect

How is your Family Meals Month going?  Whether you are off to a roaring start or you are looking for a little motivation, these tips from choosemyplate.org might be just what you need. Check them out. Then check out the yummy pizza recipe below! I never knew making pizza could be so easy! Make up a… Continue reading Making Family Meals // Pizza Perfect

Create a Menu Plan, Create A Salad, Create Amazing Veggies

The Key to Meal Prep Success // Fresh Corn and Radish Salad

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my favorite tip when it comes to eating better on a budget. You can check it out here. Today, I thought I would share another of my favorite tips. This tip is the key to meal prep success! All you have to do is PLAN YOUR MENUS. Success… Continue reading The Key to Meal Prep Success // Fresh Corn and Radish Salad