So you are looking to cook for 9 or 10 people total? You look like a teen, so I'm guessing you can make most anything. Here are a couple of ideas:
Baked Pasta with Tomato, Mozzarella and Sausage
This is a fresh and delicious take on baked pasta and everyone loves this. You can use ziti or penne pasta. It is mixed with cheeses, but is not too heavy. It takes some time to assemble, but is easy to do. You can do it earlier in the day and it will hold, ready to bake. You will need to make 2 batches of this for your family. You will have to bake it in a roasting sized pan. Leftovers will reheat well. I would serve it with a salad with romaine lettuce, grated carrot, chickpeas, black olives and Italian Dressing.
Sticky Glazed Chicken with Sweet garlic and Noodles
My daughters favorite dish is a sweet and sticky garlic chicken over Chinese noodles. It is pretty easy with very few ingredients. I like to buy fresh Chinese noodles (in some stores near the tofu) but you can use thin spaghetti noodles. The garlic turns sweet with this cooking method so even kids like it, don't be afraid of the amount. You will need to use 2 cut up chickens and unless you fry it in 2 pans, you will need to brown it in batches. Boil down the liquid until it turns into a sticky glaze that just coats the chicken and will barely moisten the noodles. This makes good leftovers hot or cold. Leave out the hot dried red peppers for kids, or just use one so it is only barely spicy. This sould be a nice dinner served with snow peas or snap peas cooked in a frying pan with a pat of butter for just a few minutes. Any green vegetable, like green beans will be nice.
Other ideas popular with kids are usually: meatloaf, homemade sloppy joes, homemade pizza. All pretty easy. Please ask if you have any questions.
I hope you have fun cooking. It's really nice to have a few dishes you can do. My kid is really glad to know how to cook now that she is in college and trying more things. But that Garlic Chicken is the first thing she learned how to make for dinner.
Another dead easy, but v. tasty recipe is Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce w/ butter and onions. For your crowd, I'd do the following:
In a large sauce or saute pan, put two cans of San Marzano tomatoes (if you can find them, if not, try to find a high quality canned tomato - Muir Glen gets good recs and is pretty readily available), 12 TB of butter, cut up, and two onions, cut in half. Bring to a simmer and then let cook over v. low heat for about 45 minutes - I like to crush the tomatoes with some kind of kitchen utensil - tongs, or a fork. Remove the onions when done. You end up with a beautiful, sweet tomato sauce. Cook two boxes of penne (rigate - I like De Cecco brand) or other pasta, add to the sauce (after draining) with chopped up (fresh) mozzarella and torn basil leaves - a lot. After tasting, you may want to add a little salt and pepper.
Congratulations on your efforts - most admirable.
How about quesadillas? You can do them using deli meat or a precooked rotisserie chicken if you want to hurry things up and you can customize the flavours for what your family likes!
In mine I like tomatoes, cilantro, cheddar and monteray jack cheese, green onions and chicken. And of course you will need tortillas. Have on hand salsa and sour cream as condiments, and if you want to get fancy make some homemade guacamole as well.
What you want to do is grate the cheese, tear up the chicken into small pieces, finely slice the green onions and roughly chop the cilantro. Toss it together in a bowl, this is your filling. Preheat the oven to 250 and heat a skillet over medium heat. Spray one side of a tortilla with cooking spray and put it spray side down in the skillet. Put filling (the quantity will depend on the size of the tortillas) about a centimeter deep on half of the tortilla, spread evenly to allow for a centimeter of space around the edge. Fold the side without filling on the side with filling. (i.e. in half.) and cook until it is golden brown on the bottom. Flip and do the same on the other side. Transfer to the oven and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm while you do more. You can get more then one in the pan once you get used to it.
I would also suggest checking out some of Rachel Ray's recipes - alot of them are quick and easy and crowd pleasers. You can find them online with an easy google.
Very nice of you, good luck!
I'm not sure how old you are- are you safe using the stove, or will you have supervision?
These are a big hit with kids..oh, guess you'll have to double the amount for 8 people!
Fish filet (kind of like McD’s)
4 flounder filets
1 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons canola oil
4 sesame seed buns
Chopped lettuce (optional)
Sliced tomato (optional)
4 slices cheddar cheese (optional)
1st bowl: whisk together milk and eggs.
2nd bowl: mix flour, cornmeal and parsley.
Season fish with salt and pepper. Place the fish in the egg mixture (1st bowl) & cover each piece, then coat thoroughly with flour mixture (2nd bowl).
In large saute pan put fish in the oil over medium heat. Cook on one side until batter is light golden brown, about 4 minutes. Turn fish over carefully and cook other side 2-3 minutes.
Put fish on buns with toppings as desired!
(could also just put on a plate with veggies, without the bun)
how about a simple meat sauce -
Using a dutch oven
Suate chopped onion in a little olive oit- 1-2 med size should be plenty cook 4-5 minutes
Add 2 cloves of garlic(minced) and 1-2 TBSP of Dried Oregano - stir for 30-60 sec
Add 1 1/12 lbs ground beef - stirring to break up cook until it is no longer pink - about 5 min
Add 1 Large can of tomato sauce - I like a thick sauce you can add more tomato sauce if you wish
Add 2 TBSP of Tomato Paste
Simmer on the stove for at least 30 minutes - longer will let the flavors meld better-
Salt and Pepper to taste-
Yu can use this with pasta or even as Sloppy Joes - you can doctor it up by adding other dried herbs such as thyme or basil - or instead of using tomato sauce used 1-2 large cans of chopped tomatos and let them cook down by simmering it longer on the stove - at least an hour -
And while I was typing this some else started a thread on meat sauces (Bolognese) - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/378381