For some people, the hardest part of family dinner is the dinner part. Knowing what to cook and having the confidence to prepare a meal can be a huge stumbling block. I'm preparing for several workshops on healthy eating this spring, and I want to collect the best resources to share with families to promote family dinner. One thing I'm creating is a list of some of my favorites food blogs that focus on family-friendly meals. By "family-friendly," I don't mean bland and boring, I mean "done in 30 minutes and on the table"! I also mean, realistic for food budgets, cooking skills, nutrition and tastes, but still featuring real food that home cooks can accomplish on a daily basis. All these blogs fit the bill with inspiring recipes and tips that are do-able for time-strapped parents. As far as I know, all of these blogs are written by real parents who cook for their families. You can do it too!
Great Blogs for Family Dinner Recipes:
The Family Dinner Book. By Laurie David. This website, based on her book, has lots of resources, recipes and links to keep family dinner and the conversations with your kids flowing. I am honored to occasionally guest blog for the site.
TheScramble.com byAviva Goldfarb, author of The Six O'Clock Scramble and other great cookbooks
Dinner: A Love Story: Great Stories, Great Recipes
One Hungry Mama: Recipes for Kids and their Food-loving Parents, Babies, Toddlers, and up.
What's Cooking with Kids: More than recipes, a lot of great info and insight on cooking with your kids and making a difference
Simple Bites: Articles, Recipes, and Fun Tips on Healthy Eating
The Jolly Tomato Family Food News and Recipes
In Jennie's Kitchen and Simple Scratch Cooking Recipes may be a bit more intensive than some, but real cooking is worth it!
The Naptime Chef This mom has accomplished a lot during naptime! Great recipes and inspiration.
I'd love to feature more blogs that can help with family dinner. Let me know if you have a blog to share (even your own!) and I'll consider adding it to the list. (And, if you like any of these blogs, send the author some love via the comments section! Bloggers love that, really!)
More Blog additions:
Take Back Your Table
Food for my Family
Feed our Families
Little Locavores, by Melissa Graham, Founder of Purple Asparagus