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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 ;)

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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:

Clean Eating Veggie Girl
Hidden Fruits and Veggies
Love, Sweat, & Beers
Eating Bird Food

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 ;)

WIN a Hy-Vee Gift Card!

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 :)

Make sure to check out Live Well Omaha Kids on Facebook and Twitter for great tips and tricks for making your Family Dining Week a success!

*Giveaway will remain open until 11:59pm Thursday, October 23rd. Winner will be announced on Friday! Good luck! 

Your turn:

Where do you find recipe inspiration?
Do you make family dining a priority?

*This post was sponsored by Live Well Omaha Kids and contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Makingmine! 

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  • Lora @ Crazy Running Girl October 20, 2014, 9:08 am

    I think that eating as a family is so important! I usually find recipes in cooking magazines like Cooking Light and Pinterest of course. :)
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  • Amy October 20, 2014, 9:37 am

    Great perspective. Since the girls were little, we’ve made it a priority to cook at home and eat meals together at the table. In addition to your points, eating dinner as a family is a great time to talk to the girls about their day at school and work on table manners. I agree that soups are great for family meals. As a working mom, I rely on my slowcooker to have a hearty soup waiting for us when we get home from school and work.
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  • janelle October 20, 2014, 9:53 am

    we are a eat together and try new things family-now that my daughter is in college, I see she tries new stuff which makes me happy.
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  • Jenn October 20, 2014, 10:21 am

    My recipe inspiration comes from magazines like Vegetarian Times and Eating Well, but I usually make dishes from Pinterest :) As a newer vegetarian, I always struggle to find go-to recipes, especially as my daughters and DH are meat-eaters. Thanks for the suggested recipe sites. P.S. I have no HyVee nearby, so if I somehow win, gift it to another lucky person :)

  • Cynthia Cover October 20, 2014, 10:37 am

    Love your soup and grilled cheese idea for dipping! My inspiration comes from finding any vegtable I can mix with a low-fat protein and make it tasty, blogs are great resources. My ever widening bottom needs assistance in reduction…heehee.
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  • Stacie @ Simply Southern Stacie October 20, 2014, 11:05 am

    I think eating home cooked family meals really makes all the difference! Growing up, my mom cooked dinner probably four nights out of the week. Compared to all my childhood friends, I was such a healthy eater because my mom made sure I tried different foods and ate more than chicken fingers and fries.
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  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies October 20, 2014, 11:15 am

    Thanks for the link love :) We just have the two of us, so it’s even more tempting to go out to eat, but you can’t argue with cost savings + how much more nutritious meals at home are. Even the “vegetarian” choices are pretty lacking on the veggies at restaurants!
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  • Jaima October 20, 2014, 11:37 am

    I love to look at other blogs and pinterest for recipe inspiration. Family dining has become a stronger priority since having a young child eating table food. Its easier for me to sit and eat with her at a high chair instead of in front of the tv on the couch.

  • Heidi October 20, 2014, 11:45 am

    With Pinterest I think it is easy and fun to find new recipes for my family. I love eating at home-it saves money, my kids get healthier food and I find it to be easier! Taking kids out to eat is a lot of work, especially if you have picky eaters!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul October 20, 2014, 11:46 am

    I find inspiration from blogs! Josh and I love to eat together. I really want to prioritize family meals when I have kids!

  • KV October 20, 2014, 12:24 pm

    We try to eat together most nights so we can talk to each other. I like to use websites & cookbooks for ideas.

  • Lynsi October 20, 2014, 1:31 pm

    Definitely a lot of my inspiration comes from Pinterest and blogs, but also just the changing of the seasons and actually eating at certain restaurants. It is fun to try and recreate dishes at home that we have tried and “healthily” them for our family. There are times we like the home version better than the restaurant and therefore don’t always feel the need to eat there!

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl October 20, 2014, 2:46 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing my site!! I SO appreciate it :) Also, yay for Hy-Vee and eating as a family!
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  • Tessa Genners October 20, 2014, 3:46 pm

    We try to make family dining a priority and like you we try to feed our daughter as healthy as we can. It is hard and we do try to find a balance. I get a lot of my recipes from a girl at work. She is super healthy and it really helps to have a friend lead by example. I haven’t tried your soups yet but I plan on it soon. Thanks for all the inspiration. Your a wonderful example as a wife and mother and I enjoy reading your blog !

  • Shelley Dahlgren October 20, 2014, 5:31 pm

    I love to cook meals for my family. I like to cook in general and they really appreciate when I cook. Thanks!

  • Coco (@Got2Run4Me) October 20, 2014, 6:50 pm

    so cute! now that my kids are older eating as a family is a real treat.
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  • Jessie October 21, 2014, 7:06 am

    My recipe inspiration comes from either pinterest of blogs. It’s funny because just a few years ago, I was still one who browsed through actual magazines. The internet is nice though since I can either pin or bookmark the recipe. Much more time saving.
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  • David October 22, 2014, 4:27 pm

    We always cook at home, so I pledged seven days a week. Our favorite meal to have, or at least prepare, is homemade pizza. The main reason is because that is one food that the kids can actually help make. I think that will play a large role in our family dining week.

  • Stacey E October 23, 2014, 3:22 pm

    We eat at home often. Love finding new recipes on pinterest, blogs and in magazines.

  • Jane October 24, 2014, 6:17 pm

    Before we had kids, dinner was always kind of an on-the-fly type of thing—never really planned or eaten at the same time every night. But, since we had kids, we’ve been making a more conscientious effort to sit down as a family, plan menus, be more organized and consistent about it. I enjoy it so much more now!

  • Kristen October 27, 2014, 5:31 am

    Thanks for the great sites – I will check them out. I’m doing something similar, trying #onenewfood a week. We all need to try to eat healthier foods!
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  • Michelle October 28, 2014, 9:25 pm

    It is better to eat more at home. One of my fave things to make is pizzas using canned biscuits for the crust. They’re smaller (aka portion control) and each one can be topped to the person’s liking.
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