Meal planning is made so much easier when you use themed dinner ideas. Today I’m sharing some great ideas for your next Make It Together Monday dinner.
What is Make It Together Monday? Make It Together Monday is a weekly dinner theme where you choose recipes that are kid friendly and have fun in the kitchen making food together!
Whether you want to make this a weekly tradition or an occasional family experience, this list of Make It Together Monday dinner ideas will help you plan this week’s menu!
I love themed meal planning because it helps me come up with ideas without thinking too hard and long about it. For instance, when planning your menu for the week, your thought process might look like this:
This Monday our themed dinner menu will be Make It Together Mondays. What can I make that the kids can have fun helping with?
Be sure to check out The Ultimate List of Themed Dinner Ideas here.
In our household, we’re vegetarian. In fact a large majority of our extended family is vegetarian as well. Sometimes I make vegetarian dinners that are just you know, naturally vegetarian. However, sometimes I take recipes that call for meat and replace the meat with a vegetarian option.
Being a vegetarian has many health benefits.
Vegetarian substitutions for meat:
You’ll find these products in the freezer aisle or health food section of your local grocery store. You can also find these products at most health food stores like Whole Foods.
- ground beef or turkey > vegetarian burger crumbles
- chicken > Quorn Meatless Pieces
- chicken breast > Quorn Meatless Filets
- shredded chicken or pork > canned jackfruit
- beef, chicken, or pork > black beans, pinto beans, or chickpeas
- deli meats > Lightlife Deli Slices
- sausage > Gimme Lean Breakfast Sausage, Field Roast Apple Sage Sausage
Make It Together Mondays Themed Dinners
How to plan your menu in 4 easy steps:
- Select your main dish.
- Choose 2 – 3 side dishes that compliment your main dish.
- Think about variety of food groups. Try to choose something from each of the main food groups.
- Focus on providing well rounded, nutritious meals.
21 Make It Together Monday Recipes
These kid friendly main dishes are the perfect star of your Make It Together Monday Themed Dinner!
These English Muffin Pizzas are a mealtime favorite! They take 20 minutes to make, serve 6, and cost $4.33 to make. That’s just 72¢ per serving.
Mini chicken quesadillas are perfect for cooking with little kids because there are no raw ingredients. Mini quesadillas are the perfect size for little hands and make a quick high protein dinner.
Mashed potato nuggets are one of the easiest recipes to cook with kids. They can help mix and shape the nuggets, so this doubles as a great sensory activity for little ones.
Mini broccoli quesadillas are perfect for cooking with little kids because there are no raw ingredients. Mini quesadillas are the perfect size for little hands and make a quick nutritious dinner.
Black bean taco cups are the perfect size for small hands. From cutting to mashing to scooping and sprinkling, this recipe is full of fun and simple tasks for kids. The best thing about them are they are easy to customize. Serve toppings in little bowls and kids can create their own taco cups exactly how they would like.
Kids of all ages can make this chickpea curry. It’s the ultimate dump and go meal, made from basic pantry ingredients and comes together in less than 30 minutes.
An easy and healthy meatless nugget that the kids will love! Gluten-free & Vegan Chickpea Nuggets that are top 8 allergy-free, grain-free, and have a secret dose of veggies too! A deliciously fun plant-based recipe for little hands at lunchtime or dinner!
Vegan egg roll in a bowl is a quick dinner recipe that is delicious and easy to make. Kid approved and a great recipe to help your kids learn to cook!
Best family pizza night ever – get the kiddos involved in this easy and fun dinner that lets everyone choose their own toppings for mini Chicago-style personal pizzas. Then, the pizzas bake right along with quick mini apple pies in this complete, healthy meal the whole family will love!
Easy vegan lentil meatballs that are entirely gluten free and come together in under 30 minutes for an easy family dinner that everyone can enjoy!
Get your kids to help prep and chop ingredients for this taco salad recipe the whole family will enjoy.
These mild chicken fajitas for kids are perfect for your next Make It Together Monday. Set all the prepped ingredients out and let the kids do the rest themselves.
