Omaha Family Dining Week

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My family and I LOVE going out to eat. With all the amazing restaurants Omaha has to offer, why wouldn’t we?

However, there’s something to be said for enjoying meals at home with your family around the table. Family dining not only means eating at home together, but cooking together as well. Admittedly, when we do dine in, the preparation falls mostly on my husband. I am not the cook in the family. However, we all contribute, such as dad cooking the meat (we love Omaha Steaks), mom preparing a salad, and Olivia putting the cups and napkins on the table.

Our biggest struggle when it comes to eating at home is a family is planning ahead. Making a meal plan and sticking to it (even if that means a meal out to one of Omaha’s delicious restaurants), can save time, money, and maintain healthy eating habits. It’s really easy to get fast food when you haven’t thawed the chicken or shopped for fresh ingredients for what’s on the menu. Believe me, I have done it.

Live Well Omaha Kids in connection with the City of Omaha is celebrating Omaha Family Dining Week, October 19-25. Families are encouraged to take the pledge to dine in more as a family this week to help save money, eat healthy, and enjoy family meal time together. After doing so, entrants have chances to earn prizes such as a family membership to the YMCA, four pack of tickets to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, and Hy-Vee gift cards!

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Did you take the pledge? Leave a comment here letting me know that you took the Live Well Omaha Kids Family Dining Pledge, enter through the Rafflecopter giveaway below, and win a $15 HyVee gift card! Use it to shop for your next family meal!

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Disclosure: I received compensation for this post but all opinions are my own.

28 comments for “Omaha Family Dining Week

  1. Jennifer dexter
    October 19, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Excited for the challenge of feeding my family better!!

    • October 19, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Awesome, Jennifer! Good luck! Thanks for taking the pledge!

  2. Erica McClellan
    October 19, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I love home cooked meals

    • October 19, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      Me too! Yum! What’s for dinner tonight? 😉

  3. October 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I have been making a weekly to-do list – usually containing what I’m going to pack today for our upcoming move. This week I included our meals. That should help a lot!
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    • October 20, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      Great idea! Good luck with your busy, busy life and upcoming move!

  4. Liz mayfield
    October 20, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I am excited to try eating every meal at home. I’ll meal plan my toddler’s favorite foods and use fun shaped pastas as cookie cutters (for things like bread and cheese)

  5. Jaima
    October 20, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I am planning on making some great chicken noodle soup tonight!

  6. KV
    October 20, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    We will combine ingredients for a stew in a slow cooker.

  7. Karen Beck
    October 20, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I don’t mind cooking but it gets boring making the same meals all the time. I need to put more time into planning and looking for new recipes my family will like. And since my kids can be picky, it gets even trickier!

    • October 20, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      It can be tough, but there are tons of great resources out there!

  8. Samantha
    October 20, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Family meals help families stay involved with each other

    • October 20, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      I completely agree! I hate when my husband works the opposite schedule as I do. I miss having dinner with him!

  9. Shelley Dahlgren
    October 20, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I have already planned meals for this week since we took the pledge. I am also taking a Meal Planning class this week to help give me better ideas!

    • October 20, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      Awesome! Are you taking the Meal Planning class through Mom Saves Money?

  10. Heidi B
    October 21, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Yep took the pledge. Everyone is contributing to each meal, picking out a veggie, main dish, fruit and dessert. We are also doing a family game or Q&A during the weekly dinners.

  11. David
    October 22, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    We always cook at home, so I pledged seven days a week. Our favorite meal to have, or at least prepare, is homemade pizza. The main reason is because that is one food that the kids can actually help make. I think that will play a large role in our family dining week.

    • October 23, 2014 at 4:05 am

      I love homemade pizza! I know it’s not “homemade”, but my daughter loves the build-your-own kid’s pizza from Papa Murphy’s! It’s delicious too!

  12. Stacey E
    October 23, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I pledged! I cook at home often but I need to get my kids more involved. Will make that a goal!

  13. Lesly C
    October 25, 2014 at 4:01 am

    I will make supper in the morning in the crockpot so then its done by supper time.

    • October 26, 2014 at 1:43 am

      Good strategy! What’s for dinner? 😉

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