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Best Hearty Recipes To Keep Your Family happy In 2014


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Lots of families are struggling to make ends meet at the moment, and food prices are on the rise. Supermarkets are selling more ready meals and processed food than ever these days, and they are a very tempting alternative to home recipes because of their low price.

I am starting a campaign to bring back traditional home cooked meals so that children get at least one hot meal a day. Here are some of my best hearty recipes to keep your family happy in 2014. They are nothing special, just basic good food for everyone to enjoy.

Microwave Baked Potato

Anyone can make a baked potato these days cheaply and quickly thanks to that wonderful invention, the microwave oven. There is nothing more simple. Wash a medium sized potato, prick it with a fork, and place it in the microwave for ten to twelve minutes on full power. Leave it to stand for two minutes before serving.

It is the food that goes with the potato that makes the meal interesting. Butter, of course, is the most popular addition, but beans, cheese or bolognaise go down well on a cold winter’s night. That is probably the easiest meal to teach kids to cook themselves.

Toad In The Hole

Traditional toad in the hole is a warming meal of sausages baked in yorkshire pudding. It is sometimes difficult to get right but with a bit of practice, anyone can do it.

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • Eight Pork Sausages.

  • One and a Half sliced onions.

  • Three hundred millilitres of milk.

  • One egg.

  • Half a litre of beef stock.

First, here is how to make the yorkshire pudding.

  1. Place the flour in a mixing bowl and add a little salt to it.

  2. Slowly add some of the milk while stirring with a wooden spoon until you end up with a thick paste.

  3. Continue adding all of the milk slowly and stirring all of the time until you have a smooth batter mix.

  4. Place the sausages and onions in a roasting tin with some oil and bake them in the oven at gas mark 6 or electric 180c for about fifteen minutes or so.

  5. Add the batter to the roasting tin and return to the oven for a further thirty to forty minutes until it is crisp and golden brown.

The meal is now ready to serve.

Sausage And Bean Stew

This stew is a quick and easy alternative to beef stew, here are the ingredients.

  1. Fry the sausages in a pan until they are cooked.

  2. Empty the beans into a saucepan and add the sausages.

  3. Add some butter and some tomato sauce if you wish.

  4. Simmer it on low heat for twenty five minutes.

This dish is best served with thick crusty bread to your hungry family.

As you can see, cooking needn’t be over complicated. Often the simple recipes are the best for a hungry family in the evenings. It is good that they see mom and dad preparing food for them too. Enjoy your meal.

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