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When it comes to adding flavor and variety to your family meals, sometimes a little creativity is necessary. Here are some easy ideas to get you going.







* Make it a family affair. Get the whole family involved in planning and making dinner. Depending on their ages, each family member can help in some way. Some can mix and stir, others can chop and saute. It will be a fun learning experience for the whole family.







* Look to the pantry for inspiration. You may already have what you need to put a delicious twist on an old favorite. Look for ways to use familiar ingredients in new ways. Syrup, for example, can be turned into a savory glaze for meats, and pancake mix can be turned into savory dumplings in a flash.







* Make breakfast for dinner. There are so many things to love about breakfast, so don't be held back by the time of day. Use breakfast for dinner as an opportunity to give morning favorites a dinner twist. Set out tasty garnish options like fresh herbs, nuts, fruits and syrups, so everyone can customize their special dinner.







-- Hungry Jack/ Family Features

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