Looking to change up your meal planning routine? With these 15 dinner night themes and a few extra tips, you’ll never be bored with you family meals again.
Can I confess something to you?
Until a year or so ago, I hated the idea of themed dinner nights. Just the thought of eating the same type of food on the same day, every single week felt so boring.
Where I went wrong with Dinner Night Themes
Let’s face it, when you hardly have time to plan your meals, then it becomes far too easy to make the same exact meal for each theme night. But my least favorite, was taco night.
Sure, the kids loved it, and it was a great way to use up leftover meat and protein. But my husband and I always wanted fresh toppings such as diced tomatoes or onions.
To make matters worse, I felt the need to present the meal on our dinner table in a pseudo-Donna Reed type of perfection. Each filling and condiment was removed from it’s original packaging, and put into a bowl to be passed around the table.
The thought of all those extra dishes still gives me the shudders.
What changed my mind
Eventually, I got rid of that perfectionist ideal. I started plopping down the original containers right on the table, saying “help yourself.”
Or, instead of tacos, I just made a pan of nachos in the oven. Same flavors, same concept, one dish.
That’s when themed dinner nights started to become more interesting, and I looked for more ways to incorporate themes into our meal planning.
How to keep it interesting
I realized rotating a long list of themes over several weeks and months keeps things far more interesting than just making every week Taco Tuesday or Meatless Monday.
Yes, we do have a couple nights each week that are exactly the same (leftovers night is pretty varied on it’s own, and who doesn’t like pizza night on Fridays?)
But, now, I no longer look at themed dinner nights with hatred. Instead, I see them as a fantastic resource when I’m stuck for ideas and there are only three or four meals left to plan for a month!
Add these 15 dinner night themes to your meal planning sessions and you’ll see how much faster your planning goes. Remember, how you use these themes is up to you. You can:
- Choose one or two themes to repeat every week,
- Rotate all 15 dinner night themes over the course of 2-3 months, or
- Use dinner night themes as inspiration when you’re losing steam at the end of your meal planning session.
Just remember to keep it flexible, and have fun!
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