When it comes down to it you don’t need to be a crazy gourmet cook to feed your family and friends. All you really need are a few tried and true recipes to help you get dinner on the table. Even these recipes don’t need to be complicated. They are not about shortcuts, they are about solid methods, healthy ingredients, and simple instructions. Here are ten awesome recipes that meet this criteria. They are all great family meal ideas and are guaranteed to please the whole family.
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10 Basic Recipes Everyone Should Know 1 of 11
Tomato Soup 2 of 11A classic tomato soup will always serve you well. It is great for serving both children and adults and is packed with healthy vitamins and antioxidants. Once you have mastered this recipe try adding your own twist to it like a dash of hot sauce or some cooked wilted spinach.
Make tomato soup
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Chocolate Chip Cookies 3 of 11Even the most novice baker should be able to make a solid batch of chocolate chip cookies. You can take them anywhere and serve them to anyone. Plus, kids love to make them and they are a great way to get your kids introduced to cooking and baking before moving on to more complicated recipes.
Make chocolate chip cookies
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Basic Breaded Chicken 4 of 11Breading chicken is the key to so many good recipes - chicken tenders, chicken Parmesan, chicken sandwiches - and it all starts with this simple technique. Once you can bread chicken with breadcrumbs try throwing in some Parmesan and chopped herbs to give it a twist.
Make basic breaded chicken
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Perfect Pancakes 5 of 11A solid batch of pancakes will always win you praise from your family. Learning how to make pancakes is also a great way to introduce you to working on the stovetop. This is a great basic recipe that get you started - everyone will love them!
Make perfect pancakes
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Caesar Salad 6 of 11A classic Caesar salad is always delicious. This recipe is a great way to learn how to make a good salad dressing and work with lettuce which can be finicky. This salad is delicious served alongside dinner, or you can top it with chicken or shrimp to make it the main course!
Make Caesar salad
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Pasta Primavera 7 of 11A good pasta primavera recipe is essential. This is a great way to learn how to cook vegetables. The recipe is flexible enough that you can usually add nearly any vegetable you have in your kitchen to give the recipe your own twist.
Make pasta primavera
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Spaghetti & Meatballs 8 of 11This is the one dish, above all, that is a guaranteed hit in most homes. Check out this easy recipe for the perfect meatball making method and congratulate yourself when everyone cleans their plates.
Make spaghetti and meatballs
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Roast Chicken 9 of 11A good roast chicken is so versatile. You can eat the meat as is, use it for soup, enchiladas, or just about anything you want. Learn this straightforward method and you will be able to roast a bird without fail for the rest of your cooking life.
Make roast chicken
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Baked Potatoes 10 of 11A baked potato is one of the cheapest dinners around! Learn how to bake them to perfection in the oven or the slow cooker and top them as you want to make a complete meal.
Make baked potatoes
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Omelets 11 of 11A delicious omelet can be eaten for any meal. Once you know how to make one you can easily doctor it up like Shaina has done with these caprese version.
Make caprese omelet
Photo: Shaina Olmanson