Best known for inviting us into her family on ITV’s This Morning, TV presenter Ruth Langsford is a busy working mum, just like millions of other women in the UK, and knows first-hand just how tricky it can be to keep family dinners fun.
Ruth, 57, spends her days on screen with husband Eamonn Holmes whom she married in 2010.
Together they live in Weybridge, Surrey, with their 15-year-old son Jack, and two dogs.
“I know the pressure there is to put something tasty on the table that everyone will enjoy,” she explains.
It's about to get a lot harder as much of her time now will likely be occupied by training for this year's Strictly Come Dancing.
She’s now teamed up with Young’s to give families a helping hand at meal times with quick, easy and tasty frozen food.
“It just goes to show what a range of lovely meals you can recreate straight from the freezer,” Ruth says.
Here are her top tips for happy family meals:
1. Get the whole family together as much as possible
“With different working hours, homework deadlines and social plans it can be very tricky to spend quality time together as a family.
“Try to schedule a dine-in night at least twice a week where you can eat dinner together and talk about your days,” she says.
2. No phones at the dinner table
“Family mealtimes should mean quality time together,” Ruth explains.
“With a no phones rule, everyone gets to spend time together chatting and enjoying a delicious dinner.”
3. Use your freezer
“It can be difficult to find healthy options that everyone will enjoy during a busy week, but having delicious meals in the freezer means there will always be something quick and tasty ready to be served.”
4. Eat fish more often
“Fish is naturally low in fat, yet high in protein, vitamins and minerals including Omega 3,” she says.
5. Try something new
“Keep mealtimes exciting by adding a new dish to your repertoire every so often.
“The Young’s website has loads of recipe inspiration so take a look and let the compliments start rolling in.”
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