When your family has something to look forward to, especially something regular, they get super excited knowing what to expect when they come to the dinner table. We ‘name our nights’ which means we have regular family rituals that make our mealtimes unique.
Monday is, of course, Meatless Monday. Or Mzansi Mondays.
We mix it up on a Monday, so sometimes it’s Meatless Mondays or we try a dish that’s homegrown and call it Mzansi Monday.
‘Meatless Mondays’ pretty much says it all. Ditch the meat, save the planet and dish up something delicious. Try our roasted veggie moussaka. We’ve got so many amaaazing dishes in South Africa. Why not try out a new one each Monday? We’ll help you do it. How about bobotie at the beginning of this week?
Cook up your family’s favourite – we love a good stir-fry, and then like to end off the meal with a treat – a choccie, an ice-cream, a fruit platter. Something that’ll bring a smile to the table!
This is fun night! Serve dinner back to front. Swap places at the table. Add something wacky to the menu. It’s a good time to try out new food on your kids. (remember the dinosaur broccoli we told you about?) Hey, you could even have breakfast for dinner or put a picnic blanket down and eat in the garden. Your choice. Just make it memorable.
Thank you Thursdays
Thursdays are special and we make a big effort to sit down and discuss things that are on our minds, and what’s happened that week. We praise our kids’ efforts and say thanks for the good things in life. It’s a good way to keep up to speed. We usually cook something the whole family loves like bangers & mash or a chicken casserole I’ve popped in the oven earlier.
We like to invite another family round to share our meal. Sometimes we set the table with candles and special crockery and pull out all the stops on the food. (Fancy Friday) Other times it’s a simple salad and Chicken a la King or a braai. In winter a roaring fire and a hearty stew go down a treat. After dinner, we bring out the board games and have a family game night that everyone can enjoy.
Simple Saturdays. That’s because the kids get to prepare something easy and delicious. With just 5 steps or less, Royco’s recipe bases are perfect for this. We especially love the Spaghetti Bolognaise.
Sunday is Super Sunday. Everyone in our family looks forward to Sunday lunches! (Ok, so Sundays aren’t officially nights!) We’ve got more time in the kitchen and we’re generally all at home. It’s also a great day to get your gogo, ouma or granny around. We do a big family lunch and while I’m cooking I prepare one other meal for the week just in case something unexpected comes up. (A lasagne I can freeze is always a hit.) The kids love helping in the kitchen, chopping veggies for the Sunday roast and setting the table. This is their chance to do something special for their grandparents.
Do you have any special nights? We’d love to hear from you.