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Dinner: 5 fun ways to eat together (+ recipes)

Meals can be fresh and fun simply by changing the way you get it to the table (or tent!).

By Eshun Mott
Dinner: 5 fun ways to eat together (+ recipes)

Dinner: 5 fun ways to eat together (+ recipes)

Mix it up

Getting tired of your old dinner standbys? Then try shaking up how you eat dinner.

We've got five ideas (and recipes!) that will add some fun to your next family meal.

Dinner: 5 fun ways to eat together (+ recipes)Photo: Maya Visnyei

Hold an indoor picnic

Packing a sweet and crunchy chicken salad in a pita means you can safely serve up dinner somewhere other than the table. Adding crispy bacon to baby spinach and cherry tomatoes just might be enough to tempt a salad-hater. Put it in a mug for a low-mess option. Picnic on the floor in a fort, anyone?

Get the recipe here: Curried Chicken Salad

Get the recipe here: Baby Spinach BLT Salad

Dinner: 5 fun ways to eat together (+ recipes)Photo: Maya Visnyei

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Breakfast for dinner

This is already a go-to in many households, but by making your waffles with whole wheat flour and adding ham and cheese, you'll be giving your brood a delicious and nutrious meal.

Get the recipe here: Ham and Cheese Waffles

Get the recipe here: Tomato Jam

Dinner: 5 fun ways to eat together (+ recipes)Photo: Maya Visnyei

Eat with your fingers

Put away the utensils and give everyone extra napkins. With all the fixings served up in small bowls, tacos give everyone the opportunity to make their dinner just the way they like it.

Get the recipe here: Mexican Steak Tacos

Dinner: 5 fun ways to eat together (+ recipes)Photo: Maya Visnyei

Have your kids help in the kitchen

This is a quick and easy meal that an older child may be able to do on her own with permission. But even the smallest chef can use a butter knife to cut tofu into pieces. Everyone will feel like they helped out!

Get the recipe here: Soupy Asian Noodles

Dinner: 5 fun ways to eat together (+ recipes)Photo: Maya Visnyei

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Grow your dinner

Easy-to-sow sprouts make a delicious base for this classic salad. It is recommended that children under age five (or anyone with a sensitive immune system) not eat raw sprouts because of salmonella and E. coli risks.

Get the recipe here: Sprouted Niçoise Salad

Dinner: 5 fun ways to eat together (+ recipes)Photo: Maya Visnyei

More dinner ideas!

7 nutritious dinner recipes>
Plan dinners for an entire week with these yummy, kid-friendly recipes (plus get the grocery list to match)!

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This article was originally published on Apr 04, 2013

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