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Throwback Thursday | Themed Dinner Ideas Back in the Day

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Meal planning is made so much easier when you use themed dinner ideas. You may have been trying to come up with fun Thursday dinner themes because what goes with Thursday?? Well, let me help you. Today I’m sharing some great ideas for your next Throwback Thursday themed dinner

Whether you want to make this a weekly tradition or an occasional family experience, this list of Throwback Thursday 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 Thursday our themed dinner menu will be Throwback Thursday. What can I make that’s a favorite meal from my childhood?

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.

Throwback Thursday Themed Dinners

How to plan your menu in 4 easy steps:

  1. Select your main dish.
  2. Choose 2 – 3 side dishes that compliment your main dish.
  3. Think about variety of food groups. Try to choose something from each of the main food groups.
  4. Focus on providing well rounded, nutritious meals.

25 Throwback Thursday Recipes

Main Dishes

Favorite recipes from back in the day. Throwback recipes to your childhood. You can introduce your kids to recipes you remember from your growing up years. Have fun with it!

12 Side Dishes Ideas

Use one of these delicious side dish options to round out your Throwback Thursday meal.

More Throwback Thursday Side Dish Ideas

  • steamed frozen vegetables (corn, broccoli, etc.)
  • Hasselback Potatoes
  • brown rice
  • baked potatoes
  • beans or peas
  • fruit salad or sliced fruit
  • garden salad
  • bread or toast
  • lima beans

Theme Day Menus: Throwback Thursday

Let’s put it all together. I’ll show you how I would create menus based on the Throwback Thursday themed dinner ideas I’ve shared above. 

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8 Throwback Thursday Menu Plans

Themed Dinner Idea #1

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