How Busy Families Can Make Dinner Time Count

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One of my favorite traditions from my childhood was sitting down to a family dinner every evening. We’d talk about our day as we ate a meal together. This was always a tradition that I knew I wanted to continue when I grew up but I’ve discovered as a parent that it’s a hard tradition to keep. Between sports, school commitments, work schedules and everything else, finding the time to make dinner and sit down as a family every evening is tough!

The best way I’ve discovered to make this tradition happen for our busy family is to stick to simple meals. With easy meals I spend less time in the kitchen and more time with my kids. My favorite meals are ones that I can just heat up and that’s why I love Kidfresh frozen meals for the boys. They are so convenient and perfect for our busy evenings because they are ready in just minutes! It’s a relief to know that I can still provide my family with quality meals, even when I’m short on time.

Not only are they quick to make, but they are meals that I feel good about giving my boys because they are from a credible brand I trust. Created with the help of a top chef and a pediatric nutritionist, Kidfresh meals are consistent with USDA dietary guidelines for all children and they offer the best in kids nutrition. Kidfresh meals contain no artificial flavors or ingredients and are full of nutrients that growing kids need. They also are full of veggies. Each Kidfresh meal is made with up to ½ cup of hidden vegetables so even the pickiest of kids (like my youngest!) will eat their veggies.

Kidfresh at Kroger

We found our Kidfresh meals and sides at Kroger in the freezer cases near the other single serve dinners. For a limited time at Kroger and Kroger family of stores you can save at least 15% off the everyday retail price at Kroger!

There were a variety of Kidfresh choices available including: Wagon Wheels Mac + Cheese, Spaghetti Loops + Meat Sauce, Muy Cheesy Quesadillas, Super Duper Chicken Nuggets, Mighty Meaty Chicken Meatballs, Fun-Tastic Fish Sticks, Totally Rockin’ Tots and SuperBlastin’ Bites. My boys love all of the Kidfresh meals they’ve tasted so far, especially the Wagon Wheels Mac + Cheese and Mighty Meaty Chicken Meatballs.

To keep the conversation going while the boys are enjoying their Kidfresh meals, and to avoid the typical answers of “fine” and “okay” when asked about their day, I created a conversation starters bucket to keep on the kitchen table. I wrote down about 50 questions on craft sticks that would require more than a “yes” or “no” answer and would hopefully start a conversation.

The questions ranged from silly (“if you could stay up all night, what would you do?) to personal (“what is something you like about yourself?”) and from simple (“what is your favorite book?”) to complicated (“describe your dream home”). The best part is that, as the boys get older, the questions can be changed and new questions can be added so they remain relevant to our family.

I then put them all in a small bucket that I decorated with washi tape and letter stickers that spelled out “family”.

I love how it turned out and am excited to use it for years to come.

How do you make your family dinners count?


  1. I love this idea and these dinners. Family dinners can be great family bonding time. That’s especially true when you have some help!

  2. KidFresh sounds like a life saver! It can be so difficult to get the kids to eat anything that’s healthy. Awesome!

  3. I just saw this at the store last week. I had not heard of that before but it definitely would help us on nights that we are running out the door. They look delicious.

  4. what a cute idea! my kids love these meals on occasion for lunch. love the veggies.

  5. I love your conversation starter ideas. These Kidfresh meals would be great to keep in the freezer for when my grandkids come to visit.

  6. When our kids were younger and lived at home, my wife and I took the time to involve them in light conversation. We miss those times. Now, whenever get together as a whole family (her mom and dad, brother and sisters and their kids), it brings us such joy to visit and enjoy each other’s company

  7. I have never heard of the Kidfresh brand. I cannot wait to look for these in stores. No kids in our house, but we eat a lot of macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, tater tots, french fries, etc. It’s always nice to find healthier versions.

  8. These are actually a staple in our house since my son LOVES them. They are affordable too.

  9. These look delicious and I love those conversation starters. I want to make these for chores and other things too.

  10. There are times when I need a quick solution for dinner. These sound great for kids. I have seen them in stores but haven’t tried them yet. I’ll have to grab some for my girls and see how they like them.

  11. I love how the dinners are so easy to make so you can spend more time with your family enjoying the conversation starters.

  12. I bet my kids would love this! I’ve never heard of this brand but sounds like a healthy dinner option.

  13. Stephanie says

    What great meals to stock up on – especially as the weather starts to warm up! I love this idea for creating more conversation at the dinner table. #client

  14. Kid fresh has been our favorite for years! My kids especially love their mac and cheese!

  15. I love these ideas. Having dinner together is so important. Thank you for covering this.

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