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Yesterday, I discussed the benefits of eating together, but we all know how difficult that can be with everyone's busy schedules.

Here are 5 tips to help you reach a goal of eating together with your family at least 4 times a week.

1. Keep it Simple

Don't make it complicated; keep meal time simple and fun. Try the super easy cheesy burrito recipe below that even the kids can help with.

2. Pre-Plan

The best way to decrease your stress level and save time is to make weekly meal plans.

3. Family Input

Ask your family for input when planning meals, and snacks. They may surprise you with the healthy foods they are willing to eat.

4. On the Go

Get creative about where you eat together. If you are running in between practices pack a "picnic" or "tailgate."

5. Turn it Off

Limit distractions at meal time by turning off phones, computers, and games. A fun way to engage your family in conversation is to have them take turns drawing a "conversation starter."

To get your meal plan started, here's a recipe to quickly satisfy your Mexican food craving! Let the kids help spread the refriend beans on the tortilla or set the table. 

Super Easy Cheesy Burrito

1 serving


1 whole grain tortilla
1/8 c. shredded cheese
2 T. refried beans
1 T. salsa


  1. Place tortilla on a microwave-safe plate
  2. Spread beans on top of tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese.
  3. Microwave for 25 to 35 seconds or until cheese is melted.
  4. Top with salsa, if desired.  Roll up and enjoy!

Tomorrow I'll cover some mealtime conversation starters to help you get to know your kids better.

Read the Whole Family Meal Time Series

The Benefits of Family Meal Time Part 1

Family Meal Time Conversation Part 3

Carrie Miller MS RD

Registered Dietitian from UNL Extension

Carrie Miller is a mother of two and Registered Dietitian with a Master degree in Nutritional Science and Dietetics. Carrie has worked at UNL Extension in Omaha for over 12 years managing the Nutrition Education Program and teaching limited resource audiences. Special interests include feeding children healthy, fun foods, and finding time to get outside and be active. Learn more about Carrie and the other UNL Extension nutrition experts at ...

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