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Old 09-30-2018, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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In New Orleans, Monday is red beans and rice day. I remember Prince's TV commercials that announced that Wednesday Is Spaghetti Day. And for many some religions, Friday is fish day.

Does anyone cook the same meal on the same day every week? And why?
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Old 09-30-2018, 09:35 AM
 
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It's a thing here too, e.g. Taco Tuesday, but I have always considered it (other than fish on Fridays for Catholics) a restaurant marketing ploy. It is very strange to have such a rigid rotation for their home-prepared meals. I suppose it takes the effort out of menu planning, but it also seems suffocatingly boring. I don't want tacos or spaghetti or any particular dish, on the same day of every single week.
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Old 09-30-2018, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Phoenix,Arizona
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I'd go nuts


I can't even eat the same thing the next day as leftovers.


To some, eating is survival rather then an adventure
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Old 09-30-2018, 09:51 AM
 
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The "no meat" on Fridays is about the only weekly restriction I know of that is truly traditional. Taco tuesday, all the rest? Marketing ploys.

BTW, tho, having one meal during the week be the same every week? COULD be a good thing, if it is meant to bring the family together for at least one meal. Eating together as a family is a healthy thing. Routine things play a part in our mental well-being, and in the our family's mental well-being. Sometimes its not about having adventure, or providing basic sustenance. Sometimes it's about providing stability and calm. That's important.

People engage in conversational small talk for the same reason. Who really cares what the weather is like! But sharing that with someone, as a family member, or as a neighbor, adds to family and community stability.
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Old 09-30-2018, 10:04 AM
 
Location: SE Florida
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Our DD's best friend's mother did that. The only times they had different meals was special occasions or holidays. She wasn't fond of cooking or grocery shopping so having the same thing made it easier on her cooking and shopping wise.
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Old 09-30-2018, 10:12 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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My husband likes to have the same menu repeat every week. Some of it has to do with leftovers to take to work the next day, but he's also just really picky. I used to do what he wanted, but the last couple years, I just cook whatever I feel like cooking.
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Old 09-30-2018, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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My husband likes to have the same menu repeat every week. Some of it has to do with leftovers to take to work the next day, but he's also just really picky. I used to do what he wanted, but the last couple years, I just cook whatever I feel like cooking.

I could never understand strict reliance on menu plans. What if you just don't want that day's meal?
For a big family menu planning would be ideal, for a couple...not so much. Besides I don't want to cook the same meals each week.
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Old 09-30-2018, 11:15 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I could never understand strict reliance on menu plans. What if you just don't want that day's meal?
For a big family menu planning would be ideal, for a couple...not so much. Besides I don't want to cook the same meals each week.
I'm cooking for two adults and two teens. I have to make everything from scratch, including bread, buns and tortillas, so planning ahead helps me to some extent, so I'm not baking several days in a row.


There are a lot of days I don't want whatever I've cooked. Usually it's because I'm not feeling well or I've already had an allergic reaction that day and need to avoid certain high histamine foods. I used to think I needed to cook something separate for myself, but sometimes it's just easier and feels better to skip meals.
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Old 09-30-2018, 11:23 AM
 
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I know "meatless Monday" is a thing for some people. But I don't really stick to certain things on certain days.
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Old 09-30-2018, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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BTW, tho, having one meal during the week be the same every week? COULD be a good thing, if it is meant to bring the family together for at least one meal. Eating together as a family is a healthy thing. Routine things play a part in our mental well-being, and in the our family's mental well-being. Sometimes its not about having adventure, or providing basic sustenance. Sometimes it's about providing stability and calm. That's important.
Excellent point!

But the family would have to agree on that one dish - maybe it's Grandma's special spaghetti & meatballs, or Oma's sauerbraten.



Another bonus: passing on family recipes and instilling a love of cooking to the younger generations.
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