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Title: What's for dinner?
Post by: Kaplin261 on September 25, 2015, 09:35:12 AM
Share with us what you are eating tonight? Got a recipe? How much does it cost to make?

My family of  three are going to eat a microgreen salad with fresh veggies from the garden with some chicken breast strips that were left over from last night. Total cost $7. Prep and cleanup time 15 minnutes.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: bogart on September 25, 2015, 09:48:06 AM
Leftovers.

Not sure whether it will be chicken  or ...
cheese quesadillas left over from a work event + some guac (Costco) and ditto on the veg or ...
hotdogs left over from a cookout and repurposed as "piggies in a blanket" with some store-bought dough.

Whatever the protein course, it will be + some random veggies lying around and/or from the freezer

Either way the prep will be very minimal.  Nutritional content only so/so, but they all need to get eaten.

Actually I think we'll be eating leftovers all weekend :) !
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: 2ndTimer on September 25, 2015, 09:48:13 AM
Potato leek soup

4 large leeks from my little garden bed (left the roots to see if I can grow more leeks like I do green onions)
6 slightly wrinkled potatoes that I needed to use up
2 Tbs butter
1 C whole milk previously frozen and thawed
2 Tbs chicken boullion powder
2 tsp seasoned salt
2 TBS flour
good shake of pepper

Chopped leeks and let them saute in butter while peeling and slicing potatoes.
Added potatoes and stirred
Covered and cooked about 10 min stirring now and then to avoid sticking
Added water to cover and brought to simmer. 
Let simmer 5-10 minutes or until potatoes are falling apart
mixed flour and 1 pint water and in covered jar.  Shook vigorously to prevent lu,ps
Turned up soup and poured flour water mixture in to thicken
Stirred while it returned to boiling
Turned off and went away for a few hours
Heated soup back to boiling while stirring
Tuned off heat and stirred in milk and all seasoning.

Next time I will use more leeks.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: mm1970 on September 25, 2015, 09:55:17 AM
I have no idea.  We ran out of leftovers last night, and my son has a late baseball practice.

Frozen pizza ($3.50) and roasted cauliflower? ($0.50).  Dinner for 4 for $4.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: catccc on September 25, 2015, 10:06:16 AM
I have no idea.  We ran out of leftovers last night, and my son has a late baseball practice.

Frozen pizza ($3.50) and roasted cauliflower? ($0.50).  Dinner for 4 for $4.

Roasted cauliflower for $0.50?  I feel like I usually pay $4-$5 for a head of cauliflower.  Or is this home grown?
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Apocalyptica602 on September 25, 2015, 10:07:46 AM
Lemon garlic chicken, over rice.

Simple, quick, yummy, minimal dishes (important because I hate dishes).

I pretty much follow this recipe as-is but i dial it back on the salt and sometimes substitute garlic salt for garlic powder.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/240993/lemon-garlic-chicken/
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Prepube on September 25, 2015, 06:06:39 PM
Eating alone tonight... One can chicken noodle soup mixed with one package of ramen noodles.  10 ritz crackers.  Two beers.

Directions: Heat Campbell's soup with one can water.  Crush ramen noodles before opening package.  Open package and immediately dispose of flavor salt pack.  Dump package into pot with soup.  Open beer.  Eat crackers and beer while waiting. When contents of pot begin to boil, add pepper to taste, eat directly from pot to save on cleanup.  Open second beer, put pot in dishwasher.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: 4alpacas on September 25, 2015, 06:38:51 PM
We're out of most things, so we're having Poor Man's Burrito Bowls (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2015/09/poor-mans-burrito-bowls/). 
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Kaikou on September 25, 2015, 08:27:42 PM
I want pizza!
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: lbmustache on September 25, 2015, 08:29:41 PM
Just made a quick pasta with stuff I had around.

Pasta
Basil from my basil plant!!!
Cream
Olive oil
Garlic
Salt

Done :)
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: kib on September 25, 2015, 08:34:23 PM
Jumbo shrimp piccata over angel hair with zucchini julienne.  Chocolate pizelle with whipped cream and raspberries for dessert.  About $8 per head plus $3 for a glass of good white wine, but if i do say so, a $40 per restaurant meal. Approx 30 minutes but the shrimp were "EZ peel", add half an hour if they'd been fresh.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: mm1970 on September 25, 2015, 08:36:27 PM
I have no idea.  We ran out of leftovers last night, and my son has a late baseball practice.

