Three Dishes That Your Family Will Love
13 Jun 2019
A family having all of their meals together sounds like a thing of the past – with parents working long hours, kids staying at school, and grandparents often living by themselves. But family dinners are a tradition that is still alive and should be preserved for future generations. They are a rare chance for everyone to relax, appreciate the food, and simply talk to each other because we usually don’t have time for any of these things. To make it a real tradition in your family, it’s easier to start early and involve your children in the process of cooking dinner from when they’re still in kindergarten. Here are 3 recipes to help you with that.
Italian dishes are usually loved by people of all ages. There’s just something very satisfying about a combination of noodles with a creamy sauce, or super-stretchy cheese on a crispy pizza base. And one of the best Italian dinner options is lasagna. In this case, meatless lasagna. If your kids already love vegetables, then you are one lucky parent. But it’s also quite easy to hide the fact that it’s a veggie based dish with all of the sauces and cheese.
First, cook the noodles according to the package directions. Use any of your leftover vegetables for the sauce – zucchini and squash work really well with the garlic, chili flakes, and basil. Assemble the lasagna using ricotta, grated parmesan, and mozzarella between the layers. Let it sit before serving.
I’ve never seen a child who refused to have a cookie or two after dinner. Or any time, for that matter. And if chocolate chip cookies are already an ordinary thing for them, try to spice it up (literally) and bake some cinnamon cookies. Their crispy and airy texture will surely make anyone ask for more. They’re quite healthy as well, made with whole-wheat flour, and not a lot of sugar compared to other recipes.
Start by whisking the flour and spices in a bowl, and beating sugar and butter together in a stand-up mixer. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet, and lastly, mix in the milk. Refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes. Roll it out, and have your kids use cookie cutters to cut the dough into various shapes. Carefully transfer the cut out cookies onto a baking sheet, and dust with cinnamon sugar. Let them cool after baking, and enjoy with coffee or tea. Kids will also love dunking them into milk.
Genoise cake, also known as sponge cake, is a classic dessert. It is very simple, almost to the point of being basic, but it’s what makes it so versatile and popular. It has only four main ingredients, and can be decorated with whatever fruit, berries, and frosting options you can imagine. That makes it ideal for a family gathering because you can make it suit any picky eater’s taste.
To make this classic cake, mix eggs and sugar, and beat the mixture over simmering water (not boiling). Then beat with an electric mixer for 5 minutes. Gently add in the flour and melted butter. Bake in the prepared cake tins, and after cooling, decorate to your heart’s content.
As you can see, you don’t need fancy recipes or expensive ingredients to organize a nice family dinner. Time and love put into the food that will be shared by the people closest to you are all that matter.
Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, blogger, and social media manager. Craig likes to go camping, travel, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and play bass guitar. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, automotive, events, parenting, movies, tech, recipes, health, pets, reviews, and giveaways.