I entered my home after a long hectic day. Everyone greeted me and children rushed to hug me. I settled my bag on the dining table placed in the kitchen. I stole a glance at the kitchen counter and to my surprise vegetables in the vegetable basket winked at me. I did a small eye roll and a thought of making dinner kicked in.

To prepare a dinner is not a big deal in fact but to decide what should be prepared is one big fat question. Anyway, I started the same daily drill.

Me: Hey honey, what would you like to eat tonight?

Husband: It’s your department. Make whatever.

Me: Come on kids and help your mom to decide about dinner.

Kid 1 (yelling from his room): I am doing homework mom. I cannot put my mind elsewhere right now.

Kid 2: Mom I am dining out tonight with friends.

So as usual, I had to decide finally.

I can understand how difficult it is to do this after a long tiring working day. So to help out all the ladies out there, I have planned a small dinner menu.

Today is the era where people are paying close attention to their body weight and calorie intake. Before discussing many easy dinner recipes for the family, I would describe some calories content of various edibles.

Calories In Fruits

Fruit Size Calories
1. Apple 1 medium size 110
2. Apricot 1 small cup 120
3. Banana 1 medium 105
4. Mango 1 small cup 110
5. Orange 1 small 45
6. Grapes 1 small cup 100
7. Pineapple 1 small cup 105

Calories In Vegetables

Vegetables Size Calories
1. Cucumber 1 medium 43
2. Onion 1 medium 45
3. Potato 1 medium 100
4. Cauliflower 1 small chopped 35
5. Bell pepper 1 medium 25
6. Broccoli 1 small cup 27
7. Peas 1 medium cup 100

Calories In Different Meats

Meat Size Calories
1. Bacon 100 g 290 kcal
2. Sausage (beef) 100 g 250 kcal
3. Chicken 100 g 160 kcal
4. Beef fillet 100 g 190 kcal
5. Ham 100 g 110 kcal
6. Lamb 100 g 250 kcal
7. Pork 100 g 255 kcal
8. Fish 100 g 190 kcal

Let’s start with the recipes now. Homemade food is more hygienic and healthy as compared to that of restaurants. I have queued the following 10 recipes.

Dinner Recipes For Family

1. Chicken Steak with Mushroom Sauce

Chicken Steak with Mushroom Sauce Recipe

Chicken is a good source of energy. It has less saturated fats as compared to red meat. When it is combined with different vegetables, its health benefits increase.

Preparation time: 35-40 minutes

Enough for 3-4 persons

Ingredients

  1. Chicken breast fillet: 4
  2. Soya sauce: 1 tablespoon
  3. Mustard powder: 1 teaspoon
  4. White pepper: 1 teaspoon
  5. Black pepper: 1 teaspoon
  6. Vinegar: 1 tablespoon
  7. Salt: to taste
  8. Honey: 1 teaspoon
  9. Oil: 1 tablespoon
  10. Wheat flour: 3 tablespoon
  11. Chicken broth: 1 cup
  12. Milk: 2 cups
  13. Mushrooms: 1 cup
  14. Black pepper crushed: 1 teaspoon
  15. Butter: 100 grams
  16. Garlic chopped: 1 tablespoon
  17. Salt: to taste

Procedure

  1. Take a bowl and mix soya sauce, mustard powder, white pepper, black pepper, vinegar, salt, and honey. Mix them well until a smooth mixture is ready.
  2. Take chicken breast fillets and beat them lightly with a kitchen hammer.
  3. Now dip the chicken fillets in the mixture.
  4. Keep the bowl with marinated fillets in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
  5. You can make it in griller and in frying pan too. The process is the same for both.
  6. Take a frying pan and put oil on it.
  7. When the oil gets heated nicely, place two fillets at a time.
  8. When one side is cooked or slightly changes its color, change the side. Repeat the process with another side.
  9. When both sides are done, remove them and place them on the platter.

