In my house, dinnertime is a non-negotiable.
Non-negotiable in the fact that at some point, from 5:00 – 7:00, we as a family, will sit down at the table and break bread together.
You might reason that my “non-negotiable” attitude is because I want my family to have a well-balanced and wholesome meal. Or that I’m trying to be budget friendly and eating in is much less expensive than eating out. And while both of those are important factors, the real reason it’s non-negotiable, is because of connecting and conversation.
I could link to study after study that shows the connection between sit-down family dinners and better grades, vocabulary, less depression, or an increased feeling of connectedness. And while all of these are super important, in the end, it comes down to providing a safe place for my “peeps” to land. A place where for 30 minutes the rest of the world stands still.
We all need a safe place to land after stressful day of school or work. Or a neutral zone, so that earlier arguments about chores, grades, or behavior, can take a backseat to a story about a new friend or new factoid learned in school. A time when we can truly celebrate accomplishments and rally around failures. A place where we can all feel #saucesome.
I’d love to say that every meal I make is a 5-star affair, I’ve learned over the years that it is as much about time together and overall connections, as the food. So while some days may be steak, baked potatoes and garden green beans, other nights may be gluten-free pasta, Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce (with a few spices of my own), a green salad and cheese bread.
Ragú® is all about recognizing and celebrating everything that makes family mealtime #Saucesome. From unique recipes to silly moments to crazy weeknights…it can all be #Saucesome. Make sure to follow Ragú® on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook for more quick and easy recipe ideas. And be sure to visit Ragú® on their home page for a sweepstakes and the chance to win some great prizes (cause wouldn’t that be #saucesome indeed).
It’s time to make dinnertime a non-negotiable, reconnect as a family and make every meal #saucesome!
Ragú is celebrating everything that makes family mealtime #Saucesome. From unique recipes to silly moments to crazy weeknights…we want to hear it all.
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Disclosure:Ragú® sponsored this blog post. However, my non-negotiable dinnertime and the written remarks are entirely my own. Want more information – check out my full disclosure statement.