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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #400 on: January 27, 2019, 10:59:47 PM »
had dinner with a friend at her house, we made a huge, delicious salad w/pepperoni, salami, pepperoncini, artichoke hearts, crumbled gouda cheese, kalamata olives, tomatoes, avocado all on top of a huge bed of lettuce. YUM. She is trying hard to do lower carb eating right now, and we usually do pizza night, so this was a great substitute she really enjoyed!

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« Reply #401 on: January 28, 2019, 05:48:30 AM »
Last night was corn chowder with biscuits and butterscotch pudding for dessert. 

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« Reply #402 on: January 28, 2019, 07:22:44 AM »
I only cook Friday-Sunday, and we eat leftovers the other nights. Tonight we'll have Greek meatballs with lemon dill risotto.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #403 on: January 28, 2019, 02:25:41 PM »
Last night was corn chowder with biscuits and butterscotch pudding for dessert.








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Lasagna and Garlic Bread tonight!

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« Reply #404 on: January 28, 2019, 03:00:26 PM »
Chicken parm and spaghetti!

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« Reply #405 on: January 28, 2019, 03:42:17 PM »
Street tacos!

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« Reply #406 on: January 28, 2019, 04:14:43 PM »
DH has caught my cold, alas. I decided to make chicken soup with dumplings, from ingredients on hand. Turned out so well there were no leftovers, boo.

Side note: I do my grocery shopping at low-cost places. Occasionally, I like to peruse the aisles of fancy-pants groceries (FP), mostly so I recognize their brands when I see them at my regular haunts. I had a half an hour to kill yesterday, so I cruised the fancy pants store near my house.  OMG, I almost peed my pants! Many items were more than double what I usually pay. Egads! Earlier in the day, I purchased some fettuccini at Grocery Outlet for $1.49/pound and was berating myself for spending so much. At the FP store it was on "sale" for $2.69/lb. At GO, I passed on Quaker Oats at $3.49, because I know Costco is cheaper. The same item was $6.79 at the FP store. Eeks!

My absolute favorite example of this is cans of pozole (AKA hominy). In FP store, it's around $4 for a littlish (1-2 lb) can. At our local Kroger-affiliate, in the "Industrial Food-size" section, it's about $4 for a 110 oz (that's just under 7 lbs) can. I've decided that, basically, the cost is for the can and the contents just come along for free! (We use it for pozole stew, and use about half the huge can for a dinner. I drain and toss the rest in the freezer in a gallon-sized ziplock and use it for another batch later. Or I make it all and freeze the finished stew.)
And don't forget, you can use the #10 tin cans to make hobo stoves, lol!

I got a screaming deal on big, fancy tortillas that Winco sells for about $4.00/10. They are h-u-g-e and so yummy! I found them for $1.49 at Grocery Outlet, so I bought three packages. I think it's going to be big, big burrito night tonight.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #407 on: January 28, 2019, 04:30:10 PM »
Looks like tonight will be burgers, oven fries, and sautéed green beans.

Tortillas sound good. I hope to make a batch tonight or tomorrow for chicken tinga tacos.

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« Reply #408 on: January 28, 2019, 09:13:12 PM »
Made the honey garlic chicken last night, with basmati rice.

Tonight I made fried rice with last night's leftover chicken and rice, and made more chicken with the legs I didn't use last night, cooking them in the oven with the leftover sauce from last night's chicken.

Made for a quick, easy dinner.

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« Reply #409 on: January 29, 2019, 09:45:28 AM »
Egg roll in a bowl + cauliflower rice

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« Reply #410 on: January 29, 2019, 06:52:27 PM »
Tinga de pollo (chicken stewed in tomato-chipotle sauce), black beans, and homemade corn tortillas.

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« Reply #411 on: January 29, 2019, 09:18:17 PM »
DH has caught my cold, alas. I decided to make chicken soup with dumplings, from ingredients on hand. Turned out so well there were no leftovers, boo.

Side note: I do my grocery shopping at low-cost places. Occasionally, I like to peruse the aisles of fancy-pants groceries (FP), mostly so I recognize their brands when I see them at my regular haunts. I had a half an hour to kill yesterday, so I cruised the fancy pants store near my house.  OMG, I almost peed my pants! Many items were more than double what I usually pay. Egads! Earlier in the day, I purchased some fettuccini at Grocery Outlet for $1.49/pound and was berating myself for spending so much. At the FP store it was on "sale" for $2.69/lb. At GO, I passed on Quaker Oats at $3.49, because I know Costco is cheaper. The same item was $6.79 at the FP store. Eeks!

