If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen that family game nights are a frequent staple for us. We have found that it is the perfect way to connect and relax from the day. To see some of our favorite games, that we play both on weeknights and on the weekends, see here, here and here. Partner a family game with a delicious afternoon snack or dinner, and you have THE best kind of family gathering!
Bethany from Adventures in Partaking shares our enthusiasm for this kind of togetherness, and is here this week to share the perfect recipe for both! That is right, a fun recipe for build-your-own burger stacks and an awesome game that your kids will love!
- 1 pound grass fed ground beef
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 of a medium white onion
- handful of parsley
- 2 slices bacon
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Fat (avocado oil, coconut oil, bacon grease, etc.) for the grill pan/ skillet
- Sweet potatoes (1 large or 2 medium potatoes - depending on size. Choose potatoes that are about 3 inches in diameter and you need a total of 16- 1/2 inch slices.)
- 2 green apples - core, slice to 1/4 inch and grill over a medium heat with a little bit of bacon fat
- 2 haas avocados, mashed with 1/2 t sea salt, a small red onion (finely diced), 1/3 cup chopped cilantro and the juice of one lime
- 8 slices of bacon - cooked crispy and cut into thirds or halves
- 1 medium onion sliced and then grilled or sautéed in bacon fat or coconut oil
- Using a food processor, chop 1/2 onion, 3 cloves garlic, handful of parsley, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp sea salt & 2 slices bacon.
- Heat a small amount of fat in a grill pan or skillet over medium heat.
- Mix ingredients from food processor into 1 pound of beef and then divide into 12 equal portions and form patties as thin as you can.
- Grill over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Next, grill sweet potatoes for 3-4 minutes on each side or until soft.
- Prepare toppings as described above and allow family members to create their own burger stacks by mixing and matching the toppings.
- Carrot sticks, roasted broccoli, orange slices
- Consider a 'stacked' dessert like ice cream sandwiches
STACK AND TELL
After dinner, clear the table for a wacky game of “Stack & Tell.” For this game, you’ll need:
- a set of “Jenga” blocks (or a similar block game set)
- a permanent marker or stickers you can write on and stick to the blocks
- the following question/ activity list with your own ideas added on
- Use stickers or write on the ends of the blocks numbers 1-26
- Mix blank blocks with the numbered blocks
- Build the block tower as you would for the normal game of ‘Jenga’ – rows of 3 alternating directions
- Family members will then take turns removing blocks from the tower and adding them to the top of the tower
- If the block they remove has a number on it, they must answer the question or do the task before placing it on the top of the tower
- If the block doesn’t have a number, they can ask anyone else any question they can think of
Question/ Activity List:
- What’s the best thing that happened to you today?
- What’s the worst thing that happened to you today?
- If you could have any super power for 1 day only, what would it be and why?
- If you had to give up your sight, your hearing or your taste for a year, what would you choose?
- If you could magically appear anywhere in the world for 15 minutes, where would you go and what would you do there?
- Who is your greatest hero?
- Who would you like to invite to dinner (anyone in all time)?
- If you could become any animal for a day what would you be?
- If money was no object, what would you go buy right now.
- If you could be instantly famous for doing something what would you be famous for?
- Tell a joke.
- Sing a silly song.
- What is the weirdest thing you saw or heard this week.
- Who is the funniest person you know? What makes them funny?
- Who is the nicest person you know? What makes them so nice?
- If you could only eat one food every day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) for a year, what would it be?
- If you were your teacher (or boss) for a day what would you do differently?
- What is your favorite memory of last year?
- If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be and why?
- If all your clothes were one color, what color would they be?
- What is one thing that scares you?
- What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done? Did you accomplish it?
- If you could change anything about our family, what would you change?
- What’s your favorite song? TV show? Movie? Video game?
- If you could be any movie, book or TV show character, who would you be and why
- Do 10 push ups OR 10 jumping jacks OR run around the table 3 times ETC.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://paleoparents.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/IMG_7419.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Bethany Tapp is the blogger behind Adventures in Partaking. She has always enjoyed cooking and creating recipes and finally found her niche after starting the Autoimmune Protocol as she enjoyed the challenge of AIP cooking. For 20 years she struggled with back pain that turned out to be spondyloarthritis. Through the AIP diet and lifestyle she has managed to reverse her symptoms and now lives most days pain free. You can also find Carrie on Facebook and Pinterest. [/author_info] [/author]