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Making Time for Family Meals

posted Sep 22, 2017, 1:51 PM by Tracy Ducker, MS, RDN

In our last blog we talked about the benefits of family meals and this week we will talk about how to make family meals happen. Obviously, the biggest hurdle for most families is time. With working parents and kid’s sports and activities, preparing dinner and finding the time everyone is home is difficult. But not impossible, with a little planning and some quick, healthy, and tasty recipes you and your family can eat together most nights.

During the weekend (or whenever you have some extra time) plan your meals for the week, I have included some recipe links to help you get started. Then make your grocery list this will help eliminate any weeknight last minute shopping, saving you time. Have your kids help you in kitchen so dinner won’t take as long and you can spend some extra time together. If you can, prepare some meals ahead of time on the weekend and freeze for later in the week. Even if the entire family can’t sit down together all of the time, try to plan so everyone has someone to eat with each night.

So, make a commitment to eat just one more meal together as family each week.

Here are some family friendly recipes that are easy to make.

Mini Bow Ties with Bacon and Peas:

Linguine with Easy Meat Sauce:

Chicken Fingers and Green Beans with Tahini Sauce:

Farmer's Market Vegetarian Quesadillas:

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan:

For more information on family meals check out FMI.