This is a sponsored post on behalf of Ore-Ida. All opinions are mine.
My 11 year old started going out with his very first girlfriend last week. She’s a cute girl who he has been friends with since 1st grade. Their relationship lasted less than 24 hours before they decided to go back to just friends. Probably a wise choice.
I wouldn’t have known this, though, if we hadn’t talked.
Conversations with our kids are so important. It’s great to hear what they have to say when they’re younger, the cute and funny stories they tell. I have hundreds of those kinds of stories stored in the archives of this site. But as they age into the pre-teen and teenage years, when they have their own life outside of our family, it’s important to pay attention to how we catch up or offer advice and maybe even learn a thing or two.
Ore-Ida is offering parents some great table topics on Pinterest to get more conversations started, too. You can #FindYourBold with these starter questions along with their new Ore-Ida Bold & Crispy Fries.
My parents always had us sit down at the dinner table together every night. In fact, I can’t remember one night when that didn’t happen. They obviously knew what they were doing. I haven’t been nearly as strict about gathering together at the table, but I think it’s time I bring the tradition back around.
It can be easy to get pulled in different directions from our kids the older they get, but that’s why bold dinner table conversations are especially important. Bold doesn’t have to be serious, though. Make it fun! And to go with those bold conversations, you need a great meal. One of our favorites is Meatball Subs with new Ore-Ida Bold & Crispy fries.
Try this easy homemade marinara to go with the subs and to use as a dipping sauce for the Zesties® fries. It’s a pleasing dinner idea that comes together in minutes so you can be sitting around the table enjoying the conversation that much faster.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire
- 1 tbsp basil
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- Heat olive oil and add garlic over medium heat. Stir often. Let cook for about 2 minutes or until just starting to golden.
- Add crushed tomatoes, Worcestershire, sugar, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir until well combined.
- Reduce heat. Simmer and stir for at least 7 minutes. Add basil.
- Use with meatballs, pasta, chicken parmesan, as well as a dipping sauce for fries.