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Do you eat certain foods on particular days of the week either now or when growing up?

Fldhkybnva asked a fantastic question in the most recent WFD thread about people eating certain foods on particular days of the week.

Is Thursday night always pizza night in your home? When you were a kid was Monday always taco night? Those are just examples.

I will start by saying that when I was growing up, Sunday morning always meant pancakes with real maple syrup. Friday night was always Fish Kebobs with melted butter while watching the Donny & Marie Osmond Show on TV.

How about you?

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  1. Love this!

    We had no regular night meals growing up. Mom and dad shared the cooking responsibilities for the 7 of us but more tag team and they each had their "regular" specialities. Money was tight until I was well into middle school so I think many of our meals were based on what they could afford. That said weeknight dinners and Sunday suppers were ALWAYS family time. There were no excuses for not being home for them until we started going away for school.

    However since becoming parent myself I find that having one or two nights a week dedicated to a them makes my life easier. During winter months Friday night is pizza night. We usually make it from scratch but take out works too. In the summer its burgers or steaks on the grill. Weds night is Mexican night-tacos, burritos, nachos, carnitas, etc

    When my son was much younger, maybe ages 4-6 he got comfort from set meals so there was a period of time when Monday was pasta, Tuesday was mexican, Weds was steak, Thursday was chicken and Friday was pizza. However as he got more involved in the meal planning, prep and cooking that went out the window.

    1. Sunday dinner was always roast beef, gravy, potatoes and lots of vegetables. Saturday night was hot dogs, beans, home fries, brown bread- and Dad had steak! Wednesday was spaghetti. Fridays was haddock, peas and french fries.

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      1. re: macca

        I had the exact same Sunday dinner! Still do not like roast beef to this day.

        1. re: jlhinwa

          That's funny- I still cook a Roast beerf often- have lots of family for dinner almost every Sunday, and they all love it- as do thier kids! Today we will have RB, asparagus, summer squash, potatoes au gratin and rolls. Took forever to get the potatoes ready- had to use 5 lbs of potatoes, so made a HUGE casserole of them! Dessert is brownie hot fudge sundaes.

          1. re: macca

            I am guessing the reason I don't have fond memories probably has to do with how my mom cooked it. Pretty much all meat was cooked well done and vegetables were boiled. Eeeew. In fairness, she was cooking for my meat-and-pototoes father's taste but it didn't do much for me. I probably should try it again sometime but the taste/texture of that Sunday roast beef is strongly imprinted in my mind!

            1. re: jlhinwa

              We always had it cooked med rare, with a delicious gravy on the side. Served with mashed, cabbage salad, spinach, butternut, carrots , green beans and rolls. My grandmother made it every week, then my mom, now I do- though I do change up the vegetables.

        2. re: macca

          "...and Dad had steak!"

          Wha....!?!?! Not fair!

          1. re: sandylc

            On pay day Fridays my parents got fish and we got take out or something cheap Nd easy.

            1. re: sandylc

              Yup- we never even thought it was odd!! Family of 7 kids, mom did not work outside of the house, and money was tight!

            2. re: macca

              Saturday was hot dogs and beans, Sunday a roast beast and Friday was meatless - eggs, pancakes or fish. There were only 5 or 6 regular meals in the week day rotation.

              1. re: breakfastfan

                My H. calls it "roast beast" too. :-)
                Saturday hot dogs people, you've got to be New Englanders, no?

                  1. re: pinehurst

                    You called it! Born and raised in MA

                    1. re: macca

                      lauphing here! We called it roast beast and I am Mass girl all the way!

              2. Friday was pizza night growing up. We had roast chicken on Wednesday and liver with onion on Monday. Tacos on Tuesday. I never liked Wednesdays ;)

                1. Red Beans and rice on Mondays is a New Orleans institution!

                  1. This is interesting! We never had a meal rotation or routine, other than that dinner was at 6 and we were all there. My mother was a pretty good cook, and fairly adventurous, so we had old favorites along with new recipes she pulled from Joy or from Sunset magazine. Once my 3 sisters and I were old enough to cook, we took over the dinner duties and my mother did the dishes.