This Cheesy Beef and Noodle Casserole recipe is the ultimate comfort food! It is made with ground beef, onions, egg noodles and lots of cheddar cheese. The kids will love this easy to make hearty dish for a delicious family meal.
5-minute flatbread pizzas, they’re so easy and fun to make and your kids can choose their favorite toppings!
These Vegetarian Tostadas are so easy to make your kids will want to get in on the action! Simple yet tasty and ready in about 20 mintues!
Kids absolutely love pasta and beans! Only one pot and 3 ingredients; perfect for a family meal where the kids can help!
I think kids can help with almost any meal … but here’s a recipe for BBQ Meatloaf that they are sure to love once they have helped make it! In my house, I just replace the ground meat with veggie burger. So good!
This Tex-Mex skillet recipe is an easy one-pan dinner that can be thrown together quickly and with the help of your the little ones. A blend of beef, rice, vegetables, salsa, and cheese creates a variety of textures and flavors that the whole family will love.
Humble root vegetables are transformed into something special with this easy pizza baked potato recipe! Use your favorite pizza toppings from pepperoni to pineapple and stuff them inside a baked potato for a cheap, fast, and easy dinner.
This gluten-free pizza quesadilla recipe can be thrown together quick and is sure to be a meal that everyone can enjoy! These crisp up nicely and are reminiscent of prepackaged pizza bites—but healthier!
This kid-friendly pasta salad is veggie-packed and so colorful, your kids can make it if you give them a safety knife that is suitable for them.
Use one of these kid friendly side dish options to round out your Make It Together Monday Meal.
Kids will enjoy this simple process yielding restarting quality results! Small batch for small hands, and includes fun printable activity sheets! These cheesy garlic drop biscuits are perfect for Make It Together Monday.
Polenta chips can be eaten alone or accompanied by pieces of melted (vegan) cheese, olives or various sauces. Super easy to make, they are our family favorite!
This simple rice that gets ready under 20 minutes and it is an easy dish for kids to make with little assistance from adults.
Oven roasted everything asparagus: Roasted asparagus with a little sesame oil + everything bagel seasoning, for the perfect savory flavor combination!
More side dish ideas:
- steamed frozen veggies
- boiled corn on the cob
- creamed corn
- macaroni and cheese
- brown rice
- baked potatoes
- beans or peas
- fruit salad or sliced fruit
- garden salad
- bread or toast
- mashed potatoes
Dessert Ideas to Make Together
Here are a few fun ideas that you can plan on making for your next Make It Together Monday:
This is a cake that is mixed and baked in the same dish, AND has a surprising transformation! Also includes printable activity sheets for kids to do while it bakes!
Air Fryer Mini S’mores Pie are the ultimate pie to whip up in your air fryer. Golden graham cracker crust, marshmallows and Hershey’s chocolate all come together for the ultimate s’mores pie.
A sweet marshmallow popcorn that is so simple to make. Let your kids help to whip up this sweet marshmallow recipe that is loaded with colorful sprinkles.
When you need a simple dessert for a dinner, this recipe for Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Cups is perfect. It’s easy enough for a child to put together, but still super yummy and pretty to look at!
Theme Day Menus: Make It Together Mondays
Let’s put it all together. I’ll show you how I would create menus based on the Make It Together Mondays themed dinner ideas I’ve shared above.
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8 Make It Together Monday Menu Plans
Themed Dinner Idea #1
- English Muffin Pizzas
- garden salad or fruit salad
Themed Dinner Idea #2
- Chickpea Curry.
- steamed broccoli
Themed Dinner Idea #3
- mini broccoli quesadillas
- salsa and chips
- corn on the cob
Themed Dinner Idea #4
Themed Dinner Idea #5
Themed Dinner Idea #6
- easy pizza baked potato recipe
- steamed peas
- whole kernel corn
Themed Dinner Idea #7
- BBQ Meatloaf
- mashed potatoes
Themed Dinner Idea #8
- Cheesy Beef and Noodle Casserole
- garden salad
- garlic toast
Do you have a favorite meal to make with your kids? Let me know in the comments below!