America Makes Dinner kicked off yesterday, with new family dinner selections each week from celebrities, chefs and food bloggers including Tom Colicchio, owner of Craft Restaurants; Laurie David, producer and author of “The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time;” and Sierra McCormick, from the Disney Channel Original Series “A.N.T. Farm,” all of whom have shared their healthy and affordable family recipes.
Families across the country can visit www.AmericaMakesDinner.com to find simple, nutritious meal ideas and, by preparing each week’s featured recipe and sharing their feedback, help choose recipe finalists. Once America’s favorite recipes have been chosen, the America Makes Dinner campaign will culminate with America Makes Dinner Day on Oct. 17, when families across the country will sit down and enjoy the winning recipes.
Now, you can also can enter your favorite family-friendly dinner recipes too! Three finalists will be featured during one week of the America Makes Dinner challenge, and the winning family will win a private cooking lesson from chef-preneur Allison Sosna, former executive chef of DC Central Kitchen, a competitor on Food Network’s “Chopped” and a passionate advocate of healthy food for children. During the three-hour cooking lesson, Sosna will teach the basics of preparing quick and easy dinners, and leave the family with a full week’s worth of delicious family dinner ideas. The winner will also receive an All-Clad sauté pan, perfect for large families who like to cook one-dish meals. Families are encouraged to submit a recipe that helps them get a healthy meal on the table, even on a busy weeknight between doing homework and playing bingo on your computer. To be eligible, dinner recipes must be simple, original and appropriate for families with children. The final recipes also will follow federal MyPlate guidelines for a healthy meal.
America Makes Dinner partners who will be sharing their favorite family dinner recipes include:
- Daniel and Shauna Ahern, authors of “Gluten Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back” and “Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef”
- Kristy Bernardo, personal chef and blogger for “The Wicked Noodle”
- Floyd Cardoz, chef and Top Chef Masters winner
- Tom Colicchio and Maria Hines, James Beard Award-winning chefs
- Laurie David, producer and author of “The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time” and her co-author, Kirstin Uhrenholdt
- Cara Eisenpress, author of “In the Small Kitchen” and a Meatless Monday blogger
- Sierra McCormick, of Disney’s “A.N.T. Farm”
- Holly Smith, chef and James Beard Foundation Medal winner, and her son Oliver
- Allison Sosna, chef and contestant on Food Network’s “Chopped”
“Most everyone agrees that eating dinner together is a good thing—good for our health, our families and our wallets,” said Cozi CEO Robbie Cape. “But things get in the way—like homework, soccer practice and not knowing quick and healthy recipes. Both Cozi and PHA are committed to helping build healthier futures for children, and we hope that families across the nation will join us to promote the importance of sitting down together as a family to have dinner and talk about their day.”