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                    1. re: jmcarthur8

                      Same with my family. Didn't have a meal routine, that I can remember. Dad traveled a lot, so mealtime was usually close to 6pm when he was traveling, and often after 7pm when he was home.

                      Mom wasn't overly adventurous, but Dad was. We often had similar meals he had had overseas that he would try and recreate when he got home. Sometimes they were successful and sometimes not. :-)

                      We also rarely had delivery pizza. It was a *really* special thing if we got that - maybe twice a year?

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        "Mom wasn't overly adventurous, but Dad was. We often had similar meals he had had overseas that he would try and recreate when he got home."

                        Thank your lucky stars. My Dad was unadventurous and would try and recreate meals he had while in the Army. His version of SOS was particularly dreadful.

                        1. re: Fowler

                          Yup, I think I'll keep my Dad's satay (which no one had heard of in my neck of the woods in the mid-1970s) vs. your Dad's SOS. ;-)

                    2. Sunday was always some sort of stew, soup or meatloaf or casserole when I was a kid.

                      Breakfast for dinner means my husband is in charge of dinner....and my kids love when dad takes on meal time!

                      Otherwise, no we didn't have predictable meals.

                      1. Friday night is "Pizza and Sci Fi" at our house.

                        1. Every Sunday it was prime rib with mashed potatoes and vegetables from the garden, homemade yeast rolls and homemade apple, blackberry pie or strawberry shortcake.

                          Saturday night was always a 'breakfast' dinner...
                          Waffles, pancakes, bacon, sausage and eggs.

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                          1. re: latindancer

                            Wow! Lucky you! That sounds so yummy.

                            1. re: latindancer

                              "Saturday night was always a 'breakfast' dinner...
                              Waffles, pancakes, bacon, sausage and eggs."

                              I recently found out that my neighbor does the same thing every Sunday night. It makes perfect sense to me. Why not end the week and roll into the next week with something easy and comforting like a "breakfast" dinner.

                              Do you continue the tradition now as an adult?

                              1. re: Fowler

                                We do it often. We call it "Brinner".

                            2. Sunday nights, fried chicken, baked beans, green salad or potato salad, Saturday, often steak, sometimes pizza, back when in Indiana.

                              1. Friday nights meant fish. When we were lucky, my father stopped at at fish & chips place and brought supper home. Most Friday nights meant mom would cook "real" fish. When I was in High School, some food company marketed "tunies" for the Catholic kids; tuna fish hot dogs should be added to the WMD list. "Awful" doesn't do them justice.

                                When I was veryvery lucky, I was invited to the home of a Jewish friend and we had roasted chicken! It would have been impolite to refuse, because it was usually forbidden to me, it tasted even better.

                                My father often traveled for business several days during a month. When he was away the rules were relaxed. We ate in the kitchen (VS the dining room) and I fondly remember one-pot meals/casseroles which would not have been allowed in his presence. It was a giant treat when he was away; we did not even have to change our clothes for dinner. Ahhhhhhh.

                                On Sunday mornings, a neighbor boy, friend of my brother's, would show up about 8 AM to report that he was starving and his parents were still asleep. "Mrs. D. could we pleeeeeze have pancakes?" he would beg. Usually we did. I was a grown woman before I learned:
                                1.) there was such a thing as ersatz "maple syrup"
                                2.) his parents were not asleep. Josh just liked to eat at our house.
                                3.) the heavens will not fall if you eat a casserole in the dining room

                                Edit: When my parents traveled for extended periods, we had a woman come to stay, a kind of child wrangler/babysitter. She did not like to cook much. When she first arrived, she would make enough rice pudding to fill the turkey roaster and that was our dessert for as long as our parents were away - somethimes a month or longer. To this day, rice pudding has not passed my lips again.

