I’m a big advocate for getting outside to eat dinner with the family at least once a week. Around 5-6pm is a beautiful time of day and we can totally miss it when we’re in the kitchen cooking or eating or getting into the evening routine.
When we take our family out of the house to eat, memories are created (good ones, most of the time – ha!). When Jordan and I take the kids down to the beach to make burgers on the BBQs, the kids will climb trees, explore the beach shrub and roll down the grassy hill. When we’ve finished eating, we’ll walk the dogs down to the sand and we’ll run around with them, maybe even “fall” in the water if it’s hot enough.
In this day and age, our families need quality time together on the regular. Taking dinner outside to eat once a week can help.
Dinner might not be as nutritious as meals at home (but it’s still pretty good), and that’s ok. This night is bit of fun and an opportunity to connect as a family.
Baking paper to line the bbq with (makes cleaning up a breeze!)
Shopping garbage bag to bring home dirty utensils
Paper towel to serve on, and clean up messes
1 Sharp knife
1 Butter knife
6Burger bunsI source organic rolls at the farmers market, but you'll usually find quality rolls at a health food store, or you could even use wraps or make deconstructed burgers without the buns! You do you.
Butterto butter rolls with
Sauce of choiceA quality mayo or tomato/bbq sauce works, but I prefer a homemade Big Mac sauce.
6Burger pattiesBuy at a quality butcher or make your own. Or just take a tray of grass fed mince, squish some into shape and throw it straight on the bbq! Keep it simple.
1. At home, pass someone in your family the list of equipment and ingredients to gather.
2. When you arrive at your bbq, line the bbq plate with baking paper and poke a hole in the centre for the juices to escape.
3. Turn the bbq on to preheat.
4. Prepare your ingredients. Slice your pickles, tomato, cheese, cucumber and your buns in half. Chop your lettuce and open the avocados, ready to go.
5. Butter the inside of your buns and place them butter-side-down on the bbq to toast. Remove and set aside.
6. Fry your eggs (if using)
7. Cook your burger patties
8. Assemble everything and enjoy! We avoid taking plates by simply wrapping the burger in a paper towel.
Dairy free: Omit the cheeseGluten free: Use gluten free burger buns or wraps, or enjoy a deconstructed burger without the bread altogether! You could consider adding some pre-cooked brown rice to the side of a deconstructed burger.Vegetarian: Replace the burger patty with a plant based patty. There are lots of great recipes online for this. I'll post my favourites sometimes in the future.
Laini is a mum of 5 and creator of STACKD Wholefood Blends, The Wholefood Collective + The No Fuss Nourished Method. She's coached tens of thousands of people on how to feel amazing using nutrition. She has a particular love for helping parents learn how to nourish their children and themselves without losing their marbles. Unconventional smoothies are Laini's obsession, and she's even developed a range of organic wholefood booster blends that target particular health goals and deliver maximum goodness in one complete and balanced meal. When she's not with her own family or coaching other families, you'll probably find her at the beach soaking up the sun and getting some much needed solitude.
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