8 Easy Everyday Recipes for the Whole Family

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Cooking for the whole family every day is a never-ending struggle to find healthy and tasty meals. So let’s take a look at eight easy everyday recipes for the whole family.

Easy Everyday Recipes for the Whole Family

Veggie Mac & Cheese

Everyone loves mac and cheese, especially the kids. However, regular mac & cheese is not overly nutritious, but this one is because it is packed with vegetables.

However, they’re prepared in such a way that your kids won’t even know they’re in there. Moreover, this meal is filled with protein, vitamins, fiber, carbs, and plenty of other good stuff. The recipe is as follows:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound macaroni
  • use 1/2 of a large butternut squash
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 leek
  • 2.5 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

How to Prepare

  1. Preheat your oven to 200° Celsius or just over 400° Fahrenheit.
  2. Steam the butternut squash for around 20 minutes until it is tender.
  3. Cook your pasta according to the instructions.
  4. Chop up the leeks, heat up the butter in a saucepan, and allow the leeks to cook for around 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in the flour and allow it to cook for another two minutes.
  6. Take the pan off the heat and slowly whisk in the milk. Return to the heat and bring to a boil.
  7. Simmer for five minutes, and then add in the peas.
  8. Take it off the heat, add the squash, and add the cheese.
  9. Stir everything together, put it in an oven dish, and bake for 20 minutes. You can also top it with some extra cheese if desired.

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

If you want to cook something easy, a slow cooker is a great way to cut down on your work.

Most ingredients can be thrown in the slow cooker and left to simmer. Moreover, potato soup is very hearty and filling, and it’s something the whole family will love. The recipe is as follows:

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of potatoes
  • 3/4 cups of red onion
  • 1/2 Tbsp. salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. pepper
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • Cooked and crispy bacon
  • Scallions
  • Shredded cheese

How to Prepare

  1. Add the chicken broth, onions, potatoes, pepper, and salt to the slow cooker
  2. Put the slow cooker on low and let it simmer for six hours. You can also simmer on high for four hours.
  3. Mix together the heavy cream, sour cream, butter, and flour in a separate saucepan. Whisk it together until it forms a thick mixture.
  4. Once the slow cooker has finished, pour in your mix. Put the lid back on; set the cooker to low, and cook for another 30 minutes.
  5. Top with bacon, cheese, and scallions.

Lemon & Veg Pesto Pasta

This is a relatively simple recipe that takes under an hour to cook. However, just because it’s simple does not mean it’s not tasty. That homemade pesto sauce has a ton of flavor.

Moreover, this recipe also contains a good deal of vegetables. Therefore, it is tasty and has plenty of vitamins. The recipe is as follows:

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. pasta, either spaghetti or linguine
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • Large handful of spinach
  • Large handful of basil
  • One garlic clove
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced, and zested
  • 4 Tbsp.  pine nuts
  • 6 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Large handful of frozen peas
  • 4 Tbsp.  of parmesan
  • 3 Tbsp. of a soft cheese of your choosing

How to Prepare

  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions.
  2. Boil the broccoli for around 4 minutes in fairly heavily salted water.
  3. Put the broccoli, spinach, pine nuts, and basil into a food processor. Process it until it forms a relatively smooth mixture.
  4. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, peas, olive oil, parmesan, garlic, and soft cheese. Mix it all together.
  5. Put your pasta in the pan, add your pesto mixture, and add a bit of pasta water.
  6. Mix it all together and enjoy.

Beef Stroganoff (Slow Cooker Version)

Beef stroganoff is always a fan favorite. It’s packed with tasty ingredients; it’s creamy and meaty too. Moreover, this version is straightforward to make because it’s made in a slow cooker.

It’s the perfect family meal that doesn’t take much effort. Everybody loves this carb and protein-rich meal. The recipe is as follows:

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. stewing beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic.
  • 3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce.
  • 6 oz. cream cheese.
  • 4 Tbsp. cornstarch or flour
  • 12 oz. of pasta of your choosing

How to Prepare

  1. Add a little bit of oil to the slow cooker.
  2. Add the stewing beef into the slow cooker, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the beef broth, mustard, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Put the lid on this and cook it on low for anywhere for seven to 10 hours.
  5. At about 30 minutes to one hour before serving, mix cornstarch with 1/2 cup of beef broth, and add this mixture into the slow cooker.
  6. Add the cream cheese and the sour cream. Continue cooking for another 30 minutes on high.
  7. Once the sauce has thickened, add more salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Stir in the noodles and serve.

Mushroom & Sausage Ragu

If your family likes sausage and mushrooms, this is a great meal. This recipe is also packed with vegetables, but recognizing the vegetables in this one is not easy when you eat it.

