In 2015, the FMI Foundation launched the family meals movement to help American families achieve the goal of sharing one more family meal each week at home with items from the grocery store.
The family meals movement culminates this September with National Family Meals Month™, and we invite you to join us in celebrating! Tell us or show us with a photo what’s for dinner at your family table on social media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and tag us @livegourmet and use the hashtag #Familymealsmonth.
This initiative hits close to home for our Vice President of Sales Brian Cook. We’ve asked him along with his family to share why eating together is important to them.
Brian: Since the kids were little we always had dinner together. It was one of the unbroken rules at the house. Everyone was to be home for dinner and if someone was at practice or other extracurricular activity, we waited, at least until they became teenagers. I loved that no one really ever complained either. Since we started the tradition so young they knew what to expect and if it was going to be a late dinner, we would have a snack.
The outcome? We all continue to be really close. Well, as close as we could be. My son, Saige, and daughter, Peyton, are on their own and away. We miss them dearly around the dinner table. I pray that they will keep the tradition when they start their families, which I hope is not too soon.
Dinners changed as the kids grew and frankly, we got older. Our young, very active family was happy with mac and cheese and pasta. But as they got older and didn’t want us hovering at practice, we began making more in-depth meals such as enchilada casserole, tacos and other comfort food since we had more time. Now, we enjoy a healthy eating lifestyle and have stayed very active together: walking and hiking together regularly. Dinner comes in the form of increased fruits and vegetables with smaller portions of protein. I threw a fit at first but feel much better since we’ve move to this route.
I love having dinner with the family because it is the one time things are still and many laughs are had. I asked the family their reasons for enjoying dinner and have shared those with you below. Wishing you all the very best and a great dinner….TOGETHER.
Jeanette (Mom) – I love to eat dinner with the family so we can stay connected.
Alynna (Daughter, 20) – Food and family are very important to me (she’s a chef) and it’s cool that they can come together.
Peyton (Daughter, 19) – I enjoyed talking about what’s happening in everyone’s life while enjoying a good meal.
Savannah (Daughter, 16) – Feels that eating together makes food taste that much better. 😉
The Cook Family can’t wait to try our new Cauliflower Tabbouleh Lettuce Cups During Family Meals Month!
- 1 Head Cauliflower (or 2 bags florets)
- 2 Large Tomatoes, chopped
- 1 Cup Chopped Parsley
- ¼ Cup Chopped Mint
- 3 TB Lemon Juice
- ¼ Cup EVOO
- Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 1 Head of Live Gourmet Living Butter Lettuce or Grower Pete's Organic Brand of Living Butter Lettuce
- Pulse the cauliflower florets in a food processor, or chop them by hand, until they are small bits resembling grains.
- Toss with chopped tomatoes, chopped parsley and mint, lemon juice and olive oil.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Spoon into the butter lettuce cups and serve.