                                Edit II: Now that my children are grown and out of the house, there are just two of us. We've relaxed many of the 'rules'. However, there is absolutely no food rotation here, nothing happens with any degree of regularity. We may not see the same meal for several months - or ever again. Nor are there set times for meals. Our time is our own. I brined a small chicken this morning and we will have it roasted tonight with a mountain of asparagus to accompany. Dessert will be some lovely cheese.

                                I already know the menu for Monday's lunch because we have guests arriving. Likely it will never be repeated because it was created because of a confluence of ingredients that may never happen again.

                                1. I eat ice cream Monday through Saturday.

                                  On Sunday I rest, and make ice cream.

                                  1. Because my father worked rotating shifts, meals during the week depened on what time of day it was for him. I particlarly enjoyed dinner for breakfast when he arrived home from an overnight shift.

                                    Friday night was always buttered popcorn in the heavy stainless steel bowl and the single serving of soda we kids were allowed for the week. I treasure that bowl and still eat my stovetop popcorn from it. It always brings back memories of happy times.

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                                    1. re: Pwmfan

                                      We, too, had a single serving of clear pop once a week. I felt so uncool with such a mean rule, but I appreciate the thinking behind it now.

                                      1. re: sandylc

                                        Thanks for the reminder--we had family popcorn at least twice a week, and I was the designated popper. Stovetop--heat the oil, drop in 3 test kernels and when they popped, add the rest. I liked to get "fancy" as add the green-can Parmesan.

                                        Other than that, our only other weekly traditions were bacon and eggs after church, about noonish, then a roast beef and the usual trimmings late Sunday.

                                    2. Never growing up. And certainly never now. We only plan ahead if we have guests coming or if we need to thaw something. We make what we want to eat at any giving time.

                                      Hubby, however, grew up with a rigid dinner plan-o-gram. I think it partly had something to do with his mom going back to work and him cooking dinner for the family beginning at about age 11.

                                      1. Way back when, we had some dishes on certain days, like Spaghetti on Wednesday, and Red Beans & Rice on Thursday, Chicken on Sunday, but that was so very long ago. Now, the answer would be "NO."


                                        1. When I was a kid, Sunday dinner was often "sloppy joes" on TV trays, watching the World of Disney. Hadn't thought about that for years - thanks!!

                                          1. When I was a kid, we definitely had certain foods on particular days of the week. Friday - pizza or anything Italian/with red sauce and cheese. We would usually order Pizza Hut (always Pizza Hut, nothing else) or order from a local Italian takeout place and have chicken parmesan or pizza cheesesteaks. Sunday was always Chinese food - the same order usually every time - General Tso's, chicken and broccoli, shrimp fried rice, wonton soup, pupu platter, and shrimp egg rolls. Every other day of the week, my mom would cook and for some reason we always seemed to have some variation of pot roast on Wednesdays.

                                            As for now, rather than particular flavors of food on particular days, I seem to have ingredients that I eat on particular days. Friday is fish, Saturday always includes some dish with lots of mushrooms, Sunday usually includes some family tradition or home cooked recipe either as the side or the main. Sundays are the days I braise or devote to my favorite family collard greens for example.

                                            1. Thanks for starting the thread btw :)

                                              1. Growing up Sunday was gravy day. The only thing that ever changed was the variety of macaroni.

                                                Currently, Fridays are pizza night, homemade or takeout. And yes, when I make a pot of gravy, it's always on Sunday. I think because the meatballs take so long then the gravy cooks for 3 hrs and Sunday is a lazy day for us. Sunday is also special breakfast day and the only day I make a roast chicken dinner. Odd really.

                                                1. Friday night was chicken soup, roast chicken,green beans and salad.
                                                  the soup was served with luchen(noodles) or rice

                                                  Sometimes we had stuffed breast of veal or brisket

                                                  glass of tea and seltzer were the beverages

                                                  1. Growing up: when my parents went out on Saturday nights, dinner was always Kraft mac n cheese with hot dogs cut up in it.

                                                    When DH and I moved in together, we tried to establish Taco Tuesday. It worked for a couple months, but then we lost the momentum - mostly because I got tired of the same menu every Tues night. (He was not an adventurous eater at the time.)

