One thing I’ve heard more times than I can count this past year, is how demanding the pandemic has been for home cooks. We’ve been working overtime on all fronts, which is why it’s especially nice when meals are met with enthusiasm. Why not game the system this week and cook up recipes that are sure to please?
Below is a selection of suppers that kids (and grownups) are likely to feel pretty fired up about (and are relatively easy to prepare).
You’ll find an assortment of crowd-pleasers, from classic Cacio e Pepe to our best Buttermilk Waffles. What you won’t find are unusual ingredients or fussy preparations. Another bonus? You’ll get a little dose of fun in this week’s recipes. Case in point is the Taco Soup toppings bar and Chicken and Pineapple dinner on a stick.
Cacio e Pepe Pasta
There’s a reason this dish has stood the test of time in Italian cooking. It’s delicious. The recipe involves just a handful of ingredients and takes mere minutes to assemble. It does have a peppery bite, but it’s easy to scale back (or leave out) the pepper for less adventurous eaters. A green or arugula salad is all you need to make this a meal.
Slow Cooker Taco Soup
It’s a hearty, flavorful soup with flexible cooking time and make-ahead options. Turn up the fun factor by arranging a toppings bar of tortilla chips, salsa, sour cream, diced avocado, and cilantro. Invite everyone to dress up their own bowl.
Pork Tenderloin with Apples
This pork dish remains one of my favorites on the site from many moons ago. Perhaps it’s because the prep time is just 10 minutes or that pork and apples are a classic, crowd-pleasing combo. Either way, it’s a winner, particularly with a side of buttery green beans.
Easy Buttermilk Waffles
Breakfast for dinner? Why not. Embellish waffles with plain Greek yogurt, maple syrup, and heaps of fresh berries. Make a double batch and freeze the extras for breakfast.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs
I think we all can agree that food on a stick is popular no matter your age. These tasty kabobs feature a pineapple soy marinade along with a yogurt dipping sauce on the side. You can ask your kids for help assembling the kabob to take some of the work off your plate. Enjoy these with a side of couscous or brown rice.
Weekend Baking: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? Get your kids into the kitchen over the weekend to help you bake this chewy decadent treat.