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Title: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: soccerluvof4 on November 27, 2018, 03:02:00 PM
Since I do all the cooking in the house I thought it would be fun to see what people are making and share as much info as you like...

For tonight -

Frozen Chicken Drumsticks and 1 bottle of Barbeque Sauce in Slow Cooker for 4hrs on High. I make this often the kids love it and its brainless to cook. Drumsticks frozen where on sale for .49Cents a lb so I got two packs (about 20 Drumsticks) for about $3.10 cents plus the Barbeque Sauce was the store brand under a $1.50 so I will call it that.

1 Box of Cheesy Broccoli rice a roni .99

Made a Pasta Salad - 1 crown of Broccoli, 1 bottle of peppercorn ranch, 1 box of tri-color pasta, 1 can black olives, 1/3 block of cheddar cubed cheese, 3 green onions, 6 cherry tomatos cut in half, 1/3 of a cucumber- all in on a high note $550 but will get two days out of it at least. ( just make the pasta, add all the ingredients and a bottle of peppercorn ranch and your done)

Half a large bag of Store brand Frozen Green Beans $.50

So all in-

Chicken- $4.60 will be good for Dinner tonight and leftover for lunch
Rice A Roni. .99 Plus call it 25 cents for Butter so 1.25 Total
Pasta Salad- Again for Dinner tonight and leftovers for Lunch and then some tomorrow $550
Green Beans- $.50

Total- 2 meals- $11.85 For four people per

All will be happy as well tonight!


 
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: MasterStache on November 27, 2018, 03:11:20 PM
That made me hungry reading it.

I do pretty much all the cooking in our house as well. Actively trying to limit our meat based meals so tonight it's black bean and corn quesadillas with roasted butternut squash. Simple, fairly quick and mostly healthy. 
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on November 27, 2018, 03:16:23 PM
Hmmm. Tonight we're either doing taco+rice bowls, or elk cube steak with sausage gravy+rice (with a side of shaved + roasted brussel sprouts probably). Depends on what sounds good.
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Post by: mm1970 on November 27, 2018, 03:30:57 PM
Leftover pressure cooker black bean and sweet potato chili.  With cheese and tortilla chips.

And whatever else we can scrounge.  We still have stuffing.
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Post by: katscratch on November 27, 2018, 03:31:26 PM
Roast chicken that I made last night but went to bed before slicing
Potato soup
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Post by: John Galt incarnate! on November 27, 2018, 03:40:49 PM
tomato soup
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Post by: ketchup on November 27, 2018, 03:42:12 PM
https://www.lifesambrosia.com/baked-salmon-with-lemon-caper-butter-recipe/

with a side of

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/trisha-yearwood/roasted-vegetables-with-balsamic-glaze-2648095

Should have much yum.
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Post by: John Galt incarnate! on November 27, 2018, 03:45:16 PM
Roast chicken that I made last night but went to bed before slicing
Potato soup

Last night I ate some roasted chicken that I cooked and froze last week.

I ate some rice/carrots/onion too.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: jeninco on November 27, 2018, 06:54:09 PM
MrInCO regularly asks for seafood, so we try to have it once/week or so. This week scallops were on sale (kinda...)  I'd prefer them cooked with sauce on cheese grits, but older kid prefers rice, so we had them with a mirepoix of onions, leeks, carrots and celery over rice. With napa cabbage, and a baked acorn squash, because it was time to cook it.
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Post by: Tyson on November 27, 2018, 07:01:06 PM
Gluten free frozen pizza with fresh tomato slices on top and guac to dip it in.  Sounds odd but it's quite delicious. 
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Post by: Kl285528 on November 27, 2018, 07:41:03 PM
Cod cooked in large pot, half inch of water, with dill on top, 5 to 7 minutes. Basmati rice, black beans and onions, and some cucumber slices. Pretty tasty and simple!
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Post by: Frankies Girl on November 27, 2018, 08:37:56 PM
Using some insanely dense/flavorful bone broth I made over 24 hour period from the turkey carcass from thanksgiving, I'm making a giant pot of cream of potato soup. Chopped celery, onion, carrots, fried in bacon grease until tender, then added to turkey broth, sliced 4 russet potatoes into stick/slices and will bring to a low simmer, adding in a touch of garlic, salt and pepper, and at the end, stirring in some heavy cream and cream cheese and garnishing with crumbles of bacon and extra sharp cheddar cheese shreds.

Tomorrow night is cube steaks with grilled onions and brown gravy with sides of broccoli and baked potatoes topped with sharp cheddar and butter.

I got the broth for free, the turkey was 42¢/lb., and we used it ALL up (I save the bones and the bits of celery/onion ends for broth). The potatoes were 10 pounds for 99¢, so practically pennies for the GIANT pot of soup that is to die for... veggies were probably under 50¢ for all.

The cube steaks for tomorrow were bought on clearance (my local Aldi marks stuff half price like 2 days before the sell by). So tomorrow's meal will cost around 50¢ a plate as well.

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Post by: OtherJen on November 27, 2018, 10:00:36 PM
Broccoli mushroom noodle casserole from the New Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen. It's one of husband's favorites, and I had some mushrooms, shallots, and sour cream that needed to be used. Bonus: the recipe makes such a large volume that it will cover our lunches for the rest of the week.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: soccerluvof4 on November 28, 2018, 08:21:13 AM
One of the first things I do since I get up early is try and start dinner if not finish it before I go to the gym. With kids and everyone running different times I make most meals kinda buffet style. So I make it. Put in fridge then bring out later for those that are home. Anyhow for tonight's meal I made....

Kirklands Frozen Turkey Burgers (8 0f the 12) on the Stove top( Iron Skillet 4 at a time , 8 mins a side flip twice and season as you like, I use a little onion powder and Aldis version of Lawrys seasoning salt) and cut up a Tomato, Lettuce and Onions on a plate.

 Made a batch of homemade Mac N Cheese.

 A large Can of Baked Beans

 House salad with cut up broccoli, carrots, green onions, some cubed cheddar cheese.
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Post by: Aelias on November 28, 2018, 08:59:09 AM
Not tonight, but earlier this week:

Miso soup with soba noodles, roasted butternut squash and kale (both from our garden)

Om.nom.
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Post by: slow hand slow plan on November 28, 2018, 09:13:07 AM
Cobb salad, it is easy to make in between my wife and my work schedules and is protein packed and delicious.

 Still a little to warm for soup but i have made crock pot split pea and black eyed pea and ham-bone already this season.
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Post by: Crease on November 28, 2018, 10:03:34 AM
Finishing the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers. The end is in sight!
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Post by: patchyfacialhair on November 28, 2018, 01:27:37 PM
Tonight is ribeye steaks and peas, with a gorgonzola sauce.

Much more spendy than OP, but we like to splurge once a month on these!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on November 28, 2018, 01:55:47 PM
We'll probably have a "leftover combo" type of a meal. There are leftovers of various previous meals, but not enough for everyone to have the same thing. It's looking like:

-Baguette chicken (hollowed out baguette with homemade chicken tenders wrapped in mozzarella stuffed inside. Serve with marinara
-Grilled chicken
-Wontons
-Pasta

It's an eclectic mix, and I may have to fill in with a partial side from the freezer (leftover kebab for my husband?), and we will serve all of that with a big salad.

For tomorrow, we're having lasagna.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: August26th on November 28, 2018, 01:57:52 PM
This:

https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/one-pot-greek-meatballs-with-lemon-dill-rice/#wprm-recipe-container-9172
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: sparkytheop on November 28, 2018, 02:29:05 PM
Leftovers!  Of this: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=619144734772182&set=a.208146639205329&type=3&theater&ifg=1

For non-FB people, or people who don't want to click a link...

I did this in a dutch oven instead of a crockpot.  350° for 40 minutes (my chicken was partially frozen when I started, so with thawed chicken, I'd check it at 30 minutes), plus time to thicken sauce on the stovetop (one reason I love cast iron is that it can go from stovetop to oven and back again).


Sesame Chicken for slow cooker

1 1/2 pound boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons dried onion
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 Tablespoons water
Sesame seeds

Put chicken into crock pot. Combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, and garlic. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce. Dissolve 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in 3 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened. Cut chicken into bite size pieces and return to crock pot - can leave chicken in and simmer on low or serve. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: soccerluvof4 on November 29, 2018, 11:32:51 AM
Getting tired of cooking this week so kept it simple.

I made 2 Amish flavored split whole chickens

2 packages of Knorrs Cheddar and Broccolli flavored pasta

Frozen mixed veggies

And a pretty loaded Salad
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: jeninco on November 29, 2018, 11:59:29 AM
I need more freezer space available, so I'm making stock out of one of the turkey carcasses. I'll go shred the meat off the bones in a bit, and we'll have turkey-vegetable soup. Or perhaps caldo tlalpeno (misspelled, because I can't figure out special characters), which is a favorite of mine... (recipe here: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/262294/mexican-chicken-soup-with-garbanzo-beans-caldo-tlalpeno/  ) actually, this recipe is for inspiration, I can't find the one I actually use, but it contains potatoes, loads of vegetables, chickpeas, and chipotles in adobo, the critical ingredient!
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Post by: lexde on November 29, 2018, 02:39:49 PM
I’m sick and have no energy so tonight is leftover sloppy joe. I’ll clean out my fridge this weekend and meal prep!
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Post by: OurTown on November 29, 2018, 02:45:40 PM
I'm roasting a duck.  Quack quack.
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Post by: lexde on November 29, 2018, 02:52:35 PM
I'm roasting a duck.  Quack quack.
Yum!!
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Post by: OneStep on November 29, 2018, 03:04:01 PM
Curried Coconut Chicken over Brown Rice....YUM!!!

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/68532/curried-coconut-chicken/
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Post by: CNM on November 29, 2018, 03:14:47 PM
Leftovers from last night, which was Madras Curry chicken thighs with cauliflower and peas.  Dessert- grapes.

To make: Put chopped onion, madras curry sauce, ~2lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, 1 can coconut milk, salt, and 1 head of raw cauliflower in the instant pot. Cook for 10 minutes and release pressure.  Add frozen peas to hot concoction.  Eat!

Optional: Rice.
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Post by: caffeine on November 29, 2018, 03:16:34 PM
Bacon and eggs. I'm weird :\
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Post by: patchyfacialhair on November 29, 2018, 03:20:07 PM
Loaded cauliflower soup for dinner tonight...and lunch tomorrow...and dinner tomorrow...
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Post by: ketchup on November 29, 2018, 03:49:31 PM
Leftovers from last night, which was Madras Curry chicken thighs with cauliflower and peas.  Dessert- grapes.

To make: Put chopped onion, madras curry sauce, ~2lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, 1 can coconut milk, salt, and 1 head of raw cauliflower in the instant pot. Cook for 10 minutes and release pressure.  Add frozen peas to hot concoction.  Eat!

Optional: Rice.
Welp, I know what I'm making on Saturday once we run out of leftovers.
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Post by: Crease on November 29, 2018, 04:12:17 PM
Bacon and eggs. I'm weird :\

Love eggs for dinner. Will do that tonight.
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Post by: OtherJen on November 29, 2018, 04:41:02 PM
Cottage pie. I made up all components this morning before a meeting and will actually bake the thing in about a half-hour.

We have bacon and eggs for dinner at least once a month. Not weird at all! Breakfast for dinner was my favorite during childhood.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on November 29, 2018, 04:41:23 PM
Kids have late soccer, so frozen lasagna + salad
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Post by: GuitarStv on November 29, 2018, 06:35:50 PM
Chana masala (made a huge pot on the weekend) and rice.


Ha.


GuitarStv FTW . . . first beans and rice mention!  This forum is losing it's cheap edge.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: thefrugalfuyanger on November 29, 2018, 07:04:34 PM
I just started cooking on a regular basis for the first time in my life (yes, I am deeply in debt.  Working on it!). To pay down my stupid debt and learn how to SAVE money thereafter, I'm finally eating in.

Anywho, I live in China and don't want to handle raw meat, so for now, I'm using tofu.  I bought the smoked kind off Taobao (our Amazon/eBay hybrid) for $4 for 10 blocks and used two, which I froze per instructions. Then I cut it up and grilled it.  After that, I did a foil packet of cubed sweet potato, caramelized onions (leftovers), and BBQ sauce. At the end, I stuck it in taco shells and added shredded cheese.

It's what I had at home and a combo of a bunch of recipes.  The tofu was firm and I tasted more of the BBQ sauce and sweet potatoes than anything else.

Sweet potatoes cost only 10 yuan for 2.5 kilos, and I used one, so it was probably 1 yuan (about 14 cents).  On the other hand, the cheese is very expensive, about $7 a bag, so the portion I used probably cost around 50 cents. The amount of onions was one quarter of one onion, and the onions cost 14.5 yuan for about 20, making the cost less maybe 3-5 cents apiece. Finally, the taco shells are pricey, too, at around $6. So the two I used were about 50 cents. The barbecue sauce was six yuan and I used half, at around 43 cents.

So the total cost was 0.8 (tofu) +0.14 + 0.5+0.05 +0.5+.43= $2.42.  That's higher than I thought... thanks for the exercise!
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Post by: OtherJen on November 29, 2018, 07:20:15 PM
Yeah, our cottage pie came out to roughly $1.30/serving (assuming about 7 servings based on what we ate tonight). I'm sure it could be cheaper, but we prefer grass-fed ground beef ($5/lb) and I was able to use up 2 lbs of slightly sprouting potatoes, a slightly wilted bell pepper, some surplus carrots and celery, the frozen green beans that I purchased on sale, and the last of a carton of heavy cream. Waste reduction FTW.
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Post by: thefrugalfuyanger on November 29, 2018, 08:01:49 PM
Curried Coconut Chicken over Brown Rice....YUM!!!

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/68532/curried-coconut-chicken/

Ahh! I'll be making this this weekend! (With tofu because I have a bunch on hand.)  Thank you!
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on November 29, 2018, 08:08:45 PM
After dragging my feet about dinner, I finally have a plan. Husband has to stay and work so late he'll just get a hotel near his client site, rather than make the drive just to go back again early tomorrow morning. So I'm solo for dinner, and I'm sick of all my leftovers since I've been solo on them most of the week. UGH. Finally got myself to heat part of a box of chicken stock, and I'll do ramen noodles then egg drop soup style add a couple scrambled eggs. I think I even have some green onions, so I'll chuck those in. Better than ordering something, or just eating like 2 string cheeses and going to bed, haha.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on November 30, 2018, 03:38:58 AM
I'm roasting a duck.  Quack quack.



How'd that Duck turn out? I love Duck and haven't had it for awhile so now you have me wanting to make one!
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Post by: OurTown on November 30, 2018, 07:14:37 AM
It was great.  I rub it with a little olive oil & spices and roast at a little higher temp so I can get crispy skin and seal in the juices. The sauce was in a packet, so I can't take credit for that.  I took the giblets and made a side dressing with onions, mushrooms, & garlic.   The other side item was green beans cooked with bacon. 

Wife liked it, 14 y/o daughter was finicky.  She ate mac & cheese.

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Post by: rdaneel0 on November 30, 2018, 07:27:00 AM
PTF! I'm the cook in my house too. Last night I made baked drumsticks rubbed with butter and costco taco seasoning and a massive lemony pasta salad with tomatoes, yellow peppers, cucumber, rotini, mint, and cilantro!
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on November 30, 2018, 11:19:01 AM
It was great.  I rub it with a little olive oil & spices and roast at a little higher temp so I can get crispy skin and seal in the juices. The sauce was in a packet, so I can't take credit for that.  I took the giblets and made a side dressing with onions, mushrooms, & garlic.   The other side item was green beans cooked with bacon. 

Wife liked it, 14 y/o daughter was finicky.  She ate mac & cheese.




Now you talked me into it. When I get back in town I am going to make one!
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Post by: OurTown on November 30, 2018, 11:34:15 AM
It was great.  I rub it with a little olive oil & spices and roast at a little higher temp so I can get crispy skin and seal in the juices. The sauce was in a packet, so I can't take credit for that.  I took the giblets and made a side dressing with onions, mushrooms, & garlic.   The other side item was green beans cooked with bacon. 

Wife liked it, 14 y/o daughter was finicky.  She ate mac & cheese.




Now you talked me into it. When I get back in town I am going to make one!

Believe it or not, I got it at Aldi!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on November 30, 2018, 04:58:16 PM
Soccer again (we're making up all of the games cancelled due to the wildfires/air quality), so we have everything shoveled into a few weekends. I'm going to feed the kids lasagna & veggies before they head out. My husband will eat at work, and I'll find something knocking around in the fridge. Maybe eggs.
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Post by: Raenia on November 30, 2018, 05:22:27 PM
Friday is Pizza night in this house!  We were out of crusts, so I made a batch of dough this afternoon.  One batch makes 4 crusts, we'll eat one tonight and the other three will go in the freezer for the next few weeks.  Just cheese pizza for tonight, we don't have any good pizza veggies - or at least, none that DH and I agree are good for pizza :)
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Post by: jeninco on November 30, 2018, 09:10:54 PM
Tacos! Found out we might have a dinner guest, and I've been trying to empty things out, so I yanked a smallish pork butt out of the freezer and stuck it in a crockpot with a PBR and some frozen chiles and let it go all day, then shredded it. Some high-end (but cheap) corn tortillas, some black beans, some shredded cheese, sliced up some more chiles, and had a salad. Yum! (We got crazy and also had two avocados, making this a much less cheap dinner.)

The dinner guest made it, the 17-year old showed up late.

We'll be driving through the town with the tortillarilla tomorrow (it's actually Longmont), so we'll probably pick up a few more kilos. They keep surprisingly well in the freezer, and for $4 a kilo the only problem is that they're so good it's hard to stop eating them.
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Post by: Melisande on December 01, 2018, 03:28:59 PM
Leftover homemade black bean burritos. Yum!
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 02, 2018, 07:04:11 AM
It was great.  I rub it with a little olive oil & spices and roast at a little higher temp so I can get crispy skin and seal in the juices. The sauce was in a packet, so I can't take credit for that.  I took the giblets and made a side dressing with onions, mushrooms, & garlic.   The other side item was green beans cooked with bacon. 

Wife liked it, 14 y/o daughter was finicky.  She ate mac & cheese.




Now you talked me into it. When I get back in town I am going to make one!

Believe it or not, I got it at Aldi!




Better yet since that is my go to store!
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Post by: OtherJen on December 02, 2018, 07:15:10 AM
Tonight will be black beans cooked with a few ounces of home-smoked pork shoulder from our freezer stash, plenty of vegetables, ancho chili powder, cumin, and fresh cilantro, served over rice (haven't yet decided on white or brown). If my avocados are ripe, those will make a nice topping.
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Post by: Villanelle 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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Post by: FireLane 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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Post by: 2Birds1Stone 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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Post by: Bracken_Joy 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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Post by: Raenia 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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Post by: sparkytheop 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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Post by: Tyson on December 02, 2018, 06:08:51 PM
Beans and rice, with cajun sausage.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache 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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Post by: krmit 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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Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 03, 2018, 02:44:38 AM
We had mexican stuffed pasta shells. Very good.
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Post by: katekat 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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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 03, 2018, 09:29:36 AM
Beef tacos (seasoned ground beef, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, & hot sauce).
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Post by: jeninco 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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Post by: Free Spirit 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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Post by: rdaneel0 on December 03, 2018, 01:18:57 PM
Braised lotus, Tteokbokki, Garlic ginger carrot cakes, Rice
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Shinplaster 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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Post by: soccerluvof4 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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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache 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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Post by: rdaneel0 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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Post by: Bracken_Joy on December 04, 2018, 11:48:22 AM
Grabbed ingredients to make this: https://peaceloveandlowcarb.com/pork-egg-roll-in-a-bowl-crack-slaw-paleo-low-carb-whole30/ (https://peaceloveandlowcarb.com/pork-egg-roll-in-a-bowl-crack-slaw-paleo-low-carb-whole30/) 'Egg roll in a bowl'
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Post by: lexde on December 04, 2018, 11:51:33 AM
Grabbed ingredients to make this: https://peaceloveandlowcarb.com/pork-egg-roll-in-a-bowl-crack-slaw-paleo-low-carb-whole30/ (https://peaceloveandlowcarb.com/pork-egg-roll-in-a-bowl-crack-slaw-paleo-low-carb-whole30/) 'Egg roll in a bowl'
One of my favorite recipes, hands down.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: mm1970 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.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: lexde 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!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: patchyfacialhair 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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Post by: OtherJen on December 04, 2018, 01:49:40 PM
It’s sunny and not windy, so we’re grilling a pack of brats that I bought on sale. For sides, I’ll probably roast or grill an acorn squash and make a salad out of the beets I just cooked, goat cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache 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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Post by: SquirrelStache 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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Post by: soccerluvof4 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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Post by: jeninco 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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Post by: OtherJen on December 05, 2018, 06:18:59 PM
Homemade pizza.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache 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.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: jeninco 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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Post by: Frankies Girl 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.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: soccerluvof4 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
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: mm1970 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. 
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: lexde 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!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on December 06, 2018, 06:13:36 PM
Chicken and Brown Rice (https://dinnerthendessert.com/one-pan-baked-chicken-brown-rice-vegetable-casserole/). I took some liberties with the vegetables to use up a surplus of onions, celery, and mushrooms.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on December 06, 2018, 07:21:30 PM
One of my all time favorites: https://www.budgetbytes.com/chicken-lime-soup/ (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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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache 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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Post by: Bracken_Joy on December 06, 2018, 09:04:40 PM
One of my all time favorites: https://www.budgetbytes.com/chicken-lime-soup/ (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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Post by: mountain mustache 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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Post by: soccerluvof4 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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Post by: jeninco 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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Post by: soccerluvof4 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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Post by: APowers 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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Post by: rdaneel0 on December 08, 2018, 06:00:39 PM
Eggplant parm casserole :)
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on December 08, 2018, 08:13:17 PM
I made sausage, onions, and peppers (https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/sausage-peppers-and-onions-recipe-1916837) 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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Post by: Bracken_Joy 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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Post by: jeninco 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...
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 09, 2018, 09:47:06 AM
Ended up going out to dinner last night (gift card), so tonight we'll have a wine sauce with beef tips over rice. Tomorrow we will have turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes & stuffing. Leftover Thanksgiving food!
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Post by: mountain mustache on December 09, 2018, 10:17:04 AM
making two meals tonight for the rest of the week, Chinese soy sauce chicken, and a cabbage/ground beef stir fry. Yum!
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Post by: Johnez on December 09, 2018, 12:57:42 PM
Going to try to make Chef John's Irish Pork Stew. If anyone is looking for a chef to check out I highly recommend this dude. I've made his "Beginner Turkey" three times now. His Scottish Eggs turned out amazing as well.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 10, 2018, 04:06:26 AM
Made home made Italian Sausage and Pepperoni Calzones

And tonight Making Thanksgiving in a pan -Basically  Cooked Chicken though instead of Turkey, Stuffing , gravy and green beans made together.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 10, 2018, 07:36:53 AM
We're having Thanksgiving leftovers. Stuffing, gravy, potatoes & turkey.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on December 10, 2018, 07:55:49 AM
Last week bought a 3 lb. package of ground beef and another smaller 1.25 lb. package of meatball mix which is veal, ground beef and pork. Mixed it all up with eggs, onions, spices, Lipton dehydrated soup mix, two envelopes and mixed it all up. Divided it so I had one big meat loaf and added cream of mushroom soup, half can, to the meat and the other half on top. I also had fresh mushrooms I added to the beef. Then with the remainder of the beef mixture I made about 30 meatballs. Baked all of it in the oven and cooled. The meatballs were frozen. We ate on the meatloaf then sliced it up and froze the rest for dinners another time. Lots of food for not much work!
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Post by: Blueberries on December 10, 2018, 03:35:09 PM
Coconut curry, jasmine rice, a tomato and mozzarella salad, and peas.
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Post by: mountain mustache on December 10, 2018, 06:22:49 PM
Had a ham, veggie and potato soup in the crockpot all day while I was at work. OMG! So yummy with lots of Tony Chacheres
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Post by: CNM on December 11, 2018, 05:01:49 PM
Green chile sausage, black beans, avocado slices, rice and/or a vegetable tamale.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 11, 2018, 06:08:20 PM
We have leftover wine sauce with beef tips, and will serve over pasta, as we're almost out of rice. In fact, we only have enough wine sauce for two. So, my husband & 12 year old will eat that. My 11 year old will eat pasta & meatballs. I'll have an egg bagel.
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Post by: mountain mustache on December 11, 2018, 06:45:14 PM
leftover Chinese soy sauce chicken made into ramen with spinach and a poached egg! Yum!
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Post by: APowers on December 11, 2018, 09:14:30 PM
Defrosted some baked beans and baked up some cornbread to go with. Kiddo and I thought it was pretty great. Girlie was pretty non-plussed about the baked beans.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 12, 2018, 02:07:13 AM
I made some beef cube steaks and they were yummy! Box of Cheese Broccoli Rice a Roni , a nice big salad loaded with veggies and we also ate up the left over "Turkey Dinner in a pan" from the night before.
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Post by: OtherJen on December 12, 2018, 07:19:59 PM
Baked salmon in a chili-lime marinade, baked delicata squash slices, sautéed corn+zucchini+jalapeño with garlic, cilantro, and lime.

I had a lot of stuff to use up from last week’s Hungry Harvest veggie box. Three ears of corn on the cob were a nice surprise this late in the season.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 13, 2018, 03:40:12 AM
Made a batch of about 30 breaded Peppercorn Chicken Tenderloins. Kids love em and simple to make if you just by a bottle of peppercorn ranch put in one bowl and Panko bread crumbs in another. Roll in the ranch and then the Panko and put in oven on a rack in shallow pan for 30-40 minutes. Broil last 2-5 and yum!
Also made a Peppercorn Ranch Colored Rotini Pasta salad with Broccoli, Green Pepper, Black Olives, Salami, Green Onions, Tomatoes and chunks of Cubed colby.
Made a mixed veggie  and made 2 things of Knorrs Fettucini Broccoli pasta. With almost all the kids home 99% all gone and in addition to that I made a 10 egg batch of Egg Salad and thats gone too.
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Post by: OtherJen on December 13, 2018, 06:16:10 AM
Thanks for the kid friendly idea, @soccerluvof4 ! My niece and nephew would definitely eat those ranch chicken tenderloins. I'll have to remember that for their next visit.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 13, 2018, 07:40:26 AM
I like the homemade chicken tenders idea. May be a good fit for this weekend.

For us, we had beef tacos last night (pre-made ground beef with taco seasoning from the freezer) & tonight will be leftovers from our turkey/stuffing/baked potato night. After that, the fridge will be empty & I'll need to figure out the menu for the week ahead.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 13, 2018, 08:59:08 AM
Thanks for the kid friendly idea, @soccerluvof4 ! My niece and nephew would definitely eat those ranch chicken tenderloins. I'll have to remember that for their next visit.

Yea simply just roll them in the Peppercorn ranch dressing and then in Panko bread crumbs. I do sprinkle just a little paprkia on them (guess you could mix in with the Panko bread crumbs) and flip them over after 15 mins.  They were gone in a snap.
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Post by: rdaneel0 on December 13, 2018, 05:22:08 PM
Chicken kebabs, hummus, pita (store bought), multicolored carrots, lemon potatoes, brussels sprouts!

Yayyyyy fooooooooooooooooooood.
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Post by: OtherJen on December 13, 2018, 06:02:53 PM
Baked chicken breasts (brined to keep them from drying out) with roasted potatoes, sweet potatoes, purple asparagus, and romanesco broccoli (the last two from last weekend's Hungry Harvest box).
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 13, 2018, 09:13:06 PM
We had leftovers: turkey, potatoes & stuffing. With sliced cucumbers.

I usually cook a few days a week, and we eat leftovers the remaining days. It works for the age & appetite of everyone in our family, but we do sometimes run out of food earlier than expected. That's when freezer options make life so easy
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Post by: rdaneel0 on December 13, 2018, 10:11:28 PM
We had leftovers: turkey, potatoes & stuffing. With sliced cucumbers.

I usually cook a few days a week, and we eat leftovers the remaining days. It works for the age & appetite of everyone in our family, but we do sometimes run out of food earlier than expected. That's when freezer options make life so easy

Do you do cyclical freezer bulk ups? Like intentional freezer cooking, or just excess freezing?
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Post by: mountain mustache on December 13, 2018, 10:25:46 PM
giant mixing bowl salad with baby greens, cucumbers, carrot, olives, artichoke hearts, a chopped up salmon burger, nutritional yeast and avocado. Yum!
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 14, 2018, 03:26:45 AM
I Made a Beef roast in the slow Cooker. Mashed Potatoes and a Mixed Veggie and Also made a huge thing of Macaroni Pasta Salad since the pasta salad I made the day before is gone. Its easy to tell my Eldest Son is home from College.
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Post by: Raenia on December 14, 2018, 06:28:18 AM
Last night was salmon marinated in a soy-ginger sauce, rice, and steamed broccoli. 

Tonight will be homemade pizza.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 14, 2018, 10:10:55 AM
@rdaneel0 - a bit of both? We always have a few ready to eat meals in the freezer. For example, meatballs (purchased, not made). I have a reasonably picky 11 year old, so meatballs often sub in for the protein the rest of us are eating. We freeze leftovers, for some recipes I intentionally plan double batches, etc. Right now i'm actually in a phase of trying to eat down our freezer items, mostly because we had so much in there that it was like a game of Jenga to get anything out. Once it's reasonably empty again, I'll focus on building it back up.

For tonight, I think I'll make homemade pizzas with pepperoni. We're heading out of town next Friday, so the great fridge/freezer clean out must begin.
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Post by: Free Spirit on December 14, 2018, 10:19:30 AM
African Peanut Stew. Perfect for a rainy day, yum!
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 14, 2018, 12:50:48 PM
@rdaneel0 - a bit of both? We always have a few ready to eat meals in the freezer. For example, meatballs (purchased, not made). I have a reasonably picky 11 year old, so meatballs often sub in for the protein the rest of us are eating. We freeze leftovers, for some recipes I intentionally plan double batches, etc. Right now i'm actually in a phase of trying to eat down our freezer items, mostly because we had so much in there that it was like a game of Jenga to get anything out. Once it's reasonably empty again, I'll focus on building it back up.

For tonight, I think I'll make homemade pizzas with pepperoni. We're heading out of town next Friday, so the great fridge/freezer clean out must begin.



I buy the frozen meatballs at Aldis, throw in a jar of pasta sauce, some provolone cheese on slightly better than your generic hot dog bun and my kids wolf them down as meatball subs.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 14, 2018, 12:53:09 PM
For tonight I made a double batch of Green Apple and Tuna Casserole with red grapes, walnuts, peas , large shell pasta and low fat mayonnaise which will go quick. Some Italian Sausages and Baked beans. 
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on December 14, 2018, 01:13:06 PM
Having a sausage sheet pan dinner. Shopped today and bought Brussel sprouts, parsnips, carrots, sliced onions, sliced peppers, mushrooms. I will coat them with olive oil, put on salt, pepper and rosemary. Bake in oven. Have not made this before so I hope it turns out good! I also bought some frozen turnip chunks. Not sure if I will put them in or not. At this rate, I am going to have two pans worth!
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Post by: mm1970 on December 14, 2018, 02:27:24 PM
leftovers.

Yesterday I made a random casserole with spaghetti squash, chili beans, tomato sauce, roasted poblanos, sauteed onions & Carrots, cumin, chili powder.  Topped with cheese.  It was good.
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Post by: OtherJen on December 14, 2018, 04:02:04 PM
Having a sausage sheet pan dinner. Shopped today and bought Brussel sprouts, parsnips, carrots, sliced onions, sliced peppers, mushrooms. I will coat them with olive oil, put on salt, pepper and rosemary. Bake in oven. Have not made this before so I hope it turns out good! I also bought some frozen turnip chunks. Not sure if I will put them in or not. At this rate, I am going to have two pans worth!

That sounds amazing! I love roasted brussels sprouts and root veggies.
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Post by: OtherJen on December 14, 2018, 04:03:38 PM
I have a package of chorizo and a lot of kale to use up, so we're having Portuguese kale soup for dinner.

I'd better get it started so I'll still have time to make a fruitcake tonight (don't judge, my family likes it and we don't try to give it as gifts to the unsuspecting).
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Roadrunner53 on December 14, 2018, 04:31:18 PM
Having a sausage sheet pan dinner. Shopped today and bought Brussel sprouts, parsnips, carrots, sliced onions, sliced peppers, mushrooms. I will coat them with olive oil, put on salt, pepper and rosemary. Bake in oven. Have not made this before so I hope it turns out good! I also bought some frozen turnip chunks. Not sure if I will put them in or not. At this rate, I am going to have two pans worth!

That sounds amazing! I love roasted brussels sprouts and root veggies.

Did not use the turnips. OMGGGGG, I ended up with two giant sheet pans worth and they are cooking now! Smells great! The Hub cut up lots of garlic too and I coated it all with olive oil and sprinkled with some sea salt. We will have tons of leftovers and we love that!The sausage is a hot Italian one and is so delish!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Roadrunner53 on December 14, 2018, 04:40:04 PM
I have a package of chorizo and a lot of kale to use up, so we're having Portuguese kale soup for dinner.

I'd better get it started so I'll still have time to make a fruitcake tonight (don't judge, my family likes it and we don't try to give it as gifts to the unsuspecting).

My Mom made the best fruit cake and drenched it with apricot brandy. OMG, it was so good. However, one piece was really all I wanted and it was probably an 8 lb. cake! She did a wonderful job on it and I am sad I couldn't appreciate it more. Hope yours turns out great!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: jeninco on December 14, 2018, 04:46:38 PM
I have a package of chorizo and a lot of kale to use up, so we're having Portuguese kale soup for dinner.

I'd better get it started so I'll still have time to make a fruitcake tonight (don't judge, my family likes it and we don't try to give it as gifts to the unsuspecting).

My Mom made the best fruit cake and drenched it with apricot brandy. OMG, it was so good. However, one piece was really all I wanted and it was probably an 8 lb. cake! She did a wonderful job on it and I am sad I couldn't appreciate it more. Hope yours turns out great!

I love real fruitcake! I keep thinking I should make some, but I keep getting sidetracked. Maybe tomorrow? I have a recipe around that looked good, if I can find it again. Is there one you particularly like?

Asked DS2 what to make for dinner, so we're having NWEdible's' beef and cabbage in red curry sauce with rice. Fast'n'easy with what's in the house -- there's nothing not to like!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: krmit on December 14, 2018, 06:03:39 PM
Made an amazing winter panzanella based on this recipe: http://dishingupthedirt.com/recipes/winter-panzanella-maple-balsamic-vinaigrette/

Used butternut squash, potatoes instead of sweet potatoes, and beet cubes instead of brussels sprouts. That dressing is INCREDIBLE. Maple syrup and balsamic really go well together!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Raenia on December 15, 2018, 06:16:47 AM
I have a package of chorizo and a lot of kale to use up, so we're having Portuguese kale soup for dinner.

I'd better get it started so I'll still have time to make a fruitcake tonight (don't judge, my family likes it and we don't try to give it as gifts to the unsuspecting).

My Mom made the best fruit cake and drenched it with apricot brandy. OMG, it was so good. However, one piece was really all I wanted and it was probably an 8 lb. cake! She did a wonderful job on it and I am sad I couldn't appreciate it more. Hope yours turns out great!

I love real fruitcake! I keep thinking I should make some, but I keep getting sidetracked. Maybe tomorrow? I have a recipe around that looked good, if I can find it again. Is there one you particularly like?

Asked DS2 what to make for dinner, so we're having NWEdible's' beef and cabbage in red curry sauce with rice. Fast'n'easy with what's in the house -- there's nothing not to like!

Chiming in to agree that real fruitcake is worlds away from the store-bought bricks.  My dad loves fruitcake, and we always used to buy him one, until the year I got really into baking and decided to try it out myself.  These days we make it with homemade rumtopf cherries and plums, plus dried raisins, cranberries, and apricots, and soaked in brandy.  Fantastic!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 15, 2018, 10:09:53 AM
I make a bread that has candied fruit in it. It's sort of a blend between a yeast based bread & a fruit cake, which allows you to enjoy some of the flavors of a fruit cake, but on a much lighter note. It's been a family tradition for decades, and I picked up the torch when my grandmother passed away. We toast it on Christmas morning  & serve it with butter. YUM!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: katekat on December 15, 2018, 03:17:11 PM
toasted sandwiches of aubergine/eggplant & mozzarella, served with salad.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Tyson on December 15, 2018, 10:45:09 PM
Spicy Italian sausage with rice, green beens sautéed with butter and garlic.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 16, 2018, 12:53:37 PM
Just made an Italian pasta salad. I just wing these. Took 16oz box rotini, one small jar of green olives, one can black olives (both halved) sliced Salami, cubed Pepper Jack and Cubed chedder , cut in half grape tomatoes , 3 chopped green onions and small head of Broccolie and 3/4 bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing. Stirred up and refrigerated and tastes yummy. Tonight is make your own burrito Night one of the kids favorites. Basically just cut everything up, make some rice, black beans, refried beans, 2bs of ground turkey with taco mix and and large flour Burritos. Plus of course all the sliced veggies etc...
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Roadrunner53 on December 16, 2018, 01:04:23 PM
Spatchcock chicken, yellow saffron rice and broccoli.

Will make chicken bone broth from the chicken bones in slow cooker with onions, celery and carrots.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: sol on December 16, 2018, 01:29:38 PM
White bean chicken chili: https://panningtheglobe.com/award-winning-white-chicken-chili/

Good for grey rainy days with a dry white wine, with just enough cayenne to make you sit up and take notice.  I like to put tortilla chips in mine.  Like all of the world's best recipes, it isn't terribly healthy.  Damn you evolution, for teaching my body to crave fats and salts.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 16, 2018, 01:34:06 PM
I'm making a Persian "comfort" food recipe. http://honestandtasty.com/beef-and-green-bean-rice-loobia-polo/

We serve it with a cucumber yogurt sauce, and salad. Oh, and wine. ;-)
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Roadrunner53 on December 16, 2018, 02:06:40 PM
White bean chicken chili: https://panningtheglobe.com/award-winning-white-chicken-chili/

Good for grey rainy days with a dry white wine, with just enough cayenne to make you sit up and take notice.  I like to put tortilla chips in mine.  Like all of the world's best recipes, it isn't terribly healthy.  Damn you evolution, for teaching my body to crave fats and salts.

Oh, this sounds awesome...will be making soon!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: rdaneel0 on December 16, 2018, 03:31:26 PM
I'm making a Persian "comfort" food recipe. http://honestandtasty.com/beef-and-green-bean-rice-loobia-polo/

We serve it with a cucumber yogurt sauce, and salad. Oh, and wine. ;-)

That. Looks. Glorious. Saving that recipe for future reference :)
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Vertical Mode on December 16, 2018, 03:47:45 PM
TBD on dinner this evening, but we've already made 2 loaves of homemade bread today while watching football, sorta. 1 seasonal cranberry walnut loaf, 1 whole wheat for sandwiches this week. $4 name brand bread machine we got at a thrift store continues to earn its keep!

Writing that out made me realize that I'm actually getting hungry. I should go see what's around the kitchen...
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on December 16, 2018, 06:40:15 PM
White bean chicken chili: https://panningtheglobe.com/award-winning-white-chicken-chili/

Good for grey rainy days with a dry white wine, with just enough cayenne to make you sit up and take notice.  I like to put tortilla chips in mine.  Like all of the world's best recipes, it isn't terribly healthy.  Damn you evolution, for teaching my body to crave fats and salts.

Leave out the cheese and sour cream and you have a perfectly respectable chicken and bean soup. I have no idea why anyone would ever leave out the cheese, though. Cheese is a food group, right?

My mom used to make this on Saturday nights in winter. It's so good. Thanks for the reminder to add it to my meal plan.
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Post by: MasterStache on December 16, 2018, 07:25:14 PM
Made egg roll in a bowl over rice this evening. Love it and plenty of leftovers.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: sparkytheop on December 16, 2018, 07:33:21 PM
Last night, my son (21 and an amazing cook), made up his own recipe for a chicken stew that was awesome.

Tonight, I'm attempting red beans and rice for the first time (I've only ever had it once before).  If anyone has a flavorful recipe to share (no pre-made sauce packet), I'd love one.  I just did a taste test of the beans for this one, and it was way too bland.  Probably the kind of hot sauce I used.  So, I added cajun seasoning, but still doesn't have the nice bold flavor of the stuff I had before.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Bracken_Joy on December 16, 2018, 07:46:14 PM
Last night, my son (21 and an amazing cook), made up his own recipe for a chicken stew that was awesome.

Tonight, I'm attempting red beans and rice for the first time (I've only ever had it once before).  If anyone has a flavorful recipe to share (no pre-made sauce packet), I'd love one.  I just did a taste test of the beans for this one, and it was way too bland.  Probably the kind of hot sauce I used.  So, I added cajun seasoning, but still doesn't have the nice bold flavor of the stuff I had before.

From what I've heard (and an internet search seems to agree) it's all about what cooking fats you use when. https://www.camelliabrand.com/the-big-fat-secret-behind-creamy-and-flavorful-red-beans/ (https://www.camelliabrand.com/the-big-fat-secret-behind-creamy-and-flavorful-red-beans/) although this says it's about the pickle juice ;) https://food52.com/blog/22512-new-orleans-red-beans-and-rice-secret-ingredient (https://food52.com/blog/22512-new-orleans-red-beans-and-rice-secret-ingredient)
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: sparkytheop on December 16, 2018, 08:31:40 PM
Last night, my son (21 and an amazing cook), made up his own recipe for a chicken stew that was awesome.

Tonight, I'm attempting red beans and rice for the first time (I've only ever had it once before).  If anyone has a flavorful recipe to share (no pre-made sauce packet), I'd love one.  I just did a taste test of the beans for this one, and it was way too bland.  Probably the kind of hot sauce I used.  So, I added cajun seasoning, but still doesn't have the nice bold flavor of the stuff I had before.

From what I've heard (and an internet search seems to agree) it's all about what cooking fats you use when. https://www.camelliabrand.com/the-big-fat-secret-behind-creamy-and-flavorful-red-beans/ (https://www.camelliabrand.com/the-big-fat-secret-behind-creamy-and-flavorful-red-beans/) although this says it's about the pickle juice ;) https://food52.com/blog/22512-new-orleans-red-beans-and-rice-secret-ingredient (https://food52.com/blog/22512-new-orleans-red-beans-and-rice-secret-ingredient)

I normally saute my onions in butter, but used avocado oil this time.

It took a lot of doctoring to make it edible, and even ended up adding butter while it was simmering.  Turned out decent, but not a recipe I'd repeat.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: krmit on December 16, 2018, 08:48:49 PM
It's homemade pizza night! Feta, dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, and artichoke hearts. Paired with a mediocre rose I got for free from work.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Raenia on December 17, 2018, 07:05:24 AM
I make a bread that has candied fruit in it. It's sort of a blend between a yeast based bread & a fruit cake, which allows you to enjoy some of the flavors of a fruit cake, but on a much lighter note. It's been a family tradition for decades, and I picked up the torch when my grandmother passed away. We toast it on Christmas morning  & serve it with butter. YUM!

That sounds fantastic.  Are you willing to share the recipe or is it a family secret? ;)

Tonight will be soup from the freezer and some rolls that got over-toasted while we were down at my dad's place, and got sent back with us since no one else wanted them.  I will probably have veggie soup, I think DH may prefer to have chili instead.
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Post by: OurTown on December 17, 2018, 08:47:20 AM
Tonight is stuffed peppers.  It's pretty simple, but one of the wife's favorites!  Green bell peppers, stuffed with cream cheese, pork sausage, and the secret ingredient.  (Anchovy paste).   
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on December 17, 2018, 10:17:15 AM
I have a 7 pm meeting and husband won't be home from work until at least 7:30, so I sautéed up some chorizo, onion, and green pepper that we can toss quickly with scrambled eggs for for taco filling.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on December 17, 2018, 10:21:07 AM
I make a bread that has candied fruit in it. It's sort of a blend between a yeast based bread & a fruit cake, which allows you to enjoy some of the flavors of a fruit cake, but on a much lighter note. It's been a family tradition for decades, and I picked up the torch when my grandmother passed away. We toast it on Christmas morning  & serve it with butter. YUM!

