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4 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Dinner

Italian Meatballs Ready for the Oven

Italian Meatballs Ready for the Oven

One of the common themes I hear from parents when discussing dinner time, is the "need" to cook one meal for the kids and one for the parents. The chef of the house, aka "Home Chef", essentially becomes a made to order line cook, or as I like to call it "Cook Slave".  Cook Slave is under additional pressure to not just get 7 dinners a week on the table, but 14. Have you ever thought about it that way?  Ugh! WTH and a no thank you. 

So how do we fire "Cook Slave" and welcome "Home Chef" back into the house?  

1. Think about the whole family when planning meals.  

Make sure there is at least one item on the menu that you know will appeal to each family member.

2.  Plate dishes that appeal to your kids.  

In the pics below, you can see that I deconstructed Stella's dinner, however, she has the same food that we do.  Often times, it may just come down to separation between meat and veg.  The recipe below is Italian Meatballs with Caprese Salad.

Husband's dinner has a baked sweet potato

Husband's dinner has a baked sweet potato

Kid's dinner is deconstructed with Paleo pasta on the side.

Kid's dinner is deconstructed with Paleo pasta on the side.

My dinner is the middle ground between the two.

My dinner is the middle ground between the two.

3.  Make it OK not to finish everything on the plate.  

Kids don't always want to eat everything at every meal and that is OK.  If they don't finish everything, pack it up and serve it for breakfast or lunch.  If you allow your child to regulate their own food intake while still offering them food at set times, they will be happier and you will be less stressed.

4. Get your kids involved in making dinner.

Whether you are receiving the Weekly Meal Plan & Prep Guide from us, or planning it all on your own, make sure that your kids have a chance to help you on the kitchen, at the grocery store, or in the garden.  Help them find a connection to real food, you will find that they will be more excited about trying things if they feel like they helped "make" it.

Do you have your own tips for successful family dinner?  Share them in the comments, or on FB, Twitter or IG.  Help start the conversation so we can help each other feed our families well.

Want to try this recipe for your your family?  Get the recipe Italian Meatballs & Caprese Salad