Skillet Chicken and Rice Recipe

Celebrate National Family Meals Month

Celebrate National Family Meals Month this September with Food City! Studies show that families who take the time to eat together at home are not only happier, but healthier as well.

Family meals provide numerous benefits for adults and especially children. Kids who take part in regular family meals:

  • Set healthier habits that often continue into adulthood.
  • Do well in school and get into trouble less often.
  • Have better mental health and positive relationships with family members.

Family meals not only improve emotional well-being, but physical health as well. People who prepare meals at home and eat at the dinner table:

  • Eat about 200 fewer calories and 16 grams of sugar less each day than those who go out to eat at restaurants.
  • Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains which are high in valuable nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  • Have lower BMIs and are less likely to be overweight. (BMI or Body Mass Index is a measure of body fat based on weight and height and can help determine health risks.)

Despite all these benefits, research shows that only 30% of American families share dinner every night. We know that juggling jobs, kids, and the demands of a busy life can often get in the way of family mealtimes.

So, looking for a quick and easy recipe? Check out Food City’s Meal and Recipe center. You can choose from a large database of recipes, add ingredients to your shopping list, and even load coupons to your Valuecard. Family meals can still be delicious and nutritious with limited time and preparation involved.

Plus, they’ve even created a special collection of Family Meals Month Recipes to help you out. Here are a few favorites to get your mouth-watering.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza

One-Pot Chicken Fajitas

One-Pot Chicken Fajitas

One-Pot Chicken Fajitas

One-Pot Chicken Fajitas

Tuna Ole

Tuna Ole

This is the perfect time to focus on your family’s happiness and health by eating meals together. Join Food City and Raise Your Mitt to Commit to making memories and improving health!


DIY Sparkling Backyard Candles

Now’s the time of year when you just want to be outside…especially once the sun goes down! There is no place I’d rather be than on my patio. As I was enjoying an evening outside the other night, I realized how the only light we had was coming from our citronella torches. While that’s very helpful in keeping the bugs away, in true Forks and Flowers fashion, I wanted to come up something a little more creative and fun…and wouldn’t you know it? I put together a little list for you here. 😉

Salt Candles

I had lots of plain pillar candles in the house just sitting around. So, I put glue on the outside of them and rolled them in Epsom salts. The result? A unique, ‘sparkling snowy’ looking candle that is pretty on the porch any time of the year!

Here’s a few more quick ways to brighten your backyard this fall.

Polka Dod Mason Jars

Take small circle stickers (or any shape you want) and place on the outside of clean mason jars. Lay out some paper in the grass and place jars upside down. Using metallic spray paint, spray an even coat on the jars. Allow them to dry completely, then apply another coat. After the second coat is dry, carefully remove the stickers. Place a tealight or other candle in the bottom and voila, a cute lighted fixture for your patio.

Wine Bottle Torches

Speaking of repurposing things…I always have some empty wine bottles I can use! I took a string of battery-powered Christmas lights and slide them down into a bottle. Put a few of those together, and you’ve got a great centerpiece for an outdoor table.

What are some of your favorite ways to spruce up your outdoor space? We’d love to hear ‘em on at!

– Nicki


Tips for Eating Healthy on Game Day

Every good tailgating party always involved some delicious foods and this season will be no exception! Typical tailgating foods are high in calories, fat and sodium. This time around still have a great time and good eats but don’t feel guilty about the food choices you make before the big game! Eating healthy is all about moderation. Choose 1 of your favorite dishes and then pair it with healthier dishes to create a balanced meal. Consider some of the following changes and recipes when you’re preparing for your tailgate.

Healthy Side Dishes Options: 

•      Carrot hummus with cauliflower or roasted beet hummus with orange peppers.

•      Fruit salad- cantaloupe and pears or cantaloupe and red grapes. *Save time by buying pre-cut fruit from the Food City Produce Department.

Fruit Salads

Fruit Salads

•      Roasted sweet potatoes and white onion OR roasted sweet potatoes and red onion. Prebake in oven or cook on skewers on the grill. *Save time by buying vegetables from the Food City Shortcuts section in the Produce department.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onion Kabobs

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onion Kabobs

•      Crackers with Swiss cheese and sliced peaches OR crackers with cheddar cheese and sliced plum

•      Consider grab and go options from the Food City Deli department. Healthier options include cole slaw, broccoli salad, and pimento cheese. Just remember portion size!

•      In the mood for something salty? Choose lightly salted pretzels or baked chips for less sodium and fat.

Healthy Hydration: 

  • Fruit infused water- oranges, strawberries, raspberries, etc.
Water Infused With Orange and Pear

Water Infused With Orange and Pear

Water Infused with Orange and Strawberry

Water Infused with Orange and Strawberry

  • For every 1 high-cal beverages, drink 1 bottle of water

Happy Tailgating!

– Elizabeth Hall, RDN, LDN
Food City Registered Dietitian