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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #350 on: January 19, 2019, 11:01:16 PM »
Made Turkey Tetrazzini the other day, using leftover turkey from earlier in the week that I bought super duper cheaply at Thanksgiving. I was thrilled to find a recipe that incorporated ingredients that I had on hand. It was really good. It was also dinner again tonight.

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« Reply #351 on: January 20, 2019, 08:47:20 AM »
This thread is great. I see it every morning and I'm like, "shit, what AM I making for dinner?!" Meal planning semi worked out last week, although some derailing. Today is a new Sunday though, so I'll do another round and hope it works better. Adjustment I'm hoping will help- got a cork board for above my desk (which I also now have, haha), so I'll be able to put up a plan where it's easily visible. Thinking I'll make index cards with my common recipes and pin them up in a L/D format so they're easily visible when I go by. And importantly serve as a little nudge to Husband when he sees them maybe =P

Last night was leftovers. Tuesday I'm getting a new produce box. Might do spaghetti sauce and spag squash tonight, needs to be made.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #352 on: January 21, 2019, 05:01:34 AM »
Last night we had Pineapple sauced pork chops you served over egg noodles. Not bad but not the greatest recipe I have come across either. Salad loaded with veggies.

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« Reply #353 on: January 21, 2019, 05:40:33 AM »
I made a tomato soup yesterday. Not for dinner but lunch.

I used diced canned roasted tomatoes (three 15 oz cans), onion, 1 carrot, 2 cups of chicken broth, some sprigs of fresh basil, garlic, 3 tablespoons of butter and a teaspoon of sugar. Simmered for an hour and blended it all up. Was SO good! Have leftovers too!

I am on a soup kick and plan to make a broccoli soup, carrot ginger soup, tomato with red bell pepper soup. I also have a cabbage to make another soup of some sort.

Just wanted to mention that canned tomatoes are typically picked and canned quickly on site so they are a good product to use in place of fresh tomatoes.


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« Reply #354 on: January 21, 2019, 07:31:33 AM »
Just wanted to mention that canned tomatoes are typically picked and canned quickly on site so they are a good product to use in place of fresh tomatoes.

Yes. We love canned tomatoes in winter. On that note, I think tonight’s dinner will be pasta with homemade red meat sauce and a spinach salad. Or maybe I’ll put the spinach in the sauce.

I had a free day yesterday so last night’s dinner was butternut squash soup, roasted pork chops with a blackberry-mustard glaze, sautéed cabbage, and baked potatoes.

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« Reply #355 on: January 21, 2019, 08:31:42 AM »
Last night's dinner was wonderful. We made Sweet Potato nachos. (Basically, a beef loaded nacho style but crisped up some SP rounds I made by using the food processor.) So tasty!

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #356 on: January 21, 2019, 11:42:52 AM »
My husband is making beef kebabs & rice. It's one of my favorites.

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« Reply #357 on: January 21, 2019, 01:00:45 PM »
Generally wife finds the recipes / idea; I cook them.

Saturday evening was lasagna, last evening was fish tacos, and tonight is cannelloni stuffed with spinach and ricotta.   

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« Reply #358 on: January 21, 2019, 01:54:28 PM »
Generally wife finds the recipes / idea; I cook them.

Saturday evening was lasagna, last evening was fish tacos, and tonight is cannelloni stuffed with spinach and ricotta.

We had fish tacos last night, too! MrInCO was near the really, really good tortillaria, so he picked up corn tortillas and spicy salsa.  We had black beans, sautéed cod, shredded cheese, most of an avocado, "mexican slaw" (shredded carrots and cabbage dressed in rice vinegar), and some other salsa-y things.

Tonight: Peanut noodles with rice noodles, broccoli and snow peas and Tofu. I'm going to try making a ton and packing leftovers up for school lunches: I think it'll be good cold if I can keep it from completely coagulating.

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« Reply #359 on: January 21, 2019, 02:38:05 PM »
Friday I made a new rule: everyone has to cook and decide what to eat. I'm over trying to figure out what to do with the stuff we get from our produce boxes, and choosing meals, and getting complaints. So

Saturday: 12 year old (with help) made spaghetti and broccoli.  He's not a meat eater.  We sauteed some sausage on the side.
Sunday: 6 yo chose salmon and salad.  12 yo hates salmon.  He had leftovers
Monday: leftovers (pasta) and kale chips.
Tuesday: (me) Instant pot vegetables (leeks, sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli) in a peanut sauce.  Because I was last to pick and we had sweet potatoes and leeks.
Weds: more leftovers
Thurs: (spouse) chicken and Indian roasted cauliflower and potatoes
Fri: frozen pizza

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #360 on: January 21, 2019, 06:49:03 PM »
Tonight we had instantpot Thai chicken curry with stir-fried vegetables. Made enough for another night, too.