Frozen pizza ($3.50) and roasted cauliflower? ($0.50).  Dinner for 4 for $4.

Roasted cauliflower for $0.50?  I feel like I usually pay $4-$5 for a head of cauliflower.  Or is this home grown?
Aside from the CSA membership that we have (which isn't enough for all of our weekly veg), I buy a bunch of veggies at the 99c only store.  The produce is hit or miss.  They always have produce, but not always the same stuff, and it varies in quality.  So I always go there first and look stuff over and buy what looks good.

I have found, however, that Saturday mornings they almost always have cauliflower.  This week, the heads were HUGE.  A few pounds at least.  I bought two.  One whole  head is enough for at least 3 meals for us.  So 0.50 was rounding up.  Right now it's 0.99 per head, but sometimes it's $1.29.  Still a super deal.

In the end, I made hash
3 potatoes: 0.10
1/2 an onion: 0.10
some leftover ham: 1.00

And then I realized that the buttermilk that I bought last week expired today. While hubs and big boy were at baseball practice, I whipped up some quick buttermilk cheddar rosemary scones.  I don't remember the last time that I just "winged it" and made something out of the ordinary in our kitchen. In fact, I bake so infrequently that I found the flour in the freezer.  (so the scones were a tad dense, but still delish).

It was very enjoyable to do that.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Sandia on September 25, 2015, 08:47:42 PM
Fried rice, sweet red beans, and mooncakes for dessert (happy Mid-Autumn Festival!)

Cooked the rice yesterday and left it in the fridge uncovered to dry out. Tonight I will fry it with carrots, a handful of green beans, spring onions, and whatever else is cheap at the veg shop this morning.

The red (adzuki) beans get cooked with rock sugar, dried mandarin skins, and lotus seeds (our friend's Hong Kong recipe).
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Zikoris on September 25, 2015, 10:21:09 PM
We had leftovers because the cook (me) is sick. That was stir fry for me and shepherd's pie for him, plus some quinoa salad. We try to clear out everything by the weekend, then do mega food prep Saturday and Sunday for the week.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: NorCal on September 25, 2015, 10:41:52 PM
Leftover Cajun chicken pasta.  The recipe was excellent, but this one didn't have the same flavor as a leftover that I had hoped.

Budgetbytes does have some awesome recipe's though.

http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/09/cajun-chicken-pasta/ (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/09/cajun-chicken-pasta/)
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: jooles on September 25, 2015, 10:51:15 PM
Ate potato chowder and a slice of whole wheat toast dry.  Side salad = cabbage, carrots, celery and green onions because that's what we had...and we're moving...and we're on a budget :)  dressing= balsamic glaze, mustard, fat free mayo, thinned w a little water. 

Made 2 kinds of corn chowder for future meals = fresh corn chowder and corn and Chile pepper chowder.

Cost minimal.  Potato chowder $3.00, made 6 servings, potatoes from the garden.  Corn chowder $4.00 per pot of soup, makes 6 servings.  Homemade whole wheat bread $1.00/loaf.  Salad $2.00 made 8 servings.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Kaikou on September 25, 2015, 11:30:17 PM
chicken wings and mashed potatoes.

I think I'm officially off my chicken wing kick.. ate wings 4x this week.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Lanthiriel on September 26, 2015, 12:52:07 AM
We were supposed to have glazed pork chops with roasted potatoes, but I got home too late to cook. Don't know what the husband ate, but I had a PBJ with a smoothie made of the Coscto frozen tropical fruit mix.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Lookilu on September 26, 2015, 08:42:31 AM
The calendar says Fall, but with temperatures in the 90s it's time for gazpacho:
 
3 lbs tomatoes: $2.64
1 cucumber:      $.99
1 bell pepper:    $.50
1 white roll:       $.50
1/4 red onion:    $.25
Olive oil, sherry vinegar, salt and pepper, and a spoonful of sambal from the pantry: Maybe $.75
Total: $5.63 for 6 - 8 servings, depending on hunger levels ;)

