It is no secret that getting the entire family around the dinner table for a meal every night is hard. It really is. It seems the older kids are the harder this becomes. Even if you don’t work outside of the home, the activities for everyone start to pile up and it seems we can really make our lives busy. Sometimes I wonder if technology has made them busier as much as it was created to simplify things. With that said, I am proud to partner with Smucker’s and help promote their Disconnect to Reconnect initiative.
The goal is to help family mealtime go viral! I couldn’t be more happy about this. Like I said earlier, finding time to have a family meal together every single night each week might seem impossible. If so, why not pledge to at least one meal and make sure it is TECHNOLOGY FREE! That’s right. No cell phones or tablets at the dinner table people! We really don’t need to see what you are eating on Instagram every night. The reality is, what is going to make the longest lasting impact? That tweet or that conversation with your son? I’ll be placing my bets on connecting with my kids.
Take the Pledge (It’s free)
So, will you take the Pledge? I did and here is a challenge straight from our family to yours to take the Pledge as well. Your kids will thank you. Head over to PowerofFamilyMeals.com and pledge now. Just in case you wanted a few simple, go-to meal ideas that are easy on your budget, here are our favorites:
(images from PowerofFamilyMeals.com)
1. Breakfast for Dinner
It only takes a few minutes to scramble up some eggs and throw some bacon in the skillet. Want it even faster? Purchase the pre-cooked microwaveable Turkey Bacon! Our kids love it and it saves you from grease burn. Want our family favorite pancake recipe? Give it a try!
2. Grilled Cheese with Soup
Got bread? Got cheese? Got Grilled Cheese! We also like to use a little butter (ok, a lot). Pop a can of soup on the stove and you have dinner in minutes that didn’t break the bank.
They are quick, come in a kit if you don’t like scratch, and they provide all food groups. Honestly, depending upon how you top these bad boys, you could come out feeding your kids all kinds of healthy things (don’t let them know… it’s our little secret).
4. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Eliminate the meat if you are truly tight on money, but you can always use tomato paste, a little water, salt, oregano and basil to create your own spaghetti sauce then add some noodles. Cheap, cheap, cheap! I also like to throw in a few shredded carrots to “trick” the kids into another veggie.
5. Snacks for Dinner
I’m not talking about chips and dip, but break out those leftover carrot sticks, yogurt cups, apple slices and cheese sticks. Sometimes this turns out to be my kids favorite meal for the week.