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« Reply #361 on: January 21, 2019, 07:27:20 PM »
Homemade pizza -- three flavors (pepperoni, chorizo and mushroom (chorizo was marked down at the store this morning) and mushroom with pesto).

Made an apple berry cobbler for dessert to use up some too-old/shrively apples and frozen fruit that has been sitting in the freezer for ages.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #362 on: January 21, 2019, 08:26:52 PM »
baked a chicken, tried this recipe. https://lifemadesimplebakes.com/2015/10/oven-roasted-rotisserie-chicken/

holy crap! I'm never making a chicken any other way. It's amazing, and so juicy!

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« Reply #363 on: January 21, 2019, 11:36:38 PM »
Frugal fail. Today DH, with a bit of help from me, installed a 750 pound metal door in a house we're flipping. Then I installed the final bale of rock wool insulation, as the drywallers begin tomorrow. I was so dirty and tired, i hit the easy button and swung by Chipotle. I took it home and three of us split two bowls + chips for $20.54. When my bonus kid got home from work a couple of hours later, he informed me that the best way to order from Chipotle was online, making sure to take advantage of all the things they don't charge extra for. Meh, we go there so seldom that I don't think I'll need to use that box of tricks any time soon.  Tomorrow I'm cooking for sure, as usual.

ETA: yes, I know that was a whiny post. I love this thread for the meal suggestions and ongoing motivation it provides. Just because I took the easy way out once doesn't mean the wheels have fallen off the bus.
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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #364 on: January 22, 2019, 07:15:32 AM »
Last night I made slow baked extra BBQ saucy Chicken Drummies in the Oven. Delicious.

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« Reply #365 on: January 22, 2019, 07:34:54 AM »
Last night I made a ragu with some hot Italian sausages that were on sale, served with rotini.  Perfect comfort food for a chilly day, and brought some leftovers to work to have for lunch.

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« Reply #366 on: January 22, 2019, 07:37:15 AM »
I think tonight's dinner will be this Budget Bytes recipe for not-butter chicken over jasmine rice. I'm craving Indian food but don't have a lot of time to prep or stand over a stove today, and this will at least give me the right flavor profile.

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« Reply #367 on: January 22, 2019, 01:54:03 PM »
We were stuck inside yesterday thanks to the ice and the bitter cold, and we had short ribs in the freezer, so I took a crack at galbijjim, a sweet and spicy Korean short rib and root veggie stew.  I saw the recipe on NYT Cooking  https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1019918-han-oak-galbijjim

Not going to lie--it was quite the project.  Probably 3 hours in total.  But oh man, was it good.  And so many delicious leftovers!

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« Reply #368 on: January 22, 2019, 02:09:01 PM »
Going to reheat some veggie burgers from the freezer and serve with fresh spinach and avocado on potato buns.

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« Reply #369 on: January 22, 2019, 03:15:01 PM »
Tonight is chicken tikka masala with rice.

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« Reply #370 on: January 22, 2019, 05:02:02 PM »
On my own for the night, so I was super extra classy with it. Cheap $1 frozen cheese pizza, folded in half so I don't even need a knife or plate. I did tuck some steamed broccoli and cauliflower inside it so it would be "heathy," but in the name of full disclosure, they were a precut frozen mix, and I "steamed" them in the microwave.


Win?

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« Reply #371 on: January 22, 2019, 05:40:37 PM »
Quinoa (1 minute cook time in the instant pot with 10 minutes of rest time)
Dollop of pesto
Avocado slices
Hard boiled egg
Pulled pork (leftover)
Sprinkle of everything but the bagel seasoning

It’s a good fast bowl meal.

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« Reply #372 on: January 22, 2019, 05:45:47 PM »
On my own for the night, so I was super extra classy with it. Cheap $1 frozen cheese pizza, folded in half so I don't even need a knife or plate. I did tuck some steamed broccoli and cauliflower inside it so it would be "heathy," but in the name of full disclosure, they were a precut frozen mix, and I "steamed" them in the microwave.


