The lazy days of summer are over and school is back in session. This provides families an opportunity to return to a routine and make family meals a priority. With a full schedule of after-school and extracurricular activities, fun may not be on the dinnertime menu. What if it was? Fun is the ingredient that… Continue reading Make Fun The Most Important Ingredient // Harvest Cobb Salad
Category: 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
The Good Enough Dinner // Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup
It's National Family Meals Month! Family meals fuel better nutrition. They also foster emotional balance and strengthen family bonds. Don't let fancy meals with a lot of prep time be the reason to neglect family mealtime. Even healthy, well-rounded meals can be simple and easy to prepare. Sometimes a "good enough dinner" is all you… Continue reading The Good Enough Dinner // Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup
Cook Once, Eat Twice // A Week’s Worth of Recipes
As you and your family have adjusted to the new normal during a national pandemic, how is dinnertime going? Have you found solace in spending more time at the table with your family? Or has more family time at home created more work, and less time to be productive? I find myself caught somewhere in… Continue reading Cook Once, Eat Twice // A Week’s Worth of Recipes
Create Better Health // Grocery Store Bingo
Use grocery shopping as a time to teach kids about food and nutrition. Show them which types of food will help create better health. Here is a printable bingo game to help you with your task. Click on each picture for a printable version. Enjoy!
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
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
Make It Simple, Make It Fun, Make It Matter! // Sweet Potato Zucchini Casserole
With all the talk about family mealtime this month, have you been feeling the pressure? We would all love to have the perfect family dinner, where the food is delicious, no one complains or argues, and the dishes do themselves. But let's be realistic. Dinnertime is often the most stressful time of day. For a… Continue reading Make It Simple, Make It Fun, Make It Matter! // Sweet Potato Zucchini Casserole
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
Make a Committment! // Printable Pledge Card
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 awhile back. 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 Make a Committment! // Printable Pledge Card
That’s a Wrap // Philly Cheesesteak Meatloaf
Family Meals Month 2017 is coming to an end. That doesn't mean you have to lose momentum. Use the tips and tricks you've learned this month to keep going. After all, family meals fuel better nutrition. Most of us have less control of what kids consume while out of the home. Family mealtime provides an… Continue reading That’s a Wrap // Philly Cheesesteak Meatloaf
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 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
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
Create Family Mealtime // Theme Nights
Dinner time has changed a bit at our house over the last month. What used to be a more calm part of they day, has turned into what feels like a ride on the crazy train! My daughter started first grade and it has totally sent us down the tracks at a dangerous speed. Picking up… Continue reading Create Family Mealtime // Theme Nights
Get the Whole Family Involved // Spinach and Parmesan Orzo
Let's face it - family mealtime can be stressful! Often times, the responsibility of getting dinner on the table falls on the shoulders of one person in the family. Having the stress fall all one person can lead to fewer and fewer family mealtimes. To prevent this from happening, try getting the whole family… Continue reading Get the Whole Family Involved // Spinach and Parmesan Orzo
Fun At The Table // Taco Salad
Family mealtime is a great time to get a little silly with your family. Check out the table games below and decide how you'll make your meal fun tonight. Enjoy! Wondering what to cook tonight? Give Taco Salad a Try! Also, don't forget to download our free Family Mealtime Cookbook by clicking here.
Meal Planning 101 // Make Mealtime Easy!
Does family mealtime have you feeling overwhelmed? If so, take a look at the tips below. When you're finished, click here to get a weekly dinner menu all planned out and ready to go! Enjoy!
Create Family Mealtime // Weekly Menu Ideas
Family mealtime can come with it's own set of challenges! However, the benefits by far out weigh the challenges. To make things a little easier, we have put together some weekly dinner menus for you. Be sure to click here to download our free Family Mealtime Cookbook here for all the recipes. Enjoy!
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