I use this recipe http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/cooks-illustrated-creamy-gazpacho-andaluz-50091152 (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/cooks-illustrated-creamy-gazpacho-andaluz-50091152)
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Beardog on September 26, 2015, 04:29:06 PM
A bowl of lentils cooked with one hot red cherry pepper, a half a habanero,  fresh ginger, and hot curry powder.  And a second bowl with steamed carrots and broccoli, with a dollop of olive oil.  Yum!
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: kimmarg on September 26, 2015, 05:25:42 PM
Turkey kale soup with cornbread.  turkey carcass was left over, boiled up and picked clean. Sauté a few onions, some garlic and a carrot, add Turkey, stock, kale, white beans. Season to taste. Kale from the garden, everything else I had no idea on cost. Cheap I hope!
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: MBot on September 26, 2015, 05:39:10 PM
Twice-leftover pork ($1.44l/lb pork loin roast made into shredded pulled pork.) Served with red potatoes on sale and a quick spinach salad. Served 4 adults (husband and 2 male university students) for approx $3 total.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Zikoris on September 26, 2015, 05:49:58 PM
Tonight I'm doing my weekly double dinner. Once a week on either Saturday or Sunday I pick two meals that use different parts of the kitchen (like a stir fry dish and a baked-in-the-oven dish), and just make them both at the same time. It typically produces at least six portions of leftovers, while taking a similar amount of time and effort as making one meal. It deals with most of our lunches for work, which is great!

This week is lasagna for Dish 1 and curry seitan stir fry for Dish 2.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: 2ndTimer on September 26, 2015, 06:25:31 PM
It's clean out the fridge day.  The Hub had leftover chili.  I had leftover potato leek soup.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Kaikou on September 26, 2015, 08:32:17 PM
turkey sandwich
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: HappierAtHome on September 26, 2015, 08:44:22 PM
Having friends over, so:
Double batch of homemade pizzas.
Quick and easy coconut cake recipe I found on the simple living forum.
Gin blackberry cocktails (called brambles?) for which we already had the ingredients other than lemon juice and frozen blackberries - so an extra $6 or so to serve something fancy.

Evening as a whole won't cost us more than an extra $20. Hosting is great.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: SingleMomDebt on September 26, 2015, 09:05:25 PM
Pasta. Pesto. Biscuits.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: ozbeach on September 27, 2015, 12:48:30 AM
Just made what looks to be an awesome zucchini slice. Four huge servings, three of which will go in the freezer.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: 11ducks on September 27, 2015, 04:37:57 AM
I had leftover chicken meatballs and quinoa around 3, it was awesome!my partner usually gobbles up leftovers before I get a look in.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: SingleMomDebt on September 27, 2015, 07:37:24 PM
Rice. Black beans, mushrooms, onion, garlic, green onions, kale, diced tomatoes sautéed in cast iron pan w veggie broth. Bowl. Add lettuce, avocado, cheese, sour cream, hot sauce. (Clean out the fridge bowl) was delish. :)
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: lil_miss_frugal on September 28, 2015, 10:15:44 AM
Since I have half an onion leftover from last week, I'll be making salmon croquette with basmati rice!
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Polaria on September 28, 2015, 10:40:09 AM
Toasts and homemade spicy butternut squash soup, inspired by http://thechicbrulee.com/2013/10/04/spiced-red-lentil-carrot-soup/
(the squash replaced the carrots, I used garlic-ginger paste and added leftover creme fraiche)
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Zikoris on September 28, 2015, 10:59:40 AM
Sushi, and I suspect my boyfriend bought my a donut cake for my birthday. Yay!
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Trudie on September 28, 2015, 11:07:13 AM
Curried couscous recipe (Barefoot Contessa's recipe), lettuce salads.

Then right after dinner am going to start assembling a large pot of veg/beef soup with the various odds and ends veg that need to be cleaned out before I go to the farmer's market again on Wednesday.

There's something satisfying about seeing an uncluttered fridge and knowing you haven't wasted much.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: coffeelover on September 28, 2015, 11:15:42 AM
Chicken and rice casserole with cream of chicken soup added, along with butter, garlic, and some milk.

I think the entire meal will have cost around 5.00 for all supplies, and will feed 4 people for dinner tonight and there will be enough leftovers for lunch tmr for eeryone.
So it will cost less then 1.00 per person. 2 out of the 4 poeple are toddlers... so don't eat as much some meals and then other meals they devour, I never know.

Tmr night it will be Red Lobster,using a gift card hubby got for his bday. I'm sure I can try and find a coupon somewhere as well.

Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: acroy on September 28, 2015, 11:25:17 AM
Barley Surprise!
DW handles most of the cooking. When I cook dinner, it's often a batch of 'Rice Surprise' or 'Barley Surprise' in the rice cooker. Surprise 'cause you never know what'll be in there! I clean up the various leftovers in the kitchen & throe them all in. It's usually a success. Not always.....
This one was good:
1cup barley (free, leftover from a project at work)
2lbs chicken (free, leftover from catering @ work
1/2 bell pepper (home grown)
1 cup frozen broccoli
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 apple
Various spices

All told, maybe $2 to feed fam of 8 with some leftovers.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Helvegen on September 28, 2015, 11:30:04 AM
Leftover vegetable lasagna. Tomorrow night will be the same thing and then Wednesday, I am thinking of making okonomiyaki.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: meg_shannon on September 28, 2015, 11:43:37 AM
For 2 adults and 1 kid (and we all bike at least several km daily), we had:
scrambled eggs with sautéed mushrooms, avocado, and toast. And the kid had a few large cherry tomatoes as she doesn't care much for mushrooms. There were no leftovers.
All ingredients are prorated as we'll eat the remaining ones in the future. My husband also had a beer, which costs about 1€
eggs, 0.80€
scallions, 0.20€
garlic, 0.10€ (maybe? I used a couple of cloves)
oil, 0.05-0.10€
toast, 0.20€
avocado, 1.00€
tomatoes, 0.30€
total: 2.70€
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: horsepoor on September 28, 2015, 03:54:08 PM
Chicken drumsticks:  $2.75 ish for four (free range).  I'll probably slather them in some homemade chimichurri and grill.  Maybe some baby homegrown potatoes - free.
Huge salad:  Spring mix - $2.40, green onions .50, coleslaw, 50c.  Avocado, 80c, blue cheese, 50c.  Tomatoes from the garden - free.

So $7.15 if I'm my mental addition is right.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: NV Teacher on September 28, 2015, 04:33:50 PM
Turkey sandwich.  We are still getting up to almost 100 degrees here everyday and it's just too damn hot to cook.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Joggernot on September 28, 2015, 04:53:08 PM
Jalapeno omelet, hash browns, and bacon at home.  Excellent!
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: 1967mama on September 28, 2015, 05:31:29 PM
Pasta salad made with leftover rotini from last night's pasta dinner -- we had company so I made more than I needed. Dumped on half a container of Italian dressing and 1 cup of mayo (it was a huge bowl of rotini). Added diced onion, carrots, celery, bell peppers, cheese.

Also, cooked one of the last roasts from our $4.59/lb side of beef from last spring. New beef arriving end of October.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: willikers on September 28, 2015, 05:43:35 PM
A classic.

Homemade Mac n' Cheese and a garden salad (I had some Broccoli I was saving, for this specific dish, but I "saved" it for too long.

Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Teacherstache on September 28, 2015, 09:06:39 PM
BLT sandwiches. The tomatoes were from our garden, so free. The bacon was $3.59 on sale, about 50 cents for the small amount of lettuce, and $1.00 for half the loaf of bread.

My daughter is vegetarian/pescatarian, So she substituted cheese for the bacon. Probably 30 cents worth of cheese.

Not bad for the 4 of us, and it sure was tasty!
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: jengod on September 28, 2015, 09:48:48 PM
* 10-bean soup caramelized onions [very cheap and good]
* parmesan peppers (http://pamelasalzman.com/parmesan-peppers-recipe/) [less cheap esp if you buy organic bell peppers, but delicious]
* Leftover Korean steamed buns [$2.50 per and awesome]
* Leftover El Pollo Loco chicken
* M&M's
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Nickyd£g on September 29, 2015, 06:36:00 AM
Roasted salmon fillet, hollandaise sauce, steamed asparagus, broccoli & mange tout.  Probably cost £3 for the ingredients.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: boarder42 on September 29, 2015, 06:52:25 AM
Mustard rubbed oven roasted pork loin with chimichurri sauce and

Roasted Cauliflower Faux mashed potatoes with roasted garlic.

This is probably 2 bucks a meal and will last 3 meals for 2 minimum.  I buy everything in bulk onsale so i dont know actual prices.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: happypup on September 29, 2015, 07:46:10 AM
Pasta with the last of this summer's garden basil and tomatoes along with mozzarella we made this weekend. Not sure what the veg cost works out to be, but about 50 cents for the half-pound of pasta for the two of us. The milk was 2.79 for a gallon, maybe 50 cents more for the share of citric acid and rennet into the mix, which gave a pound of mozzarella (plus some ricotta, plus all the leftover whey), of which we'll use probably .25 lbs tonight.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Bucksandreds on September 29, 2015, 08:00:26 AM
Hot dog Soup.

4 hotdogs boiled in water.
Salt and pepper to taste.

