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Studies show that kids who eat dinner with their families eat more nutritiously, feel less stressed, and perform better. Nevertheless, daily demands often sap our time and energy, making it hard to plan, shop and put meals on the table during the work week. These easy kosher recipes for family dinners are designed to help you give your children the nourishment, comfort and support they need.

1. Chicken Broccoli Cashew Stir-Fry

Chicken Broccoli Cashew Stir-Fry
Giora Shimoni

This Chicken Broccoli Cashew Stir-Fry recipe is loosely based on a recipe of Yisrael Aharoni, a famous Israeli chef who has written cookbooks and hosts cooking shows that teach Israelis how to easily prepare gourmet food. Marinate the chicken in oil, honey and peanut butter, and then stir-fry it for 5 minutes. Blanch the broccoli. And then simply mix together the stir-fried chicken, blanched broccoli and roasted cashews. Serve this delicious meat stir-fry over white rice for a complete meal.

 

2. Breaded Baked Chicken

Baked Breaded Chicken
Giora Shimoni

This recipe for Breaded Baked Chicken is quick, easy, tasty and healthier than fried chicken. What else could anyone ask of a recipe? Your kids will be happy to come to dinner when you serve this with potatoes and a fresh lettuce salad.

3. Easy Vegetable Cheese Lasagna

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna
Giora Shimoni

You can vary this Vegetable Cheese Lasagna every time you make it by choosing which vegetables to include according to the season, price and diners' preferences. So you can get into the habit of preparing lasagna once a week, but your family will never tire of it.

4. Spinach and Cheese Pasta

Spinach and Cheese Pasta
Giora Shimoni

This Spinach and Cheese Pasta has become a regular family dinner in our home. It can be easily prepared in just 10 minutes, and it contains a starch, protein and green vegetable all in one. Plus, the pasta-spinach-cheese combination is so delicious that even those who are not pasta enthusiasts will like it.

5. Kids Favorite Fried Rice

Kosher Fried Rice
Giora Shimoni

This Fried Rice is my family's favorite dinner. It contains everything needed for dinner in one dish -- carbs from rice, protein from eggs, and nutrients from vegetables. And this delicious rice dish is easier to prepare then you would expect.

6. Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad
Giora Shimoni

For a healthy and satiating salad that your children are likely to eat, try this light, colorful and tasty Tuna Pasta Salad. This 5-star recipe takes 10-15 minutes to prepare.

7. Kosher Pigs in a Blanket

Moshe B'Tayva - Kosher Pigs in a Blanket
Giora Shimoni

Kosher Pigs in a Blanket are called Moshe B'Tayva, which means Moses in the Ark, in Israel. Simply roll pastry puff dough around kosher hotdogs and bake. The recipe is so easy that children can make these hotdog roll-ups all by themselves. Be sure to serve the Pigs in a Blanket with a fresh vegetable salad.

8. Meatballs

Sweet Meatballs
Giora Shimoni

One of the challenges I face in my life today is how to satiate the appetite of my always-hungry, 13-year-old son. I recently discovered that meatballs hit the spot. I call them Eazy Lazy Meatballs because they are easy enough for my son to make by himself so I can be lazy about dinner for a night or two.

9. Sloppy Joe

It's Sloppy Joe's fault. Upon returning home from school one day, my 15-year-old son was greeted by Sloppy Joe. His stomach began to gurgle and his mouth began to water, and then my son, a vegetarian of two years, became a carnivore. I thank this winning recipe for converting my son and making my life as the family chef easier.

10. Chicken Salad

What to do with the left-over roast chicken from Shabbat? Cut it up, add it to a salad of lettuce, tomato, cucumber and humus sticks. Toss the salad with either balsamic honey or creamy garlic salad dressing. And you've created a great Sunday lunch.

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