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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #50 on: December 02, 2018, 07:23:49 AM »
Tonight was my lazy basic--taco/burritos. 

Tomorrow is shepherd's pie.  Ground beef, veggies, spices, topped with mashed potatoes (which in this case will be made from the powdered mashed potato packet, given to us when a friend moved and never used). 

We move in a month and a half, and I'm trying to empty my pantry. 

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #51 on: December 02, 2018, 09:29:57 AM »
Tonight I'm making quinoa bowls with roasted lemon-garlic broccoli, curried sweet potatoes and chickpeas, with a dollop of guacamole. Mostly based on this, although I plan to add some chicken breasts I got and froze the last time they were on sale:

https://www.ilovevegan.com/roasted-veggie-quinoa-bowl/

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #52 on: December 02, 2018, 09:46:32 AM »
Ron Swanson burgers. Meat, cheese, bun, ketchup optional.

Side salad (Aldi pre-mix greens).

Roasted butternut squash

Homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Ice cream Sandwich.


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« Reply #53 on: December 02, 2018, 09:51:59 AM »
Slicing roast and chimichurri to top it. I'll probably serve it with rice? That's our default grain, and we don't have lettuce right now (go figure). Still need to figure out lunch. I might cook a big batch of chicken fajitas from the Budget Bytes recipe, so I have leftovers while Husband is out of town this week.

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« Reply #54 on: December 02, 2018, 03:50:40 PM »
Yesterday was a giant pot of turkey chili - dinner plus 3 quarts in the freezer.  Cooked the beans from dry, soaked overnight and pre-cooked in the crockpot for a few hours before adding.  I used a mix of black beans, pinto beans, and navy beans.  Ground turkey browned with onions and carrots, canned tomatoes, and frozen corn to top it off.

Tonight is chana masala over rice.  DH is excited because I let him put one green chili pepper in it this time.  Last time we tried the recipe, we made it with no chilies, and it was good and flavorful, but I thought I could handle a bit more spice, so we're upping it a little.  DH likes his food much spicier than I do, so he's always happy to see my tolerance increasing :P

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« Reply #55 on: December 02, 2018, 05:04:11 PM »
I made a big batch of chili, and some cornbread for tonight's dinner.  I accidentally opened my home canned green salsa, instead of a regular jar, so I put that in the fridge and will cook it with chicken later this week.  Shred, add some cream cheese, and it's pretty good over rice or in tortillas.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #56 on: December 02, 2018, 06:08:51 PM »
Beans and rice, with cajun sausage.

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« Reply #57 on: December 02, 2018, 08:55:38 PM »
Tried a new recipe - https://www.thepinningmama.com/easy-pesto-spinach-artichoke-chicken-bake-recipe/

The flavors were good, but it had a lot of liquid that I wasn't expecting. Served over pasta, and made enough for at least 1-2 more dinners.

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« Reply #58 on: December 02, 2018, 09:58:27 PM »
To celebrate the end of my work week, and in anticipation of three days off-- nachos!

Tortilla chips, Instant Pot pinto beans, cheddar and pepper jack, guac, and homemade corn salsa. Ate it on the couch watching the first episode of the Great British Baking Show Holiday edition.

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« Reply #59 on: December 03, 2018, 02:44:38 AM »
We had mexican stuffed pasta shells. Very good.

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« Reply #60 on: December 03, 2018, 05:53:19 AM »
Spaghetti and meatballs. I saw a youtube video where people made meatballs and got a craving. I honestly can't remember the last time I made meatballs so I am looking forward to it :)

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« Reply #61 on: December 03, 2018, 09:29:36 AM »
Beef tacos (seasoned ground beef, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, & hot sauce).

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« Reply #62 on: December 03, 2018, 01:05:12 PM »
Last night, I made this: https://smittenkitchen.com/2017/10/sausage-and-potato-roast-with-arugula/
Not the cheapest, but it's really tasty and easy. (Also, I picked through the regular potato bins (blue and yellow) to find smallish potatoes, rather than buying the fancy fingerlings.)

Tonight, we're having a variation on this: https://smittenkitchen.com/2013/01/lentil-soup-with-sausage-chard-and-garlic/ since they had bulk "spicy Chorizo" on sale this week. We use less sausage (<1/2 lb), frozen kale, don't bother with the garlic oil. Usually i make croutons: at this moment we have a bunch of leftover pumpernickel bagels no one loves that I will cut into chips or cubes, toss with a little olive oil, and throw into a 400-sh degree oven for a bit until crunchy on the edges.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #63 on: December 03, 2018, 01:09:21 PM »
I forgot to soak my beans last night so we're having a quick vegetable stir-fry. Tomorrow will be 15 bean soup with ham hocks and either corn bread or biscuits depending on what I feel like making.

