Thursday, October 6, 2011

Do You Eat Together as a Family?? GIVEAWAY!

Does the idea of eating dinner seem archaic?  Does it seem like something that only happened when we were kids or even when our parents were kids? 

Did you know that the most popular thing to do (according to a recent survey) while eating dinner is to watch TV shows/videos?

Eating Together Means Eating Better. Studies show that families who eat together eat more healthifully.
Eating Together Is Something Your Kids Want.  Teens who have frequent family dinners are almost three times as likely to say they have an excellent relationship with their parents.
Eating Together Is About Far More Than Food.  There is an unidentifiable bond that grows stronger when family members eat together.  It take commitment when every member of the family carves out time to be at dinner and spend time together together.

I was given the opportunity to read The Hour That Matters Most - The Surprising Power of the Family Meal by Les & Leslie Parrott with Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna

 I loved this book.  I really think that in general, the family unit is suffering.  Divorce rate is skyrocketing and  many families just don't have the close relationship with their teens as needed.

Could something as simple as eating meals together help?  I truly believe it can. 

Did You Know?

The majority of parents agree with this statement:  "My spouse and I generally feel less stressed when we eat dinner together as a family."
The majority of kids agree with this statement: "I appreciate my parents more when we take time to share a meal together."

Less stressed?  Appreciate my parents?  Wow, phrases like that are intriguing and possibly unusual in this busy world we live in. 

Consider this: Study after study shows that the more often families eat together, the less likely the kids are to smoke, drink, do drugs, get depressed, develop eating disorders, become overweight and consider suicide - and more likely they are to eat their vegetables, know which fork to use, learn big words, do well in school, feel that their parents love them and delay having sex. 

I really recommend you check out this book.  It is an easy, enjoyable book to read, yet the powerful message is strong.  It showed me to look at my family life differently. 


Plus, the book shares awesome recipes!

I'm focusing on Gluten Free recipes so the one that has made my to do list is the:
 Smokey Sausage and Cheddar Potatoes
5 cups diced potatoes
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. cooked bacon bits
2 tbsp. chopped green onions
1 lb. cubed smoked kielbasa
1 cup shredded smoked cheddar cheese

Place potatoes in the middle of an 18 in. length of heavy aluminum foil.  Cover with remaining ingredients in the order given.  Wrap foil tightly to seal.  Bake over medium heat on a grill or in a 375 oven for 45 to 60 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

I'm sure I'll tweak the recipe once I make it but I'll be sure to share the results soon!  I might just use half sweet potatoes as well!


I have been given an extra copy of this wonderful book to share with you.  I'll pick a winner next week on the October 14.

Check out and see some more information about the book. I encourage you to Take The Challenge for you and your family to take the time for more family meals.  Just check out the site and leave a comment telling me; What do you love most about your family dinners? and/or What would you like to improve on with your family relationships? 

Additional entry:
Subscribe to Debbi Does Dinner Healthy via email or let me know if you already are a subscriber.
· The Hour That Matters Most launched September 6, 2011

· For more information visit,
· Available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
· Price: $15.99

Taken from Hour that Matters Most by Les and Leslie Parrott with Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna. Copyright © 2011 by Les and Leslie Parrott and Dream Dinners. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved

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  1. I would love to be entered for this. We used to do family dinners and then dh started working 3rd shift 3 times a week and we started watching tv while the boys and I eat instead. I really want to find a way to draw them to the table as a unit instead of us being separate while we eat.

    I'm also already a subscriber to your blog.

  2. Please enter me! I try to do family dinners most of the time but often, something gets in the way. Someone isn't hungry or someone is busy or something :/ eerrr... But we do communicate better when we eat together.

  3. I'm sure dinner together make family happy and help for a better life. Great book. I'll try to find it here in Rome,Italy.

  4. We often eat as a family but we can see the living room tv from our kitchen table and often catch ourselves watching television while we eat. Now that our oldest is 5, I am trying to turn the tv off as much as possible, including dinner time! The hubby doesn't like this so much but maybe if he read this book it would change his mind! LOL

    I want to have healthy relationships with both my kids and my husband and I do agree that making dinner together and eating together is a great way to foster these relationships! Especially after spending all day apart at work/school/sitter.

    Also, I'm already a subscribor to your blog! :)

  5. We eat dinner together every night of the week- about once every two weeks the tv is on playing a movie for our movie and picnic night. I know it will get harder to coordinate as our family gets older ( our oldest is 11 right now) but it will still be a priority. I know our kids have no problem asking us any question and my daughter always answers the "I am happy when..." questions at school by saying when she gets to hang out with Mom. I pray this continues into her teen years!

  6. We always eat dinner together as a family; however, my husband is out of town for the next three months. I have a 2 year old and a 3 year old and it is REALLY hard to have dinner with just the three of us. It's actually kind of boring and to get my kids to behave, I have started turning on the TV for them. Bad habit! I really need to get back into the "good dinner time" habit before my husband gets back!

  7. It's hard for us now to sit down as a family. Everyone is working different hours. However we do have our family day (Sunday) where it's just the three of us doing stuff, eating together and chatting so we do connect then. It's a great sounding book Debbi. Don't enter me though because it's just the three of us and soon Mike will be moving out and dinner just won't be happening. I think this book would be great for a young family though.
    Take care and have a blessed afternoon.

  8. please enter me in this giveaway! I am big on family dinners and am also trying to go as gluten free as I can so the recipe you mentioned is right up my ally!

  9. We always eat dinner together. Even if it's just me and the kids (which due to my husband's schedule happens often). I love being able to talk about our day, listen to my son's stories and about my daughter's plans with her brother. With a 6yr old and a 3 yr old, there is plenty of action at the dinner table, LOL.

    I'd love if my husband had a job that allowed him to be home every evening, but unfortunately he doesn't.

  10. Family dinners are very important to us. My husband is in the Army, so is often not home, and I have 2 teenagers always on the go. My children are adamant about family dinners, and they have imposed the no phone rule even if the house phone rings while we are eating and discussing the day. I do feel like this is one of the most important things that we have given our kids. No t.v., no texting, just us talking and spending time together.

  11. Our two sons have grown and flown the coop about 9 years ago. We ALWAYS had our meals together and at the kitchen table. The thing I loved most about your family dinners was when something was talked about that was so funny one of couldn't contain ourselves and spewed milk all over the place and then everything became even funnier. :)
    My husband and I still sit together at the table. He turns the TV on which I'm not crazy about but hey he's here and alive. :)

  12. I hope it's not too late enter for this book. I haven't heard of it before.

    My family has eaten dinner together most days all the years my son grew up. Family meals are definitely worth the effort.

  13. Family dinners are a must at our house. I am lucky enough to get off early enough t normally have dinner ready by or just after 6pm. The kids really have so much to talk about. That time is precious.