Family Dinner SOS! Late July founder and our favorite-snack maker Nicole Dawes shares her expertise in getting healthy and delicious meals on the table.
1. Plan out meals on the weekend and keep a stocked pantry. Too overwhelming? Subscribe to a meal planning service like Six O’Clock Scramble.
2. Include your kids in the preparation or even better plant a small organic veggie/herb garden with them. My boys are much more likely to try foods they helped make/grow.
3. Keep it simple! Family meals don't have to be elaborate to be heathy and delicious! I set my rice cooker in the morning so my rice is ready when we come home. Make extra for a next-day rice salad.
4. Have a back up emergency dinner for those extra chaotic nights. Red beans and rice with sautéed broccoli, Amy's Bistro Burgers with a salad, and quesadillas are a few favorites. When I make spaghetti sauce, I freeze half the batch!
5. Keep mealtime light and happy. I want my kids to be excited about dinner, not feel they're coming to the grand inquisition. We'll play a game of "would you rather"or a great book is Laurie David’s The Family Dinner.
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