Is it similar to stollen? I always loved that but have never tried making it.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 17, 2018, 10:38:29 AM
I make a bread that has candied fruit in it. It's sort of a blend between a yeast based bread & a fruit cake, which allows you to enjoy some of the flavors of a fruit cake, but on a much lighter note. It's been a family tradition for decades, and I picked up the torch when my grandmother passed away. We toast it on Christmas morning  & serve it with butter. YUM!

Is it similar to stollen? I always loved that but have never tried making it.

I've never had stollen. Gave it a quick search, and yes. I'd say it's similar. This is the recipe. Note that this is a family recipe, so not online. Apologies for the long post in advance :-)

Cardamom Bread Recipe:
1 c milk
¾ c butter
¾ c sugar
3 eggs, beaten
7 c flour
1 c chopped mixed fruit
½ c nuts
1 tsp ground cardamom (adds extra)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp dry yeast
½ c warm water

Scald the milk & butter (bubbles along the pan, don’t boil). Stir in sugar, cardamom, & salt. Let that cool all the way to room temperature.

Dissolve yeast in water. Stir into cooled milk mixture, & beaten eggs. Stir in ½ of the flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in fruit & nuts. Add enough flour to form a soft ball. Turn & knead until elastic. Add only enough flour to keep from sticking. Let rise until doubled. Punch down & divide into rolls. (small four loaves). Let it rise again, bake 375 for 35 minutes.

Glaze:
1 c powdered sugar
2 tbsp of hot water.

Makes small four loaves. I prefer two larger loaves. After the loaves are cooled, drizzle glaze on & top with remaining chopped mixed fruit. (I buy a much larger tub than needed, and save some for topping the bread).
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on December 17, 2018, 11:02:43 AM
I make a bread that has candied fruit in it. It's sort of a blend between a yeast based bread & a fruit cake, which allows you to enjoy some of the flavors of a fruit cake, but on a much lighter note. It's been a family tradition for decades, and I picked up the torch when my grandmother passed away. We toast it on Christmas morning  & serve it with butter. YUM!

Is it similar to stollen? I always loved that but have never tried making it.

I've never had stollen. Gave it a quick search, and yes. I'd say it's similar. This is the recipe. Note that this is a family recipe, so not online. Apologies for the long post in advance :-)

Cardamom Bread Recipe:
1 c milk
¾ c butter
¾ c sugar
3 eggs, beaten
7 c flour
1 c chopped mixed fruit
½ c nuts
1 tsp ground cardamom (adds extra)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp dry yeast
½ c warm water

Scald the milk & butter (bubbles along the pan, don’t boil). Stir in sugar, cardamom, & salt. Let that cool all the way to room temperature.

Dissolve yeast in water. Stir into cooled milk mixture, & beaten eggs. Stir in ½ of the flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in fruit & nuts. Add enough flour to form a soft ball. Turn & knead until elastic. Add only enough flour to keep from sticking. Let rise until doubled. Punch down & divide into rolls. (small four loaves). Let it rise again, bake 375 for 35 minutes.

Glaze:
1 c powdered sugar
2 tbsp of hot water.

Makes small four loaves. I prefer two larger loaves. After the loaves are cooled, drizzle glaze on & top with remaining chopped mixed fruit. (I buy a much larger tub than needed, and save some for topping the bread).

This sounds amazing! Thank you.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: SquirrelStache on December 17, 2018, 11:12:38 AM
Found a pack of ground beef lurking in the freezer (score!) so it'll be chili, with veggies for me and probably turned into chili cheese fries for DH.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 17, 2018, 11:17:53 AM
@OtherJen - no problem, enjoy! @Raenia - posted!

For tonight, I'll pair homemade guacamole with freezer burritos. I'll bake the burritos to hopefully make them a bit more appealing. Hoping the avocados are ripe enough. If not, it will be leftovers tonight, with burritos/guac pushed out until ripe.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Raenia on December 17, 2018, 11:24:15 AM
@OtherJen - no problem, enjoy! @Raenia - posted!

For tonight, I'll pair homemade guacamole with freezer burritos. I'll bake the burritos to hopefully make them a bit more appealing. Hoping the avocados are ripe enough. If not, it will be leftovers tonight, with burritos/guac pushed out until ripe.

Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'll have to give that a try!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Tyson on December 17, 2018, 11:44:50 AM
Last night, my son (21 and an amazing cook), made up his own recipe for a chicken stew that was awesome.

Tonight, I'm attempting red beans and rice for the first time (I've only ever had it once before).  If anyone has a flavorful recipe to share (no pre-made sauce packet), I'd love one.  I just did a taste test of the beans for this one, and it was way too bland.  Probably the kind of hot sauce I used.  So, I added cajun seasoning, but still doesn't have the nice bold flavor of the stuff I had before.

Some good recipes here - https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/share-your-badassity/rice-and-beans-share-your-recipe/
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Post by: rdaneel0 on December 17, 2018, 11:53:51 AM
Creamy vegetable soup!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: sparkytheop on December 17, 2018, 02:33:47 PM
Last night, my son (21 and an amazing cook), made up his own recipe for a chicken stew that was awesome.

Tonight, I'm attempting red beans and rice for the first time (I've only ever had it once before).  If anyone has a flavorful recipe to share (no pre-made sauce packet), I'd love one.  I just did a taste test of the beans for this one, and it was way too bland.  Probably the kind of hot sauce I used.  So, I added cajun seasoning, but still doesn't have the nice bold flavor of the stuff I had before.

Some good recipes here - https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/share-your-badassity/rice-and-beans-share-your-recipe/

Thank you!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: APowers on December 17, 2018, 07:21:48 PM
Hash browns, gravy, turkey, and green beans. Pretty plain, but tasted good and the kids didn't complain *too* much, so I count that as a win.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Roadrunner53 on December 17, 2018, 08:25:01 PM
Fillet o fish sammy with lettuce and tartar sauce on a sesame seed bun with air fried French fries. Plus, dill pickle.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 18, 2018, 04:00:55 AM
Made a chicken Ranch tenderloin Casserole
A bag of frozen Chicken and Garlic vegetable pasta
Box of Rice n Broccoli Rice a Roni
Frozen Broccoli

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Post by: Bracken_Joy on December 18, 2018, 08:15:38 AM
Made this last night: https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/crockpot-crispy-caramelized-pork-ramen-noodle-soup-wcurry-roasted-acorn-squash/ (https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/crockpot-crispy-caramelized-pork-ramen-noodle-soup-wcurry-roasted-acorn-squash/) One of my favorites, and the IP makes it pretty easy. I 1.5x-2x the broth though, otherwise it's super strong/thick. It was perfect because I had a small butternut squash kicking around from my last imperfect produce box. Wanted to use it before leaving town.

TBD on dinner tonight, but I may try a salmon recipe. Which may turn into Husband having a ton of salmon, and me eating a tuna sandwich or something. I struggle with salmon, but we get a lot (thank you, dad who fishes a lot!), and it's so healthy I just need to find a recipe I like or get used to the flavor!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 18, 2018, 09:48:41 AM
@Bracken_Joy - I could have written the salmon comment! One thing I find is that baking with olive oil, lemon & garlic & then eating the ends (which tend to be more well cooked) is my preferred favorite. I also serve with yummy rice & a yogurt cucumber sauce. My husband rejects the yogurt cucumber sauce (it's a Persian dish, & apparently not supposed to go with fish), but I love it that way. Even with the best preparation, I like but don't love it. A restaurant near us also does a barbecued salmon that is fantastic. I'll have to experiment with recipes to see if I can find something similar.

For tonight, it's leftover night. There's enough for two people to have lasagna, one person to have the leftover Persian rice dish. And, my picky eater will eat chicken with pasta. That will actually clear out the fridge, so for tomorrow's dinner, I'll dip back into the freezer for other options.
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Post by: krmit on December 18, 2018, 02:13:06 PM
Came down with a nasty stomach bug yesterday, so yesterday's dinner was half a smoothie. I'll be making chicken soup tonight.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on December 18, 2018, 04:45:08 PM
Okay, what are hot crash potatoes?
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Post by: OtherJen on December 18, 2018, 05:56:53 PM
Stir-fry containing a bunch of veggies that needed to be used up, shredded rotisserie chicken from Costco, and gluten-free ramen noodles (also Costco). It very adequately satisfied the craving to eat noodles with chopsticks.
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Post by: mountain mustache on December 18, 2018, 06:33:01 PM
pancakes!
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Post by: jeninco on December 18, 2018, 07:48:15 PM
Moderately spicy posole, with leftover turkey pieces that I'd frozen and stock from the turkey carcass, and two little cans of hominy that were bouncing around the pantry for some reason. (I generally buy hominy in food-service-sized cans, and then use half and freeze the other half.)

Steamed green beans that needed to be used. Avocado (today is the day it was ripe, thus the avocado-friendly dinner) and cilantro. I forgot the cheese, but no one noticed.

Bracken Joy, sometimes I make Mark Bittman's vegetable and fish stew with salmon: saute onions, leeks, garlic, possibly a little celery, gold potatoes, carrots, a can of crushed tomatoes. Add the salmon cubes when everything else is cooked, along with some salt and crushed aleppo peppers.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 19, 2018, 03:25:51 AM
So last night I made pulled pork in the Slow Cooker for sandwiches.
Used up my second pack of Chicken Tenderloins and made a chicken Parmesan pasta salad.
Steamed Beans and cheesy rice a roni.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on December 19, 2018, 08:25:54 AM
Sides are broccoli and Hot Crash Potatoes (BJ, that is your recipe tip that keeps on giving!  DD is STILL thrilled every time I make them)....

Haha, fair's fair because we still use your drumstick recipe! Honestly, some day we need to wholesale trade favorites, because we clearly have very similar tastes =P

Bracken Joy, sometimes I make Mark Bittman's vegetable and fish stew with salmon: saute onions, leeks, garlic, possibly a little celery, gold potatoes, carrots, a can of crushed tomatoes. Add the salmon cubes when everything else is cooked, along with some salt and crushed aleppo peppers.

Hmm. For some reason my brain assumes fish in soup would be extra fishy. Is that true? Or does it mellow it?
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Post by: CNM on December 19, 2018, 02:29:58 PM
Tonight: chili con carne and cornbread (bread already baked)
Tomorrow: crustless spinach quiche, maybe with biscuits if I'm really on top of things.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 20, 2018, 03:44:45 AM
Last night was Dinner Breakfast.

Made basically our own egg , cheese and bacon Mc Muffins as well as a ham steak and mini potatoes.
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Post by: SquirrelStache on December 20, 2018, 07:27:21 AM
Tonight is going to be using up the remaining frozen burgers. We have three different bags of frozen burgers all going at once, all opened and partially used. That just shows I need to look at my freezer more often before going grocery shopping!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 20, 2018, 08:54:20 AM
Fridge is empty of meals/leftovers (just how I'd want it, as we leave on vacation tomorrow), so tonight I will put a frozen pizza in for the kids & my husband before I head to a holiday party for work. To health it up, salad will also be served.
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Post by: Crease on December 20, 2018, 09:47:32 AM
Came down with a nasty stomach bug yesterday, so yesterday's dinner was half a smoothie. I'll be making chicken soup tonight.

Me and half my team were poisoned by catered lunch earlier this week. It's been vitamin water, chicken broth, bananas and bread for the last 48 hours. On the bright side I've shed the vacation weight.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 20, 2018, 01:16:58 PM
@Crease - that sounds miserable! Hope you & the team are feeling better. What a kick in the face before the holidays. :-(
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Post by: rdaneel0 on December 20, 2018, 01:22:11 PM
Mushroom and pea risotto in baked acorn squash bowls!
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Post by: OurTown on December 20, 2018, 01:55:45 PM
Green bean almondine.  And pork chops. 
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Post by: Rural on December 20, 2018, 02:33:17 PM
Frozen pizza and bag salad that needs eaten today.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 20, 2018, 03:46:09 PM
For tonight I made :
Mashed Potatoes
Mixed Veggies
Big Salad with tons of Veggies as well
2  Teriyaki Pork Tenderloins from Aldis
And then for my oldest with the hollow leg I made a large batch of Macaroni Pasta Salad with the leftover Ham from last night I cubed up.
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Post by: OtherJen on December 20, 2018, 05:49:59 PM
I had 10 tomatoes from last Friday's Hungry Harvest box, most of a can of tomato paste leftover from a soup recipe earlier this week, and a pack of Italian sausage in the freezer. All of it went into a red meat sauce to serve over gluten-free pasta.
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Post by: Raenia on December 21, 2018, 06:42:01 AM
Last night was a spinach and onion lasagna.  Tonight will be homemade pizza, with the last crust from my last batch.  Tomorrow will be leftovers - between the lasagna and the pasta and sausages from a few nights ago, we have plenty to eat up before the holiday cooking begins.
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Post by: krmit on December 21, 2018, 11:03:30 AM
Tonight I have a holiday party and I'm bringing a lemon pie. Does that count as dinner?

(HIGHLY recommend Smitten Kitchen's whole lemon tart recipe, btw!)
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Post by: 35andFI on December 21, 2018, 11:09:11 AM
Not sure if this counts as "making" but I'll share anyway.

I'll be having leftovers from a Christmas potluck at work yesterday. Yes, I brought Tupperware to the Christmas party!

This includes:
-Smoked brisket (10 hours in a smoker)
-Cheesy hash
-Roasted pork shoulder
-Sweet potato casserole
-Green bean casserole
-Baked ziti
-Holiday meatballs (I don't know what sauce they were in. Maybe Tangy honey BBQ?)
-Pasta salad (Pepperoni, Salami, pasta, Italian dressing, chick peas, tomatoes, carrots, colby jack cheese)
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Post by: OtherJen on December 21, 2018, 11:25:35 AM
That potluck sounds wonderful, @35andFI .

I just got back from Mexican brunch with my dad and am stuffed full of refried pinto beans and chilaquiles. I cannot comprehend eating dinner at this point, so the planned chicken vegetable soup is probably a good idea.
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Post by: 35andFI on December 21, 2018, 11:31:53 AM
That potluck sounds wonderful, @35andFI .

I just got back from Mexican brunch with my dad and am stuffed full of refried pinto beans and chilaquiles. I cannot comprehend eating dinner at this point, so the planned chicken vegetable soup is probably a good idea.

Oh it was! There are a bunch of "I'm never eating again" statements made this time of year.
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Post by: jeninco on December 21, 2018, 11:50:30 AM

Bracken Joy, sometimes I make Mark Bittman's vegetable and fish stew with salmon: saute onions, leeks, garlic, possibly a little celery, gold potatoes, carrots, a can of crushed tomatoes. Add the salmon cubes when everything else is cooked, along with some salt and crushed aleppo peppers.

Hmm. For some reason my brain assumes fish in soup would be extra fishy. Is that true? Or does it mellow it?

It's more of a stew, and it's not all that fishy. Like, you can tell that it's fish, rather than chicken, but it's pretty mellow. Especially if you add the Aleppo peppers!
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Post by: sparkytheop on December 21, 2018, 03:37:40 PM
Beef nacho soup.  Not healthy; don't care.
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Post by: Free Spirit on December 21, 2018, 04:13:02 PM
All this talk of fish stew has me craving a hearty bowl of Cullen Skink. I think that shall be added to the list for next week. Not sure about tonight, probably Thai Chicken Curry, I think I've got most of the ingredients at least. :)
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 22, 2018, 04:48:04 PM
Nothing! Took the night off, went to the bar and had a burger and fries instead because I deserved it!
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Post by: OtherJen on December 22, 2018, 05:02:48 PM
Husband is out tonight with his coworkers for holiday dinner and I'm finishing up the last of my client work before taking my Christmas break, so my dinner was a couple of fried eggs, a leftover baked potato, and a half orange left over from making a Christmas gift (sangria for my dad). Oh, and a snickerdoodle. I'm trying to keep from eating more cookies.
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Post by: mountain mustache on December 22, 2018, 05:41:28 PM
zucchini noodles sautéed with pesto (frozen from my garden over the summer!) and topped with a salmon burger. Yum!
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 23, 2018, 03:48:16 AM
Three varieties of homemade pizza -- pepperoni (for DD), beef meatball and roasted sweet pepper, and pesto chicken and roasted sweet pepper.  Guess who had roasted sweet peppers that needed using up....



I'm not a Pizza only for Dinner person I like it as an appetizer BUT that Chicken and Roasted Pepper one you made sounds delicious.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 23, 2018, 08:50:43 AM
We are having baked salmon, rice & salad. We'll have goat cheese crostini & cosmopolitans as appetizers. It is, after all, the holidays.
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Post by: partgypsy on December 24, 2018, 08:47:01 AM
I like Mexican food so yesterday made a whole crock pot of chicken tinga, spinach enchiladas spinach and cheese stuffed poblano peppers, black beans, with the fixings (tortillas, lime, avocado, cojita and mexican cheese, sour cream, salsa, etc. And the kids helped me make a big batch of gingerbread cookies. I had people over but I still have enough food to last a couple days. Might need to freeze some (and next year invite more people!). Other than the cojita cheese most of the ingredients are rather inexpensive, can feed a lot of people.
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Post by: mm1970 on December 24, 2018, 12:35:23 PM
Last night tried my hand at homemade naan.  With curried chickpeas.  I hear it was good.  I can't eat wheat.
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Post by: SquirrelStache on December 24, 2018, 01:01:04 PM
Tonight is going to be a trial run for tomorrow's dinner, as I'm doing roast beef in the Instant Pot for the first time, and don't particularly want that going badly on Xmas Day.
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Post by: Cassie on December 24, 2018, 01:19:35 PM
Homemade spaghetti cooking now for Xmas day dinner.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on December 24, 2018, 02:16:14 PM
Kirkland beef hot dogs, baked beans.
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Post by: OtherJen on December 24, 2018, 10:38:26 PM
Ham glazed with a blackberry-mustard sauce, my grandma's potato casserole, and a big plate of cookies and fruitcake for Christmas Eve dinner. Mom added roasted carrots and a big veggie salad. SO full.
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Post by: krmit on December 25, 2018, 10:38:15 AM
Tonight will be fondue with bread and apples, and probably a chocolate cake for dessert.
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Post by: Free Spirit on December 25, 2018, 10:49:45 AM
Husband and I are both sick which means no pilfering from my mom's holiday cooking and no stores are open so it's time to scrounge in the cabinets for dinner. I think I have almost everything for  keema chana masala, at least I hope I do because now I have my heart set on it!
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Post by: OtherJen on December 25, 2018, 11:01:48 AM
We’ve already had fruitcake, tamales, and Bloody Mary cocktails for Christmas brunch, so I don’t know if we’ll want to bother with the planned crab cakes for dinner. We might end up with leftover ham and eggs, and I would be totally fine with that.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on December 25, 2018, 11:02:22 AM
Rib roast is in oven, using Paula Dean method of cooking and it comes out restaurant quality...drool...
Mashed taters and peas
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Post by: mountain mustache on December 25, 2018, 01:25:56 PM
after eating only cookies and drinking only whiskey aged eggnog yesterday, today I am looking forward to my landlords cooking a delicious Christmas dinner of Steak, roasted broccoli, au gratin potatoes, and we are having tiramisu (homemade by me!) for desert. Yum!
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Post by: LifePhaseTwo on December 25, 2018, 03:26:22 PM
Since it’s just DH and me tonight, we’re having steelhead trout in teriyaki sauce, baby bok choy, rice and homemade bread. Tomorrow is the big Christmas family dinner - roast beef, potatoes, carrots, salad, buns and a yummy-looking sticky toffee cake we picked up at Costco.
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Post by: OurTown on December 26, 2018, 08:02:59 AM
Liver & Onions.  1) soak calves liver in some milk.  2) chop up some bacon, onions, & mushrooms.  3) saute.  4) add the liver, do not overcook for the love of all that is holy!  5) enjoy. 
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Post by: OtherJen on December 26, 2018, 08:35:22 AM
Beans and rice tonight to counteract 3 days of ridiculous Christmas diet and the fruitcake I had for breakfast.
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Post by: mountain mustache on December 26, 2018, 08:39:16 AM
a giant salad! with green beans and broccoli on the side. I can't wait to eat vegetables!
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 28, 2018, 06:59:30 AM
Last night I made Parmesan Panko Cubed steaks, Steamed Veggies and Chicken garlic broccoli pasta as a side.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on December 28, 2018, 07:04:52 AM
Pork Schnitzel with a sour cream dill sauce. Mashed taters, maybe a salad.

This is not the recipe I am using but similar: https://www.mydeliciousmeals.com/recipe/pork-schnitzel-with-sour-cream-sauce
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Post by: jeninco on December 28, 2018, 07:50:42 PM
Baja shrimp salad, as we had a bag of shrimp becoming freezer-burned, and avocados were on sale for 50 cents each. Like this:https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-baja-shrimp-taco-salad-256166

I cooked the shrimp on the stovetop, but otherwise mostly followed the recipe. It was pretty fantastic!
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Post by: OtherJen on December 28, 2018, 08:54:11 PM
Tonight’s dinner was sushi at a good, locally owned, reasonably priced restaurant ($36 for both of us) because today’s work schedules were crazy and we hadn’t had sushi in a LONG time. It was a wonderful treat. Last night we had baked salmon fillets and zoodles (spiralized zucchini “noodles” sautéed with olive oil and garlic).
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 29, 2018, 03:25:47 AM
Last night/all day ... had a beef roast going in the slow cooker. Made scalloped potatoes and ham for a side and steamed broccoli.
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Post by: Dixie_Amazon on December 29, 2018, 07:07:11 AM
Eating leftover beef and macaroni. This batch cost $5.27, fed four of us with a salad added, and there were plenty of leftovers.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 29, 2018, 11:43:08 AM
Leftover tacos & lasagna
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Post by: mountain mustache on December 29, 2018, 07:08:04 PM
crockpot pork shoulder cooked for 9 hours with hatch green chile sauce...holy yum!
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Post by: OtherJen on December 30, 2018, 10:20:16 AM
Planning on this One Pan Roasted Kielbasa and Cabbage Dinner (https://www.budgetbytes.com/one-pan-roasted-kielbasa-cabbage-dinner/) for dinner.
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Post by: Rural on December 30, 2018, 01:44:05 PM
Gen Tso's tofu with a bunch of veggies. And frozen spring rolls from the Dollar Tree (surprisingly good and 10/$1).
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Post by: rdaneel0 on December 30, 2018, 06:42:18 PM
Tofu and veggie stir fry!
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Post by: jeninco on December 31, 2018, 12:44:16 PM
Tonight will be fondue with bread and apples, and probably a chocolate cake for dessert.
This is our traditional New Year's Eve dinner, but with chocolate fondue for dessert. And an assortment of salads (I have to look through the fridge, but we'll at least have a green salad and a salad of thinly sliced fennel. And probably another vegetable, too.)
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Post by: OtherJen on December 31, 2018, 12:47:08 PM
We were originally planning to make crab cakes tonight, but both husband and I are working today so dinner might be something simpler. I do have breakfast sausage and we haven't had pancakes in ages, so that might be fun.
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Post by: Anette on December 31, 2018, 12:53:51 PM
We just enjoyed our traditional New Years Eve Raclette but it was pretty wasted on me since I caught the flu.
Speculatius tiramisu with raspberries for desert still to come!
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Post by: OtherJen on December 31, 2018, 01:07:59 PM
We just enjoyed our traditional New Years Eve Raclette but it was pretty wasted on me since I caught the flu.
Speculatius tiramisu with raspberries for desert still to come!

1. Happy new year and hopefully you feel better soon!
2. Thanks for the reminder that my mom gave us some truffle raclette! Yum. Whatever we have tonight is going to be served with raclette potatoes.
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Post by: krmit on December 31, 2018, 01:24:54 PM
There's something about New Year's Eve and melted cheese, isn't there?

My Christmas Eve fondue didn't turn out great. It tasted fine, but the cheese never fully integrated into the wine and it was kind of soupy. Still delicious though, and we ate all of it. @jeninco I hope yours turns out great!

Tonight I'm making a big batch of bean stew.
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Post by: LifePhaseTwo on December 31, 2018, 02:16:31 PM
We’ve been eating roast beef leftovers since having it as our family Christmas meal on Dec 26; we’ve prepared it in a variety of ways, such as fajitas, beef & broccoli stir fry, and hot beef & gravy open-face sandwiches. Tonight we’re using up the last of it - beef and barley soup that’s in the slow cooker.
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Post by: jeninco on December 31, 2018, 05:12:34 PM
There's something about New Year's Eve and melted cheese, isn't there?

My Christmas Eve fondue didn't turn out great. It tasted fine, but the cheese never fully integrated into the wine and it was kind of soupy. Still delicious though, and we ate all of it. @jeninco I hope yours turns out great!

Tonight I'm making a big batch of bean stew.

Ha, we're on the same meal plan as you, just a few days later. Tomorrow will be lentil soup (I don't actually like black-eyed peas -- I tried for years, but lentil soup is our compromise between things that are traditional and things that are yummy.)
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 31, 2018, 06:04:11 PM
Celebrating for NYE. We had champagne, and are having steak, mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts & sauteed mushrooms. Yum!
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Post by: Dixie_Amazon on January 01, 2019, 07:35:23 AM
Tonight we are having corned beef, cabbage, blackeyed peas, and cornbread. I got the best price on corned beef in the past five years at $2.99 a pound. My going meatless idea was shut down, lol.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 02, 2019, 04:38:41 AM
Last night was kinda a mixed bag to use up what we had.
Made some butternut Squash soup with just the DW and myself would eat, kids wanted no part of it.
Made eggs to order and hashbrowns and toast
And we wiped out the rest of a Macaroni Pasta salad so fridge is cleaned out a bit
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Post by: OtherJen on January 02, 2019, 07:19:11 AM
Last night was breakfast sausage, fried eggs, oven fries, and roasted broccoli+cauliflower.

I think tonight will be chicken+veggie stir fry with noodles.
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Post by: Anette on January 02, 2019, 09:27:37 AM
TogetHer Thanks for the get well wishes, feeling better today.
More raclette tonight as we have many leftovers. DD wants to do crepes for dessert. Losing weight? Maybe next week ...
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Post by: jeninco on January 02, 2019, 11:52:34 AM
Tonight, we are going to try homemade falafel: https://smittenkitchen.com/2018/12/falafel/

(I finally remembered to set the chickpeas to soak last night, so they should be ready by this evening.)

However, I forgot (again) to get pitas when I was out this morning, so there will be a walk in the sun built into my afternoon...
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Post by: jeninco on January 02, 2019, 07:48:46 PM
Tonight, we are going to try homemade falafel: https://smittenkitchen.com/2018/12/falafel/

(I finally remembered to set the chickpeas to soak last night, so they should be ready by this evening.)

However, I forgot (again) to get pitas when I was out this morning, so there will be a walk in the sun built into my afternoon...

Coming back to say that recipe was freakin' fantastic (and quite straightforward), and dinner was delicious. We had falafel, pitas, hummus, zhoug, lettuce, a few grape tomatoes, and a salad of thinly sliced cucumbers with yogurt. As one of the kids pointed out, it was fairly inexpensive and both fun and yummy.
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Post by: Pieve on January 03, 2019, 05:48:51 AM
Ordering pizza. Not in the mood of cooking.
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Post by: Dixie_Amazon on January 03, 2019, 06:19:53 AM
A free pizza my son brought home from work that someone ordered and never picked up. I'll make a salad to go with it.
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Post by: OtherJen on January 03, 2019, 07:00:00 AM
Pasta and homemade tomato sauce with ground beef and mushrooms.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 03, 2019, 07:07:21 AM
Made from scratch a chicken Alfredo pasta Casserole and some store bought Garlic bread last night. Family loved it.
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Post by: Raenia on January 03, 2019, 07:19:28 AM
Last night we had fish marinated in balsamic vinegar with garlic and oregano, with sauteed green beans and onions, over rice.
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Post by: smileyface on January 03, 2019, 09:11:21 AM
Making shepherd's pie tonight, with a platter of raw veggies and dip for everyone to pick at along with it.  We'll have the leftovers tomorrow, which is great because we get home late from a kid activity on Friday evenings.  This morning I made a delicious Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf, which we had with fruit.  This will be our breakfast the next couple days too.  Yum!!!
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Post by: Rural on January 03, 2019, 08:00:33 PM
Frozen dinner followed by fudge brownie ice cream drizzled with creme de menthe.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 04, 2019, 06:17:14 AM
Last night was Mexican night. Build you own Burritos or Tacos with White rice, chicken , beef, tomatos, lettuce, black olives, black beans, refried beans, cheese, etc.. etc... and then self made nacho's the way you like on the side.
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Post by: Raenia on January 04, 2019, 06:38:08 AM
Last night was black bean soup with homemade rye bread.

Tonight is slow-cooked beans, with rice, and probably peas as a green thing.
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Post by: Shinplaster on January 04, 2019, 03:34:27 PM
Homemade cauliflower/potato/cheddar soup.  Used up a cauliflower that was past its prime, and also made garlic toast from some buns that were going stale.
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Post by: OtherJen on January 04, 2019, 05:53:48 PM
Tonight was a "clear the freezer" meal.
-Costco salmon fillets topped with the marinade from a Barefoot Contessa recipe (Asian Grilled Salmon) and baked
-A half-bag of frozen green beans sauteed in a combo of soy sauce, garlic, Sriracha, and sesame oil (still trying to replicate an incredible side dish from a restaurant meal years ago)
-A half-bag of southern-style hash browns tossed with oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder and baked for oven fries (too much rice lately)
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Post by: mountain mustache on January 04, 2019, 07:16:50 PM
spiralized a zucchini that was on it's last leg, sautéed it up with some pesto, and topped with a salmon burger from the freezer. I've had this meal at least 5 times in the past 2 weeks. So good
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Post by: Chippewa on January 04, 2019, 07:19:33 PM
Sea salt &amp; Garlic Mahi-Mahi with smoky butter beans &amp; cubed sweet potatoes and a tomato-avocado-purple onion salad
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Post by: OtherJen on January 04, 2019, 07:30:52 PM
spiralized a zucchini that was on it's last leg, sautéed it up with some pesto, and topped with a salmon burger from the freezer. I've had this meal at least 5 times in the past 2 weeks. So good

Spiralized zucchini is SO good! Your dinner sounds excellent.
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Post by: krmit on January 04, 2019, 08:20:54 PM
Had a belated Christmas gathering with my family today, so...

Marmalade/maple/mustard glazed ham, sausage stuffing, skillet roasted butternut squash, biscuits, and chocolate pecan pie!

In other news, I don't have to cook the rest of the weekend!
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Post by: Dixie_Amazon on January 04, 2019, 08:23:53 PM
Garlic Herb Baked Chicken Breasts, pasta and steamed broccoli.

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Post by: jeninco on January 04, 2019, 09:53:24 PM
An attempt at re-creating a tasty restaurant meal I had two weeks ago: meatballs in tomato sauce  over polenta (with Manchego rather than parm/asiago, because we had some to start using and I like it) and steamed broccoli. The broccoli went in the bowl under the sauce. It turned out pretty well -- it may make it into the regular rotation!
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 05, 2019, 03:17:02 AM
Just made Italians and couple boxes of cheesy Mac n Cheese. Tired of cooking. Then treated all to Culvers Ice cream
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Post by: Dixie_Amazon on January 05, 2019, 08:49:02 AM
I am planning on a clear out the leftovers night.
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Post by: Rosy on January 05, 2019, 04:40:26 PM
Homemade Italian tomato sauce with lots of onion and even more peppers, lean organic ground beef served over pasta. Delish!
Yesterday we had smoked sausage with steamed potatoes and sauerkraut. Easy, quick and always a favorite.
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Post by: OtherJen on January 05, 2019, 05:35:21 PM
Lentil-vegetable soup with a few ounces of leftover holiday ham from the freezer.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 07, 2019, 04:25:16 AM
Last night we did our weekly breakfast dinner but this week we made our own version of Ham, Cheese, Bacon and egg Sandwiches, Hash browns and also made a Kilbasa.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 07, 2019, 11:29:40 AM
We're having leftover salmon, rice & a salad
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Post by: Laserjet3051 on January 07, 2019, 12:34:56 PM
Lamb tacos and asparagus risotto
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 07, 2019, 12:40:03 PM
Have a Pork Roast going in the Crock pot. Made a big batch of mashed potatoes and will do a steamed green Vegetable for tonight.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on January 07, 2019, 12:48:53 PM
Have a Pork Roast going in the Crock pot. Made a big batch of mashed potatoes and will do a steamed green Vegetable for tonight.

What kind of  pork do you use? I used to use pork loin in the CP with sauerkraut Lipton onion soup and onions for years and years. But the last few I cooked were terrible. The meat was so dry we could barely eat it. Pork has gotten to the point where there is very little fat on it and it dries up quickly. The last time I made it I used a pork butt and it came out great but wish I could use the pork loin like I used to.

I sued to put the pork in my CP before I went to work and it cooked on low all day long. It was always great, but no more!
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Post by: OtherJen on January 07, 2019, 01:10:24 PM
Have a Pork Roast going in the Crock pot. Made a big batch of mashed potatoes and will do a steamed green Vegetable for tonight.

What kind of  pork do you use? I used to use pork loin in the CP with sauerkraut Lipton onion soup and onions for years and years. But the last few I cooked were terrible. The meat was so dry we could barely eat it. Pork has gotten to the point where there is very little fat on it and it dries up quickly. The last time I made it I used a pork butt and it came out great but wish I could use the pork loin like I used to.

I sued to put the pork in my CP before I went to work and it cooked on low all day long. It was always great, but no more!

Pork shoulder is fantastic in the slow cooker.
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Post by: patchyfacialhair on January 07, 2019, 01:18:04 PM
Have a Pork Roast going in the Crock pot. Made a big batch of mashed potatoes and will do a steamed green Vegetable for tonight.

What kind of  pork do you use? I used to use pork loin in the CP with sauerkraut Lipton onion soup and onions for years and years. But the last few I cooked were terrible. The meat was so dry we could barely eat it. Pork has gotten to the point where there is very little fat on it and it dries up quickly. The last time I made it I used a pork butt and it came out great but wish I could use the pork loin like I used to.

I sued to put the pork in my CP before I went to work and it cooked on low all day long. It was always great, but no more!

Pork shoulder is fantastic in the slow cooker.

Yep. I always stick it in the crock with the fat cap on top and after a day in the slow cooker, that fat has rendered and melted throughout the entire cut, leading to super tasty pork to pull at the end.

I like to finish it in a super-hot skillet with a splash of leftover juices. gives it that nice balance between crisp and tender.
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Post by: mm1970 on January 07, 2019, 02:10:02 PM
Leftover pasta with broccoli and parmesan.  I tried out the trader joe's brown rice pasta again, and it just gets gluey.  The best GF pasta is Barilla, but it's >$2 for a 12 oz box.  I found a few boxes for $1.20 at Target awhile back when out of town (we don't have a target).  If it goes on sale for $1.79 I stock up.

Sigh.
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Post by: Davnasty on January 07, 2019, 02:22:38 PM
Leftover pasta with broccoli and parmesan.  I tried out the trader joe's brown rice pasta again, and it just gets gluey.  The best GF pasta is Barilla, but it's >$2 for a 12 oz box.  I found a few boxes for $1.20 at Target awhile back when out of town (we don't have a target).  If it goes on sale for $1.79 I stock up.

Sigh.

Aldi has a rice pasta for $1/lb which tastes like regular pasta, just takes a little longer to cook. If you don't have an Aldi near you, well then nvm.
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Post by: OtherJen on January 07, 2019, 07:01:23 PM
Pan-fried smoked sausage, gluten-free shells and cheese (Aldi store brand), and spinach salad.

No idea what to make tomorrow. I’m a bit burned out on cooking after the holidays, which isn’t helping.
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Post by: 35andFI on January 07, 2019, 08:23:48 PM
I made ravioli with pesto sauce tonight :)
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Post by: galliver on January 07, 2019, 08:45:46 PM
Bf is making pasta and veggie-ful red sauce (plain tomato sauce + veg, spices, wine). I'm enjoying a glass of wine.

I made chili-rubbed mahi mahi tacos with orange-avocado salsa and cabbage slaw last night. (Mahi mahi was $4/lb!)
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Post by: sparkytheop on January 07, 2019, 09:28:27 PM
The other night I accidentally pulled a beef roast out of the freezer thinking it was a pork roast, but made dinner with it anyway after my son said "go for it".  Coated the roast (about 1 1/2#) with salt and granulated garlic, and browned it in some butter with the instant pot on saute. Then deglazed the pot with some water, threw in some potatoes cut into thirds (home grown yukon gold and purple potatoes).  Placed the roast on top, fat side up.  Topped with about a cup of homemade sauerkraut.  Cooked under pressure for 30 minutes, followed with a natural release.  Removed the roast and potatoes from the pot, added a little cornstarch to the liquid to thicken, and put back on saute.

The recipe I got had you mashing the potatoes, but I don't bother doing that and just leave them like I would for pot roast.

It was good, but I'd like to try again with the "proper" pork loin roast.
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Post by: Raenia on January 08, 2019, 06:32:38 AM
Last night, chana masala over rice.

Tonight is scheduled to be fish, so I'm thinking salmon in a ginger-soy sauce, with rice and steamed veggies.  I'll have to go to the grocery store for the fish, though, we've managed to clean out the freezer.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on January 08, 2019, 07:33:59 AM
Leftover pasta with broccoli and parmesan.  I tried out the trader joe's brown rice pasta again, and it just gets gluey.  The best GF pasta is Barilla, but it's >$2 for a 12 oz box.  I found a few boxes for $1.20 at Target awhile back when out of town (we don't have a target).  If it goes on sale for $1.79 I stock up.

Sigh.

Have you tried their black bean or red lentils pastas? GF and I prefer them to the rice ones a LOT. More protein too.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 08, 2019, 03:28:21 PM
Made for tonight Chicken thighs baked in the oven, a creamy broccoli pasta and Green Beans.
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Post by: 35andFI on January 08, 2019, 04:18:21 PM
I made ravioli with pesto sauce tonight :)

I made ravioli with pesto sauce again...
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 08, 2019, 06:55:51 PM
@Philociraptor - I find that approach fascinating! I cook on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, & we eat leftovers on week days. But, that's just for dinner. My husband makes breakfast for the kids each day (I fast) & then the adults get free lunch at work & the kids get a packed school lunch. I'll have to think if I can better optimize any of our other meal prep.

We're having leftover General Tso's chicken & rice tonight.
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Post by: sparkytheop on January 08, 2019, 09:24:36 PM
Tonight's dinner was fairly quick and painless...
Soaked some small red beans overnight (turns out, they really aren't so small).  Pressure cooked 17 minutes (will cut that down to 15 next time).  While that was going, made rice in the rice cooker.  Also cut and cooked a large onion until golden brown in the cast iron skillet (in some butter).  Once the onions were good, I added a pint of home canned tomatoes after hitting them with the immersion blender (had the thing almost 20 years and just now using it again).  Added tikka masala seasoning.  When the beans were done, I blended about a cup of those, added it to the sauce (which didn't need thickening, just something I saw in a similar recipe not long ago).  Added the beans, the rice finished right on time, and dinner was done.
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Post by: mm1970 on January 09, 2019, 12:59:05 PM
Leftover pasta with broccoli and parmesan.  I tried out the trader joe's brown rice pasta again, and it just gets gluey.  The best GF pasta is Barilla, but it's >$2 for a 12 oz box.  I found a few boxes for $1.20 at Target awhile back when out of town (we don't have a target).  If it goes on sale for $1.79 I stock up.

Sigh.

Have you tried their black bean or red lentils pastas? GF and I prefer them to the rice ones a LOT. More protein too.

I used to use the red lentil pasta...but I think it doesn't agree with my stomach.  At least, I had similar reactions to it that I have to wheat.

Also: no Aldi to the other poster
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 10, 2019, 03:14:05 AM
Made for dinner Burgers stove top. My family loves my burgers and Its a nice quick meal. Along with that we had baked beans and a Pasta Salad- Mayo, mustard, white vinegar, green onion, celery, cubed colby cheese and pees.
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Post by: OtherJen on January 10, 2019, 06:31:05 AM
Last night's dinner was crustless quiche with bacon, bell pepper, onion, and cheddar cheese.
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Post by: Dicey on January 10, 2019, 08:21:22 AM
I made this on Tuesday. It was so easy and so delicious, I think it's going to happen again tonight.

https://www.thefrugalgirl.com/thai-chicken-soup/
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Post by: katekat on January 10, 2019, 09:17:29 AM
bangers and mash, obviously also with peas and gravy :)
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 11, 2019, 02:33:43 AM
bangers and mash, obviously also with peas and gravy :)


What is a banger and mash?
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 11, 2019, 02:37:50 AM
Last night I made Beef stroganoff. Actually I made the meat and all in the morning and then around 3pm made the yolkless noodles and put it all in the crockpot to heat up and stay warm for the next 3 hours so with all the chasing people could eat and grab as they wanted. I also made a veggie filled side salad. 
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on January 11, 2019, 04:13:50 AM
bangers and mash, obviously also with peas and gravy :)


What is a banger and mash?

Sausages and mashed taters, pub food.
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Post by: Raenia on January 11, 2019, 06:33:23 AM
Lentil stew over rice last night.  Tonight is pizza!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 11, 2019, 07:49:17 AM
We are making pizza! It's Friday, & I need the break :-)
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Post by: Cool Friend on January 11, 2019, 08:55:55 AM
Improvised with some on-sale ingredients.

Fried a couple pieces of bacon, drained most of the fat (stored in a coffee can in the freezer for future use) and reserved the pieces.

Fried scallions and cherry tomatoes in the pan fat, then added some recaito and deglazed the pan with some of the beer I was drinking.  Added a can of red beans and let simmer until the liquid cooked down a bit.  Added juice from a lime and crumbled the bacon pieces into the stew.

Served over hot white rice.
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Post by: aetherie on January 11, 2019, 08:59:45 AM
Tonight I'm making one of my favorites: spinach artichoke pasta (https://frommybowl.com/one-pot-spinach-artichoke-pasta/)
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Post by: OtherJen on January 11, 2019, 06:58:04 PM
Chicken salad (from a whole chicken roasted at home) in a 50/50 mayo/sour cream dressing, with celery and pecans for crunch and dried cherries and scallions for flavor. Salad was served in gluten-free flatbreads with baby spinach. Everything except the salt, pepper, and whole chicken (Meijer $0.59/lb. sale) was purchased at Aldi.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 12, 2019, 04:06:03 AM
Chicken salad (from a whole chicken roasted at home) in a 50/50 mayo/sour cream dressing, with celery and pecans for crunch and dried cherries and scallions for flavor. Salad was served in gluten-free flatbreads with baby spinach. Everything except the salt, pepper, and whole chicken (Meijer $0.59/lb. sale) was purchased at Aldi.


I gotta try that. Love chicken Salad but never have really made it. And I love pecans in things. maybe a few grapes too.
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Post by: Anette on January 12, 2019, 04:29:28 PM
Shepherds pie
Turned out really nice, with a crust made of potato & sweet potato mash & cheese and fit very well with overcast rainy weather.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 12, 2019, 04:56:40 PM
We are having beef tacos
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Post by: OtherJen on January 12, 2019, 07:13:19 PM
Chicken salad (from a whole chicken roasted at home) in a 50/50 mayo/sour cream dressing, with celery and pecans for crunch and dried cherries and scallions for flavor. Salad was served in gluten-free flatbreads with baby spinach. Everything except the salt, pepper, and whole chicken (Meijer $0.59/lb. sale) was purchased at Aldi.


I gotta try that. Love chicken Salad but never have really made it. And I love pecans in things. maybe a few grapes too.