Remove hotdogs and enjoy the soup

Next day have 4 hotdogs to eat as leftovers.

Cost of dinner 11 cents.









Just kidding
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Kaikou on September 29, 2015, 03:14:13 PM
Hot dog Soup.

4 hotdogs boiled in water.
Salt and pepper to taste.

Remove hotdogs and enjoy the soup

Next day have 4 hotdogs to eat as leftovers.

Cost of dinner 11 cents.









Just kidding

Oh my god, hilarious
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: irishbear99 on September 29, 2015, 03:34:15 PM
Tonight is taco rice night. Two tortillas baked into bowl shapes, add rice, your choice of beans / meat (tonight it's simple ground beef) / veg, and top with sour cream, salsa and cheese.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Nickyd£g on October 01, 2015, 06:03:11 AM
Grass fed steak, a home made mushroom, cream & paprika sauce and roasted peppers, onions, courgette, tomatoes and asparagus.  I eat low carb-ish.  Cost of this meal: approx £3.50.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: boarder42 on October 01, 2015, 07:07:22 AM
Grass fed steak, a home made mushroom, cream & paprika sauce and roasted peppers, onions, courgette, tomatoes and asparagus.  I eat low carb-ish.  Cost of this meal: approx £3.50.

love low carb.  never felt better than when i follow it.  shreads weight off so quickly its crazy.  i lose 5 lbs a week on it.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Mntngoat on October 01, 2015, 08:05:07 AM
last night was  grilled chicken with wilted spinach and arugula  and sliced  strawberries.   
Took all of 10 minutes to make.

ML
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: garion on October 01, 2015, 08:26:44 AM
Last night we had leftover rotisserie chicken with kale, pesto and spaghetti/spaghetti squash (I meant to eat all spaghetti squash but one of my tiny squashes had sprouted and didn't taste right).

Tonight will probably be a stir fry of farmer's market veggies with leftover rotisserie chicken, rice, and either tamari or homemade teriyaki sauce depending on how lazy I feel.

I've been obsessed with rotisserie chickens lately. So easy, cheap, and relatively healthy and you can stretch the leftovers for a while and make stock with the bones! Of course roasted chicken is better, but I don't always have time to roast one.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Liz on October 01, 2015, 09:35:03 PM
Salmon on a bed of spinach and homemade dipping sauce
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: SingleMomDebt on October 01, 2015, 10:26:24 PM
Major baked potato w veggie chili, cheese, green onions, sour cream. Side of Orange.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Zikoris on October 02, 2015, 02:28:13 PM
Dinner party tonight! Vegetable pot pie with roasted fall veggies, and chocolate chip banana bread for dessert.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Trudie on October 02, 2015, 02:32:14 PM
Spaghetti with meat sauce.  Salad.  Red wine.  Items #1 and #2 with ingredients from Costco.  Wine is from Aldi.

Also - Bill Withers streaming on the sound system!
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Nancy on October 02, 2015, 05:54:56 PM
Rutabaga and brassica green peanut stew. Cost $0.31/serving since veg is sourced from my garden.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: frompa on October 02, 2015, 06:06:18 PM
OMG, what we are eating for dinner tonight is utterly obscene and lovely and the smell wafting through the house these past few hours is so enchanting I actually left the house a few times simply so I could walk back in and enjoy being hit by the smell of what's cooking.  It's a several hour long prep of the French peasant dish Cassoulet -- three kinds of pork (which we had in the freezer from the whole hog we had butchered earlier this year) and white beans and tomatoes (the last of my pile from the garden) and a few odd other vegetables mostly from the garden (carrots, parsley, onions.)  Cost, hmmm.... let me do some calculating. I'd say about .64 per serving.  This is really high for us, but here in Pennsylvania, the cold rainy wind has been blowing all day, giving us our first bit of Fall weather, so it seems worthy of a celebratory meal.  Hooray!
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Rural on October 02, 2015, 06:49:46 PM
French bread pizza with homemade pesto for the base. Yum and easy.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: use2betrix on October 02, 2015, 06:50:36 PM
8 oz of 93/7 ground beef burgers (no buns) and a salad with a few tbsp light ranch.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: horsepoor on October 03, 2015, 11:19:20 PM
Fajitas made with garden veggies and leftover chicken.  Black beans cooked from dry in the Instant pot, and tortillas my dad brought along and needed to use up.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Lindy on October 03, 2015, 11:27:31 PM
Stir Fry!  We make a huge batch of the veggies so we have leftovers for work for a few days.  We just cook up more rice if we need it.  And for dessert-Oatmeal Raisin Cookies that I just made from scratch.  Yum!
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Goldielocks on October 04, 2015, 12:13:59 AM
Large meatloaf Patty with BBQ sauce , onion mashed potatoes and buttered rutabaga .

