It is easy to get lost in the exhaustion of a long day, the stress of household chores, and the shows on TV. Exhausted, hungry and just downright busy – we don’t always have time to cook and eat together as a family.

Family meals are so important. It has been shown that families who regularly eat together have healthier eating habits, better talks, become closer, and are less likely to be overweight. So, one way to get your family to eat together is to cook together.

For just a few minutes, put away the cell phone and turn of the TV and share the act of preparing food and make a delicious meal.  Cooking together at home permits you to control the amount of sugar, salt, and fat you add to dishes and limit the portion sizes.  Cooking with extra help can save time and money.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Choose the recipe together.
  2. Go to the store and farmers market together, using a list.
  3. Ban the electronic distractions.
  4. Enjoy eating your creation together.

Feeling inspired? Check out this recipe for your first #cookingtogether meal: http://www.produceforkids.com/meal-planning/beef-black-bean-sliders-baked-zucchini-fries