Meal Theme Ideas: Making Dinner Fun Again

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<p style="text-align:center;"><iframe width="853" height="480" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/--hEqAqiXNo?rel=0&amp;hd=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>It’s easy to get stuck in that same old food routine. Shake things up a bit by planning a theme night! Here are some meal theme ideas that can get you out of that food rut:</p> <h2>1. German Theme</h2> <p>Bust out your lederhosen and brace yourself for German night! With a hearty, wholesome serving of sauerkraut and some fresh bratwurst, washed down with a mug of fine, German beer, this is one of those food theme ideas that will leave you utterly content. Pick up a German horseradish sauce at the store to dress the bratwurst. If you don’t like horseradish plain, tame this spicy sauce with ketchup, mustard, or even mayonnaise. You can also try whipping up a bratwurst, sauerkraut, and baked bean casserole, which only takes about an hour to cook. Finish the meal with a hot apple strudel, topped with vanilla bean ice cream. The only way to respond to theme dinner ideas like this one is to say, “Mmm, das ist gut!”</p> <h2>2. Luau Theme</h2> <p>In need of some relaxation? There are tons of dinner theme ideas that can take you to a tropical climate for the night. Just make-believe you’re in Maui with a Luau-themed night! Cook up some pineapple lemon chicken with a side of macaroni salad and broccoli rabe. If you’re not a chicken fan, try some Polynesian sausage or mahi mahi, seasoned with teriyaki, lemon, honey, and sesame seeds. Finish out the night with some mango sorbet or a Haupia coconut pudding. Out of all the meal theme ideas, a Hawaiian food night will surely bring some sunshine into your kitchen, even in the dreariest of winters.</p> <h2>3. Taco Tuesdays</h2> <p>There are many Mexican themed food ideas that can take your taste buds to the border. Our personal favorite? Tacos: versatile, delicious, nutritious, easy, and perfect for a Mexican-themed dinner. Olé! Kick off your taco fiesta with some ground pork, seasoned with taco seasoning, and cooked with grated potatoes in a large skillet. You can also opt for chicken or steak fajitas or some fried fish tacos. The best part about taco night? You get to make your own! After preparing the main ingredient, lay out flour or corn tortillas, thinly sliced lettuce, grated cheddar cheese, guacamole, fried onions, bell peppers, cilantro, and salsa. Just sit back and sip on a margarita while the kids prepare their own plates! <span class="caps">DIY</span> meal theme ideas allow the busy mom to relax a bit.</p> <h2>4. Italian Dinner</h2> <p>Stromboli, penne, lasagna&#8212;the themed meal ideas are endless with Italian night. Angel hair pasta is always a hit. Try dressing up some pasta with mushrooms, butter, or red pepper flakes. A creamy pesto shrimp with a side of pasta will surely have you saying, “Mamma mia!” with delight. After licking your plate clean, it would be very un-Italian of you to turn down dessert. Indulge in some tiramisu or cannoli. Who could resist?</p> <p>Now that your stomach is rumbling, pick out one of these meal themes and get cookin’!</p>