How to Use Dinner Theme Nights for Meal Planning

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Forgive us if we’re preaching to the choir here, but meal planning is SUCH a lifesaver for each of our families here at Fourganic Sisters. Just because we love meal planning equally doesn’t mean we do it the same way. Booo-ring. We do all rely on some type of dinner theme nights for meal planning when we get into a rut. It happens to the best of us.

We all go through nights, weeks, even seasons where we just can’t. Whether it’s adjusting to a new baby, an extended illness or health issue in the family, a death of someone you love, or just the business of being busy. Know that it’s okay to just get through it. If that means rotating between frozen pizza, cereal, and ramen for a while… that’s okay.

That said, if and when you are ready to get the meal planning train back on its tracks, here are some easy meal plan themes and ideas that can help you start planning menus.

If you are BRAND NEW to meal planning, we encourage you to start here.

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Why Should I Use Dinner Theme Nights for Meal Planning?

If you like the ease of a routine, then dinner theme nights are the way to go. I’ve always been a “flexible schedule” type of person. I do like a routine but get bored easily. Meal Planning theme nights are a perfect solution for this.

Do you:

-love pasta, but don’t want to eat spaghetti every week?

-love tacos, but get bored with the same old, same old?

-really, really love pizza, but even pizza once a week sounds boring?

Here’s how having a theme helps. If you have pasta every Wednesday, you could do spaghetti every other week or even once a month. You can switch it up with a Chicken Parm Pasta, Summer Squash Pasta, Lasagna, Mac & Cheese, etc.

We have several categories listed below than can give you a little inspiration, with a handful of our favorite recipes within those categories. We’ve linked to some of the recipes. You can also check out our Pinterest boards, where we break things down into categories, like Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, Pasta, Taco Tuesday, Pizza, Vegetarian, Seafood, Chicken, Ground Beef, Soup, etc. (You can find our Pinterest account to the right of your screen on your computer and at the bottom of this post on your phone! 🙂 )

Slow Cooker Sunday

Barbeque Chicken

Whole Chicken

Meatless Monday

Veggie Stir-Fry

Veggie Flatbreads

Black Bean Burgers

Mushroom Spinach Skillet

White Bean Spinach Soup

Tomato Soup

Tofu Tacos

Red Lentil Curry

Greek Quinoa

Taco Tuesday

We’re obsessed with tacos at Fourganic Sisters but are constantly experimenting with new taco ideas. It’s the of ultimate dinner theme nights. We have more than a hundred ways to taco in this post here. Yes, there are certain recipes we make repeatedly but having some options to switch it up is awesome.

Taco Tuesday for Dinner Theme Night | Fourganic Sisters

Salsa Chicken Skillet

Ground Beef Taco Bowls

Quesadillas

Fish Tacos

Enchilada Soup

Mexican Pizzas

Mexican Lasagna

Pasta Night

Two bowls of Cheesy Chicken Pasta | Fourganic Sisters

Spaghetti

Mac and Cheese

Creamy Tomato Spinach Penne

Mushroom Spinach Pasta

Lemon Asparagus Pasta

Cheesy Chicken Parm Pasta

Roasted Red Pepper Penne

Fettucine Alfredo

Taco Pasta

Lasagna

Soup Night

Chicken Noodle Soup

Tomato Soup

Chili

Spicy White Chicken Chili

Butternut Squash Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Curried Lentil Soup

Black Bean Soup

Red Lentil Curry

Sweet Potato Quinoa Soup

Sopa de Lima

Taco Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

White Bean Spinach Soup

Cabbage Roll Soup

Fish Friday

Seafood Recipe Roundup | Fourganic Sisters

You can find a seafood recipe roundup here, and a salmon recipe roundup here for more inspiration.

Fish Sticks

Fish Tacos

Salmon Cakes

Fish and chips

Sheet Pan Salmon

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp Skewers

Baked Cod

Shrimp Scampi

Pizza Night

My family especially loves pizza. We are really obsessed with a sheet pan pizza, but only make it once a month or so. We switch up pizza night with naan pizzas, pepperoni rolls, calzones, even store bought frozen pizza-yup! We’ll try cauliflower crusts, tortillas pizzas, zucchini pizzas, etc.

Sheet Pan Pizza

Mini Naan Pizzas

Pepperoni Rolls

Veggie Pizza Rollups

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Thai Chicken Pizza

Calzones

Pizza Pasta

Quinoa Pizza Casserole

Pesto Pizzas

Kale Pizza

Instant Pot

Whole Chicken

Chili

BBQ Chicken Thighs

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Get 20+ Instant Pot recipes you can make in 20 minutes or less here. We also have an Instant Pot meal plan for you here.

Casseroles/Bakes

Casseroles don’t have to be full of cream of crap soups to be filling, delicious and nutritious. We do chicken pot pie in the cooler months frequently. One of these days, I may get the recipe on the blog. It’s SO good. I can email you some instructions if you’re super interested 😊 It is FULL of veggies and the kids always ask for seconds.

Lasagna

Chicken Pot Pie

Enchiladas

Breakfast for Dinner /Brinner

If you’re having a night where nothing sounds good, go for breakfast. It NEVER fails to please. Even if it’s just cereal… we all have those nights 😊

Eggs, Bacon, Toast

Pancakes

Waffles

Cereal

Sandwiches

There is nothing wrong with eating a sandwich occasionally for dinner! You can get it on the table in minutes. You can go as classic as a simple peanut butter and jelly or grilled cheese, or a little fancier with BLTs or egg salad. We love to meal prep chicken or egg salad in the summer months and will usually eat leftovers of that at some point during the week for dinner. It’s so nice for the days you want to spend all day outside and don’t want to heat up the kitchen.

PB & J

Chicken Salad

Egg Salad

Turkey Cheese

Ham and Cheese

Grilled Cheese

Grilled Goat Cheese & Apple

Hummus and Veggie

BLTs

Fakeout Takeout

This is definitely Jodi and Josh’s specialty. They love recreating dishes at home to save money. Some of their favorites include:

Beef and Broccoli

Pad Thai

Stir-fry

Homemade Ramen

Thai Chicken Pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza

DIY Chipotle Burrito Bowls

Chick-Fil-A Chicken

Salads

While we typically stick to eating salads seasonally, sometimes you just crave a big plate of greens. Salads are so versatile, especially in late spring through early fall, when the produce is plentiful! Here are a few ideas when you’re craving some green goodness.

fruit filled salad bowl

Greek Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad

Citrus Chicken Crunch Salad

BLT Salad

Cranberry Kale Salad

Cobb Salad

Fruit Poppyseed Salad

Greek Quinoa Salad

Taco Salad

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ACCOUNTABILITY TIP: I find when I write the menu down and hang it up for the family to see, it holds me more accountable! I use wet erase markers on metal, but the options are endless. Here’s a super cute chalkboard menu on Amazon. If you want to do your menu on a cute little letter board like the one below, here’s an adorable one! How about a magnetic menu for the fridge?

Could you do us a solid and pin this post for later… or share on your favorite social media? Thanks friends! 🙂 Tell us in the comments, do you have a favorite from these dinner theme nights?

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