Definitely try it. Dried cranberries also work well. I kept this dressing fairly plain, but it's also very good when seasoned with curry powder (start with a half teaspoon and increase if preferred).
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Post by: OtherJen on January 12, 2019, 07:14:07 PM
Tonight's dinner was pan-fried bratwursts, baked potatoes, and spinach salad.
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Post by: krmit on January 12, 2019, 07:23:33 PM
Homemade pizza. Dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese, artichoke hearts - the house standard.
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Post by: Johnez on January 13, 2019, 12:26:23 AM
Really old leftover lentil soup nuked, with some kielbasa, peppers and onions sauteed and thrown in. Quick and easy and got some kielbasa left for scrambled eggs tomorrow w00t.
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Post by: OtherJen on January 13, 2019, 03:46:58 PM
Chicken vegetable soup with a base of homemade stock. I added some tomato paste and a can of hominy for variety (I’m not a huge fan of standard chicken-noodle soup).
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Post by: Raenia on January 13, 2019, 06:08:55 PM
Fresh potato gnocchi, with homemade tomato sauce and green beans on the side.  I've been meaning to make up a batch of gnocchi for the freezer, but was putting it off due to the time it takes.  Well worth it once I get going.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on January 13, 2019, 06:12:11 PM
Elk burgers with cheddar and roast sweet potato chunks. (The cubes cook better than fries do!) May have artichokes for 'desert' if we're still hungry.
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Post by: 35andFI on January 13, 2019, 07:06:45 PM
I made ravioli with pesto sauce tonight :)

I made ravioli with pesto sauce again...

I mixed it up and had bow tie pasta with pesto tonight.
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Post by: jeninco on January 13, 2019, 08:12:36 PM
Pasta with cauliflower al forno (mix the pasta with roasted cauliflower, cubed mozzarella,  garlic, sultanas soaked slightly in red wine vinegar, chopped sage, capers: basically full metal Sicilian flavors, then dump into a pan, top with bread crumbs and parmesian and a bit of olive oil, and bake at 400 for 30 minutes until crispy) and salad. Turned out tasty!

We also made summer rolls for the high schoolers to take for lunch tomorrow. We're taking a break from lunchmeat this week and trying out some other options. There are many leftover components of summer rolls -- we'll make more tomorrow evening/Tuesday morning.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 14, 2019, 04:47:12 AM
Kept it simple. Baked a Turkey Breast (on the Bone) , Mashed potatoes, Salad with lots of veggies and bag of frozen mixed veggies.
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Post by: jeninco on January 14, 2019, 09:20:28 AM
Tonight we'll be eating in shifts (someone has a 4 - 5:30 practice and then martial arts from 7 - 8:30, someone else has practices 7-9, and MrInCO may not be home until 6:30 or 7 or later), so pozole (a meat and hominy chili-like stew, with turkey in this case) and a mexican-style slaw, avocados, cheese...
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Post by: CNM on January 14, 2019, 10:22:17 AM
Last night we had a small dinner party - butternut squash soup and stuffed shells

Tonight the plan is mushroom stroganoff.  Tomorrow, maybe leftovers or I will make instapot chicken tikka masala & rice.
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Post by: 35andFI on January 14, 2019, 03:05:14 PM
I made ravioli with pesto sauce tonight :)

I made ravioli with pesto sauce again...

I mixed it up and had bow tie pasta with pesto tonight.

The cylinder pasta with pesto. Running out of pesto...
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Post by: partgypsy on January 14, 2019, 03:31:18 PM
I made ravioli with pesto sauce tonight :)

I made ravioli with pesto sauce again...

I mixed it up and had bow tie pasta with pesto tonight.

The cylinder pasta with pesto. Running out of pesto...

rigatoni?

Last week ate a ton from a fresh cooked chicken but wasn't able to eat all the meat. I should have made chicken salad (or froze the extra meat). Chicken soup with fried chicken liver. Chicken tacos, then chicken burritos with beans.
This week starting out with burgers. Have materials for a couple pasta dishes including baked macaroni and cheese with brocolli. spinach and ricotta tortellini with mushroom sauce and roasted sweet potato cubes.

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Post by: 35andFI on January 14, 2019, 03:49:16 PM
The cylinder pasta with pesto. Running out of pesto...

rigatoni?

Last week ate a ton from a fresh cooked chicken but wasn't able to eat all the meat. I should have made chicken salad (or froze the extra meat). Chicken soup with fried chicken liver. Chicken tacos, then chicken burritos with beans.
This week starting out with burgers. Have materials for a couple pasta dishes including baked macaroni and cheese with brocolli. spinach and ricotta tortellini with mushroom sauce and roasted sweet potato cubes.

Yes! Yours sounds good. I have to start getting creative.
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Post by: OtherJen on January 14, 2019, 04:55:51 PM
Cranberry beans (my parents gave us several pounds of excellent Rancho Gordo beans for Christmas) cooked in the instant pot with diced onion, carrot, celery, bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic/cumin/chili powder/oregano. Served over rice.
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Post by: Raenia on January 15, 2019, 05:15:04 AM
Last night, vegetable soup with homemade rye bread.  Tonight, 3-bean chili.  Soaked the beans overnight, and we're tossing everything in the crockpot this morning to simmer all day.
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Post by: Johnez on January 15, 2019, 07:35:20 AM
Had Thai coconut chicken curry. So yummy. One day I'll learn how to make the Thai red curry paste and it'll be 100% scratch made.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on January 15, 2019, 07:40:17 AM
Had Thai coconut chicken curry. So yummy. One day I'll learn how to make the Thai red curry paste and it'll be 100% scratch made.

More authentic: https://www.eatingthaifood.com/thai-red-curry-paste-recipe/ (https://www.eatingthaifood.com/thai-red-curry-paste-recipe/)
More simple: https://thewanderlustkitchen.com/easy-homemade-red-curry-paste/ (https://thewanderlustkitchen.com/easy-homemade-red-curry-paste/) or https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/how_to_make_curry_paste_37065 (https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/how_to_make_curry_paste_37065)
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Post by: Johnez on January 15, 2019, 01:46:43 PM
Had Thai coconut chicken curry. So yummy. One day I'll learn how to make the Thai red curry paste and it'll be 100% scratch made.

More authentic: https://www.eatingthaifood.com/thai-red-curry-paste-recipe/ (https://www.eatingthaifood.com/thai-red-curry-paste-recipe/)
More simple: https://thewanderlustkitchen.com/easy-homemade-red-curry-paste/ (https://thewanderlustkitchen.com/easy-homemade-red-curry-paste/) or https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/how_to_make_curry_paste_37065 (https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/how_to_make_curry_paste_37065)

That authentic one looks good, night not be so hard if making big batches to freeze for later.
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Post by: 35andFI on January 15, 2019, 02:48:44 PM
I made ravioli with pesto sauce tonight :)

I made ravioli with pesto sauce again...

I mixed it up and had bow tie pasta with pesto tonight.

The cylinder pasta with pesto. Running out of pesto...

Rigatoni with pesto again. I should write a cookbook.
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Post by: CNM on January 15, 2019, 02:49:26 PM
The mushroom stroganoff I made last night was only so-so.  I decided to use a new recipe, rather than just play it by ear like I usually do, and it wasn't super good. 

I made pizza dough last night, so we'll have pizza for dinner tonight.  My mom might stop by and join us- she said she'd bring some baked ziti.

Tomorrow - chicken & garbanzo tikka masala, maybe with rice.
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Post by: OtherJen on January 15, 2019, 05:07:47 PM
Husband is putting a pot roast and root veggies in the pressure cooker as I type this.
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Post by: Dicey on January 15, 2019, 06:34:18 PM
I made this on Tuesday. It was so easy and so delicious, I think it's going to happen again tonight.

https://www.thefrugalgirl.com/thai-chicken-soup/
Well, I actually made it a few days after that, but it was delicious. Into the repertoire it goes.
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Post by: Shinplaster on January 15, 2019, 07:47:54 PM
Made a big batch of lasagna tonight and froze half for another day.  Used up some buns to make garlic bread.  We have a large bag of buns in the freezer, so garlic bread will be on the menu frequently until they are gone.  Mr. SP will not complain about that.   : )
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Post by: jeninco on January 15, 2019, 09:45:58 PM
Our market had little lamb loin chops on sale this week, so we had those (2 each: they were tiny) grilled with sautéed potatoes, garlic, and kale and a salad of shredded carrots with the last of the zhug sauce thinned with a little olive oil. And a few leftover sautéed cheery tomatoes I rescued from the back of the fridge and warmed up.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 16, 2019, 02:44:34 AM
Was super busy last night so they had some dry rubbed Chicken Quarters I baked in the oven, made a pasta salad 3xs the veggies and less pasta and some Steamed green beans.
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Post by: mountain mustache on January 16, 2019, 07:05:11 AM
leftover broiled sockeye salmon on top of baby greens
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Post by: OtherJen on January 16, 2019, 06:56:23 PM
Baked salmon, roasted broccoli and cauliflower florets, baked sweet potato.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 17, 2019, 04:03:37 AM
Last night /yesterday was nutso and I was beat so we made it our breakfast night and kinda did skillets to order. Hashbrown base with eggs , cheese and made some bacon and ham so whatever peeps basically wanted. Tonight I am going to have to get creative as well have alot of running around to do I wasnt planning for.
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Post by: Raenia on January 17, 2019, 08:43:26 AM
Last night was chicken sausages, broccoli, and rice.

Tonight we're making rajma (kidney bean curry) with rice.
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Post by: OtherJen on January 17, 2019, 09:18:12 AM
I'm on my own for a quick dinner before choir rehearsal, so probably pan-fried noodles with leftover roasted vegetables and a fried egg.
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Post by: sparkytheop on January 17, 2019, 03:29:25 PM
My son made eggs benadict for dinner last night. I could have those again any time!

Tonight I'm looking at another red bean masala on rice, and may saute some zucchini to go with it.  It will depend on if the beans had enough time to soak before I want to go to bed (on my time off between night shifts, so my schedule is wonky).

Hard boiled some eggs before they could go bad, so I'll make more deviled eggs.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 17, 2019, 05:16:08 PM
Tonight we had homemade chicken quesadillas , re fried fat free beans and Mexican rice. It was good!!
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Post by: Cgbg on January 18, 2019, 02:15:50 PM
Goat cheese polenta with balsamic mushrooms, topped with spicy baby greens from my basement greens. Plus roasted butternut squash.
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Post by: OtherJen on January 18, 2019, 03:48:47 PM
Husband is cooking something from his new Thai cookbook (Christmas gift from my parents). All I know is that the dish will include chicken thighs, rice noodles, and the Thai seasoning sauce and oyster sauce that we bought at the Asian grocery store this morning.
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Post by: Raenia on January 18, 2019, 04:21:38 PM
Spinach and onion pizza.
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Post by: galliver on January 18, 2019, 10:35:17 PM
Had the day off so I grocery shopped and made pork loin in orange and herb sauce.  Mmmm. :)
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Post by: Raenia on January 19, 2019, 07:22:38 PM
Leftover night tonight.  I had rajma potato skins.  Bit of an odd combination, but it was ok.
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Post by: mountain mustache on January 19, 2019, 08:17:23 PM
a few chunks of dark chocolate off a trader joes pound chocolate bar and raw almonds. Just one of those nights
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Post by: Dicey 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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Post by: Bracken_Joy 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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Post by: soccerluvof4 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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Post by: Roadrunner53 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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Post by: OtherJen 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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Post by: Bracken_Joy 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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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache 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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Post by: Dogastrophe 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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Post by: jeninco 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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Post by: mm1970 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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Post by: Rural 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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Post by: mountain mustache 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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Post by: Dicey 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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Post by: soccerluvof4 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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Post by: Cool Friend 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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Post by: OtherJen on January 22, 2019, 07:37:15 AM
I think tonight's dinner will be this Budget Bytes recipe for not-butter chicken (https://www.budgetbytes.com/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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Post by: Aelias 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 (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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Post by: aetherie on January 22, 2019, 02:09:01 PM
Going to reheat some veggie burgers (https://ohsheglows.com/2011/07/13/our-perfect-veggie-burger/) from the freezer and serve with fresh spinach and avocado on potato buns.
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Post by: Raenia on January 22, 2019, 03:15:01 PM
Tonight is chicken tikka masala with rice.
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Post by: Rural 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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Post by: Cgbg 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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Post by: Cool Friend 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 (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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Post by: OtherJen 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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Post by: OtherJen on January 22, 2019, 06:03:01 PM
I think tonight's dinner will be this Budget Bytes recipe for not-butter chicken (https://www.budgetbytes.com/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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Post by: soccerluvof4 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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Post by: Raenia 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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Post by: jeninco 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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Post by: krmit on January 23, 2019, 12:21:58 PM
Split pea soup cooked with a ham bone left over from Christmas.
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Post by: Tyson 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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Post by: OtherJen on January 23, 2019, 05:59:36 PM
Black beans and rice.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 24, 2019, 03:39:30 AM
Burgers and Mac n cheese
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Post by: Dicey 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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Post by: jeninco 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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Post by: soccerluvof4 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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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache 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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Post by: Rural 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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Post by: Free Spirit 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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Post by: Tyson on January 25, 2019, 12:42:29 PM
Gotta figure out something to use my green beans, chicken and rice.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 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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Post by: OtherJen 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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Post by: 2Birds1Stone 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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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache 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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Post by: MasterStache 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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Post by: OtherJen 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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Post by: galliver 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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Post by: soccerluvof4 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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Post by: sparkytheop 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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Post by: jeninco 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.
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Post by: mountain mustache 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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Post by: Dogastrophe on January 28, 2019, 05:48:30 AM
Last night was corn chowder with biscuits and butterscotch pudding for dessert. 
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache 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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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 28, 2019, 02:25:41 PM
Last night was corn chowder with biscuits and butterscotch pudding for dessert.








yummy!



Lasagna and Garlic Bread tonight!
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on January 28, 2019, 03:00:26 PM
Chicken parm and spaghetti!
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Post by: Tyson on January 28, 2019, 03:42:17 PM
Street tacos!
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Post by: Dicey 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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Post by: OtherJen 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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Post by: sparkytheop 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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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 29, 2019, 09:45:28 AM
Egg roll in a bowl + cauliflower rice
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Post by: OtherJen 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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Post by: jeninco 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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Post by: soccerluvof4 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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Post by: Roadrunner53 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!


Tilde: https://smallbusiness.chron.com/make-tilde-n-spanish-keyboard-53959.html

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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Post by: Dixie_Amazon 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/ (https://showmetheyummy.com/slow-cooker-carne-asada-recipe/)
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Post by: sparkytheop 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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Post by: OtherJen 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 (https://glutenfreegirl.com/2011/04/roasted-tofu-with-dipping-sauce/). I like to do this and toss the roasted cubes in stir-fry. They hold together much better.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache 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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Post by: sparkytheop 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 (https://glutenfreegirl.com/2011/04/roasted-tofu-with-dipping-sauce/). 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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Post by: mm1970 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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Post by: Dicey 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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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 30, 2019, 08:40:25 PM
@Dicey - that sounds amazing
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Post by: OtherJen 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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Post by: soccerluvof4 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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Post by: Dicey 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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Post by: Roadrunner53 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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Post by: OtherJen 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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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache 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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Post by: mm1970 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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Post by: aetherie on February 02, 2019, 02:43:04 PM
Tonight is "egg roll in a bowl" and tomorrow is lasagna.
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Post by: OtherJen on February 02, 2019, 06:22:25 PM
Tonight was Creamy Chipotle Chicken (https://www.mexicoinmykitchen.com/creamy-chipotle-chicken-breast/) with leftover mashed potatoes and cabbage slaw.
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Post by: lexde on February 02, 2019, 07:04:21 PM
Kalua Pig and cabbage

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190203/d189656fb76c23c9d41ae796deb7ae61.jpg)

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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Post by: sparkytheop 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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Post by: Johnez on February 02, 2019, 11:28:00 PM
Potroast. Such an easy meal. Sooooooo satisfying. Almost feels like cheating haha!
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Post by: 35andFI 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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Post by: OtherJen 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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Post by: Rural 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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Post by: Raenia 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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Post by: Poundwise 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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Post by: soccerluvof4 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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Post by: lexde on February 05, 2019, 05:54:11 AM
Nothing! Have leftovers. :-)
Flank steak, chimichurri, bakes potato. Easy!
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Post by: horsepoor 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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Post by: Tyson 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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Post by: OtherJen 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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Post by: FireLane 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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Post by: jeninco 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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Post by: soccerluvof4 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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Post by: OtherJen 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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Post by: soccerluvof4 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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Post by: mountain mustache on February 09, 2019, 06:29:23 PM
frozen Daiya dairy free pizza that I picked up months ago on super sale. Yum
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Post by: jeninco on February 09, 2019, 06:43:53 PM
Beef stew with onions, carrots, leeks, and mushrooms (which I sautéed separately in a skillet to get yummy and crusty), mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts. I managed to not eat much for breakfast and lunch, and it was lovely to have a big dinner.

One of my kids made a chocolate cake for dessert.
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Post by: OtherJen on February 09, 2019, 07:51:00 PM
Vegetable beef soup and soda bread.
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Post by: galliver on February 09, 2019, 09:29:24 PM
Orange-herb chicken and a bunch of grilled vegetables (peppers, onion, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower). And a bottle of tasty white wine from costco :)

But last night was takeout pizza... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Post by: sparkytheop on February 10, 2019, 03:43:48 PM
The crust on my cornish pasties was actually good for once!

Tried a new bourbon chicken recipe a couple nights ago (minus the bourbon).  Turned out good and will definitely be making that again.  Last night was just burgers, and I'm not sure yet what dinner will be tonight.

https://www.bigoven.com/recipe/bourbon-chicken/201809/amp?fbclid=IwAR3Tq51OfU9pGnqzN5HpFYJvpcUoGtMkqSimNZPhZIFYG5caF2HbsWg2FP8
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Post by: Chippewa on February 10, 2019, 03:49:21 PM
Spaghetti squash, marinara and meatballs
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 10, 2019, 03:58:40 PM
Beef stew in slow cooker.
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Post by: Rural on February 10, 2019, 03:59:06 PM
Groundnut stew over brown rice.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 10, 2019, 04:00:23 PM
Groundnut stew over brown rice.

Okay, what is groundnut stew? Peanuts?
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Post by: Rural on February 10, 2019, 05:10:51 PM
Groundnut stew over brown rice.

Okay, what is groundnut stew? Peanuts?


Sorry, yes, it's an old Moosewood Restaurant recipe: https://moosewoodcooks.com/2011/09/west-african-groundnut-stew/


It's infinitely adaptable; I use whatever veggies I have, a can of Ro-tel in place of the cayenne and tomato, and add lemon juice, garlic, and soy sauce. I have even been known to make it with canned veggies when I'm in a hurry (rutabaga, potato, yam, beets, greens, and/or carrots and just warm through on the stove) though I used fresh tonight and cooked it in the Instantpot..
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on February 11, 2019, 04:33:27 AM
Last night made steak sandwiches and Fries. Was a night for something easy and the kids love em.
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Post by: horsepoor on February 11, 2019, 07:15:10 AM
Tandoori chicken, dal, stir fried baby bok choi, rice and pita bread -- none of us had lunch!

Funny, I'd put almost the same meal on my weekly plan right before I read your post.  So tonight we are having tandoori chicken, red lentil dahl and palak paneer.
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Post by: OtherJen on February 11, 2019, 08:00:12 AM
Chicken soup. I need to use the batch of stock that I made last Thursday.
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Post by: mountain mustache on February 11, 2019, 08:21:04 AM
making siete mares soup! It's one of my favorites that I get every time I'm in AZ, but I've always wanted to make it myself. Making a nice dinner on Monday night is my favorite way to beat the start of the work week blahs
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 11, 2019, 06:06:58 PM
Beef tacos with avocado. I'm so jetlagged from a work trip, & needed something easy
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Post by: jeninco on February 11, 2019, 07:12:35 PM
Thai red curry with beef and cabbage, from here: https://nwedible.com/thai-red-curry-cabbage-salad/

Super fast and easy (and not many ingredients, especially since we skipped the herbs), and served with rice that we threw in a rice cooker.

Bonus: there are leftovers for lunches.
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Post by: Chippewa on February 11, 2019, 09:39:59 PM
Beef, mashed carrots, yukon potatoes and avocado.
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Post by: Moonwaves on February 12, 2019, 03:18:36 AM
Thai red curry with beef and cabbage, from here: https://nwedible.com/thai-red-curry-cabbage-salad/

Super fast and easy (and not many ingredients, especially since we skipped the herbs), and served with rice that we threw in a rice cooker.

Bonus: there are leftovers for lunches.
That sounds amazing. Even if it does have fresh coriander in it. Thanks - I think I will definitely be trying this one out.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on February 12, 2019, 03:52:04 AM
Last night i made baked chicken thighs, Salad loaded with veggies, teriyaki rice and a macaroni salad.
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Post by: jeninco on February 12, 2019, 11:25:25 AM
Thai red curry with beef and cabbage, from here: https://nwedible.com/thai-red-curry-cabbage-salad/

Super fast and easy (and not many ingredients, especially since we skipped the herbs), and served with rice that we threw in a rice cooker.

Bonus: there are leftovers for lunches.
That sounds amazing. Even if it does have fresh coriander in it. Thanks - I think I will definitely be trying this one out.

It's really good. Feel free to substitute mint, or parsley (or nothing) for the cilantro. It's the dead of winter here, so I finely chopped half a red bell pepper and tossed it in at the very end for color.
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Post by: horsepoor on February 12, 2019, 11:50:50 AM
Thai red curry with beef and cabbage, from here: https://nwedible.com/thai-red-curry-cabbage-salad/

Super fast and easy (and not many ingredients, especially since we skipped the herbs), and served with rice that we threw in a rice cooker.

Bonus: there are leftovers for lunches.
That sounds amazing. Even if it does have fresh coriander in it. Thanks - I think I will definitely be trying this one out.

Oh yum!  I love larb, and am always looking for new ways to use ground beef.
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Post by: Shinplaster on February 12, 2019, 01:01:17 PM
Broccoli cheddar soup and biscuits.  Perfect for a snowy/freezing rain day.
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Post by: Financial.Velociraptor on February 12, 2019, 01:03:58 PM
Cod filets, fat red onion slice, broccoli, EVOO, butter, lemon pepper, garlic powder, dash of cayenne.  Serve/mop up the drippings over a slice of whole wheat bread.  Was very satisfying.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on February 12, 2019, 02:46:28 PM
I've made this at least 20x's its so easy and am making tonight. If you like baked Porkchops and rice and want to make it all together this is a win   http://joyslife.com/easy-baked-pork-chops-and-rice-recipe/   along with that will have a veggie, Salad and some bread. Yes we eat bread in our house.  I usually use rice a roni long grain vs the Uncle Bens. Same difference but usually a tad cheaper
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Post by: CupcakeGuru on February 12, 2019, 04:56:38 PM
I'm making bourbon chicken with rice and broccoli. So fast and easy.
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Post by: sparkytheop on February 12, 2019, 05:44:23 PM
If I can wake up (night shifts...) I'll try using my new pasta maker for the first time, and just do some simple noodles with a little butter and garlic.
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Post by: horsepoor on February 12, 2019, 06:19:45 PM
Chorizo and kale ragu served over polenta made in the Instant Pot.
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Post by: OtherJen on February 12, 2019, 06:57:10 PM
From-scratch marinara sauce and from-scratch turkey meatballs over brown rice spaghetti (Aldi).
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Post by: Chippewa on February 12, 2019, 08:04:08 PM
Homemade celery-potato soup with grilled cheese on wheat
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Post by: Chippewa on February 12, 2019, 08:04:41 PM
Chorizo and kale ragu served over polenta made in the Instant Pot.
Yum!
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Post by: jeninco on February 13, 2019, 09:08:57 AM
Shrimp Enchiladas Verdes, made in the form of a tortilla casserole (so layers of corn tortillas, shrimp, refried beans, corn, chopped green chilis, and salsa verde, with jack cheese). Slaw of red cabbage and carrots with a bit of rice vinegar. In the oven, on a timer, so it's ready to pull out when we all get back at 7 pm.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on February 13, 2019, 12:26:49 PM
This is going to sound weak but we have everyone going and coming tonight so I made a beef roast in the slow cooker, Veggies with a cheese sauce and Hamburger Helper (used Turkey). Everyone can heat up as they come and go. Not running a restaurant tonight! lol
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Post by: Poundwise on February 13, 2019, 02:14:39 PM
Not so weak... sounds pretty good! 

I forgot to soak beans for chili, so I have the following choices:
- try cooking them in my new Instant Pot anyway
- spaghetti with red sauce

I have oatmeal bread dough rising in a bowl.
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Post by: OtherJen on February 13, 2019, 06:27:33 PM
This is going to sound weak but we have everyone going and coming tonight so I made a beef roast in the slow cooker, Veggies with a cheese sauce and Hamburger Helper (used Turkey). Everyone can heat up as they come and go. Not running a restaurant tonight! lol

Pot roast is never weak.

I had both a huge, tight-deadline client project and a public event for one of my volunteer organizations today, so I'm just finishing up my work day. Husband didn't get home until 7:15. He's currently sauteing bacon and onions to put on top of a frozen pizza because we're classy like that.
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Post by: horsepoor on February 13, 2019, 08:30:43 PM
Sous vide leg of lamb and tons of roasted veggies.  Sounds fancy, but I literally cook the lamb in the vacuum pack it comes from the butcher in, then season and brown it in the oven for 10 minutes.  We'll be eating the leftovers cold tomorrow with garlic aioli.
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Post by: MatthewK on February 14, 2019, 07:44:13 AM
I pretty much do all the meal prep here, tonight it's a new recipe to us, spicy bean burgers made with pinto beans and russet potato home made fries. This is from the Blue Zones Solution, we have been trying to eat Mediterranean/Blue Zones diet more lately, the kids even like most of the meals. :-)
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Post by: OtherJen on February 14, 2019, 09:22:01 AM
Shrimp scampi, hopefully. With pasta and sautéed onions and peppers and a bottle of prosecco. We don't go out for Valentine's Day, but we do like a good meal and don't often cook shrimp.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 14, 2019, 09:27:49 AM
It's been a crazy few days, with power outages. So, assuming we have power, we're having leftover tacos (because last night we had to go out - see no power). I'm planning to have wine with the super glam dinner, for Valentine's Day. :-) 
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 14, 2019, 10:52:12 AM
Shrimp cocktail, champagne, salmon burgers and salad.
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Post by: Tyson on February 14, 2019, 11:29:51 AM
Picking up some salmon from Costco today (on sale) and using up some baby potatoes I have at home to make "hot crash potatoes" for me and my daughter.  She's 12.  Now that it's just the 2 of us (ever other week), I'm including her more in the shopping, decision making and some of the prep and giving her cooking tips.  I want her to have solid life skills when she's an adult, and being able to make good (and inexpensive) food at home is going to help her a lot I hope.
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Post by: mm1970 on February 14, 2019, 03:01:44 PM
Santa Maria tri tip
Baby fingerling potatoes
Salad
Red wine

Chocolate!!
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Post by: Rural on February 14, 2019, 04:40:03 PM
A frozen dinner that purports to be General Tso's Chicken. Spicy. It's none of these things, but today it's a triumph that I am simultaneously sitting upright and eating. I'm so sick, I've been eating Hot Pockets while lying flat on my back in order to get in the food I have to take the antibiotics with. (Guess who ran out of Hot Pockets?)
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Post by: mountain mustache on February 14, 2019, 06:35:25 PM
dairy free ben and jerry's!
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Post by: MrsTuxedocat on February 14, 2019, 07:22:22 PM
I made vegan eggroll in a bowl! It's so good, I didn't even have some of the ingredients and it turned out fantastic. It's a keeper for sure!
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Post by: Poundwise on February 14, 2019, 08:36:30 PM
A frozen dinner that purports to be General Tso's Chicken. Spicy. It's none of these things, but today it's a triumph that I am simultaneously sitting upright and eating. I'm so sick, I've been eating Hot Pockets while lying flat on my back in order to get in the food I have to take the antibiotics with. (Guess who ran out of Hot Pockets?)

Aw, so sorry to hear you are sick!  Is there nobody to help you? :~(

We ate poorly today.  Mr. Poundwise is on a business trip so we are in survival mode. I was responsible for school snack and made a pasta salad that the children didn't like. Too lemony, I guess.  Tried to salvage it for dinner by adding tomato sauce, more mozzarella, and baking it, but my kids didn't care for it. Too lemony again, I guess. 

At least everybody had their fill of strawberries and chocolates!

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Post by: soccerluvof4 on February 15, 2019, 02:46:46 AM
Last night we did breakfast night since its my youngest favorite and he is leaving this morning with his team to Vegas for a Soccer Tournament. So we made some pretty big skillets with Hash Browns, Ham, Sausage, Corn Beef Hash, Toast, Cheese etc..the kitchen sink!
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Post by: horsepoor on February 15, 2019, 06:59:41 AM
Tonight I'm making chicken vegetable soup to clean out the fridge, and a loaf of sourdough.
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Post by: Dicey on February 15, 2019, 08:22:23 AM
Foe Valentine's Day, I made Veg. Lasagne with bargain ingredients from the Dollar Store/Grocery Outlet. Found some fancy green lasagne sheets. Used them to make two 8" x 8" pans. Stuffed with sauteed onions, mushrooms, spinach, zucchini and riced cauliflowe. Made cheese filling with ricotta from the freezer, plus mozzarella, parmesan, eggs and fresh parsley. It was yummy. Best of all, I have another meal ready to go.

While I was making the lasagne, I chopped up a bunch of sale-purchased chicken breasts and poached them in stock. I got enough for four meals. I'll make chicken noodle soup out of the poaching stock. Kept one portion in the fridge and froze the rest.

As long as the oven was fired up, I made individual heart-shaped brownie volcano cakes for my peeeps.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on February 15, 2019, 09:43:22 AM
Going to bake a Bone in Turkey Breast. Not sure yet what I will make with it yet but thats on the Menu as Item #1
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Post by: Rural on February 16, 2019, 12:02:32 AM
A frozen dinner that purports to be General Tso's Chicken. Spicy. It's none of these things, but today it's a triumph that I am simultaneously sitting upright and eating. I'm so sick, I've been eating Hot Pockets while lying flat on my back in order to get in the food I have to take the antibiotics with. (Guess who ran out of Hot Pockets?)

Aw, so sorry to hear you are sick!  Is there nobody to help you? :~(

We ate poorly today.  Mr. Poundwise is on a business trip so we are in survival mode. I was responsible for school snack and made a pasta salad that the children didn't like. Too lemony, I guess.  Tried to salvage it for dinner by adding tomato sauce, more mozzarella, and baking it, but my kids didn't care for it. Too lemony again, I guess. 

At least everybody had their fill of strawberries and chocolates!


I think I'm on the mend, and my husband is home now. Sorry to hear about the lemony pasta salad and the children. It sounds pretty good to me.
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Post by: steveo on February 16, 2019, 12:47:08 AM
I'm making a sweet potato and chickpea currry with couscous. It's really you but I'm not sure the kids will like it. It's close to vegan but I add fish sauce to it so it's not really vegan.
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Post by: horsepoor on February 16, 2019, 09:15:53 AM
Herbed, brie-stuffed pork chops, asparagus (I get so happy when it goes on sale!) and roasted new potatoes.

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Post by: OtherJen on February 16, 2019, 09:17:08 AM
Pot roast and mashed potatoes.
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Post by: mountain mustache on February 16, 2019, 12:08:06 PM
- thai red curry with kabocha squash
- shepherds pie w/mashed cauliflower topping
- roasted broccoli, roasted cauliflower
- sautéed cabbage

I cook all of my food for the week on Saturdays
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Post by: sparkytheop on February 16, 2019, 03:18:26 PM
Homemade noodles, with butter and roasted garlic, topped with chicken and bacon (just have to boil the noodles and cook the bacon, everything else is all ready).
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Post by: WhiteTrashCash on February 16, 2019, 04:46:58 PM
Using a bunch of stuff I have laying around, I am making a dinner of chicken-fried steak with steamed rice and kernel corn and garlic bread with some homemade peppermint stick ice cream for dessert. It's the weekend. Time for some comfort food! :-)
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Post by: mountain mustache on February 16, 2019, 05:19:31 PM
Using a bunch of stuff I have laying around, I am making a dinner of chicken-fried steak with steamed rice and kernel corn and garlic bread with some homemade peppermint stick ice cream for dessert. It's the weekend. Time for some comfort food! :-)

I wish I had stuff laying around to make your dinner! That sounds amazing!
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Post by: Tyson on February 16, 2019, 05:32:31 PM
Pork fried rice!   The key to good fried rice, I find, is cooking the rice beforehand and putting it in the refrigerator over night.  Otherwise it turns mushy.
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Post by: OtherJen on February 16, 2019, 05:48:13 PM
Using a bunch of stuff I have laying around, I am making a dinner of chicken-fried steak with steamed rice and kernel corn and garlic bread with some homemade peppermint stick ice cream for dessert. It's the weekend. Time for some comfort food! :-)

I'll be over soon... that's my favorite ice cream flavor! Yum!
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Post by: Rural on February 16, 2019, 08:02:19 PM
Pork fried rice!   The key to good fried rice, I find, is cooking the rice beforehand and putting it in the refrigerator over night.  Otherwise it turns mushy.


All true, but if you ever want it in a hurry, use brown rice.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 17, 2019, 04:51:49 PM
Having spaghetti with meat sauce. Using leftover meatloaf chunks in my sauce and some leftover frozen sausage. Should be very tasty!
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Post by: horsepoor on February 17, 2019, 08:49:25 PM
Green curry with tuna over rice.  Extra green because I blended in spinach for extra veg.
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Post by: Dicey on February 17, 2019, 11:35:14 PM
Tonight I used 1/4 of the chicken I mentioned upthread. I put two cups of the leftover stock from that prep session into the IP, along with 2 cups organic brown rice, 1 pound of fresh, exotic carrots (white, purple, yellow) and 1 pound frozen green beans. Hit 20 minutes on the IP and made a salad. I quick released the IP so the rice didn't get mushy. I warmed the chicken separately and the meat eaters piled it on top of their rice & veg. I have a variety of sauces in the fridge I'm trying to use up, so everyone topped theirs with something different. You know it's good when there are no leftovers.
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Post by: OtherJen on February 18, 2019, 09:35:02 PM
Stuck-pot rice with lentils and yogurt (https://smittenkitchen.com/2014/02/stuck-pot-rice-with-lentils-and-yogurt/) from the Smitten Kitchen blog. I served it with berberi-seasoned baked salmon. Husband wants to have it again soon.
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Post by: lexde on February 19, 2019, 05:45:55 AM
I made vegan eggroll in a bowl! It's so good, I didn't even have some of the ingredients and it turned out fantastic. It's a keeper for sure!
What did you sub the meat for? Or did you just omit it? This is one of my favorite dishes, I bought everything yesterday to make it for a second week in a row. :D
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Post by: Raenia on February 19, 2019, 06:01:57 AM
Last night was chicken tinga tacos with corn tortillas.  I finally caved and got storebought tortillas, because they're just so much work to make fresh and I really wanted to try the chicken tinga recipe.  It came out very well, and was super easy to make, so this will definitely be going on the regular rotation.
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Post by: horsepoor on February 19, 2019, 07:30:26 AM
Last night I roasted chicken thighs with Italian herbs, and slices of butternut squash with Urfa chile and coconut oil.  On the side we had a little kale-blueberry salad.

We have leftover green curry and rice, so tonight I'm just going to heat it up and augment it with a some stirfried tofu and asparagus.
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Post by: sparkytheop on February 19, 2019, 06:10:25 PM
Going to a "one bowl" cooking class tonight, so I'll find out when I get there (they demonstrate the cooking, we eat whatever they made afterward).  It's free, put on by a local 7th Day Adventist church, so it will most likely all be vegan, or very close to vegan.  I was raised to support the cattle industry, but it doesn't hurt to try some new foods!
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Post by: Tyson on February 19, 2019, 09:33:56 PM
I just realized that my "on the way out" fresh spinach can be wilted and used in a beef/rice bowl.  Add a little melted butter, yum.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on February 20, 2019, 03:13:13 AM
Yesterday I started the grill season, as the pile of snow on the terrace have reduced a bit, to there was place to put the grill out.

I marinated boneless chicken thighs in yoghurt for a whole day. This is something I learned from the cook at work. She makes it when we barbecue during the summer party. I should have added lemon juice, thyme and black pepper, but I did that before putting the chicken on the grill.
I also sliced a sweet potato and cut a red pepper in half for on the grill. I had Brussel sprouts in the oven in wild garlic oil and covered with grated parmesan cheese. Found the recipe on the internet.

The grill was very warm when I started. I added the chicken thighs and the vegetables and closed the lid. Than I went inside to do other stuff, and because it was cold outside. Found out later that the grill had almost stopped. Eventually I had to leave the lid open to make the chicken thighs and the sweet potato slices well done. I also should have used more charcoal. DH often fill only half the grill with charcoal, as we are only 2 people, and I followed his example. But I had enough stuff that I needed a bit of a bigger area. So I had to juggle a bit.

Lessons learned:
- Don't be cheap on charcoal and use more
- Stay outside and look at the grill often
- Don't close the lid in the beginning when frying meat
- I need to grill more often to get practice

But the chicken was well done, but soft. The yoghurt marination made it mosty. The other stuff tasted also well.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on February 20, 2019, 04:49:25 AM
Last night I made 85/15 Burgers and just seasoned them with Italian seasoning and Pepper no salt and they were great. For a side we at the leftover Chicken Broccoli pasta leftover from night before and a mixed veggie.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on February 20, 2019, 04:59:06 AM
I just realized that my "on the way out" fresh spinach can be wilted and used in a beef/rice bowl.  Add a little melted butter, yum.

Was that spinach fresh from the shop or fresh from your garden? If from the shop, you should consider buying frozen spinach. It costs only a fraction of fresh spinach and tastes just as well as fresh in wok dishes.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 20, 2019, 05:03:59 AM
I made Hot Crash Potatoes for the first time. I was intrigued by another poster on what they were. I used this recipe and they were excellent! I didn't have the suggested taters so I used baking taters cut vertically and used two round iron skillets to cook them. They were awesome!

https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/crash-hot-potatoes/
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Post by: Linea_Norway on February 20, 2019, 05:18:06 AM
I made Hot Crash Potatoes for the first time. I was intrigued by another poster on what they were. I used this recipe and they were excellent! I didn't have the suggested taters so I used baking taters cut vertically and used two round iron skillets to cook them. They were awesome!

https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/crash-hot-potatoes/

Thanks, I will try this too some time. My DH thinks baked potatoes are always disappointing, so this might be a nice alternative.
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Post by: Tyson on February 20, 2019, 01:06:48 PM
I just realized that my "on the way out" fresh spinach can be wilted and used in a beef/rice bowl.  Add a little melted butter, yum.

Was that spinach fresh from the shop or fresh from your garden? If from the shop, you should consider buying frozen spinach. It costs only a fraction of fresh spinach and tastes just as well as fresh in wok dishes.

Oh, nice tip!  Thanks, I will do that in the future.  I'd bought fresh spinach/mixed greens for my salad based meals (I'm alone so I buy small amounts), and just had a bit leftover that was going bad & I didn't want to eat it raw.  But, frozen spinach for anything you'd normally saute, that's brilliant.  Thanks!
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Post by: BicycleB on February 20, 2019, 01:07:22 PM
BicycleB's Bean Tacos!!

Black beans, precooked to perfection (kind of a savory flavor, perfect consistency. My cheat: the canned black  beans from the local grocery are perfect for this. 72 cents per lazy 1 lb can; good for roughly 8 tacos, aka 2 hearty person-meals). Reheat to steaming just before assembling the tacos.

Corn tortillas, toasted to edge of crispy on gas stove

Freshly chopped tomato, onion. Avocado (slice while the tortillas are toasting).

Fill the tortillas with beans while the tortillas set. Add vegies. Yum yum yum, easy deliciousness for $1 or less per meal.
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Post by: WhiteTrashCash on February 20, 2019, 03:34:39 PM
I got a little lazy tonight, so I threw some pork I thawed out last night into the slow cooker with just enough water to cover the bottom of the crockpot and cooked it for three and a half hours on high. Then I took out the pork and shredded it with a couple forks and threw it back in for another half hour with the leftover teriyaki sauce I had sitting around in our fridge. Served over rice and voila! Teriyaki pork that took nearly no effort.
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Post by: horsepoor on February 20, 2019, 03:41:13 PM
I'm changing my plan because it's been snowing all day and the weather just calls for soup + bread.  I'm thinking it will be a creamy asparagus and green chile soup.  I picked up a take & bake baguette on the way home and happened to get a container of marked down Fage yogurt, so that will be the cream element.
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Post by: jps on February 20, 2019, 04:48:42 PM
Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Bowls - recipe from Budget Bytes. I've made it for lots of friends, and everyone loves it.

Ugh. So good. Put everything in the crock pot before heading to work and have an outlet timer turn it on while I'm away.
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Post by: Freedomin5 on February 20, 2019, 05:16:09 PM
Pressure cooker/ Instant Pot seafood chowder with bread and homemade garlic butter.
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Post by: OtherJen on February 20, 2019, 06:07:32 PM
Rio Zape beans (https://www.ranchogordo.com/collections/heirloom-beans/products/rio-zape-bean) stewed in the pressure cooker with mirepoix, garlic, various chilies, and cilantro. Husband smoked a pork shoulder yesterday, so we’ll probably shred some of that into our bowls, along with shredded Monterrey jack cheese and Herdez guacamole salsa.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 20, 2019, 06:54:39 PM
Making fried rice. So excited. I *was* planning on curry, but the fried rice sounded soooo good. And I picked up some ham from Costco. Can't wait.

Hot crash potatoes are the BOMB!  Eternal thanks to @Bracken_Joy for introducing me to them.  I am now their biggest evangelist.  I'll make them with salmon (our typical pairing) in a couple of days.

Tonight is Kungpao Chicken night at our house.  With stirfried mustard greens and rice.

I need to make crash hot potatoes again! So funny. We totally need to do a full recipe exchange- we use your baked chicken drumsticks recipe still! Clearly we have similar tastes =)
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on February 21, 2019, 02:56:07 AM
Made soft shell chicken tacos but to reduce salt I used no taco seasoning and didnt need it. Made all the sides to us and the kids could make as they want from bacon to guacamole, White rice to mexican rice and so on. Alot of work but I was able to keep mine very healthy and the kids were please as always when we make any kind of Mexican food.
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Post by: OtherJen on February 21, 2019, 10:39:39 AM
Pasta with red bell pepper, onions, mushrooms, white beans, bacon, and jarred pesto (Aldi brand).
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Post by: Parizade on February 21, 2019, 12:04:08 PM
Spanish Chickpeas and Rice
https://www.budgetbytes.com/spanish-chickpeas-and-rice/ (https://www.budgetbytes.com/spanish-chickpeas-and-rice/)
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Post by: aetherie on February 21, 2019, 12:07:11 PM
Spanish Chickpeas and Rice
https://www.budgetbytes.com/spanish-chickpeas-and-rice/ (https://www.budgetbytes.com/spanish-chickpeas-and-rice/)

I love that one! I can also recommend making burritos with that as the filling.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 21, 2019, 03:06:03 PM
Made soft shell chicken tacos but to reduce salt I used no taco seasoning and didnt need it. Made all the sides to us and the kids could make as they want from bacon to guacamole, White rice to mexican rice and so on. Alot of work but I was able to keep mine very healthy and the kids were please as always when we make any kind of Mexican food.

It's SUPER easy to make your own taco seasoning, and then you don't need to add salt if you don't want to.

I've used this recipe for ages and love it. I now make 32x batches and store them in a quart jar, we use it so often! https://www.rachelcooks.com/2011/10/28/homemade-taco-seasoning/ (https://www.rachelcooks.com/2011/10/28/homemade-taco-seasoning/)
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Post by: Dicey on February 21, 2019, 08:25:12 PM
This, for at least the fourth time. It is so good, I'm mentally telling the pot to "Hurry up!". Yeah, mental is the right word.

https://www.thefrugalgirl.com/thai-chicken-soup/#comment-2020489
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Post by: greysolive on February 22, 2019, 04:50:05 AM
Want to try Fried chicken dinner today.

