Match Your Favorite Disney Princess to Your Next Weeknight Meal
You’re never too old to be obsessed with Disney princesses. Maybe you’re a little old to wear a full-blown costume to the bank to ask for a mortgage, but you’re always allowed to curl up on your couch with a cup of hot chocolate, throw on your favorite nostalgic movie, and belt out the power ballads. If you really want to take it to the next level, infuse your cooking with that Disney magic and match your dinner to your princess. Wearing a tiara while you cook is totally appropriate.
We’ve paired every Disney princess (there are 11 official ones) with the next dinner recipe you should make. Do you have a favorite princess? We’ll tell you what to eat next.
Aurora (Sleeping Beauty): Grilled BBQ Chicken Wings
You love your sleep as much as this flaxen-haired princess, so the ideal meal lets you nap while it cooks. These chicken wings cook for hours in their sweet and tangy BBQ sauce and then require only a quick turn on the grill for that little charred touch. You can even make these ahead of time and then have your own Prince Phillip grill them the next day while you catch up on your beauty sleep.
Here are some fresh salads to go along with your wings.
Jasmine: Kuku Sabzi
Although there is some debate over where the mystical land of Agrabah would actually be located, layout supervisor Rasoul Azadani modeled the design after his homeland, Iran. Taking cues from there, this fragrant egg dish is flavorful, light, and delicious. Jasmine would definitely feel at home with this for dinner.
With Tiana, who dreams of opening a restaurant in New Orleans, it’s got to be gumbo! This savory and spicy soup is a hearty main dish that should be liberally dashed with hot sauce and served with white rice. Don’t forget to follow up with beignets, the classic dessert of the Big Easy.
Cinderella: Macaroni and Cheese
Cinderella wouldn’t be anywhere without her mouse friends, and it’s only right to pay homage to them with this cheesy indulgence. Plus, this particular recipe comes together quickly, well before Cindy has to return home from the ball (or, alternatively, it would make the perfect midnight snack after dancing the night away).
Mulan: Potsticker Stir-Fry
Chinese food is incredibly varied and has many regional differences and specialties, but this quick stir-fry is an approachable way to try many of the country’s delicious flavors on a weeknight. It’s easy to imagine Mulan whipping this up after a long day of training for the battleground — after all, using frozen dumplings makes this come together in a snap.
Belle: Croque Madame
This “peculiar” French girl would definitely be interested in this cheesy, gooey, savory croque madame. It’s a grilled cheese-egg sandwich hybrid smothered in creamy bechamel sauce and topped with a fried egg. There’s never a wrong time to enjoy a sandwich, and this sandwich seems particularly fit for a beauty (but a funny girl).
Ariel: Ultimate Spring Party Salad
Ariel could be from the Caribbean (going off Sebastian’s accent), but we know she wouldn’t be dining on any of the region’s fish specialties (because who eats their friends?). Much more likely, she would stick to this beautiful vegetarian salad, featuring some of the most stunning edible plants known to land — after all, she is infatuated with that world above the ocean.
Rapunzel: Buckwheat Soba Noodles
Rapunzel has a lot — like, a lot — of spare time, so she is down for a labor-intensive project. These buckwheat noodles are part science, part art, and entirely tasty. Once you carefully make them, you can boil them and then eat them cold in a salad, hot in savory broth, or lukewarm with dipping sauce. Just please wear a hairnet if you have hair as long as Rapunzel’s!
Pocahontas: Summer Squash Succotash
Native American cuisine is incredibly varied, but there are a few indigenous ingredients to the United States that we might expect Pocahontas to have consumed. According to Eater, many current Native American chefs are focusing on pre-colonization food, which means “no factory-produced white flours, processed sugars, and dairy, and no farmed meats like beef, pork, and chicken.” Instead, at places like Sioux Chef catering in Minneapolis, you might find many plant-based dishes including the “three sisters,” which are corn, squash, and climbing beans and also protein like turkey and bison.
This recipe for seasonal succotash uses corn, squash, and beans, alongside a few spices and other vegetables. Some of the ingredients as they are in this recipe are not indigenous to the United States, but I urge you to try and seek those things out. It’s a very satisfying meal.
Merida: Garlicky Steak and Veggie Bowls
Merida needs protein out there on the Scottish highlands, and someone as feisty as she is would never say no to a heaping helpful of garlic. These hearty bowls are versatile and can be made with whatever cut of meat, vegetables, and starch you have on hand. Moreover, they even taste great room temperature, which makes them perfect to take on a quest through the Scottish countryside.
Snow has been through a lot with apples. She really deserves to see how versatile, delicious, and safe they are. This salad is hearty with kale, currants, and a warm, meaty dressing. It’s a totally satisfying thing to eat any time of year. An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but it’s going to keep dinner guests coming in droves.
What are you making for dinner tonight based off of your favorite Disney princess? Let us know in the comments!