PCA 2020

Mealtimes

Kids in the Kitchen

Wait. No. Hold up. Okay. Now just pour that. Wait. Slowly. Stop! You’re spilling! Okay. Try it again. No! Stop!” Anyone that has ever had a child come into the kitchen to ‘help’ cook a meal understands the frustration (and list of commands) that comes when cooking with children. I am not as patient of a parent as I’d like to be in many situations. I too have had my share of irritations as my young kids have roamed the kitchen at dinnertime wanting to assist me. However, I believe teaching kids to cook, and doing so at a young age, is important.

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Warm Up With Winter Soups

In the cold winter months, there’s nothing quite like warming up with a hot bowl of homemade soup. To make it a meal, serve it with some hearty bread and butter, and maybe a simple side salad.

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Plan a Month of Meals

I know I am not alone when I say I am both intrigued and aggravated by the bloggers who share their monthly meal plans. In theory, the meals are amazingly planned out with a shopping list and the added bonus of a nutritional chart. However, when I start looking at some of these recipes, I realize that my family of picky eaters will only eat half of the dinners suggested. So I decided to come up with a meal plan that my family would actually eat. Here are my suggestions to plan a month of easy, nutritious meals.

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Host a ‘My Favorite Meal’ Party

Coming up with an idea for dinner every night is a parent’s biggest frustration. We try to find a meal that everyone enjoys, that can be put together quickly, and reheats well for families on the go. Many of us Pin new recipes on Pinterest, but how many do we actually try? The key to adding a new recipe to your rotation is to sample it. At a My Favorite Meal party, guests bring one of their favorite dinners, hot and ready to taste. Additionally, partygoers are asked to bring their recipe and three more family-sized servings of the same dinner, ready to cook or freeze. Guests leave the party with a stack of recipes and three different prepared meals to take home to their families. Sound intriguing? Keep reading for party plans.

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