“WHAT ARE YOU? AN IDIOT SANDWICH!” – Gordan Ramsay
Cooking doesn’t have to be a mundane task that you loathe. You can get extreme satisfaction from feeding your family with a meal you have put your love and effort into. The key is in the planning. Defrost foods that need defrosting. There’s nothing worse than when you’re hungry but the only thing to eat is rock solid! You could even season any meats ahead of time, that way when you get home all you have to do is throw it in the pan! You’ve probably heard the term “bring home the bacon”, now it’s time to cook it! Here are five simple recipes to nutritiously feed your family.
Spagbol, it’s a classic and there are many ways to tailor it to suit your preferences. You’ll need the following ingredients: Spaghetti, Olive Oil, 1 Onion, 2 Garlic Cloves (chopped), 2 tins of chopped tomato and 400g of beef mince. Additional extra’s: Cheese, Olives, Avocado, Spinach. If you’re not affluent in the kitchen, we recommend you start with this one. Keep the heat low and remember to cover the pan with a lid to keep the sauce nice and juicy!
Rice and peas Jerk Chicken
Time to take it tropical! Originating from Jamaica, Jerk Chicken is a lovely dish that will leave you and your families taste buds delightfully tingling. We love this recipe because it just may open up your children’s pallet. You will need sunflower oil, 1kg of chicken drumsticks and/or thighs, Jerk seasoning (available everywhere), sliced spring onions, 200g basmati rice, 400g coconut milk, 1 garlic clove, two 400g cans of kidney beans. It sounds complicated but it’s far from. Just search the recipe online and take it step by step.
For those who are vegan or for simply those who want a meat-free dinner, we like the sound of Vegan of Pizza. You will need 600g cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of yeast, 500ml of warm water, and mozzarella. You then want to smother the pizza with anything and everything that constitutes as a vegan so open that fridge and get creative. Olives, peppers, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes all qualify. At the end of the day, who doesn’t like pizza?
If you’ve tried the spaghetti Bolognese, you should now be a pro at making mincemeat. The only major difference is potatoes instead of pasta and that there is a bit of baking involved but you’ve got this chef! You’ll need 3/4 large potatoes, butter, carrots, corn, peas, ground beef, seasoning of your choice and lots and lots of cheese(grate) when you think there’s enough, add some more for good measure. Pro tip, make sure when putting everything into the baking dish, make sure you spread and layer all ingredients evenly to ensure everyone gets a full slice of the pie!
Fish and chips
There’s something about fish chips. It’s like no matter how bad your day has gone; fish and chips will fix everything. You will need fish and chips, hence the name! Specifically, you can use cod as it’s a robust white fish that doesn’t require much delicacy. Slice your potatoes nice and chunky. You can also try using sweet potatoes for your chips. Once you make that switch, you may be upset whenever there’s is just regular potatoes!
Mealtime is a great way to get the family together, try these recipes and take the feedback on board. Bro let’s get cooking!