Fun Things to Make for Dinner

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If your family groans at the sight of another meatloaf or frozen pizza, you may be in desperate need of a few new dinner recipes. Variety is important, especially if you're cooking for kids. Enlist the help of family members to create one of these fast, fun, easy-to-prepare meals.

Make-Your-Own Dinner "Sundae"

  • Start with a healthy grain, such as quinoa or brown rice, then set out small bowls of ingredients for "toppings." Depending on your family's tastes, prepare shredded vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, bread crumbs or small pieces of cooked meat or tofu. Provide a variety of sauces, such as marinara, salad dressing or melted cheese. Give everyone a sundae glass in which to layer the ingredients. This fun meal is an optimal way to use up small quantities of leftovers.

Bubble Pizza

  • Use canned biscuits to make this quick pizza with a fun look and texture. Remove the contents of two tubes of ready-to-bake biscuits, and cut each into quarters. Toss the dough in a bowl with two cups of pizza sauce and other ingredients that you might use for pizza toppings. Dump the whole thing into an oiled cake pan, top with two cups of shredded cheese and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Kids can help prepare this easy recipe, which should go over well with any pizza lover.

Porcupine Meatballs

  • Slow cookers are ideal for creating easy dinners, and porcupine meatballs are a fun surprise when you take the lid off. For this potluck staple, use a basic meatloaf recipe, but add uncooked rice. Form the mixture into balls. Place the meatballs in your slow cooker, pour in tomato soup, and set to cook on low heat for several hours. Come dinnertime, you'll see why they call them "porcupine": the meatballs will be covered in little spikes of cooked rice. Serve with vegetables and bread for a complete meal.

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