By Vicky McDonald

Cooking for the family doesn't have to be a drama. With the right recipe, and few shortcut ingredients, you can make gourmet look easy. So, start your shopping list, and get ready for a week of fuss-free family meals.

1. Quick Beef Stir-Fry | Ready in 25 mins

Stir-fry is the ultimate quick dinner that looks and taste impressive. Buy some pre-chopped veggies, and you'll look like some kind of cooking magician.

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2. Chicken Breasts in Caper Cream Sauce | Ready in 20 mins

It tastes like it came from a fancy restaurant but it's really just some cooked chicken in pan, with a really easy caper sauce. Serve with some noodles or boiled rice.

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3. Chicken with Artichokes and Sundried Tomatoes | Ready in 35 mins

A few key umami-rich ingredients make this simple pasta dish taste out of this world.

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4. Pork Chops with Fresh Tomato, Onion, Garlic, and Feta | Ready in 35 mins

A lighter, more flavorsome way to cook pork chops that's surprisingly simple to make. Serve with some mashed potatoes or a salad in the summer.

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5. Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions | Ready in 40 mins

This Italian, sausage pasta is just what you need for busy weeknights, and your kitchen will smell amazing as it simmers.

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6. Chinese Chicken Fried Rice II | Ready in 15 mins

Transform those leftovers into something scrumptious with fried rice that's better than your local Chinese takeout.

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7. Spaghetti alla Carbonara: the Traditional Italian Recipe | Ready in 29 mins

If you can master a basic carbonara, you're family will forever be in awe of your kitchen wizardry. Watch and learn.


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