Veg were on sale for .35 per lb a week ago, so much less than half price.  $7.00 for 1.5 lb lean ground beef.  I had made the patties with garden herbs and breadcrumbs and put in freezer.  Grilled from frozen on electric grill.

So .. About $7.80 for 4 servings.


Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Trudie on October 04, 2015, 07:03:26 AM
Baked pork chops with sauerkraut:
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/216330/german-pork-chops-and-sauerkraut/?internalSource=search%20result&referringContentType=search%20results

I'm going to use pork loin chops.  Whole pork loin was .99/pound at our butcher.  I had them cut it into chops and throw them in packages of two.

This is a good fall recipe.  I estimate a cost of about $1 per serving.  (One pork loin chop is huge.  I will cut them in half before I bake them.)
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: jeromedawg on October 04, 2015, 04:19:33 PM
Hot dog Soup.

4 hotdogs boiled in water.
Salt and pepper to taste.

Remove hotdogs and enjoy the soup

Next day have 4 hotdogs to eat as leftovers.

Cost of dinner 11 cents.









Just kidding

LOL, I used to do the same exact thing with broccoli back in my college days... :D Actually, I probably should have saved all that water and refrigerated it to drink later... :D :D :D
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Annamal on October 04, 2015, 04:25:19 PM
Vegetable stirfry with a hoisin/sriracha/vinegar sauce and broken up bits of omelette on rice.

This my goto end of the week recipe to use up everything from the previous week's markets (sadly we did not make the sunday markets this week as we are both down with awful spring colds but we'll go with a simple frozen spinach and chickpea curry as our main meal for the week).
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: seemsright on October 04, 2015, 04:29:58 PM
French Onion soup from the million onions the CSA had this years.  And fresh bread in the oven. Should feed us for 2 dinners.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: SingleMomDebt on October 04, 2015, 04:57:02 PM
Alfredo with salmon and broccoli
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: SingleMomDebt on October 05, 2015, 08:07:27 PM
A homemade version of a Chipotle salad bowl Lime rice and everything. Came out fantastic!
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: jengod on October 05, 2015, 10:20:27 PM
Turkeyburgers (ground turkey, shredded carrot, green onion from the garden, egg from our chickens, a little panko) and a volunteer pumpkin baked with maple syrup.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Nancy on October 06, 2015, 07:28:20 AM
Lentil, brown rice, and broccoli tacos with homemade salsa/salsa verde and fresh spinach.

For the lentils and brown rice taco innards, I modified this recipe for a pressure cooker instead of a slow cooker: http://melaniemakes.com/blog/2014/01/slow-cooker-lentil-brown-rice-tacos.html
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Joggernot on October 06, 2015, 12:42:04 PM
Egg Drop Grits:  Cook the grits, stir in a raw egg.  Grits cook the egg and it is like egg drop soup, but with grits.  Add some butter or other things for your liking.  Cost of egg here is about 25¢; grits about 10¢. 
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: 4alpacas on October 06, 2015, 04:21:50 PM
I'm making kung pao chicken (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2014/05/kung-pao-chicken-vegetables/ (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2014/05/kung-pao-chicken-vegetables/)) tonight.  I'm going to use more frozen vegetables (trying to clean out our freezer), but it's a pretty good recipe. 
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Zikoris on October 06, 2015, 05:27:23 PM
I was planning to make chili tonight, but there were some big lunches at work and I managed to forage enough leftovers for dinner (as well as my lunch earlier today, and my snack tomorrow). So it's free sushi night!
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: jengod on October 06, 2015, 06:12:29 PM
Spaghetti squash with crispy sage - RECIPE: Emeril's herbed spaghetti squash (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/herbed-spaghetti-squash-recipe.html) - COST: Immediate cost $0, because we grew the sage and spaghetti squash, although I did pay $3.33 and $2 for those seedlings to begin with.

