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Joey Lawrence and Food {Plus Healthy Menu Ideas}


Sarah, a writer for AFullCup.com recently had the opportunity to interview Joey Lawrence, star of ABC Family show Melissa & Joey in which he plays a “manny”.  Cooking is a regular part of his ‘on screen job’, so Sarah asked him about healthy cooking.  Following is part of her interview with him.

Joey Lawrence in the Kitchen

Sarah Eve : In just about every episode you are cooking a good meal in the kitchen. Do you think it’s important to portray healthy eating on TV?

Joey Lawrence:

Well sure. I’m a big fan of healthy eating. I make sure that my daughters eat healthy. You know I think that it’s not hard to cook healthy. Not that kids shouldn’t have Mickey D’s every now and then, and ice cream, and–you know, they’re kids. And you know what, I’m guilty of having those things as well every now and then, but I think the majority of the time, sure we’ve got to try to eat good. That’s what it’s all about. I make it a point on the show for Joe to be cooking good food, not for it to be fast food or anything like that, and so far, so good.

Sarah Eve: Melissa was saying that you really have an interest in cooking, that you don’t just kind of play with the props but you kind of plan it out. Can you tell me more about that?

Joey Lawrence:

Well I love to cook, personally. It allows me the opportunity to sort of talk to the food chefs about it and we make sure that we always prepare something that sounds real tasty.

Sarah Eve: Well, it’s fun to watch and definitely tempts us all to get cooking.

Joey Lawrence: Sweet. It is too–I mean it actually tastes good too because we have these chefs that come in and really cook the food, and then I just prepare it in the scene, but it smells great.

Since you like to cook, what is one of your favorite things to cook?

Joey Lawrence: What is one of my favorite things to cook? I cook a lot of Italian stuff, but I’m good at fish, too. But I do like–I do a baked manicotti and the stuffed shells, and I do a vegetable lasagna. I do lemon Dijon chicken with sort of this risotto that’s really good. A lot of different stuff, you know?

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Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Power Puff Pancakes Whole wheat

wrap with


spread and

Applesauce and cashews Hawaiian Haystacks
Tuesday Strawberries

and milk

Cold Pasta

salad with


and olives
Hard boiled eggs and banana Baked Ziti with ground turkey.
Wednesday Strawberry smoothies Whole wheat



celery and


Grapes and carrot sticks 5 Minute pasta dinner
Thursday Scrambled

eggs in Pita

pocket and


Butter and


butterfly sandwiches
Cucumbers and Ranch Chunky Potato Soup
Friday High Fiber Cereal with blueberries Pita with sprouts, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese Red peppers and hummus Layered Three Bean Casserole


We’ll be back tomorrow with some ORANGE WAFFLES!! MMMMMM.

Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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