Who says dinner has to be serious? With a little bit of planning, you can turn any old weeknight dinner into a fun-filled event the whole family will love. Meal planning is made so much easier when you use themed dinner ideas.
And what better way to spice up dinner than with a themed night? That’s why I’m sharing with you 46 different ideas to make each week for Waffle Wednesday!
Tired of coming up with new ideas for your weekly family dinners? A themed dinner is the perfect solution! Family-themed dinners are a fun way to mix up your weekly routine and they make meal planning so much easier.
Waffles aren’t just for breakfast anymore. With a little bit of creativity, you can turn this humble breakfast food into a delicious dinner. From savory to sweet, there’s something for everyone on this list.
Keep reading for some fun and easy ideas for your next Waffle Wednesday. Let’s break out the waffle iron for a year’s worth of deliciousness.
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6 Waffle Wednesday Dinner Ideas
Waffle Night Idea #1: Breakfast for Dinner
Who says waffles are just for breakfast? Start your Waffle Night off with a bang by serving up some breakfast for dinner. Add some fried eggs, bacon, and fruit on the side for a complete meal.
Waffle Night Idea #2: Waffles & Chicken
This classic comfort food combination is sure to please everyone at the table. Serve it up with mashed potatoes and gravy for a real treat. You can even get creative with your toppings and try out different sauces or spices.
Waffle Night Idea #3: Waffles & Ice Cream
For a delicious dessert that’s sure to please, top your waffles with some ice cream and your favorite toppings. Chocolate sauce, sprinkles, and whipped cream all make great additions. Plus, this one is easy enough that the kids can help out.
Waffle Night Idea #4: Waffle Bar & Toppings Bar
One of the easiest ways to please everyone at the table is to set up a waffle toppings bar. Put out a selection of different toppings and let everyone customize their own waffle. Some topping ideas include:
Fresh or frozen berries
The possibilities are endless! Set out all of your toppings in separate bowls and let everyone create their own masterpieces.
Waffle Night Idea #5: Waffle Sliders
Waffle sliders are a fun and easy way to mix up your weekly burger night. Start by cooking up some beef patties or chicken breasts. While those are cooking, whip up a batch of your favorite waffles. Once the meat is cooked to perfection, place it on top of a waffle and add your favorite toppings. These little sliders are sure to be a hit with the whole family! And cleanup is a breeze since there’s only one pan to wash. Win-win!
Waffle Night Idea #6: Waffle Pizzas
Another great way to mix things up on Waffle Wednesday is by making waffle pizzas. Start by spreading some pizza sauce on top of your waffles (can totally use frozen waffles for this), then add whatever toppings you like.
Cheese, pepperoni, sausage, vegetables…the sky’s the limit! Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
These personal pizzas are perfect for picky eaters because everyone can customize their own. Plus, they’re so much fun to make! The kids will love helping you top these pizzas with their favorite ingredients.
40 Waffle Recipes for Waffle Wednesday
If you’re looking for a new and delicious way to serve waffles, you’ll love these recipes. Waffles make a great base for savory toppings, and they’re perfect for using up leftover ingredients. Plus, they’re easy to make and can be on the table in just minutes. Whether you’re serving them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, these recipes will definitely hit the spot.
Light, fluffy and perfectly crisp around the edges, these Easy Crispy Waffles with Blood Orange Glaze are delicious for breakfast, brunch, dinner, or even dessert and make the perfect Mother’s Day Brunch surprise!
As if waffles weren't already delicious enough, let's take them to a whole new level and make strawberry shortcake waffles with Nutella! These waffles are drizzled with chocolate hazelnut spread, then a layer of berry compote, and finally topped with cream cheese whipped cream.
A secret ingredient to easily sneak in more veggies than you thought possible in a delicious breakfast recipe! Gluten-free & vegan carrot cake waffles you can feel good about making, any day of the week!
