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A Healthy Week Begins … On Sunday!

We need your help — actually we all need each other’s help!

Although dinner might be just about our only daily opportunity to sit down together, catch up, and eat a healthy meal, we tend to be too busy, stressed, and tired (you can throw in a dozen other reasons) to cook ourselves. The kids are shrieking, everyone is starving, and your fridge contains nothing but a few squishy squashes and a limp carrot. So what do we all do? We give up and give in to some awful food choices that someone in some far-off factory or fast-food restaurant “cooked” without one bit of love in their heart. And this is making us sick and fat and it’s killing us.

The solution is … drumroll … HOME-COOKED SUNDAYS!

The idea is simple: Use the one day of the week we do have time to cook: Sundays. Lets make it a fun bonding activity — and a wildly productive and delicious one, too. Let’s dedicate Sundays to the day we shop, prep, cook with our families (hey, everyone can pitch in!) and enjoy a great sit-down dinner at the family table. Lets turn this into a cherished weekly ritual.

To get people excited and cooking again, Kirstin Uhrenholdt (she is Danish and, no kidding, grew up on a fruit farm) and The Family Cooks, a cookbook filled with easy, healthy, and tasty recipes.

We included lots of tips and tricks to avoid an unhealthy week — including how to avoid junk food hazards in the supermarket, and ways that small and big kids can help you cook. We know you have good ones, too. So let’s share all our great ideas and inspire others to give it a try, because we know that Home-Cooked Sundays will guarantee calmer and healthier weeknights — and give us the perfect way to start the week connecting with our kids while teaching them a thing or two about health and happiness.

Will you help make home-cooked meals synonymous with Sundays? Share your ideas, inspirations, and best tips on how you prep your fridge on Sunday for a smooth week ahead. Send us your three best tips and favorite go-to recipe for Sunday dinner.

We will post ours, and together, we’ll make Home-Cooked Sunday the single best and most delicious day of the week!

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The Kids Cook Monday: Vegetable Couscous with Yogurt Sauce

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Whole grain couscous cooks up quickly and is a great dish to jazz up with colorful veggies and protein-packed nuts. This recipe comes to us from Veggi Rider, a fun, illustrated app designed to help parents and kids get excited about cooking with veggies!

Food for Thought: Couscous is a popular dish from North Africa, where the Sahara Desert is. Doesn’t cooked couscous look a little bit like a desert’s sand dunes? Pretend you are a camel crossing the giant desert of your dinner plate. Don’t forget to create a beautiful oasis (a small watering hole) out of yogurt sauce.

Cooking Tip of the Week: Turmeric is a bright orange spice that’s packed with antioxidants. It has a slightly bitter flavor, but it is mostly used for its color. If you can’t find it in the spice aisle, you can leave it out or substitute curry powder for an extra punch of flavor.

For the full recipe for Vegetable Couscous with Yogurt Sauce, visit The Kids Cook Monday.

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New “Fed Up” Movie Poster Debuts

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The new movie poster for the documentary FED UP, executive produced by Laurie, debuted on The Huffington Post yesterday. The film opens in theaters across the country on May 9. Click here for a larger version of the poster.

For the past 30 years, everything we thought we knew about food and exercise is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see, and it will change the way you eat forever.

And be sure to check out the official trailer.

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Food + Film: NYC Screening of “Fed Up” plus Q&A with Laurie David, April 27

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Food + Film Screening of “Fed Up” plus Q&A with Laurie David

When: Sunday, April 27, 10am-12pm

Where: The Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue Brooklyn NY; Screening Room (tickets available here)

What: The Food Book Fair will host the first New York screening of the documentary “Fed Up“ followed by a Q&A with Executive Producer Laurie David.

A film that upends the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, “Fed Up” reveals a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public, resulting in one of the largest health epidemics in history. The film will be released May 9th. Watch the trailer.

Laurie will also discuss her new book, The Family Cooks. Book signing to follow in Wythe Library (12:00-12:30PM).

Click here to purchase tickets.

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