Dinner has the power to create family and community, whether the gathered are blood relatives, business colleagues or newfound friends. Simply put: Good things almost always happen when people share a meal. – Unknown
Sharing a meal forces a time out to nourish mind, spirit and body. If you consider all three then you realize how important it is for families to eat together. Here are 3 ways to make it happen when your budget or time is tight.
1. TAKE IT WITH YOU – If you are always on the run, make a meal to go. Pack it up and bring it with you to the beach, park, ball/soccer field or pool. Take a break and sit together to enjoy sandwiches, cheese, fruit, bread, fried chicken or whatever is handy to pack in your basket or cooler. The shade of a tree, a blanket and some delicious snacks will provide the perfect place to share a meal together.
2. MAKE IT BRUNCH – If the family meal means getting the entire clan together try brunch. Dinner parties may not be in your budget, or maybe they are too time consuming, so try breakfast instead. Sunday is a great day to invite grandma, grandpa and all the cousins over for a pancake breakfast. This is a very inexpensive way to entertain a crowd and conversation over a few cups of coffee is a great way to catch up. Add fresh fruit, fun toppings and bacon or sausage, if you wish, and you will have a delicious meal for many. One of the perks of breakfast is that you still have the whole day ahead to enjoy anyway you please!
3. BREAK THE RULES – Can’t make dinner work for the whole family? Then move dinnertime to lunchtime. It’s actually a healthier way to eat and may just be more practical for your lifestyle. Don’t get caught in the trap of thinking that you need to follow the rules of the past, just do what works for you. Weekends are the perfect time to try this out.
However you make time to eat together, do it regularly and when you can open your table to friends and family. It’s an intimate and wonderful way to connect and stay in touch with the ones you love.
Please share the ways you make it work in your household, new ideas are always welcome here!