                                                    Now we do pizza on Friday nights. We try to rotate where we order from or eat in at, or which recipe we use to make the crust, but pretty much every Friday involves pizza. However, last week was Mexican week and so Friday night's dinner was quesadillas!

                                                    1. Growing up, Friday was pizza night. That was the only set dinner, but Saturday morning always meant donuts and Sunday morning was always eggs and something (either bacon, sausage or occasionally french toast. I do miss donut Saturdays...

                                                      1. In my little nook of Northeastern MA, lots of folks ate similarly

                                                        Monday: Chicken

                                                        Tuesday: Liver n Onions

                                                        Wednesday: Pasta ("Prince Spaghetti Day"...iconic commercials with a kid named "Anthony" running home for dinner through Boston streets)

                                                        Thursday: Casserole

                                                        Friday: Fish; or at least, meatless, regardless of whether it was Lent or not

                                                        Saturday: Hot Dogs and beans

                                                        Sunday: a Big Dinner. Turkey or roast beef for most, but Italian for us (lamb, or eggplant, or veal, or a big antipasto salad)

                                                        1. Thanks for putting this together!
                                                          Growing up: (until I was about 13 years old)
                                                          Sunday night - Chinese in or out
                                                          Friday night - roasted chicken, potatoes, veggie, chopped liver, beef or chicken soup.
                                                          Saturday night - if mom and dad were out for the evening, Swanson's TV dinners in front of the TV on a "snack table" with a glass coke!

                                                          Grown up: now
                                                          Wednesday night - chicken or beef or vegetable soup (Mrs Phreddy has her granddaughter every Wednesday)

                                                          At least 2 nights a week is fish, one night meat free or dairy meal.

                                                          #$*&% >>>Oh yeah! every night an adult drink!

                                                          EDIT: Mom went back to college full time for three years when I was 13. This was when my 15 year old brother and I took over cooking on most nights...We had an 8 year old sister, and my dad was no cook, but never minded doing the dishes. We would plan with him and mom would do the shopping for us.

                                                          1. Growing up I don't recall any routine. ~~ Today, the only one is fried catfish on Saturday night, unless we go out....then it may be Sunday. Gotta have my weekly fix.

                                                            1. Right before closing time every Saturday night my boyfriend and I order our favorite Thai take out so that we can enjoy it during our lazy Sunday afternoons because the restaurant is closed on Sundays. That took us a few weeks to figure out. Every Sunday we'd be craving Thai Thai all day and would be SOL!

                                                              1. Fish on Fridays.

                                                                We usually alternated between waffles and French Toast for breakfast on Sundays, which made pancakes a special treat.

                                                                Consomme, cream of tomato or cream of mushroom soup with grilled cheese sandwiches for Sunday lunch.

                                                                Chinese restaurant for dinner on Sundays.

                                                                1. This has been running in another thread asking if your mother cooked/served a set menu.

                                                                  Monday-London Broil
                                                                  Tuesday-Week 1, Lamb Chops Week 2-Veal Chops
                                                                  Wednesday-Fish (usually fried flounder) or pasta
                                                                  Thursday-Chinese Taskeout
                                                                  Friday-Broiled or roast chcken with rice or potatoes
                                                                  Saturday-cold delicatessen for the kids-parents went out
                                                                  Sunday-1 PM luncheon out & 7PM Apizza takeout

                                                                  From 1958-1978 with almost no variation

                                                                  Breakfast: Mon-Fri-toasted bagel or rolls, margarine, juice coffee. Saturday: Cold cereal. Sunday: Lox, Bagels, Smoked Salmon, Whitefish salad, etc.

                                                                  Today I eat the Mon-Fri selection 7 days a week with eggs added three times per week.

                                                                  Lunch was always out at a restaurant. My elementary school didn't have a cafeteria and we had 90 minutes to go home for lunch, BUT mom taught school in another city so I went to a restaurant.

