The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner & Giveaway*CLOSED*


This is a complete treat for us to be showcasing the FOOD NANNY and her amazing cookbook, The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner, on  This lovely lady not only has an amazing cookbook, but also has her own TV show where she rescues families from dinnertime disaster.  When you meet her in person, which Brooke and I separately have had the opportunity to do, you just know that she is a true believer in her system and the ability it has to bond families together through consistent family dinnertime.  She recently did a presentation in my area and everyone left with 2 or 3 cookbooks each.  It’s brilliant.

As the Food Nanny, Liz Edmunds helps families with her theme-night solutions and strategies for successful family dinnertimes:

  • Get past the “Yes, buts…” that are keeping you from cooking
  • Plan meals the easy way: a template, pantry list, shopping advice.
  • Involve family members in the preparations.
  • Fill your home with the aromas that convey caring, safety, and comfort.
  • Engage your kids in dinner conversations.

I don’t even know where to start with my new-found obsession with her system.  Who would have thought?  Now remember I have a 6, 5, 3 ¾, and 2 year-old and have way too much going on in my life.  Up until 8 weeks ago, when I met the Food Nanny, I had been looking for a good “system” to make dinnertime and everything that revolves around it more doable.  I bet most of you could find a little bit of you in me, I was officially the dinnertime TROLL:

  • I HATED dinnertime, seriously.
  • I didn’t like shopping for it.
  • I didn’t like planning for it.
  • I didn’t like anxious feeling that revolved around choosing what to make.  This is the complaint I hear the most from my friends.
  • I didn’t like making it.
  • I didn’t like cleaning up afterwards, BOO.  I needed a total paradigm shift. Does any of this sound familiar?

THEN, I met Liz.

I met her in her booth at Swiss Days in Midway, Utah over Labor Day weekend.

This cute lady has more spunk in her smallest toe than I will even have in my WHOLE life.

I walked by her booth, and wanted to see what all the hype was about.  I stopped.  I TOLD HER I hated dinnertime with a passion.  It was true, I did.

She told me the WHY’S of making dinner and dinnertime wonderful for your family: Studies show that children who have regular meals with their families typically-

  • Eat healthier
  • Are less likely to use drugs and alcohol
  • Get better grades
  • Are more likely to discuss serious issues with their parents
  • Are less likely to have eating disorders.

This is when I said, “YES PLEASE, I’LL TAKE SOME OF THAT, and I bet our readers at will LOVE you too.”

I bought her cookbook.  This is how I now feel about dinnertime with the knowledge in the back of my mind that my family is growing closer together as I do this:

  • I am having fun planning what to eat for each theme night. The themes for each day of the week really take the guesswork out of meal planning. YES!
  • I have a better idea of how and when to shop for all the foods needed to make the dinners.
  • I am trying new recipes and learning more about cooking because her cookbook has the best tips and tricks.
  • I have a newfound appreciation and respect for dinnertime, which fuels the whole process.
  • I am actually enjoying it all, and it’s made my life so much easier.  Systems are the only way to make a whole bunch of things happen, this is a perfect one.

I’m thankful to say the least, to have met her at just the right time in my life.  Leave a comment here on our site and be entered to win a SIGNED copy of her cookbook.  You want this, I’m telling you.  If you aren’t lucky enough to win this contest, go give her some love over at where you can purchase cookbooks and learn more about her system.  Thanks again Liz.

QUOTES from the professionals:

“Liz…takes key ingredients of life-friends and family-and makes them into a daily tradition of mealtime.  These are vital nutrients to keep family and mealtime thriving.”

-Debbie Fields, Founder, Mrs. Fields Cookies

“I recommend this book for every family-especially those who think they don’t have the time or talent to cook great dishes.”

-Dr. Laura Schlessinger, International Radio, Talk Host and author

Liz Edmunds, the Food Nanny, consult with families one-on-one about meal planning to help them create a consistent family dinnertime at home.  She and her husband raised their seven children outside Park City, Utah, where they now regularly welcome their growing brood of grandchildren with their parents for family meals of all kinds.  Visit her website at


  1. Mauri says

    I would love to win this book. I’ve got 5 kids and dinnertime is such a drain on me most of the time. I keep trying to get a system into place, but I haven’t found success yet. Maybe this book would be the one!

  2. says

    I need this book. I hate planning dinner. The choosing is the worst for me. Actually it may be the whining over what I choose. either way it’s not a fun time. Do they have lunch ideas too? Lunch is also a struggle. there are only so many times you can eat sandwiches before going crazy!

  3. Lindsay says

    Wow, I hate figuring out dinner too! I’m always trying to find new things to try for dinner that are easy and kid friendly but still find myself going back to the same old easy stuff. This book sounds AMAZING!!

  4. Jolynn Page says

    I think I need this. I would love to have the benefits of a home cooked family meal every night… but I HATE “dinnertime” planning it, shopping for it, making it, cleaning it, etc. too! Maybe this would help!

  5. Ann says

    This sounds like a great solution for my family. I’m all about systems, but haven’t found a good solution for dinner. This may be my saving grace!

  6. Michelle says

    This sounds like it would definitely be helpful in our house. I hate coming up with ideas for things to make, and then after slaving away in the kitchen for an hour all I hear are complaints that someone doesn’t like it.

  7. Leah Planinz says

    hmmm…maybe I need this because I struggle with dinner times. I would love to find some good recipes that are good for my family.

  8. Jennifer says

    Oh my goodness, I be very grateful to have this book. With 4 kiddos and the hubby going in different directions each night, even with meal planning it seems like such a chore to shop, get dinner on the table and clean up afterwards. And I love to cook and we try our best to sit down each night for dinner. Love the benefits of this tradition. Thanks for the great giveaway and daily dose of inspiration.