My absolute favorite example of this is cans of pozole (AKA hominy). In FP store, it's around $4 for a littlish (1-2 lb) can. At our local Kroger-affiliate, in the "Industrial Food-size" section, it's about $4 for a 110 oz (that's just under 7 lbs) can. I've decided that, basically, the cost is for the can and the contents just come along for free! (We use it for pozole stew, and use about half the huge can for a dinner. I drain and toss the rest in the freezer in a gallon-sized ziplock and use it for another batch later. Or I make it all and freeze the finished stew.)
And don't forget, you can use the #10 tin cans to make hobo stoves, lol!

I got a screaming deal on big, fancy tortillas that Winco sells for about $4.00/10. They are h-u-g-e and so yummy! I found them for $1.49 at Grocery Outlet, so I bought three packages. I think it's going to be big, big burrito night tonight.

You can just about use them for a hobo bathtub, really. I always look at them in the recycling and think "I should be able to do something with that!" Wash basin, maybe?

Camping stoves are made from cat-food tins or aluminum soda cans: https://www.rei.com/blog/camp/diy-how-to-make-an-alcohol-stove-from-soda-cans

Your tortillas sound yummy!

We had caldo tlalpeno,  (there should be a tilda over that "n", but I don't know how to do that?): a lovely chicken (in this case turkey pieces from the freezer) and vegetable soup mostly flavored with chipotle chilis in adobo sauce, and served with avocado, tiny mild cheese cubes, and chopped cilantro. I kinda forgot to eat much for lunch today (and I don't really eat breakfast) so I had three bowls...

(Looks like we had a cousin to what OtherJen had!)

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #412 on: January 30, 2019, 03:52:18 AM »
Made this last night and I highly recommend it. When all the kids like it  and they adults you found a winner. I stuck to the recipe exactly other than I didnt have ritz crackers I used Townhouse instead. Otherwise to the T.

https://laurenslatest.com/creamy-ranch-chicken-casserole/

Made a garlic chicken veggie loaded pasta for a side and a side of green beans.


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« Reply #413 on: January 30, 2019, 04:57:20 AM »
DH has caught my cold, alas. I decided to make chicken soup with dumplings, from ingredients on hand. Turned out so well there were no leftovers, boo.

Side note: I do my grocery shopping at low-cost places. Occasionally, I like to peruse the aisles of fancy-pants groceries (FP), mostly so I recognize their brands when I see them at my regular haunts. I had a half an hour to kill yesterday, so I cruised the fancy pants store near my house.  OMG, I almost peed my pants! Many items were more than double what I usually pay. Egads! Earlier in the day, I purchased some fettuccini at Grocery Outlet for $1.49/pound and was berating myself for spending so much. At the FP store it was on "sale" for $2.69/lb. At GO, I passed on Quaker Oats at $3.49, because I know Costco is cheaper. The same item was $6.79 at the FP store. Eeks!


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My absolute favorite example of this is cans of pozole (AKA hominy). In FP store, it's around $4 for a littlish (1-2 lb) can. At our local Kroger-affiliate, in the "Industrial Food-size" section, it's about $4 for a 110 oz (that's just under 7 lbs) can. I've decided that, basically, the cost is for the can and the contents just come along for free! (We use it for pozole stew, and use about half the huge can for a dinner. I drain and toss the rest in the freezer in a gallon-sized ziplock and use it for another batch later. Or I make it all and freeze the finished stew.)
And don't forget, you can use the #10 tin cans to make hobo stoves, lol!

I got a screaming deal on big, fancy tortillas that Winco sells for about $4.00/10. They are h-u-g-e and so yummy! I found them for $1.49 at Grocery Outlet, so I bought three packages. I think it's going to be big, big burrito night tonight.

You can just about use them for a hobo bathtub, really. I always look at them in the recycling and think "I should be able to do something with that!" Wash basin, maybe?

Camping stoves are made from cat-food tins or aluminum soda cans: https://www.rei.com/blog/camp/diy-how-to-make-an-alcohol-stove-from-soda-cans

Your tortillas sound yummy!

We had caldo tlalpeno,  (there should be a tilda over that "n", but I don't know how to do that?): a lovely chicken (in this case turkey pieces from the freezer) and vegetable soup mostly flavored with chipotle chilis in adobo sauce, and served with avocado, tiny mild cheese cubes, and chopped cilantro. I kinda forgot to eat much for lunch today (and I don't really eat breakfast) so I had three bowls...

