To ensure good variety, you might think in terms of theme nights. I took a page out of my sweet daughter-in-law’s book and came up with these broad categories for my own family’s dinners:
Daily Dinner Theme Nights
Soul Food Sundays
World Cuisine Wednesdays
We like to try recipes from all across the globe, so one week we’ll eat Italian dishes like spaghetti or lasagna, another week it will Indian, such as curry or butter chicken, another week Mediterranean fare including gyros, schwarma, and hummus
This is a great night for cleaning out the refrigerator and eating up all the leftovers… or combining them into something new, such a vegetable beef stew or a huge fruit salad.
Al Fresco Fridays
We usually clean house on Fridays and will either picnic in the backyard to avoid messing up the kitchen or go out to eat as a family to give the cook a break!
Soup & Salad Saturdays
Translated onto my weekly meal plan printable, here’s how our family’s dining habits would look:
More help in the kitchen
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