Tips To Recharge Your Family Dynamic is a sponsored post.
As people who live in a generation of texting and email- we are all guilty on some level of spending a good chunk of our existence attached to a tech advice.
Unfortunately these behaviors we model as parents trickle right down to the little people we live with who are looking to us for guidance and social cues and if all they are witnessing is a parent who is plugged in- well that will become their normal.
So what is a parent to do? Check out my Tips To Recharge Your Family Dynamic! But how can a parent unplug in a way that will help them be more present with their kids but do so in way that doesn't create major withdrawal for said parent? I can admit it here: Being plugged in is my vice- it is an addiction and something I am working on weaning myself off of.
Enter a shipment of Red Gold Tomatoes. The perfect way to unplug and recharge your family dynamic is getting in the kitchen to whip up a recipe! Whether you use their Crushed Tomatoes or Whole Peeled Tomatoes the key to bonding while cooking is to decide on a meal that requires many hands to create, something that requires everyone to pitch in and create dinner together. By having a meal that everyone participates in creating, you are giving each family member something to focus ON rather than the focus on NOT using technology.
And there could be no better partner to do this with than the Reichart family of the Red Gold Tomatoes brand who has owned, grown and made these canned tomatoes for over 75 years. But even better? They have been growing tomatoes on more than 45 family farms they know by name.
Located in the Midwest, their growers raise tomatoes on local farms in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.
Once picked from the fields at the peak of freshness, their tomatoes are then brought to Indiana where they are canned in one of their three award- winning facilities.
Making quality canned tomato products with the passion and care that only a family can provide has always been their mission so you can focus on what’s really important, quality family time– which is why I'm sharing this recipe in a blog on Tips to recharge your family dynamic (stay tuned!)
And one more fun fact! If you are a Tomato Ketchup fan when you buy Red Gold® Folds of Honor Ketchup, a portion of the proceeds from each purchase goes to educational scholarships that help provide support to the families of our American heroes who have fallen or been disabled while serving our nation.
We were so happy to partner with Red Gold Tomato products and try these quality canned tomato products in our recipe for vegan chili with fried tofu instead of ground beef. The results were oh so good. Here is our recipe and our Tips To Recharge Your Family Dynamic!
First up our recipe for Vegan Chili with Red Gold Tomatoes
This recipe uses: Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes chili Ready – Craving chili but short on time? Red Gold Chili Ready Diced Tomatoes are the perfect canned tomatoes for busy families. We start with vine-ripe-red tomatoes, grown with pride by our family farms and selected at their peak of freshness. We then add in a blend of traditional chili spices along with a little bit of salt and cane sugar to enhance the flavors. The result is a fantastic building block for family chili night.
Red Gold® Crushed Tomatoes Chili Ready – Packed in tomato puree to add fresh, hearty flavor, our crushed tomatoes are then perfectly seasoned for the easiest chili ever or any dish where you want chili flavor such as meatloaf, tacos, chili mac or chili lasagna.
Red Gold® Tomato Sauce Chili Ready – Their Chili flavored tomato sauce is perfectly seasoned with classic chili seasonings like chili powder, cumin, onion and garlic powder. Our fourth-generation family-owned company crafts this savory red sauce for use at your family's table. This canned tomato sauce is
made using Non-GMO Project Verified ingredients, ensuring it's healthy and
environmentally friendly. You can add this tomato sauce to everything from casseroles to your favorite chili recipe; its bright red color and robust vine-ripened flavor enhances your other ingredients for great performance. This gluten-free vegan tomato sauce contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and it's both fat- and cholesterol-free.
The nice thing about these sauces is that you don't need any spices- they are all in there! It's true Tomato Flavor with No Artificial Flavors, Colors or Preservatives. Red Gold tomatoes are Non-GMO Project Verified, kosher, vegan, glutenfree, and packed in a BPA-free lined can resulting in true tomato flavor without a tinny can taste.
1(14.5 ounce) can Red Gold Diced Tomatoes Chili Ready
1(15 ounce) can Red Gold Crushed Tomatoes Chili Ready
1(15 ounce ) can Red Gold Tomato Sauce Chili Ready
8 ounces beans we used a mix of red kidney and black beans( can use beans of your choice or red Gold Chili Beans
16 ounces extra firm tofu
One medium onion
One Green pepper
8 ounces frozen mixed vegetables
Cut tofu into one inch square and ¼ inch thick pieces and fry until browned on both sides, set on the side
Saute onions and pepper until soft
Add the three cans of Red Gold Diced,Crushed and Sauce Tomato products
Add back the fried tofu
Add frozen mixed vegetables
Add cooked or canned beans
Allow to simmer 10-20 minutes
Serve plain or over rice
Check out pictures of the process below
And now for more Tips To Recharge Your Family Dynamic.
Make eye contact and focus on listening and understanding your loved one. These are not skills that always come naturally but require practice and we cannot practice these skills in between texts. Unplugging forces people to confront the possibility of boredom and this means having to dig deep to keep a conversation going or to notice nature or to discover creativity.
Don't forget about playfulness! Playfulness can grow in times of unstructured togetherness when people are fully engaged and available to each other not when people are together but in their own worlds giving their full attention to technology which is why unplugging is so crucial for family development.
Use these tips to re-establish a family dynamic that is tech free, if only for a day. TD Jakes says “Do not fuss at your children; they are a reflection of you.” This is incredibly true when it comes to tech and unplugging. How many parents bring cell phones and tablets to the dinner table, or for that matter, how many families don't even eat at a dinner table, but eat around the television?
Natalie Blais Passion Expert, Parenting Strategist offers families these 3 simple guidelines to unplug and reconnect.
1. Small bytes: As we all recognize, technology is no longer a luxury, it is necessary! It may not be possible to unplug for an entire day. Set a timer that every hour, or every couple hours, everyone may check their tech. Give each member 15 minutes to check social media, emails and return phone calls. An all out tech fast may bring complete resistance. We want to reconnect with each other, not simply avoid technology.
2. Have a plan: Simply telling our kids that we are having a tech free day does little to get them on board! Have a plan.
-Visit a local attraction.
-Have a game night.
-Watch a movie from the 80's or early 90's before personal technology exploded. It is fascinating to watch movies from the 80's where kids answer the phone that is tethered to the wall with a cord!
-Have fun trivia conversations during the movie discussing what life was like for teenagers 30 years ago.
-Leave the house and leave the phones at home!
-Visit a museum.
-Visit a local historic attraction.
-Wander your downtown core or local artist community. This is an opportunity to discover your city.
3. Don't ambush your family: No one likes to be taken by surprise or caught off guard. Have a family meeting to talk about what the plan will be and WHY you are implementing a tech free day. Have your kids suggest activities they would like to do during the tech free time. Ask them what is going to be fun about a tech free day and what will be a challenge. Engage them in the discussion and ask them to help you and keep you on track as well. Make it a family commitment and not simply parents insisting that everyone put their tech down.