Win?

Veggies are usually frozen at peak freshness, steaming them doesn't add any unnecessary fat and salt that the pizza has plenty of, steaming in the microwave is just as legit as on the range, and that cruciferous stuff is a good protein boost.  Sounds like a win to me.

We were stuck inside yesterday thanks to the ice and the bitter cold, and we had short ribs in the freezer, so I took a crack at galbijjim, a sweet and spicy Korean short rib and root veggie stew.  I saw the recipe on NYT Cooking  https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1019918-han-oak-galbijjim

Not going to lie--it was quite the project.  Probably 3 hours in total.  But oh man, was it good.  And so many delicious leftovers!

Definitely going to have to be making galbi jjim soon, thanks for sharing!

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #373 on: January 22, 2019, 05:53:04 PM »
Chicken legs were on sale so I bought a family pack yesterday.  DH is using about 1/3 of them to make a variation of "big plate chicken", one of his standards:

https://thewoksoflife.com/2015/03/big-plate-chicken-noodles/

We'll have it over rice rather than noodles.

Tomorrow I'll use the rest to make tandoori chicken.  Plan to do the marinade tonight -- hopefully it will be even tastier.

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« Reply #374 on: January 22, 2019, 05:59:34 PM »
On my own for the night, so I was super extra classy with it. Cheap $1 frozen cheese pizza, folded in half so I don't even need a knife or plate. I did tuck some steamed broccoli and cauliflower inside it so it would be "heathy," but in the name of full disclosure, they were a precut frozen mix, and I "steamed" them in the microwave.


Win?

A frugal and unique version of a vegetarian flatbread sandwich. Win.

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« Reply #375 on: January 22, 2019, 06:03:01 PM »
I think tonight's dinner will be this Budget Bytes recipe for not-butter chicken over jasmine rice. I'm craving Indian food but don't have a lot of time to prep or stand over a stove today, and this will at least give me the right flavor profile.

This was really good. I added a can of white beans (drained) to boost the protein and fiber, a couple handfuls of chopped spinach for color and nutrition, and a few extra generous shakes of cayenne. Served it over cilantro-lime rice made in the instant pot. The leftovers are going to be fantastic.

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« Reply #376 on: January 23, 2019, 03:40:40 AM »
Getting clobbered with snow yesterday and today so yesterday I put a beef roast in the slowcooker and made (to my kids) my famous mashed potatoes and steamed mix veggies.

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« Reply #377 on: January 23, 2019, 06:38:49 AM »
Tonight I'm making white bean alfredo, with shell pasta and brussel sprouts (probably steamed?  haven't decided yet.)  Soaked the beans overnight, and I've got them in the crockpot today to cook before I get home.

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« Reply #378 on: January 23, 2019, 08:27:55 AM »
Last night, I made a modified version of ... well, I was aiming for this:https://smittenkitchen.com/2017/10/quick-pasta-and-chickpeas-pasta-e-ceci/, but I grabbed the wrong recipe and made one that started with a mashed-up mixture of onions, celery and carrots. And I used dittallini. It was kinda a whole bowl full of ho-hum: not a winner, and there are leftovers. (I may form them into patties and fry them in butter and put them out as after-school snacks.)

Tonight: https://smittenkitchen.com/2017/10/sausage-and-potato-roast-with-arugula/
We all love it, and there won't be leftovers.

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« Reply #379 on: January 23, 2019, 12:21:58 PM »
Split pea soup cooked with a ham bone left over from Christmas.

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« Reply #380 on: January 23, 2019, 04:36:04 PM »
Mixed greens salad with home made vinaigrette, crushed walnuts, dried cranberries and 2 fried eggs on top.

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« Reply #381 on: January 23, 2019, 05:59:36 PM »
Black beans and rice.

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« Reply #382 on: January 24, 2019, 03:39:30 AM »
Burgers and Mac n cheese

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« Reply #383 on: January 24, 2019, 08:49:23 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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« Reply #384 on: January 24, 2019, 11:33:35 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!

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.)

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #385 on: January 25, 2019, 04:14:01 AM »
Last night we did our build your own burrito bar. Sooo good and I actually made mine with a healthy spinach wrap which was good as well.

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« Reply #386 on: January 25, 2019, 09:21:04 AM »
It's a good question. I'm thinking homemade pizza. Lots of work traveling, so my energy is super low. I'd love a healthy soup or something, but don't think I'm up to that kind of a challenge today.

