@TheBakerMama is inspiring us to make dinner more fun while hunkering down—without spending any extra time in the kitchen.

Lauren Wicks
March 26, 2020
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I don't know about you, but I'm having to try much harder than usual to make my weekends more fun (and to distinguish them from feeling like weekdays). One of my favorite things to do this time of year is sit on the patio of my favorite restaurant and enjoy the glorious weather with a glass of wine, a delicious meal and my best friends. Since we can't do that right now, I'm trying to bring a little pizzazz to Saturday night dinner by setting up picnics in the backyard, hosting virtual dinner parties and checking what my favorite food bloggers are cooking for inspiration.

@TheBakerMama is one of my favorite accounts for festive appetizers, hosting ideas and much more. She's becoming even more important for helping me make meals more fun with her beautiful meal boards. And her latest post is serving as excellent weekend dinner inspiration right now.

Her "Top-Your-Own Mac & Cheese" board is such a fun way to make our favorite comfort food a little healthier with an array of toppings from whatever's leftover in the fridge at the end of the week. From peas and cherry tomatoes to sausage and pepperoni, this board is a great way to help cut back on food waste and let everyone in the family put their own spin on this comfort food classic. You can even use TheBakerMama's exact Stovetop Mac & Cheese recipe to be the star of the show.

We have plenty of Mac & Cheese recipes to be the foundation of this fun weeknight dinner. Our Baked Mac & Cheese is a fan (and staff) favorite, while our Vegan Mac & Cheese could fool even the pickiest eater.