Are you stuck in a food rut? Have you been making the same meals over and over again and are now growing bored of the same tastes, the same colours, and the same plates?
Dinnertimes can become monotonous in this busy and fast-paced world. When you don’t have the time or the energy after a long day of work to make something new and interesting, mealtimes can become a drag. But fear not, we’ve come up with six different ways you can make your mealtimes more interesting.
To find out more, keep reading now!
Make a surprise meal box
Write down a whole load of recipes and make sure to add in all your family favourites, then chop up into slips of paper, fold, and put into a box. Whenever you’re stuck for what to eat or just need a bit of excitement from your dinner, head over to the surprise box.
You could set aside a day when one family member gets to close their eyes, reach into the box, and blindly choose your meal for the evening, or you could use it randomly! Either way, the surprise meal box is bound to make dinner times more fun.
Change up where you shop
Sometimes you just need inspiration and so changing where you shop for your groceries could be the ticket to exciting dinnertimes. Try shopping online with quality meat suppliers like the Dorset Meat Company, or find a local farm shop and stock up on locally grown produce.
Try picking out groceries you wouldn’t normally pick and spices you’ve never heard of to tantalise your tastebuds and get everyone talking about the new flavours you’re bringing to dinnertime.
Make your plates an artistic display
Food presentation is a big part of the dining out experience so why not try bringing it home? You could make it into a game by trying to replicate famous paintings with the food on your plate or play food Pictionary and have your family members guess the drawings you’ve made on their plate.
Get the family involved and let the little ones create their own masterpieces before sitting down to eat!
Eat your meal in reverse order
This one is bound to be a hit with the kids!
When you sit down to eat, why not try starting with dessert? You could plan a three-course meal where you work backwards through your meal and eat the sweet stuff first.
This one could even be used as a treat on the weekends!
Get the whole family involved in the prep
If your kids are starting to get older, you might consider letting them help out! It’s never too early to learn to cook your favourite meals and so letting everyone get involved with the cooking process could be a fun way to spice up mealtimes and teach some valuable life lessons too!
Travel the world with your food
And finally, why not try going on a world tour during your dinnertimes. You could pick a new country each week and cook a traditional meal from their culture. This could help to make dinners more exciting and teach the family about the traditional cuisine of different cultures.
To take it further, why not create a three-course meal from three different countries and continent-hop your way through dinnertime!
Mealtimes can be made more fun when you add in new flavours and textures, include everyone in the prep, or make a game out of creative food designs! If you’re looking to spice up mealtimes, why not try one of these ideas today and watch your mealtimes feel more exciting in no time!