Simple Gourmet Meals for the Whole Family

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It’s a struggle getting your family to eat well while balancing work, childcare, education, and time for relaxation! Most people believe that gourmet meals need a whole afternoon to prepare, but there are some out there that can be made in less than 30 minutes! Here at NetCost Market, we’ve got three great choices for evening meals that are quick, healthy, and very reasonably priced. Next time you’re pushed for time, try making one of these!

Spaghetti Carbonara

Carbonara is a classic, and if you haven’t made it before, well, you’re certainly missing out! It has 5 main ingredients – spaghetti, eggs, garlic, bacon, and parmesan cheese! Start by getting some spaghetti boiling in a pan, and in a skillet, fry some chopped bacon. Once the fat from the bacon has leaked out, add some chopped garlic and let it sizzle for a minute. By now, the spaghetti should be done – drain it and add it to the skillet, letting it sizzle and then mix it together with the bacon and garlic. Turn off the heat and crack some eggs into the skillet – usually about one per person, and mix together the whole meal allowing the egg to heat through but not solidify into a scrambled egg! Next, top it with plenty of parmesan cheese! Serve with a simple leafy side salad to balance out the meal with some greenery.

Korean Beef

After making this dish just once, your whole family will be asking for it to become a regular weekday meal. It’s easy, nutritious, and has a great balance of good carbohydrates and protein – not to mention its irresistibly yummy flavor! To make enough for a family of 4, start by getting some rice cooking – enough for the whole family. In a bowl, mix together ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger and leave to one side. Stir-fry some garlic in a skillet and then add 1 pound ground beef and cook until it starts browning. Add the spice and soy mixture to the meat and let it cook through until the excess liquid has evaporated off. Serve with the rice and fresh vegetables such as bell pepper, green onion and grated carrot to add some freshness to your midweek meal!

Hummus and Greek-Style Salad with Flatbread

This one is great because it’s a truly social meal that’s all about ripping and dipping! It’s super easy and is great for families who follow a vegetarian diet or those that simply want to take a night off from eating meat. Start by making some super easy hummus. In a blender, add two cans of chickpeas (thoroughly rinsed), 2 cloves of garlic, 4 tablespoons of tahini paste, the juice of half a lemon, 1 teaspoon each of ground cumin, paprika and salt, and then 4 tablespoons of both olive oil and water. Blend this all together until a smooth paste is formed and transfer to a bowl for dipping. Make your salad with chopped tomato and cucumber, plenty of cilantro, a handful of olives and some sunflower seeds. Drizzle over some olive oil, the juice of half a lemon, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Serve with warm flatbreads for a super easy rip and dip meal that is full of vitamins and fiber for the whole family!

Midweek cooking doesn’t need to be something you dread – it can be quick, tasty, and most importantly, nutritious! Try these ideas brought to you by NetCost Market to see if you can save both time and money in the future while getting your family onto a healthy eating regime!