Everyday Family Health Blog

Everyday Family Food is about introducing healthy, easy and delicious meals that the whole family will eat so we can STOP making “kid dinners” and START cooking one delicious meal for everyone!


Life was simpler years ago when our parents/ grandparents would make one dinner and everyone simply ate it.  There was no discussion of “kid meals”, it was the “family dinner” and you ate it whether you were 2 years old or 82 years old.  We may not have the time they did to devote to cooking, but we can still make a dinner that’s healthy, easy and delicious.   I guarantee if you make one meal, one choice for everyone, they will eat it (eventually). 

"Chef Mia"

When start the “family dinner”?
My mom would say that as soon as kids have teeth, they can eat the family dinner (my daughter was about 10 months old).  Kids simply appreciate good, simple food.  Olive oil, salt, pepper and butter are often all you need to enhance the flavor of food (o.k. maybe a little parmesan cheese too).

What do your kids eat for dinner?
Do you find yourself saying “my kids won’t eat that…”?  Kids may not eat everything but they will certainly only eat what they are exposed to.  If you lived in Japan, chances are your kids would eat sushi (my kids actually love sushi).   I’m Italian, so it’s no coincidence that I like salami and sausage/peppers, and guess what?  My 9 year old LOVES octopus.  You won’t know until you try and try and try…and never give up. 

My 7 yr. old daughter has developed such a palette that she actually told me when I recommended a restaurant, “nah, the food’s not that good there”.  And she would know, both kids order off the adult menu. 

Mia making artichokes!

Involve the kids in making the dinner too, not only does it keep them occupied, but provides them valuable cooking skills early in life.   Once I got off the phone only to find my 7 year old had already dipped the all the chicken in the egg and bread crumbs and they were ready to bake for dinner.

Try incorporating some of these dinner ideas into your repertoire and your kids will thank you (eventually).  Subscribe to this blog on the right to receive the “recipe of the day”.  They are so easy even you will say…”I can do THAT!!”


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  86. Hi Marissa!
    Great to run into you today. Your blog is fantastic! I will let you know what we make! Keep in touch!

  87. Marissa, this blog looks fantastic! The pictures are great and seem to compliment the details of the recipes very well. Not only does the food look delicious, but the recipes seem very easy to follow. I also like that you offer your opinions and insight into the various situations you have encountered when trying to decide what to make for dinner for the family. This really allows us as the readers to gain a good sense of what you are like, so we can develop a deeper connection to your creative ideas and recipe developments. I am excited to try some of the recipes on the blog, especially the Grilled Flank Steak and Asparagus, Baked Potato Spears, and Purple Salad! Everything looks good! I will be sure to spread the word to my coworkers! Best of luck!

  88. maureen mirabella

    Marissa, awesome website! I couldn’t agree more that our kids need healthy food, good examples, and the stories, support and laughter that come out around the family table. Thanks for the motivation!

  89. Way to go Marissa!
    This website is wonderfully designed. Love the recipes and the pictures, and wholeheartedly agree with the philosopy. We just bought some fancy kitchen aprons which seem to bring out the chef in our girls! Family life revolved around food, there is always the next meal or event to prepare for!
    Thank you for your tremendous ideas and energy.


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  91. Kristen Siani

    Marissa, fabulous site! I love that you are taking the initiative and helping others realize that family time and good, healthy food is so important! I agree that simple, fresh food is easier to make than people realize.
    YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    p.s. LOVE the soccer/food helped me forgive article. Thanks!

  92. Marissa,
    Great site…very well organized, pictures are well done and I love the story about your son and soccer…interesting stuff!
    Have a great night,

  93. Good luck Loved the recipes and the photos.

  94. Carol Williams

    Hi Marissa! What a fabulous website. I am going to follow it daily for my meal plans. I am struggling to get my kids involved in dinner.

  95. I don’t know what I like the best…the great recipes or the stories that go along with each recipe!!! Great, healthy ideas…I love having something new to spice up my dinner routine. Thank you and MANGIA!!

  96. Always open to new ideas! Thanks YBS

  97. I can’t wait to try each of these meals! I love to cook for my family as well, but run out of ideas. My kids will EAT these dishes. I know it!

  98. There is a benefit to this which is much more than food per se- it’s tradition and time. Having the kids at the table, eating good food, asking the why’s and how’s of cooking, creates a fantastic family atmosphere.

  99. yummy!!! and healthy – bravo!

  100. Like my mom, I have always cooked ONE meal for the entire family (“if you have teeth, you can eat it.)” Growing up italian, food was an important part of our lives, especially dinner time. Now I have a 7 and 9 year old, and am happy to say that they too share my passion for food. It also makes going out to dinner that much better because they are already used to a variety of foods. Cooking is fun when everyone actually eats what you serve!

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