Where to Start When You Don’t Like to Cook

In this age of Pinterest and The Food Network, it can seem as if everyone loves to cook. Not only that, but they’re all scrambling to show everyone else just how appetizing, kid-friendly and all-around-wonderful their breakfasts, lunches and dinners can be. It can almost feel like a dirty little secret to admit: “I hate to cook!” I think a...

5 Ways to Inspire Healthy Habits

We’re happy to welcome Kaci Komstadius of Sage Fruit Company for today’s guest blog post.  Sage Fruit Company is a sales and marketing firm located in Yakima, Washington. It’s owned by three apple/pear packing companies who joined together to deliver high-quality fruit to consumers. Sometimes, it can be hard to get the entire family to adopt healthy habits, whether it’s eating...

Where to Start When No One In the Family Eats the Same Thing

Before I became a parent, I thought I would never cook separate meals for different members of my family. “What a waste of time!” I thought. “I’ll never become one of those short-order-cook parents!” I told myself. “Our kids will eat anything we put in front of them!” I told my husband. Fast forward 13+ years and I have eaten...

5 Ways to Please Picky Eaters

Feeding a child is one of the most stressful parts of parenting for me. One minute my kids all enjoy a spaghetti dinner with homemade meatballs and green salad. The next minute that same meal is launched across the dining room table. Is this behavior picky eating? I’d like to think so. I also think there comes a time when...

Where to Start When Work & Activities Get in the Way of Dinner

Eating dinner together as a family is a top priority in my family. Except when I have to work late. Or have a meeting. Or when my kids have soccer practice. Or a band concert. Or a study group. Or a softball game. Or...Well, you get what I’m saying. It’s one thing to WANT to spend time as a family,...

Where to Start When You’ve Never Eaten Dinner Together

The benefits of eating family dinners have been well-studied. Among other things, eating dinner as a family: Improves vocabulary in young children. Decreases high risk behaviors in adolescents. Promotes psychological health. Encourages the consumption of healthier, more nutritious foods. Provides a protective factor for coping with the stressors of living in today’s busy world. And this is just the short...

Mexican-Style Pasta Soup for Kids

Pasta soups are a classic dish and a tradition at the Mexican family table. My mom used to make this Mexican-style pasta soup with vegetables for us, and would normally use pasta shapes like stars and letters. Inspired by those childhood favorites from my mother’s table, I decided to prepare this Mexican-style pasta soup for kids but that will also...

Jump Start Dinner with these Conversation Starters

We’ve all heard the research: Eating dinner as a family is really important. As in, families who eat dinner together have kids who fare better in all sorts of measures including mental health and well-being. But what do you do once you get your family to sit down and eat? Knowing what to talk about and how to go about...

5 Easy Tips To Get Dinner On The Table Quicker

Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned home cook, cooking for the family can get a little fatiguing, especially when you are cooking 5 meals a week for the family, like I do. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending a Saturday out by the grill smoking meat, or in the kitchen cooking a slow batch of marinara sauce. During the...

Healthy Breakfast for Dinner Ideas

My family always cheers when I declare it “Breakfast for Dinner” night in our house. Something about eating breakfast foods at a time of day that you typically wouldn’t is exciting, I guess. I’ll take the dinner time excitement any day! Normally, I like to serve eggs for nights like this, for the protein and ease of being able to...