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« Reply #387 on: January 25, 2019, 10:09:52 AM »
Burns Night tonight, so neeps and tatties, but I'm not about to tackle making a haggis, nor am I going to buy one. (Nor, frankly, do I have all that much desire to eat one.)

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« Reply #388 on: January 25, 2019, 10:50:30 AM »
Burns Night tonight, so neeps and tatties, but I'm not about to tackle making a haggis, nor am I going to buy one. (Nor, frankly, do I have all that much desire to eat one.)

Aye, I ken, but it's no so bad wi' a right bit o' whisky sauce.

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« Reply #389 on: January 25, 2019, 12:42:29 PM »
Gotta figure out something to use my green beans, chicken and rice.

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« Reply #390 on: January 26, 2019, 04:46:06 AM »
Didnt make dinner! wasted $ and went out last night. Felt like shit after.

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« Reply #391 on: January 26, 2019, 06:23:05 AM »
Last night, husband turned leftovers into fried rice with pork. I promised meatloaf and mashed potatoes a few days ago, so that might be tonight's dinner.

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« Reply #392 on: January 26, 2019, 10:02:16 AM »
Today we convinced two couples we were going to go out for dinner with, to let us pick up 2 rotisserie chickens instead, let one couple take care of dessert, the other sides, and everyone can bring something to drink.

Instead of an easy $150-200 (total for 6 of us) night out. We will be able to do something waaaaay more fun for 20-30% of the price =)

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« Reply #393 on: January 26, 2019, 07:32:13 PM »
I found a recipe on MMM (apologies, can't remember who posted it), but we tried it tonight. It was great. One pot Greek meatballs with lemon dill rice

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« Reply #394 on: January 26, 2019, 07:47:09 PM »
Didnt make dinner! wasted $ and went out last night. Felt like shit after.

That was our weakness last year (although my spouse would beg to differ, ha!). Made it a goal to not eat out as much this year. Yeah I typically feel like shit afterwards. 

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« Reply #395 on: January 26, 2019, 08:47:25 PM »
Last night, husband turned leftovers into fried rice with pork. I promised meatloaf and mashed potatoes a few days ago, so that might be tonight's dinner.

Okay, so I decided it was more important to finish a big knitting project today and made frozen pizza (the good gluten-free kind from Costco) instead of cooking. We were already planning to go out for date day tomorrow (to a restaurant safe for my dumb celiac gut). I’ll be home all day Monday, so we’ll have meatloaf then.

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« Reply #396 on: January 27, 2019, 03:26:16 AM »
Fried rice. I've been making a batch every week the past...3 weeks? Seems like a great thing for us to have on hand. If we don't eat it for dinner, bf has it for lunch! I also enjoy it as breakfast.

Also made choc chip cookies due to an odd craving. We don't keep choc chips, so I broke up an old bar from the fridge.

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« Reply #397 on: January 27, 2019, 04:10:29 AM »
Didnt make dinner! wasted $ and went out last night. Felt like shit after.

That was our weakness last year (although my spouse would beg to differ, ha!). Made it a goal to not eat out as much this year. Yeah I typically feel like shit afterwards.


Yea we really dont get out that much and decided we need to try more often. The meal was good portion not to big but they had one of those salad bars with everything on it including the pasta salads etc... And I just over indulged. For four hours I felt like I ate a Thanks Giving dinner.


Last night we kept it simple. Made some Chicken Quarters in the oven, Broccoli and a small side of pasta.  Weekends like to make no brainer meals.

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« Reply #398 on: January 27, 2019, 07:46:42 AM »
Last night, my son made pasta carbonara, with creme brulee and sponge cake for dessert.

Tonight, I'm going to try a new instant pot recipe, honey garlic chicken, with some legs I pulled out of the freezer two days ago.  I might get a large pizza from Dominos as well ($5.99 for a large, 2 topping, carry out). 

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« Reply #399 on: January 27, 2019, 10:03:56 PM »
Friday: chile (mostly beans, with meat sauce) with all the things, including a big salad.
Saturday: I was out from 5 am - 5 pm, so MrInCO made lentil and potato salad (a yummy recipe including chopped sour pickles), green salad, and grilled pork chops.
Today: cheese grits topped with scallops and mushrooms in a bit of tomato sauce, with cooked greens.