The Food Dish
For many families, the kitchen—especially at mealtimes—is a gathering place. Learn how you can make dinnertime an enjoyable and memorable experience for the entire family with a little planning, budgeting, and creativity.
Growing up, we ate dinner together as a family every night. Without fail, our mom would have dinner all cooked and ready to go by six o’clock sharp. No matter what extracurricular activities we were involved in, or what we had going on, we always tried to make it back to the table to spend that dinner hour reconnecting with our family.
It was something all six of us sisters really looked forward to during the day. For us, dinner was a time to check up on each other, hear about everyone’s day, and share a story or two. Our parents kept us interested by creating funny traditions, starting engaging conversations, and giving their undivided attention to just us girls.
Dinnertime should be quality time, not a battle over food. If you have a picky eater or two, check out these tried-and-true family favorites. Simple yet delicious, these recipes are sure to please even the most finicky kids.
Creamy Chicken Lasagna
6 uncooked lasagna noodles
3 cups cooked chicken, shredded
1 cube chicken bouillon, dissolved in ¼ cup hot water
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 (26-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
Italian seasoning, to taste
Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain, rinse in cold water, and set aside. In a large bowl, combine shredded chicken, bouillon water, cream cheese, and 1 cup mozzarella. Spread of spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Cover with ½ of the chicken mixture and top with 3 lasagna noodles. Repeat layers. Top with remaining sauce and mozzarella. Sprinkle on Italian seasoning, to taste. Bake 45 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
If you’re hoping to woo your significant other this Valentine’s Day, look no further than this romantic dinner menu from the authors of Our Best Bites. Your special someone is sure to fall even more in love with you—after all, the way to the heart is through the stomach.
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Enjoy National Soup Month this January by checking out these 5 fun facts and fabulous soup recipes!
With the New Year comes the chance to celebrate National Soup Month in January! Though soup is especially popular in cold winter climates, this versatile meal option is enjoyed all over the world. Check out these fun facts you never knew about this popular food:
- Many people believe the first soup was eaten around 6,000 BC and was made of hippopotamus.
- The most expensive bowl of soup commercially available is called Buddha Jumps Over the Wall and costs $190 a bowl. Ingredients include shark’s fin, abalone, Japanese flower mushroom, sea cucumber, dried scallops, chicken, huan ham, pork, and ginseng.
- Americans eat more than 10 billion bowls of soup each year.