Mushroom sauce recipe

  1. Take a frying pan and add butter and chopped garlic in it. Sauté it for a while.
  2. Add mushrooms and stir for 3 minutes.
  3. Add salt and black pepper and wheat flour. Keep stirring with a wooden spatula.
  4. Then add chicken broth and finally two cups milk. Keep stirring until the mixture gets sticky.
  5. Pour the mushroom sauce on chicken steak and serve hot.

2. Chicken Thighs Roast

Chicken Thighs Roast Recipe

Roasted chicken can be made with a lot of recipes. A roast is prepared with chicken’s own fats. It is prepared at home and also available in different restaurants.

Preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Enough for: 3-4 persons

Ingredients

  1. Chicken: thighs
  2. Salt:  to taste
  3. Powdered ginger: 1 pinch
  4. Worcestershire sauce: 1 tablespoon
  5. Black pepper: 1 teaspoon
  6. Red pepper: 1 teaspoon
  7. Vinegar: 1 tablespoon
  8. Chinese salt: 1 teaspoon
  9. Corn flour: 1 tablespoon
  10. Egg: 2
  11. Oil: according to need
  12. Wheat flour: for dipping

Procedure

  1. Take chicken thighs and slit them deep.
  2. Mix all the ingredients except wheat flour in a bowl.
  3. Take chicken thighs and dip them in the mixture.
  4. Let the mixture set for 1 hour in a refrigerator.
  5. Beat two eggs and pour them on thighs.
  6. Now take on the thigh, roll it in wheat flour and fry in oil. Repeat with all the chicken thighs and serve hot.

3. Green Chili Chicken Fried

Green Chili Chicken Fried Recipe

Green chili not only enhances the flavor and taste of a dish but they also impart beneficial effects on the gut.

Preparation time: 25-30 minutes

Enough for: 2-3 persons

Ingredients

  1. Chicken boneless: ½ kg
  2. Salt: 1 teaspoon
  3. Chinese salt: ½ teaspoon
  4. Corn flour: 1 teaspoon
  5. Oil: 2 tablespoon
  6. Soya sauce: 1 tablespoon
  7. Chili sauce: 2 teaspoon
  8. Green chilies: 6-8 mashed into paste form.
  9. Butter paper: square cut in 4 inches size

Procedure

  1. Cut the boneless chicken into small bite-sized pieces.
  2. Take all the ingredients other than oil in a small bowl and mix them well into a smooth paste.
  3. Put all the boneless chicken pieces in the mixture and marinate it for 15 minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes, take them out, wrap in the butter paper and fry in the oil.
  5. Serve hot with a dinner roll.

4. Smoked Mutton Chops

Smoked Mutton Chops Recipe

Red meat taken in appropriate amounts can be beneficial for your health. Mutton is a good source of animal protein too.

Preparation time: 3-4 hours

Enough for: 3-4 persons

Ingredients

  1. Mutton chops: 1 kg
  2. Yogurt: 4 tablespoons
  3. Papaya paste: 1 tablespoon
  4. Powdered ginger: 1 tablespoon
  5. Powdered red chili: 1 tablespoon
  6. Allspice powder: 1 teaspoon
  7. Lemon juice: 3 tablespoon
  8. Salt: 2 teaspoons
  9. Oil: 2 tablespoons

Procedure

  1. Take mutton chops and apply papaya paste, powdered ginger, and oil on them. Put them aside for 2-3 hours.
  2. After 2-3 hours, add yogurt, red pepper powder, all spice powder, and salt. Cook them on low flame with closed lid until the chops are done.
  3. Remove the lid and stir them with the spatula on high flame until the water is dried and they become light brown in color.
  4. Serve them hot with salad.

5. American Steak With Vegetables

American Steak With Vegetables Recipe

Apart from providing animal protein, beef is also rich in various nutritional vitamins and minerals. On the top are protein, zinc, vitamin B12 etc.

