Reflect on the last year while enjoying a home-cooked meal
If you and your loved ones are in search of some much-needed down time to reconnect this holiday season but still want to close out the year in a fun way at home, consider spending time in the kitchen to cook a beautiful homemade meal.
By cooking together, everyone in your family will feel that they contributed to a special holiday meal. Plus, it’s a great way to spend quality family time together. What could be better than that?
To get you started, we’ve put together a list of 12 simple, family-friendly New Year’s Eve dinner ideas that you can turn to when you want to celebrate in style and keep the cooking to a minimum. You don’t need to be the next Rachael Ray to cook a mouth-wateringly delicious dish.
New Year’s Eve is a special occasion. It marks the end of an entire year. That’s 365 days of getaways, achievements, setbacks, connections, and realizations to reflect on. It’s a time to reminisce and celebrate accomplishments as well as share aspirations and hopes for the future. Your New Year’s Eve dinner should embody these emotions. It should feature a couple different courses, special foods you might not normally eat, and decadent desserts to help you savor another year around the sun.
Kick off your New Year’s Eve family dinner celebration with one of these easy-to-make appetizers.
Why we love it: It’s the less messy cousin of the classic caprese salad. Your kids will love the mix of flavors so much, they won’t leave any crumbs behind!
What makes it family-friendly: With all the ingredients neatly stacked on a skewer, these appetizers are easy to assemble, easy to eat, and don’t require any extra silverware. They are the perfect finger food!
Why we love it: It looks beautiful and is packed with nutrients that will give your whole family the boost of vitamins and minerals they need (even during the winter months).
What makes it family-friendly: It’s not too often that you find a recipe that is healthy and nutritious. This one checks both boxes and packs a punch, making it one of our favorites.
Why we love it: They’re small, crunchy, and savory (AKA anything you’d ever expect or want out of an appetizer).
What makes it family-friendly: Because of their size, they are a guilt-free indulgence. You and your family can each enjoy a handful and they are relatively healthy for you. Plus, these tots are easily customizable so you can add or subtract different vegetables to fit your family’s palate.
Once your plates are clear and your stomachs are warmed up, you can move on to one of these nourishing main courses.
Why we love it: When it’s cold outside, you’ll need something to warm you up and this soup will do the trick. It is hearty enough to be a main dish and it’s ready to serve in 35 minutes!
What makes it family-friendly: Its nutritional value. This recipe contains a variety of vegetables and is fairly low in calories. You can feel great about preparing and consuming this delicious dish.
Why we love it: This recipe is perfect for parents that might be stretched for time. You can make this casserole in advance with your kids and then store it in the fridge until it’s ready to be baked and served. Also, as an added bonus, the cleanup process is almost non-existent.
What makes it family-friendly: It combines two beloved childhood favorites: pizza and pasta. Your kids won’t have to choose. They can enjoy both (and so can you!).
Why we love it: Chinese food has become increasingly popular around the holidays. It’s the perfect food to serve for a gathering or a quiet night at home.
What makes it family-friendly: There are a lot of ingredients to prepare and this ensures that each one of your kids will feel like they have an important role to play in preparing your New Year’s Eve dinner. For example, you could ask your daughter to beat the eggs, while your son portions out the different serving sizes for the vegetables. This recipe allows every member of your family the chance to individually shine and contribute.
Why we love it: This little slice of Mexican cuisine is perfect for every member of your family. Have each one of your family members customize their burrito to their liking and then bake away!
What makes it family-friendly: The individuality. Your family can even make a variety of different burritos, sample each of them, and then vote on which burrito is the tastiest! Plus, you can make extras and stash them in the freezer for a quick meal when you’re too busy to cook.
Why we love it: Kids are obsessed with it. It doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. It tastes like a slice of comfort. What more could you ask for?
What makes it family-friendly: Everyone loves mac and cheese. When you choose to make this recipe, it’s almost guaranteed that it’ll be met with smiles all around.
Why we love it: This is an often overlooked classic that hits the stomach in that glorious sweet spot between feeling comfortable and completely satisfied.
What makes it family-friendly: It’s a dish that is easily shareable and you’re bound to have leftovers that will be easy to reheat. It’s the best recipe to make if you want to keep celebrating all week long!
But wait, that’s not all. We couldn’t properly celebrate New Year’s Eve without topping off the night with a little something sweet. Here are some luscious post-dinner treats you’ll want to add to your New Year’s Eve dinner menu.
Why we love it: These are so festive that your kids might want to play with them more than they want to eat them. The colorful fruits paired with the streamer skewers really makes for the perfect party food.
What makes it family-friendly: Fruit makes a great dessert substitute. The natural sugars in each ingredient gives us the same satisfaction as a piece of cake without all the artificial sweeteners.
Why we love it: It’s a champagne celebration minus the champagne.
What makes it family-friendly: These cookies are an interactive and fun conversation starter. You can pop them open to reveal different New Year’s resolutions you’d like to work on or write them directly on the cookies. The choice is yours! Either way, it’s fun to look back on the past year, look ahead to the next 365 days, and enjoy a tasty treat while doing so.
Why we love it: There’s a minimum amount of preparation required. All you need is some milk, a little melted chocolate, some sprinkles, and a few fortune cookies to be toast-ready.
What makes it family-friendly: This makes your kids feel like they are part of the New Year’s Eve festivities. Just because they cannot have a glass of champagne doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to ring in the New Year with the adults!
Are you drooling yet? We are…
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If you can’t decide on just one recipe to try, that’s okay too. The good news is you can start a new tradition and try a different New Year’s Eve dinner every year or experiment in the kitchen year round. The more time you spend whipping up scrumptious meals together, the more precious memories you’ll make.
And, as the memories pile up, you’ll want to somewhere to store all of this information for safekeeping. With Rosy Home and Rosy Go, you can upload and save photos, recipes, and receipts from all of your cooking adventures in one convenient digital location. Best of all, you can easily search for and retrieve these items whenever you’d like to make a recipe or double check receipts to determine the cost of ingredients for a dish. Rosy makes recipe planning easy.
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