This post is sponsored by Loblaws.
Lately I have been thinking a lot about food and the act of nourishing a family. For instance, what does it take to raise a food lover? Fall means back to school and routines. Sometimes that’s exciting. Return to a regular schedule can mean new beginnings and that’s fun, even re-invigorating. Around here that may mean less barbecue and more quick family-friendly meals. Or more slow cooker meals.
The Fall schedule means more meal preparation, planning and organization, which also means easing back into a routine in the mornings and at dinner too. The flip side of routine is that it doesn’t take long to get bored sometimes. So how will we avoid boring and still eat healthy meals together?
Take the Pledge to Raise a Food Lover
Right now Loblaws is helping me to get organized and build healthy meals together with my family. How? Yesterday I took the pledge to raise a food lover. Basically I added my name and took the pledge agreeing to participate in each month’s family challenges to get in the kitchen together. By being in the kitchen together cooking we are also striving to learn more about our food, where it comes from, what is healthy and how we can protect the environment our food comes from.
Loblaws is asking Canadians to take a pledge to Raise a Food Lover, encouraging families to live a healthier lifestyle and learn about the food they eat. There are several monthly challenges throughout the Raise a Food Lover campaign. Each challenge helps build nutrition education while providing a chance to win a WE Family Day Getaway.
The first challenge is going on right now, so don’t waste a moment thinking about it. Month one is the Cook Together Family Challenge. See how we did below.
To participate in the Raise a Food Lover Challenge:
It’s easy to take part in this challenge and there are multiple rewards. Primarily you are showing your kids the value of cooking together and also how to raise a food lover.
Step one: Jump right in. Take the pledge here – > Loblaws Raise a Food Lover Challenge.
Step Two: Do the challenge together.
And step Three: Post your own #RaiseAFoodLover pictures on your social media channels for a chance to win amazing prizes, including 10,000 PC Optimum points or a chance to attend WE Family Day in Toronto this fall. Don’t forget the hashtag when posting!
Returning to Our Old Habits
From the time my kids were small I knew that food and dining together was something that mattered to us as a family. While everyone else is ditching their dining rooms we are still using ours. After a long day of school and work the kitchen and the dining room table are family spaces where we enjoy meals together and reconnect. We strive to eat together and prepare food together often. My younger daughter LOVES to help make a meal, plate it and serve it.
Of course over the summer we have been busy. My oldest daughter had a job and was so tired when she got in from work every day that she fell fast asleep often well before dinner. Ainsley, my younger daughter, has been away at camp for 2 weeks. Before that she did a variety of theatre camps in town here. So routine was altered and our dinner time meals were also a bit chaotic.
This Fall I am striving to get back to our family goal of eating and cooking together as often as possible. For us, I think that dining together is feasible at least 4 to 5 nights a week. Right now I will strive for 4. Cooking together is a bit harder but I am pledging to do this at least once a week.
This week I am pulling together a few new ideas and tasty meals that are family friendly, ones that draw kids into the kitchen to help. Feeding a family can be fun, creative and an act of love. Cooking together leads to pride in the food that we create together and that’s vital when you want to raise a food lover.
We started this week already with a cheesy quesadilla recipe we all love.
Cheesy Bean Quesadillas
See the recipe below. I think it will become one of your favourites too.
- One package of Flatbread
- A can of pinto beans or red kidney beans (you decide)
- Lean Ground Beef - one pound (you can omit this is you want a lighter vegetarian meal.)
- Single red pepper diced
- Small yellow onion diced
- 1 teaspoon of chilli powder
- ½ teaspoon of red chilis
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon of fresh ground pepper
- 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
- ⅓ cup of sour cream - garnish
- Brown ground beef and drain oil off of it. Set aside.
- Drizzle olive oil in frying pan.
- Add diced onion followed by diced red pepper.
- Add pinto beans (or kidney beans)
- Sautee all of it on medium until beans soften up.
- Add chilli powder and chilis
- Add cooked ground beef
- Heat oven to 375 degrees
- Place 6-8 flatbread shells on a cookie sheet.
- Scoop filling into each shell.
- Top with cheese and fold each over.
- Heat for 6 minutes
- Add a spoonful of sour cream on the side and devour!
Enter for a Chance to Win
Don’t forget to go take the pledge and in the meantime also enter for a chance to win my giveaway here. I have one Loblaws Raise a Food Lover Kit for one lucky Canadian reader.
- #RaiseAFoodLover aprons for your kids
- $50 PC gift card
- Welcome Kit (including fun recipes and challenges the whole family will enjoy)
Follow Loblaws on Instagram and don’t forget to check out the hashtag to see what other families are creating in the kitchen. Good Luck!