Unique and Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Family Menu


Are you tired of having the same old meals every night? Making dinner can sometimes seem like a chore. So, here are ten simple recipes to change up your family menu.

1. Ravioli Lasagna

Replacing the traditional pasta sheets with ravioli can switch up this classic dish. Lasagna is the perfect comfort food you can just stick in the oven, saving you time in the kitchen. Also, its portion size is big enough to feed the whole family. You can even fill the pasta with healthy ingredients, such as spinach, to increase the flavor.

2. Homemade Garlic Knots

These savory treats can be the perfect side for any meal. Plus, it’s cheaper than going to Olive Garden. Consider making a larger batch and freezing them once they are shaped. Then you can take them out to thaw before serving them for dinner. To make the dish, you will need first to flatten the dough and cut it into strips. These delicious treats also make a good snack for your kids.

3. Cheeseburger MeatLoaf

Meatloaf can be a good source of protein. However, sometimes it can lack flavor. So, why not use a kid-friendly food like hamburger meat to help spice up the dish. It can add that extra flavor and moisture.

When making the meal, you want to find the right cut of meat. Try to look for one that can provide a juicy taste, such as ground sirloin. You also want to ensure the meatloaf holds its shape by subtly mixing in vegetables.

4. Chili Cheese Dog Pizza

If you’re in a rush, this simple meal is easy to make and something your kids will love. It will make your typical pizza night more creative; just have plenty of napkins on hand. You can even incorporate some hot peppers on your slice if you’re looking to add a little kick.

Suppose you have more time. Consider making the pizza dough. You will need to buy certain ingredients such as flour, sugar, and dry yeast. Making your dough can even be a fun bonding activity for the whole family.

5. Taco Salad

Want to have a taco night? This dish is a fun way to let your family personalize their meal. Simply cook the beef and let them do the rest. Consider adding some classic toppings like cheese, salsa, and sour cream. To encourage your family to eat healthier, mix in some lettuce and beans. Be sure to add tortilla chips for that extra crunch.

Another benefit of taco salad is it makes a good lunch for the next day. Simply reheat it in the microwave and enjoy.

6. Steak Fajitas

If you’re in the mood for Mexican food, then it is the perfect dish. Cook some steak and serve with your family’s favorite toppings. Consider mixing in some vegetables, such as peppers, to get critical nutrients. When cooking on the grill, consider the type of wood you want to use, such as cherry flavored. Be sure to clean out your grill with a sturdy metal brush after each use.

Another option is to cook the steak in an air fryer for more convenience. Either way, steak fajitas is one of the best summer meal to enjoy with family and friends.

7. Barbecue Meatball Subs

Meatball subs take minimal preparation and are sure to be hit with your kids. Flavoring them with barbecue can make them even more enticing. The meal is perfect for both dinner on the go and school lunches. You can then complement the sandwich with your child’s favorite chips.

When preparing the meatballs, keep the ingredients cool to prevent fat from melting. You also want to retain their moisture by mixing eggs, bread crumbs, and milk.

8. Rigatoni With Corn

Instead of topping your pasta with lots of cheese or butter, consider using corn instead. You can mix in either the canned or frozen kind. Adding corn is an excellent way to sneak in some vegetables for your kids. In fact, corn is rich in Vitamin C and can protect your cells from damage and fight off diseases.

The corn also adds texture and flavor without all the fat. Plus, pasta is easy to make, which is perfect after a long day of work.

9. Creamy Spinach and Red Pepper Chicken

This meal provides both a source of protein and vegetables. You can serve it with pasta or potatoes. For those who like spice, the red pepper gives it an extra kick. You will heat a large cast-iron over medium heat to create the dish.  Consider adding a healthy side, such as peas or broccoli.

10. Bean and Beef Chili

Chili is the perfect food for those colder winter evenings. It’s also simple to make and only uses one pot. So, you can spend less time cleaning up the kitchen afterward. Plus, it’s a hearty meal that can leave your kids feeling full. Then they won’t ask for that middle-of-the-night snack. You can even add unsweetened cocoa or espresso for some extra flavoring.

How to Spice up Your Family Dinner

Deciding what is for dinner can sometimes be a struggle. Finding easy ways to be creative is sometimes challenging. Consider these recipe ideas to make your next family meal a hit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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