Fun Weekend Meals at Home

Before the pandemic started, I had a bad habit of keeping the kitchen closed down too much once the weekend hit. By Thursday afternoon, I was already thinking about what restaurant I wanted to go to or where I wanted carry out from.

Obviously, since March the ability to dine in at a restaurant of my choosing on the weekends has been diminished — enter fun weekend meals at home.

I consider one of the positives of this pandemic situation is my newfound appreciation for spending more time at home — and definitely when it comes to eating-in more on the weekends. I’ve found that it’s nice to plan out a fun, more complicated, and less-healthy meal than what we usually eat on the weekdays — and just relax while we spend time preparing and dining together.

We’ll turn on some music and turn it into a nice, slow evening.


An image of nachos - an example of a fun weekend meal at home
Yum! Nachos! A fun weekend meal at home.

Below are a few of our favorite “fun weekend meals” that we cook at home:

Looking for more inspiration? Check out more recipe ideas from Iowa City Moms.


What are some of your new pandemic era weekend traditions?

Brigette lives in North Liberty with her husband Brian, energetic daughter Kate (October 2014) and their two cats, Penny and Olive. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Brigette came to Iowa City to attend the journalism school at the University of Iowa, fell in love with the area, and decided she couldn’t leave. After meeting Brian while working at the same Iowa City restaurant in college, they got married in August 2015 in the heart of downtown. She works full time in project management and as an employee of the Core Fitness Kids Club while finishing her MBA at Upper Iowa University. In her free time, she drags Kate out garage sale-ing, tries to keep up with her reading list and runs, lives for Hawkeye football season, enjoys a good meal on a patio, runs her Bachelor/Bachelorette bracket with her family and friends, and of course, chases her daughter around the pool and the park.

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