Preparation time: 45-60 minutes

Enough for: 3-4 persons

Ingredients

  1. Beef undercut: ½ kg
  2. Butter: 2 tablespoon
  3. Salt: to taste
  4. Black pepper powder: 1 teaspoon
  5. Soya sauce: 2 tablespoon
  6. Chinese salt: ½ tablespoon
  7. Ginger garlic paste: ½ teaspoon
  8. Mustard paste: 1 teaspoon
  9. Lemon juice: 1 tablespoon
  10. Worcestershire sauce: 1 tablespoon
  11. Peas: ¼ cup
  12. Carrot boiled: 1
  13. Potato boiled: 1

Method

  1. Take beef undercut and marinate it with all the spices except butter.
  2. Heat butter in a pan.
  3. Add beef pieces and shallow fry them.
  4. When both sides are done, remove it from the flame.
  5. Cut all the vegetable indices.
  6. Add mayonnaise and butter in vegetables.
  7. Spread the beef steak and pour vegetable mixture on top of it.

6. Tomato Macaroni With Extra Cheese

Tomato Macaroni With Extra Cheese Recipe

The good thing about cheese is that it is rich in calcium. It contains two other vitamins that are vitamin A and vitamin B12.

Preparation time: 35-45 minutes

Enough for: 3-4 persons

Ingredients

  1. Macaroni: 2 cups boiled
  2. Onion: 2 finely chopped
  3. Flour: 2 tablespoons
  4. Milk: ½ cup
  5. Butter: 60 gram
  6. Tomato: 2 finely chopped
  7. Grated cheese: 1 cup
  8. Extra grated cheese: ½ cup

Method

  1. Take a pan and add butter and onions.
  2. Stir fry them until onions get soft. Do it at medium to high flame.
  3. Add two tablespoon of flour in the onion butter mixture.
  4. Let it cook for 2 minutes at high flame.
  5. Add ½ cup milk. Keep stirring the mixture until it starts boiling and gets thick.
  6. When it gets thick, add macaroni and grated cheese. Let it at the flame for 30 seconds and then dish it out in a flat dish.
  7. Now sprinkle the finely chopped tomato and add extra grated cheese.
  8. Put the dish in the oven for 30 seconds on high.
  9. Serve hot.

7. Spinach Mince Lasagna

Spinach Mince Lasagna Recipe

If you are suffering from iron deficiency then this recipe is good for you. Spinach is rich in folate, iron, vitamin C etc. Addition of chicken enhances taste and flavor.

Preparation time: 35-45 minutes

Enough for: 3-4 persons

Ingredients

  1. Boiled lasagna sheets: 8
  2. Cheddar cheese: ½ cup
  3. Mushroom slices: 6
  4. Beef mince: 500 gram
  5. Chopped garlic: 1 tablespoon
  6. Onion: 1 chopped
  7. Vinegar: 2 tablespoon
  8. Black pepper: 1 teaspoon
  9. Oil: ¼ cup
  10. Salt: to taste
  11. Oregano: 1 teaspoon
  12. Tomato puree: 1 cup
  13. Boiled spinach puree: 1 cup

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a pan. Add garlic and onion and sauté it.
  2. Then add mince and fry until the color of mince changes.
  3. Add all the spices in it and fry it for 1 minute.
  4. After this add tomato puree and cover the lid until the mince gets cooked.
  5. After the mince is cooked, add boiled spinach puree in it and let it aside.

Assembly of lasagna

  1. Take one pyrex dish and grease it with oil.
  2. Spread the lasagna sheets, half beef spinach mixture, and half white sauce.
  3. Again spread lasagna sheets, remaining mince spinach mixture, white sauce and sprinkle cheese.
  4. Bake it at 180 degrees for 20 minutes.
  5. Serve hot.

Dinner Recipes For Family

8. Dry Beef Chili

Dry Beef Chili Recipe

Beef provides proteins and chilies are known for their capsaicin element. They impart sharp flavor to the dish.