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« Reply #64 on: December 03, 2018, 01:18:57 PM »
Braised lotus, Tteokbokki, Garlic ginger carrot cakes, Rice

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« Reply #65 on: December 03, 2018, 03:42:31 PM »
Meatloaf with extra lean hamburger at half price.  Roasted potatoes, carrots, cauliflower and zucchini used up from the fridge.  This will feed Mr SP and me for at least 2 nights, and cost about $6 CAN total (or about $4 US).


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« Reply #66 on: December 04, 2018, 03:03:46 AM »
DW made homemade Lasagna last night and Italian bread and a frozen mixed veggie. Carb overload but it was tasty and the kids loved it.  Shes making dinner again tonight so that's 3 nights in a row I haven't had to cook so kinda nice break. Tomorrow I will be back at it though

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« Reply #67 on: December 04, 2018, 07:54:09 AM »
My husband will be unexpectedly at work event, so I've shuffled the dinner plans a bit. I'll turn the limited taco leftovers (the kids are really eating more these days, and I need to do a better job of predicting volume) into taco quesadillas for them. Served with sliced veggies. I'll likely have an egg on a bagel. I fast in the mornings (no breakfast) & miss the occasional egg, so it subs in nicely for dinner.

Tomorrow I need to figure out a way to repurpose the pesto chicken artichoke dish I made. It wasn't a big hit, and we have quite a bit leftover. It's going to need some magic to turn into something people will like! I'm thinking of cubing the chicken tomorrow, and keeping the recipe largely in tact other than that, and adding additional spice. For the following day, I'm going to make it into paninis, or perhaps add all of the ingredients to a pizza or risotto. . .

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« Reply #68 on: December 04, 2018, 10:49:04 AM »
@MaybeBabyMustache  Risotto sounds like a good way to use that up, you could add in some mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes :)

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« Reply #71 on: December 04, 2018, 01:21:34 PM »
The other night I winged risotto, and it was delish, and my little kid kept complaining, even though he liked it.  Six year olds...ugh.

Tonight he will be happy with "favorite chicken" (Trader Joe's breaded chicken tenders), plus salad.  Hubby and I will probably  have either veggie burgers (that I made and froze a month or so ago), or maybe I'll whip up some falafel from a mix.  It's so rare for me to be able to cook mid-week.  These days Tues are the only days I pick up. 

Tomorrow: pot luck at the school (I'm taking salad)
Thursday: wing it (often Instant pot pasta, because hubby knows how to make that)
Friday: frozen pizza night.  Always.

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« Reply #72 on: December 04, 2018, 01:22:37 PM »
The other night I winged risotto, and it was delish, and my little kid kept complaining, even though he liked it.  Six year olds...ugh.

Tonight he will be happy with "favorite chicken" (Trader Joe's breaded chicken tenders), plus salad.  Hubby and I will probably  have either veggie burgers (that I made and froze a month or so ago), or maybe I'll whip up some falafel from a mix.  It's so rare for me to be able to cook mid-week.  These days Tues are the only days I pick up. 

Tomorrow: pot luck at the school (I'm taking salad)
Thursday: wing it (often Instant pot pasta, because hubby knows how to make that)
Friday: frozen pizza night.  Always.
Instant pot pasta? Do tell!

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #73 on: December 04, 2018, 01:40:31 PM »
The other night I winged risotto, and it was delish, and my little kid kept complaining, even though he liked it.  Six year olds...ugh.

Tonight he will be happy with "favorite chicken" (Trader Joe's breaded chicken tenders), plus salad.  Hubby and I will probably  have either veggie burgers (that I made and froze a month or so ago), or maybe I'll whip up some falafel from a mix.  It's so rare for me to be able to cook mid-week.  These days Tues are the only days I pick up. 

Tomorrow: pot luck at the school (I'm taking salad)
Thursday: wing it (often Instant pot pasta, because hubby knows how to make that)
Friday: frozen pizza night.  Always.

Must be the phase of the moon. My toddler (1.5yo) was a maniac at dinner last night. We ate rotissierie chicken and steamed peas, her 100% favorite meal, and she complained the entire time, yet still ended up eating all the meat off of a leg, thigh, and a good handful of peas. Kids are weird.

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« Reply #74 on: December 04, 2018, 01:49:40 PM »
Itís sunny and not windy, so weíre grilling a pack of brats that I bought on sale. For sides, Iíll probably roast or grill an acorn squash and make a salad out of the beets I just cooked, goat cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette.

