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									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

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Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., L.R.D.,
Food and Nutrition Specialist
Sean Brotherson, Ph.D.,
Family Science Specialist

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