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8 Cool Ways To Make Dinner Fun (Recipes)

There's no way around it. Dinner can be a drag sometimes. 

Whether you have picky kids that get bored with their evening meal, or you feel the need to jazz up dinner for party guests (or just yourself), it can be a lot of fun to find new and exciting ways to serve up your favorite foods.

It doesn't matter if you are cooking for an 8-year-old or an 88-year-old, anyone who is young at heart will adore these fun twists on food that you're probably eating anyway:

1. Pasta Cake

Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just proud or yourself for making it through a long day of work, this delicious lasagna-ziti hybrid will hit the spot. Alternately, you can make pasta pie for a similar effect (recipe here).

2. Breakfast Flowers

Want to score bonus points with your loved ones? Serve these easy egg and ham (or whatever fillings you like) wonton cups with sweet bacon roses (recipe here) and/or rainbow pancakes (recipe here). This is a particularly great last-minute, affordable anniversary or birthday meal.

3. Chorizo-Egg Rainbow Tacos​


It's easy to eat vegetables when they look this good. If you hate poorly mixed tacos and burritos with the same fiery passion as I do, you're more than welcome to make thin lines in the opposite direction, or just lay everything out in a gorgeous rainbow and let everyone serve themselves, because let's be honest, that onion and lettuce bite ain't going to cut it.

4. Macaroni And Cheese Pie With A Bacon Lattice

For a moderately more nutritious version, consider making this with hidden veggie mac and cheese instead (recipe here), and/or mix in some peas and spinach. Or don't. I won't tell.

5. Mini Salad Cakes

Look, there's no way around it. Sometimes vegetables are boring. If you're looking for a fun way to trick yourself or your kids into eating salad, it doesn't get much better than these gorgeous and versatile appetizers.

6. Rainbow Grilled Cheese

I know grilled cheese is already pretty exciting as is, but here's a way to make it even cooler and hop on that rainbow bandwagon while expending minimal energy. Plus, it tastes fantastic.

7. Macaroni and Cheese Waffles

Got leftover mac and cheese? You absolutely must WAFFLE IT. You'll only regret not doing this.

8. Crispy California Roll Tacos

Woo! How fun is this? This crispy version of a sushi roll uses a "krab" mix, but you can use anything you want -- spicy tuna, avocado or even fresh sashimi, which would be super delicious if you cube it up and toss with sauce, poke-style (recipe here).