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« Reply #75 on: December 04, 2018, 01:58:13 PM »
@MaybeBabyMustache  Risotto sounds like a good way to use that up, you could add in some mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes :)

We have one mushroom hater here, but agree on the risotto. The dish has both tomatoes & spinach already, so I'm hoping to repurpose it so at least there's no waste. Doesn't have to be everyone's all time favorite meal or anything. ;-)

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #76 on: December 04, 2018, 03:48:07 PM »
Sheet pan dinner for the hubs - Cut up sausage, onions, peppers, potatoes.
Leftovers for me - Pork loin, zucchini/leek mix, mashed cauli (which has been meh whenever I've made it previously, but last night it came out yumtastic, and I have extra).

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« Reply #77 on: December 05, 2018, 02:38:11 AM »
Tonight back to cooking for me but last night my DW made A French Onion Chicken Casserole. All I can say it was so good and sure wasnt healthy! Mashed potatos and mixed veggies.

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« Reply #78 on: December 05, 2018, 05:32:17 PM »
Posole (which I had in the freezer: in this case I think it was pork and hominy) with slaw, cilantro (finally used up what was in the fridge), hot sauce, shredded cheese.

Kid has a lesson, and we will be back about 7:15, so this is something my sick husband can just turn on a low burner and will be ready when we walk in.

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« Reply #79 on: December 05, 2018, 06:18:59 PM »
Homemade pizza.

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« Reply #80 on: December 05, 2018, 08:14:29 PM »
I repurposed the pesto chicken/artichoke/spinach into a risotto dish. Still was a bit bland, but definitely an improvement over the original dish.

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« Reply #81 on: December 05, 2018, 08:15:36 PM »
I repurposed the pesto chicken/artichoke/spinach into a risotto dish. Still was a bit bland, but definitely an improvement over the original dish.

Add salt and/or lemon juice?

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #82 on: December 05, 2018, 08:25:16 PM »
Scored 10 pounds of chicken breasts marinaded in olive oil, cilantro and lime for $1.40/lb. Sliced into strips, cooked over charcoal grill (lovely grilling when it's cold out) last night, and now enjoying a bowl of seasoned black beans, grilled onion, and cilantro lime chicken with shredded pepper jack cheese.

Will be using more of it to make chicken/bean/corn tortillas tacos tomorrow.

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« Reply #83 on: December 06, 2018, 04:51:12 AM »
Last night was kids favorite. Make your own Chipolte type Burrito. Cut up all the stuff like tomatos , lettuce, black olives, cheese, make rice, can of refried beans, make lb of turkey with taco mix, avocao and so on and everyone makes a big stuff burrito. Yum

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« Reply #84 on: December 06, 2018, 03:11:37 PM »
The other night I winged risotto, and it was delish, and my little kid kept complaining, even though he liked it.  Six year olds...ugh.

Tonight he will be happy with "favorite chicken" (Trader Joe's breaded chicken tenders), plus salad.  Hubby and I will probably  have either veggie burgers (that I made and froze a month or so ago), or maybe I'll whip up some falafel from a mix.  It's so rare for me to be able to cook mid-week.  These days Tues are the only days I pick up. 

Tomorrow: pot luck at the school (I'm taking salad)
Thursday: wing it (often Instant pot pasta, because hubby knows how to make that)
Friday: frozen pizza night.  Always.
Instant pot pasta? Do tell!
Put Instant pot on saute function.  Add olive oil.
Saute any vegetables you have.  For us, usually onion.  Sometimes bell pepper.

You can skip this step if you don't have veggies.

When they are sauteed to your liking, add:
12 oz of pasta  (I use gluten free, but I used to use regular pasta, it works fine)
One 24 ounce jar of sauce
One 24 ounce jar of water
Optional: some frozen or fresh meatballs.  Garlic. Spices.

Stir.

Close 'er up.  Set it manual, high, 5 minutes. 
When it's done, let it come down naturally for 10 minutes.
Release, stir.  Eat.

It's not going to be this awesome fancy al dente pasta.  I used to make the same thing on the stovetop, but it of course took longer.  This is SO EASY. 

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« Reply #85 on: December 06, 2018, 03:31:41 PM »
I repurposed the pesto chicken/artichoke/spinach into a risotto dish. Still was a bit bland, but definitely an improvement over the original dish.

Add salt and/or lemon juice?
white wine + parmesan!

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« Reply #86 on: December 06, 2018, 06:13:36 PM »
Chicken and Brown Rice. I took some liberties with the vegetables to use up a surplus of onions, celery, and mushrooms.

