Did you know that kids who eat at home are more likely to try new foods? Or that eating in three meals a week (rather than going out) saves a family of four approximately $2000 per year? Did you know that kids who eat with their families eat more nutritiously?
Why am I sharing these facts with you? Well October 19th – 25th is Family Dining Week here in Omaha, and our family has taken the pledge to eat more meals at home and create a more focused mealtime!
Setting a good example for Eleanor has become a top priority for Jeff and I. Now that she’s 16 months, she’s fully aware of when we’re eating something that she doesn’t have. I also simply don’t have the time to create two separate menus (one toddler friendly and one adult approved), so preparing meals that the WHOLE family can enjoy has become my new mission! So how do I do it?
Soups have been a great way to get the whole family on board! Most of them can be made in a crock pot (big time saver), and include a wide array of vegetables. Chunkier soups with only a little broth are the easiest for Eleanor to eat as she perfects her spoon skills, but she equally enjoys dipping grilled cheese into some tomato soup ;)
Even though we’re only a family of 2.5 (Eleanor eats enough for 1/2), I still make a huge batch and freeze the leftovers in individual containers (like these). It makes warming up a quick lunch or dinner a breeze! Plus we can all choose something different on nights where there simply isn’t time to cook!
I have also started trying a few recipes from Brittany from A Healthy Slice of Life. She gives great ideas for “Munchkin Meals,” and the best part is that they’re all prepared from food that your family is already eating anyways!
For me, finding recipe inspiration is a HUGE help! I encourage you to find a few blogs to follow and start saving recipes that sound good for your family! With a solid collection of recipes, you’ll never be wondering what to make for dinner again. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Something I need to get better at is meal prep. Especially as your family grows, meal prep can be an incredible time saver throughout the week. Try to think of the foods you family eats the most often and how you can make it simpler for it to end up on your plate. Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean can give you some great ideas as she shares her meal prep each week! If I happen to become a food prep expert, I’ll be sure to share my tips and tricks with you ;)
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I think we can all agree that making meals at home a priority is GOOD for our families. If you’re ready to take the Family Dining Pledge to cook and eat together as a family head over to the Live Well Omaha Kids website and sign up!
Then leave a comment below to be entered to win a $15 Hy-Vee gift card! Just what you need to get started on your next family dinner :)
*Giveaway will remain open until 11:59pm Thursday, October 23rd. Winner will be announced on Friday! Good luck!
Where do you find recipe inspiration?
Do you make family dining a priority?
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