Start off with pasta and meat. Now add tomatoes and by changing what spices you use, you can make a Mexican type dish or you can make anItalian type dish.
Or you can start with Macaroni and cheese. You can pretty much add anything and get a new taste.
Sometimes I add tuna and peas. Or maybe broccoli and ham.
I even make a chicken enchilada pasta by adding chicken, cumin, onions, and peppers to it. To make it more creamy sometimes I add some sour cream too.
I love making biscuits and adding things to compliment the dish we are having.
If it is Italian, I add cheese to the dough and brush with melted garlic butter after baking.
For Mexican meals, I add a bit of cumin and chili powder to the dough.
It is fun to experiment with your dishes. You might be amazed at finding a favorite when just changing things up.