My friends sometimes like to call me Super Mom. Or Martha Stewart. Or even Overachiever (ok they don’t always say that one but I know they’re thinking it!) But I have to say I don’t mind the name-calling anymore because I have a little secret. The secret is that I’m not as creative as I seem…I just know where to get terrific ideas that just make me look like I’m deserving of all those names! You see, I’ve subscribed to Family Fun magazine for eight years now and I look forward to each monthly issue for all the terrific ideas it provides for activities or crafts for the kids, family outing ideas, recipes and so much more!
So when I learned about a new publication of theirs that focused on fresh meal ideas with great kid appeal and required little prep and cook time I was anxious to check it out. It’s called Dinnertime! and I picked up a copy at my local Wal-mart about a month ago. So far we’ve tried several recipes including the Mexican Cheese Fondue, Scrambled Eggs Nests, Crunchy Chicken Tenders with Apricot Dipping Sauce and Granny Smith Slaw.
I have to say there have been more hits than misses. We all loved the Mexican Cheese Fondue. We served ours with steamed green beans, cherry tomatoes, summer squash, bread cubes and Italian American meatballs (that I made awhile back and just pulled out of the freezer). I’m not sure the last time my kids ate that many veggies!
We served the Scrambled Egg Cups at our Breakfast For Dinner night and we all liked them but I think my husband loved them the most! For the other dishes, one child preferred the Chicken Tenders more than the other but the other child preferred the Slaw more than their sibling. So I’m calling this a winner issue!
With over 98 easy recipes (most take only 15-20 minutes to prepare!), the issue is filled with family-tested and approved meals from over 19 years of publication that make for simple and stress-free mealtime. Special sections include:
–Picky Eater Pleasers
–Eat More Veggies
–Kids in the Kitchen
–A helpful Side-Dish Finder (I especially love this because this is my weakest area when it comes to meal planning–so many simple, delicious ideas here!)
–And much more!
I love the helpful hints and tips throughout to make mealtime more fun. And in true Family Fun style, there’s a whole section with conversation starter games, themed meals and more!