Meal planning is constantly changing – from trying to entice young children to eat foods that are better for them to keeping teenagers from eating you out of house and home. Despite your cooking challenges, I think we all agree that sharing a meal together has a positive influence on family life. To add fun into mealtime, consider switching up your dining location within your home. A move from the kitchen or dining room table may take the focus off eating for young ones and make eating as a family more relaxed for teens.
If possible, eating outside is always a great idea. As the weather begins to improve, the porch, the patio or backyard for a picnic are popular options. It doesn’t have to be complicated. If you don’t want to haul everything outside, simply serve plates in the kitchen and take them to your dining destination of choice.
Think simple and portable by packing a boxed supper. Don’t make it too hard – a shoe box will work as your transport box. A good sandwich, fruit and fresh veggies are easy to pull together, yet provide a well-rounded meal. Young children will love helping putting the boxes together. On cool spring evenings a fireside picnic in the den would also be fun for the whole family.
Don’t forget the dessert! A sweet treat is a great way to top off a happy meal. Heavenly Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars and Easy Cowboy Cookies are both great options. Delicious and easy to make, both of these recipes begin with a Martha White® Chocolate Chip Muffin Mix.
I would love to hear any ideas you have on how to make meals fun for the whole family!