I attended the Family Meal Time Training Event hosted by the Michigan Beef Industry Commission in Grandville, MI a couple weeks ago. We got to watch an amazing chef in action, participated in a cooking challenge and took home a lot of information about how to enrich family meal time.
Chef Dave Zino prepared some quick and easy kid friendly meals for us in the kitchen. I learned some great tips from him and we got to taste test these recipes which really hit the spot.
Next we were given a challenge to create a simple, kid friendly recipe ourselves. It had to contain everything on MyPlate which is a fruit, grain, dairy, vegetable and protein and we had an hour to create it.
We ended up making a Sirloin Stroganoff and Roasted Broccoli with Lemon Parmesan. We made a red whine and sour cream based sauce with fresh mushrooms, onion powder, thyme and salt and pepper. We used egg noodles and sirloin steak which was seared on both sides until browned and then put in the oven until medium well and cut into pieces. The sauce was scooped onto the noodles and topped with the sirloin.
For the Roasted Broccoli we cut up fresh broccoli florets and seasoned with lemon pepper and salt and pepper and baked in the oven for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes we removed from the oven and sprinkled fresh lemon juice and parmesan and baked for another 5 minutes.
Although we didn’t win I had a really fun time and learned a lot.
Why Family Meal Time is Important.
Mealtime conversations help children acquire and improve the language skills that are critical for school success. The table is a place where families build a sense of identity and commitment to one another. Many studies have also confirmed the more often that families eat together, the less likely teens are to smoke cigarettes, use drugs, alcohol, develop eating disorders or become depressed.
Our family eats together every night for dinner. This has provided a great bonding experience for us. My kids love to tell me about their day and all the exciting things that happened at school. We even play games like Two Truths and a Lie where we each take turns telling two truths and one lie about our day and they get to pick which one is the lie.
Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.
Did you know? You would have to eat at least 8 ounces of cooked chicken breast to get the same amount of iron as in 3 ounces of beef, and nearly 7 times the amount of chicken to get the same amount of zinc as in a serving of beef.
Lots of people stay away from beef due to high prices but the good news is the prices have recently went down. You can save money by buying family-sized bundles, buying larger cuts and slicing your own steaks and hunting for bargains on the web or your favorite store’s Facebook or Twitter page. If you find a great deal buy enough to stock your freezer!
Take control and challenge yourself to eat protein-rich foods at every meal and feel the difference by taking part in the 30 Day Protein Challenge! Join now here.