Preparation time: 30-40 minutes

Enough for: 2-3 persons

Ingredients

  1. Beef: undercut fillets
  2. Tomato: 1 finely chopped
  3. Ginger: 2 tablespoons finely chopped
  4. Green chili: 7-8 finely chopped
  5. Green chili: vertically cut 5-6
  6. Chinese salt: ½ teaspoon
  7. Soya sauce: 2 tablespoon
  8. Oil: ½ cup

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a pan.
  2. Fry beef fillets.
  3. Then add tomato, green chili finely chopped, Chinese salt and soya sauce in beef fillets.
  4. Cover the pan and low the flame until the fillets are soft and tender.
  5. When fillets become tender, add ginger and vertically cut green chilies and fry for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Serve it hot with plain or fried rice.

9. Chicken Pineapple Salad

Chicken Pineapple Salad Recipe

Chicken along with pineapple is good for your digestion and imparts anti-inflammatory properties.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Enough for: 3-4 persons

Ingredients

  1. Boiled chicken: 1 cup
  2. Pineapple: 1 cup
  3. Apple: 1 diced
  4. Mayonnaise: ¾ cup
  5. Cream: 4 tablespoon
  6. White pepper: ½ teaspoon
  7. Lemon juice: 3 tablespoon
  8. Salt: to taste
  9. Sugar: ½ teaspoon

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a salad bowl.
  2. Keep it in a refrigerator.
  3. Serve it when it is chilled.

10. Egg Fried Rice

Egg Fried Rice

Rice provides dietary fiber and can be prepared in different ways.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Enough for: 5-6 persons

Ingredients

  1. Rice: 1 kg
  2. Eggs: 4, beat them.
  3. Green onion leaves: 1 cup, finely sliced
  4. Soya sauce: 2 tablespoon
  5. Black pepper: 1 teaspoon
  6. Salt: to taste
  7. Chinese salt: ½ teaspoon
  8. Carrot: 3 thinly sliced
  9. Vinegar: 1 teaspoon
  10. Oil: ½ cup

Method

  1. Take a pot and heat the oil. Add the eggs. Scramble them.
  2. Add green onion leaves, carrots, black pepper, soya sauce, and vinegar.
  3. Fry all the vegetables for 2 minutes.
  4. Then add rice and fry the mixture.
  5. Keep frying until the rice start to change their color to light brown.
  6. After this, add 3-4 cups water and cover the lid.
  7. When water starts to dry, then low the flame and sprinkle Chinese salt.
  8. Then add soya sauce at the end.
  9. Spread the rice in a dish and serve with salad.

11. Beef With Spaghetti

Beef With Spaghetti Recipe

Spaghetti is rich in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the source of energy for the whole body especially muscles. If you are on weight loss plan, use it in measured amounts.

Preparation time: 1 hour

Enough for: 3-4 persons

Ingredients

  1. Beef strips: ½ kg
  2. Spaghetti: 1 packet boiled
  3. Salt: 1 teaspoon
  4. Soya sauce: 4 tablespoon
  5. Sesame oil: 2 tablespoon
  6. Corn flour: 2 tablespoon
  7. Black pepper: 1 teaspoon, powdered
  8. Bell pepper: 1
  9. Meat stock: 1 cup
  10. Oyster sauce: 2 tablespoon
  11. Garlic: 2 tablespoons, chopped

Method

  1. Cut the beef strips in lengthwise.
  2. Add 2 tablespoon soya sauce, 2 tablespoon sesame oil and salt. Dip the beef strips in a mixture for half an hour.
  3. Then add 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic and fry it at high flame.
  4. Then add stock, salt, soya sauce, oyster sauce and black pepper.
  5. When it comes to boil add 2 tablespoons of corn flour.
  6. When it gets thick, add bell pepper and boiled spaghetti.
  7. Serve hot.

12. Continental Grilled Lamb Chops

Continental Grilled Lamb Chops Recipe

Grilling your food gives you less fat consumption. Moreover, when a food is grilled, its nutrients do not waste off but is still present inside. Always prefer to grill your food on gas instead of charcoal.