Here is recipe:

1-2 quartered chickens (depending on how many you're serving that day)

In a large ziplock bag, combine flour (a few cups, I've never measured anything), about 2 tsps. each salt, pepper, garlic powder, and poultry seasoning.

Add the chicken pieces in and shake them in the flour mixture-set the bag in the fridge, shaking it every few hours until you're ready to cook (this makes a thicker crust without having to batter or do the egg-flour-egg-flour thing).

When you're ready to cook, start a pot of rice or potatoes (or both, if your husband is like mine and refuses to eat rice).

Get a large cast iron skillet (you can use any large skillet but cast iron is the best) and add about 1" of cooking oil of your choice. Get it hot enough that a slice of onion sizzles when you drop it in.

Add the chicken a few pieces at a time, cooking evenly (until cutting near the bone yields juices that are clear and not pink). By this point, your rice or potatoes should be ready.

Set the cooked chicken aside on paper towels to drain, mash the potatoes if you're having them (use a whole stick of butter because this is the South, damnit, and you're eating fried chicken).

Spoon the grease out of the cast iron until there's very little left (maybe 1/4" or less with the crust drippings). Turn the burner back on and add your flour mixture from the batter a little at a time until stirring it yields a paste-like consistency. Cook this, stirring like crazy, until it's a nice red-brown. It will look like it's burnt, that's a good thing. CAREFULLY add either water or milk a little at a time, now whisking it as you add. Thin it to whatever consistency you like, taste a little and add salt and pepper to taste.

There you have my great-great-great grandmother's fried chicken with rice and gravy recipe, which we try to make a few times a year.

If you're wanting it to feel even more southern, you can also sub in rabbit, squirrel, or opossum quarters for the chicken.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 22, 2019, 05:12:59 AM
Want to try Fried chicken dinner today.

Here is recipe:

1-2 quartered chickens (depending on how many you're serving that day)

In a large ziplock bag, combine flour (a few cups, I've never measured anything), about 2 tsps. each salt, pepper, garlic powder, and poultry seasoning.

Add the chicken pieces in and shake them in the flour mixture-set the bag in the fridge, shaking it every few hours until you're ready to cook (this makes a thicker crust without having to batter or do the egg-flour-egg-flour thing).

When you're ready to cook, start a pot of rice or potatoes (or both, if your husband is like mine and refuses to eat rice).

Get a large cast iron skillet (you can use any large skillet but cast iron is the best) and add about 1" of cooking oil of your choice. Get it hot enough that a slice of onion sizzles when you drop it in.

Add the chicken a few pieces at a time, cooking evenly (until cutting near the bone yields juices that are clear and not pink). By this point, your rice or potatoes should be ready.

Set the cooked chicken aside on paper towels to drain, mash the potatoes if you're having them (use a whole stick of butter because this is the South, damnit, and you're eating fried chicken).

Spoon the grease out of the cast iron until there's very little left (maybe 1/4" or less with the crust drippings). Turn the burner back on and add your flour mixture from the batter a little at a time until stirring it yields a paste-like consistency. Cook this, stirring like crazy, until it's a nice red-brown. It will look like it's burnt, that's a good thing. CAREFULLY add either water or milk a little at a time, now whisking it as you add. Thin it to whatever consistency you like, taste a little and add salt and pepper to taste.

There you have my great-great-great grandmother's fried chicken with rice and gravy recipe, which we try to make a few times a year.

If you're wanting it to feel even more southern, you can also sub in rabbit, squirrel, or opossum quarters for the chicken.


YUM printed your recipe, sounds good! Thanks!
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Post by: Dicey on February 22, 2019, 07:11:38 AM
This:
Set the cooked chicken aside on paper towels to drain, mash the potatoes if you're having them (use a whole stick of butter because this is the South, damnit, and you're eating fried chicken).

And this:

Quote
If you're wanting it to feel even more southern, you can also sub in rabbit, squirrel, or opossum quarters for the chicken.
So much ♡♡♡
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 22, 2019, 01:03:11 PM
Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Bowls - recipe from Budget Bytes. I've made it for lots of friends, and everyone loves it.

Ugh. So good. Put everything in the crock pot before heading to work and have an outlet timer turn it on while I'm away.

Definitely going to try those slow cooker chicken taco bowls. Sounds great.

It's just me + the kids tonight, so it will be something easy. I'm thinking of chicken sandwiches + fruit smoothies. We have a bunch of fruit that needs to be used up, due to a ski trip earlier this week.
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Post by: OtherJen on February 22, 2019, 06:47:14 PM
Vindaloo pork with jasmine rice.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on February 23, 2019, 03:50:54 AM
Last night I made a very healthy hot seafood pasta for the first time.  Been working on trying to keep finding healthier things to make. So had shrimp and a little bit of Imitation crab in it but loads of vegetables not to high in sodium and was overall a very healthy meal. 
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Post by: Linea_Norway on February 23, 2019, 09:41:51 AM
Pasta with porcini that I found and dried in August. With red pepper, cream and dices of ham.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 23, 2019, 02:53:24 PM
We're having Thanksgiving leftovers from the freezer: turkey, stuffing & gravy
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Post by: OtherJen on February 23, 2019, 09:12:46 PM
Husband made some sort of delicious Thai stir fry with ground chicken and green beans, served over rice with a fried egg. Yum. He needs to cook more often.
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Post by: Freedomin5 on February 24, 2019, 02:27:33 AM
Chicken veggie soup made using our pressure cooker, and banana passion fruit bread for dessert. Bananas and passion fruit are fresh from my friend’s parents’ farm.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on February 24, 2019, 05:09:29 AM
Last night half the family was gone SO i just made me and my DS each a steak and we split a box of mac n cheese. A little Ice cream for desert.
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Post by: OtherJen on February 24, 2019, 08:07:34 AM
Not sure about tonight. It will depend on whether today’s windstorm knocks out the electricity (the last windstorm knocked out power for 4 days). Fortunately, we’ll still be able to use the stovetop so we’ll probably end up heating up leftovers to clear the fridge.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 24, 2019, 08:58:06 AM
We're planning to have Asian cabbage stir fry
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Post by: Hula Hoop on February 24, 2019, 09:13:57 AM
Homemade Chinese style pork dumplings.  I got pre-made frozen wrappers from the local Chinese supermarket.  My kids love dumplings so this should be fun.
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Post by: horsepoor on February 24, 2019, 01:05:54 PM
I'm out of town for work this week and DH doesn't really cook when I'm gone, so I'm trying to use stuff up.

Tonight is black bean, kale and chorizo soup, and I'm making a nice garlic-herb sourdough loaf to have with it.  Hopefully he'll eat up the leftovers while I'm gone.
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Post by: Dicey on February 24, 2019, 01:18:43 PM
Dunno yet. Came here for inspiration.
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Post by: jeninco on February 24, 2019, 02:31:21 PM
Baja shrimp salad https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-baja-shrimp-taco-salad-256166
with some black beans that have been bathing in chipotle-lime sauce for a day or so tossed on top.

Possibly leftover lemon bars.
I will take time after dinner to manufacture burritos for lunch tomorrow, for them that take lunches.
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Post by: Tris Prior on February 24, 2019, 02:49:44 PM
This soup: https://montanahappy.com/to-die-for-rustic-hungarian-mushroom-soup/

We're having 55-mph winds out there, the windchill feels like it's about negative 1 bazillion (probably it's in the low teens), and I needed something to warm me up after being pummeled by wind while standing on the train platform for a train that did not arrive. This should do the trick.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on February 24, 2019, 03:07:18 PM
Tonight skinless Chicken thighs stuffed with stuffing
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Post by: Tyson on February 24, 2019, 04:06:18 PM
This, for at least the fourth time. It is so good, I'm mentally telling the pot to "Hurry up!". Yeah, mental is the right word.

https://www.thefrugalgirl.com/thai-chicken-soup/#comment-2020489

I made this last night, it's very good and pretty easy.  I'm having the leftovers tonight!
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Post by: OtherJen on February 24, 2019, 06:43:13 PM
Power is still on but we were feeling uninspired. Dinner was loaded baked potatoes (sharp cheddar, bacon, broccoli).
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Post by: galliver on February 25, 2019, 12:40:29 AM
Dredged and fried mahi-mahi with brown rice and asparagus.

Also made a big batch of turkey meat balls and 4 bowls of kamut, spinach, roasted golden beets, and broccoli. Should have plenty of quick (and tasty) meals available.
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Post by: Dicey on February 25, 2019, 01:26:33 AM
This soup: https://montanahappy.com/to-die-for-rustic-hungarian-mushroom-soup/

We're having 55-mph winds out there, the windchill feels like it's about negative 1 bazillion (probably it's in the low teens), and I needed something to warm me up after being pummeled by wind while standing on the train platform for a train that did not arrive. This should do the trick.
Well I muddled through tonight's dinner, mostly by roasting a bunch of vegetables, including finally using up the last of a bag of Costco Brussels sprouts, yay me.

This mushroom soup recipe looks awesome. I have all the ingredients on hand, so it's what's for dinner tomorrow. Thanks @Tris Prior!
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 25, 2019, 06:54:21 AM
Did not have this for dinner but wanted to mention if you have a bag of onions that you want to use up before they go bad, slice them up and put them in the slow cooker with butter and olive oil. Set it on low or high if you want it done faster. I had it on high for about 5 hours then set it on low and it cooked all night long. They are caramelized and taste so good. I might freeze small bags and have the onions on burgers. Could make onion soup too.
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Post by: MrsTuxedocat on February 25, 2019, 10:30:02 PM
Did not have this for dinner but wanted to mention if you have a bag of onions that you want to use up before they go bad, slice them up and put them in the slow cooker with butter and olive oil. Set it on low or high if you want it done faster. I had it on high for about 5 hours then set it on low and it cooked all night long. They are caramelized and taste so good. I might freeze small bags and have the onions on burgers. Could make onion soup too.

This is brilliant!
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Post by: Dicey on February 25, 2019, 11:13:41 PM
This soup: https://montanahappy.com/to-die-for-rustic-hungarian-mushroom-soup/

We're having 55-mph winds out there, the windchill feels like it's about negative 1 bazillion (probably it's in the low teens), and I needed something to warm me up after being pummeled by wind while standing on the train platform for a train that did not arrive. This should do the trick.
Well I muddled through tonight's dinner, mostly by roasting a bunch of vegetables, including finally using up the last of a bag of Costco Brussels sprouts, yay me.

This mushroom soup recipe looks awesome. I have all the ingredients on hand, so it's what's for dinner tomorrow. Thanks @Tris Prior!
Made this soup tonight. I cooked it until the thickening step, removed it from the heat, went to a meeting, then came home and finished it. I also used low-sodium beef broth instead of chicken, because it seemed, well, meatier. It was very good, though next time around I will increase the spices. Thanks again, @Tris Prior!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on February 26, 2019, 01:05:45 AM
Dh made lasagna yesterday. He even made enough that we can eat it 2 days. He cut down on the amount of minced meat, supporting my overall plan to eat less meat.
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Post by: Tris Prior on February 26, 2019, 07:14:33 AM
@Dicey, you are very welcome! I'm vegetarian so I use low sodium veg broth and that came out well too. Using good paprika, and enough of it, helps. I was using smoked paprika in it before, but this time I only had the cheap shit from Aldi in the house and it wasn't quite as good. Still a great hearty meal on a cold night.
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Post by: Dicey on February 26, 2019, 07:49:42 AM
@Dicey, you are very welcome! I'm vegetarian so I use low sodium veg broth and that came out well too. Using good paprika, and enough of it, helps. I was using smoked paprika in it before, but this time I only had the cheap shit from Aldi in the house and it wasn't quite as good. Still a great hearty meal on a cold night.
I only had regular paprika, so that could be the difference. I'll add smoked paprika to my shopping list. Lol, I've been a vegetarian for 30 years. When I got married and suddenly started cooking for a family of four adult-sized humans, three of whom are meat eaters, I admit, I relaxed my standards a bit. I use meat stock occasionally. I had lo-so beef stock in the pantry that was well past the alleged expiration date, so I just grabbed it and ignored the fact that it wasn't vegetarian. We all love mushrooms, so I'm sure this recipe will stay in our rotation. Thanks again, @Tris Prior!
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Post by: OtherJen on February 26, 2019, 08:36:09 AM
@Dicey, you are very welcome! I'm vegetarian so I use low sodium veg broth and that came out well too. Using good paprika, and enough of it, helps. I was using smoked paprika in it before, but this time I only had the cheap shit from Aldi in the house and it wasn't quite as good. Still a great hearty meal on a cold night.
I only had regular paprika, so that could be the difference. I'll add smoked paprika to my shopping list. Lol, I've been a vegetarian for 30 years. When I got married and suddenly started cooking for a family of four adult-sized humans, three of whom are meat eaters, I admit, I relaxed my standards a bit. I use meat stock occasionally. I had lo-so beef stock in the pantry that was well past the alleged expiration date, so I just grabbed it and ignored the fact that it wasn't vegetarian. We all love mushrooms, so I'm sure this recipe will stay in our rotation. Thanks again, @Tris Prior!

I can confirm that smoked paprika is delightful. I had no idea how much of a difference it would make.
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Post by: AlexMar on February 26, 2019, 11:55:16 AM
Did not have this for dinner but wanted to mention if you have a bag of onions that you want to use up before they go bad, slice them up and put them in the slow cooker with butter and olive oil. Set it on low or high if you want it done faster. I had it on high for about 5 hours then set it on low and it cooked all night long. They are caramelized and taste so good. I might freeze small bags and have the onions on burgers. Could make onion soup too.

This is brilliant!

We pickle onions also, which go great on sandwiches and on top of chicken, potatoes, etc.
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Post by: Cool Friend on February 26, 2019, 12:25:41 PM
Made some decent tadka dal from scratch last night.  Slightly burnt the whole spices during the tempering phase, but which I didn't realize until I had added it to the whole dish, but luckily it still came out alright.  I'll have to keep a closer eye on them next time.
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Post by: Free Spirit on February 26, 2019, 12:36:49 PM
Pork medallions, mushroom risotto, and roasted brussels sprouts. I might even make some chocolate chip cookies for dessert.
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Post by: katekat on February 26, 2019, 04:04:27 PM
peanut noodles, stir-fried onion and pepper, salt-and-pepper tofu. Never done this before so fingers crossed that MrKat and I both like it :)
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Post by: OtherJen on February 26, 2019, 06:21:52 PM
Chicken milanesa, marinara sauce, spaghetti squash, and roasted romanesco (aka "fractal broccoli," per my husband).
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Post by: jeninco on February 26, 2019, 09:06:50 PM
Chicken milanesa, marinara sauce, spaghetti squash, and roasted romanesco (aka "fractal broccoli," per my husband).
I'm pleased to hear that we're not the only dorks around doing that (the "fractal Broccoli" part).

We had the smitten kitchen sausage, lentil, and kale soup, with slightly toasted fresh really good bread (from a store, alas)

Tomorrow is my older kid's 18th birthday, and he requested blueberry pie. I'll add grilled salmon, asparagus, probably smash potatoes, and probably pan-fried kale.
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Post by: OtherJen on February 26, 2019, 09:45:46 PM
Chicken milanesa, marinara sauce, spaghetti squash, and roasted romanesco (aka "fractal broccoli," per my husband).
I'm pleased to hear that we're not the only dorks around doing that (the "fractal Broccoli" part).

We had the smitten kitchen sausage, lentil, and kale soup, with slightly toasted fresh really good bread (from a store, alas)

Tomorrow is my older kid's 18th birthday, and he requested blueberry pie. I'll add grilled salmon, asparagus, probably smash potatoes, and probably pan-fried kale.

We are giant dorks over here. I’m not sure that husband even knows the correct name for romanesco.

Smitten Kitchen is so good. I think my family and friends would revolt if I didn’t make her seven-layer cookies at Christmas. I also highly recommend her stuck-pot rice with lentils (although add 3-5 minutes to the lentil and rice boiling times). That soup has everything we like and is going on my list.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on February 27, 2019, 03:09:46 AM
Last night I made sliced Turkey Breast with a lowfat gravy and also I made mashed mixed Yams with a few white Russets potatoes. Steamed mix veggies.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on February 27, 2019, 03:22:44 AM
ANYBODY HELP ME OUT!

I really need to get more fish In my diet but for lack of term I am kinda scared to make it. I am one of those that if I get one bone I am done. I do like Salmon but its so expensive what is a price a good price to pay for it? Then I do Like Mahi Tuna steaks and some what fish but NOT Tilapia. I have read to many articles on Tilapia so I will not eat.

I am looking for help in the way of easy stove top or oven baked health ways to cook the above Fish or other suggestion as well as what you think might be a good price per lbs. Comments on frozen or fresh tricks etc...

I attached a link to the place I buy my meats. This week is supposedly seafood specials which I still find High BUT if they have it its going to be the best around. The butcher there is the best and I get most of my dry goods at Aldis. Anyhow any help in this area would be great as I dont know whats a good price etc....

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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 27, 2019, 04:30:37 AM
ANYBODY HELP ME OUT!

I really need to get more fish In my diet but for lack of term I am kinda scared to make it. I am one of those that if I get one bone I am done. I do like Salmon but its so expensive what is a price a good price to pay for it? Then I do Like Mahi Tuna steaks and some what fish but NOT Tilapia. I have read to many articles on Tilapia so I will not eat.

I am looking for help in the way of easy stove top or oven baked health ways to cook the above Fish or other suggestion as well as what you think might be a good price per lbs. Comments on frozen or fresh tricks etc...

I attached a link to the place I buy my meats. This week is supposedly seafood specials which I still find High BUT if they have it its going to be the best around. The butcher there is the best and I get most of my dry goods at Aldis. Anyhow any help in this area would be great as I dont know whats a good price etc....

https://www.shopthepig.com/flyers#/88745/print

Fish is expensive for sure. This summer we got fresh (not frozen) swordfish for $9.99 a lb. It is so easy to cook. We have a stove top grill pan with ridges we butter up then 'grill' the fish on it. You can also broil it. Get yourself a meat thermometer and find out what temp fish should be. Butter and lemon is your friend with fish. We also like sea scallops, fresh, not frozen. Rinse them off and dry them with a cloth or paper towels. You can also grill them or cook with butter in a non stick skillet. My husband is a bone magnet and if there is one bone he seems to always get it and it gags him. Costco has canned salmon. It is really nice stuff. You can find a recipe and make salmon patties. Let them firm up in the fridge then spray the bottom with Pam spray then air fry or pan fry. You can also take the canned salmon, mix with mayo, onion, celery, hot sauce, spices put over a salad.
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Post by: Raenia on February 27, 2019, 06:55:23 AM
ANYBODY HELP ME OUT!

I really need to get more fish In my diet but for lack of term I am kinda scared to make it. I am one of those that if I get one bone I am done. I do like Salmon but its so expensive what is a price a good price to pay for it? Then I do Like Mahi Tuna steaks and some what fish but NOT Tilapia. I have read to many articles on Tilapia so I will not eat.

I am looking for help in the way of easy stove top or oven baked health ways to cook the above Fish or other suggestion as well as what you think might be a good price per lbs. Comments on frozen or fresh tricks etc...

I attached a link to the place I buy my meats. This week is supposedly seafood specials which I still find High BUT if they have it its going to be the best around. The butcher there is the best and I get most of my dry goods at Aldis. Anyhow any help in this area would be great as I dont know whats a good price etc....

https://www.shopthepig.com/flyers#/88745/print

I like to bake fish in the oven, I think it's less hassle than stovetop.  For thinner fillets, place the fillets on a baking sheet (I prefer one with raised sides to avoid drips).  Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, sprinkle garlic powder, salt, pepper, and dill on top.  If you don't like dill, use marjoram, sage, or another herb.  Bake at 350F for 12-14 minutes.  Fish is done when you stick a fork in and gently turn the fork, and the fish flakes apart.  You can also replace the olive oil with butter if you prefer, and try different herb combinations.

For thicker fillets, like tuna and swordfish, I prefer to marinate them before baking.  Make a mixture of sesame oil, soy sauce, and a dash of rice wine vinegar.  Season fillets with ground ginger, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes.  Soak the fillets in the liquids for a hew hours (as long as you have, basically), then bake in a covered dish (tinfoil over a pan is fine) at 350F for 15-20 min depending on the thickness.  Test doneness same as above.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on February 27, 2019, 07:26:23 AM
Tonight we are having a turkey breast cooked in a Reynolds cooking bag in the oven. I will put onion and celery in the bag and oil the top of the breast. Will be delish! Got the breasts the other day. They were on sale for $1.49 a lb. I used to get them for $0.99 a lb. but have not see that low of a price in ages. I bought 5 of them. There was a coupon to buy one breast for $0.99 a lb. but all the others were $1.49 a lb. I still have a whole turkey that  is 15 lbs. in the freezer and that one cost me $0.39 a lb.! Bought it at Thanksgiving and will cook it in a few months.

OH, don't forget St. Patrick's day is right around the corner. Time to buy corned beef. I usually buy two big ones and cook one up for SPD and then the other one a month later! Drool!
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Post by: Tyson on February 27, 2019, 10:09:53 AM
ANYBODY HELP ME OUT!

I really need to get more fish In my diet but for lack of term I am kinda scared to make it. I am one of those that if I get one bone I am done. I do like Salmon but its so expensive what is a price a good price to pay for it? Then I do Like Mahi Tuna steaks and some what fish but NOT Tilapia. I have read to many articles on Tilapia so I will not eat.

I am looking for help in the way of easy stove top or oven baked health ways to cook the above Fish or other suggestion as well as what you think might be a good price per lbs. Comments on frozen or fresh tricks etc...

I attached a link to the place I buy my meats. This week is supposedly seafood specials which I still find High BUT if they have it its going to be the best around. The butcher there is the best and I get most of my dry goods at Aldis. Anyhow any help in this area would be great as I dont know whats a good price etc....

https://www.shopthepig.com/flyers#/88745/print

The key to fish is to not use super high heat to cook it.  Otherwise you end up with cooked bottom/top and raw middle.  Medium heat is your friend.  If you're going try to sear it, save that for the end. 
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Post by: Linea_Norway on February 27, 2019, 12:16:44 PM
Check out fishcakes. Here in Norway they sell them in the shops, but you might have to make them yourselves. They are easy to prepare, just like a hamburger.

I am making a sort of bread cake from old whole grain bread stumps. Currently I am soaking it in eggs and milk. I am going to add some leftover broccoli and a leftover sausage in slices. And I'll add some pepper, mushroom and courgette.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on February 28, 2019, 02:33:44 AM
Thanks @Linda_Norway , @tyort1 and @Raenia ! Probably give it a shot tonight. If I cook anymore chicken or Turkey I think my family is going to grow wings. Last night I made Chicken Quarters, Ravioli with Marinara and Mixed Veggies.
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Post by: Rural on February 28, 2019, 09:16:23 AM
Making chicken with veggies in the crock pot tonight - it will likely be tomorrow's supper as well.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 28, 2019, 10:24:01 AM
A few of us are having chili from the freezer. My husband can't eat beans, so he'll have carnitas + veggies
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on February 28, 2019, 11:08:56 AM
I really liked the Salmon and it was Fresh not Frozen so I was able to get a good Sum of it and it had really good color. So I am going to make that tonight, Fresh asparagus that also is on sale right now a large tossed salad loaded with Veggies and just a small side of Linguine Alfredo since that was on sale as well.
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Post by: jeninco on February 28, 2019, 12:56:52 PM
Soccer season is starting up this week, although the time change hasn't happened yet. So both kids have 4:30 - 6 practices in slightly different places, and one has a different sports class 7 - 8:30.  I think we're having roasted cauliflower salad with pasta and a vegetarian marinara + artichoke heart sauce.  It'll have to be ready right at 6, so kid2 can swing through, eat something, then swing out.

Hmm, there's not much protein in that dinner. I may re-assess: perhaps I'll toss some ground beef into the sauce. Quasi-bolognaise, perhaps?
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Post by: Cool Friend on February 28, 2019, 02:26:27 PM
Buying a bag of arborio rice to make a mushroom risotto for a friend tonight.  I'll likely have plenty of dry rice leftover, though.  Any ideas for recipes that use this kind of rice that isn't risotto?
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Post by: OtherJen on February 28, 2019, 09:51:18 PM
Buying a bag of arborio rice to make a mushroom risotto for a friend tonight.  I'll likely have plenty of dry rice leftover, though.  Any ideas for recipes that use this kind of rice that isn't risotto?

Honestly, I’d just cook it like any other rice. Although, I think it would make good rice pudding.
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Post by: Free Spirit on February 28, 2019, 10:05:11 PM
Buying a bag of arborio rice to make a mushroom risotto for a friend tonight.  I'll likely have plenty of dry rice leftover, though.  Any ideas for recipes that use this kind of rice that isn't risotto?

Arancini! The best part is that you can easily switch up the flavor profile. I work in a restaurant and we frequently make arancini for our amuse bouche.
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Post by: Dicey on February 28, 2019, 11:24:23 PM
I usher at our local theater and love doing the kids programs. Today's program was, "Dragons Love Tacos", so of course dinner was tacos. Tomorrow will probably be burritos, because I have a bunch of almost too-ripe tomatoes to use up,
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Post by: sparkytheop on March 01, 2019, 12:40:24 AM
Tonight was beef and noodles, along with some cheese-stuffed bacon-wrapped peppers I pulled from the freezer.  Will need to make them again with this year's harvest, as many as I can.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on March 01, 2019, 02:33:47 AM
For the Fishy people that helped me out......The Salmon turned out FABULOUS! and so simple.  So thats one fish I dont need to back away from. Next one I am going to get before next Wednesday since that is when the sale ends is the Tuna steaks.  Not sure yet what i am going to make tonight being a Friday.......Sick of cooking!!!!
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Post by: Cool Friend on March 01, 2019, 08:39:45 AM
Buying a bag of arborio rice to make a mushroom risotto for a friend tonight.  I'll likely have plenty of dry rice leftover, though.  Any ideas for recipes that use this kind of rice that isn't risotto?

Arancini! The best part is that you can easily switch up the flavor profile. I work in a restaurant and we frequently make arancini for our amuse bouche.

Ohhhh good idea!

And rice pudding was one of my favorite deserts as a kid, but I haven't had it in years!  Great ideas guys, thanks!

Risotto came out great by the way.  Made it with creminis and zucchini and a simple white wine/vegetable broth.
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Post by: jeninco on March 01, 2019, 10:28:40 AM
We're rolling into soccer (and other after-school activity) season, and I need more ideas of dinners that can either be served at room-temperature (like big dinner salads, see below) or that can cook themselves (I can program the oven to start at a specific time, then I just need the first person home to take the dish out). Or stew-y things that will cook in a crockpot.

Oddly, baked mac-n-cheese does not work well as the second kind, because if you let it sit in the oven for a while (before the timed start) the pasta soaks up all the cheese sauce and the result is strangely dry.

I have some ideas, but would love more thoughts:
Nicoise salad (potatoes, green beans, fish, and loads of other stuff including olives and anchovies)
a German-inspired version of the idea of Nicoise salad (so red cabbage, potatoes, sliced sausage, mustard vinaigrette)
A veggie casserole that's potatoes, white beans, broccoli, black olives, garlic-y tomato sauce and munster cheese layers
enchilada casseroles (with salad or a cabbage/carrot/rice wine vinegar slaw)
giant white bean bake with toast and green salad (via Smitten Kitchen)
beef stew (with appropriate sides)

This list looks very potato-heavy. Pasta (unless it's baked) is probably out because of the no-last-minute requirement. Other ideas? I'd love for some of these dinners to be vegetarian, and I can prep stuff during the day, as I work at home. We also have a rice cooker...
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on March 01, 2019, 10:49:20 AM
We're rolling into soccer (and other after-school activity) season, and I need more ideas of dinners that can either be served at room-temperature (like big dinner salads, see below) or that can cook themselves (I can program the oven to start at a specific time, then I just need the first person home to take the dish out). Or stew-y things that will cook in a crockpot.

Oddly, baked mac-n-cheese does not work well as the second kind, because if you let it sit in the oven for a while (before the timed start) the pasta soaks up all the cheese sauce and the result is strangely dry.

I have some ideas, but would love more thoughts:
Nicoise salad (potatoes, green beans, fish, and loads of other stuff including olives and anchovies)
a German-inspired version of the idea of Nicoise salad (so red cabbage, potatoes, sliced sausage, mustard vinaigrette)
A veggie casserole that's potatoes, white beans, broccoli, black olives, garlic-y tomato sauce and munster cheese layers
enchilada casseroles (with salad or a cabbage/carrot/rice wine vinegar slaw)
giant white bean bake with toast and green salad (via Smitten Kitchen)
beef stew (with appropriate sides)

This list looks very potato-heavy. Pasta (unless it's baked) is probably out because of the no-last-minute requirement. Other ideas? I'd love for some of these dinners to be vegetarian, and I can prep stuff during the day, as I work at home. We also have a rice cooker...




You have a season? lol. Ours never ends! But I hear ya , we have 4 that play , 2 D1 College now and 2 at home yet so its always working around there schedules and alot of travel.  To help with that I make all or most dinners in the morning, put in fridge and we do buffet style everynight because no on is ever home at the same time. Kids make there plates, microwave and put all back on bottom shelf of fridge.


For tonight I made Stuffed Pork Chops, Canned whole potatoes seasoned with garlic, onion , paprika and Italian Seasoning , no salt and peas and carrots. As always a veggie loaded salad.


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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 01, 2019, 12:26:51 PM
Home made pizza.
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Post by: jeninco on March 01, 2019, 12:46:27 PM
We're rolling into soccer (and other after-school activity) season, and I need more ideas of dinners that can either be served at room-temperature (like big dinner salads, see below) or that can cook themselves (I can program the oven to start at a specific time, then I just need the first person home to take the dish out). Or stew-y things that will cook in a crockpot.

Oddly, baked mac-n-cheese does not work well as the second kind, because if you let it sit in the oven for a while (before the timed start) the pasta soaks up all the cheese sauce and the result is strangely dry.

I have some ideas, but would love more thoughts:
Nicoise salad (potatoes, green beans, fish, and loads of other stuff including olives and anchovies)
a German-inspired version of the idea of Nicoise salad (so red cabbage, potatoes, sliced sausage, mustard vinaigrette)
A veggie casserole that's potatoes, white beans, broccoli, black olives, garlic-y tomato sauce and munster cheese layers
enchilada casseroles (with salad or a cabbage/carrot/rice wine vinegar slaw)
giant white bean bake with toast and green salad (via Smitten Kitchen)
beef stew (with appropriate sides)

This list looks very potato-heavy. Pasta (unless it's baked) is probably out because of the no-last-minute requirement. Other ideas? I'd love for some of these dinners to be vegetarian, and I can prep stuff during the day, as I work at home. We also have a rice cooker...




You have a season? lol. Ours never ends! But I hear ya , we have 4 that play , 2 D1 College now and 2 at home yet so its always working around there schedules and alot of travel.  To help with that I make all or most dinners in the morning, put in fridge and we do buffet style everynight because no on is ever home at the same time. Kids make there plates, microwave and put all back on bottom shelf of fridge.


For tonight I made Stuffed Pork Chops, Canned whole potatoes seasoned with garlic, onion , paprika and Italian Seasoning , no salt and peas and carrots. As always a veggie loaded salad.

Well, we take the month of June completely off... (Mostly because we go visit family all over the place: also High School summer training starts the first week in July.)

We've been having indoor practices once or twice per week, but we're headed into the outdoor season, so between the two kids there will be 6 practices and two games per week, plus one kid also plays an instrument, so that's another couple of hours of evening time locked up. And one kid works a few evenings per week.

But we still manage to have dinners together most nights --they might be later, but that's still dinner, right?. If it gets really scattered, we'll have dessert together, when possible. 

Your pork chops sound fantastic, but we'd probably save something like that for the weekend.

Tonight: beef and broccoli stir-fry, with rice. Incoming major snowstorm, so we'll probably try to get up early and go skiing first thing tomorrow morning!
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Post by: sparkytheop on March 01, 2019, 04:14:01 PM
Tonight should be a simple steak and baked potato.  If I can remember to take all the ingredients/equipment with me to work, I'll try to attempt making bagels for the first time.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 01, 2019, 05:10:14 PM
Husband is marinating pork loin chops. I’m going to suggest the bunch of asparagus from today’s Hungry Harvest box as a side. Maybe also baked potatoes.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 01, 2019, 06:50:13 PM
We have food issues at our house (keto diet due to other allergies), so we are eating the following:
2 people with pasta + meatballs
1 person with leftover chili
1 person with carnitas + a smidge of leftover steak + sauteed veggies

I miss the days where I'd occasionally make pasta without a sauce for my picky eater & thought that was a customized menu. :-(
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Post by: WhiteTrashCash on March 02, 2019, 11:14:31 AM
Tonight, I'm making a homemade chicken soup with organic chicken breast and organic carrots with a fresh loaf of homemade french herb bread from our bread machine. I'm continuing my mission to eat absolutely everything we have in the freezer and pantry before buying more food.

I just discovered that I have a couple of lentil soup mixes that have been sitting in the pantry so those are going to be used during the upcoming Lent.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 02, 2019, 01:14:59 PM
The adults are going out, and the kids are having frozen pizza
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Post by: jeninco on March 02, 2019, 08:03:14 PM
We went skiing and got back really tired. After a nap, I made a huge mac-n-cheese and a giant salad. (I think I was inspired by my comment earlier that mac-n-cheese needs to be baked just after it's assembled.) Plenty of leftovers are in the fridge and will probably go into some lunches.
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Post by: horsepoor on March 02, 2019, 09:09:07 PM
Roasted chicken, Brussels sprouts and carrots.  Left over chicken will go in a soup tomorrow with homemade sourdough bread.
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Post by: Dicey on March 02, 2019, 11:18:58 PM
Burritos yesterday.
Burritos today.

Though they were made with the same ingredients, today's burritos were definitely not leftovers.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 03, 2019, 10:43:11 AM
Fish cakes and green salad with mango and tomato. We have eaten so much apple cake that we don't need potatoes for dinner. Applecake made from apples that were leftover at the office last summer/autumn. Kept in the freezer so long, where we now needed more space.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 03, 2019, 05:12:04 PM
Hamburger patties with creamy tomato sauce & fried cabbage
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Post by: OtherJen on March 03, 2019, 06:15:02 PM
Tamales from our freezer stash. I had planned to make pot roast, but we lost a pet this morning and heat-and-eat was about as much as we could manage.

Pot roast will make a good dinner for husband’s birthday tomorrow, at least.
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Post by: OurTown on March 04, 2019, 01:35:17 PM
If you come over to my house after work (or after whatever you FIREd people do all day) I'll treat you to some chili cheese dogs.  Costco franks (the big ones!) on the indoor grill, the "Stagg" brand chili (also Costco), diced onion, shredded cheese.  No bun, sorry.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 04, 2019, 02:01:47 PM
If you come over to my house after work (or after whatever you FIREd people do all day) I'll treat you to some chili cheese dogs.  Costco franks (the big ones!) on the indoor grill, the "Stagg" brand chili (also Costco), diced onion, shredded cheese.  No bun, sorry.

Yum, sounds good! I have bought those big hot dogs at Costco but they never have the hot dog buns to go along with them. I have bought foot long buns but they are still not the right size because they are meant for the skinnier foot long dogs. Anyone ever find the buns anywhere that fit the big dogs from Costco?
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Post by: sparkytheop on March 04, 2019, 02:51:13 PM
Last night the offspring made butter chicken, rice, and cornbread stuffing (stovetop).  Our dinners don't always "go together", but they are good!
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Post by: OtherJen on March 04, 2019, 06:19:17 PM
The pot roast became slow cooker sesame beef (https://www.budgetbytes.com/slow-cooker-sesame-beef/). I stirred in some steamed broccoli florets at the end and served it over white rice.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 05, 2019, 01:13:26 AM
DH made soup from sweet potato, coconut milk, some veggies and some mashed potato powder, as well as cut up fish cakes. Enough to eat tomorrow as well.
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Post by: horsepoor on March 05, 2019, 07:09:57 AM
Last night we had turkey meatloaf.  I used up the last of a bit of milk + bread crumbs from last week's sourdough.  On the side, garlic-parm green beans and we each had a slice of garlic bread to use up this week's sourdough.

Tonight I'm planning to make ham fried rice with bok choi on the side.
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Post by: Dicey on March 05, 2019, 09:43:17 AM
Reservations!
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Post by: OtherJen on March 05, 2019, 06:30:08 PM
Bay scallops (the tiny ones) in a garlicky cream sauce (I added some Parmesan to make it more like Alfredo) over pasta and a green salad.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 05, 2019, 07:15:50 PM
Leftover burger patties in a creamy tomato sauce + cabbage. One child had a burger & pasta, because he just came from a game & couldn't wait for dinner to be prepped. ;-)
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Post by: jeninco on March 05, 2019, 08:07:16 PM
Riboletta, sort of: soup of onions, tomatoes, greens, and chickpeas with loads of crispy-edged croutons I made from a semi-stale loaf, served with parmesan and olive oil on top. I know the bread is supposed to be cooked in the soup, but I adores the oily, crispy edges of homemade croutons.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on March 06, 2019, 03:42:19 AM
Last night I made a 2 split half chickens, creamy coleslaw, a rice and veggie blend and some green beans.
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Post by: WhiteTrashCash on March 06, 2019, 04:12:11 AM
Yesterday was Shrove Tuesday -- called Mardi Gras in some countries -- which is the last day before the Catholic fasting season of Lent, so we had a traditional meal to celebrate it. We made pancakes from a super easy homemade mix. Yeah, that's the tradition. Eating pancakes the day before Ash Wednesday. We also made turkey bacon and scrambled eggs and had some of our homemade chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. Very good and easy meal.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 06, 2019, 04:41:11 AM
If not my DH is already cooking, I will prepare duck breast fillet with porcini risotto and spinach.
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Post by: davisgang90 on March 06, 2019, 04:52:10 AM
Tonight Pork Carnitas!

Got a pork butt on sale for $.99 a pound.  Split it into two vacuum seal bags with marinade.  Froze one for later, sous vided the other for 12 hours at 185.  I'll shred and broil it for dinner tonight.

Recipe: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2017/01/sous-vide-carnitas-crispy-mexican-style-pulled-pork-recipe.html
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Post by: horsepoor on March 06, 2019, 01:30:33 PM
Spiced beef with butternut squash and braised collards.  I had half a squash left and had to travel last week so I broke it down enough to fit in a 1/2 gallon canning jar, then vacuum sealed it.  It looks like it's still good, about 11 days later.
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Post by: jeninco on March 06, 2019, 10:16:52 PM
A yummy potato, white bean, broccoli, kalamata olive and tomato casserole (cook everything as appropriate, mix it together with some pepper flakes and alleppo peppers and layer with grated munster cheese).
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Post by: Raenia on March 07, 2019, 05:45:26 AM
Chicken tinga tacos again.  They were a hit the first time, and super easy to make, so the chicken is simmering away in the crockpot this morning and I'll shred it when I get home from work.  No lettuce this time, so I'll probably throw in a random frozen veggie as a side dish.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 07, 2019, 06:27:26 AM
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with Black Beans and Corn with cheese and cilantro, green onions.

Have not made it before and not sure I really want to put it over rice but what else can I put it over? Pasta? Baked potatoes?
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Post by: OtherJen on March 07, 2019, 06:47:15 AM
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with Black Beans and Corn with cheese and cilantro, green onions.

Have not made it before and not sure I really want to put it over rice but what else can I put it over? Pasta? Baked potatoes?

I think it would be good with any of those starches. If it isn’t too liquid, you could also put it in tortillas.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 07, 2019, 06:58:06 AM
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with Black Beans and Corn with cheese and cilantro, green onions.

Have not made it before and not sure I really want to put it over rice but what else can I put it over? Pasta? Baked potatoes?

I think it would be good with any of those starches. If it isn’t too liquid, you could also put it in tortillas.

Tortillas sound good too, however I have none. Since this is the first time making it, maybe I will stick with rice. The hub is the rice maker so will give him that chore. Maybe I will put the leftovers on pasta or taters.
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Post by: Rural on March 07, 2019, 07:21:36 AM
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with Black Beans and Corn with cheese and cilantro, green onions.

Have not made it before and not sure I really want to put it over rice but what else can I put it over? Pasta? Baked potatoes?

I think it would be good with any of those starches. If it isn’t too liquid, you could also put it in tortillas.

Tortillas sound good too, however I have none. Since this is the first time making it, maybe I will stick with rice. The hub is the rice maker so will give him that chore. Maybe I will put the leftovers on pasta or taters.


We often crumble cornbread into our similar recipe.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 07, 2019, 08:04:53 AM
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with Black Beans and Corn with cheese and cilantro, green onions.

Have not made it before and not sure I really want to put it over rice but what else can I put it over? Pasta? Baked potatoes?

I think it would be good with any of those starches. If it isn’t too liquid, you could also put it in tortillas.

Tortillas sound good too, however I have none. Since this is the first time making it, maybe I will stick with rice. The hub is the rice maker so will give him that chore. Maybe I will put the leftovers on pasta or taters.


We often crumble cornbread into our similar recipe.

Oh, that sounds awesome! Love cornbread! I do have that on hand!
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Post by: Rural on March 07, 2019, 12:25:11 PM
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with Black Beans and Corn with cheese and cilantro, green onions.

Have not made it before and not sure I really want to put it over rice but what else can I put it over? Pasta? Baked potatoes?

I think it would be good with any of those starches. If it isn’t too liquid, you could also put it in tortillas.

Tortillas sound good too, however I have none. Since this is the first time making it, maybe I will stick with rice. The hub is the rice maker so will give him that chore. Maybe I will put the leftovers on pasta or taters.


We often crumble cornbread into our similar recipe.

Oh, that sounds awesome! Love cornbread! I do have that on hand!


I was also inspired as I've just made cornbread and put on the crockpot. By the way, a secret that would have my grandmother turning in her grave if she knew:


https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/213605/5-minute-microwave-cornbread/

This never gets crispy, of course, but for crumbling into a stew it doesn't matter at all.
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Post by: jeninco on March 07, 2019, 03:03:48 PM
Stromboli and salad.
(Actually, it's Scaccia: https://smittenkitchen.com/2018/01/stromboli/)

Hoping for leftovers we can take skiing this weekend. I may have to fight the teenagers for that, even though I'm making a double recipe.

(Edited for typo.)
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Post by: OtherJen on March 07, 2019, 03:46:23 PM
Chicken noodle soup, with meat and stock made from a Costco rotisserie chicken.
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Post by: Frankies Girl on March 07, 2019, 04:52:58 PM
Got a deal on some orange marinaded skinless chicken cut up for fajitas. Over 3 pounds for $2. Cooked it up with some diced onion, blended in some jasmine rice, a bit of spices (tumeric, garam masala, a touch of garlic, and salt). Holy moly it is good. And have enough to feed two adults for the next 2+ days (but I am perfectly happy eating tasty things for all meals until it's gone).

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Post by: sparkytheop on March 07, 2019, 08:54:51 PM
Last night, the offspring roasted a duck, stuffing the cavity with onion, garlic, lemon, and who knows what else.

Tonight, I wanted quick and easy (since I've been up since 2:30).  Cut up a couple chicken breasts into 3 strips each, coated each strip with cajun seasoning, then wrapped in bacon.  Cooked for half an hour, then broiled it for a few minutes to make the bacon crispy.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 08, 2019, 05:02:33 AM
Pasta with blue cheese, cream and some veggied.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 08, 2019, 06:07:48 AM
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with Black Beans and Corn with cheese and cilantro, green onions.

Have not made it before and not sure I really want to put it over rice but what else can I put it over? Pasta? Baked potatoes?

This came out awesome! I followed most of the directions, see changes below. Cooked it on high for 4 hours and chicken came out perfect. We had it over rice like recipe calls for. Used lots of fresh cilantro and sliced scallions on top. Plus, a dollop of sour cream. I have a lot leftover, YAY!