It’s a great way to get your kids to eat vegetables without complaints. You can serve it with couscous, mashed potatoes, or pasta. The recipe is as follows:

Ingredients

  • 1 grated carrot
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped
  • Two grated cloves of garlic
  • Two Tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 cup of chopped mushrooms
  • 1 tsp. fennel seed
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 400 grams chopped tomatoes, canned
  • 6 pork sausages of your choosing
  • 1 Tbsp.  tomato ketchup
  • Couscous, pasta, or mashed potatoes

How to Prepare

  1. Put a saucepan on medium heat, heat up the oil, and add the grated carrot. Next, add the mushrooms, oregano, fennel, garlic, onions, and salt.
  2. Let this cook for about 5 minutes until everything has started to soften.
  3. Add the sausage meat into the saucepan and cook it until browned.
  4. Add the ketchup, tomatoes, salt, and 100 ml of water.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and allow the sauce to cook until it is pretty thick.
  6. Season with salt and pepper as desired, and serve with your side of choice.
Easy Everyday Recipes for the Whole Family

One Tray Steak Fajitas

You want something a little more exotic, steak fajitas are always a good way to go. This is a flavorful and tasty dish that is also easy to make.

All you need is a single baking tray and your ingredients, and you are good to go. Moreover, it’s also packed with protein, carbs, vitamins, and minerals. The recipe follows.

Ingredients

  • 1lb. steak sliced into thin strips
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp.  chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp.  minced garlic
  • ¼ cup of olive oil.
  • 1 thinly sliced onion
  • 1 thinly sliced green bell pepper
  • 1 thinly sliced yellow bell pepper.
  • 1 thinly sliced red bell pepper.
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Flour or corn tortillas.

How to Prepare

  1. Preheat oven to 200° Celsius or around 400° Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine the garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, pepper, salt, and paprika in a bowl. Mix it all together.
  3. Combine the bell peppers, onions, and steak in a separate bowl. Pour the olive oil over the top, and add your minced garlic. Sprinkle the seasoning mix over the steak, and mix everything.
  4. Take a large sheet pan and line it with tin foil. Take all of your vegetables and meat, and put them on this baking tray. Try to keep everything in a single layer.
  5. Place your tray in the oven for anywhere between 12 to 20 minutes. Of course, exactly how long you leave it in will depend on how you like your steak done.
  6. About five minutes before the steak is done, put the tortillas inside foil, and heat them in the oven.

Turkey Meatball & Garlic Bread Bake

This is a unique recipe where you bake meatballs along with garlic bread. You can use beef and pork for the meatballs, like I mentioned in another post in the 7 day meal planner, although this recipe uses turkey, which has much less fat and cholesterol than red meat, and it still has a lot of protein.

This is a very simple recipe that the whole family will enjoy. The recipe calls for you to make your own meatballs, although if you’re pressed for time, you could buy some. The recipe follows.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 tsp. fennel seeds
  • ½ Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano.
  • 3 crushed cloves of garlic
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 800 grams chopped tomatoes, canned
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato puree
  • 150 grams of mozzarella
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 25 grams of grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 sticks of garlic bread
  • Spaghetti noodles

How to Prepare

  1. Combine the minced turkey, salt, pepper, oregano, and fennel seeds. Mixed together thoroughly.
  2. Roll this mixture into small balls.
  3. Heat up an oven-proof pan and cook the meatballs. Make sure that they are brown. You do not need to cook them all the way through, as you will be putting them in the oven. Take your browned meatballs and put them to the side.
  4. Heat your oven to 200° Celsius or just above 400° Fahrenheit.
  5. In that same pan, heat up the remainder of the oil and add the onion. Cook the onion for about 12 minutes until it is soft.
  6. Stir in the garlic, cook for another minute, add the tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, and sugar.
  7. Allow this to simmer on medium heat for about 15 minutes, and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Put the meatballs on the sauce, add the mozzarella, add the garlic bread, and then the cheddar.
  9. Bake this mixture for about 20 minutes and then serve with spaghetti noodles.

Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

Tomato soup is very healthy, easy to make, and delicious. A grilled cheese sandwich on the side completes the meal. This is one of the fastest and easiest family meals to make. The recipe is as follows:

Ingredients

  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 56 oz. whole tomatoes, canned
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 a cup of heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • White or whole wheat bread
  • Unsalted butter
  • Cheddar cheese

How to Prepare

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot and add garlic, onion, red pepper flakes, and bay leaf. Cook for about 5 minutes until the onion is soft.
  2. Add the tomatoes and mash them down into small pieces.
  3. Add the brown sugar and heavy cream, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the bay leaf.
  5. Using an immersion blender, puree the mixture.
  6. Stir in the vegetable broth and heat for around 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set your soup aside and keep warm.
  7. Put cheese between 2 slices of bread; butter the outside of the bread and fry on each side for 3-4 minutes.
  8. Serve the grilled cheese sandwiches along with the fresh tomato soup.

Conclusion

These eight everyday recipes for the whole family are some of the easiest and most nutritious meals you can make. But, of course, we’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to easy everyday options. Remember, the great thing with food is that the sky is the limit. To me, food=love, and I love making my family feel special by making them delicious, nutritious food!

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