Cornmeal adds a bit of crunch and rich golden color to these sweet Buttermilk Cornbread Waffles. Top them with Maple Honey Cinnamon Butter, maple syrup and fresh berries for an award winning breakfast!
Brown Butter Waffles with Cinnamon Apples are brown butter-infused and topped with apples simmered in a blend of cinnamon, sugar, butter, and vanilla. This is definitely a step up from your standard waffles. Elevate your meal with a sweet and savory stack of Brown Butter Waffles with Cinnamon Apples.
Crisp on the outside eggnog waffles with a light and fluffy inside are the perfect holiday season breakfast treat! Can't you envision it? Classic waffles, creamy eggnog and nutmeg spice coming together in many delightful bites for your holiday morning meal.
Pineapple Mac Nut Waffles – a tropical treat that’s worth waking up for! Homemade waffles loaded with chopped pineapple, macadamia nuts, coconut, and more. You’ll love this Hawaiian-inspired breakfast or dinner!
These healthy pumpkin waffles combine whole grain flour, pumpkin puree, fall spices and vanilla to make for your new favorite fall breakfast recipe! They're fluffy, tender and flavorful and taste delicious with a smattering of pure maple syrup on top. Add them to your menu and you won't be disappointed.
Fluffy Protein Waffles made with plant based protein powder, Greek yogurt, oat flour, and no added sugar. With only 5 ingredients this recipe is easy, delicious and perfect for healthy breakfast meal prep!
These gluten-free vegan waffles are fluffy and delicious. Served with a spiced raspberry compote, these allergen friendly waffles feel fancy enough to serve on a special occasion but are easy enough to make on an ordinary morning.
These light, crisp, and flavorful Almond Flour Waffles are perfect for Sunday mornings or healthy breakfast ideas on the run. Easy recipe is naturally gluten free, oil free, and dairy free plus contains no refined sugars!
These high protein waffles; made from chickpea flour, are everything you want and need in a vegan gluten-free waffle. These homemade waffles are moist, fluffy, delicious and simple to make. They can be enjoyed right away or frozen for later.
How to make a Healthy Waffle Recipe with nutritious ingredients. Wholesome whole wheat flour with no refined sugar for healthy breakfast ideas that can be made ahead and toasted from frozen for busy mornings!
These flourless oat waffles feature a crispy exterior, fluffy interior and are made entirely in a blender! The addition of cinnamon and maple syrup gives the batter a cozy touch that is perfect for lazy weekends and busy weekdays alike.
Healthy Sweet Potato Waffles are light and fluffy, with the flavors of sweet potato, warm cinnamon and the heartiness of oat flour. They're a gluten free breakfast or dinner that's freezer friendly and great for meal prep!
These chocolate Belgian waffles are not only easy but are the perfect alternative to a regular waffle!
What to Serve with Waffles for Waffle Wednesday Dinner?
There are so many great options for what to serve with your waffles on Waffle Wednesday. If you’re looking for something sweet, fruit is always a great option. Or, if you prefer something savory, bacon or sausage would be delicious. And of course, don’t forget the syrup!
Here are 10 Ideas for side dishes that pair well with any sweet waffle dinner:
bacon or sausage
And if you’re serving a savory waffle recipe these 14 sides would be perfect:
mashed potatoes and gravy
sausage or bacon
roasted Brussels sprouts
spring mix salad
Theme Day Menus: Waffle Wednesday
Let’s put it all together. I’ll show you how I would create menus based on the themed dinner ideas I’ve shared above.
Several of the main dish recipes above would stand very well on their own without the need for side dishes. However, good side dishes always round out a meal and even help feed a large family – or crowd.
With a little bit of creativity, you can turn waffles into a delicious dinner that the whole family will love! Whether you’re feeling adventurous or sticking to classic comfort foods, there’s sure to be a recipe here that will please everyone. So fire up the waffle iron and get cooking!
There you have it! 46 different ways to make Waffle Night even more special. I hope you enjoy trying out these ideas and that they help make your weekly meal planning a little bit easier. Happy cooking!
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