Taco chicken bowls: https://www.budgetbytes.com/taco-chicken-bowls/?mbid=nl_fig_09152015_daily&cndid=27683808

The changes I made:
I used one 15 oz can or corn, not frozen
I added one chopped onion to the slow cooker
I used Ghost Pepper salsa so it was hotter than most people like.
Added my cheese to the slow cooker after chicken was shredded plus added more cheese than recipe called for.
Added a dollop of sour cream on top of each bowl.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 08, 2019, 08:03:13 AM
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with Black Beans and Corn with cheese and cilantro, green onions.

Have not made it before and not sure I really want to put it over rice but what else can I put it over? Pasta? Baked potatoes?

This came out awesome! I followed most of the directions, see changes below. Cooked it on high for 4 hours and chicken came out perfect. We had it over rice like recipe calls for. Used lots of fresh cilantro and sliced scallions on top. Plus, a dollop of sour cream. I have a lot leftover, YAY!

Taco chicken bowls: https://www.budgetbytes.com/taco-chicken-bowls/?mbid=nl_fig_09152015_daily&cndid=27683808

The changes I made:
I used one 15 oz can or corn, not frozen
I added one chopped onion to the slow cooker
I used Ghost Pepper salsa so it was hotter than most people like.
Added my cheese to the slow cooker after chicken was shredded plus added more cheese than recipe called for.
Added a dollop of sour cream on top of each bowl.

Yum! I’ve had good luck with that website. I’ll try this one soon.
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Post by: FireLane on March 08, 2019, 07:56:23 PM
This week, it's huevos rancheros: lightly toasted corn tortillas, spread with refried beans, topped with a fried egg, salsa and a sprinkling of cotija cheese. Breakfast for dinner, yum.

Avocado slices would be traditional, but they're $2 each at my supermarket and I'm waiting for the price to come down to something reasonable.
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Post by: sparkytheop on March 08, 2019, 08:17:28 PM
I'm sore and exhausted.  Does salted caramel hot chocolate count as dinner?
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Post by: OtherJen on March 08, 2019, 09:44:18 PM
I'm sore and exhausted.  Does salted caramel hot chocolate count as dinner?

Oh wow, that sounds amazing.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on March 09, 2019, 03:25:12 AM
Last night we had Salmon again for the second time this week. Its been seafood special week at our store so been nice to have. Was delicious. Today will be food on the road for dinner as were traveling all day and probably not getting home till late. Will need to pick some healthy choices.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 09, 2019, 01:57:46 PM
We had chicken and veggies with taci spices, in wraps, in the oven with grated cheese on top.
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Post by: WhiteTrashCash on March 09, 2019, 03:13:28 PM
Dinner tonight is homemade pizza with dough from the bread machine and turkey pepperoni. I had to use store-bought pizza sauce because we ran out of homemade pizza sauce from our garden vegetables, but I did use organic basil from last summer's garden.

And during dinner we're watching "The Umbrella Academy" on Netflix which stars Ellen Page who is just adorable. I know she doesn't like when people say that, but it doesn't make it any less true.
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Post by: MasterStache on March 09, 2019, 04:42:03 PM
Tonight is a rare pizza delivery night. My daughter has been at a gymnastics meet all day and swept first place in all her events which also places her as the front runner for a spot on the all-state team. My son spent 6 hours doing merit badge work for Boy Scouts. Pizza will be a nice treat for everyone!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 09, 2019, 08:06:23 PM
Wow @MasterStache - congrats to both kids!

We had Creamy Tuscan Chicken - https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a19636089/creamy-tuscan-chicken-recipe/

I had my portion with wine.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 09, 2019, 08:39:54 PM
Dinner tonight is homemade pizza with dough from the bread machine and turkey pepperoni. I had to use store-bought pizza sauce because we ran out of homemade pizza sauce from our garden vegetables, but I did use organic basil from last summer's garden.

And during dinner we're watching "The Umbrella Academy" on Netflix which stars Ellen Page who is just adorable. I know she doesn't like when people say that, but it doesn't make it any less true.

She's great in that role, isn't she? We've also been enjoying Umbrella Academy.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 09, 2019, 08:41:06 PM
We had a hurried dinner of leftovers before meeting friends to see Captain Marvel (highly recommended, by the way).
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Post by: Dicey on March 10, 2019, 12:46:16 AM
Worked on the flip house until 9:15, then hurried to Home Depot to get some needed supplies. Closed the place at 10:00. Home by 10:20, Mac 'n Cheese made by 10:40. Dinner scarfed down and dishes done by 11:10. Ugh, what a long day!

Tomorrow we have a midday memorial service :-( and then a birthday party for all the March birthday people :-). This means no cooking for me tomorrow and no work on the house either. Yay!
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Post by: MasterStache on March 10, 2019, 06:17:00 AM
Wow @MasterStache - congrats to both kids!

We had Creamy Tuscan Chicken - https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a19636089/creamy-tuscan-chicken-recipe/

I had my portion with wine.

Thanks! Very proud dad moments.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 10, 2019, 12:26:31 PM
Just threw this in the crockpot:

https://www.budgetbytes.com/slow-cooker-sesame-beef/

The cooking sauce is somewhat similar to what I have used in the past for crockpot-braised beef ribs, but a little less elaborate/fussy.  I got a large chuck roast for $3.49/lb so 2/3 of that was cut into medium size slabs and went into the crock pot, and the remaining 1lb or so was sliced and frozen -- I'll make the oven fajita recipe (one tray chicken, one tray beef) sometime later this week.  With leftovers of both meals, that one $11-12 hunk of beef should make 3-4 meals for 4 people.  PRetty good deal.

This is seriously one of my favorite pot roast meals. I always steam some broccoli florets and mix those in at the end.
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Post by: Hula Hoop on March 10, 2019, 12:48:14 PM
arroz con pollo - hopefully it works out ok.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 10, 2019, 01:19:09 PM
Entrecote, broccoli and rösti potato, amd meat sauce.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 10, 2019, 03:44:02 PM
Black beans and rice.
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Post by: horsepoor on March 10, 2019, 07:16:56 PM
Finally getting around to making Julia Moskin's black bean soup; hopefully it's good because there's a ton of it: https://www.seattletimes.com/life/food-drink/how-to-make-the-best-black-bean-soup/

I also have one of my best-yet sourdough loaves about to come out of the oven.  It will be slathered generously with butter.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 10, 2019, 08:24:34 PM
I made "crack chicken", which is chicken, cream cheese & various ranch like seasonings in the crock pot. I served ours inside avocado 1/2s. My husband ate several. I switched to rolled in lettuce wraps, to keep the calories in check. It was delicious. My 13 year old, who is most definitely not worried about carbs, ate it lots of different ways, including in a tortilla.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 11, 2019, 02:56:15 AM
We have a (potentially large) portion of Slow-cooked entrecote in small pieces. I thinking about serving it with rice, some sauce and probably Brussels sprouts. But I come to think of that we have a bag of cut up cabbage in the freezer. I could fry this and serve with potatoes (meshed) and curry. We usually eat such a dish with minced meat. But it could of course also be eaten with the entrecote.
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Post by: Hula Hoop on March 11, 2019, 04:52:20 AM
The arroz con pollo was delicious - I used this recipe and recommend it:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/voraciously/wp/2019/03/06/arroz-con-pollo-is-the-cuban-comfort-dish-that-lifts-rice-to-its-full-potential/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/voraciously/wp/2019/03/06/arroz-con-pollo-is-the-cuban-comfort-dish-that-lifts-rice-to-its-full-potential/)

It was good as I managed to use up some chicken I got on sale and some saffron threads that a friend gave me when she moved away.  The kids weren't into the rice part so I made them some plain white rice that they ate with the chicken.
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Post by: Cool Friend on March 11, 2019, 08:10:44 AM
I've been on a big mushroom kick.  Nearly forgot about a 1/2 pound bag of creminis I had in the fridge, so I sautéed them and added them to a marinara sauce I had simmering for a couple hours.  Kept sneaking back into the kitchen to eat a spoonful of just the sauce.
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Post by: 35andFI on March 11, 2019, 03:24:08 PM
Rice & bean quesadillas with shredded cheese, corn, and salsa.
Cooked with love and frugality.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 11, 2019, 04:03:08 PM
Macaroni and cheese from scratch, per husband's request.
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Post by: jeninco on March 11, 2019, 05:42:01 PM
Tortellini and green bean salad, with a tomato-based "pesto". Tasty at room temperature, which is how we'll be eating it (in shifts) and goes well with wine!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 13, 2019, 02:29:20 AM
I think it will be chicory with blue cheese and something potato-ish. As this week's veggie dish.
Tomorrow we will warm up left-over homemade pizza from the freezer, as DH and I will be home on very different times.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on March 13, 2019, 04:55:12 AM
Last night made two oven bakes small chickens, stuffing and a veggie. Place I buy most my groceries from the whole Chickens were only 3$ and now have some leftovers for lunch today.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 13, 2019, 07:23:48 AM
Last night was a chicken and rice bake. Tonight, husband works until 7 and I have a big workload so we’ll probably have a frozen pizza and salad.
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Post by: jeninco on March 13, 2019, 01:39:45 PM
We're on the west edge of "Snowmageddon" (spoiler: Its snowing. Really, our schools could've stayed open: it's not that bad. We get snow in the winter here...), so I'm making a sort-of cassoulet-style bean stew (with sausages and lots of veggies), toast or homemade croutons, and probably a salad.

Perhaps I'll also make a whole-orange cake, since we're all home for the day and it's an excuse to bake a cake.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 13, 2019, 02:41:16 PM
Ravioli, meat sauce, meatballs and salad.
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Post by: geekette on March 13, 2019, 04:42:27 PM
Alton Brown's Swedish Meatballs, noodles, broccoli, salad.  Current me is very happy that past me made a huge batch of meatballs!
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Post by: sparkytheop on March 13, 2019, 09:54:20 PM
Alton Brown's Swedish Meatballs, noodles, broccoli, salad.  Current me is very happy that past me made a huge batch of meatballs!

Oh, this reminds me that I have a bunch in the freezer!  Now I know what I'm eating for dinner (yeah, at 9 pm...)
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Post by: sparkytheop on March 13, 2019, 09:55:56 PM
I'm sore and exhausted.  Does salted caramel hot chocolate count as dinner?

Oh wow, that sounds amazing.

It was good, especially for an instant mix.  Stephen's brand cocoa was on sale for $2.50, down from $7, so it was a good deal.  Kind of wish I had bought a few more containers.
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Post by: WhiteTrashCash on March 14, 2019, 08:43:58 PM
Tonight, I made a homemade lemon basil chicken with some chicken I bought in bulk with a coupon at the warehouse store, some lemon juice, dried basil from the garden, dried oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, olive oil, and salt. I served it with some rice from the rice cooker and steamed carrots with homemade blueberry muffins for dessert. It turned out great.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 14, 2019, 09:07:53 PM
Pinto beans and rice.
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Post by: horsepoor on March 14, 2019, 09:27:24 PM
Spaghetti squash with a tomato/olive/sausage sauce and topped with lots of cheese and baked until brown and bubbly.

Now I have Irish cream poundcakes in the oven for tomorrow's work potluck.
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Post by: sparkytheop on March 14, 2019, 09:28:46 PM
Tonight's dinner was tandoori chicken and curried rice.

Last night I pulled some homemade meatballs from the freezer, made a mushroom sauce, and served them over egg noodles.
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Post by: Dicey on March 14, 2019, 09:34:02 PM
Tonight was another batch of The Frugal Girl's Thai Chicken Soup. I diced the potatoes smaller than usual to hasten the cook time. I also used the chicken I poached (somewhere upthread) and chucked in the freezer. Dessert was leftover birthday carrot cake. I am so glad that's gone.

Tomorrow is probably going to be Pad Thai, as I have everything I need to make it.
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Post by: mountain mustache on March 15, 2019, 08:28:48 AM
on a very strict elimination diet for pain relief right now. So, tonight's dinner is the same as every other day this week. Grilled plain chicken, on baby greens with olives, cucumbers, nutritional yeast, avocado and olive oil/lemon juice dressing. Very yummy on Monday, very boring on Friday.
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Post by: Rural on March 15, 2019, 04:47:57 PM
Tired, so beef hot dogs and baked beans from a can.


ETA microwave s'mores for dessert.
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Post by: Raenia on March 15, 2019, 05:51:18 PM
Tuna strips marinated in soy-ginger sauce, served with rice and stir-fried onions and mung bean sprouts.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 15, 2019, 07:31:24 PM
Scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage, baked sweet potatoes.
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Post by: jeninco on March 15, 2019, 09:56:17 PM
We had dinner guests, so we ate ... "stuff that you put into a pita" might be the best description.

I read an article in the NYTimes food section a while back suggesting that for casual-ish dinners with friends, there should be an opportunity for people to play with their food/assemble things the way they like them. So we had (along with large, warmed up pita breads):
homemade falafel balls (thanks again, smitten kitchen!)
Strips of grilled chicken breast that had been marinated with garlic and lemon juice
hummus, regular and spicy (purchased)
zhaug (purchased)
lightly cooked (asparagus, small peppers cut in half, and grape tomatoes) (the tomatoes didn't look great, and it's too cold out for a ton of raw vegetables: searing everything briefly was much more weather-appropriate)
raw lettuce, lightly pickled red onion strips, lightly pickled radish slices
tzatziki (aka yogurt and shredded cucumbers, with garlic and some parsley)
kalamata olives

It was all extremely yummy, the fridge is full of leftovers, and everyone had something to do with their hands while we all chatted. Plus, the guests brought german chocolate cake!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 16, 2019, 01:28:29 AM
I took a piece of reindeer meat put of the freezer to eat tonight. But we are getting a visitor tomorrow. If he wants to stay for dinner, I think we should save the reindeer for tomorrow.

In that case, we should make something vegetarian tonight. Something with cheese.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 16, 2019, 03:55:38 AM
Last night cube steaks, salad and egg rolls.
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Post by: Hula Hoop on March 16, 2019, 05:05:16 AM
jeninco - that sounds absolutely delicious.  I'm always amazed at how easy (and how mustachian) falafel is to make.  I might see if I can find some pita bread later.
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Post by: WhiteTrashCash on March 16, 2019, 06:06:32 AM
Since it's Lent, I had fish last night, but it was super cheap because I had been saving some Omaha Steaks fish filets I had received as a gift around Christmas time. Easy meal. Just some fish filets, Idahoan mashed potato mix we'd had sitting in our pantry for close to a year, and some peas.
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Post by: jeninco on March 16, 2019, 10:06:59 AM
jeninco - that sounds absolutely delicious.  I'm always amazed at how easy (and how mustachian) falafel is to make.  I might see if I can find some pita bread later.

Pita bread is also shockingly easy to make. There's a link here: https://smittenkitchen.com/2018/12/falafel/
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 16, 2019, 01:49:42 PM
I took a piece of reindeer meat put of the freezer to eat tonight. But we are getting a visitor tomorrow. If he wants to stay for dinner, I think we should save the reindeer for tomorrow.

In that case, we should make something vegetarian tonight. Something with cheese.

Tonight I made cauliflower salad with feta and sweet potato mash with lime juice. Saving the reindeer for tomorrow. Then we'll need to improvise some vegetable with it.
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Post by: horsepoor on March 16, 2019, 01:54:23 PM
We are having T-bones tonight!

Split a beef half with some co-workers (raised by friends of theirs), and this will be the first cut we try.

On the side, asparagus and roasted potatoes.  Maybe sauteed mushrooms if I get my carcass to the store.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 16, 2019, 01:59:48 PM
I took a piece of reindeer meat put of the freezer to eat tonight. But we are getting a visitor tomorrow. If he wants to stay for dinner, I think we should save the reindeer for tomorrow.

In that case, we should make something vegetarian tonight. Something with cheese.

Tonight I made cauliflower salad with feta and sweet potato mash with lime juice. Saving the reindeer for tomorrow. Then we'll need to improvise some vegetable with it.

What is reindeer meat like? Is it a roast or a steak or like hamburger? How do you make it? What does it taste like? How much does it cost per pound and it is always in the grocery stores? We have nothing like that here where I live in the USA. Once in a while I see buffalo meat and have had it maybe twice in my life as a burger. We have deer meat but not in the grocery stores typically. Mostly hunters get the deer for family and friends.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 16, 2019, 03:31:36 PM
I took a piece of reindeer meat put of the freezer to eat tonight. But we are getting a visitor tomorrow. If he wants to stay for dinner, I think we should save the reindeer for tomorrow.

In that case, we should make something vegetarian tonight. Something with cheese.

Tonight I made cauliflower salad with feta and sweet potato mash with lime juice. Saving the reindeer for tomorrow. Then we'll need to improvise some vegetable with it.

What is reindeer meat like? Is it a roast or a steak or like hamburger? How do you make it? What does it taste like? How much does it cost per pound and it is always in the grocery stores? We have nothing like that here where I live in the USA. Once in a while I see buffalo meat and have had it maybe twice in my life as a burger. We have deer meat but not in the grocery stores typically. Mostly hunters get the deer for family and friends.

Reindeer has a distinct taste of wild, red meat. In Norway it is typically sold in areas where tame reindeer are kept. This portion came from Sweden from the frozen department. What we have now is beef, the next best type of beef (I don't know the English name for it). It is a thin portion.

We will prepare it like a normal steak, browning on both sides and then in the oven on low temperature the inner part reaches 62C. Reindeer is also sold in small slices, which you can use in a stew. It is typically served with veggies like Brussels sprouts and potatoes.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 16, 2019, 04:28:14 PM
Husband is currently braising corned beef. I think he's planning to serve it with colcannon. The house smells reeeeally good.

Update: he did make colcannon. That was a really good dinner. Even the cat enjoyed cleaning up a couple little pieces of corned beef that fell on the floor.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on March 17, 2019, 05:56:49 AM
I took a piece of reindeer meat put of the freezer to eat tonight. But we are getting a visitor tomorrow. If he wants to stay for dinner, I think we should save the reindeer for tomorrow.

In that case, we should make something vegetarian tonight. Something with cheese.

Tonight I made cauliflower salad with feta and sweet potato mash with lime juice. Saving the reindeer for tomorrow. Then we'll need to improvise some vegetable with it.

What is reindeer meat like? Is it a roast or a steak or like hamburger? How do you make it? What does it taste like? How much does it cost per pound and it is always in the grocery stores? We have nothing like that here where I live in the USA. Once in a while I see buffalo meat and have had it maybe twice in my life as a burger. We have deer meat but not in the grocery stores typically. Mostly hunters get the deer for family and friends.

Reindeer has a distinct taste of wild, red meat. In Norway it is typically sold in areas where tame reindeer are kept. This portion came from Sweden from the frozen department. What we have now is beef, the next best type of beef (I don't know the English name for it). It is a thin portion.

We will prepare it like a normal steak, browning on both sides and then in the oven on low temperature the inner part reaches 62C. Reindeer is also sold in small slices, which you can use in a stew. It is typically served with veggies like Brussels sprouts and potatoes.



I've never even thought about Reindeer meet or seen it offered anywhere but why not!  Wonder if can even find it here. Going to have to research that one.


Tonight i picked up some pretty big Turkey legs so going to do something with those. 
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on March 17, 2019, 06:06:19 AM
Last night had leftover cube steaks in a creamy mushroom gravy, roasted rosemary taters and a salad.

Tonight is corned beef, cabbage, carrots, onions, little red taters cooked in the crockpot.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 17, 2019, 08:04:07 AM
I took a piece of reindeer meat put of the freezer to eat tonight. But we are getting a visitor tomorrow. If he wants to stay for dinner, I think we should save the reindeer for tomorrow.

In that case, we should make something vegetarian tonight. Something with cheese.

Tonight I made cauliflower salad with feta and sweet potato mash with lime juice. Saving the reindeer for tomorrow. Then we'll need to improvise some vegetable with it.

What is reindeer meat like? Is it a roast or a steak or like hamburger? How do you make it? What does it taste like? How much does it cost per pound and it is always in the grocery stores? We have nothing like that here where I live in the USA. Once in a while I see buffalo meat and have had it maybe twice in my life as a burger. We have deer meat but not in the grocery stores typically. Mostly hunters get the deer for family and friends.

Reindeer has a distinct taste of wild, red meat. In Norway it is typically sold in areas where tame reindeer are kept. This portion came from Sweden from the frozen department. What we have now is beef, the next best type of beef (I don't know the English name for it). It is a thin portion.

We will prepare it like a normal steak, browning on both sides and then in the oven on low temperature the inner part reaches 62C. Reindeer is also sold in small slices, which you can use in a stew. It is typically served with veggies like Brussels sprouts and potatoes.



I've never even thought about Reindeer meet or seen it offered anywhere but why not!  Wonder if can even find it here. Going to have to research that one.


Tonight i picked up some pretty big Turkey legs so going to do something with those.

Look for a specialty meat store. My friends live in mid-Michigan, and we’ve bought frozen elk meat and venison at a specialty store near them. I don’t remember but wouldn’t be surprised to find reindeer meet there.
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Post by: jeninco on March 17, 2019, 08:33:47 PM
The on-sale sausages from our grocery store, which were billed as "Guiness bratwurst". And "colcannon", which is in quotes because my version uses potatoes (cook them first, then mash) cabbage (cook in a skillet until about half done) and a bunch of sharp cheddar. Mush everything up together, put in a hot, oiled skillet, cook on one side, then stick under the broiler until browned on the top.

Also a version of a french chocolate-yogurt cake. Yum!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 18, 2019, 01:13:19 PM
I took a piece of reindeer meat put of the freezer to eat tonight. But we are getting a visitor tomorrow. If he wants to stay for dinner, I think we should save the reindeer for tomorrow.

In that case, we should make something vegetarian tonight. Something with cheese.

Tonight I made cauliflower salad with feta and sweet potato mash with lime juice. Saving the reindeer for tomorrow. Then we'll need to improvise some vegetable with it.

What is reindeer meat like? Is it a roast or a steak or like hamburger? How do you make it? What does it taste like? How much does it cost per pound and it is always in the grocery stores? We have nothing like that here where I live in the USA. Once in a while I see buffalo meat and have had it maybe twice in my life as a burger. We have deer meat but not in the grocery stores typically. Mostly hunters get the deer for family and friends.

Reindeer has a distinct taste of wild, red meat. In Norway it is typically sold in areas where tame reindeer are kept. This portion came from Sweden from the frozen department. What we have now is beef, the next best type of beef (I don't know the English name for it). It is a thin portion.

We will prepare it like a normal steak, browning on both sides and then in the oven on low temperature the inner part reaches 62C. Reindeer is also sold in small slices, which you can use in a stew. It is typically served with veggies like Brussels sprouts and potatoes.



I've never even thought about Reindeer meet or seen it offered anywhere but why not!  Wonder if can even find it here. Going to have to research that one.


Tonight i picked up some pretty big Turkey legs so going to do something with those.

Reindeer's scientific name is Rangifer tarandus tarandus, the same basic species as caribou, but both are different subspecies. It might taste quite similar to caribou species.
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Post by: OurTown on March 18, 2019, 02:28:03 PM
Stir fry:  shrimp & veggies.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 18, 2019, 03:42:29 PM
Hopefully, spaghetti squash with tomato/ground beef sauce.
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Post by: WhiteTrashCash on March 18, 2019, 04:15:24 PM
Using some more stuff I have sitting around in the freezer and pantry, I'm making chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes, and steamed vegetables. Should be some pleasant comfort food.
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Post by: Dicey on March 18, 2019, 08:36:38 PM
Tacos! Better get a move on though, it's getting late. Thankfully I batch cooked the beef a couple of weeks ago and still have two left. Alas, my MIL* ate all the tomatoes off the fruit/veg stand on the kitchen counter, so salsa will be the extent of our tomato experience tonight.

* She has Alz, in case you don't already know that. At least I didn't find any half eaten ones in her underwear drawer this time. Yet.
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Post by: jeninco on March 18, 2019, 08:43:57 PM
Tacos! Better get a move on though, it's getting late. Thankfully I batch cooked the beef a couple of weeks ago and still have two left. Alas, my MIL* ate all the tomatoes off the fruit/veg stand on the kitchen counter, so salsa will be the extent of our tomato experience tonight.

* She has Alz, in case you don't already know that. At least I didn't find any half eaten ones in her underwear drawer this time. Yet.

The half-eaten one is for the cooked salsa! (Or the compost pile...)

We had chili. Rounded out with some tortilla chips, shredded cheese, sliced radishes, and carrot/cabbage slaw. I tried cooking the beans with kombu (sp?) this time, to save us from having half the family gas out the other half. I seriously do not want to be in a car with my youngest the day after a bean-heavy meal.
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Post by: mountain mustache on March 19, 2019, 07:40:24 AM
grilled salmon on top of a giant salad of lettuce, cucumber, mushrooms, olives, avocado, nutritional yeast, and carrot. Yum!
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Post by: Dicey on March 19, 2019, 11:52:28 PM
Made pizza and salad. All gone.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 20, 2019, 01:18:50 AM
DH made fish soup from water, coconut milk, frozen vegetables and flavour stuff. Served with fresh bread and the half full bottle of white wine that we had left. Tasted good.

If it is my turn tonight, I will make pasta with cream, blue cheese and spinach.

Edit: There was not so much spinach, so I added some carrots and porcini.
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Post by: FireLane on March 20, 2019, 09:16:29 AM
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, this week I made loaded baked potato soup: red potatoes, onion and broccoli diced and simmered in chicken stock, thickened with a roux of flour and butter. Serve topped with bacon, shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream.
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Post by: Davnasty on March 20, 2019, 09:29:14 AM
I don't make it a point to eat traditional foods for the holidays, but I do tend to base meals around the best sales of the week. Which is why we've been eating corned beef, potatoes, carrots, onions and cabbage every night since Sunday.

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Post by: OtherJen on March 20, 2019, 07:11:51 PM
Costco rotisserie chicken, leftover spaghetti squash with butter, and roasted fractal broccoli (aka romanesco).
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Post by: WhiteTrashCash on March 20, 2019, 07:23:10 PM
I had to take a day off from work today, so I had a little more time to prepare dinner: Polynesian-style pork chops with cinnamon applesauce and a loaf of homemade apple cinnamon bread. And an episode of "Daredevil" on Netflix. :-)
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Post by: Dicey on March 20, 2019, 09:42:51 PM
@Dicey, you are very welcome! I'm vegetarian so I use low sodium veg broth and that came out well too. Using good paprika, and enough of it, helps. I was using smoked paprika in it before, but this time I only had the cheap shit from Aldi in the house and it wasn't quite as good. Still a great hearty meal on a cold night.
I only had regular paprika, so that could be the difference. I'll add smoked paprika to my shopping list. Lol, I've been a vegetarian for 30 years. When I got married and suddenly started cooking for a family of four adult-sized humans, three of whom are meat eaters, I admit, I relaxed my standards a bit. I use meat stock occasionally. I had lo-so beef stock in the pantry that was well past the alleged expiration date, so I just grabbed it and ignored the fact that it wasn't vegetarian. We all love mushrooms, so I'm sure this recipe will stay in our rotation. Thanks again, @Tris Prior!

I can confirm that smoked paprika is delightful. I had no idea how much of a difference it would make.
I made this again this time with the smoked paprika. It made enough of a difference to warrant the purchase of a specific single-recipe spice. Though now that I have it, I'm sure Ill find other uses for it.
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Post by: jeninco on March 21, 2019, 10:15:35 AM
@Dicey, you are very welcome! I'm vegetarian so I use low sodium veg broth and that came out well too. Using good paprika, and enough of it, helps. I was using smoked paprika in it before, but this time I only had the cheap shit from Aldi in the house and it wasn't quite as good. Still a great hearty meal on a cold night.
I only had regular paprika, so that could be the difference. I'll add smoked paprika to my shopping list. Lol, I've been a vegetarian for 30 years. When I got married and suddenly started cooking for a family of four adult-sized humans, three of whom are meat eaters, I admit, I relaxed my standards a bit. I use meat stock occasionally. I had lo-so beef stock in the pantry that was well past the alleged expiration date, so I just grabbed it and ignored the fact that it wasn't vegetarian. We all love mushrooms, so I'm sure this recipe will stay in our rotation. Thanks again, @Tris Prior!

I can confirm that smoked paprika is delightful. I had no idea how much of a difference it would make.
I made this again this time with the smoked paprika. It made enough of a difference to warrant the purchase of a specific single-recipe spice. Though now that I have it, I'm sure Ill find other uses for it.

Smoked paprika and/or alleppo pepper flakes make their way into many, many things I cook, including most everything containing tomatoes or eggs.

I'm out of ideas, and the older kid won't be home for dinner tonight, so I defrosted a tub of baked giant white beans in tomato sauce with feta (I'll reheat it in the oven) with a parsley-lemon sauce that gets drizzled over. (I kept the jar of parsley sauce in the freezer next to the beans.) We'll have it with toast (or a baguette) and salad.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 21, 2019, 11:58:12 AM
@Dicey, you are very welcome! I'm vegetarian so I use low sodium veg broth and that came out well too. Using good paprika, and enough of it, helps. I was using smoked paprika in it before, but this time I only had the cheap shit from Aldi in the house and it wasn't quite as good. Still a great hearty meal on a cold night.
I only had regular paprika, so that could be the difference. I'll add smoked paprika to my shopping list. Lol, I've been a vegetarian for 30 years. When I got married and suddenly started cooking for a family of four adult-sized humans, three of whom are meat eaters, I admit, I relaxed my standards a bit. I use meat stock occasionally. I had lo-so beef stock in the pantry that was well past the alleged expiration date, so I just grabbed it and ignored the fact that it wasn't vegetarian. We all love mushrooms, so I'm sure this recipe will stay in our rotation. Thanks again, @Tris Prior!

I can confirm that smoked paprika is delightful. I had no idea how much of a difference it would make.
I made this again this time with the smoked paprika. It made enough of a difference to warrant the purchase of a specific single-recipe spice. Though now that I have it, I'm sure Ill find other uses for it.

I mix it with salt, pepper, thyme, and garlic powder and use that as a seasoning for roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes or chicken, fish, or pork.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 21, 2019, 12:20:38 PM
Kidney beans, lentils, tomato, minced meat, red pepper, squash, taco spices.
It tasted good.
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Post by: Dicey on March 21, 2019, 12:56:33 PM
@Dicey, you are very welcome! I'm vegetarian so I use low sodium veg broth and that came out well too. Using good paprika, and enough of it, helps. I was using smoked paprika in it before, but this time I only had the cheap shit from Aldi in the house and it wasn't quite as good. Still a great hearty meal on a cold night.
I only had regular paprika, so that could be the difference. I'll add smoked paprika to my shopping list. Lol, I've been a vegetarian for 30 years. When I got married and suddenly started cooking for a family of four adult-sized humans, three of whom are meat eaters, I admit, I relaxed my standards a bit. I use meat stock occasionally. I had lo-so beef stock in the pantry that was well past the alleged expiration date, so I just grabbed it and ignored the fact that it wasn't vegetarian. We all love mushrooms, so I'm sure this recipe will stay in our rotation. Thanks again, @Tris Prior!

I can confirm that smoked paprika is delightful. I had no idea how much of a difference it would make.
I made this again this time with the smoked paprika. It made enough of a difference to warrant the purchase of a specific single-recipe spice. Though now that I have it, I'm sure Ill find other uses for it.

I mix it with salt, pepper, thyme, and garlic powder and use that as a seasoning for roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes or chicken, fish, or pork.
Thanks! I'll try that soon as I have potatoes to use up.
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Post by: Cool Friend on March 22, 2019, 08:06:39 AM
It was raining all day yesterday so I put on a big pot of from-scratch marinara.  There's nothing like the smell and warmth of a big pot of red sauce to warm my bones.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 22, 2019, 08:15:58 AM
Baked salmon and stuck-pot rice with lentils and yogurt (https://smittenkitchen.com/2014/02/stuck-pot-rice-with-lentils-and-yogurt/).

I have a bag of baby eggplants so maybe I'll roast some of those, too.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 22, 2019, 01:17:19 PM
Home made pizza.
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Post by: jeninco on March 22, 2019, 09:47:32 PM
Home made pizza.

Us too! And salad.

We made the kind that somewhat cleaned out the fridge, so the last one was pesto, ham slivers, and havarti with an egg cracked on the top when it was about half baked.  (The first one was marinara, and they got weirder from there.)
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 23, 2019, 06:27:26 PM
Egg roll in a bowl for the adults. Same topping, wrapped in a tortilla for another kid. Unclear what youngest will eat when he comes back from soccer. If he doesn't eat the "menu" item, he has to cook for himself.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 23, 2019, 06:39:11 PM
Homemade chicken noodle soup.
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Post by: Rural on March 23, 2019, 06:49:07 PM
Chef salad, more or less. With chicken and no eggs.

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Post by: horsepoor on March 23, 2019, 06:53:09 PM
Just got home from a week of traveling.  It's raining.  Made chicken vegetable soup using some of a chipotle salsa paste leftover from a recipe.  Baked up the second half of a brown-and-serve baguette that's been in the freezer for a few weeks and put plenty of butter on it.  Just what I needed after eating out of hotel fridge and restaurants all week.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 24, 2019, 04:39:52 AM
My DH made fish soup. Enough for two meals.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 24, 2019, 12:13:18 PM
We're having chicken alfredo, but with spiralized zucchini in place of noodles. Never tried it before, so hope it's good
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Post by: partgypsy on March 25, 2019, 02:19:00 PM
We did the taco night but with something called "mexican-crumbles" it was a hit! On the side: sliced avocado, lettuce, tomato, salsa, shredded cheese, sour cream.
marinated sauteed shrimp with stir fry and rice (broccolli, carrot, red pepper, onion)
Spanokorizo with tomato puree. On the side hummus and bread.
Next day opened a can of black beans and had with the spinach/tomato rice mixture. Have enough for 1 more meal (will bring for lunch).
Last night did burgers and homemade fries. for my burger had morningstar grillers which has less of a beany taste than some.
another hit: egg-free pancakes.
For this week: Got some porcinni mushrooms and will try to make a vegan mushroom sauce for gnocchi.I forgot the vegetable broth so this may be more of a miss than a hit.   

Another miss was trying to make a "vegan" brownie by substituting more water and oil for the 2 eggs. It became an oily gooey mass, more like fudge/icing than brownie. I'm still eating it, but it definitely needs -something if I attempt again (corn starch? apple sauce? Banana? ).   

What I am relieved about, is that I am basically able to make 1 meal and modify, than what I have done in the past is make 2 separate meals. And the kids have been enjoying some of the meals.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 25, 2019, 07:25:48 PM
Frozen pizza and spinach salad. I will be so happy when the schedule chaos settles down and I have time to cook from scratch every day.
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Post by: Rural on March 25, 2019, 07:28:58 PM
Leftover salad followed by brownies.
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Post by: Dicey on March 25, 2019, 07:49:24 PM
Gonna hit the easy button and raid the freezer.
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Post by: sparkytheop on March 25, 2019, 10:00:57 PM
Today was is my only day off for the next two weeks (crazy OT at work this month).  After spending half the day getting snow tires changed over and then fixing my parent's furnace, I didn't get as much time to prep for the week as I wanted.

However, I did make kahlua pork, charro beans, and baked potatoes.  All provide plenty in the way of leftovers, along with some baked chicken breasts that are in the freezer.  Pork and noodles, pork and charro bean burritos, bbq pork on rolls, fried potatoes and sausage/bacon, chicken/salami/parm cheese sandwiches, etc.

My mom "paid" for the furnace repair in some carrots freshly dug up from the garden (where they over-wintered).  If I had more time, I'd pickle and can some, but time is in short supply right now.  So instead, I'll eat some fresh and cook some up later this week. 

I also made a large batch of lemon bars.  We rarely do dessert, but I needed to take care of some lemons before they went bad, and it just sounded good. 
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 26, 2019, 01:18:01 AM
DH bought soya burgers. We ate them with green cale, combined with some cashew nuts and honey, and left over fresh bread with old and vinegar.
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Post by: FireLane on March 26, 2019, 12:11:11 PM
Sesame noodles and chicken. I tossed udon noodles with a dressing of sesame oil, olive oil, soy sauce and rice vinegar, and sprinkled them with sesame seeds, shredded chicken and steamed broccoli. Good either hot or cold.
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Post by: Cool Friend on March 26, 2019, 01:07:22 PM
Fried some leftover baked potatoes on a pan with frozen brocolli, then separately fried some leftover rotisserie chicken with about half a cup of stewed beans and mushrooms.

Love it when a a bunch of random leftovers makes its own new meal.
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Post by: Aelias on March 26, 2019, 02:20:24 PM
Mississippi Style Pork Roast  https://belleofthekitchen.com/2018/06/29/mississippi-pulled-pork-recipe/

I've made this before with beef, and it's delicious but definitely heavy and not an all-the-time thing.  I like it best over egg noodles. 

Tonight's will be a bit improvised because I didn't have an au jus or onion soup mix -- substituted a bit of powdered chicken base, powdered garlic, paprika, dried parsley, and corn starch for thickness.  Also added some caramelized onions I had in the freezer for moisture and flavor.  And like twice as many pepperoncini because they get sooooo good during the cooking.

Dang, now I'm hungry!

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Post by: horsepoor on March 26, 2019, 10:21:07 PM
I made a skillet dinner with diced ham, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers and potatoes, and then had air-fried asparagus on the side.  Last minute concoction since I forgot to thaw stuff out.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 27, 2019, 01:13:52 AM
I found some slices of leftover entrecote in the freezer that were warmed up. Ate them with lettuce, tomatoes and pickled spruce tops (made myself last spring). Combined with a leftover piece of french bread in the oven with oil and vinegar.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 27, 2019, 06:28:33 AM
Last night was shrimp, red onion, mushrooms, and red bell pepper sauteed in butter, olive oil, and Cajun seasoning, served over pasta.

Husband is hanging out with friends tonight. If I'm ambitious, I'll make a big pot of beans and some rice, which will also serve as my lunch for several days. If not, fried eggs and toast with a salad.
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Post by: aetherie on March 27, 2019, 06:14:32 PM
Another miss was trying to make a "vegan" brownie by substituting more water and oil for the 2 eggs. It became an oily gooey mass, more like fudge/icing than brownie. I'm still eating it, but it definitely needs -something if I attempt again (corn starch? apple sauce? Banana? ).   

Flax eggs!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 28, 2019, 01:10:58 AM
Yesterday: Tortellini from a pack, with ham and cheese filling. Made a sauce of mushrooms, fresh vegetables and cream.

Tonight we will be driving, so we will just snack something we find in the grocery store.
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Post by: partgypsy on March 28, 2019, 10:13:53 AM
Last night was shrimp, red onion, mushrooms, and red bell pepper sauteed in butter, olive oil, and Cajun seasoning, served over pasta.

Husband is hanging out with friends tonight. If I'm ambitious, I'll make a big pot of beans and some rice, which will also serve as my lunch for several days. If not, fried eggs and toast with a salad.

Here's a question. I have been eating my rice dish over several days, adding black beans. I just read that rice could have some kind of toxin or bacteria in it, that it is OK to eat the first time you eat it, and 1 more re-heating, but that's it. I was going to eat it for lunch and finish it off, but threw it out after reading this news.
Any thoughts? The main thing it sounds like, after you initially cook rice, to put it in the fridge asap versus leaving out at room temperature.
https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/food-and-diet/can-reheating-rice-cause-food-poisoning/
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Post by: OtherJen on March 28, 2019, 10:52:15 AM
Last night was shrimp, red onion, mushrooms, and red bell pepper sauteed in butter, olive oil, and Cajun seasoning, served over pasta.

Husband is hanging out with friends tonight. If I'm ambitious, I'll make a big pot of beans and some rice, which will also serve as my lunch for several days. If not, fried eggs and toast with a salad.

Here's a question. I have been eating my rice dish over several days, adding black beans. I just read that rice could have some kind of toxin or bacteria in it, that it is OK to eat the first time you eat it, and 1 more re-heating, but that's it. I was going to eat it for lunch and finish it off, but threw it out after reading this news.
Any thoughts? The main thing it sounds like, after you initially cook rice, to put it in the fridge asap versus leaving out at room temperature.
https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/food-and-diet/can-reheating-rice-cause-food-poisoning/

I've never had a problem and have been eating leftover rice my whole life. But yes, I store rice in the fridge once it's cooled enough to put it in tupperware (I don't store hot food in plastic). I also cook it in the pressure cooker so I figure that it's sterilized pretty well to start. Once it's cooked, I don't reheat the whole batch all at once; I only reheat the portion that I'm going to eat at that meal.
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Post by: Davnasty on March 28, 2019, 11:51:57 AM
Last night was shrimp, red onion, mushrooms, and red bell pepper sauteed in butter, olive oil, and Cajun seasoning, served over pasta.

Husband is hanging out with friends tonight. If I'm ambitious, I'll make a big pot of beans and some rice, which will also serve as my lunch for several days. If not, fried eggs and toast with a salad.

Here's a question. I have been eating my rice dish over several days, adding black beans. I just read that rice could have some kind of toxin or bacteria in it, that it is OK to eat the first time you eat it, and 1 more re-heating, but that's it. I was going to eat it for lunch and finish it off, but threw it out after reading this news.
Any thoughts? The main thing it sounds like, after you initially cook rice, to put it in the fridge asap versus leaving out at room temperature.
https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/food-and-diet/can-reheating-rice-cause-food-poisoning/

Quote
•Ideally, serve rice as soon as it has been cooked.
•If that isn't possible, cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within 1 hour).
•Keep rice in the fridge for no more than 1 day until reheating.
•When you reheat any rice, always check the dish is steaming hot all the way through.
•Do not reheat rice more than once.

These guidelines sound pretty extreme to me. I've cooked rice, forgotten about the leftovers on the stove, and then put it in the fridge the next morning. I've also eaten rice that's been in the fridge for at least a week. Sometimes I eat it cold from the fridge.

I think guidelines for food storage and safety lean towards being extra cautious and especially so when they come from medical organizations like the nhs.

Still, good to know that this particular bacteria can be present without an odor. My general rule is that if it smells fine it must be safe but Bacillus cereus could be an exception.
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Post by: partgypsy on March 28, 2019, 01:25:31 PM
I've been eating from this rice dish for the past 4, 5 days and haven't gotten sick, so I don't know if I was just lucky or the rules are extra cautious.

I know when my daughter makes rice pudding, she definitely does not eat it in one setting but over the case of a few days. It makes it hard for me to know what to do in case of primarily rice-based foods, which I have always enjoyed as leftovers...
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on March 28, 2019, 02:23:02 PM
I've been eating from this rice dish for the past 4, 5 days and haven't gotten sick, so I don't know if I was just lucky or the rules are extra cautious.

I know when my daughter makes rice pudding, she definitely does not eat it in one setting but over the case of a few days. It makes it hard for me to know what to do in case of primarily rice-based foods, which I have always enjoyed as leftovers...

I vote for overly cautious. I think you'll be okay as long as you use good food safety practice. I mean, various cultures worldwide base dishes on leftover cooked rice.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 28, 2019, 03:54:38 PM
Last night was shrimp, red onion, mushrooms, and red bell pepper sauteed in butter, olive oil, and Cajun seasoning, served over pasta.

Husband is hanging out with friends tonight. If I'm ambitious, I'll make a big pot of beans and some rice, which will also serve as my lunch for several days. If not, fried eggs and toast with a salad.

Here's a question. I have been eating my rice dish over several days, adding black beans. I just read that rice could have some kind of toxin or bacteria in it, that it is OK to eat the first time you eat it, and 1 more re-heating, but that's it. I was going to eat it for lunch and finish it off, but threw it out after reading this news.
Any thoughts? The main thing it sounds like, after you initially cook rice, to put it in the fridge asap versus leaving out at room temperature.
https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/food-and-diet/can-reheating-rice-cause-food-poisoning/

Quote
•Ideally, serve rice as soon as it has been cooked.
•If that isn't possible, cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within 1 hour).
•Keep rice in the fridge for no more than 1 day until reheating.
•When you reheat any rice, always check the dish is steaming hot all the way through.
•Do not reheat rice more than once.

