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Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas for the Family

Updated on January 29, 2019
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Navina has recently graduated high school and enjoys writing on her spare time. She loves helping others along with music, books and cooking

Introduction

In most households, family night is customary. Family night is simply a night where your entire family household spend quality time together. During this time you either:

  • Eat Dinner
  • Play Games
  • Watch Movies
  • Talk
  • All of the above

My household has family night every Friday and at first we found it extremely difficult to find recipes for dinner time, until I started cooking. At my culinary classes there were recipes I learnt and other's were by watching videos on YouTube or watching my grandmother and mother cook in the kitchen in my childhood. I will be sharing my favorite recipes with you.

P.S:- the following recipes I customized them to my liking, but everyone loves them.


Below each recipe you will see an image of the dish.

Family Is Not An Important Thing. It's Everything

— Michael J. Fox

#1 "Scalloped Potatoes"

Ingredients

Bechamel Sauce

4 tbs butter

4 tbs flour

2 1/4 cups whole milk

Salt and pepper to taste

1/8 tsp Italian seasoning

Potato

3 pound potatoes

1 onion thinly sliced

1 cup cheddar cheese

Method

Preheat oven 375 degrees (190 degrees C)

In a sauce pan melt butter with Italian seasoning

Add flour and stir constantly until cooked

Pour milk gently and stir continuously

Add salt and pepper and continue string until becomes a pouring consistency

Set aside

Spread 1/3 potato slices at the bottom of a prepared baking dish

Top with 1/3 onion slices and 1/4 cup bechamel sauce

Continue steps until last layer

Finish with sprinkling Cheese at top

Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until golden brown

Let cool on a iron rack for 5 minutes

Top with minced cilantro

Cut and serve with a side dish of your choice






This Is The Italian Seasoning Which I use In my recipes

The Most Important Thing In The World Is Family And Love

— John Wooden

Trinidad Stewed Chicken With Jasmine Rice

Ingredients

4 pounds chicken cut into 2 inch pieces

1 tbsp olive oil

4 tbsp brown sugar

1 cup chopped scallion (white and green part) (about 4)

1 onion minced finely

1/2 cup minced cilantro

4 large cloves garlic

1 medium tomato chopped (optional)

1 tbsp grated ginger (optional)

3-4 tbsp ketchup

4 sprigs thyme

2 fresh pimento peppers and/or habanero peppers, to taste (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

1-2 potatoes chopped (optional)

1 cup cooked peas or beans (optional)

3 1/2 cups jasmine rice cooked

Directions

Wash chicken with the juice of one lemon, lime or vinegar and water, rubbing to remove slime, also remove excess skin and fat. Wash a second time with plain water. Drain well.

Wash and chop scallions and tomatoes, peel and chop onion, grate ginger and garlic, mince pimento and/or habanero.

In a large pot over medium heat add oil and allow to heat but not smoke. Add sugar and allow to bubble, froth and darken. (Do not allow it to smoke and get black) You only want the sugar to caramelize.

Add chicken and listen to it's song! Immediately raise the heat to high and stir continuously covering it with the brown sugar for 1-2 minutes.

Add scallion, thyme, onion, garlic, tomato, ginger, pimento pepper, habanero pepper, salt and pepper, ketchup and cook 1-2 minutes more while stirring.

Cover for 15-20 minutes allowing it to cook, Uncover, (over high heat the chicken will release it's own juice), Stir occasionally until liquid has evaporate.

After liquid evaporates, continue to cook for a few seconds more, to allow flavors to develop, stirring continuously to prevent sticking.

Add one cup of water, more if you like lots of "sauce". Add potatoes and peas or beans. Cover and cook an additional 10-15 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked and tender (but not shredding), turning gently once or twice, and the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency.

Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking. [For this recipe I used sea salt but you can use what ever salt you like.]

Serve on the top of the Jasmine Rice or side.

Enjoy :-)



Eat Well

Live Well

And Enjoy Life To It's Fullest

— Navina K.C Jagdeo

#3 "Pesto Zoodles"

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil

4 small zucchini, cut into noodle shape strands

1/2 cup drained and rinsed canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas)

3 tbsp pesto or to taste

salt and pepper to taste

3 tbsp shredded white cheddar, cheese

Method

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.

Cook and stir zucchini until liquid has evaporated.(5-10 minutes)

Stir garbanzo beans and pesto into zucchini; lower heat to medium-low.

Cook and stir until garbanzo beans are warm and zucchini is evenly coated, about 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

Transfer zucchini mixture into serving bowls and top with cheese.







#4 "Shrimp Scampi Bake"

Ingredients:

1 cup butter

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp chopped garlic

1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley

2 pounds medium raw shrimp, shelled, deveined with tails attached

Method:

Preheat oven 450 degrees F (230 degrees C)

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, and parsley.

When the butter melts completely, remove from heat

Arrange shrimp in a shallow baking dish. Pour the butter mixture over the shrimp.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and opaque.

Serve in a serving dish with cooked fettuccine noodles or any pasta of your choice.


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