Modern Recipes That Can Bring the Whole Family to the Table
The relevance of food to humans means so much more than we think. As much as it is a means of survival, it also nurtures relationships. Food is something that shapes a family. Thus, eating together is highly encouraged even with today’s busy schedules. However, eating together as a family in this modern lifestyle and this fast-paced world can become a challenge. What better way to find the middle ground than to match it with contemporary food that we all can enjoy. We gathered some of the most loved contemporary dishes that can surely bring the family together at the dining table.
The following are quick and easy recipes that you can follow that will please everyone.
Parmesan Chicken Tenders
Serve crispy baked chicken tenders that are ideal if you have kids. It is coated in garlic and lemon flavors, soaked in a golden parmesan panko crumb. What makes this specific recipe standout is that it creates an addictive crunch without flour needed for the breading. If you have kids, this can surely steal their attention. This irresistible finger food only requires easy-to-find ingredients with simple steps. With some roasted vegetables and your favorite dipping sauce, you will surely enjoy this nutritious dish to a fault. You only need to have some chicken breasts, onions, parmesan, garlic, pepper, and a splash of oil and you can achieve these juicy and crispy chicken tenders in no time! They can be oven fried to shave off some calories and fat!
Any pasta dish never fails to make it on top of everybody’s favorite food these days for many reasons. One is because it is one of the easiest recipes to cook, even with a bare cupboard, you can definitely scrape and gather ingredients for any Italian pasta dish. You can try to make your family the classic fiery pasta which includes extra virgin olive oil, garlic cloves, crushed tomatoes, chopped parsley, and some chili flakes to add some spices. If you want to know more pasta recipes, make sure to get Generations of Good Food by Eleanor Gaccetta. It is a compilation of nearly 200 family recipes that span six generations of not just pasta dishes but also some scrumptious desserts. The recipes you can find in this cookbook bring families together around the table. What sets this cookbook apart is that it includes heartfelt stories of Italian life. Her family has always maintained there isn’t a vegetable in the garden that can’t be sauteed with garlic and oil and served with pasta!
Creamy Tomato Soup Garnished with Croutons
Looking for something to give your children for lunch or a quick dinner? This is the one! This comforting tomato soup recipe will make your children crave some more. Aside from its health benefits, it is also mouthwatering. You can add grilled cheese croutons as a garnish to make it more delicious. If you have no idea how to cook croutons, you will only need slices of white or wheat bread, a tablespoon of olive oil, tablespoons of unsalted butter—make sure that it’s softened, and shredded sharp cheddar cheese, put everything on top of each other and you will come up with the perfect croutons to serve with your creamy tomato soup. To make it a complete meal add a grilled cheese sandwich.
Italian Sloppy Joe Sandwiches
No one says no to saucy sloppy joe sandwiches! If you are looking for something to feed a crowd or a number of family members, or serve this recipe as a snack. It is filling with its meaty mixture ground beef browned in a skillet. Add garlic, crushed tomatoes, mushrooms, salt, pepper and a bit of sugar and let it simmer. Serve on toasted hamburger buns with melted cheese and add any other favorite pizza topping. Your sloppy joe will be your family and guests’ favorite. One secret to achieving this fun and mouthwatering sandwich is to make sure that you let the sauce simmer until thickened and stir occasionally.
If you are a busy person, you can always make sure to get a slow cooker or crockpot. There are so many things you can cook with it. You can set it to cook as you work and when you get home, you get a palatable dish with your family after a long day. A slow cooker dish that you must try is pulled pork. Brown the pork on the stove in a bit of vegetable oil, put the meat and juices in the crockpot, add some quartered onions and beef stock to cover the pork and let it cook. It is easy to prepare. There’s nothing more comforting than this food that everyone can enjoy, especially the young ones. The good news is you can use the crockpot for it. It is a no-boil, one-pot recipe.