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Family meal time is probably the most important time of day in our home. And I’m sure in most homes, it’s the same. I remember as a child our most memorable moments were around our dinner table enjoying each other, laughing, talking, and delighting in a delicious meal!
Family life is often super busy. And the more members of the family you add-on the more busy things get. Schedules eventually begin to become busy as kids get older, and family dinner time is a great way to pull everyone back in, relax, and reconnect!
I’m sharing one of our favorite recipes below that everyone enjoys! But first, let me share a three tips to help families make meal time happen and how to make them enjoyable too! This is especially difficult when you have teens or kids who can’t seem to put down those electronics to connect with the family.
Make at least one meal time at a set time
Dinner in our home is usually between six or seven pm. Depending on the time of year. During the summer, we tend to eat later as our days go longer, then during the rest of the year our dinner time is at seven. When you make these times non-negotiable and make them a part of everyone’s daily schedule, you’re more likely to get everyone there without any protests!
Get the kids involved
This might be particularly hard for those of us who are very type A. I like things done a certain away and I get distracted when kids are around trying to help. But they are only children for a short season, so try at least once a week to have them come in and help you! If they don’t help with the meal, let them help set the table. Allow them to express their creativity doing this. It makes them feel like they are a part of this moment, and they are, so let them be!
Keep conversation light
Family dinner time might be the time you and your husband want to catch up on serious talk about finances, family problems, or maybe bring up something about the kids struggling in school. Leave those heavy conversations for other moments in the day. You can set up family meetings throughout the week. Allow meal time to be a time for light and enjoyable conversation. Don’t make it awkward either by going person to person asking them to share something. The older kids get the more awkward that becomes and the more likely they’ll reply with a grunt or a shrug.
Now, for the delicious recipe I mentioned!
Everyone loves a good mac-and-cheese, right? We love it so much that I’ve started to switch it up with different ingredients to make it special each time we have it. My most recent switch up was the recipe that follows.
Crunch Mac and Cheese with Bacon
- Pasta of your preference, I used Penne Pasta
- Flour: 1/3 cup +1tbs
- Bread Crumbs: 3/4 cups
- Butter: 5 ½ tbs
- Salt: 1/8 tsp
- Natural Cheddar Cheese (I used sharp): 1 cup
- Natural Mozzarella Cheese: 1 cup
- Milk: 1 Cup + 1/4
- Bacon: Wright® Brand Bacon (24oz): 8 slices (I prefer this brand because it’s thicker, the slices are heartier, and the flavor is amazing!)
You can find Wright® Brand Bacon at your local Kroger in the Lunch Meat Section, or at least that’s where it was at mine. :)
Boil your pasta according to the box instructions. I omitted the salt when boiling mine because I’m using salted butter and adding in a bit more salt. But this is your preference. Once done, drain and return to pot or place in a deep bowl and cover.
Chop and cook about 8 slices of Wright® Brand Bacon.
Strain the pan and place bacon on a cloth to drain.
Next, in the same pan you cooked your bacon in – add the butter and melt. Add in flour and use a whisk to stir until a paste forms.
Next, add in the milk and stir until it thickens. It will take about 8 minutes on medium heat, but watch it and constantly stir.
Add in cheese and stir until melted.
Add in the salt and stir. Then and some pepper to taste.
Once this is done. Take the bacon that’s been straining and toss it on the pasta. Add this sauce and stir it all together.
Place in a baking dish and cover with breadcrumbs.
Broil until the top is golden brown. And serve!
Be sure to check out the Wright® Brand Bacon website for more inspirational recipes! And visit them on Facebook and Pinterest!