Family Meal Times Issue 2 Make Family Meals a Tradition At the Family Table Connect with Family Meals What are your favorite family Family traditions of connection memories? Did you have big Sunday revolve around regular, consistent dinners or family get-togethers on opportunities for family members special holidays? to share an experience that is A family tradition has been meaningful. They offer a sense of deﬁned as an activity that is belonging to all. For family meals, signiﬁcant and meaningful for family connections can take a variety family members and is coordinated of forms. A family might eat tacos and repeated through time. Building twice a month on the same night of family traditions that last and the week (Taco Tuesday). A mother have personal meaning for family and daughter might eat a favorite members helps build strong family weekly breakfast together on the relationships. back porch. Establish regular patterns for family meals that are unique and Enjoy Family Traditions meaningful. Make them memorable Family traditions can be by considering these questions: grouped into three main categories: • Who plans and prepares the traditions of connection, traditions meal? of celebration and traditions of • When is the meal served? community. Each type of family • Who is present at the meal? tradition offers family members • How are family members an opportunity to feel included involved in the meal? Celebrate with Family Meals and connect with each other in a • What kind of food is served? Family members observe meaningful setting. Family meals are • What topics or activities family traditions of celebration in a great activity that can be repeated accompany the meal? appreciation for an individual, an regularly and can ﬁt into any of these event, a holiday or other chosen categories of tradition. memory. Celebration meals, such as the following, often include special A Memory of foods: Family Meals • Birthdays “We observed milestones • Family reunions (like birthdays) and • Father’s or Mother’s Day accomplishments by giving • Holidays (Thanksgiving, that person the ‘you are Independence Day, etc.) special today’ red plate on • Weddings which to eat.” – Dorothy Family Meal Times Issue 2 - Make Family Meals a Tradition Food and Family Q&A Question: I’m in charge of Here’s an easy recipe that kids can help prepare. A Family Meal Recipe organizing the meals for a family It makes a tasty meal for a family event. reunion. I’m excited about seeing my cousins, but I don’t know where to start. Can you help? Crockpot Cowboy Beans Reunions are a great time to ½ pound bacon, browned and drained catch up with friends and family, 1 pound lean ground beef, browned and drained share family memories and create ¾ c. brown sugar new ones. A successful event begins 1 c. ketchup with planning. Don’t try to do ¼ c. vinegar everything by yourself. Choose a ¼ c. mustard simple menu, enlist help (a “food 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans planning committee”) and delegate 1 (15-ounce) can butter beans the work. 1 (15-ounce) can lima beans You don’t want foodborne illness 1 (28-ounce) can baked beans to be part of the memory of this 1 medium onion, chopped family event. Perhaps the cousins Mix all ingredients together; cook in a Crockpot or who live closest can prepare the other electric slow cooker on high for three hours or “hot” foods and those who are low for eight hours. If this appliance is not available, traveling can bring the nonperishable bring ingredients to a boil in a large pot on the stove and items, such as bread, crackers or simmer on low for two hours. Stir occasionally. cookies. For more information about cooking for groups, ask your Makes 12 servings. (This freezes well.) local ofﬁce of the NDSU Extension Per serving: 200 calories, 6 grams (g) fat, 26 g carbohydrate and 4 g ﬁber Service for a copy of the food safety publication “Cooking for Menu Idea Groups” (FN-585) or visit the NDSU Cowboy Beans, tossed salad, whole-wheat dinner rolls, Extension Service Web site (click on mandarin oranges and low-fat milk food safety/consumers then online publications). Qui ck Tip: Brown extra Eat Smart. Play Hard. prepare beef or Together ground of batches Freeze double r chili. cass eroles o ers so in me al-sized contain rgency For more information about food and families, visit this an “eme NDSU Extension Service Web site: www.ag.ndsu.edu (click yo u have ble to o availa on “Family-Youth- 4-H” or “Nutrition-Food Safety-Health”) mea l” or tw d eat! heat an Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., L.R.D., Food and Nutrition Specialist Sean Brotherson, Ph.D., Family Science Specialist This publication may be copied for noncommercial, educational purposes in its entirety with no changes. Requests to use any portion of the document (including text, graphics or photos) should be sent to email@example.com. Include exactly what is requested for use and how it will be used. County commissions, North Dakota State University and U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Duane Hauck, director, Fargo, N.D. Distributed in furtherance of the acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30, 1914. 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