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Three ways to make meal time more manageable

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Posted at 4:05 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 21:05:20-04

It was already tough coming up with ideas for dinner before we were all stuck at home, but now for many families the entire household is home for every meal.

If you have young kids, it can be even harder to get things ready.

News 3 anchor Erica Greenway spoke with Adam Bonnier, creator of Miniware food serving and storage dishes, to get some ideas on ways to make meal time more manageable.

Bonnier says one of the best things you can do for yourself is to prepare things ahead of time.

He says while his son is sleeping, he uses that time to cut up fruits and veggies and then store them in the fridge for the rest of the week.

That way, if you're in the middle of working and your kid wants a snack, it's easy to just grab a couple things that are ready to go or add them to whatever meal you're making.

If you've got a picky eater, find some type of sauce or cheese that they love and add a little bit to dishes that they may not otherwise want to try.

And if you're getting frustrated trying to occupy your kids while getting meals ready, he says find simple things they can make with you.

"I think the most important thing with kids to have them connect with the food is that there's something fun and that they can participate in, because they get ownership," said Bonnier.

He said one thing he often makes with his son is smoothies. His son can pick out what goes in it, and enjoys pushing the buttons on the blender.

"Another dish that we have, me and my son, is we do an asparagus dish. He really loves that one because there are some really easy, simple and safe activities he can do when we prepare it, like snapping off the stems. That's such a simple thing, but for him it's really fun," said Bonnier.

Getting kids involved is another way to help with picky eaters. They're often more likely to try a dish if they've helped make it.

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