Families are likely to be spending more time together over the next few weeks, which means there could be more chances of eating together, with family favourites expected to show up on weekly menu planners all around the country.
However, before you get fed up of spaghetti Bolognese and shepherd’s pie, here are some ways you can spice up classic family dishes so mealtime boredom doesn’t set in.
– Sausage and mash bake
Sausages and mash is normally a hit with the whole family, as kids love it and it provides protein and carbs for their growing bones.
However, if you are looking for an alternative way of enjoying these ingredients, why not have a sausage and mash bake?
Good To Know’s recipe involves cooking pork sausages in a rich gravy sauce with thyme, spring onions, chives, balsamic vinegar, red wine, chicken stock and redcurrant jelly. Once this has come to the boil, scatter over frozen peas and top with buttery mash potatoes before baking in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
– Fish fingers
Most kids love fish fingers, which is great as it is a good way to get some protein into them. To boost the nutritional content of their meal even more, you could try Jamie Oliver’s recipe for jumbo fish fingers.
Swapping cod for salmon means children will also get omega-3 fatty acids, which is not only good for cholesterol levels but also for growing brains.
Simply cover each portion of salmon in an egg mixture and dip them in a breadcrumb and cheese coating and then bake them in the oven. Alternatively, you can freeze them for another day, giving you a quick and easy meal to cook in a rush.
– Chilli con carne
Every family has their own particular way of making a chilli con carne, so if you’re getting bored of your traditional recipe, why not take a look at some more here?
We love the look of Cincinnati chilli dogs with chocolate from the Food Network. While not being the fanciest of dishes, it is one the children are sure to enjoy.
Simply brown mince beef as usual, add chilli powder, cinnamon, cumin, allspice, cloves, bay leaf, some chocolate, beef stock, tomato sauce, cider vinegar and red pepper. Let it simmer for one and a half hours, making sure to stir it regularly.
Once it is ready, you can serve on hot dogs in buns and sprinkle grated cheese on top. This will make for a fun Friday night dinner!
Something all families go to for a quick dinner they can guarantee will be chowed down is pasta, but it is easy to get stuck in a rut and cook the same few recipes.
How about instead of spag bol, tuna pasta bake or macaroni and cheese, you try penne pasta with king prawns, cherry tomatoes and lemon? This fresh dish is easy to make, but is a tasty substitute to your usual dishes.
Alternatively, you could make authentic spaghetti carbonara with egg, Parmesan and pancetta. With bacon and cheese, kids are bound to love this simple recipe!
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