Roasted root vegetables - RECIPE red onion, bulk carrots, homegrown sunchokes, herbes de provence, oil + salt, 375*F, 40 mins - COST: maybe $0.35 per serving?
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 06, 2015, 06:19:43 PM
Burrito bowls! Brown rice, black beans with garlic, onion, cumin and paprika, lots of fresh diced avocado and tomato. The BF will add chicken to his.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Rural on October 06, 2015, 07:20:09 PM
Egg Drop Grits:  Cook the grits, stir in a raw egg.  Grits cook the egg and it is like egg drop soup, but with grits.  Add some butter or other things for your liking.  Cost of egg here is about 25¢; grits about 10¢.


Totally trying, thanks. I assume this is real grits, not quick?
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Joggernot on October 07, 2015, 06:02:17 AM
Egg Drop Grits:  Cook the grits, stir in a raw egg.  Grits cook the egg and it is like egg drop soup, but with grits.  Add some butter or other things for your liking.  Cost of egg here is about 25¢; grits about 10¢.


Totally trying, thanks. I assume this is real grits, not quick?
Either one works.  Right now I do quick grits in a microwave.  Must be very hot to cook the egg.  I've tried two eggs, but not as good (my opinion).  Butter is a must for me. 

Anyone else notice that new studies say that we should have been drinking whole milk, not skimmed?  Do a google search for it.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: asauer on October 07, 2015, 07:09:56 AM
Crock pot beans and greens w/ sausage:
1lb pinto beans (1.20)
1 bunch collards (.67)
1 large link of smoked turkey sausage (1.50)

Total= 3.37
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: Joggernot on October 07, 2015, 08:22:29 AM
Currently doing crock pot ribs with veggies (on hand) for lunch and dinner today and tomorrow.
Title: Re: What's for dinner tonight?
Post by: 1967mama on October 07, 2015, 11:20:20 AM
One of the last roasts from side of beef in April (new sides done end of October so trying to use it all up). Will top with garlic cloves and pepper. Mmmmm!

Carrots and potatoes around the roast.
Title: Re: What's for dinner?
Post by: jengod on October 09, 2015, 08:18:51 PM
I walkthrough a Ralph's supermarket twice a week while my son is at an afterschool activity in the same shopping center. They put out free cookie samples to attract you to the coffee bar, so I hit those, and then swing by the "reduced for sale" clearance rack, and then check the discounted produce rack.

Everything on the discount produce rack is $0.99. Sometimes I find whole cauliflowers that look fine to me, but apparently are misshapen, miscolored or otherwise unattractive to consumers. Today there was a mesh bag of dinner inspiration in a bag: a zuke, a chayote, a red bell pepper, a jalepeno pepper, a pasilla pepper and a couple of cucumbers. There was also a bag of limes for another $0.99.

So tonight we had black bean burritos for dinner. I chopped and sauteed all the veg with a can of diced tomatoes and some green onions from the garden, heated up some canned beans, and voila, one of our favorite nutritious meals!

The cucumbers went to the chickens, I will freeze juice from the rest of the limes, and leftover veg and beans will become huevos rancheros for breakfast in the morning.
Title: Re: What's for dinner?
Post by: horsepoor on October 09, 2015, 10:17:22 PM
Pretty cheap dinner tonight, thanks to the garden:

Chunked up some bratwurst and browned it with onion, pepper, garlic and tomato all from the garden, dropped in a big chopped tomato also from the garden and then some cauli-rice (not from garden).  Added in some herbs and topped with a bit of mozarella and a few black olives.  I'm guessing it was about $4 to feed the 2 of us; doesn't get much cheaper for a filling low-carb dinner.
Title: Re: What's for dinner?
Post by: bauhauss on October 21, 2015, 08:50:24 PM
Chicken and eggplant pie. Very tasty!
Title: Re: What's for dinner?
Post by: Verdandi on October 22, 2015, 08:41:08 AM
Wild pig goulash with potatoes.
Cost for the whole meal was 10€, which is 4 servings.
We've got some nasty grey and wet weather here and need something to warm and fill us up.
Title: Re: What's for dinner?
Post by: horsepoor on November 21, 2015, 06:51:16 PM
Roast chicken with lots of root vegetables and sauteed onions, mushrooms and spinach on the side.
Title: Re: What's for dinner?
Post by: coffeelover on January 24, 2016, 03:27:30 PM
I walkthrough a Ralph's supermarket twice a week while my son is at an afterschool activity in the same shopping center. They put out free cookie samples to attract you to the coffee bar, so I hit those, and then swing by the "reduced for sale" clearance rack, and then check the discounted produce rack.

