Dining & Wine

5 Versatile Weekday Dinners That Every Member Of The Family Will Love

March 3, 2024

Here are five weekday meal ideas that can be easily adapted to suit various preferences—meat, vegetarian, and kid-friendly options:

  1. Pasta Primavera:
    • Meat Option: Add grilled chicken or shrimp.
    • Vegetarian Option: Load it with seasonal vegetables like bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and broccoli.
    • Kid-Friendly: Use a favorite pasta shape, and you can even sneak in some pureed vegetables into the sauce.
  2. Taco Night:
    • Meat Option: Seasoned ground beef or chicken.
    • Vegetarian Option: Black bean and corn salsa or sautéed veggies like bell peppers and onions.
    • Kid-Friendly: Offer a variety of toppings like shredded cheese, lettuce, diced tomatoes, and mild salsa.
  3. Stir-Fry:
    • Meat Option: Sliced chicken, beef, or shrimp.
    • Vegetarian Option: Tofu or a mix of colorful stir-fry vegetables.
    • Kid-Friendly: Use a flavorful yet mild sauce, and serve it over rice or noodles.
  4. Vegetarian Quesadillas:
    • Meat Option: None needed, but you can add some grilled chicken if desired.
    • Vegetarian Option: Black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, and cheese.
    • Kid-Friendly: Cut them into smaller, easy-to-handle wedges, and serve with a side of guacamole or salsa.
  5. Homemade Pizza:
    • Meat Option: Pepperoni, sausage, or cooked and crumbled ground beef.
    • Vegetarian Option: Various veggies like bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and olives.
    • Kid-Friendly: Let the kids customize their own pizza with their favorite toppings.

Remember to adjust the seasoning and spice levels to suit everyone’s taste. These meals are versatile, allowing each family member to customize their plate according to their preferences. —Vita Daily

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