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                                                                  1. re: bagelman01

                                                                    Just some clarification as to your comment ....This thread is not specifically about your mom as the other thread suggests...at 13 my mom left home...more off, it does ask about your lifestyle then, no specific time frame and now...

                                                                  2. Would you elaborate on "fish kabobs" please?

                                                                    I don't recall a food schedule as a kid. The only thing we are really committed to now is booze--Friday cocktail hour, vs most every other weeknight when we abstain. Regretfully (or for the better) I am not in posession of a metabolism that can handle the extra calories from my cocktail of choice on a daily basis.
                                                                    Also wood-fired oven pizza on Fridays in the nice weather seasons here, which means some kind of slow roasted meat on Saturday to take full advantage of the residual oven heat.

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                                                                    1. re: splatgirl

                                                                      "Would you elaborate on "fish kabobs" please?"

                                                                      They were large chuncks of some type of firm white fish and large chuncks of vegetables that were all marinated then threaded on a skewer. Depending upon the time of year, the skewers were either grilled outside or broiled in the oven. They were served with little dishes of melted butter.

                                                                      1. re: Fowler

                                                                        Ohh thank you. I don't know why it never occurred to me to use fish as the protein in this context!

                                                                    2. My father was a engineer for The Jersey Central Railroad and for a time in the early 60's worked what they called the "list". No set schedule, he went where they needed him if another engineer called in sick or something. It paid very well, but kind of drove my mother a little crazy what with not knowing when he'd be home and the problem with planning meals. The one bright spot was we could eat stuff that he didn't like or those that he claimed gave him heartburn. Fried hamburgers instead of those broiled hockey pucks that actually "clinked" when they hit the plate or the sausage, pepper, and onion sandwiches from a joint across the street that he wouldn't even consider entering (too dirty). Life was good on those too rare occasions.

                                                                      1. When I was young, we had sirloin steak pretty much every Sunday, per my father's request. Usually accompanied by tossed salad with blue cheese dressing and fried potatoes and onions. This was in the '60s. His father was the accountant at a restaurant supply butcher, so the meat was affordable back then.

                                                                        My most memorable "eat certain foods on particular days" was a very nice man I dated about 7 years ago. Every single week he bought:
                                                                        ~1 top round steak that he cut in half and cooked them on Sunday and Tuesday
                                                                        ~Frozen pizza for Monday
                                                                        ~2 frozen dinners for Wed, and Thurs. (which is pretty much the only variety he got in his menu -- which frozen dinner this week?)
                                                                        Friday was his treat to go out for dinner, but it HAD to be for a burger.

                                                                        Every single week....

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                                                                        1. re: Terrie H.

                                                                          Perhaps why "nice" and "dated"--past tense-- are in the same sentence? :)

                                                                          1. re: splatgirl

                                                                            I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for his family, and his mother truly couldn't believe that wine was being served. She said to my face "we don't serve wine" as if it was against the law. The rest of the family loved me.... ;))

                                                                            1. re: Terrie H.

                                                                              I get it!...hope you are with someone else who understands food!

                                                                        2. Wednesday was Rice Night, which meant we got nothing but a small bowl of rice for dinner to see how most of the world ate - needless to say, I usually found an excuse to eat at friends' houses on Wednesdays... [gulp]

                                                                          Fridays during Lent was usually Kraft Mac & Cheese mixed with tuna and peas, or Long John Silver's for a treat.

                                                                          And Sundays dad made pancakes for breakfast - the only thing he cooked.

                                                                          1. I knew people like that. Catholics, mostly with big families.

                                                                            1. Growing up in the fifties and sixties we had a big dinner at 1:00 every Sunday. Every other week was chicken and every other chicken was a roast stuffed bird which I loved. The alternate chicken was chicken fricasse with Minute Rice which I hated and hate to this day. I even made a Julia fricassee recipe in the seventies and used real rice and still hated it. The non chicken Sundays were pretty good. Roast beef, roast pork or a leg of lamb. My father didn't make a lot of money but he was a chowhound and eating well once a week was a priority. He had a special relationship cultivated over many years with the head butcher at the local grocery store. We were occasionally given the owner's roast. Of course Sunday dinner made at least one more appearance on Monday and was re-purposed as much as possible in sandwiches or in a cream sauce during the week. My mother was from the mid west so lots of mayo and cream or cheese sauces came into play.

