Family Dinner Ideas: Thinking Outside the Box

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Family dinner ideas to make meal time easier? Sure we’ll take that. Dinner can often be a s*&! show and we’re determined to change that. We are taking a whole picture approach to family dinner ideas that will change the way healthy meals go down at your house.

At our house, there are five things that will happen every night at our dinner table.

  1. We will give thanks for our food and for everyone who helped get it on our plates.
  2. Someone will say that they don’t like part of the meal before they’ve even tried it.
  3. Someone will be bribed into eating something.
  4. Someone will spill water.
  5. Someone else will spill water.

When I anticipate this, dinner goes really well. When I forget that I’m dining with a seven, six and three a year old, sometimes it feels like shit hit the fan and there is no recovering. Enter new family dinner ideas.

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Changing tastes, revolving ideas of how food should be served (anyone else have a child who doesn’t like different food groups touching? I mean, God forbid the salad touch the fruit…). Refusing food altogether seems like a rite of passage. Sometimes I feel like nothing will surprise me, but then someone who has requested a very specific dinner will look at their request like I served up a plate of hot trash. What gives?!

I know that I am not alone here, and clearly you aren’t either. So what do we do about dinner table woes that doesn’t involve creating three separate dinners or on-demand snacks 10 minutes post meal? Well, maybe not what you think. We lean heavily on Prescribe Nutrition’s Kids Rule recipe packet which is chock full of scrumptious kiddo approved recipes including some of our favorite Weelicious dishes, but we’ve realized that this is only half the battle. We’ve got to get creative with family dinner ideas. We are going to be taking a “whole picture” approach that will change the way your whole family feels about dinner.

Forget the bickering, bribing and bitching, we are going to give you the tools transform your table to a place of connecting, laughter and love.  It is possible. We’re prescribing mindfulness and the littles are loving it as much as the adults. We’ve started practicing at our house and seen leaps and bounds of improvement. Now don’t get turned off or feel like if its an easy change, then it won’t be an impactful change. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, right? It’s quite magical how a fun, thoughtful environment changes the way we eat.

Imagine this. You sit down to dinner and you’ve got some options – there are healthy chicken nuggets, roasted chickpeas, some fresh chopped veggies, a small fruit salad and some chocolate avocado mousse (and guess what, four of these five things were already made or pre-chopped and waiting in tupperware in your refrigerator!). You all sit down for dinner and Sally says, “I don’t like carrots or peppers anymore” and Timmy chimes in, “You said we were eating chicken nuggets, but these don’t look like chicken nuggets!”

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This might normally be the point where the nosedive begins. But we are going to suggest you do a deep breath, wink at your spouse and make an effort to create an environment that connects your kiddos to their food and their inner goodness. It might look a little something like this, “Tonight I want to start dinner with three reasons why I love Sally so much! She is smart, she makes great choices, and she works really hard. Timmy your turn, you are a problem solver, courageous and wise. Now lets talk about where in the world this food comes from – so, do chickens grow on trees?!”

Your kids won’t know what hit ’em, and they might also be grinning ear to ear. An environment that feels nurturing and connects them to the food they’re eating is a place where magic happens. Plain and simple. This is just smidgen of the tips we outline in our Kids Rule eBook. We’ve got knock-your-socks-off-kid-approved recipes, the science behind + solutions to picky eating, activities to get your kids involved, education regarding how upset tummies or dry itchy skin is related to what we eat…the list goes on.

If you’re only interested in getting your paws on some kid approved recipes – swipe up our much loved Kids Rule recipe packet [$20 for over a $100 recipes…can’t go wrong]. If you want more support, education – check out the entire Kids Rule eBook which includes activities, education, the whole shebang.

Even better? If you’re feeling like April is the month you + the whole family make the commitment to better eating, sign up for 20 days of commitment with Prescribe 20. Register any day in April and you get the whole Kids Rule eBook on the house. That’s right, free. April is all about family at Prescribe Nutrition. Let’s head into these warmer months feeling our best and making progress each and every day.

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Comments (8) | Add Comment

  • by Morgan on

    I would love to use these for my 8 month old!

  • by Patty kelley on

    This was my family at dinner for years!!
    I wish I’d had your advice back then,Anna. You hit the nail on the head. Thank you

    • by Katie Jasper on

      That Anna sure is a smarty – isn’t she Patty?!

  • by Amanda on

    Green smoothies for the kiddos to sneak in more veggies!

    • by Katie Jasper on

      100% Amanda. Green smoothies are just the ticket!

  • by KT on

    I’m expecting my first baby in a few weeks, and want to make my own baby food for when he/she is ready! Planning ahead a bit, but that is key, right?

    • by Katie Jasper on

      YAY! Congrats… what an exciting time. And, yes, you NAILED it. Planning is everything. It can feel really overwhelming but rest assure it actually takes far less time in the long run. You’ve got this!

  • by Mary B on

    Wow, brilliant idea. Green smoothies for my 8 month old and heck, probably my 2 1/2 year told too 🙂

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