(Looks like we had a cousin to what OtherJen had!)

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #414 on: January 30, 2019, 08:17:50 AM »
Slow cooker carne asasda for tacos tonight. I used some stew meat I had in the freezer instead of skirt steak. 

Recipe: https://showmetheyummy.com/slow-cooker-carne-asada-recipe/

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« Reply #415 on: January 30, 2019, 03:27:23 PM »
I'm not sure if it will be tonight's dinner, or just few dinners later this week, but I have 2 lbs of tofu ($2.45 at the restaurant supply store).  I don't think I've ever cooked with tofu.

I have some hot and sour soup base that I bought a while ago.  I also have some pickled ginger.  I might just add the tofu to the soup base, with some other stuff (no idea what "goes", but I have carrots, onion, garlic, and mushrooms all on hand).

I love to experiment, so bought it to do that.  Figured it would be a pretty cheap food to play with and see if I like it in some form or other.  I also have a tofu lasagna recipe and another one (a tofu and lentils or red beans?) that I know is edible.  Got those two recipes from vegan/vegetarian cooking class I went to last year.

I'm a confirmed meat eater, but I just really like trying new foods, so we'll see how it goes.

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« Reply #416 on: January 30, 2019, 05:37:34 PM »
I'm not sure if it will be tonight's dinner, or just few dinners later this week, but I have 2 lbs of tofu ($2.45 at the restaurant supply store).  I don't think I've ever cooked with tofu.

I have some hot and sour soup base that I bought a while ago.  I also have some pickled ginger.  I might just add the tofu to the soup base, with some other stuff (no idea what "goes", but I have carrots, onion, garlic, and mushrooms all on hand).

I love to experiment, so bought it to do that.  Figured it would be a pretty cheap food to play with and see if I like it in some form or other.  I also have a tofu lasagna recipe and another one (a tofu and lentils or red beans?) that I know is edible.  Got those two recipes from vegan/vegetarian cooking class I went to last year.

I'm a confirmed meat eater, but I just really like trying new foods, so we'll see how it goes.

You could roast it. I like to do this and toss the roasted cubes in stir-fry. They hold together much better.

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« Reply #417 on: January 30, 2019, 06:18:12 PM »
We went out last night & I have regrets (seriously, how many times do i need to eat dairy to remember that my body doesn't like it, even though I LOVE the taste). So, we'll have last night's plan tonight. Egg roll in a bowl + cauliflower rice.

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« Reply #418 on: January 30, 2019, 06:21:29 PM »
I'm not sure if it will be tonight's dinner, or just few dinners later this week, but I have 2 lbs of tofu ($2.45 at the restaurant supply store).  I don't think I've ever cooked with tofu.

I have some hot and sour soup base that I bought a while ago.  I also have some pickled ginger.  I might just add the tofu to the soup base, with some other stuff (no idea what "goes", but I have carrots, onion, garlic, and mushrooms all on hand).

I love to experiment, so bought it to do that.  Figured it would be a pretty cheap food to play with and see if I like it in some form or other.  I also have a tofu lasagna recipe and another one (a tofu and lentils or red beans?) that I know is edible.  Got those two recipes from vegan/vegetarian cooking class I went to last year.

I'm a confirmed meat eater, but I just really like trying new foods, so we'll see how it goes.

You could roast it. I like to do this and toss the roasted cubes in stir-fry. They hold together much better.

Thank you!  I even have everything for the sauce! Well, except tamari, but I can just use soy sauce.  I even restocked my grape seed oil yesterday (I buy a big container and split it with my parents-- my mom doesn't like olive oil).

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« Reply #419 on: January 30, 2019, 07:23:27 PM »
This week was weird.  We had a plan and threw it out the window.
Sat: Big kid: Mac and cheese, garlic bread, carrot fries
Sun: Little kid: Dinner was BBQ chicken leftovers, broccoli/potato/cheese soup, salad
   (hubby and I tag teamed to prep lasagna. )
Mon: Leftover mac and cheese and some lasagna with leftover soup and steamed broccoli
Tue:  I had a business dinner and the school had a fundraiser at a burger place, hence "throw out the plan"
Wed: We are having "leftover lasagna" and "favorite chicken" (breaded chicken tenders from TJs) and kale chips
Thu: Me.  Well, Weds box we didn't get the bok choy (glad my company dinner was Chinese!).  So: lasagna (the gift that keeps on giving) and...kale chips (because we got more kale!)
Fri: Uh...usually frozen pizza, but prob lasagna?

