Family Bonding: A Food Competition

Family Food Competition

Family Food Competitions are our way of smooshing our love for food, for a healthy challenge, and for each other all in one activity!  So here are our rules for Family Food Competition nights:

1) Has to be a night when noone has any other plans (this IS the plan) so that timelines are super relaxed…..there is nothing worse than trying this on a night when bedtime or other obligations are a priority…takes all of the fun out of it.

2) The family must be divided into equal teams. (For us, it works to have two teams, and Mom and Dad each pair up with a child for safety and logistics.)

3) Everyone agrees on a theme, food ingredient, or ethnicity. (examples: Under the Sea or Pumpkin or Japanese)

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4) Everyone agrees on the number of dishes to be prepared by each team. (usually two)

5) Teams plan their recipes secretly and make a grocery list.

6) Everyone heads to the grocery store and teams shop separately and pay separately…..all food items must remain concealed!

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7) Mom and Dad work out a basic kitchen rotation schedule. Easy to do – food that can be mostly prepared ahead gets done first, food that needs to be cooked right before gets prepared last.

8) Kids Favourite Rule: Teammates must spend time together even when it is not their turn in the kitchen.  Popular activities include: Boardgames, cards, reading books, and usually, a super loud dance party to try and totally distract the other team….often resulting in full family dance routines, belly laughing, and burnt food.

9) Food is served in whatever way it works (one dish at a time, two at a time, all at once….)

10) Eating involves lots of ooohhhing and ahhhhing and guessing spices/ingredients.

11) Our focus is on cheering each other on and the element of surprise in regards to the dishes the other team created. Once we are eating the focus switches from secrecy and competition to appreciation and brainstorming ideas for the next competition night. (Maybe this will evolve, when the kids are older, into electing winners.)

12) Team combinations must be rotated for future competitions.

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For our latest competition our theme was SALAD.  Here are the dishes we came up with:

ARUGULA SALAD WITH CHERRY TOMATOES AND LEMON VINAIGRETTE

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LAYERED TACO SALAD

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HERB INFUSED POTATO SALAD WITH ASPARAGUS AND SWEET PEPPERS

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FRUIT SALAD

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