5 Fun and Fancy Family Meals to Try This Week

Do you ever tire of eating the same thing week in and week out – I’m sure the answer is yes – so check out these 5 Fun and Fancy Family Meals to Try This Week.

Maybe you’re stuck in a meal prep rut and you dread even stepping foot in the kitchen.

Give your weeknight menu — and your taste buds — a complete refresh with these fun and fancy family meals.

Somehow, they’re even more delicious than they look, so they’re sure to impress everyone at the table. 

Plus, they’re simple enough to make on a school night, which means you can give one or two — or all five — a try this week.

Do you ever tire of eating the same thing week in and week out - I'm sure the answer is yes - so check out these 5 Fun and Fancy Family Meals to Try This Week.

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Ricotta Strawberry French Toast

Not sure what to make for breakfast? Whip up a batch of ricotta strawberry french toast.

This tasty meal looks fancy but is so easy you can serve it any day of the week.

With lashings of creamy ricotta, sweet strawberries and a honey drizzle, this sweet treat is hard to beat.

First, make the egg wash and coat each slice of bread in it, allowing them to soak for one to two minutes.

Then, cook the toast in a skillet until golden and halve each piece on the diagonal.

Spread them with ricotta, drizzle on the honey and add a pinch of salt.

Top with sliced strawberries and fresh mint before digging in.

Salmon Wellington

If you’re familiar with beef wellington, you know just how delicious puff-pastry-wrapped meat can be.

If your kids like seafood, try switching things up with a fancy salmon wellington instead.

This lighter version looks just as impressive on the table and is rather rewarding to make.

Sauté the garlic and onion in a skillet and add the spinach, heating it until it wilts.

Mix in the breadcrumbs, cream cheese, parmesan and dill until well combined.

Place the salmon on an unrolled puff pastry sheet, top with the creamy spinach mixture and wrap it all up.

Trim any excess dough and flip the wellington over, placing it in a pan to bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Slice, serve and enjoy!

Lobster Grilled Cheese

Tired of plain old grilled cheese?

Maybe the kids aren’t but, if you and your partner need a break, try making fancy lobster grilled cheese.

Turn up the flavor factor with rich, buttery lobster meat and melty, tangy sharp cheddar.

All you need are five simple ingredients and a half hour to make this delicious meal.

Chop the lobster into half-inch pieces and set aside.

Then, butter one side of each slice of bread.

Flip them over and layer on cheese, lobster, herbs and more cheese.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook the sandwiches in batches until they’re golden brown on both sides.

Slice in half and serve with soup or salad. 

Rainbow Veggie and Pesto Tart

Some kids just won’t eat their veggies, no matter how much you try to convince them.

But even the pickiest eater won’t be able to resist this beautiful veggie tart.

This eye-popping dish has all the colors of the rainbow — and tons of vegetables, to boot.

Plus, it’s super fun to make, so feel free to let the kiddos join you in the kitchen.

Odds are they’ll be more willing to try it if they lend a helping hand.

Make a homemade pesto or keep things simple with a store-bought variety.

Then, use a veggie peeler to cut long ribbons of zucchini, yellow squash and carrots.

Halve the eggplant lengthwise and slice thinly.

Then, cut the stack in half.

Prep your puff pastry, fill with pesto and let the little ones line the walls with vegetable strips.

Alternate veggies until the dish is full and bake it for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool, slice and serve.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Does your family enjoy a bit of heat in their meals?

Spice up dinnertime with homemade chicken tikka masala.

This traditional Indian dish features juicy marinated meat in a creamy tomato sauce.

With rice or warm pita bread as a side, this meal is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

As long as you prep the chicken beforehand, you can have dinner on the table in less than an hour.

Once the meat is ready, preheat a grill for high heat.

Thread the chicken onto skewers and discard the marinade.

Grill until the juices run clear. In the meantime, boil some rice, heat your pita bread and make the red sauce.

Add the chicken to the sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.

Then, transfer to bowls and garnish the finished product with fresh cilantro. Bon Appetit.

Getting Creative in the Kitchen

These recipes are simple, fun and super customizable, so use your imagination and get inventive in the kitchen.

Experiment with different seasonings, swap proteins and grains and substitute ingredients to suit your family’s preferences and nutritional needs.

Whichever meal you make, they’re bound to be impressed by your creativity — and how good everything tastes.

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