Still left in the pantry from the boxes: a butternut squash and 2-3 sweet potatoes.  Fruit and a whole lotta lettuce and carrots.
Left in the fridge: broccoli soup

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« Reply #420 on: January 30, 2019, 08:25:52 PM »
Somebody, somewhere (@lhamo?) mentioned making Chicken Tinga Tacos. I had leftover chicken from last night's Instant Pot concoction that was just meh. I googled these tacos and realized I had almost everything on hand. Elsewhere on the interwebs, I read that adding a little rice vinegar and olive oil to guacamole was a game changer. (Totally. Try it soon.)

Since I had to go to Sprouts for oregano (I can't believe I finally ran out of oregano), so I decided to buy some masa harina and make my own corn tortillas, because I'm a glutton for punishment. OMG, the tortillas were so labor intensive, but deliciously good.

So dinner was Chicken Tinga Tacos with homemade tortillas and guacamole. I made my own version with Boca Crumbles that I had in the freezer. My posse is pretty damn content about now. In fact they're washing dishes as I type this. Sweet.

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« Reply #421 on: January 30, 2019, 08:40:25 PM »
@Dicey - that sounds amazing

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« Reply #422 on: January 30, 2019, 09:46:21 PM »
@Dicey , it was me. Glad you enjoyed them! I will try the vinegar-olive oil trick on a few avocados this weekend. I promise, the tortillas get easier with each batch.

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« Reply #423 on: January 31, 2019, 03:19:38 AM »
Made this last night https://southernfoodandfun.com/baked-pork-chops-mushroom-soup/  was very good. I just put the skillet in the oven. Mashed potatoes and mixed veggies and all was happy. Also used boneless chops instead since were on sale. The sauce made a great gravy. Definitely will be added to our list of favorites.

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« Reply #424 on: January 31, 2019, 05:00:02 AM »
@Dicey , it was me. Glad you enjoyed them! I will try the vinegar-olive oil trick on a few avocados this weekend. I promise, the tortillas get easier with each batch.
Thanks, @OtherJen. You were the inspiration for the homemade corn tortillas. The guac trick calls for 2 TBS rice wine vinegar and 6 TBS olive oil for 2 avocados (in addition to the usual ingredients). Next time, I'm going to try it with a 1:3 ratio, as the rice wine  vinegar was a bit too pronounced (still good) and the OO softens the guac a bit more than we're used to.

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« Reply #425 on: January 31, 2019, 06:09:49 AM »
Spicy mixed bean soup with hot sausage, corn, canned tomatoes, home made chicken broth and cornbread.

Zero degrees here today and going lower so will be perfect! Might change my mind about cornbread and have garlic bread.

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« Reply #426 on: January 31, 2019, 07:12:10 PM »
After waking up to -10°F in the bright sunshine (we just barely made it into positive digits this afternoon, so better than yesterday), I decided that it was a meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and roasted carrots kind of day. I wasn’t wrong.

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« Reply #427 on: January 31, 2019, 08:06:36 PM »
I worked late, so came home & everyone had already eaten. Had a piece of chicken, an apple & some popcorn. It was pretty gourmet.

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« Reply #428 on: February 02, 2019, 02:17:34 PM »
Lots of stuff to use up from the boxes.

Everyone had salad for lunch.

Dinner: butternut squash risotto and kale chips.

Tomorrow: roasted red pepper & sweet  potato soup with leftover BBQ chicken from the freezer.

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« Reply #429 on: February 02, 2019, 02:43:04 PM »
Tonight is "egg roll in a bowl" and tomorrow is lasagna.

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« Reply #430 on: February 02, 2019, 06:22:25 PM »
Tonight was Creamy Chipotle Chicken with leftover mashed potatoes and cabbage slaw.

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« Reply #431 on: February 02, 2019, 07:04:21 PM »
Kalua Pig and cabbage



Shoulder roast was $16.00
Garlic I had, but maybe $.10?
Salt
3 slices of bacon $.30
1 head of cabbage $.99

Total: $17.39. Made 7 very generous portions. $2.48 per meal plus a bowl of rich stock that I had for dinner.

I will probably double the cabbage next time to stretch it even further. I’m generally a fan of simple dishes but was VERY skeptical that 5 ingredients was enough to make a good meal. I was so wrong, and it is so good.