  9. Bethany Hargis says

    I love setting down to dinner with my family. Its just the before and after I despise! Would love this book!! Really!

  10. Norma Taylor says

    OOOooo, I know a daughter that is in dinner limbo and would love a solution! If I win this copy-it goes to her.

  11. Melodie says

    I would love some ideas on how to make dinnertime work better. We are stuck in a rut and I hate it when I make something and my kids don’t want to eat it.

  12. says

    I could really use a system like that. Right now my system involves my husband coming home from work, asking what’s for dinner, me telling him I don’t know, him making cereal for himself while I try to scrounge up something healthy for the girls, and then me finally making something “quick” to eat around 9pm. Sad…but unfortunately true!

  13. emily k m says

    oh this would be fabulous to win! i’m always needing and looking for new dinnertime ideas to make it easier and more effective for our family of 6.

  14. says

    I could use this cookbook. It seems like I am always fighting my kids about dinner, and I really get sick of deciding what to make. I hope I win!!!

  15. Aimee S. says

    I was just complaining to my husband that I HATE dinner time. I never know what to cook. I need this book!! Please!

  16. Tara says

    This sounds like such a great tool. I could definitely get some use out of this- I’m horrible at creating a menu, shopping for the food and executing the plan. I can use all the help I can get. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  17. says

    Ohh this cookbook is what I just need. I dread dinnertime. I have 2 girls (2 and 1) and they *ahem* whine and whine when I try to make dinner so dinner is sooooooo stressful !

  18. says

    this is what i need !!! i dread dinnertime !! i guess it is because my girls (ages 2 and 1), *ahem* whines everytime i start dinnertime. it’s so werid. it’s like they need my attention when i need to get dinner started !! so dinnertime is so stressful :(

  19. Tanya says

    Oh, I so want this cookbook. I’ve heard all about the food nanny and they’ve all been great things! I hope I win, I hope I win, I hope I win! Then maybe my son will eat more than just grilled cheese and spaghetti 😉

  20. Karen S says

    I do not cook my husband is the one that is in charge in the kitchen, because he fears our family will not eat because I dont cook :) But I would love to win this I need all the help I can get.

  21. Tamara says

    This book sounds like a Godsend—dinnertime is always a challenge for me with several kiddos who like totally different meals.

  22. Lauren says

    Did you know you were using my life in your post? ha, all of that sounds just like me, and I would love to win her cookbook!

  23. jan says

    I have never heard of her but can’t wait to get my hands on her book. What a great gift for my daughters for Christmas.
    Thanks Jan

  24. Jennifer says

    I’ve been using her system for about a month now and absolutely love it! Having a cookbook to go along with it would be awesome!

  25. Betsy Dixon says

    The planning surrounding the dinner is my all time least favorite thing to do!! This system sounds like it is right up my alley!!

  26. says

    I would love to own this cookbook. I personally can not stand dinnertime. I am more of a breakfast love, my hubbie though is the opposite. :) This would be a huge help.

  27. Tami says

    That is so how I feel about mealtime. I hate the whole process of it! Word for word, everything you said hits home for me. I am a SHM with five kids. They are picky eaters who don’t seem to appreciate all the effort I put into each meal. I used to love to cook, and would love to get back to loving it. BTW… I love your blog. I’m currently building a play kitchen for my daughter for Christmas. Thanks for all the cute blogs! Love it!!!

  28. Raelyn Jenson says

    I need that book! Sounds like a lifesaver. BTW, I saw your picture, and I recognize you, Kirsten! We were in a married student ward together at USU years ago. Small world!

  29. JeriP says

    I am so impressed with this concept and would love to share the book with all of my daughters. I hope the Food Nanny teaches us all how to make the most of family dinners.

  30. Emily says

    I could sure use some help with dinner time at our house! I would love some ideas on cooking for my family. What a great giveaway!

  31. Maggie says

    This sounds like an awesome cookbook — we could definitely use some new ideas for making dinnertime a more pleasant experience in our house! Thank you!

  32. says

    This sounds amazing!! Something like this would help me out soooo much. I too hate everything that goes into to cooking a meal….the planning and shopping….the cooking…. this would be great!!!! Thank You for sharing this!!

  33. Courtney says

    I was just sitting down to coffee the other day with a friend and we were discussing how we never know what to make for dinner! Seems each person has their own 3 or 4 staple meals that just keep getting rotated over and over. Would love to win this book! Thanks!!

  34. Mallena says

    What a great giveaway! I’ve had this book in my Amazon cart for the longest time. I’m just waiting for the funds to make themselves available so I can purchase it.

  35. shelley says

    I just discovered her on BYU tv Friday afternoon!!! Loved her suggestions and can’t wait to try some of her recipes! Thanks for sharing more about this spunky lady!

  36. Kim says

    I WANT this cookbook. I’m a firm believer in family dinners but have the hardest time coming up with something to eat every night. Not to mention the grocery shopping…..

  37. Jane says

    I feel the same way about cooking!! Like it is way too much work!! I have a full time job and sometimes cooking is the thing I am just too busy for. This needs to change! :)

  38. Tiffany says

    Would LOVE this cookbook! HATE making dinner! Why do so many of us hate dinner time I wonder… maybe cause we don’t have this book! :)

  39. MaryLee says

    Anybody with kids probably would agree that dinnertime isn’t the best time of day. I caught a glimpse of her show once and thought it was great. It would be awesome to check out her book.

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