Everything on the discount produce rack is $0.99. Sometimes I find whole cauliflowers that look fine to me, but apparently are misshapen, miscolored or otherwise unattractive to consumers. Today there was a mesh bag of dinner inspiration in a bag: a zuke, a chayote, a red bell pepper, a jalepeno pepper, a pasilla pepper and a couple of cucumbers. There was also a bag of limes for another $0.99.

So tonight we had black bean burritos for dinner. I chopped and sauteed all the veg with a can of diced tomatoes and some green onions from the garden, heated up some canned beans, and voila, one of our favorite nutritious meals!



The cucumbers went to the chickens, I will freeze juice from the rest of the limes, and leftover veg and beans will become huevos rancheros for breakfast in the morning.

Sheesh I know this was like 5 months ago but this sounds so good!
Title: Re: What's for dinner?
Post by: Rural on January 30, 2016, 04:01:47 PM
Crock pot baked ziti with homemade bread.
Title: Re: What's for dinner?
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 30, 2016, 06:22:54 PM
Crock pot baked ziti with homemade bread.

Is there a recipe for the ziti? I've always wanted to try that!
Title: Re: What's for dinner?
Post by: Rural on January 31, 2016, 05:48:02 AM
Crock pot baked ziti with homemade bread.

Is there a recipe for the ziti? I've always wanted to try that!


Mine is a simplified version of this recipe (no egg in the cheese mix because I don't keep them in winter - also fine without the mozzarella inside, though some on top is good).


http://www.dinner-mom.com/crock-pot-baked-ziti/

Editing to add I use whole wheat ziti.
Title: Re: What's for dinner?
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 31, 2016, 06:59:28 AM
Crock pot baked ziti with homemade bread.

Is there a recipe for the ziti? I've always wanted to try that!


Mine is a simplified version of this recipe (no egg in the cheese mix because I don't keep them in winter - also fine without the mozzarella inside, though some on top is good).


http://www.dinner-mom.com/crock-pot-baked-ziti/

Editing to add I use whole wheat ziti.

Yum, thanks!
Title: Re: What's for dinner?
Post by: powersuitrecall on March 23, 2016, 01:36:09 PM
We started making our own corn tortillas after DW was diagnosed celiac.  We are having taco's tonight!

Tortillas:
Masa Harina + water + salt, combined and separated into little balls, then flattened and cooked on a cast iron frypan

Filling:
Refried Beans (homemade of course!)
ground beef & spices
sour cream
cheese
salsa
Title: Re: What's for dinner?
Post by: QuirkyNurse on March 23, 2016, 02:04:50 PM
Cheese-stuffed meatballs, sauteed broccoli, and sweet potato casserole! The best part is, we made tons of it so we have meals for the rest of the week!

We made the casserole last nigh, and the meatballs are in the crockpot, so it'll come together pretty quickly too.
Title: Re: What's for dinner?
Post by: boarder42 on March 23, 2016, 02:47:51 PM
anyone else seen the crazy drop in beef prices, its similar to the pork decline last year.

picked up some hamburger for 1.50/lb this week.  80/20 too.  grilling out some burgers tonight with a carmelized onion topping thats been going in the slowcooker all day.

Also picked up some Sirloin tip roasts 2.99/lb(not the cheapest but we're getting there).  gonna put that in the oven at 500 tomorrow and serve it with some Faux mashed potatoes made from beans and asparagus.
Title: Re: What's for dinner?
Post by: Parizade on March 23, 2016, 02:57:11 PM
Stir fried shrimp and vegetables over whole wheat noodles.
Title: Re: What's for dinner?
Post by: Frankies Girl on March 23, 2016, 03:08:21 PM
Baked mayo-topped fish. Frozen swai fillets, with blackening seasoning, ground corriander and dill, coated with a thin layer of mayo and then sprinkled with a little dill and parsley on the top. Drizzle a little watered down lemon juice over and bake for 22 minutes at 350˚F, then shift to under the broiler for 5 ish minutes to get the mayo layer golden and bubbly. Served with a side of broccoli/cauliflower. yum.
Title: Re: What's for dinner?
Post by: Rural on March 23, 2016, 06:11:14 PM
General Tso's "chicken" with a great many vegetables added and a very small amount of chicken. It's all about the sauce, anyway (I cheat with a seasoning packet). Served over precooked brown rice - that is, I cooked it earlier and put it in the freezer. :)
Title: Re: What's for dinner?
Post by: horsepoor on March 23, 2016, 09:39:19 PM
Chorizo, blue potato and asparagus hash with a couple homegrown sunnyside eggs on top.