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« Reply #432 on: February 02, 2019, 09:53:15 PM »
Hillshire Farms rope sausage was on sale this week, so I used a third of one at lunch and put it in a "jambalaya" mix (heavy on lentils).  Added some spices and it wasn't too bad.

Tonight I'm making Cornish pasties.  Every time I've made them the crust has been way too dry, so I'm trying out a new recipe and we'll see how it goes.  They are in the oven now.

Making some banana bread (with chocolate chips) for dessert, but have to wait until the pasties are done in the oven.  Bananas have been in the freezer for a while.

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« Reply #433 on: February 02, 2019, 11:28:00 PM »
Potroast. Such an easy meal. Sooooooo satisfying. Almost feels like cheating haha!

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« Reply #434 on: February 04, 2019, 09:09:36 AM »
Moved out of my parents house so I'm on my own for dinners now.

Using this thread for motivation and learning!

Started out with Rice & Beans with some spices. Pretty plain but it filled me up.

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« Reply #435 on: February 04, 2019, 10:38:18 AM »
I just thawed some frozen whitefish. I think I'll dredge it in flour and seasonings and panfry it. Maybe I'll make some oven fries for fish and chips.

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« Reply #436 on: February 04, 2019, 04:48:18 PM »
Leftover frozen chili. I'd thought it was a tortilla soup, but close enough. Chopped some avocado into it.

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« Reply #437 on: February 04, 2019, 04:51:37 PM »
Chana masala and basmati rice.  Made a giant batch so there will be plenty of leftovers.

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« Reply #438 on: February 04, 2019, 07:45:46 PM »
I did Indian food too!  My first foray into Indian food in an Instant Pot (yes, finally got one).

Butter chicken, saffron rice, aloo gobi, bihari green bean masala. Was going to do mango lassis but ran out of time!

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« Reply #439 on: February 05, 2019, 04:09:38 AM »
Tonight I have to go old school and simple since I have a busy day. Pork roast in the slow cooker, Mashed and some veggies.

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« Reply #440 on: February 05, 2019, 05:54:11 AM »
Nothing! Have leftovers. :-)
Flank steak, chimichurri, bakes potato. Easy!

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« Reply #441 on: February 05, 2019, 06:58:33 AM »
Yay, a cooking thread!

We are having leftovers tonight, but tomorrow will be chile verde (homegrown green chiles) black beans, and cauliflower.

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« Reply #442 on: February 05, 2019, 01:08:27 PM »
Made Crash Hot Potatoes last night - they were easy and awesome.  Much better than just roasting which is my normal method.  I'll have the leftovers tonight.

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« Reply #443 on: February 05, 2019, 02:33:20 PM »
Roasted chicken, rice, roasted carrots. Husband has been under the weather, and this should be mild but not boring.

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« Reply #444 on: February 05, 2019, 07:52:27 PM »
Last night, I had rustic multigrain bread I picked up as a manager's special, so we used it to make fancy grilled cheeses with mozzarella and muenster cheese and slices of turkey bacon that I picked up the last time it was on sale. With a salad of spring mix drizzled with olive oil, it made a solid meal.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #445 on: February 05, 2019, 08:53:05 PM »
We had beef and broccoli stir-fry, with rice. I also found huge bag of turkey bones in the freezer, so I made it into stock today (which is now in the freezer). I foresee plenty of soups and stews for the next several weeks...

Tomorrow I am in a meeting from at least 6-7, and we have family in town. Yesterday I made a ton of ziti and sauce, and after dinner layered the leftovers into a casserole dish with layers of grated mozzarella and parm. That (with a salad) will be tomorrow's dinner, which will be in the oven on a timer so that it needs only to be pulled out when everyone re-convenes around 7:15.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #446 on: February 06, 2019, 03:45:33 AM »
Tonight I am going to Bake Chicken Drumsticks and either a rice side or just something easy with a veggie. They were on sale and i have a busy night!

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #447 on: February 06, 2019, 08:21:36 PM »
My friend treated me to dinner at a Lebanese restaurant! Yum.

I plan to make chicken stock tomorrow. We’ll have chicken soup for dinner.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #448 on: February 07, 2019, 04:13:44 AM »
Tonight is going to be Build your own Burrito night with Mexican rice and re-fried beans. Another busy night so keeping it simple.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #449 on: February 09, 2019, 06:01:14 PM »
Tandoori chicken, dal, stir fried baby bok choi, rice and pita bread -- none of us had lunch!
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