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Life has been insanely busy at our house lately. Between school activities, church activities, basketball games, and my daughter’s work schedule, it can be hard to find time to connect. One of the things we are intentional about at our house is family dinner.
Family dinner was important growing up in my family. While we weren’t Italian, we embraced the Italian way to mangia (or eat). Dinner was an event! Not only did we eat dinner together almost every night as a family, we also ate with our extended family once a week. Picture 12 adults and 12 kids eating dinner in my grandma’s dining room on a regular basis. It was noisy and crazy and full of memories! Some of my favorite childhood memories happened in my grandma’s dining room.
Family dinners are important because they not only let you connect as a family, but they also allow you to teach your kids important life skills…like table manners and conversational skills. We like to ask our kids questions each night at dinner. The answers are usually interesting and often hilarious. When I asked Khrystyna what person in history she’d most like to have dinner with, she responded “Martin Luther King Jr.” and Shayna quickly said “Why? Did he have a dog?”. When I asked James which President he’d most like to meet, he said “Hamburger Lincoln” without missing a beat.
If you’re looking for interesting questions to ask your kids, you’ll want to grab my FREE Conversation Starters Printable.
And now that you have dinner conversation covered, all you have to do is get dinner on the table. Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think! Thanks to Bertolli and their fabulous selection of delicoius and easy to prepare frozen meals, you can have a delicious dinner on the table in under 20 minutes! And that 20 minutes includes making my delicious Russian Cabbage Salad.
Here’s where to find the Bertolli at your local Kroger or Kroger banner store. Grab a bag next time you’re out to ensure you can whip up a fabulous family dinner in no time! 🙂 Not sure which one to grab? They’re all delicious but our family favorite is the Classic Chicken Florentine & Farfalle. It’s soooo good!
This salad is super easy to make and the kids LOVE it. It was inspired by a salad we ate while we were in Ukraine adopting our oldest 2 girls. I’m thankful to my friend Christine who recreated the recipe and shared it with me.
Here’s what you’ll need for the salad:
- 1 head of cabbage
- 1 cucumber
- 1 sweet onion
Here’s what you’ll need for your dressing:
- 3/4 cup oil (use avocado oil or canola oil…olive oil is too strong)
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 2-4 Tablespoons sugar (I used Swerve)
- 1 Tablespoon Dill Weed
- Salt and White Pepper to taste
- Shred 1/2 of your head of cabbage.
- Cut your cucumbers into slices. (Some people prefer to cut their cucumbers into quarter round slices and that works great too. I just have one picky eater that likes to pick out the cucumbers and it’s easier in slices.)
- Cut your onion into small pieces (big enough to pick out, but small enough that the pieces of onion don’t overpower the flavor of the rest of the salad).
- Next you’ll want to make your dressing. Combine oil, vinegar, sweetener and dill weed in a glass container. Add salt and white pepper to taste.
- Pour a small amount of your dressing over your salad and mix until salad is fully coated. Add as much dressing as you need. I keep a small bottle on the table for those who want more table. Please keep in mind that the oil and vinegar will separate, so you’ll need to mix it up before pouring it over your salad.
If you want to make dinner even more fabulous, serve it with Sparkling Grape Juice. My kids love to help when we have a “fancy” dinner.
Find Bertolli items at some of the lowest prices of the year in a Kroger or Kroger banner store near you. Kroger banners include Fred Meyer, Smiths, Frys, Dillions, King Soopers, City Market, and QFC. Find a store near you!