What's For Dinner: Cap'n Crunch Pancakes And Rice Krispies Treats

The childhood staple graduates to suppertime

Not feeling inspired by your usual dishes? Here's what's for dinner.

We're the first to admit the many ways a bowl of milk-softened cereal hits the spot for a no-frills dinner. So we've created this menu highlighting all the joys of a cereal meal only with a bit more grown-up sophistication. Because cereal for dinner is an extremely acceptable adult habit—especially if it's not actually in a bowl.

① Appetizer: Ancient Grain Salad

Technically speaking, the term "cereal" refers to any edible grain—no rainbow marshmallows required. Take cereal back to its roots with this three-grain salad scattered with oranges and pumpkin seeds.

② Main Course: Cap'n Crunch Pancakes

If you're cooking from a box featuring a jolly ship captain, you can't take things too seriously. And since it's going to feel like breakfast for dinner no matter what, go all out with a double dose of breakfast staples. Besides, Cap'n Crunch is essentially made up of corn and oat flours—and that sounds like a perfect pancake base to us.

③ Dessert: Green Chartreuse Rice Krispies Slices

The bake sale classic gets an edgy makeover, thanks to the verdant glow of chartreuse. The liquor's aromatic blend—it's made from a secret recipe consisting of 130 herbs—complements the chewy mix of marshmallows, puffed rice and a generous handful of chocolate chips.