“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf

There are a million things grabbing for our attention each day. Meals can become less about family togetherness and more of a dash and dine on the way to the next activity. It takes great intention to carve out quality time at the dinner table. September is National Family Meals Month, when America’s supermarkets unite to urge shoppers to commit to more family meals together each week. According to a 2019 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report:

  • 97% of families with kids consider eating meals at home with family to be important
  • 90% of consumers consider meals eaten at home to be healthier
  • 84% report wanting to eat more or prepare more meals at home together

Family meals matter

Kids who eat with their families on a regular basis are more likely to have higher self-esteem and have a positive outlook on life. They are more likely to get good grades, and less likely to engage in risky behaviors, according to the National Family Meals Month website.

Dinner Ideas for Busy Families

Quick meal ideas make the dinner hour delightful. Pack a powerful punch of protein into your family gatherings with a few easy, but delicious recipes from the Certified Angus Beef ® brand.

Cowboy Skillet Pie

To make Cowboy Skillet Pie, you will need a pound of ground beef, canned vegetables and instant buttermilk biscuit mix. Combine in a skillet and bake for 30 minutes.

Tortilla Lasagna

Tortilla Lasagna is a baked, taco-style lasagna with layers of seasoned ground beef with salsa, chili peppers, corn tortillas and cheese. Taco night gets a special twist with this easy recipe.

Five-way Mini Meatloaves

These minis are individual meatloaves baked in a muffin tin for a quick, comfort-food dinner. Make this easy Five-way Mini Meatloaves recipe with classic, barbecue, Greek, Asian, and Spanish flavor variations.

Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese

This layered Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese is going to tickle their taste buds! It includes seasoned ground beef with fire-roasted tomatoes covered in creamy macaroni and cheese with a crispy topping. This casserole recipe is a budget-friendly meal your family will love.

Beef Marinara and Tortellini Stew

Beef Marinara and Tortellini Stew is an Italian twist to an American classic. Feed a hungry crowd with this easy recipe for thick and rich stew loaded with vegetables and cheesy pasta.

For more recipes and dinner ideas, visit CertifiedAngusBeef.com.