These guidelines sound pretty extreme to me. I've cooked rice, forgotten about the leftovers on the stove, and then put it in the fridge the next morning. I've also eaten rice that's been in the fridge for at least a week. Sometimes I eat it cold from the fridge.

I think guidelines for food storage and safety lean towards being extra cautious and especially so when they come from medical organizations like the nhs.

Still, good to know that this particular bacteria can be present without an odor. My general rule is that if it smells fine it must be safe but Bacillus cereus could be an exception.

I have once made myself sick from rice. I had frozen a portion. But before eating it, instead of putting it frozen in the microwave like usually, I left it to thaw in the fridge. Then I ate it 2 days later, instead of one day.
That evening I went on multiple day ski trip in the forest, with outside dry toilet. I spend a lot of the evening there on the first and second night. Washing hands in the snow. I couldn't eat food either, no appitite.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Tyson on March 28, 2019, 06:34:50 PM
Does any one have a good fish soup recipe? 
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 28, 2019, 07:57:17 PM
Carnitas salads. The kids had them in tortillas
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Linea_Norway on March 29, 2019, 09:08:23 AM
Does any one have a good fish soup recipe?

Google Bouillabaisse. Typical ingredients are orange peel and fennel. We often use lobster soup as a basis. We also add saffran. The French eat this soup with the fish and crayfish prepared separately, fried. Then on your plate, you pour some soup over the fish. This way the fish is not overcooked. We also make rouille, which is nice on French bread or into the soup.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 29, 2019, 09:13:02 AM
We are at the cabin. We bought a pack of 3 chicken breasts. Half will be eaten with broccoli and sweet potato. The other one with pepper, spring onion, tomato saus, porcini mushroom and pasta. We also got a pack of bacon slices that me go with eggs as a lunch, or in the pasta. And I got a pack of sour milk that I want to make waffle of.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 29, 2019, 09:58:38 AM
I'm going to try this Budget Bytes recipe for chicken yakisoba (https://www.budgetbytes.com/chicken-yakisoba/?utm_content=buffer73107&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=budgetbytesbuffer). I figure I can't go wrong with stir-fried noodles with cabbage and toasted sesame oil.

Last night, husband turned all of the leftover rice from Wednesday into fried rice. We ate most of it and then he took the last of it to work today. So the issue of rice poisoning from that batch, at least, is moot.
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Post by: Dicey on March 29, 2019, 10:06:02 AM
Last night was Taco Thursday with company. Tonight will be burritos, using up the leftovers. Yummy and easy, yay!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Tyson on March 29, 2019, 01:36:53 PM
Does any one have a good fish soup recipe?

Google Bouillabaisse. Typical ingredients are orange peel and fennel. We often use lobster soup as a basis. We also add saffran. The French eat this soup with the fish and crayfish prepared separately, fried. Then on your plate, you pour some soup over the fish. This way the fish is not overcooked. We also make rouille, which is nice on French bread or into the soup.

Thanks!
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Post by: horsepoor on March 29, 2019, 05:15:36 PM
I just seared some chicken thighs, slathered them in homemade BBQ sauce and stuck them in the oven.  I'm steaming golden beets and will toss them in the oven in a minute too.  Lastly, some collards are braising with onion, garlic and chile flakes in the Instant Pot.

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Post by: sparkytheop on March 29, 2019, 06:00:29 PM
I'm making Navajo fry bread tonight, and will eat it with the leftover charro beans.  Not quite Navajo tacos, but it works.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on March 30, 2019, 12:59:40 PM
I made diced sweet potato. Reasonably small cut broccoli. Reasonably small cut chicken. Two slices of bacon. All fried, added soy sauce, potato herbs and coriander powder to the vegetables. Added chili lime and some magic seasoning mix to the chicken and bacon. Then added all together and served. Tasted okay.
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Post by: OtherJen on March 30, 2019, 02:00:52 PM
Probably sauteed chicken, onions, and bell pepper with Mexican spices, served on corn tortillas with the last of the leftover beans from Wednesday. Maybe I'll also make a new batch of beans for lunches.
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Post by: sparkytheop on March 30, 2019, 03:34:16 PM
Need to cook some chicken, so I'll do something with that.  Still have quite a bit of Navajo fry bread, so should do something to eat with those.

Found a recipe for cottage cheese walnut bread, so I'm going to make a loaf of that as well.
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Post by: horsepoor on March 30, 2019, 04:32:08 PM
I want to use up what's left in the fridge before grocery shopping tomorrow, so it will be ham fried rice and a stirfy of random veggies for us tonight.

Thawing out a chuck roast and making pot roast tomorrow; hopefully with lots of leftovers for the week.
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Post by: jeninco on March 30, 2019, 05:06:10 PM
We spent part of the week staying at a VRBO with only a 2-burner induction cooktop, and 5 hungry people. That was interesting...
(We took cooked shredded beef, corn tortillas, shredded cheese, avocado, cabbage & carrots & vinegar for mexican slaw, and had tacos the first night. We swung by a grocery store and had rice noodles with veg and chicken in peanut sauce the second night, with cobbled-together peanut sauce. We went out for mexican the third night.)

Last night: Caldo tlalpeno, i.e. chipotle-flavored chicken-and-vegetable soup, served with cilantro, mild cheese, more chipotles, salsa, pickled red onions, and salad (the salad was not meant to go into the soup, but everything else was). Would recommend.

Tonight: Salmon, with asparagus and ... I dunno, probably rice?
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Post by: OtherJen on March 30, 2019, 06:02:19 PM
^^Yum at caldo tlalpeno! I haven't made that in a while. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Post by: nancy33 on March 30, 2019, 10:55:03 PM
Our hens are laying lots of eggs so I made baked custard for dinner. Yum 😋
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Post by: Cool Friend on April 01, 2019, 07:22:37 AM
Made a big aloo dal using yellow, red, and brown lentils.  I had about 1/3 a cup of each lentil type so just threw them all together.  I'm slowly getting better at simple Indian curries.  Frying mustard seeds before adding the onion, garlic, ginger, and chilis seems to make a big difference.  I love curry and I'm going to figure out how to cook it well, dammit!

Tonight I'm going to bake a chicken breast with some sweet potatoes and sautée mustard greens.
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Post by: OtherJen on April 03, 2019, 07:59:38 AM
Probably sautéed Italian sausage, bell peppers, and onions over pasta. I might add a couple handfuls of chopped greens to the skillet to boost the veg/fiber content.
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Post by: horsepoor on April 03, 2019, 08:14:04 AM
Lamb curry and red lentil dahl.

Tomorrow I'll make soup with the leftovers from last night's roast chicken.
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Post by: fuzzy math on April 03, 2019, 08:27:55 AM
Thinking about beef enchiladas. I've been buying way too much enchilada sauce lately
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 03, 2019, 10:29:26 AM
Still home alone. My attempt to make falafal last night was a bit of a fail. It didn't stay into ball shape, and not in chunk shape either. Eaten that stuff today after reheating it in the oven with a lot of garlic sauce on top, followed by a leftover freezer portion of fish soup, followed by some biscuits.
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Post by: jeninco on April 03, 2019, 01:59:55 PM
Still home alone. My attempt to make falafal last night was a bit of a fail. It didn't stay into ball shape, and not in chunk shape either. Eaten that stuff today after reheating it in the oven with a lot of garlic sauce on top, followed by a leftover freezer portion of fish soup, followed by some biscuits.

I don't know what recipe you used, but I really like the one at https://smittenkitchen.com/2018/12/falafel/. You do have to start soaking the chickpeas the night before, however. And you'll need a food processor.

Tonight here: https://smittenkitchen.com/2016/04/sheet-pan-chicken-tikka/  I even have 1/3 bunch of cilantro and 1/3 bunch of parsley for decorating it.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 03, 2019, 02:55:56 PM
Still home alone. My attempt to make falafal last night was a bit of a fail. It didn't stay into ball shape, and not in chunk shape either. Eaten that stuff today after reheating it in the oven with a lot of garlic sauce on top, followed by a leftover freezer portion of fish soup, followed by some biscuits.

I don't know what recipe you used, but I really like the one at https://smittenkitchen.com/2018/12/falafel/. You do have to start soaking the chickpeas the night before, however. And you'll need a food processor.


I used chickpeas from a pack, no soaking required. Good idea in your recipe to use an ice scoop spoon. I used a normal spoon and I didn't use deep frying oil. I just had them in a frying pan like meatballs. Will do better next time.
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Post by: 35andFI on April 04, 2019, 04:31:55 PM
Made pan fried asparagus with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

It was delicious and only cost $2.31 for 1.16 pounds. 
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on April 05, 2019, 08:29:43 AM
I don’t know yet if husband is visiting his friend tonight. If yes, the contents of our fridge suggest that I should sauté zucchini and mushrooms, add a can of white beans, the last of the tomato paste, and some Greek seasonings, and top the whole mess with feta.

If he’s home tonight, I suppose I could also add a can of oil-packed tuna, which would be an acceptable “meat” content for husband’s palate.
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Post by: jeninco on April 05, 2019, 09:49:31 AM
I went through the chest freezer earlier this week and pulled out all the packages marked "soup bones" that I could find (we buy 1/2 steer each year, so we get a wide assortment of parts). Roasted them, left them in a (huge) crockpot overnight with water, shredded the meat, cooked down the stock, then put everything away.

Last night we had roasted brussels sprouts with part of the shredded meat mixed into tomato sauce with carrots and stuff, served over pasta, with a little shredded sharp chedder. It was OK.

Tonight, ??
We'll have salad, as that's the vegetable(s) in the fridge, and I'm thinking quesadillas, or a layered corn tortilla casserole. We have a strange mix of random leftovers to use up, as I grocery shop on Saturdays and I prefer to start with an empty fridge.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 05, 2019, 11:05:29 AM
I warmed up a freezer portion of long cooked meat. Warmed up some chunks of frozen spinach with some cream. Fried some mushrooms that I had dried last year. Tasted pretty well.
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Post by: turketron on April 05, 2019, 12:02:09 PM
made Mushroom Carbonara last night from this recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3cJG44VPKU (I love Bon Appetit's youtube channel!)

It was goddamn delicious. We didn't do a great job of timing having the pasta ready to go when the mushrooms and shallots were done cooking, but even without doing so it made for a pretty quick weeknight dinner. Made about 5 servings so enough for leftovers for lunch today. If you don't like the video format, the full print recipe is here: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/mushroom-carbonara
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Post by: OtherJen on April 05, 2019, 08:22:42 PM
I don’t know yet if husband is visiting his friend tonight. If yes, the contents of our fridge suggest that I should sauté zucchini and mushrooms, add a can of white beans, the last of the tomato paste, and some Greek seasonings, and top the whole mess with feta.

If he’s home tonight, I suppose I could also add a can of oil-packed tuna, which would be an acceptable “meat” content for husband’s palate.

Husband stayed home and tested out his birthday gift from my parents: a carbon steel wok. We had pad krapow gai (spicy chicken with basil) over jasmine rice. Yum. Seriously, he can cook dinner whenever he wants.
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Post by: jeninco on April 05, 2019, 09:29:25 PM
OtherJen, that sounds wonderful!

We wound up with sort of "clean-out-the-fridge" chef's salads with oven fries, as we turned out to have plenty of salad ingredients, leftover chicken and pork, some leftover ham from lunches (I fried it), along with not-very-hard-cooked eggs. It was fine, and the fridge is now clean.

Also, I have a shopping list, so I'll go first thing tomorrow morning. Tomorrow night's dinner will probably be baja shrimp salad. (Depends on the ripeness of the on-sale avocados.)
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Post by: sparkytheop on April 06, 2019, 04:02:14 AM
Work was going to be too busy to do my usual night shift cooking (I keep a cast iron skillet at work), so I just threw some chicken nuggets in the oven while I took care of some of my duties, before throwing a salad together to take care of more duties (where I would not have any kitchen access for 6 hours).  Wasn't the best, but wasn't the worst, and I got to cook up some fried potatoes, a sausage patty, and an egg later in my shift.
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Post by: BudgetSlasher on April 06, 2019, 03:28:32 PM
Tonight is the first night all of our new kitchen appliances are in. To celebrate I am stepping out of my comfort zone and cooked green tea soba noodles with seared scollops and ahi tuna with peanut sauce (cooked sous vide and seared).
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Post by: OtherJen on April 06, 2019, 04:56:07 PM
Tonight is the first night all of our new kitchen appliances are in. To celebrate I am stepping out of my comfort zone and cooked green tea soba noodles with seared scollops and ahi tuna with peanut sauce (cooked sous vide and seared).

YUM. Congrats on the new kitchen!

Our weather is fantastic today, so I think I'll have husband grill some chicken thighs. We'll have those with the zucchini/mushroom sauté and rice.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 07, 2019, 08:20:08 AM
made Mushroom Carbonara last night from this recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3cJG44VPKU (I love Bon Appetit's youtube channel!)

It was goddamn delicious. We didn't do a great job of timing having the pasta ready to go when the mushrooms and shallots were done cooking, but even without doing so it made for a pretty quick weeknight dinner. Made about 5 servings so enough for leftovers for lunch today. If you don't like the video format, the full print recipe is here: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/mushroom-carbonara

Thanks for the idea. I will try to make something similar. But with different mushrooms from my self picked stock, with different pasta shapes and with different cheese. Still hope that it will taste good.
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Post by: horsepoor on April 07, 2019, 08:40:40 AM
Sourdough bread and a big pot of chili.  We'll have salad first, and planning to eat leftover chili the next couple days.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 07, 2019, 11:50:38 AM
Made a turkey breast yesterday. Used the Reynolds oven cooking bags and turkey comes out perfect every time! So moist and tender.
Had some beets that I wrapped in foil and roasted them too.

Today, cut up a bunch of apples and two tiny pears and added to my slow cooker. Making apple sauce with cinnamon and a little brown sugar. Left the skins on and once apples are soft I will put it all in the Vita Mix and will blend it up so skins will be non existant!
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Post by: John Galt incarnate! on April 07, 2019, 12:52:55 PM
Maybe I'll have spaghetti tonight.
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Post by: sparkytheop on April 07, 2019, 02:41:49 PM
Nothing exciting tonight, just soaking pinto beans to make refried beans in the instant pot for tacos/burritos.  It makes a lot, but the beans freeze well so I can do that and use the rest later.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on April 08, 2019, 06:23:55 PM
Buffalo chicken sliders
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Post by: Tyson on April 08, 2019, 06:31:16 PM
Spicy Italian chicken sausage, roasted potatoes, mixed greens salad w/avocado ranch dressing.  Yum and pretty cheap. 
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Post by: OtherJen on April 08, 2019, 07:51:03 PM
Stuck-pot rice with lentils  (https://smittenkitchen.com/2014/02/stuck-pot-rice-with-lentils-and-yogurt/) (we're a bit obsessed with this recipe), grilled salmon, and steamed broccoli and cauliflower (from frozen).
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Post by: jeninco on April 09, 2019, 03:14:03 PM
Black bean and corn salad in a lime chipotle dressing, with red peppers, pickled onions, and avocados. Probably with homemade tortilla chips, out of some crappy freezer-burnt corn tortillas.

Possibly steamed artichokes -- they were an impulse purchase yesterday.
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Post by: OtherJen on April 09, 2019, 04:37:21 PM
Frozen gluten-free pizza from Costco and side salad. We both slept really horribly last night and I wore myself out with a nature walk, so our usual dinners feel insurmountable tonight.
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Post by: jeninco on April 09, 2019, 05:28:48 PM
Frozen gluten-free pizza from Costco and side salad. We both slept really horribly last night and I wore myself out with a nature walk, so our usual dinners feel insurmountable tonight.

That actually sounds really good as a "let's just eat dinner" fairly healthy dinner.  I can't wait until I'm not feeding hordes of starving teenagers (OK, just two, but it feels like a horde!) and we can have normal human-being suppers like that!
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Post by: OtherJen on April 09, 2019, 07:11:19 PM
Frozen gluten-free pizza from Costco and side salad. We both slept really horribly last night and I wore myself out with a nature walk, so our usual dinners feel insurmountable tonight.

That actually sounds really good as a "let's just eat dinner" fairly healthy dinner.  I can't wait until I'm not feeding hordes of starving teenagers (OK, just two, but it feels like a horde!) and we can have normal human-being suppers like that!

2 teenagers = at least 4 adults. And yes, this is one of our sanity-saving meals.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 10, 2019, 08:09:11 AM
Having my second corned beef and cabbage with carrots, taters, onion, garlic. Always have one St. Patrick's day and then another one a month down the road. Just got it all into the crockpot. Cabbage will be put in towards the end.
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Post by: OtherJen on April 10, 2019, 08:19:02 AM
Having my second corned beef and cabbage with carrots, taters, onion, garlic. Always have one St. Patrick's day and then another one a month down the road. Just got it all into the crockpot. Cabbage will be put in towards the end.

Yum. We love corned beef but never think to make it except around St. Pat's day. I really need to stock up the freezer when the corned briskets are on sale.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 10, 2019, 08:54:34 AM
I usually buy two in March. The expiration date is pretty long so I don't freeze the second one. I don't get it why people only eat corned beef on ST. Patrick's day! It is a good crockpot easy peasy dinner! But they cost more during the rest of the year. Next year maybe I will pick up 5 and freeze three of them!

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Post by: Tyson on April 10, 2019, 10:02:01 AM
I have some leftover Italian chicken sausages, I'm going to make some rice and frozen mixed veggies, and use a green curry sauce I have in the fridge. 
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Post by: Poundwise on April 10, 2019, 02:21:20 PM
My SIL does this awesome Vietnamese noodle dish with mushrooms and egg noodles and vegetables and stuff. She's somehow very cagey when I ask her for the recipe... I think she just makes it up as she goes along. I tried to watch her closely last time she made it.  I got Maggi sauce, Vietnamese fish sauce, and the noodles.  Let's see if my industrial espionage pays off!
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Post by: turketron on April 10, 2019, 02:39:31 PM
My SIL does this awesome Vietnamese noodle dish with mushrooms and egg noodles and vegetables and stuff. She's somehow very cagey when I ask her for the recipe... I think she just makes it up as she goes along. I tried to watch her closely last time she made it.  I got Maggi sauce, Vietnamese fish sauce, and the noodles.  Let's see if my industrial espionage pays off!

That sounds super tasty! Report back with your findings please :D
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Post by: OtherJen on April 10, 2019, 07:04:37 PM
Ugh. Dealt with roof replacement all day while trying to work at home. Dinner was Costco rotisserie chicken, roasted potatoes, and broccoli/cauliflower mix (from frozen).
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Post by: Poundwise on April 10, 2019, 07:18:18 PM
My SIL does this awesome Vietnamese noodle dish with mushrooms and egg noodles and vegetables and stuff. She's somehow very cagey when I ask her for the recipe... I think she just makes it up as she goes along. I tried to watch her closely last time she made it.  I got Maggi sauce, Vietnamese fish sauce, and the noodles.  Let's see if my industrial espionage pays off!

That sounds super tasty! Report back with your findings please :D

It was okay, but not as good as what she does.  Unfortunately my fresh lo mein noodles (the egg ones) had gone bad so I had to dig out some dry rice noodles, like are used in pho, from the pantry. While the noodles were boiling,
I sliced oyster and shiitake mushrooms, then sauteed in oil. She also used enoki mushrooms and some other fancy wild mushrooms but I had to work with what was available at my grocery store.  Separately, I sauteed slice chicken breast (she used some processed meat that is unfamiliar to me). 

Then, I made a sauce and this is where I think I went wrong. I can't remember what liquid she used as base... maybe it should have been chicken broth, but I used a half cup of mirin cooking wine. I added splashes of soy sauce, Maggi, and fish sauce. Then I added maybe a quarter cup of sugar.  Thinking back, maybe I should have sauted ginger and green onion in the oil that I used to cook the chicken. Garlic might also have been a good idea, and bell pepper.

Anyway, I tossed all the cooked ingredients together, plus some fresh spinach leaves, warmed them slightly in the pan, and added the sauce.

It was okay but not really the same dish that she cooked. Family ate well.  It's been a few months since we had the original meal at my brother-in-law's house, so I'll have to hope she makes it again next time we see them!

@OtherJen, sometimes we just have to keep body and soul together.  You pulled through and put another hot meal on the table, and that's what matters!

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Post by: OtherJen on April 11, 2019, 09:06:18 PM
I redeemed myself by making chicken stock from the Costco chicken, and then chicken vegetable soup for dinner.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 12, 2019, 06:10:46 AM
Yesterday I warmed up a freezer portion of beans and lentils. Tonight I will eat a freezer portion of potato, cabbage and maybe some meat. The freezer had 2 portions of potato and cabbage left.

That will be the last day of being home alone and eating leftovers each day.
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Post by: Cool Friend on April 12, 2019, 07:15:17 AM
Had some leftover sardine salad and baked sweet potato, so I used an egg as a binder and made fishcakes.  They came out... okay.  I've never made fishcakes before so I probably need more practice/more ideal ingredient ratios.
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Post by: horsepoor on April 12, 2019, 10:13:17 AM
Yesterday we had some leftover rotisserie chicken, so I sauteed some shallots and mushrooms while cooking some pasta in the Instant Pot.  Added broccoli and shredded chicken, plus some grated parm and chile flakes.  It was a treat since we don't eat pasta very often.

Tonight will probably brats with carrots, cabbage and homemade sauerkraut.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 12, 2019, 10:57:14 AM
Having stuffed peppers. I subscribe to Misfits Market organic veggie delivery and I get one big box every two weeks. I try to use up my allotment during the two weeks for two people. It is working out pretty good but I have to be diligent in using up the veggies. Right now I have two English cukes, two eggplants, 3 turnips, two butternut squash and 4 oranges, one grapefruit to use up before Tuesday. The peppers were one of the veggies in my box so now that is being used up. I will slice, bread and bake the eggplant and probably freeze. The cukes I will make a cuke, sour cream, dill, sugar, vinegar salad out of. The turnips, I will boil/mash with a tater to make a mock mashed tater side dish. Butternut squash I could bake up or make a soup. Any Butternut squash suggestions?
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Post by: mm1970 on April 12, 2019, 12:32:14 PM
Frozen pizza if my husband makes his connection and can pick up the kids (we are out of frozen pizza, so I have to buy it first)

If not...I dunno.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Cool Friend on April 12, 2019, 12:41:19 PM
Frozen pizza if my husband makes his connection and can pick up the kids (we are out of frozen pizza, so I have to buy it first)

If not...I dunno.

Got anything else in the pantry or fridge if pizza doesn’t pan out?
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Post by: Parizade on April 12, 2019, 12:51:45 PM
I'll bake a whole sweet potato in the microwave, then top it with some pulled bbq chicken, raw spinache and red onions.
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Post by: OtherJen on April 12, 2019, 05:28:44 PM
Husband is attempting pad see ew in his new wok. Mmm, rice noodles.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 13, 2019, 12:07:45 PM
Potatoes cut in diced and fried. Cooked cauliflower. Chorizo burgers and fried cailiflower leaves.
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Post by: WhiteTrashCash on April 13, 2019, 01:42:33 PM
It's the weekend so homemade pizza night! And maybe we'll get crazy and watch some episodes of "The Flash" that we recorded on our over-the-air DVR. We just got caught up on "Black Lightning" last night, so time to move on to the next superhero show.
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Post by: OtherJen on April 13, 2019, 05:41:00 PM
Taco rice.
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Post by: jeninco on April 14, 2019, 02:00:17 PM
Having stuffed peppers. I subscribe to Misfits Market organic veggie delivery and I get one big box every two weeks. I try to use up my allotment during the two weeks for two people. It is working out pretty good but I have to be diligent in using up the veggies. Right now I have two English cukes, two eggplants, 3 turnips, two butternut squash and 4 oranges, one grapefruit to use up before Tuesday. The peppers were one of the veggies in my box so now that is being used up. I will slice, bread and bake the eggplant and probably freeze. The cukes I will make a cuke, sour cream, dill, sugar, vinegar salad out of. The turnips, I will boil/mash with a tater to make a mock mashed tater side dish. Butternut squash I could bake up or make a soup. Any Butternut squash suggestions?

Cube the squash, toss with some oil and bake, then make into a roasted squash salad. Google for ideas, but I like this one:https://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/roasted-winter-squash-salad-recipe.html
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Post by: turketron on April 14, 2019, 02:25:15 PM
Having my parents over for dinner, making eggplant parmesan from a Serious Eats recipe (https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/08/italian-style-eggplant-parmesan-melanzane-alla-parmigiana-recipe.html) that's one of my all-time favorites. Also just got some ramekins for a wedding gift so we're experimenting with Molten Chocolate cake for dessert. Let's hope it turns out ok!
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Post by: OtherJen on April 14, 2019, 04:56:05 PM
Homemade tomato sauce (Marcella Hazan's recipe) with ground beef, mushrooms, and garlic over penne pasta.
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Post by: Parizade on April 14, 2019, 06:45:28 PM
Ground turkey stir fry over brown rice.
https://www.budgetbytes.com/ground-turkey-stir-fry/
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Post by: OtherJen on April 14, 2019, 07:21:25 PM
Crockpot sesame beef (budget bytes recipe) with broiled asparagus and kimchi fried rice -- the latter was mainly to use up a bunch of rice that was languishing in the fridge, but boy was it tasty!  Used this recipe-- https://mykoreankitchen.com/kimchi-fried-rice/ -- and substituted plain old cremini mushrooms (that were also languishing in the fridge) for the enoki mushrooms.  It was a big hit and will be going into the meal rotation on a regular basis.

That sesame beef recipe is one of our favorites. Thanks for sharing the kimchi rice recipe! It sounds delicious and I know my husband would love it.
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Post by: jeninco on April 16, 2019, 05:47:25 PM
Shepherd & shepherdess pie!

(Shepherd is traditionally with lamb, shepherdess is traditionally vegetarian: I'm using both red lentils AND some shredded beef from making stock a week or so ago -- it was in the freezer. Onion, carrot, probably edamame, as I don't much like peas. Leftover baked potatoes, mashed with stuff.) Also, salad.
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Post by: OtherJen on April 16, 2019, 07:24:40 PM
Crustless quiche with onion, red bell pepper, bacon, and Swiss cheese and roasted potatoes.
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Post by: partgypsy on April 17, 2019, 06:26:30 AM
I have all the stuff to make a big thing of vegetarian curry. I was going to make it last night but I got home late and so was so tired I wasn't hungry. So tonight it is (fresh califlower, cabbage, also bag of frozen veggies), rice on the side.

My kids and I love the mango lassi. I want to learn how to make that. 
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Post by: OtherJen on April 17, 2019, 09:13:30 PM
Husband made a chicken and veg stir fry with brown rice (I worked until 9 pm).
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Post by: Tyson on April 17, 2019, 09:34:41 PM
Street tacos using ground turkey breast (99 cent/lb).  And I used this home made taco seasoning recipe someone here linked to earlier:

https://www.rachelcooks.com/2011/10/28/homemade-taco-seasoning/

Had half an avocado left over from the salad last night so used that & some shredded cheese and lettuce.  Yummy.  My 12 year old daughter approved, too!
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Post by: Dicey on April 17, 2019, 11:21:55 PM
Burrrrritos, using 1/3 of the batch of taco meat we batch cooked the other day. Today's Secret Ingredient was  sliced and sauteed onions, as we have many to use up. Yummy!
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Post by: Poundwise on April 18, 2019, 07:20:00 AM

My kids and I love the mango lassi. I want to learn how to make that.

The secret to restaurant-style mango lassi, I find, is to get canned mango pulp from an Indian grocery store.  I've tried using frozen mango chunks but it's just not the same.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on April 18, 2019, 11:28:21 AM
Making salmon tonight. We are making an effort to increase our fish intake to at least twice a week.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on April 18, 2019, 08:39:48 PM
My parents are in town & are awesome, so they made chicken enchiladas & cake.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 19, 2019, 10:22:18 AM
Warming up frozen homemade pizza.
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Post by: davisgang90 on April 19, 2019, 01:32:40 PM
Pizza!  Kroger crusts and our toppings.  That and home brewed beer.

Mmmmmmm....BEER!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 20, 2019, 07:20:38 AM
Two recipes from the cookbook Simple:

Burrata with roasted gapes. I will use mozerella instead of burrata.

Entrecote with harissa, peppers and lemonsauce.
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Post by: sparkytheop on April 20, 2019, 02:34:45 PM
Not sure yet, but something without campfire ashes...  After four days of camping and cooking all food on the fire, I'm going to miss that smoky flavor...
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 21, 2019, 02:23:06 AM
Whole chicken with lemon.
Couscous with tomatoes.
Salad with haricot verts and green aspergus.
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Post by: Dicey on April 21, 2019, 04:47:05 AM
We hosted a party at our house tonight. Everybody brings an appetizer. Yesterday, I hosted a breakfast for another group and there were leftovers, which of course I packed up and brought home. Since I paid for the food, why wouldn't I?

Tonight's contribution to the array of appetizers was yesterday's leftovers, prettily arranged on a nice platter.  And voila!  Dinner was served.

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Post by: soccerluvof4 on April 21, 2019, 05:01:42 AM
Last night it was nice to finally have a great evening, breakout the grill and have some steaks.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 21, 2019, 05:18:49 AM
I made this salad last night and it was sooo good! https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/tuscan-kale-caesar-slaw
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on April 21, 2019, 10:19:09 AM
My husband is grilling chicken and we'll serve that with salad. And, a nice bottle of wine.
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Post by: Hula Hoop on April 21, 2019, 10:24:43 AM
We're having roast chicken, potatoes and other veggies plus some asparagus and nice wine for Easter dinner tonight.  And chocolate easter eggs for dessert.
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Post by: horsepoor on April 21, 2019, 10:31:40 AM
Last night I roasted a small cauliflower and ate the whole thing with a fish sauce/chile paste/sesame oil dip.

Tonight I'm making pizza with my sourdough starter, homemade pesto and fresh mozzarella.  Maybe a spinach salad on the side.
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Post by: OtherJen on April 21, 2019, 11:33:58 AM
Husband put spare ribs in the smoker about an hour ago. I'll make a batch of multi-veggie cole slaw and roasted potatoes. The weather is incredible, so we might get to eat on the patio.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 21, 2019, 01:31:56 PM
Tonight will be sea scallops on top of yellow saffron rice and left over Tuscan kale salad.
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Post by: jeninco on April 21, 2019, 09:25:33 PM
Last night: we had back-to-back away soccer games, so before we left (and at the advice of my friendly butchers) I stuck a random "roast" from our 1/2 steer into a crockpot with some spices and a bit of stock. We cooked it on high for a few hours, then low for the rest of the day. Had it for dinner with baked potatoes, salad, and asparagus. And orange cake.

Today: most of us had polenta (or "cheese grits") with a cauliflower and tomato sauce, with more white cheddar on top. The kid who really doesn't like polenta had the same stuff over a leftover baked potato. And jelly beans left over from this morning.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 22, 2019, 02:31:56 AM
Whole chicken with lemon.
Couscous with tomatoes.
Salad with haricot verts and green aspergus.

Same as yesterday, as I made a double portion of the side dishes. A whole chicken is always two portions for two people, or even more.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on April 22, 2019, 09:50:53 AM
Last night: we had back-to-back away soccer games, so before we left (and at the advice of my friendly butchers) I stuck a random "roast" from our 1/2 steer into a crockpot with some spices and a bit of stock. We cooked it on high for a few hours, then low for the rest of the day. Had it for dinner with baked potatoes, salad, and asparagus. And orange cake.

Today: most of us had polenta (or "cheese grits") with a cauliflower and tomato sauce, with more white cheddar on top. The kid who really doesn't like polenta had the same stuff over a leftover baked potato. And jelly beans left over from this morning.

@jeninco - my kids play club soccer as well, but never games on Easter! This was such a relaxing weekend without games. We are back at it next weekend, with both boys in tournaments, so six games if no playoffs. ;-)

For dinner today, we're having leftover Persian food. We have a little bit of beef kebab, chicken kebab, & a few variants of rice dishes. Yum!
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Post by: mm1970 on April 22, 2019, 11:49:51 AM
I'm sure my kids will be thrilled for a third day of black bean sweet potato chili.  (Actually, they didn't eat it on Saturday, so it's only night 2 for them).  There are 2 slices of leftover pizza for them, if they want.

And kale chips.
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Post by: Hula Hoop on April 22, 2019, 11:54:25 AM
My 10 year old is making risotto (with my help).
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Post by: FireLane on April 22, 2019, 04:39:25 PM
Quinoa salad with chickpeas, tomato, cucumber and pink beans, with an olive oil-lime juice dressing and a sprinkling of chopped fresh parsley.
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Post by: OtherJen on April 22, 2019, 08:02:38 PM
Locally made holiday kielbasa sautéed with sliced onion and shredded cabbage, and roasted potatoes.
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Post by: horsepoor on April 22, 2019, 09:34:39 PM
Last night I roasted a small cauliflower and ate the whole thing with a fish sauce/chile paste/sesame oil dip.

Same, but broccoli tonight.  I had a burger and fries for a late lunch, so no need to eat a "real" dinner.

Tomorrow I'll probably roast chicken, cabbage and butternut squash and eat that for a few days.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 23, 2019, 01:34:48 AM
We need to make something of the leftover chicken that I scraped off the carcass yesterday.
Maybe some tortilla wraps, with some green salad.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on April 23, 2019, 03:12:01 AM
Was busy as all hell so just threw in some stuffed porkchops, grean beans, heated up some chopped up sweet potato chunks and had a few leftover Turkey Sausages Italian to eat up.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 23, 2019, 05:43:57 AM
Tonight will be oven roasted turkey breast, pesto egg noodles and fresh green beans sautéed with garlic, butter, parsley.
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Post by: Tyson on April 23, 2019, 10:38:02 AM
Found out I'm allergic to beef :( 

I cut beef out for a while, and my psoriasis went away.  Had steak on Sunday and again yesterday (leftovers) and it flared right back up!  Damn, that sucks.  I love beef. 

Oh well, I also love fish, chicken, pork and lamb, none of which seem to cause me any problems.  So for dinner tonight I'm making street tacos from ground turkey breast.  I've had it before, it's very yummy.
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Post by: OtherJen on April 23, 2019, 03:12:41 PM
Sorry to hear that, @tyort1 . Food allergies can be so frustrating, but at least you figured it out! Street tacos sound delicious.

For us: I have a 6 pm meeting. Chicken thighs are currently in a shawarma marinade (lemon juice, olive oil, tons of garlic, various spices) and will be grilled once husband gets home from work. I'll make up a garlic yogurt sauce and slice some tomatoes and cucumbers. Not sure yet if we'll want a starch like gluten-free wrap bread or rice.
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Post by: jeninco on April 23, 2019, 04:29:11 PM
@OtherJen , Yum! We need to get more Indian-inspired things into the rotation. It's suddenly become spring (in the way that happens here -- it snowed last week, now it's 75F), and I'm thinking through the spring things.

Last night: chili with the leftover shredded meat from that "roast".  And rainbow slaw (dressed with just rice vinegar) corn chips, avocados, and cheddar.

Tonight: Grilled pork chops (I need to go brush them with mustard), sweet potato and russet baked wedges, probably cabbage. And sauerkraut and mustard.
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Post by: horsepoor on April 23, 2019, 06:36:45 PM
Changed plans and made a big batch of chicken larb with cashews and Thai basil pesto dressing.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 24, 2019, 02:15:02 AM
Found out I'm allergic to beef :( 

I cut beef out for a while, and my psoriasis went away.  Had steak on Sunday and again yesterday (leftovers) and it flared right back up!  Damn, that sucks.  I love beef. 

Oh well, I also love fish, chicken, pork and lamb, none of which seem to cause me any problems.  So for dinner tonight I'm making street tacos from ground turkey breast.  I've had it before, it's very yummy.

It's not nice to be allergic to food you love, but you should be happy that your illness is so easy to prevent as long as you eat correctly. I have noticed that I respond badly to unions. It is a PITA to avoid those, but I got used to it and the difference for my belly problems is like day and night.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 24, 2019, 02:15:41 AM
Green salad with veggie burgers. And something potato-ish.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on April 24, 2019, 04:01:42 AM
Was working in the kitchen all day painting so just made chicken thighs on the grill and chicken fried rice on the stove. Good and easy.
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Post by: John Galt incarnate! on April 24, 2019, 06:06:23 PM
Green salad with veggie burgers. And something potato-ish.

My dinner will include something  potato-ish too.

Mashed potatoes, pork chops, applesauce, and ice cream for dessert.
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Post by: OtherJen on April 24, 2019, 07:44:55 PM
Grilled salmon, tahdig (Iranian stuck-pot rice; apparently we’re on a Middle Eastern kick this week) and spinach salad with homemade vinaigrette.
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Post by: jeninco on April 25, 2019, 09:18:59 AM
Last night: made a big black bean salad (with onions, red peppers, corn, chipotle-lime dressing) in the afternoon, then had scoops warmed up for dinner with fried eggs, warmed up tortillas, a little grated cheese, and some salad.

Tonight: beef and broccoli stir-fry. The beef is defrosting now (it's easier to cut thin slices when it's half-defrosted).
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 25, 2019, 11:10:18 AM
I just made and ate soup, made of leftover broccoli stilks from the freezer, some carrots, a chunk of french blue cheese, some leaves of self picked wild garlic and selfmade mushroom soy sauce. Served with home made croutons of leftover bread ends from the freezer. I also thickened the soup with old bread. I added a boiled egg for some additional protein.
DH liked it.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on April 25, 2019, 02:31:39 PM
Tonight going with a good ole Italian basic the kids will love. Baked Mostacoli with Italian 1/4 inch or so sliced sausage chunks instead of meatballs and Garlic bread and salad for the side. Need something simple as I mulched all day.
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Post by: Cool Friend on April 26, 2019, 07:18:23 AM
I just made and ate soup, made of leftover broccoli stilks from the freezer, some carrots, a chunk of french blue cheese, some leaves of self picked wild garlic and selfmade mushroom soy sauce. Served with home made croutons of leftover bread ends from the freezer. I also thickened the soup with old bread. I added a boiled egg for some additional protein.
DH liked it.

That sounds good as hell.
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Post by: mm1970 on April 26, 2019, 10:04:52 AM
Last night we had sauteed sausage and baked chicken fingers.  I also made a dill-potato salad with steamed snap peas and a lemon vinaigrette.

Our veggie box mid week had baby potatoes and dill.  I cooked the potatoes in the instant pot (first time ever) and they were perfect.  5 min pressure, a few min natural then release.  Red onion, dill, lemon juice/vinegar/garlic (lemon from my neighbor's tree), snap peas, yum!

Tonight is Friday, so frozen pizza and salad.
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Post by: OtherJen on April 26, 2019, 07:25:42 PM
Bacon, scrambled eggs, and roasted potatoes. I should probably peel a couple of oranges for dessert.
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Post by: slackmax on April 27, 2019, 06:49:10 AM
Tried something new. Made a small casserole dish of layers of hamburger and eggplant, with cottage cheese on top.  Turned out OK.

I was happy to find the eggplant was only $1.69 a pound. 

Next on the list is lasagna. 
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 27, 2019, 10:17:43 AM
I get a Misfits Market organic vegetable box every two weeks. I order the big box and it lasts just about two weeks. It is challenging to find new recipes using the veggies that I rarely or never buy. I also made eggplant parmesan last night and it was delish!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 27, 2019, 11:09:59 AM
Today I made a starter of fried ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris), with a parmesan imitation amd pine nuts. Good feedback that it was restaurant quality, but could use a øittle vinegar.

Main dish was fried catfish, served with mashed potato with wild garlic and cooked broccoli.

The fern and wild garlic I picked myself yesterday and today.
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Post by: horsepoor on April 27, 2019, 03:00:44 PM
I'm doing keto or something close to it for a couple weeks to get rid of my burgeoning sweet tooth.

Last night I steamed a head of cauliflower, broke it up and mixed it in a small casserole dish with chopped green chile, cilantro and green onions, then did a layer of cheddar, layer of carnitas, more of the green chile mixture, and more cheese on top.  Baked until the cheese started to brown.  It was mm,mm good.  Looking forward to eating the leftovers for dinner tonight.
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Post by: jeninco on April 27, 2019, 08:06:19 PM
We had leftover black bean salad from last week, so made enchiladas and cabbage/carrot slaw. Tasty!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on April 29, 2019, 09:15:24 AM
Sorry to hear that, @tyort1 . Food allergies can be so frustrating, but at least you figured it out! Street tacos sound delicious.

For us: I have a 6 pm meeting. Chicken thighs are currently in a shawarma marinade (lemon juice, olive oil, tons of garlic, various spices) and will be grilled once husband gets home from work. I'll make up a garlic yogurt sauce and slice some tomatoes and cucumbers. Not sure yet if we'll want a starch like gluten-free wrap bread or rice.

@OtherJen - you can actually use yogurt in the marinade to make the chicken extra moist. My husband makes a Persian kebab recipe that way.

We'll be having leftover chicken kebabs + rice. We didn't really get a chance to eat much yesterday between soccer games.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on April 29, 2019, 12:54:44 PM
Sausages and cakes made of green weeds, sweet potato, eggs, flour and herbs. Served with a bit of tomato salsa with fresh koriander that I planted in the kitchen window.
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Post by: Parizade on April 29, 2019, 02:05:52 PM
Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup
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Post by: OtherJen on April 29, 2019, 03:59:17 PM
Bean and ham soup.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: horsepoor on April 29, 2019, 05:01:21 PM
Keto lamb burgers and a big salad.
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Post by: Raenia on April 29, 2019, 07:14:09 PM
Nachos, because we're adults!
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Post by: jeninco on April 29, 2019, 07:41:02 PM
Lentil, sausage, vegetable and kale soup, with homemade croutons and grated cheese.

Because it's Freakin'  snowing again. Happy spring, everyone!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Rural on April 29, 2019, 07:55:49 PM
Tried making veggies and tofu in the crockpot and adding General Tso spice mix for flavor. Do not recommend, not at all. This combination turns out well when stirfried, but makes a watery soup in the slow cooker, even when I use less liquid overall. It was gross. We ate it anyway, and tomorrow is another day.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on April 30, 2019, 04:23:03 AM
Just made herb, garlic, and butter marinaded chicken breasts with a side of pasta and steamed some California style veggies. Very busy this week so going to be quick easy meals to make.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 30, 2019, 04:27:04 AM
For the first time ever, I made home made butter! I watched a YouTube video and thought I knew what I was doing but ruined the first batch and had to chuck it. I rewatched the video and tried it again. The butter came out really nice. However, it sure didn't save me any money considering I ruined the first batch. But now I know how to make it and might keep a look out for whipping cream when it goes on sale and make butter out of it, then freeze it.
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Post by: OtherJen on April 30, 2019, 07:31:44 AM
I think we’re having tacos. I thawed some ground beef, and I have a lot of bell and hot peppers to use before they wilt/shrivel. Maybe I’ll roast the bell peppers with some onions for a fajita-like topping.
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Post by: horsepoor on April 30, 2019, 07:48:07 AM
For the first time ever, I made home made butter! I watched a YouTube video and thought I knew what I was doing but ruined the first batch and had to chuck it. I rewatched the video and tried it again. The butter came out really nice. However, it sure didn't save me any money considering I ruined the first batch. But now I know how to make it and might keep a look out for whipping cream when it goes on sale and make butter out of it, then freeze it.

Ooh, can you link to the tutorial you used?  Sometimes the cream from the local dairy that uses glass bottles is on clearance, and this would be a good way to use/preserve it.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: soccerluvof4 on April 30, 2019, 02:45:46 PM
Split barbecue Chickens, Chicken fried rice , a veggie loaded salad and a steamed mixed bag of frozen veggies
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Roadrunner53 on April 30, 2019, 04:50:38 PM
For the first time ever, I made home made butter! I watched a YouTube video and thought I knew what I was doing but ruined the first batch and had to chuck it. I rewatched the video and tried it again. The butter came out really nice. However, it sure didn't save me any money considering I ruined the first batch. But now I know how to make it and might keep a look out for whipping cream when it goes on sale and make butter out of it, then freeze it.

