Ever since the earliest times, food has always been the best way to connect people and bring them together under the same roof. Family meals are a wonderful way to spend quality time, talking about your daily schedules or discussing issues.
However, cooking for all your family members could prove a struggle, especially if you also have to juggle with a full-time job. So, if you’re looking for delicious and healthy recipes to share with your beloved ones, here are some ideas that might seem appealing to you.
Did we say healthy? According to the US Congress, pizza can be ruled as a vegetable, so vegetables are the definition of health, right? If you want to indulge yourself in some soul food, you might as well cook it in the comfort of your own home, with premium ingredients, and get rid of the unnecessary calories.
So turn on your brand new pizza ovens and let’s start cooking! The key to a successful homemade pizza is using the right ingredients, preferably organic. Start by making the dough yourself or picking one that contains low quantities of salt and sugar.
Use high-quality mozzarella instead of regular mozzarella sticks or other types of low-quality cheese. If you are intolerant to lactose, you can replace regular cheese with tofu.
You can also choose to make your own tomato sauce by adding a can of sliced tomatoes or tomato juice, salt, fresh ground pepper, and oregano. Pour it over the dough while still hot and get ready to add the rest of the ingredients. You can replace the popular salami and pepperoni with healthier alternatives, i.e., boiled chicken breast or turkey breast.
Slow-cooked chicken and rice
If you own a slow cooker device, you can rest assured each type of food you’ll make is going to be delicious, healthy, and nutritious. These devices don’t require the use of cooking oils or fats but, instead, are based on steam to slow cook all the ingredients.
We suggest choosing brown rice and chicken breast as these two ingredients combine perfectly. Add chopped red bell peppers, one small minced onion, a few garlic cloves, and season with freshly ground pepper, salt, and some curry powder. Put all the ingredients together and press the button and go to work. By the time you come back home, you’ll be enjoying a healthy dinner that doesn’t need anything else.
Beefsteak and roasted potatoes
What better way to celebrate a family reunion if not with one of the most delicious dishes in the world? If you’re a big fan of beefsteak, now is your chance to prove your cooking skills and impress your family or friends.
Season the meat using sea salt, fresh ground pepper, mustard seeds, and rosemary, and place it on the grill. You can use a digital meat thermometer to make sure the beef is perfectly cooked on the outside and the inside. Most people prefer it medium rare, so this kitchen tool is extremely helpful for achieving the perfect balance between the crunchy crust and the raw interior.
Once the meat is done, you can let it rest for half an hour while you’re preparing the potatoes. We suggest choosing new potatoes as you won’t have to peel them off or cut them. Wash them thoroughly and put them in a cooking pan.
Sprinkle some extra virgin olive oil on them, and don’t forget to season with salt, pepper, and oregano. You can also cut a medium red onion for more flavor. Let them roast in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes.
Arugula salad with pears and bacon
An easy way to make your kids eat their veggies is to combine the sweet taste of pears and the crunchiness of the bacon with a selection of healthy vegetables. This salad can be done in less than 10 minutes, and it represents the perfect starter or side dish for your meat-based recipes.
Fry the bacon in its grease for about two minutes until it becomes crunchy and set it on a plate. Tap a paper towel on top of it to absorb all excess oil or fats. In a bowl, break the arugula leaves and add one medium ripe pear cut, alongside cherry tomatoes, spring onion, and one chopped bell pepper. Add the cut bacon and season it with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.
When mixing and serving your salad, you should only use a set of certified bamboo kitchen utensils that won’t oxidize and destroy the properties of your fresh greens.
Fresh salmon wraps
Salmon is an important source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that support a healthy brain, a healthy heart, and strong eyes. So, if you plan on determining your children to eat more fish, why not make it appealing to them? This simple recipe of salmon wraps is ready in less than 20 minutes, and it can be served for breakfast or put in your kids’ lunch boxes.
Start by preheating the wraps over an open flame for a couple of seconds. Spread fresh, homemade guacamole on one side of the tortilla, then cut some smoked salmon in small pieces and add it.
Garnish with small cut chives, chunks of salted cheese, and one-two sliced cherry tomatoes. You can eat them immediately or put them in the microwaves for 30 seconds until the cheese melts.
Easter carrot soup
Soup is relatively easy to cook and will certainly warm up the hearts and bellies of all your favorite friends. It can be made for lunch or supper and can be accompanied by a lighter second course or served on its own.
You’ll need some olive oil, one medium onion sliced, about two carrots cut into rounds, 4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth, some grated ginger, salt, pepper, half a cup of heavy cream, and chopped fresh dill.
Cook the onion in the oil for about 5 minutes, then stir in the broth, carrots, and the ginger. Add the salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer until the carrots are soft, which means around 20-25 minutes. Let the soup cool for 10-15 minutes.
Use a blender to puree the soup until it becomes smooth. Put it back in the pot and serve it rewarmed. Additionally, you can whisk the cream in a bowl, and then add salt and the fresh dill. Pour it into the soup.