Not ready for another week of juggling rush hour, after-school activities, and breakneck slicing and dicing in order to get dinner on the table fast? We hear you. That’s why we love the idea of Manwich Monday, a slightly sloppy sandwich theme that’s easy, deliciously messy, and fun.

To make it even more of an occasion, consider turning the evening’s dinner prep into a family-friendly cook-off. Try these fun tips for combining Manwich Monday , with “Mano a Mano Monday.” By teaming up and going head to head with your kitchen creations, everyone will be saying “TGIM!” in no time.

  • Tune in together. Check your local television listings and get the family hooked on the latest set of kids’ culinary shows like MasterChef Junior and Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown. You can even find inspiration on the many kids’ cooking channels on YouTube, where pint-sized personalities just like them are getting dishy with it.
  • Choose teams in advance. The weekend prior is a good time to separate family members into teams so competitors can plan a Manwich recipe and purchase necessary ingredients.

Quit dreading Monday dinner and start embracing the happy chaos of newfound family time! For more Monday-Funday meal ideas, check out our Messy Mondays blog series and visit