Meal-Time Monday with The Edwards

In honor of Labor Day, we enjoyed Monday with our families, so Meal-Time Monday is coming to you today in the form of Tasty Tuesday. Regardless of the day, the goal is the same: family, food, and fellowship. This week, we continue to highlight a Legacy family and one of their go-to, easy recipes. We recently visited with the Edwards family, John & Carol, Lauren (12th), Jay (10th), Rachel (8th), and Amy (5th), about their meal time traditions.

Carol shared, “John and I guard our family dinner time. We evaluate each activity that our kids want to be involved in by asking the question, ‘how will this affect our ability to have dinner as a family?' Some nights we have early dinners, and some nights late dinners, but we hate to miss out on that time with our kids. At dinner time, we each share at least one high and one low of our day, and there is usually lots of laughter and some craziness, too! It is a time for us to listen to our kids, and it is also a valuable teaching time. At the dinner table, our kids have learned (and continue to learn) how to have self control, how to listen to each other,and how to bear with one another. Sometimes deep issues come up and are discussed, sometimes an argument ensues which needs to be worked out, and sometimes it's pure fun – all important parts of relating as a family that don't happen when we each go our separate ways.”

As Carol highlighted, perhaps the greatest benefit to family meal times is conversation, even if it is messy. Traditions such as High-Low and best parts are great ways to get kids (and adults) talking.

What you serve during family meal-time need to not be messy or time-consuming. Checkout the Edwards Easy Chicken recipe for a great meal in now time at all! Be sure to visit our new Pintrest recipe board for this recipe & more. Have a recipe to share? Want to nominate a family for Meal-Time Monday? Comment below or email us!

Edwards Easy Chicken

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  • 4-6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 2-4 fresh tomatoes
  • sliced provolone cheese
  • Dried basil


  • Spread olive oil on bottom of 9X13 casserole dish. Dip chicken breasts in breadcrumbs and place in dish.
  • Top each breast with tomato slices.
  • Sprinkle basil over tomatoes, then top with cheese slices.
  • Bake at 425 F for 30 minutes or cooked through.

Photo credit to David K, Cheesy Chicken Casserole obtained on Flickr.