Preparation time: 3-4 hours

Enough for: 3-4 persons

Ingredients

  1. Lamb chops: 1 kg
  2. Oil: 3 tablespoon
  3. Worcester sauce: 3 tablespoon
  4. Black pepper powder: 1 teaspoon
  5. Salt: 1 teaspoon
  6. Chopped garlic: 1 teaspoon

Method

  1. Take a bowl and mix all the ingredients.
  2. Wash the lamb chops and dry them.
  3. Place all the chops in the bowl and apply the mixture well.
  4. Keep this bowl marinated for 3-4 hours.
  5. After marination is completed, grill the chops from both sides.
  6. When water gets dried, remove from griller and serve with either fries or boiled rice.

13. Crispy Fish Fillet

Crispy Fish Fillet Recipe

Fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are very beneficial for your heart health. It is an incredible source of Vitamin D.

Preparation time: 30-45 minutes

Enough for: 3-4 persons

Ingredients

  1. Fish fillet: 4 pieces
  2. Mustard paste: 1 tablespoon
  3. Vinegar: 4 tablespoon
  4. Oil: 2 tablespoon
  5. Salt: to taste
  6. Black pepper: 1 tablespoon, powdered

Marinate the fish fillet in above ingredients for half an hour.

  1. Wheat flour: ½ cup
  2. Eggs: 2 beaten
  3. Breadcrumbs: ½ cup
  4. Oil: for frying

Method

  1. Take the marinated fish fillets. Roll them in wheat flour. Dust off the extra flour.
  2. Then dip the fillets in egg and breadcrumbs.
  3. Repeat the process with all fillets and keep them in a refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  4. Heat the oil in deep pan. Fry the fillets until golden brown.

14. Danish Apple Pie

Danish Apple Pie Recipe

Apple is rich in dietary fiber which makes you feel full for longer.

Preparation time: 45-60 minutes

Enough for: 3-4 persons

Ingredients

  1. Wheat flour: 2 cup
  2. Butter: 5 ounce
  3. Castor sugar: 2-21/2 ounce
  4. Cold water: as required
  5. Egg yolk: 1
  6. Baking powder: ½ teaspoon

For filling

  1. Apple: 3 sliced
  2. Sugar: ½ cup
  3. Corn flour: 1 teaspoon
  4. Lemon juice: 2 tablespoon

Method

  1. Take a pan and put all the ingredients of filling. Keep it on the flame until the apple slices get soft.
  2. To make dough take 2 cup wheat flour and baking powder. Pass them through the strainer.
  3. Then add butter and castor sugar in this mixture. Rub it with hands until the mixture becomes like breadcrumbs.
  4. Add egg yolk and cold water and knead it.
  5. Make small balls of dough.
  6. Spread the dough, put apple mixture on it and cover it with another layer of dough.
  7. Bake it at 180 degrees for 30 minutes.

15. Baked Mix Vegetables with White Sauce

Baked Mix Vegetables with White Sauce Recipe

Vegetables are packed with multivitamins and minerals which are incredibly important for your immune system and overall health.

Preparation time: 30-40 minutes

Enough for: 3-4 persons

Ingredients

  1. Butter: 10 grams
  2. Wheat flour: 1 tablespoon
  3. Milk: 1 cup
  4. Butter: 15 g
  5. Garlic: 1 teaspoon, chopped
  6. Onion: 2 tablespoons, chopped
  7. Baby corn: 2
  8. Peas: 2 tablespoon
  9. Cauliflower: 10 small flowers
  10. Salt: to taste
  11. Cheese: 2 tablespoon
  12. Cream: 2 tablespoon
  13. Carrot: 1 small

Method

  1. To make a white sauce, take 10-gram butter and wheat flour, mix them, and add milk. When it comes to boil, remove it from the stove.
  2. Take 15-gram butter, add chopped garlic and onion. Let it simmer until onion gets soft. Remove from flame.
  3. Boil all the vegetables. Mix them in onion mixture.
  4. Add white sauce.
  5. Add salt, white pepper, cheese, and cream.
  6. Put it in a flat dish. Bake at 150 degrees for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve hot as a dinner.

Final Words

No matter how many recipes you have they always seem less. Yes, that’s my personal experience. And yes no one is going to help you in deciding dinner menu. LOL.

All the recipes mentioned by me are tried and tested. Make them at your home and collect immense admiration.

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