Easy family meal recipes

  • Updated: May 8, 2013 - 1:40 PM

How do moms in the newsroom feed their families? We asked a few cooks to add to our communal dinner repertoire and the results are delicious.


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Lee SVITAK Dean, Taste editor

Sesame Pork Roast has been the chain letter of recipes among my extended family members, who love its intense flavors. The fragrance alone is enticing. The ingredients — especially the spices — seem as though they are too plentiful to be accurate, but it’s all correct. I like to pair it with Roasted Green Beans (see box) for an easy dinner, whether it’s for the family or for company.


Serve 6.

Basically a braised piece of meat, this roast is easy to cook whether in a slow cooker, in the oven, or on top of the stove in a Dutch oven. When prepared in the slow cooker, the roast doesn’t need to be marinated in advance because the meat marinates during the lengthy cooking time. But for ease in the morning, it’s helpful to prepare the marinade the night before. From “Come One, Come All: Easy Entertaining With Seasonal Menus,” by Lee Svitak Dean.

• 2 tbsp. sesame seeds

3 or 4 green onions, sliced (about 1/4 c.)

• 1/2 c. ketchup

• 1/4 c. soy sauce

• 2 tbsp. ground ginger

• 2 tbsp. molasses (any type)

• 2 tsp. salt

• 1/2 tsp. curry powder

• 1/2 tsp. black pepper

• 1 c. water

• 2 tbsp. wine vinegar

• 4 lb. pork shoulder roast

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