The goal for most families is to consume healthy foods wherever possible and raise children with a balanced, nutritious diet. These few dishes should serve as a guide to the most modern western family foods, which provide that said balance with delicious taste, with the added benefit of being very easy to make.
Below are some of the top western family dishes
Pasta dishes like spaghetti Bolognese, lasagne, mac and cheese and carbonara are always a popular choice at dinner time. Pasta tends to be very filling (which certainly helps with growing kids), not too expensive, and easy to whip together. Kids enjoy basic meatballs and spaghetti or extra cheesy macaroni, but there’s no reason you can’t add a dash of character with some soft herbs and spices. Sauce-based pasta dishes are also a great way of sneaking in the veg they don’t like (like chopped mushrooms, which add so much taste!).
Another Italian cuisine which has found astronomical levels of popularity in other western countries. Pizza is one of the most widely-consumed foods in the world, and because the options are so limitless, kids and adults love it equally. You can put anything you want as a topping, and they’re fun to make from scratch. All it takes is a bit of dough, some tomato puree and cheese, then whatever you fancy.
Casseroles are just big pots of tasty goodness. While perhaps more common over the winter months, they prove to be popular amongst families because they contain so many good ingredients. Whether it’s a sausage, beef, lamb or pork-based dish, you can throw every vegetable under the sun into a casserole and let the delicious flavours mingle for hours. They are also a good way to use leftover carcases from roast chickens etc., which can make great stock.
Not getting home from work until after six, and with the kids perhaps being out doing extra-curricular activities after school, there isn’t always a lot of time to sit down as a family. That’s why a stir fry is a popular meal for weekdays because they’re so quickly and easy to throw together.
Burgers & chips
While burgers, hot dogs and chips are the #1 consumed fast-food in the west, they don’t always have to be unhealthy. Healthy home-made wedges are more than easy (all it takes is chopping a few potatoes and throwing them in the oven), and burgers can be loaded with nice slabs of tomato, onions and tasty spinach.
Who doesn’t love a barbeque? Despite being rather weather-dependant, the unique, smoky taste of barbequed meat and the social atmosphere associated with them means barbeques are still one of the most popular choices of food in the west. Best of all, barbeques are fun to cook, and kids love watching you flip burgers.
So there’s a clear pattern in these typically most popular family dishes in western culture. It’s cost-effective and meat-based with plenty of options for nutritional extras, rather than any one dish (with the exception of stir fry, maybe), being heavily vegetable-based. All are quite easy to make and appeal to both children and adults.