                                                                              1. Catholic in the 60s so Fridays were meatless...tuna casserole, fish sticks (my mother despised fish in general), fried eggs and potatoes, mac & cheese, or pancakes.

                                                                                Other than that, no regular rotation. A heavy reliance on hamburger, as she could make one pound feed 6 people.

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                                                                                1. re: coney with everything

                                                                                  Fish Friday for us too but I'm not Catholic and have no idea where the trend came from but it sure has stuck :)

                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                    I'm sure you may get various explanations as to how it originated. My Father grew up in a very strict Catholic family and they were not allowed to eat meat on any Friday during the year and not just during Lent. I was told the abstinance was penance and a show of discipline and sacrifice.

                                                                                    Several of the younger Catholics I know have admitted that eating beer battered fried fish is not much of a sacrifice, so they will give up something they like for each day during lent. A good friend of mine gives up eating any chocolate during Lent. She said THAT is a real sacrifice. :-)

                                                                                    1. re: Fowler

                                                                                      Oh I meant why it originated for us, as we're not Catholic just kind of got into that groove one day. I figured the Fish Fridays for Catholics evolved from the Lent tradition.

                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                        Oooops, sorry fldhkybnva! I misunderstood your question.

                                                                                      2. re: Fowler

                                                                                        many years ago a bf of mine who was Catholic gave up alcohol for lent as well as meat

                                                                                        1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                          The year that I gave up alcohol for Lent, my children asked me to promise to never do it again. They said I was "mean and snappy all the time". Hmmmm

                                                                                        2. re: Fowler

                                                                                          As you said, the no meat on Friday used to be a Catholic "rule" for every Friday, not just during Lent. Now the no meat rule is only for Ash Wednesday and each Friday in Lent.
                                                                                          Giving up something else for Lent is not related to meat. When I was young, we always gave up something we liked for Lent. Strict Catholics still give up something for Lent. One of my brothers gave up coffee- this year, one of my nephews gave up all his social media!
                                                                                          To keep is food focused, I still usually have fish on Fridays, as it is something I always did! Tonight it is scallops.

                                                                                      3. re: coney with everything

                                                                                        Add tomato soup and english muffins topped with cheese and then broiled into the rotation, and you are my family. Those fish sticks....ugh. Also, tuna salad in the summer, until we kids happened to come down with the flu on a certain tuna salad Friday. double ugh.

                                                                                      4. Yankee here.
                                                                                        Big Sunday dinner, usually chicken or pork.
                                                                                        Wednesday night was also Prince spaghetti(or some other pasta) night for us.
                                                                                        Thursday nights frequently a boiled dinner-corned beef and cabbage.
                                                                                        Baked beans on Saturday night.
                                                                                        Friday night was either take out fish n' chips or take out pizza.
                                                                                        Mum was semi-vegetarian and was into organic gardening and broccoli before it was trendy, so meat of any sort was limited.

                                                                                        1. Lately I've been doing Meatless Monday and Tuesday Tilapia Taco day.

                                                                                          Just to change up things a little. I've following Weight Watchers for so long, and know what foods are safe low-cal foods for me, but get so tired of the routine, so I'm looking to shake it up a little.

                                                                                          1. Didn't as a kid and don't do now (with the exception of grilled salmon every Sunday night for my husband and me).

                                                                                            BUT...now that I think of it, it sure would make meal planning a whole lot easier!! :-)

                                                                                            1. Sunday - Sunday Gravy
                                                                                              Thursday - macaroni
                                                                                              Friday - Pizza, Chinese, or Fish

                                                                                              1. I drink beer on days ending with "y"

                                                                                                1. At our house, Saturday breakfast is always hash browns from freshly grated potatoes, usually served with bacon, eggs and a bit of toast.