Ooh, can you link to the tutorial you used?  Sometimes the cream from the local dairy that uses glass bottles is on clearance, and this would be a good way to use/preserve it.

This is the video I used as an example. I have a Vita Mix blender and I think it is more powerful than this blender in the video  so things went quicker and that is why I ruined the first batch. This is a good tutorial and I would suggest you watch it several times to 'get' what this lady is talking about. It was really kind of fun and I was like WOW, I made butter! They liquid whey is supposed to be good for other stuff too but I didn't look into that. Maybe do a search for what you can use whey in so you don't waste it like I did.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MAzSv3SlnY
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Linea_Norway on May 01, 2019, 11:52:06 AM
DH caught a fish, one of these flat type fishes. We ate it with ostrich fern, bacon and potatoes.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on May 01, 2019, 02:28:57 PM
Homemade red pasta sauce, as this will allow me to use up the rest of the ground beef that I thawed for last night's tacos, the rest of a can of tomato paste that I opened for soup on Monday, some of the fresh basil that I couldn't resist at the store, and a small pack of mushrooms before they shrivel. I haven't decided whether this will be served with penne or spaghetti.
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Post by: jeninco on May 01, 2019, 08:14:37 PM
It's been cool and rainy (with an occasional interlude of hail and snow, and, oh yeah, it was sunny once for 5 minutes) today, so we had fidget casserole. It's like a "fidget pie" apparently a traditional Shropshire thing, but without the fussiness of a crust -- our version is a giant baked dish of leeks, onions, potatoes, apples, and bits of ham, all cooked with sage in a cheesy sauce. I was taking a kid to a music lesson, and this was in the oven cooking itself, all ready to take out when we returned home.

Also salad, for healthiness.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: horsepoor on May 02, 2019, 10:30:53 PM
For the first time ever, I made home made butter! I watched a YouTube video and thought I knew what I was doing but ruined the first batch and had to chuck it. I rewatched the video and tried it again. The butter came out really nice. However, it sure didn't save me any money considering I ruined the first batch. But now I know how to make it and might keep a look out for whipping cream when it goes on sale and make butter out of it, then freeze it.

Ooh, can you link to the tutorial you used?  Sometimes the cream from the local dairy that uses glass bottles is on clearance, and this would be a good way to use/preserve it.

This is the video I used as an example. I have a Vita Mix blender and I think it is more powerful than this blender in the video  so things went quicker and that is why I ruined the first batch. This is a good tutorial and I would suggest you watch it several times to 'get' what this lady is talking about. It was really kind of fun and I was like WOW, I made butter! They liquid whey is supposed to be good for other stuff too but I didn't look into that. Maybe do a search for what you can use whey in so you don't waste it like I did.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MAzSv3SlnY

Cool, thanks!  I've used whey for baking, and barring that, the chickens love it.

Dinner tonight was luxurious:  T-bones from the beef quarter we just got, topped with sauteed leek (homegrown volunteer) and shiitake mushrooms and grilled asparagus.  I wanted to make something nice for DH who just got home from a long trip overseas, but he pretty much face planted when he got home from work and didn't eat.  But that's OK because I get to have steak for lunch tomorrow.
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Post by: middo on May 02, 2019, 10:41:23 PM
Tonight is my take on chilli-con:

Meat sauce made with:
1 kg minced beef
800 grams baked beans
cumin (lots)
paprika (lots)

Salsa:
400gm can of diced tomatoes
Chillis from the garden (habaneros are good)
a capsicum
2 onions diced
fried until thickish.

Served as baked potatoes opened up, then meat sauce, grated cheese, salsa and greek yoghurt.

Enjoy with a homebrew beer in front of tonight's football game.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Linea_Norway on May 02, 2019, 11:58:36 PM
Yesterday I roasted a cabbage in the oven with oil, garlic, chili and ginger. With baked potato slices and small meatballs.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: jeninco on May 03, 2019, 10:39:51 AM
Last night: grilled porkchops, roasted sweet potato wedges, roast cauliflower salad. Apple cake.

Tonight: (After the third kid concert in 5 days) pizza and salad. I started the dough a few hours ago. I'll probably bake one up in the afternoon, so it can be eaten as a pre-concert snack.

Thank heavens the instrument-playing kid is in a decent high school band. I don't have much more "sitting through performances by beginners" left in my behind.
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Post by: Cool Friend on May 03, 2019, 10:47:54 AM
Yesterday I roasted a cabbage in the oven with oil, garlic, chili and ginger. With baked potato slices and small meatballs.

Mm nice.  Did you put the whole head in, or cut into wedges?
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Post by: Megma on May 03, 2019, 10:54:59 AM
Husband is attempting pad see ew in his new wok. Mmm, rice noodles.

Can you share the pad see ewe recipe? I love this dish and when I have tried making it in the past it wasn’t quite right, specifically the sauce was off.
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Post by: OtherJen on May 03, 2019, 11:06:08 AM
Husband is attempting pad see ew in his new wok. Mmm, rice noodles.

Can you share the pad see ewe recipe? I love this dish and when I have tried making it in the past it wasn’t quite right, specifically the sauce was off.

It was from a cookbook (this one (https://www.amazon.com/Night-Market-Delicious-Facilitate-Fun-Having/dp/0451497872)), so I don't have a link. It was good but not quite "right," either, although that may be due to a couple of sauce substitutions to accommodate my celiac disease.

(Note: we really have enjoyed the linked cookbook. The Grapow Chicken and Cashew Chicken recipes were delicious.)
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Post by: horsepoor on May 03, 2019, 02:16:15 PM
Yesterday I roasted a cabbage in the oven with oil, garlic, chili and ginger. With baked potato slices and small meatballs.

Mm nice.  Did you put the whole head in, or cut into wedges?

I'm not @Linea_Norway  but I always do wedges.  Cooks faster and you get yummy crispy edges.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 04, 2019, 12:02:54 PM
Yesterday I roasted a cabbage in the oven with oil, garlic, chili and ginger. With baked potato slices and small meatballs.

Mm nice.  Did you put the whole head in, or cut into wedges?

I'm not @Linea_Norway  but I always do wedges.  Cooks faster and you get yummy crispy edges.

I also cut it into 8 wedges. Today we ate it as leftover, heated up in the oven and added grated cheese. Tasted very well.
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Post by: Rural on May 04, 2019, 03:26:10 PM
Masaman curry chicken and vegetables in the instantpot tonight.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 04, 2019, 04:56:33 PM
We are having chicken enchiladas from the freezer
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: jeninco on May 04, 2019, 08:04:12 PM
Tried the "crispy tofu and soba noodles" recipe from the New York times. Added more vegetables.

Meh. The "sauce" kinda sucked. I'm not sure if I want to try to improve it next time, or just consider it a wash and recycle the pages I printed the recipe on. (Probably the second one: there's nothing particularly unique or interested about the recipe.)
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 05, 2019, 06:27:23 PM
I was going to make a keto friendly beef dish, but my husband's flight is delayed, so he's not eating with us. Instead, the kids will have cheese pizza & I'll have a salad. So fancy ;-)
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Post by: OtherJen on May 05, 2019, 07:50:03 PM
Budget Bytes’ chicken tikka masala (https://www.budgetbytes.com/slow-cooker-chicken-tikka-masala/). I doubt it’s particularly authentic, but it was easy and really damned delicious over basmati rice with a bit of fresh cilantro.
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Post by: OtherJen on May 06, 2019, 11:46:31 AM
Tonight's dinner will be seasoned and baked chicken wings, roasted potatoes, and green salad.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Megma on May 06, 2019, 01:04:13 PM
Husband is attempting pad see ew in his new wok. Mmm, rice noodles.

Can you share the pad see ewe recipe? I love this dish and when I have tried making it in the past it wasn’t quite right, specifically the sauce was off.

It was from a cookbook (this one (https://www.amazon.com/Night-Market-Delicious-Facilitate-Fun-Having/dp/0451497872)), so I don't have a link. It was good but not quite "right," either, although that may be due to a couple of sauce substitutions to accommodate my celiac disease.

(Note: we really have enjoyed the linked cookbook. The Grapow Chicken and Cashew Chicken recipes were delicious.)

Thanks!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: John Galt incarnate! on May 06, 2019, 02:55:24 PM
Tonight we will eat ziti.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 07, 2019, 01:11:25 AM
Last night we ate rösti potatoes, fish, green salad and grated carrot.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on May 07, 2019, 03:26:34 AM
Tonights gonna be soft and hard tacos, Mexican rice and refried beans.
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Post by: Dicey on May 07, 2019, 05:48:55 AM
Tonight was Burrito Night, using leftovers from last night's Cinco de Mayo Taco Fest. I made a rare pilgrimage to Winco today and laid in a supply of our favorite giant green tortillas. They're stupidly expensive, but they make great Burritos.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 07, 2019, 07:42:22 AM
last night was a pastrami, swiss cheese, rye bread casserole with sauerkraut, dill relish, with a sauce poured over milk, eggs, yellow mustard & thousand island dressing. Kind of like a pastrami sammie but casserole style.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 07, 2019, 12:28:08 PM
New dish with roasted cherrie tomatoes, with lots of spices and herbs, on a bed of yoghurt. Tasted nicely. Recipe from the book Simple.
Served with wraps with meat, cabbage, and veggie mix.

As it wasn't much food, I am currently baking oatmeal cookies.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 07, 2019, 01:36:49 PM
Anyone use TVP (Texurized Vegtable Protein)?

I don't know why but I bought 4 small bags of it thinking it would be good to fill up on since it is high in protein. I know you can add it to things like stuffed peppers, spaghetti sauce, tacos and even use it as a sub for oatmeal. Can anyone offer any other ideas?

I was thinking about a breakfast bar where I could bake it like a casserole and then cut into bars, brownie shapes but don't have a recipe. Or some kind of snack type things for in between meal snacks.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 07, 2019, 01:56:41 PM
We'll be at the kids track meet until late, so I pulled shredded chicken out of the freezer. No one particularly loved it, but I will try to doctor it up a bit. The adults will eat it inside of avocado halves, & the kids will eat it on slider buns. Served with a salad.
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Post by: jeninco on May 07, 2019, 02:59:47 PM
Anyone use TVP (Texurized Vegtable Protein)?

I don't know why but I bought 4 small bags of it thinking it would be good to fill up on since it is high in protein. I know you can add it to things like stuffed peppers, spaghetti sauce, tacos and even use it as a sub for oatmeal. Can anyone offer any other ideas?

I was thinking about a breakfast bar where I could bake it like a casserole and then cut into bars, brownie shapes but don't have a recipe. Or some kind of snack type things for in between meal snacks.

Oh, man -- that stuff is known in my house as being the source of the most potent, horrible, ripper farts. Like, we only eat it on camping trips, and sometimes people are banned from the tent for a while after dinner. Eating it in the house would be a hard NO.

I hope your experience is better!

We're having pozole (with salsa, avocados, and slaw) for dinner. As it's raining again, moving towards snow on Thursday.
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Post by: OtherJen on May 07, 2019, 04:28:39 PM
Mac-and-cheese from scratch (husband's request) and broccoli.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Rural on May 07, 2019, 05:51:04 PM
Anyone use TVP (Texurized Vegtable Protein)?

I don't know why but I bought 4 small bags of it thinking it would be good to fill up on since it is high in protein. I know you can add it to things like stuffed peppers, spaghetti sauce, tacos and even use it as a sub for oatmeal. Can anyone offer any other ideas?

I was thinking about a breakfast bar where I could bake it like a casserole and then cut into bars, brownie shapes but don't have a recipe. Or some kind of snack type things for in between meal snacks.


I use it a lot, in place of all ground meat in fact. Chili, spaghetti sauce, in granola, in oatmeal, on pizza (spiced like sausage crumbles for this), in grits or omelets (ditto), in muffins. I've even used it to make laab. For all of those except the chili, spaghetti sauce, and granola, you want to hydrate it with boiling water first, with any spices you're adding to it. Chili and spaghetti will hydrate it right in the sauce, and in granola you want the crunch (I often use it in place of nuts). If you've never had it, I do recommend starting slow to see how you react, fart-wise.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 08, 2019, 01:07:20 AM
DH has to work far away today and will be home late. So I'll have dinner alone.

I will be eating leftover stuff:
- a small bag of dried mushrooms that I picked last year.
- Chinese cabbage that I cut of for yesterday's wraps. But DH didn't eat his full share.
- no meat, I'll use an egg or some cheese.

No idea how this will become a meal, but I'll give it a try.

I will also roast some eggplants that I bought and that won't survive the weekend we are away. I guess we can eat those tomorrow or bring it along on the trip.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 08, 2019, 06:56:53 AM
Now I am questioning my judgement on buying TVP! I always have these good intentions and then it all falls apart. Now I regret buying the TVP. It was cheap to buy so maybe I will donate it to charity. For some reason I just had to buy it! DUH to me!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 08, 2019, 07:28:57 AM
Spaghetti bolognese for most people, with my husband having the sauce over butter fried cabbage instead
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Post by: John Galt incarnate! on May 08, 2019, 11:26:13 AM
Tonight, dinner  will be pork chops, mashed potatoes, applesauce, and ice cream for dessert.
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Post by: jeninco on May 08, 2019, 11:39:44 AM
Mark Bittman's "Cassoulet with many vegetables". Because it's in the 40s and raining...
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 08, 2019, 02:11:28 PM
I think this was mean to be. Just got a postcard in the mail today that Saturday is the post office collection of foods for the food pantry. I already put in my TVP that I had to have! Maybe someone else will appreciate it.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 09, 2019, 02:25:49 AM
Roasted eggplant with yoghurt and spices. Something beside it that I haven't figured out yet.
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Post by: OtherJen on May 09, 2019, 05:55:58 AM
Ugh. I ate something last night that was supposedly gluten-free. It wasn’t. Tonight’s dinner will have to be bland. I’m thinking lightly seasoned baked salmon, rice, and maybe roasted carrots.
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Post by: jeninco on May 09, 2019, 08:29:17 AM
^-- Sorry to hear about the gluten-induced digestive problems!

We're having beef and broccoli stir-fry on rice. 

I've been doing a pretty good job of planning meals (and shopping on Saturdays) and the refrigerator is satisfying empty of ingredients by today. (There are leftovers in here, but the raw components are being used up -- the veg drawer is nearly empty.)  This will predictably result in teenagers coming home today, opening the door, and wondering aloud where all the food is...
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 09, 2019, 11:12:35 AM
This weekend we will be on an island and join the joined meals, organized by vegetarians and vegans, with focus on using kelp in each meal. That will an be interesting experience. I will try to find edible plants to add to the meals. We will bring some of my homemade hiking food along for just in case.
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Post by: OtherJen on May 09, 2019, 08:01:40 PM
Ugh. I ate something last night that was supposedly gluten-free. It wasn’t. Tonight’s dinner will have to be bland. I’m thinking lightly seasoned baked salmon, rice, and maybe roasted carrots.

Thanks, @jeninco . It wasn’t a bad hit, just enough to be uncomfortable.

We made a pretty tasty and mild dinner of baked salmon seasoned with Old Bay, roasted carrots in balsamic vinaigrette with thyme, and Persian stuck-pot rice (tahdig).
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on May 10, 2019, 03:21:17 AM
With my schedule of late I have been going with simple so yesterday we had pork chops, scalloped potato's and ham and green bean. With all 4 kids in the house for the summer and the amount I have to cook its just easier to go simple with the limited time I have in the day.
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Post by: Raenia on May 10, 2019, 07:20:55 AM
Last night I decided to splurge and got fresh salmon from the grocery store - got lucky and it was on sale cheaper than the frozen we usually get :)  Baked with butter, garlic, and thyme and served with rice and steamed broccoli.

Tonight will be homemade pizza.  Dough is in the fridge thawing.
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Post by: Rural on May 10, 2019, 06:07:44 PM
A masamam curry with chicken, veggies, and brown rice all cooked in the instant pot.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 11, 2019, 08:14:37 AM
We're going out to dinner tonight, but I'll make dinner for the week. I'm making chicken/bacon salad stuffed avocados, and chicken taco soup for the week. My husband is making steak tomorrow for Mother's Day
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Post by: horsepoor on May 11, 2019, 07:50:14 PM
Cheeseburgers on keto buns with sauteed mushrooms and onions.  Roasted asparagus on the side.

Tomorrow I'm planning to smoke a chicken and we'll have a spinach and blue cheese salad, and steamed artichokes with homemade aioli.
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Post by: middo on May 11, 2019, 07:56:53 PM
Mothers day, so it is my wife's request:

Lamb roast marinaded in rosemary, garlic and mustard seed, with potatoes, onions and pumpkin.
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Post by: John Galt incarnate! on May 12, 2019, 01:24:05 PM
This morning's late breakfast was filling  so dinner will be lighter fare.

I'm cooking tonight's  lentil soup right now.

With it we'll have buttered French bread.

 Tonight's dessert is peach pie.

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Post by: jeninco on May 12, 2019, 02:23:16 PM
The team made me blintzes for breakfast.

Then we did some things, including a bike ride.
We moved dinner to late lunch, as one of my kids is working 4-9 this evening, so we had nicoise-ish salad for a late lunch (with salmon, potatoes, green beans, capers, olives, and hard boiled eggs, and a parsley vinaigrette) and we'll have ... I dunno, something for dinner. Possibly pizza -- the working kid works in a pizza place and gets 50% off. It'll still be an expensive pizza, so we'll see,
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Post by: OtherJen on May 12, 2019, 05:05:04 PM
Chicken-vegetable-clean out the fridge/pantry soup.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 13, 2019, 01:50:13 AM
I picked 3 bags full of sea kale (Crambe maritima). And a lot of some other plant, Hylotelephium maximum (related to witch's moneybags). I am home alone tonight and will eat some of it. And prepare the rest for storage.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on May 13, 2019, 01:33:13 PM
Made homemade Lasagna
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Post by: OtherJen on May 13, 2019, 06:21:49 PM
Breakfast-for-dinner (bacon and eggs).
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Post by: jeninco on May 13, 2019, 08:27:16 PM
tried something akin to Pad Thai again. Failed again -- I mean, it was edible, and we ate it, but ... meh.
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Post by: Blueberries on May 14, 2019, 08:41:38 AM
Made a "kitchen sink" risotto. 

I've been reading a thread on here about cleaning out the fridge so I decided risotto would be perfect.  Everyone was pleased with it, but I was more pleased I could clean out a few items.
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Post by: OtherJen on May 14, 2019, 09:27:13 AM
It’s husband’s day off, so he marinated a pork shoulder overnight and put it in the smoker this morning. I’ll make a simple potato salad and sautéed zucchini and tomatoes to go with it.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 14, 2019, 10:57:21 AM
Home alone tonight.
I warmed up a freezer portion of chicken with mango and cashew nuts. Made some nuddles with it. And I fried some selfpicked plant parts together with some dried selfpicked mushrooms.
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Post by: middo on May 14, 2019, 04:49:30 PM
Pizza from the freezer tonight.  It's just me and I'm being lazy.
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Post by: jeninco on May 14, 2019, 10:09:34 PM
Mark Bittman recipe for tamale pie, which I sort of followed. It was OK -- we'll make it with masa harina next time. Also, salad.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on May 15, 2019, 02:07:03 AM
Tonight I am going to kind of wing it. I have 4 zucchini's for which I will spiralize. In a skillet I will add butter and a heavy hand of minced garlic. To that, I will add the zuke and cherry tomatoes and finish it off with parmesan cheese. Should be yummy! I receive organic veggies from Misfits Market and I get a box full of surprises every other week. I also have a ton of carrots for which I will make a carrot ginger soup.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on May 15, 2019, 04:02:34 AM
I made Burgers on the Grill, Peppercorn Ranch Pasta Salad a Regular salad and we also had some of last nights leftovers.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 15, 2019, 07:10:56 AM
A selfcaught flat fish on some self picked greens.
Cauliflower with harissa, as suggested on this forum.
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Post by: meerkat on May 15, 2019, 07:36:56 AM
More like what we're making for dinner this week:

Pasta Primavera (loosely inspired by the Pioneer Woman's risotto recipe (https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/risotto-primavera/))
Orange chicken (https://www.budgetbytes.com/easy-orange-chicken/#wprm-recipe-container-30399)
Butter burgers
Pork fried rice

Last night was couscous salad (https://laughingspatula.com/crunchy-mediterranean-couscous-salad/) which turned out to be really tasty! I think someone recommended it over on the salad thread.
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Post by: Enigma on May 15, 2019, 12:14:18 PM
Last night I toasted some hamburger buns that I had in the freezer and a couple of hamburgers.  Invited 2 friends over and made some tater tots in the air fryer.  I have used the air fryer so much that the handle had to be super glued back in place.

One thing that I like as a single guy is frozen food.  I hate watching food spoil.  Plus the buns were from an event at work that I ended up freezing.
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Post by: Rural on May 15, 2019, 05:16:17 PM
Gen. Tso's tofu and veggies with brown rice.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 15, 2019, 08:49:06 PM
Chicken taco soup + a piece of leftover chicken
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Post by: horsepoor on May 15, 2019, 10:11:06 PM
Had a leftover whole chicken with not a lot of meat left on it, plus expired-but-fine sour cream, and a bunch of broccoli.  Weather turned rainy and cooler today, so cream of chicken/broccoli soup with some mushrooms, homegrown green chile and homemade stock.  Yum, we ate all of it.
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Post by: Enigma on May 16, 2019, 09:20:44 AM
It has been a while but I am making black-eye peas tonight maybe with hog jowl (or bacon).  I soaked them overnight and when I get home will plan how I will season them.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 16, 2019, 11:57:02 AM
DH made veggie burgers and I had to cook them. I managed to burn them on one side, so I had to cut of about 1/3 of one side. They tasted okay. I served salad with it (lettuce with a few leaves of selfpicked plant, tomato and olives). And potatochips panfried.

And I baked an apple pie from leftover apples from work.
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Post by: Cool Friend on May 16, 2019, 12:20:22 PM
Just left over black beans and rice.  Been too beat to cook so it's been just that and peanut butter sandwiches all week.
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Post by: jeninco on May 16, 2019, 01:44:30 PM
We have to be at a school thing 7-9, so I'm making... well, I want panzanella, but everyone else would prefer warm pasta. So I'm probably roasting cauliflower and asparagus, and mixing in mozzarella balls and roasted (jarred) red peppers, maybe some slightly marinated red onions and thinly sliced celery.

Then I'm mixing mine with toasted bread cubes, and everyone else's with (pasta) shells. I get vinaigrette on mine. They get olive oil, I guess. Maybe some pesto from the freezer.
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Post by: mm1970 on May 16, 2019, 02:11:37 PM
So, I rarely make anything anymore, 'cuz I"m the one who gets home late.

But yesterday (well yeah, I got home late) - I gathered up bits and pieces of things:
frozen cooked lentils
frozen diced canned tomatoes

and some bits of veg in the fridge that I chopped and put into a container:
onion
green garlic
carrots
celery (frozen)
zucchini
chives
cilantro

I wrote a "recipe" (ahem, it was a purple sticky note) and left it for my husband.  I was going to mix up spices but found I had leftover Berbere spices in a container. 

It was a delicious soup.
Leftovers tonight!

I ate it with homemade gluten free bread made with cheddar, chives, and buttermilk.

I need to also cook up the artichokes tonight.  Hubs doesn't like them so he doesn't cook them when they come in our CSA.
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Post by: OtherJen on May 16, 2019, 02:29:19 PM
I just looked in the fridge and spotted
-leftover pulled pork from Tuesday
-leftover potato salad from Tuesday
-leftover chicken from last night
-leftover rice from yesterday
-leftover Thai noodles from yesterday's lunch
-a container of salad mix that needs to be eaten in the next couple of days
-bread, deli meats, and various accoutrements for sandwiches

I'm exhausted today from allergies + meds, so the prospect of a no-cook random leftover meal is wonderful. Mmm, potato salad.
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Post by: John Galt incarnate! on May 16, 2019, 06:54:43 PM
Tonight we had a huge bowl of chicken soup w/saltines.

It was so thick that  maybe it was chicken stew.

Of course it was homemade.

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Post by: horsepoor on May 16, 2019, 08:44:18 PM
Brats with homemade sauerkraut and cabbage roasted with bacon grease.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on May 17, 2019, 02:29:54 AM
Made stuff Pork chops and grilled them, Broccoli and cheesy shells for a side. Was a good dinner.
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Post by: jeninco on May 17, 2019, 01:47:06 PM
Made stuff Pork chops and grilled them, Broccoli and cheesy shells for a side. Was a good dinner.

Sounds great!

We're having grilled pork chops, roasted brussels sprouts, maybe salad (we have a bunch of salad veg that need to be used) and stuck-pot rice with lentils (thanks @OtherJen !)
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Post by: OtherJen on May 17, 2019, 02:15:44 PM
Made stuff Pork chops and grilled them, Broccoli and cheesy shells for a side. Was a good dinner.

Sounds great!

We're having grilled pork chops, roasted brussels sprouts, maybe salad (we have a bunch of salad veg that need to be used) and stuck-pot rice with lentils (thanks @OtherJen !)

Careful, @jeninco , you might become slightly obsessed with the stuck-pot rice and make it so many times that your spouse (who loves rice) starts rolling his eyes. Ask me how I know.

Also, I found it helpful to boil everything for a few minutes longer than recommended. Definitely wrap the underside of the pot lid with a tea towel, and add a little extra oil to the pot after you remove the onions.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 18, 2019, 12:48:49 AM
Brats with homemade sauerkraut and cabbage roasted with bacon grease.

@horsepoor
I recently made a batch of sauerkraut as well, but of sea kale. It still needs to ferment for 6 weeks before we can eat it.

I read about the risk of botulism. Are you aware of that? If can appear in food that you ferment yourself at home, especially if it stands at warmer than refridgerating temperatures. If you before eating it warm the food for 10 minutes at cooking temperatures (100C), your food should be safe to eat.
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Post by: horsepoor on May 19, 2019, 09:41:18 AM
Brats with homemade sauerkraut and cabbage roasted with bacon grease.

@horsepoor
I recently made a batch of sauerkraut as well, but of sea kale. It still needs to ferment for 6 weeks before we can eat it.

I read about the risk of botulism. Are you aware of that? If can appear in food that you ferment yourself at home, especially if it stands at warmer than refridgerating temperatures. If you before eating it warm the food for 10 minutes at cooking temperatures (100C), your food should be safe to eat.

My understanding is that foodborn pathogens aren't an issue if the fermented food is adequately acidified.  Referring to Sandor Katz's encyclopedic book The Art of Fermentation, botulism is associated with ferments that are subsequently canned, and also with garlic preserved in oil, and potentially with meats.  I have been fermenting for several years now, and just store in the fridge once the fermentation process is complete, and keep everything submerged in brine, which controls for mold development.  Heating before eating would kill the beneficial probiotics, so I usually avoid that.
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Post by: OtherJen on May 19, 2019, 04:00:41 PM
Black beans with leftover smoked pork shoulder
Brown rice
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Post by: Rural on May 19, 2019, 04:33:10 PM
A healthy tuna salad (no mayo, add olive oil, chickpeas, garlic, assorted veggies, and in this case, curry) with store brand Triscuits.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 19, 2019, 10:58:49 PM
Yesterday, small meat balls with wild herbs as spices. Together with green aspargus and a potato salad.
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Post by: Cool Friend on May 20, 2019, 08:13:35 AM
Snagged some spicy sausages at $3/pound which I'm going to fry for a bit and then stew in some leftover homemade marinara sauce I have to put over pasta
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 20, 2019, 04:22:59 PM
We're having leftovers. We had guests this weekend, & I was running a half marathon out of town + my husband was traveling. So, Uber eats. We'll eat the leftovers for at least two meals. Still not frugal, but sometimes things get away from you.
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Post by: jeninco on May 20, 2019, 04:26:09 PM
Some variant of quick pasta with chickpeas: https://smittenkitchen.com/2017/10/quick-pasta-and-chickpeas-pasta-e-ceci/. Probably with roasted cauliflower.

As it is currently raining, and forecasted to be snowing tonight. Can it be spring already sometime? I guess I'd better go out again and cover the tomato plants back up...
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 21, 2019, 12:58:18 AM
Cod fillets
Sea kale broccoli (first try, no idea how it tastes) and some other edible plants.
Curry ingredients
Rice
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on May 23, 2019, 02:47:01 AM
Yesterday I had to make an old basic- Rump roast in the slow cooker, mashed potatoes and green beans. But always good.
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Post by: meerkat on May 23, 2019, 05:59:43 AM
Tonight will be honey mustard chicken and vegetables and stuff, but I'm taking advantage of the oven already being on to make a very knock off version of char siu (https://thetakeout.com/recipe-char-siu-chinese-barbecue-pork-1829157660) in advance of making Singapore noodles (https://thetakeout.com/recipe-how-to-make-singapore-noodles-1834706822) later this week in my attempt at trying new recipes. Hopefully it turns out good.
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Post by: jeninco on May 23, 2019, 03:08:50 PM
The kid who is having his last day of school today has requested shrimp baja salad. In spite of the fact that it is now 50 degrees F and looks like it'll resume raining at any moment.

Perhaps we'll make a dessert to go with it, and to have something warm.
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Post by: OtherJen on May 23, 2019, 08:42:28 PM
Budget Bytes' (Not) Butter Chicken  (https://www.budgetbytes.com/not-butter-chicken/) with basmati rice.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 24, 2019, 09:19:04 AM
I'm making pepperoni pizza for the kids. My husband will have chicken with sauteed spinach. I'll have salad with grilled chicken. We normally don't make three separate meals, but we are eating up leftovers & dealing with dietary issues.
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Post by: OtherJen on May 24, 2019, 09:39:41 AM
Something fancier than normal for our anniversary. Husband suggested filet mignon on the charcoal grill, but we’ll see what looks good at the butcher shop.
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Post by: jeninco on May 24, 2019, 11:43:30 AM
Something fancier than normal for our anniversary. Husband suggested filet mignon on the charcoal grill, but we’ll see what looks good at the butcher shop.

Happy Anniversary!

We're having beef and broccoli stir-fry, with rice (or rice noodles, who knows).
Tomorrow we're having a dessert party for the neighborhood (a pair of our neighbors are leaving Monday to spend the summer biking across the US) and I'm thinking about how to accommodate a pair of vegans, at least one or two neighbors who are taking it easy on sugar this month, and at least one paleo eater. Fortunately we're looking at 18 or so people (some of whom will bring things), so I don't have to meet everyone's needs in a single dish, just to get organized enough to provide something for everyone. Also fortunately, berries are on sale this week...
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 24, 2019, 12:10:48 PM
@jeninco - if it's just dessert, I'd recommend perhaps anchoring around the berries. Get a bunch of nice fresh berries, ice cream, make/buy an angel food cake, and make whipping cream. People can add as much or as little as they want, sticking to just berries, or going all in with angel food cake, ice cream, etc.
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Post by: OtherJen on May 24, 2019, 03:51:48 PM
@jeninco - if it's just dessert, I'd recommend perhaps anchoring around the berries. Get a bunch of nice fresh berries, ice cream, make/buy an angel food cake, and make whipping cream. People can add as much or as little as they want, sticking to just berries, or going all in with angel food cake, ice cream, etc.

Seconded. Since I usually can’t eat the cake, I would love the option to serve myself a big pile of berries and cream or play with a sundae bar. Non-dairy ice cream may be a nice option.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on May 24, 2019, 04:27:27 PM
One of favorites...Build your own taco/Burrito night with just about anything you can think of !
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Post by: Rural on May 24, 2019, 04:44:11 PM
Either pesto pasta or a frozen pizza, depending on what husband decides he wants. He's building a rock wall the old fashioned way (digging them out of the ground and stacking them up), so he gets to decide  because he needs the calories . Either way, spinach salad with it.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 25, 2019, 12:52:11 AM
DH caught a pretty big trout yesterday. We ate one side, with asparagus that the local shop sold cheaply and potatoes. I use found herbs one the fish and the potatoes.
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Post by: sparkytheop on May 26, 2019, 08:13:10 AM
DH caught a pretty big trout yesterday. We ate one side, with asparagus that the local shop sold cheaply and potatoes. I use found herbs one the fish and the potatoes.

I wish I liked fish!  Lots of salmon, trout, sturgeon, etc to be caught around here...
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Post by: sparkytheop on May 26, 2019, 08:18:30 AM
I've been sick since I came home from an overseas vacation (over two weeks now), so dinners have been extremely simple, if I even make any (my son can fend for himself).

I'm at work today, so during the downtime I am going to make a batch of refried beans in the instant pot (one of the coworkers brought one in to leave here, so I don't have to lug my own around anymore). 

I'm also going to attempt my hand at some crispbread.  I brought some home as a souvenir (came back with a checked bag so I could buy lots of food stuffs).  The one I bought had only four ingredients-- "wholemeal" (rye), water, salt, and yeast.  I've found a lot of recipes that mix rye and wheat flours, but my son wants an all-rye duplicate.  Found one recipe.  We'll see how it goes!  I'm going to end up with some hard cracker-like flat bricks one of two types-- edible or non-edible.  I even have the deep-notch rolling pin to make it as "authentic" as possible.
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Post by: horsepoor on May 26, 2019, 10:18:49 AM
My co-worker has started raising KuneKune Pigs (http://www.ecofarmingdaily.com/kunekune-pigs-perfect-small-farms/) on his hobby farm, and supplied us with a ~2.5# picnic roast so we can decide if we'd like to buy a half pig.  I'm thinking of cooking it sous vide with some herbs (maybe fresh rosemary and tarragon) and then giving it a quick sear on the grill.  Alongside, I'm thinking homegrown French breakfast radishes sauteed in butter, and braised collards with onions and some of the radish greens.
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Post by: OtherJen on May 26, 2019, 11:34:03 AM
Grilled salmon. Probably with sides of stuck-pot rice+lentils and sauteed zucchini with orange bell pepper.
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Post by: jeninco on May 26, 2019, 08:34:04 PM
Chili with a combination of ground beef and leftover slow-cooked beef that I froze a few weeks ago with a lot of (very beefy) liquid. Anasazi beans, in an attempt to cut down on the flatulence around here (they're supposed to be less potent then pinto beans.) Salad, cheese, the last of the yummy corn tortillas.

My husband decided he was going to take grilled vegetable/provolone/tapenade sandwiches this week, so I sent him out to the grill with eggplants, yellow and zucchini squash, red peppers, and mushrooms to get that part taken care of.

The party last night: made vegan chocolate cake with not-exactly-buttercream frosting, (non-vegan) carrot cake, a phyllo-and-spring fruit pie that I adore (which was vegan), a big bowl of berries and whipped cream, and someone else brought coconut cream (I asked him to) and a vegan coconut-chocolate mousse pie, which was fantastic. Someone else brought ice cream. The idea was very popular, but we actually had too much leftovers.  And the wacky-cake-based chocolate cake was really too sweet, as was the frosting.
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Post by: Noodle on May 26, 2019, 09:39:29 PM
Pasta with asparagus and oven-dried tomatoes: https://tastykitchen.com/blog/2011/05/bow-tie-pasta-with-oven-dried-tomatoes/

It was fine, but not worth taking 3.5 hours to slow-roast tomatoes. On the other hand, it used up a bunch of asparagus I had hanging around. I'm trying to use up things in the fridge--I'm leaving on vacation in a couple of weeks.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 26, 2019, 11:56:39 PM
Yesterday hamburgers with fried mushrooms, pepper and spring onion. Served on a slice of bread. We drove home from our cabin for 5 hours. DH wanted to buy a hamburger on the road, I suggested to wait until we were home, which we did.

Tonight veggie: something with cauliflower and yellow cheese, served with vegetable burgers.
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Post by: partgypsy on May 27, 2019, 07:29:59 AM
Had people over for memorial grilling. I made hamburgers, hotdogs, slaw, corn, and jello with fruit. Friends brought over really delicious sirloin and veggie kabobs, bratwurst and sides a Cuban  Lima bean and rice dish, tortilla espana, and pineapple cake. Drinks were variety of beers and rose wine, coke, sparkling waters.
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Post by: OtherJen on May 27, 2019, 07:48:06 AM
We’re planning on grilled burgers, chips, and whatever salad my mom brings. I owe my husband a birthday cake, so hopefully I’ll get that baked in time for dessert.
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Post by: Dicey on May 27, 2019, 07:57:18 AM
Last night was a total fail. I've come down with something nasty. I quit working on the flip house, went home early and fell into bed. Hours later, DH stopped for Pad Thai on his way home. When the cook is sick, and the chief worker on the flip project has the next week off from work to get things done on the project, it seems prudent to let someone else cook to minimize the potential spread of germs. I didn't see the bill, but I'm assuming it was $50 for four orders. Money well spent, under the circumstances.
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Post by: partgypsy on May 27, 2019, 09:42:07 AM
I have a shoulder injury. I'm supposed to rest my shoulder, but I'm resting it as much as I should. I told the kids we are eating leftovers, or simple food on paper plates this week, so I give my arm a rest
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Post by: Tris Prior on May 27, 2019, 02:16:36 PM
I tried to approximate a dish that I like at our local tapas place - "mushroom corncake." Basically polenta with mushrooms and gorgonzola sauce and possibly other things that I'm forgetting right now. Anyway, didn't use a recipe - cooked cornmeal in some veg broth, fried it (this was kind of a fail because it fell apart instead of forming cakes, but it tasted OK), topped with mushrooms sauteed in a little butter with garlic and thyme from the garden, and a sprinkle of blue cheese crumbles that I had on hand. Not bad!

I also threw together corn/tomato/avocado salad; basically what it says on the tin, tossed with a little lemon juice and dijon mustard.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 27, 2019, 11:50:26 PM
Tonight I need to go to the city for a walk, at dinner time. It is at least 1,5 hour travel, so I won't have time to eat dinner. I will buy a lunch at work today and eat sandwiches in the train tonight.
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Post by: OtherJen on May 28, 2019, 06:52:18 AM
I think Budget Bytes’ Easy Oven Fajitas (https://www.budgetbytes.com/oven-fajitas/) so the bell peppers in my fridge don’t go to waste.
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Post by: Rural on May 28, 2019, 12:30:56 PM
Giant container of organic spinach on clearance today, so big salads.
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Post by: jeninco on May 28, 2019, 05:00:40 PM
https://smittenkitchen.com/2017/10/sausage-and-potato-roast-with-arugula/

Not particularly "mustachian", but YUM! And it's pretty fast and easy.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on May 29, 2019, 12:30:29 AM
No idea, but we are out of fresh vegetables. So tonight we will need to eat something out of the stuffed freezer.
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Post by: horsepoor on May 29, 2019, 07:57:27 AM
Meatloaf, and a salad with lettuces from the garden.
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Post by: Sugaree on May 29, 2019, 08:28:40 AM
Picked up a Boston butt at a decent price last week, so we're having pulled pork chili.  Pork, bell peppers, onions, some Rotel that I found in the pantry, and chili spices.  Hopefully it turns out pretty good.
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Post by: OtherJen on May 29, 2019, 05:30:53 PM
I’m on a sheet pan meal kick this week, so tonight we’re having Budget Bytes’ roasted bratwurst with peppers and onions (https://www.budgetbytes.com/roasted-bratwurst-peppers-onions/). Hooray for using up the last of the slightly wilted bell peppers and a sale pack of bratwursts!
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Post by: jeninco on May 29, 2019, 06:28:58 PM
https://smittenkitchen.com/2013/01/lentil-soup-with-sausage-chard-and-garlic/

Because, although the sun finally came out for a few hours this afternoon after several days of heavy clouds, it's still only 50F or so.

Planning on Panzanella/pasta salad tomorrow, though!
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Post by: Raenia on May 30, 2019, 05:19:12 AM
Black beans and spanish rice last night.  Chicken tinga and rice tonight.
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Post by: OtherJen on May 30, 2019, 07:25:19 AM
Today, I have a packed work day and a 7pm meeting that will likely be very unpleasant.

Dinner will either be bacon and eggs or whatever stir fry husband manages to put together from fridge and pantry bits. I now wish I’d gone to Costco on Tuesday because then we’d at least have a frozen pizza on hand.
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Post by: Sugaree on May 30, 2019, 09:06:59 AM
Tonight is stuffed peppers.  Some to eat and some for the freezer. 
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Post by: brute on May 30, 2019, 09:08:35 AM
Seared ahi with ginger and scallions. If only it were already dinner time.
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Post by: middo on May 30, 2019, 04:39:07 PM
I had an Aldi pizza for dinner last night, as my wife and daughter went out for dinner.  $2.95 and morish.  Oh, and home brew...
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Post by: OtherJen on June 01, 2019, 07:09:46 PM
From-scratch red (tomato) sauce with Italian turkey sausage, onions, mushrooms, and bell pepper over gluten-free pasta.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on June 03, 2019, 03:59:08 AM
If I am the one who cooks tonight, then pasta with blue cheese and some green stuff that I foraged and can be used as spinach.
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Post by: OtherJen on June 03, 2019, 08:02:52 PM
Grilled chicken drumsticks, roasted potatoes, and spinach salad.
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Post by: sparkytheop on June 03, 2019, 08:35:56 PM
Tonight I'm raiding the fridge...Sauteing some zucchini before it goes bad, then will add some already cubed and cooked chicken (had a lot when I made verde chicken mole, so I put some aside), and will boil and skillet fry some dried yellow noodles.  Toss a little bulgogi marinade to add flavor when it's done.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on June 03, 2019, 09:12:14 PM
Not frugal at all, but Copper River salmon. You can only get it a few times a year, and it's my husband's favorite. His early birthday/Father's Day treat.
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Post by: meerkat on June 04, 2019, 05:35:22 AM
Paninis (resembling this red pepper and chicken panini (https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/grilled-chicken-and-roasted-red-pepper-panini/) recipe) with cucumber and black bean salad
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Post by: brute on June 04, 2019, 05:44:49 AM
Confit buffalo wings tonight. I get the wings for $1.19 per pound at a restaurant supply store.  That place is pure magic.
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Post by: aetherie on June 04, 2019, 08:49:25 AM
Wild rice & vegetable casserole (https://www.budgetbytes.com/wild-rice-vegetable-casserole/). One of our favorites!
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Post by: Sugaree on June 04, 2019, 08:51:33 AM
Tonight I'm going to make buffalo chicken soup.  While it's cooking, I'll prep a Boston Butt (on sale last week for $1.68/lb) to go into the crockpot tomorrow.
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Post by: jeninco on June 04, 2019, 09:51:41 PM
Grilled pork chops, with grilled asparagus, roasted potato and sweet potato wedges, tomato salad, and a salad/salsa thing of diced cucumbers, watermelons, feta, thinly sliced mint, and a little rice vinegar. I was out of town over the weekend, and didn't get to eat enough vegetables -- and we'll be out of town this next weekend, too.
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Post by: Financial.Velociraptor on June 04, 2019, 10:04:38 PM
I have half a point cut roast in the crock pot with vegetables, spices, and wine.  Serve over rice for lunch tomorrow.  Easy peasy
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Post by: Linea_Norway on June 05, 2019, 12:25:28 AM
Boneless chicken thighs, stir fry vegetables, cononut oil and fresh coriander. And probably some curry paste for the flavour. With rice.
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Post by: Free Spirit on June 05, 2019, 11:26:26 AM
Roast chicken topped with caramelized onions and goat cheese, served with tomato risotto. Maybe I'll eat a salad with it but probably not.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on June 05, 2019, 08:09:27 PM
Salad + kebabs & rice (leftovers)
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: sparkytheop on June 06, 2019, 12:31:31 AM
I did a few artichokes in the instant pot.  The ones my mom planted will still take a while to produce, but I was able to get some for $1 each at Grocery Outlet.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Linea_Norway on June 06, 2019, 12:59:44 AM
I will serve my home made green-plant-burgers, mixed with egg. I will make lettuce as extra vegetable and maybe fried potato cubes.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on June 06, 2019, 03:35:51 AM
Last night made chicken quarters on the grill and some home made mac n cheese with frozen California blend veggies.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on June 06, 2019, 10:18:01 AM
Last night I made a side dish cauliflower/turnip mash. Very easy. Broke up a head of CF and put it in a casserole. In a separate casserole I put the cut up 2 turnips. Microwaved each till tender with water. Drained off the water and put into food processor. Added about 4 tablespoons of cream cheese and some butter. Processed it and added salt and pepper. Herbs could have been added. It was awesome! Very close to mashed taters in texture. Flavor was very nice!
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Post by: Dicey on June 06, 2019, 10:21:40 AM
Tacos!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Linea_Norway on June 07, 2019, 01:35:10 AM
DH will eat at work, yearly summer party.
I will eat leftover salad with lettuce from yesterday and will improvise something beside it. Maybe cheese pancakes. That would make my second veggy day this week.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on June 07, 2019, 07:29:03 PM
Husband fired up the wok to make cashew chicken stir fry, which we ate with rice.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: horsepoor on June 07, 2019, 10:33:18 PM
Yesterday I made a salad from the garden, and a sausage and olive pizza on keto cauliflower crust.

