Our Weekly Classics – Your Family’s New Favourites

By Sep 9, 2019 Family time

September is the best time of the year to start something new. For us at Hello Chef, that “something new” seems to be always related to food and eating! We’re excited, but not surprised!

This September we’re thinking about families, and how families dine. Together? Yes. Everyone sitting happily at the table with no complaints? Well… not quite.

The parents in the Hello Chef team were not surprised to hear that there’s a need for more choices in the Family-Friendly menu. I mean, we’ve all been there: trying to convince the little ones to try new food items and flavours – and most of all, to eat their greens.

With this experience and the valuable customer feedback in mind, we developed 10 Weekly Classics, delicious dinners for the whole family to enjoy. These 10 recipes will rotate in batches of two on the Hello Chef menu. Keep an eye on the “Weekly Classic” icon with a cute little house in it!

These recipes are designed so that they are easy to customize for the children. They also have that special twist that makes them interesting for the parents as well. In addition, every single one of them includes at least two of your “five a day”. We serve the vegetables smartly hidden, or fresh or steamed on the side.

Read how to cook each of these recipes so that they leave only polished plates and full bellies behind!

Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

These crispy and flavourful nuggets are breaded with eggs, flour and Parmesan mix. No need for bread crumbs! If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, these little bites work super well in lunch boxes.

You can roast the children’s potato wedges without any spices, and serve their vegetables as fresh bites on the side. Unless they’ve got the taste for a delicious coleslaw that this dish comes with!

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Swedish Meatballs

Skip the trip to the Swedish furniture store, or at least to their restaurant, and make yummy meatballs at home instead. These meatballs come with an amazing creamy gravy, but you can also fry them separately and serve with just a spoonful of gravy on the side.

The mash should be a winner, but if your kids prefer oven roasted potatoes, go for it. Remember to boil the green beans for 5 minutes only for a perfect crisp-tender result!

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Chicken Tikka Masala

We guarantee: it is easier, faster and healthier to cook this Weekly Classic at home rather than to order a home delivery from a restaurant!

The bigger kids will love the mild spiciness in this dish. For toddlers, prepare a separate batch with even less spices, or no spices at all, focusing on the creamy flavors of this dish. Keep the coriander out of the salad for them, and serve the cucumbers as is.

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Classic Spaghetti Bolognaise

Now here’s a dish that unites families from all over the world. We simply couldn’t leave out the family dinner of all family dinners.

The only thing that the kids could get fussy about is the black pepper and the Parmesan. Simply keep the pepper mild, or leave it out and grind on top of the dish for the adults only. Same applies for the Parmesan.

If a complaint still occurs, serve the dish with ketchup (but don’t tell your Italian friends).

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Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta

Get adventurous three nights a week, but play at least one evening safe! Get into your comfort zone with a creamy pasta.

If you know that the kids will not enjoy pesto, prepare a separate simple pasta sauce with chicken, the hidden vegetable (grated zucchini), cream and a bit of seasoning.

And, if the kids can handle even more green in their food, mix the broccoli into their pasta sauce as well, instead of steaming the florets to the side.

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Classic Cheese Burger with Fries

Hands up if you can pass on a juicy burger when it appears on the menu! We see no hands reaching for the ceiling. And we see no reason either to pass on a weeknight burger – as long as it’s made from fresh ingredients, with no additives.

This is one of the easiest meals in the world to customize. Leave the burger sauce out, if necessary, and replace it with ketchup and/or plain mayo. Cheese, no cheese. Tomatoes, no tomatoes. Lettuce, no lettuce. The choice is yours!

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Cheesy Chicken Fajitas

When you’re craving for a spicy fiesta, you don’t need to skip this recipe. Prep the ingredients for the filling and separate them into two batches. Keep the other one mild, or season with a bit of salt only. The melted cheese in these fajitas will add to the flavour and keep the kids happy!

This dish comes with Pico de Gallo, a fresh tomato and jalapeno salsa. Prepare it for the adults only, serving some of the tomatoes as fresh bites.

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Colourful Beef and Noodle Stir Fry

Had a busy day? It’s reassuring to know that there’s a delicious 20 minute recipe waiting to be whipped up. With this meal you can easily eat three of your five a day in one go!

The only tricky part is the beef marinade. Adjust it to your liking (or to the liking of any fussy eaters), for example, leave the chilli flakes out. Serve the flakes at the table for the heat lovers to sprinkle on top of their dish.

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Cheat’s Chicken Kiev with Mash

Cheating can be perfectly innocent, like when cooking our version of the classic Chicken Kiev. Instead of stuffing chicken breasts with garlic butter, you’ll be drizzling them with it! Doesn’t that sound insanely delicious?

Not only does it sound delicious, but it is also the perfect customizing trick in this recipe. If the kids don’t enjoy the garlicky parsley butter (we know…) just don’t serve it to them. Again – more goodness for the adults!

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Beef Stroganoff with Tagliatelle

Beef strips stew to tender pieces of goodness in this creamy classic. For an extra easy approach, we’re serving our Beef Stroganoff with tagliatelle pasta.

Mushrooms give the stew a dose of extra umami, but feel free to leave them out and fry in a pan separately for the ones who enjoy them. The small salty gherkins add an important final touch to the dish – at least for the grown-ups!

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Have wonderful family moments with Hello Chef’s Weekly Classics!