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« Reply #87 on: December 06, 2018, 07:21:30 PM »
One of my all time favorites: https://www.budgetbytes.com/chicken-lime-soup/ I even sprung for the avocado this time! They were perfectly ripe at the store, I couldn't resist, it adds SOOO much. And I'm going dairy free again. (Sigh)

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« Reply #88 on: December 06, 2018, 08:57:26 PM »
I repurposed the risotto & spruced it up with sriracha. Doesn't really match the flavor profile, but it worked! Served with salad. I need something different for dinner tomorrow, so I'm thinking of pizza!

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« Reply #89 on: December 06, 2018, 09:04:40 PM »
One of my all time favorites: https://www.budgetbytes.com/chicken-lime-soup/ I even sprung for the avocado this time! They were perfectly ripe at the store, I couldn't resist, it adds SOOO much. And I'm going dairy free again. (Sigh)

I was right. That was literally a perfect avocado.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #90 on: December 06, 2018, 09:40:04 PM »
chips and corn+black bean salsa. That's veggies, right? I don't normally eat something like that for dinner, but the chips were leftover from a party, and I'm on an uber frugal month for groceries, so I figured, one night isn't so bad haha.

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« Reply #91 on: December 07, 2018, 03:11:55 AM »
Last night I made oven baked Chicken thighs (8) I like to use Dill, Paprka, Onion powder, Garlic powder and a little salt. Usually bake around 375 on baking pan with rack and broil last 5 minutes on High. Makes them crispy and meat falls of the bone.

Also made a box of Rice a Roni and 1 box of 3 Cheese Mac. Mixed Vegetable medley and a Nice Big Salad.

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« Reply #92 on: December 07, 2018, 08:26:50 AM »
chips and corn+black bean salsa. That's veggies, right? I don't normally eat something like that for dinner, but the chips were leftover from a party, and I'm on an uber frugal month for groceries, so I figured, one night isn't so bad haha.

We make a version of this that contains 1. diced red peppers (one kid doesn't like tomatoes, and I actually prefer the crunchy pepper bits too), 2. Diced red onion, soaked in lime juice while I'm making the other stuff, and 3. Avocado cubes added at the last minute.

I figure at that point, it contains plenty of veggies. (However, the avocado both isn't cheap and/or I can't buy them ripe, so this dinner sometimes has to be scheduled around when the avocados ripen.)

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« Reply #93 on: December 07, 2018, 11:47:07 AM »
Tonight believe it or not for the first time were basically going to do a "Breakfast for dinner" I love breakfast anytime so not sure why we haven't done before. Going to cook a ham steak, Eggs and Hash browns. Sure will end up doing toast. Should be fun and simple.

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« Reply #94 on: December 08, 2018, 03:58:21 PM »
We did pancakes for dinner last night.

Tonight, we're going over to a friend's house for a potluck. I'm making breadsticks from scratch to bring.

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« Reply #95 on: December 08, 2018, 06:00:39 PM »
Eggplant parm casserole :)

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« Reply #96 on: December 08, 2018, 06:32:15 PM »
I love these threads!  So inspiring when I get in a menu rut...

Tonight is baked spicy chicken drumettes (that's the drumstick-like part of the wing), oven fries, and cucumber/carrot sticks (with hummus for me and DS, DD doesn't like it).

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« Reply #97 on: December 08, 2018, 08:13:17 PM »
I made sausage, onions, and peppers with pasta for dinner last night. There were enough leftovers that we also had it tonight for a late dinner after a holiday concert.

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« Reply #98 on: December 08, 2018, 08:17:11 PM »
I was out late before dinner, so it was our quick'n'lazy meal: taco bowls! Rice, ground beef with homemade taco seasoning (well, today its ground elk. We switch between beef, venison, and elk, just based on whatever we have!), then we toss in some of the salsa verde and rojo I canned this summer, and add sour cream or cheese depending on mood and what we have. Not the most veggie-centric meal, but it gets fuel in fast and doesn't require a lot of brain power or planning.

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« Reply #99 on: December 08, 2018, 09:15:48 PM »
It's nearing the end of Hanukkah, so we had the annual latke party! We make 'em extra crispy: imagine little pancake-shaped things of potato shreds (with just enough egg and flour to hold them together, barely) fried until they're entirely crispy, except maybe that last bite in the center. With sour cream and applesauce, and green beans and brisket. (I finally got the brisket right -- turns out the trick is 10 hours in the slow cooker, cool and refrigerate, then in the morning skim off the fat and put back in the slow cooker on low for another 10 hours.)

I may be ready to eat again sometime tomorrow afternoon...