Now, more than ever, it’s time for us to Reclaim the Kitchen.
When I was a kid, eating out was a special and very rare affair. We ate together as a family most nights, created the meal together and cleaned up after dinner together. My siblings and I were involved in sports and other activities, but family mealtime – at home – was always a priority for my parents. We adjusted our schedules to make sure that eating out rarely happened and that we were all together as a family each night for dinner.
Did you know in 1900, as a society, we ate 98% of our meals in our homes? Today, it’s less than 50%. Times have certainly changed! This is why we believe it’s time to reclaim the kitchen. I’ve partnered with Wolf to help families put down the remote, avoid the drive-thru, and get back into their kitchens to cook and enjoy meals together. Watch this short video to learn what reclaiming the kitchen is all about.
Family mealtime has always been a passion of mine… I think it is so important to connect with your family over dinner each day, but even I’m guilty (as someone who loves to cook) of hitting the drive through when our schedules get over packed. I’m committed to reclaiming my kitchen, and family meal time, and plan on doing a few simple things to get our family back in the groove. Wolf has created a great collection of resources to help us do just that.
Plan, plan, plan
The reason I share my weekly menu plans on Dine & Dish is because without a plan, I am lost. Without knowing how to answer the “what’s for dinner?” question, 5:00 rolls around and my first thought is to go grab whatever is easiest to slap on the table, quick.
Instead, because I have a plan, have gone grocery shopping, and know in advance what’s for dinner that night, we eat in, together, as a family. Planning is a beautiful thing, and for any busy family like ours, is key to family meal time success.
Family Mealtime Simplified
As a food blogger and recipe developer, remembering that a good meal does not have to be complicated is one of the most difficult stumbling blocks I face. I often forget how simple it is to roast some fresh vegetables, sauté some chicken and toss a salad. Friends, contrary to all the fancy recipes we’re inundated with every day, cooking a fresh and delicious meal for your family to enjoy doesn’t have to be complicated! To reclaim your kitchen, remember that simplicity is your best friend.
When the entire family is involved in family mealtime, it takes the burden off of just one person and turns creating and enjoying the meal prep into a family affair. Have your kids menu plan for you, choosing recipes that they will enjoy eating as well as cooking. Find jobs each of your family members can do…peeling vegetables, stirring items on the stovetop, setting the table, etc. Our best conversations as a family tend to happen when we are all in the kitchen and working together. Also, getting your kids involved in planning and prepping your meals teaches them such valuable life skills they will hold onto, along with the memories, forever.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to change the current statistics and reclaim your kitchen? I believe it’s a really important thing for all of us to do. Let’s get back into our kitchens, return to cooking with fresh and simple ingredients and bring our families back together at the same time.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Wolf. All opinions are my own.