October 20, 2014

Omaha Family Dining Week + Giveaway

This blog is typically about taking the family out. Today, I’m inviting you all to stay home.

The week of Oct. 19-25 is Omaha Family Dining Week. “Family Dining” means cooking and eating at home together as a family.


I’m joining Live Well Omaha Kids, Mayor Jean Stothert and a host of community partners and bloggers, in encouraging others to commit to cooking and eating at home as a family more each week by taking the Family Dining Pledge.

There’s no pressure to commit to a certain amount of meals at home. The pledge asks families to list how many days they currently eat at home and then how many they plan to eat at home after learning about the benefits of family dining and taking the pledge.


– Studies show that kids who eat at home with their families are more likely to try new foods and eat more nutritious foods, such as whole grains, low-fat dairy, vegetables, fruit and lean meat.

– Family dining also benefits family communication and supports healthy teen development.

– Eating at home saves money – on average, eating three meals a week in, versus out, saves a family of four approximately $2,000 in one year.

I took the pledge…I invite you to take the pledge with me! Those who take the pldege are entered in to win prizes such as a family membership to the YMCA, four pack of tickets to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Hy-Vee gift cards.



To help persuade you, I’m giving away a $15 gift card to Hy-Vee Food Stores to one lucky reader who takes the pledge. That will cover the cost of a meal or two (or three or four), right? It’s easy to enter. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Guess what? Other local bloggers are getting in on the Omaha Family Dining Week fun! Head over to their blogs and enter their gift card giveaways, too:

Coolest Mommy’s Coolest Thoughts

Liv Laugh Love

Sensory Mama Saving Cents

Mom Saves Money


Family Fun in Omaha

Midwest Mammas

Curtain and the Pen


Alas, I can’t resist sharing events out in the community, even if this post is supposed to be about dining in.

So, if you’re out and about this week, look for Live Well Kids Omaha and partners at these events to learn more about Omaha Family Dining Week:

– Information booth at the WIC Clinic at 42nd and Center streets, inside the Center Mall, second floor suite 225, on Monday, Oct. 20, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

– Food Demonstrations by UNL Extension at the following Healthy Neighborhood Stores: Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon at Phils Foodway, 3030 Ames Ave., and Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. at K-N-J Grocery Store, 3247 N. 42nd St.

– Live Well Omaha Kids will have a booth at the Omaha Children’s Museum’s Healthy Trick or Treat night on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Disclosure: I was provided compensation for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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  1. I took the pledge!!

  2. I took the pledge to cook at home 5 nights a week.

  3. Erica Mcclellan says

    Plan ahead

  4. i took the pledge!

  5. Took the pledge, good idea!

  6. It’s better if I set a meal plan up

  7. I took the pledge!

  8. I pledged! This will help save money and will be healthier for us all too!

  9. We always cook at home, so I pledged seven days a week.

  10. One way to help is to get the kids involved. 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.

  11. I took the pledge! Time to make a change!!

  12. Use Hy Vee meal planner to make planning meals simple! They do the work for you!

  13. I pledged for 6 days a week. My husband has an art show this week in Nebraska City. I’ll be SO ready for that to be up, and over with. I’ve been in the kitchen after work every day this week. A few nights I made 2 meals, so they would last. I still had to do dishes though. Now I know what it feels like to be a single mom.

  14. Tip:s

    Make a few things at once.

    Do dishes, while something is cooking.

    Have your kids help – if they are old enough. My kids can’t do it all, but they can take the trash out, take the compost out, pour water, and put plates on the table.

    Crock pot meals are great 1 night a week.

  15. I like to plan meals for the week before going grocery shopping.

  16. I took the pledge!

  17. I like to use the crockpot. put it in the morning and then done by supper.

  18. Debbie Jensen says

    I took the pledge

  19. Debbie Jensen says

    Meal planning

  20. megan tilley says

    I took the pledge!

  21. megan tilley says

    It is easier when you lay something out the night before and decide what you are going to have for dinner.

  22. Sharon Schoepe says

    I took the pledge

  23. I took the pledge.

  24. Bake a chicken to make meals at home easier. Make several meals out of it: baked chicken one night, chicken tacos another night, chicken soup made from cooking the bones and skin and using little bits of left over meat the third night.

  25. I took the pledge!

  26. Annmarie W. says

    I made the pledge!

  27. Annmarie W. says

    I try to make sure to have plenty of basic items in my kitchen. And print out new recipes to try. And decide on Sunday what to make during the coming week.

  28. Wes Hovorka says

    I made my pledge.

  29. Wes Hovorka says

    My tip is to look online for easy recipes to make.

  30. Deanna Middendorf says

    I took the pledge.

  31. Deanna Middendorf says

    I took the pledge. This could be a duplicate comment. I was getting stung during my comment and now I don’t see it. If so sorry.

  32. Deanna Middendorf says

    I think planning the menu together also helps. It gives us something to look forward to..eg..yummy, Wed. is meatloaf!

  33. Angela Saver says

    I took the pledge!


  34. Angela Saver says

    I make it easier to have home-cooked meals by shopping once a week & having my meals planned out & having the ingredients on hand to make the planned meals!


  35. iamalighthouse says

    I prep things in advance. I buy a whole chicken to use for stock. I soak my beans and grains and then cook the next day and freeze the extra!

  36. Nicole Millheim says

    I took the pledge

  37. iamalighthouse says

    Who won? 🙂

    • My apologies. I neglected to click a button in Rafflecopter to show the winner. Her name is on display now. Thank you for bringing that to my attention!


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