Family Meals are the Best!
Family meals, no matter the hour or which meal, are important in many ways for children, young and old. This is my mantra – eat with your kids around the table – face to face. You get to chat with them, and hear their ideas, thoughts and dreams. They get to chat with you, learning about your work, the community that you live in, and the happenings in the world.Here's an idea - a family dinner menu featuring Old-Fashioned Turkey Meatloaf.Ingredients
- 1 lb. lean ground beef or turkey breast
- ¼ cup egg whites
- 1/3 cup dry oats
- ½ cup finely diced squash, onions & carrots
- 1 small finely diced yellow onion
- 2 Tbsp. ketchup or skim milk
- herbs & spices to taste
- Stir together all ingredients in large mixing bowl.
- Pat into a loaf pan that has been coated with cooking spray.
- Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 70 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before slicing.
TIP: Prep in the morn and bake off in the evening. Make 2 pans to have extra for sandwiches and quick dinners.Family dinner sides to go with Old-Fashioned Meatloaf:
- The starch – baked sweet or white potatoes or smashed red skin potatoes
- The vegetables - spinach salad w/ mandarin oranges & honey mustard dressing
What can the kids to help with dinner?
- Dice the vegetables for the meatloaf
- Stir together the meatloaf ingredients
- Toss together the salad ingredients
- Shake the homemade dressing (older kids can measure out the ingredients, too)
- Set the table
Kids are pretty interesting. For sure, they do what we do, and not necessarily do what we say. So providing healthy meals and then modeling healthy eating habits, which means reasonable portions, is something they will be very tuned into. If we are drinking soda with a meal, they are going to want that. When our kids were at home, we all drank milk or water with the meal. No sodas at all. They are still milk drinkers today, as young adults.