Tuesday, 16 December 2014

5 Easy Weekday Meals the Whole Family Will Love

Tired of spending hours in the kitchen each evening labouring over your family’s dinner? After some recipe ideas that won’t take too long to cook up, and that your family will absolutely love? We don’t blame you. Sometimes you just don’t have the energy after a long day at work to cook something too ambitious. Well, thankfully you don’t need to exert yourself too much after a tiring day – thanks to these 5 quick and easy weekday meals. Read on, note the ingredients, and spend more time relaxing on the couch with a glass of wine as you recharge your batteries for another day.

Backyard BBQ

If weather permits, yank out the old barbeque and grill some meat to go along with a nice potato salad and a side of coleslaw. Having a barbeque together with the whole family on those sultry summer evenings is a quick and easy way to get everyone fed. If you don’t yet have a barbeque, head on over to a retail specialist such as BBQ Galore and check out their range of quality units. Lamb chops, chicken skewers, and sausages just taste so good when grilled. Whilst the meat is cooking, get the kids to help make the potato salad and coleslaw. If time permits, consider making some freshly squeezed lemonade to help wash everything down.

Spaghetti and meatballs

Practically guaranteed to go down a treat with the whole family, there’s nothing better than spaghetti and meatballs on any weekday evening. You can easily make your own meatballs from scratch by visiting your local butcher or supermarket and asking for the “meatloaf mix” – a combination of ground beef, veal and pork. Don’t forget to add a little water and egg to your meatball mix for extra tender meatballs. For seasoning, use fresh herbs, garlic and some parmesan cheese. Next, try baking them in the oven for a healthier alternative to frying. Whilst the meatballs are baking, cook your spaghetti and heat up your store bought pasta sauce. Once everything’s ready, call dinner, serve it up, and enjoy your hearty meal.

Beef tacos

For something a little different and a bit more ‘hands on,’ why not have a taco night for your next weekday meal? They’re super easy to make, and just taste delicious. Simply fry up some ground beef, chop some lettuce and tomatoes, and buy yourself a nice salsa mix and taco shells. That’s really all you need. Everyone can then make their own tacos. How easy is that!

Cashew chicken stir-fry

In the mood for a little Asian? A cashew chicken stir-fry is so simple to make and is sure to satisfy the whole family. All you need to do is stir-fry some chicken with honey and sesame oil, roasted peanuts, and spring onions (along with perhaps some broccoli and carrots) in a pan, and then serve it over a plate of steamed white rice. For a healthier alternative, opt for brown rice instead. This Asian-inspired dish is so easy to make, and it won’t take too long at all before the whole house smells amazing.

English muffin pizzas

Finally, here’s something super easy to make when you really don’t have much time. English muffin pizzas are always a hit with the whole family. Your kids can create their own little creations, and it doesn’t require much in the way of cleaning up. All you need are some English muffins, pizza base sauce, and toppings of your choosing – perhaps some cheese, peperoni, and pineapple. Then bake in the oven for 10 minutes or so. Voila!

Do you have any other easy weekday meal ideas? Leave your recipes below and contribute to the discussion today.

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