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Good article on importance of family dinners

Posted September 19, 2014



Sarah at Go Ask Mom wrote an interesting article defending family dinners this week. There was a recent report indicating that home cooking was more for the elite foodie. Sarah (and I) beg to differ. As a mom who cooks dinner almost every night, I am a huge advocate of bringing our busy family together to enjoy a family meal and chat about our day. Plus, it is significantly more frugal to cook at home.

Cooking at home is more than doable, even for the busy schedule. Cook ahead and freeze, use the slow cooker, batch cook ingredients so you can put a meal together quickly when you get home at night. Enjoy easy to make meals during work days and save the more time consuming meals for the days when you have time. Don't think you have to provide a 10-course spread every night (or any night for that matter!). The key is to eat healthy, frugal meals and enjoy time with your family.

If you are looking for some frugal meal ideas, you can see my weekly meal plan on Mondays here on the blog.  Other blog members share their frugal meals as well every day in the What's for Dinner blog post. I also recommend the website, 5DollarDinners.com. You'll find tons of frugal recipes for every meal.  And my favorite recipe site is AllRecipes.com. They have a recipe for just about anything you can think of.

You can read Sarah's well written article at the "Dinner's Served" link above.  What about you? Are you able to make time for the family dinner?


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  • jdouglas13 Sep 20, 2014

    Faye, every family needs to have a good baker! Glad your oldest enjoys it. It really can be fun and creative.

    I really feel bad for kids today. There is so much pressure on them to be on the go, that they don't seem to have much time just to be kids. I think it's more important these days than ever for them to have a strong family and home to support them.

  • ascherer Sep 20, 2014

    I agree. It is just the two of us. When I am home (not on the road), we try to eat dinner each night around the table. Part of it for us is portion control. We don't put the food on the table. We fill our plates in the kitchen. Then sit down, eat and talk. That way we don't over eat. Some times dinner is the only time we find to have the "How was your day, Dear" conversation.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Sep 20, 2014

    cindyyoung42 - thanks, Cindy!

  • cindyyoung42 Sep 20, 2014

    It's really nice to visit this blog. I think there is so much to read and so much to think about. Family dinner deserves so much importance, the day when all the family forget their daily working routine and just spending time with each other.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Sep 20, 2014

    Thanks for your comments everyone! Sounds like we all agree on this one.

    raesmom1612 - We will probably see Rae with her own cooking show one day! She'll be a cheesecake genius!

    luvstoQ - we do the same thing. At least 4 - 5 night a week, we eat together at a set table, tablecloth and all. Mom did it with us growing up and so do I. I even have her beautiful wooden kitchen table from when I was younger.

    jdouglas13 - I agree with you that many people don't even know basic cooking skills so they don't pass them on to their kids. Plus, the kids are so busy with one activity after another and an absolutely ridiculous amount of homework most school nights, that there is no time for them to enjoy learning to cook with mom. Thankfully, my older daughter enjoys baking so she surprises us with treats when she has time to bake.

  • raesmom1612 Sep 19, 2014

    I agree as well!! Most of you all already know how Rae and I are in the kitchen everyday together (she may be on one of those shows one day lol) and we wait until hubby gets home before we eat. Although she is only two, I feel like we are setting a good example for her. I love our dinners together!!!!

  • luvstoQ Sep 19, 2014

    Growing up, our family ate 'all' our meals together (school day lunches excepted).

    We also raised our children the same - no sports or anything else got in the way of family time. Our rules, very few exceptions (also it was at the set table).

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Sep 19, 2014

    Jdouglas- I love that show! And it's amazing how talented they are!!!

  • jdouglas13 Sep 19, 2014

    Thanks RFB. :) I'm incredibly blessed to have her.

    I've been watching the kids' edition of Rachel vs. Guy on FN the last few weeks. Most of the kids are 10 - 12 years old, and the dishes they are creating are just amazing. Really sophisticated! I'm looking forward to MasterChef Jr on Fox in November, too.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Sep 19, 2014

    Jdouglas- wow, that was so sweet of her! And I agree. I love that there seems to be much more interest with kids in cooking these days... thanks to food network, families taking the time to cook at home, etc.!