'Dine In Day' is a fun celebration of home cooking

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December 3 is the official date for Dine In Day, when families are encouraged to sit down together and share a home-cooked meal.

Do you need some motivation to cook a delicious meal from scratch this weekend? Tomorrow is the perfect day to do it, as it happens to be ‘Dine In Day.’ Families across the United States are encouraged to stay in and prepare a healthy meal to share together at the table.

This little-known celebration of home cooking and healthy food is the brainchild of the American Association for Family & Consumer Sciences, which has, for the past three years, chosen December 3rd as its official Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Day. The association asks that families make and eat a meal together on this day in order to promote the nutritional education that is so desperately needed in the United States.

From the website:

There’s a nationwide obesity epidemic, especially in children and teens, and a lot of that has to do with unhealthy eating and lack of food preparation knowledge.

Research has shown that the whole family benefits from family mealtime by having better nutrition, improving family communication, fostering family traditions, and teaching life skills, such as meal planning, budgeting, and food preparation.

Encouraging families to prepare simple, healthy meals and eat together supports the essence of family and consumer sciences: ‘Creating Healthy and Sustainable Families.’

The more you dine in, the easier it gets. You start to figure out recipes that are quick and easy, delicious and healthy. (There are many fabulous recipes on TreeHugger!) If you have kids, they will learn by watching and helping wherever they can, which makes them more likely to become future home cooks. You’ll notice the financial savings, too, particularly if you have a crowd to feed.

The AAFCS is hoping to get 200,000 people on board for Dine In Day tomorrow. You can commit by signing the pledge and adding your location to the interactive map of others who also intend to stay home to eat. If you do, join in the action on social media by tagging #FCSday and #healthyfamselfie.

Check out the TreeHugger archives for Dine In Day ideas and inspiration:

9 things everyone should know about cooking

9 tips for being a better cook

3 ways to make vegetarian cooking easier

9 pantry items that make cooking a lot easier

We can't give up on home cooking!

7 steps for getting your kids involved in the kitchen

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