Tonight, tom ka gai soup with chicken leftover from earlier in the week.

Tomorrow will be stirfried asparagus and garlic scapes.  Maybe with ginger-miso salmon and shiritake noodles.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on June 08, 2019, 06:48:28 PM
 Budget Bytes' Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta (https://www.budgetbytes.com/creamy-chicken-fajita-pasta/). I added a can of black beans (drained) with the tomatoes and a handful of fresh cilantro with the green onions. It was easy, tasty, and a good way to use up the half-pound of pasta in the pantry and some of the cream cheese that I must have bought for a recipe but can't remember now.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on June 08, 2019, 08:31:43 PM
It was warm here, so we had friends over to swim. After they left, we grilled hot dogs & had that with salad & watermelon.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Linea_Norway on June 09, 2019, 01:49:43 AM
Deer steak with carrots and cellery.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Financial.Velociraptor on June 09, 2019, 12:50:08 PM
I have the crock pot simmering: half a point cut corned beef brisket, onions, baby red potatoes, roma tomatoes, lemon pepper, garlic, 2.5 glasses of merlot.  Serve over rice.

Smells good already.
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Post by: OtherJen on June 09, 2019, 01:55:35 PM
Black beans and rice, I think. I should probably give the beans a boiling water soak.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on June 09, 2019, 02:56:50 PM
Burgers & watermelon. It's going to be hot here!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: horsepoor on June 09, 2019, 07:00:49 PM
Salmon on the grill with mustard, dill and tarragon.  On the side, steamed baby beets and sauteed mizuna, both straight from the garden.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on June 10, 2019, 08:59:16 AM
Crockpot carnitas
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on June 11, 2019, 03:52:32 AM
Last night made Pork Chops on the grill and they were delicious
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Dicey on June 11, 2019, 07:32:18 AM
It's hot here and we have no plans to turn on the A/C this early in the summer. I have several batches of prepared taco meat in the freezer, so it's Taco Week. Tacos, burritos,  taco salad, etc. until the heat breaks. At least it's easy to decide what to make for dinner.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on June 11, 2019, 05:58:04 PM
@Dicey - it is definitely hot here! Way too hot for my comfort zone.

We're having leftover food from various grilling sessions. Salads + hot dogs & one lucky diner will eat the last steak.
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Post by: jeninco on June 11, 2019, 09:09:11 PM
Left the teens with grandparents, so there are just two of us! We had dreadful "fish and chips" (not really) in the airport yesterday, so we did it right tonight:
Salmon Cakes, fried potato slices, hard boiled eggs (slightly too hard-boiled, dang it), tomato salad, green salad, pickled red onions, raita, watermelon cubes. And white wine.
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Post by: middo on June 12, 2019, 05:14:22 AM
Beef rendang we cooked on the weekend and froze some of it.  Reheat with some freshly cooked rice and a few pappadums in the microwave. Fast and yum.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on June 12, 2019, 07:30:02 AM
Leftover grilled burgers + salad. And, watermelon. Need to try & clear the fridge before we head out on Friday.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on June 12, 2019, 11:54:42 AM
Right now, grilled salmon sounds good. Probably with sautéed vegetables: onion, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and spiralized zucchini. Husband will probably supplement with leftover rice.
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Post by: jeninco on June 12, 2019, 12:38:41 PM
Still only cooking for two, so tofu and broccoli stir-fry over rice. I may play around with panko and see if I can get the tofu crunchier then usual.
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Post by: Poundwise on June 12, 2019, 06:06:14 PM
Burned chicken breasts and mini peppers (the burning was not planned).  At least they were edible.

Way to go getting rid of the teens, @jeninco!  If only I could ship mine out for a week or two, it would do me a world of good.
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Post by: Dicey on June 12, 2019, 07:17:04 PM
Heat wave still on, A/C still not working. Dinner was taco salads again. Hope this heat wave breaks soon, because I only have 2 meals worth of pre-cooked taco meat left.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: jeninco on June 12, 2019, 08:25:28 PM
Burned chicken breasts and mini peppers (the burning was not planned).  At least they were edible.

Way to go getting rid of the teens, @jeninco!  If only I could ship mine out for a week or two, it would do me a world of good.

My mother-in-law just sent me a text (to my email address, ??) that said, in part, "are you wandering about without pants on?" (Answer: ..... maybe .....) Honestly, this is about the first time we've both been home alone together -- usually one or the other of us travels with them, or we just send one someplace.

Back on topic, slightly, I'm currently making rice pudding with the leftover rice. Cooking for two without leftovers is something I'm out of practice at!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: cloudsail on June 12, 2019, 09:40:54 PM
I tried something today that was relatively easy, required only one pot, and was great on a hot day.

Earlier in the afternoon I put some some riblets and ginger, garlic into my cast iron pot to simmer and make broth.

An hour or so later, I fished out everything, threw away the ginger and garlic. I put thin spaghetti noodles into the broth to cook, along with some salt. I mixed up a sauce of peanut butter, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and some minced ginger and garlic in a large bowl. When the noodles were done I fished them out and rinsed in cold water before putting them in the bowl. I blanched some sliced napa cabbage in the broth and threw in bowl with noodles, then mixed with sauce and put in fridge. I threw some broccoli and carrots in the broth to blanch, and drizzled some soy sauce, green onions, and balsamic glaze on the riblets.

So for dinner we had:
Peanut sauce cold noodles with napa cabbage
Riblets
Broccoli and carrots

All from one pot.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Linea_Norway on June 13, 2019, 01:50:36 AM
We will eat in the car. Probably some nice buns, bought in a grocery store along the road.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on June 13, 2019, 04:35:51 PM
We're leaving for a road trip tomorrow, so it's leftovers for everyone: one meal of salmon, one meal of homemade pizza, two meals of carnitas. Salad for all.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Rural on June 13, 2019, 05:56:24 PM
Masaman curry chicken and veggies in the crockpot. It's this recipe, but I have gradually added in shortcut after shortcut to make it even easier (one at a time so if something reduces the quality, I know what): https://showmetheyummy.com/crockpot-thai-chicken-curry/


Shortcuts to date: canned chicken (two small cans, include the liquid and sub for both the chicken and the broth), drinking coconut milk from Aldi instead of canned (sub for both the coconut milk and the sugar - this is more for price than easiness), frozen fajita mix peppers and onions (just throw in the pot with everything else), instant brown rice (throw in 1-2 cups ~20 minutes before serving to avoid having to cook rice and to soak up the excess liquid while flavoring the rice). Oh, and substitution of masaman for red curry paste because my reflux can't handle the red. Since the chicken's already cooked, this also reduces the cooking time to ~2 hours in a crock pot, basically just long enough to get everything hot and then cook the instant rice.
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Post by: jeninco on June 13, 2019, 06:46:08 PM
Last dinner for two: grilled pork chops (I wrapped them in sage leaves for a while before cooking, because out sage plant is out of control and needs to be cut back, as well as for yummyness), roasted brussels sprouts, baked sweet potatoes, sauerkraut. We grilled some asparagus at the same time as the pork, which will go into panzanella (roasted whole grain sourdough cubes, asparagus, tomatoes, mozzarella balls, a little chopped celery, maybe roasted peppers, probably a green goddess dressing, because I need to cut back the parsley, too) for lunch tomorrow.

Tomorrow night: leftovers, as I'll be eating all alone!
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Post by: Dicey on June 14, 2019, 05:31:25 PM
Mark Bittman's Pad Thai, the easy version. I decided to try soaking the rice noodles in cold water for an hour instead of boiling them. I want a firmer noodle, so we'll see what happens. I am too frugal lazy to go to the store for just bean sprouts, so I'm just not going to use them. Sue me. My family will notice, but if the noodles are smooth and firm, they won't care. Wish me luck.
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Post by: jeninco on June 15, 2019, 07:19:40 AM
Mark Bittman's Pad Thai, the easy version. I decided to try soaking the rice noodles in cold water for an hour instead of boiling them. I want a firmer noodle, so we'll see what happens. I am too frugal lazy to go to the store for just bean sprouts, so I'm just not going to use them. Sue me. My family will notice, but if the noodles are smooth and firm, they won't care. Wish me luck.

Good luck! And please report back -- I'd like to make that one this summer.

Bean sprouts go bad too quickly for me -- I almost always substitute something like shredded carrots (to get in more veg.) and/or sautéed snap peas.
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Post by: OtherJen on June 15, 2019, 05:54:50 PM
Chicken noodle soup, made with stock and meat from a grocery rotisserie chicken. The weather is cool and rainy and husband is a bit under the weather, so this seemed reasonable.
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Post by: jeninco on June 15, 2019, 06:16:04 PM
Kids are coming back, although their flight has been delayed. At the request of the one who was staying with my sister-in-law (who apparently eats air, so the teen is probably pretty hungry), we're having a steak salad: grilled sirloin, grilled asparagus and green onions, boiled, then sliced and dressed potatoes. Green goddess dressing, which'll include pesto (because we have some that needs using up). Probably capers and sliced cornichon pickles, because I like pickled things in these kinds of salads, and because we have 1/3 - 1/5 full bottles of both in the fridge.

Because they're now arriving at 8:30, I'll probably back some of the stuff up into travel containers so they can eat something in the car.

(I should also mention that we buy 1/2 steer every fall, so although "sirloin" sounds fancy, viewed another way it's just one more piece of beef off the steer.)
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Post by: horsepoor on June 15, 2019, 09:38:59 PM
Rubbed a chicken with a coffee-habanero rub and smoked it over cherrywood all afternoon.  Ate it dipped in a chimichurri sauce that was leftover in the fridge, and we had pickleback jicama slaw on the side.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on June 20, 2019, 06:59:37 PM
Budget Bytes' Cilantro Lime Chicken  (https://www.budgetbytes.com/easy-cilantro-lime-chicken/) with white rice and sauteed vegetables flavored with Penzey's Southwest seasoning.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: jeninco on June 20, 2019, 08:55:08 PM
Mark Bittman's Cassoulet with many vegetables. Ciabatta, warmed in the oven, with butter.
(Picked my husband up at the airport, and this was something tasty that could be waiting for us: I turned it back on, added some shredded cabbage, let it get all hot, and we were good to go.)
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on June 22, 2019, 09:10:35 AM
before I went to bed the night before I had the slow cooker filled with ingredients to make potato leek soup. It cooked all night long and in the morning I blended it all up. So good!
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on June 26, 2019, 06:58:56 AM
Michigan finally decided that the solstice was a good time to start summer weather, so we’re in a multi-day stretch of hot, humid weather. Husband hasn’t installed the window AC units yet, so I’m trying to use the stove as little as possible.

Last night’s dinner was grilled curried chicken thighs, my insta-pot version of mujadara (Middle Eastern lentil/rice dish), and sliced raw veggies.

Tonight, I think we’re having bacon cooked in the microwave, potato cubes roasted in the air fryer, and scrambled eggs (since those only need the stove for a few minutes). Probably some spinach and mushrooms with the eggs, and sliced tomatoes on the side.
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Post by: meerkat on June 30, 2019, 04:56:59 AM
Last weeks meals:

Chicken pot pie
Ravioli  (https://www.budgetbytes.com/ravioli-with-sage-brown-butter-sauce-spinach-and-walnuts/)with roasted vegetables
Jambalaya (https://www.budgetbytes.com/slow-cooker-jambalaya/#wprm-recipe-container-30597)
Tandoori chicken (https://www.budgetbytes.com/tandoori-chicken-kebabs/), curried carrots, rice side
egg sausage biscuits
omeletts
pork fried rice

Now to look through this thread for inspiration for this upcoming week.
Chicken noodle soup
Egg roll in a bowl
Not butter chicken  (https://www.budgetbytes.com/not-butter-chicken/#wprm-recipe-container-33324)
Kitchen sink pasta at the end of the week to use up whatever needs using up
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on June 30, 2019, 07:27:26 AM
The weather yesterday was about 90°F and 70% humidity for the third day in a row. It’s definitely cold food and outdoor/non-stove cooking season.

Thursday’s dinner: shrimp fried rice with veggies, cooked outside in the wok

Friday’s dinner: brisket cooked in the electric smoker and Christmas lima bean salad with veggies, feta cheese, and homemade red wine vinaigrette

Yesterday’s dinner: grilled salmon burgers from Costco, spiralized potatoes roasted in the air fryer, and cut raw veggies with ranch dressing

I have a lot of zucchini and a few onions and peppers to use up, so tonight’s dinner might be kabobs on the grill.



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Post by: Roadrunner53 on June 30, 2019, 08:08:39 AM
The weather yesterday was about 90°F and 70% humidity for the third day in a row. It’s definitely cold food and outdoor/non-stove cooking season.

Thursday’s dinner: shrimp fried rice with veggies, cooked outside in the wok

Friday’s dinner: brisket cooked in the electric smoker and Christmas lima bean salad with veggies, feta cheese, and homemade red wine vinaigrette

Yesterday’s dinner: grilled salmon burgers from Costco, spiralized potatoes roasted in the air fryer, and cut raw veggies with ranch dressing

I have a lot of zucchini and a few onions and peppers to use up, so tonight’s dinner might be kabobs on the grill.


Other Jen, your grub sounds good! I have bought those salmon burgers several times and they are GOOD! I bought them the last time they were on sale for $89.99. Waiting till they go on sale again and I will stock up. Right now I think they are $99.

Can you tell me more about your spiralized potatoes in the air fryer? Never spiralized taters. Do you coat them with olive oil or spices?

I also have some squash, to cook up. Maybe I will cut them up and add some tomatoes and onions to a skillet. Sprinkle parm cheese to serve.
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Post by: OtherJen on June 30, 2019, 08:20:31 AM
The weather yesterday was about 90°F and 70% humidity for the third day in a row. It’s definitely cold food and outdoor/non-stove cooking season.

Thursday’s dinner: shrimp fried rice with veggies, cooked outside in the wok

Friday’s dinner: brisket cooked in the electric smoker and Christmas lima bean salad with veggies, feta cheese, and homemade red wine vinaigrette

Yesterday’s dinner: grilled salmon burgers from Costco, spiralized potatoes roasted in the air fryer, and cut raw veggies with ranch dressing

I have a lot of zucchini and a few onions and peppers to use up, so tonight’s dinner might be kabobs on the grill.


Other Jen, your grub sounds good! I have bought those salmon burgers several times and they are GOOD! I bought them the last time they were on sale for $89.99. Waiting till they go on sale again and I will stock up. Right now I think they are $99.

Can you tell me more about your spiralized potatoes in the air fryer? Never spiralized taters. Do you coat them with olive oil or spices?

I also have some squash, to cook up. Maybe I will cut them up and add some tomatoes and onions to a skillet. Sprinkle parm cheese to serve.

I think I bought the salmon burgers on your previous recommendation! They were good, and easy. I only bought one 12-pack at the warehouse, and that was $16.99.

I coated last night’s potato spirals with a bit of oil, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. I usually add smoked paprika to potatoes and think that would have been an improvement. I was hoping for something like curly fries, but the potato curls were a bit too thin so they tended to clump. They were tasty, though.

Sautéed zucchini with tomatoes is one of our favorite summer sides. I like to add a bit of Greek herb blend with feta or basil with Parmesan.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on June 30, 2019, 08:23:15 AM
Other Jen, Just looked at Costco and the salmon cheddar burgers are on sale for $84.99! $15 off! I am going to order them to stock up my freezer! https://www.costco.com/CatalogSearch?dept=All&keyword=salmon+burgers
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: sparkytheop on June 30, 2019, 05:53:12 PM
Michigan finally decided that the solstice was a good time to start summer weather, so we’re in a multi-day stretch of hot, humid weather. Husband hasn’t installed the window AC units yet, so I’m trying to use the stove as little as possible.

Last night’s dinner was grilled curried chicken thighs, my insta-pot version of mujadara (Middle Eastern lentil/rice dish), and sliced raw veggies.

Tonight, I think we’re having bacon cooked in the microwave, potato cubes roasted in the air fryer, and scrambled eggs (since those only need the stove for a few minutes). Probably some spinach and mushrooms with the eggs, and sliced tomatoes on the side.

Microwave probably heats the house less, but I've been able to cook bacon in the Instant Pot on "saute" a few times with success.  I toss in more than I would do on a skillet (and just stir it to get all sides), but less than I would in the oven.  Just a thought since you mentioned having one.
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Post by: sparkytheop on June 30, 2019, 05:55:43 PM
I have to work tonight, so I just pulled some sliced roast beef out of the freezer, along with some Chinese noodles (I buy a huge package at a restaurant supply store and freeze in individual portions).  A bit of Better than Bullion to add a little flavor, don't think I'll take any kind of sauce tonight.

I'll probably bake up a couple potatoes at the same time so I can use them for fried potatoes in the mornings for the rest of my shifts.
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Post by: cloudsail on June 30, 2019, 07:28:01 PM
Made roast pork in the instant pot and it was awesome! And sooooo easy and quick, will definitely become a staple.

Also made no knead bread in my dutch oven on the recommendations of this forum, and my kids and DH ate almost an entire loaf in about 15 minutes, with some butter and nothing else. I managed to snag a small slice for myself and it tastes just like what you get in fancy restaurants.

I also made pesto with carrot greens and it was heavenly with the bread.
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Post by: Dicey on June 30, 2019, 11:38:09 PM
Too tired to eat when we finally got home from the flip house. DH and I each had two squares of chocolate and a glass of milk.
That's a first for us. Hmmm, could happen again. The chocolate was free. Bonus kid brought it home after an event where he works.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on July 01, 2019, 02:54:36 AM
Last night I was kinda bushed so threw a Bone in turkey Breast in the oven, some baked potatoes and green beans. Always a winner in the family and easy enough to make. Looking to do something easy tonight perhaps a pork roast in the slow cooker since I havent advanced to a instapot yet.
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Post by: Raenia on July 01, 2019, 07:49:16 AM
Last night was chicken noodle soup made from the carcass and leftovers of the chicken I cooked last week.  Tonight will be saag with rice.
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Post by: OtherJen on July 01, 2019, 06:20:59 PM
Tonight:  Budget Bytes' curry beef with peas (https://www.budgetbytes.com/curry-beef-with-peas/). I did all the saute steps in the instant pot and am finishing with a 6-minute pressure cook on the manual setting. Hopefully it cooks the potato cubes without mushing them too much.

We'll eat this with the brown rice I cooked this morning.

ETA: I think a 5-minute pressure cook would have been perfect. This is still pretty tasty, though.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on July 02, 2019, 05:54:06 AM
I can't say I am a huge fan of the instant pot. My big gripe is that it takes too long to start cooking. I have the biggest one so that might be part of the problem. I think I am going to pull it out today to cook some boiled eggs, then after cook some spaghetti squash. I also have some zukes and a yellow squash I might cook up with whole canned tomatoes and onions. I might just cook them in the crock pot so they don't get overcooked. We have some leftover hunks of meatloaf in the freezer we can defrost and heat up for dinner.
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Post by: OtherJen on July 04, 2019, 09:01:53 AM
Tonight: grilled chicken in homemade adobo sauce (dried guajillo peppers, lime juice, various herbs/spices), homemade guacamole, homemade coleslaw with chipotle dressing, tortillas (not homemade, sadly)
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on July 05, 2019, 07:48:43 AM
Just went to the store and bought some Salmon for tonight
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Post by: OtherJen on July 05, 2019, 08:23:46 AM
I can't say I am a huge fan of the instant pot. My big gripe is that it takes too long to start cooking. I have the biggest one so that might be part of the problem. I think I am going to pull it out today to cook some boiled eggs, then after cook some spaghetti squash. I also have some zukes and a yellow squash I might cook up with whole canned tomatoes and onions. I might just cook them in the crock pot so they don't get overcooked. We have some leftover hunks of meatloaf in the freezer we can defrost and heat up for dinner.

I love ours but mainly use it for things like dried beans or meat roasts, and it does cut the cooking time on those way down. It’s also good as a rice cooker, where it doesn’t reduce time but means I don’t have to watch the rice pot to keep it from boiling over on the stove.

For other things, it doesn’t necessarily save time but it does heat up the kitchen a lot less than the stove. We’re more than a week into this stretch of temps in the upper 80s/90s with high humidity and little rain/wind, so everything helps. We’re definitely eating much better than we have in previous steamy summers.
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Post by: cloudsail on July 05, 2019, 08:57:07 AM
I can't say I am a huge fan of the instant pot. My big gripe is that it takes too long to start cooking. I have the biggest one so that might be part of the problem. I think I am going to pull it out today to cook some boiled eggs, then after cook some spaghetti squash. I also have some zukes and a yellow squash I might cook up with whole canned tomatoes and onions. I might just cook them in the crock pot so they don't get overcooked. We have some leftover hunks of meatloaf in the freezer we can defrost and heat up for dinner.

I have the 6 qt and I agree that it takes a while to get up to pressure. I think it's most convenient for SAHM's like me where I don't necessarily lack the time to get it started early, but I lack the ability to stay and tend to something cooking. It basically allows me to throw stuff in then leave the kitchen. The oven mostly does this too, but it's usually slower and less versatile, like I can't cook rice or pasta in it. I've also found less room for error in oven cooking, where it's kind of like stove top in that cooking stuff too long or too short makes it inedible, whereas instant pot is very forgiving.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Roadrunner53 on July 06, 2019, 07:45:33 AM
I can't say I am a huge fan of the instant pot. My big gripe is that it takes too long to start cooking. I have the biggest one so that might be part of the problem. I think I am going to pull it out today to cook some boiled eggs, then after cook some spaghetti squash. I also have some zukes and a yellow squash I might cook up with whole canned tomatoes and onions. I might just cook them in the crock pot so they don't get overcooked. We have some leftover hunks of meatloaf in the freezer we can defrost and heat up for dinner.

I have the 6 qt and I agree that it takes a while to get up to pressure. I think it's most convenient for SAHM's like me where I don't necessarily lack the time to get it started early, but I lack the ability to stay and tend to something cooking. It basically allows me to throw stuff in then leave the kitchen. The oven mostly does this too, but it's usually slower and less versatile, like I can't cook rice or pasta in it. I've also found less room for error in oven cooking, where it's kind of like stove top in that cooking stuff too long or too short makes it inedible, whereas instant pot is very forgiving.

My boiled eggs always come out good and they peel terrifically too. The squash I cooked came out good too. Cloudsail, what do you cook in your Instant Pot? I have used older style pressure cookers and always loved them. I want to love my IP too but just can't seem to come up with ideas on what to cook in it. I did make yogurt several times and that was very good too. I used canning jars inside the IP without lids. The only down side is waiting for the temp to come down to add the yogurt starter in. Other than that, the yogurt came out like greek yogurt. Another thing that bothers me in the IP is that some recipes say to put in one cup of water, like when steaming, but I find my water is totally gone when I open it up. That isn't good!
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Post by: OtherJen on July 06, 2019, 09:33:33 AM
Ugh. It was already 76ºF with 80% humidity at sunrise and its only gotten worse with the sun. I think dinner is going to be Cobb salad. I can microwave the bacon and might try hard-boiling eggs in the instant pot.

I'm so ready for this humid stretch to break (it's been almost 2 weeks). I miss using my stove. All my kitchen towels get mildewy after a day.
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Post by: cloudsail on July 06, 2019, 12:47:49 PM
I can't say I am a huge fan of the instant pot. My big gripe is that it takes too long to start cooking. I have the biggest one so that might be part of the problem. I think I am going to pull it out today to cook some boiled eggs, then after cook some spaghetti squash. I also have some zukes and a yellow squash I might cook up with whole canned tomatoes and onions. I might just cook them in the crock pot so they don't get overcooked. We have some leftover hunks of meatloaf in the freezer we can defrost and heat up for dinner.

I have the 6 qt and I agree that it takes a while to get up to pressure. I think it's most convenient for SAHM's like me where I don't necessarily lack the time to get it started early, but I lack the ability to stay and tend to something cooking. It basically allows me to throw stuff in then leave the kitchen. The oven mostly does this too, but it's usually slower and less versatile, like I can't cook rice or pasta in it. I've also found less room for error in oven cooking, where it's kind of like stove top in that cooking stuff too long or too short makes it inedible, whereas instant pot is very forgiving.

My boiled eggs always come out good and they peel terrifically too. The squash I cooked came out good too. Cloudsail, what do you cook in your Instant Pot? I have used older style pressure cookers and always loved them. I want to love my IP too but just can't seem to come up with ideas on what to cook in it. I did make yogurt several times and that was very good too. I used canning jars inside the IP without lids. The only down side is waiting for the temp to come down to add the yogurt starter in. Other than that, the yogurt came out like greek yogurt. Another thing that bothers me in the IP is that some recipes say to put in one cup of water, like when steaming, but I find my water is totally gone when I open it up. That isn't good!

I make a bunch of different dishes, some favorites are:

One pot pasta. No draining required, and I can cook it with bone broth that gets completely absorbed (my kids are picky so I'm always trying to get more nutrition into them).

Meat that needs long cooking times like ribs or roast. Or even chicken. I cook them on the trivet and if I want crispy exterior just transfer to oven and broil for a bit. The bonus is you get great drippings at the bottom that you can save or use for gravy.

One pot rice meals. You can either put the meat on top of the rice (I like to do this with leftovers) or cook it at the bottom and steam the rice in a bowl set on top of a rack. I either mix veggies with the rice or place them on top.

Homemade chicken stock or bone broth.

Asian multigrain porridge or congee.

Steaming stuff, like corn on the cob or egg custard (an Asian steamed egg dish popular with kids). It feels faster than doing it on the stovetop where you have to wait for more water to boil and the steaming process takes longer, though I've never timed it. It might just feel easier because I don't have to watch it.

I'm always looking for new ideas on using my IP! My kids don't like hard boiled eggs so never made that, but I've always wanted to give yogurt a try.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on July 07, 2019, 05:26:36 AM
Cloudsail, thanks for some ideas for IP.

I watched a YouTube video on making yogurt. The video is from Instant Pot Mama. Very good step by step instructions. I watched it and wrote each step as she did it. She only shows processing one jar. When I did it, I used 4 or 5 wide mouth canning jars. It came out perfect. Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtXnaP17D4Q  Take some time and write down the process that way you won't have to try to remember.

What kind of rice do you use? Does it get mushy? Same with the pasta, does it come out al dente?
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Post by: cloudsail on July 07, 2019, 10:17:29 AM
Cloudsail, thanks for some ideas for IP.

I watched a YouTube video on making yogurt. The video is from Instant Pot Mama. Very good step by step instructions. I watched it and wrote each step as she did it. She only shows processing one jar. When I did it, I used 4 or 5 wide mouth canning jars. It came out perfect. Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtXnaP17D4Q  Take some time and write down the process that way you won't have to try to remember.

What kind of rice do you use? Does it get mushy? Same with the pasta, does it come out al dente?

Oooh, thanks for the video. I'm going to give it a shot! My little one recently developed a taste for yogurt.

I use the calrose rice. If you cook it directly in the pot you have to be careful about the amount of water you put in if you don't want mushy rice. It might take a little experimentation. With the instant pot you usually need less liquid than stove top because there is less escape of steam. I also often add other grains like millet, etc., and other stuff you put in with it like meat will also release liquid. If you steam the rice in a bowl it will definitely not turn out mushy (just don't put way too much water in the bowl with the rice).

For pasta, you just use enough liquid to cover it, and tenderness depends more on cooking time. Again, you might have to experiment with different shapes. I've found that five to six minutes works well for most, but a lot will depend on your individual pot. If you really don't like too soft pasta I would start low, like two to three minutes, and if it's too hard just letting it sit in the liquid will soften it. Also I would experiment with pressure releasing it immediately vs. waiting a bit for it to naturally release, as that adds to the cooking time as well.
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Post by: OtherJen on July 07, 2019, 11:00:31 AM
I use the calrose rice. If you cook it directly in the pot you have to be careful about the amount of water you put in if you don't want mushy rice. It might take a little experimentation. With the instant pot you usually need less liquid than stove top because there is less escape of steam. I also often add other grains like millet, etc., and other stuff you put in with it like meat will also release liquid. If you steam the rice in a bowl it will definitely not turn out mushy (just don't put way too much water in the bowl with the rice).

My experience with the instant pot is that equal volumes of water and rice works for both the brown and white rice settings. If I cook lentils with the rice, I add a bit more water or soak the lentils first.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on July 08, 2019, 02:37:29 AM
They had frozen chickens on sale for about 3$ a piece so made two of those and they were delicious. Now have a bit of meat leftover for sandwiches.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on July 08, 2019, 02:56:34 AM
Veggie burgers (home made), sweet potato and cauliflower.
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Post by: jeninco on July 08, 2019, 04:26:43 PM
Summer soccer starts this evening, so the boys will be gone 6-8 pm. And then hungry about 8:30, once they cool down.

I'm making pasta salad: MrInCO and I will eat it as-is, younger kid will dump tomato sauce on top, and older kid will probably boycott, as it's one of a few things he really doesn't like. His loss! More for MrInCO to take for lunch.

Pasta (maybe shells?), cooked cauliflower, asparagus I grilled last night, small cubes of salami and provolone, probably olives and/or capers, and a vinagrette that includes the last bit of pesto and the last bit of tapenade in the fridge. Probably some basil leaves. Maybe marinated red peppers, for taste and color.
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Post by: Raenia on July 08, 2019, 04:38:04 PM
Saag and rice - I meant to make it last week, but it was so hot we didn't want to use the stove at all.  The heat finally broke today, hopefully it'll stay that way for at least a few days so I can get back to cooking regularly.
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Post by: OtherJen on July 08, 2019, 07:28:45 PM
I turned a few extra chicken thighs into taco meat along with sliced peppers and onions, spices, and fresh cilantro. We ate this mix on corn tortillas with shredded cabbage, crumbled feta, and Herdez guacamole salsa. Yay for being able to use my stove again!
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Post by: OtherJen on July 12, 2019, 05:55:30 PM
Rancho Gordo Eye of the Goat beans (https://www.ranchogordo.com/collections/heirloom-beans/products/ojo-de-cabra-goats-eye) cooked with veggies and spices, white rice, and leftover smoked brisket.
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Post by: OtherJen on July 15, 2019, 09:31:38 PM
We had an air quality alert day today (high heat + high humidity). This has been one of the grosser summers, weather-wise, in recent memory. The condensation on the bathroom floor never totally dried after today’s showers. This isn’t going to let up any time soon.

Tonight’s dinner was cold chicken salad on a bed of greens. Tomorrow will be something that I can put in the instant pot.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on July 16, 2019, 03:50:42 AM
They had frozen Chicken quarters for 69 cents a lbs so bought to packs of those and did them up on the grill with some potatoes and veggies. Though hot out better than heating the house up with the oven.
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Post by: jeninco on July 16, 2019, 09:12:44 AM
Yesterday: I finally made it to the farmer's market Saturday and got awesome looking (and smelling!) tomatoes, so gazpacho, homemade baguettes (tried the recipe from "Artisan bread in 5 minutes/day" that I picked up from the used bookstore the last time I brought in a box of books), white beans agio y olio from smitten kitchen (with artichoke hearts and added the last spoonful of pesto from the fridge) and a green salad.

Tonight: beef and broccoli stir-fry, with a bunch of snap peas I found at the farmer's market. Or maybe beef and snap peas, and I'll save the broccoli for a different meal... with rice.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on July 17, 2019, 03:54:42 AM
Last night made Carribean Jerk Pork sticks on the grill , was fabulous!
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Post by: OtherJen on July 19, 2019, 08:33:12 AM
We’re under an excessive heat warning through tomorrow night. We’ve already cancelled our plans for tomorrow’s family reunion picnic because several hours outdoors in a heat index of 105-110°F is too much. I think dinner one night will be cold sandwiches. We’re going out the other night.

I’m about to wave the white flag and accept that we will be living on mostly cold sandwiches and salads for the next 6 weeks.
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Post by: sparkytheop on July 19, 2019, 08:29:12 PM
Tonight's dinner is just biscuits and sausage gravy with some fried potatoes.  Working on using what we have in the fridge/freezer/pantry for the rest of the month (along with some fresh milk and fruit from the store, and vegetables from the garden).  Paying off the property this month (earlier than planned), so tightening the belt again until I get a couple more paychecks to refill all the slush/sinking funds back to where I'm comfortable.  Fortunately, we have a good stock of food on hand!
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Post by: jeninco on July 20, 2019, 07:51:35 PM
We’re under an excessive heat warning through tomorrow night. We’ve already cancelled our plans for tomorrow’s family reunion picnic because several hours outdoors in a heat index of 105-110°F is too much. I think dinner one night will be cold sandwiches. We’re going out the other night.

I’m about to wave the white flag and accept that we will be living on mostly cold sandwiches and salads for the next 6 weeks.

I sat down and made a list of "salads" that we eat in the summer (and put several on the menu for this next week...)

1. Shredded chicken, green veg (usually asparagus or green beans), small cantaloupe cubes and wild rice blend (because I'm too cheap to use straight wild rice) with lime/cumin dressing
2. https://smittenkitchen.com/2014/01/warm-lentil-and-potato-salad/ with or without slices of grilled sausages on top, with a green salad (or some other veg)
3. Nicoise salad, and many variations
4. Steak salad (with grilled steak, seasoned potatoes, green beans - or whatever, cooked beets, tomatoes, something pickled -- cornichons?, probably blue cheese crumbles, green goddess dressing with loads of basil)
5. Shrimp baja salad (https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-baja-shrimp-taco-salad-256166)
6. https://smittenkitchen.com/2012/06/cold-rice-noodles-with-peanut-lime-chicken/ (or a less complicated cold rice noodle and peanut sauce thing)

It just rained here and cooled things down substantially, so I dropped a whole chicken into a crockpot of water and will shred the meat and put away the stock in the morning.  That's for salad #1: I also bought a yummy-smelling cantaloupe at the market today. I'm also on the lookout for a grill pan so I can grill the shrimp for #5.
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Post by: OtherJen on July 20, 2019, 08:21:13 PM
We’re under an excessive heat warning through tomorrow night. We’ve already cancelled our plans for tomorrow’s family reunion picnic because several hours outdoors in a heat index of 105-110°F is too much. I think dinner one night will be cold sandwiches. We’re going out the other night.

I’m about to wave the white flag and accept that we will be living on mostly cold sandwiches and salads for the next 6 weeks.

I sat down and made a list of "salads" that we eat in the summer (and put several on the menu for this next week...)

1. Shredded chicken, green veg (usually asparagus or green beans), small cantaloupe cubes and wild rice blend (because I'm too cheap to use straight wild rice) with lime/cumin dressing
2. https://smittenkitchen.com/2014/01/warm-lentil-and-potato-salad/ with or without slices of grilled sausages on top, with a green salad (or some other veg)
3. Nicoise salad, and many variations
4. Steak salad (with grilled steak, seasoned potatoes, green beans - or whatever, cooked beets, tomatoes, something pickled -- cornichons?, probably blue cheese crumbles, green goddess dressing with loads of basil)
5. Shrimp baja salad (https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-baja-shrimp-taco-salad-256166)
6. https://smittenkitchen.com/2012/06/cold-rice-noodles-with-peanut-lime-chicken/ (or a less complicated cold rice noodle and peanut sauce thing)

It just rained here and cooled things down substantially, so I dropped a whole chicken into a crockpot of water and will shred the meat and put away the stock in the morning.  That's for salad #1: I also bought a yummy-smelling cantaloupe at the market today. I'm also on the lookout for a grill pan so I can grill the shrimp for #5.

Yum! Thanks for the list.

Dinner last night ended up being a platter of cut raw veggies with fresh ranch dip (ranch mix in sour cream) and hard boiled eggs from the pressure cooker. We went out for burgers tonight. It's supposed to be less aggressively hot tomorrow so I think maybe we'll have grilled salmon salad.
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Post by: Sugaree on July 22, 2019, 06:27:57 AM
I've got some beef barbacoa in the crockpot.  Plus a few in the freezer for later.
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Post by: jeninco on July 24, 2019, 05:16:49 PM
Hamburger salad:
Salad with greens, cucumbers, red peppers (sherry vinaigrette), and:
Cooked seasoned ground beef (I often season with mustard and ketchup, just to be cute)
diced pickles
shredded chedder
sliced/halved tomatoes (depending on size)

Usually also homemade croutons, but I'm playing around with "Artisan bread in 5 minutes/day" and baked a loaf of fresh whole-grain bread, which should've cooled enough to cut into by suppertime.
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Post by: OtherJen on July 26, 2019, 07:21:58 PM
Broccoli rice casserole in the instant pot with brown rice, meat and stock from a Costco rotisserie chicken, fresh broccoli, and sharp cheddar.
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Post by: meerkat on July 27, 2019, 07:51:52 AM
Trying to eat down the pantry a bit, somehow we have a lot of cheeses after having friends over recently so our menu is cheese-heavy:

Beef stew
Italian Wonderpot (Budget Bytes)
Egg and sausage biscuits
Grilled cheese + fries
Pizza
Quesadillas
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Post by: middo on July 28, 2019, 05:49:44 PM
Beef stew - for the third day in a row.  It is soooo good.

Basically beef, onions, garlic, potato, carrot, sweet potato, mushroom, peas and red wine and herbs.

Some dumplings on top - self raising flour, butter, milk and parmesan cheese.
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Post by: jeninco on July 29, 2019, 04:25:59 PM
Stromboli (Smitten Kitchen, again...) with additional tomato sauce, and either salad or green beans.
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Post by: OtherJen on July 29, 2019, 06:04:05 PM
Costco frozen gluten-free cheese pizza topped with pepperoni, mushrooms, red onion, feta cheese, and oregano. We hadn’t had pizza in ages, and this was very tasty.
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Post by: OtherJen on July 30, 2019, 04:45:30 PM
Grilled salmon, air-fried potatoes, and sautéed zucchini and tomatoes.
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Post by: Evgenia on July 30, 2019, 05:03:42 PM
Goa-style spiced pork burgers (making use of two pork steaks in the deep freeze from our last whole-hog buy, woo hoo), with mint, cukes, and yogurt on top, and roasted sweet potatoes.
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Post by: jeninco on July 30, 2019, 07:01:03 PM
Started as nachos (I pulled two quarts of chili from the freezer) but then I found a dozen freezer-burned corn tortillas, so I toasted them and we wound up with sort of chili-bowls: chili, the tortillas, chopped roasted poblanos I rescued from the freezer, a bit of leftover chipotles in adobo, shredded cheddar, slaw (red cabbage and carrots, both shredded with a little vinegar), tomato salad, and (randomly) beets in a mustard vinaigrette.

Tasty, and full of vegetables, so I'll call it a win.
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Post by: Tyson on July 30, 2019, 07:07:09 PM
Scrambled eggs, creamed kale & spinach, roasted carrots. 
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Post by: WhiteTrashCash on July 31, 2019, 07:51:52 AM
Tonight's dinner will be lemon basil chicken (made with garden-grown basil) with homemade sourdough bread, garden-grown sugar snap peas and Romano bush beans, and homemade apple cinnamon bread for dessert. This is one of my more expensive meals to prepare: $2.25 for all ingredients.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on August 01, 2019, 04:13:58 AM
Last night was one of my favorite dinners! Roasted tomato sauce.

3 lbs. Roma tomatoes, garlic, dried Italian herbs, crushed red pepper and olive oil (cup), roasted for about 1 hour in the oven. Then poured over precooked spaghetti, fresh basil and sliced fresh mozzarella chunks.

OMG! So good!
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Post by: Raenia on August 01, 2019, 08:11:14 AM
Chicken tinga tacos - chicken cooking in the crockpot, corn tortillas, and rice.
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Post by: OtherJen on August 01, 2019, 08:19:33 AM
I don't feel particularly inspired today, so probably homemade tomato-meat sauce from the freezer over pasta. Maybe I'll make some balsamic vinaigrette for side salads.
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Post by: jeninco on August 01, 2019, 11:33:36 AM
Yesterday -- low on ideas, so we had burgers, baked potatoes, salad, then I added greek-isn salad (sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, black olives, and a white-bean-salad thing, with sautéed onions, garlic, diced up roasted red peppers and marinated artichoke hearts (from half-full bottles in the fridge) and diced spicy salami (from an opened container in the fridge) and the artichoke marinating liquid. It turned out pretty well, and there are even leftovers!

(Er, there were. Up until I had lunch (urp))
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Post by: horsepoor on August 01, 2019, 07:06:04 PM
Steamed a spaghetti squash and meanwhile sauteed some Italian sausage, garlic and random veggies.  Made little nests with the squash, put in a layer of ricotta, fresh basil then the sausage/veg and a little more cheese on top and baked.  Not bad.

Last night I made a spin on Filipino chicken adobo, served over julienned zucchini and eggplant.  Yum.  And best, there is leftover sauce.
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Post by: jeninco on August 01, 2019, 09:38:30 PM
"Salad" of tortellini and green beans with a tomato paste-based pesto.
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Post by: WhiteTrashCash on August 01, 2019, 10:14:01 PM
Tonight's dinner wasn't all that fancy, because I didn't want to have a lot of dishes to clean up since we are leaving town for the weekend. I boiled some vegetable pasta and used some marinara sauce we had in our pantry. However, I did spice it up a bit by using my own homemade Italian seasoning for the sauce which is made from basil, oregano, marjoram, thyme, and rosemary. The basil was saved from last year's garden. I'm getting low on dried basil, so luckily our early season basil plants in the garden have regenerated enough to start harvesting them again and our late season basil plants are getting closer to being ready.
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Post by: cloudsail on August 01, 2019, 10:24:48 PM
My kids have swimming lesson today at 6pm. They can't eat beforehand, and by the time we get home it's almost seven. On these days I always resort to my trusty instant pot. Before we leave I put some chicken and tofu in the pot with some sauce and rice and water on a trivet. When we get home it's cooked, and I just need to boil some corn and broccoli while the kids are showering and changing. I'm rather proud of the fact that since the kids started swim lessons this summer, we haven't once resorted to take out on swim days.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on August 02, 2019, 12:18:04 PM
DH cought several types of fish and shells today. We ate some as sashimi and the other half in a powder package of soup, because we are camping.
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Post by: sparkytheop on August 03, 2019, 03:21:22 PM
Yesterday I made beans and rice with a box I got from Fred Meyer, and some sausage I had in the fridge.  So much better than the recipes I've tried so far!  I need to look at a box and see if I can figure out how they seasoned it.  Any recipes I've followed have just been bland so far, so I end up spicing it up with random stuff from the cupboard.
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Post by: OtherJen on August 03, 2019, 03:41:08 PM
Husband is planning to grill chicken wings. I think those will be served with a big salad to use up some of the veggies stuffed in our fridge (thanks to August prices at the produce market).
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Post by: jeninco on August 04, 2019, 03:37:51 PM
Gazpacho salad (all the stuff, just in a bowl) with grilled shrimp, black beans in a chipotle vinaigrette, and probably corn chips.
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Post by: meerkat on August 04, 2019, 03:45:55 PM
We had a tasty sage pumpkin risotto with sweet potato, carrots, cauliflower, and peas (the peas were just to add a non-orange color). I'll have to try making it again and following one recipe this time, I lost the link to the first one I saw and kind of cobbled together something from other recipes I found later.
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Post by: OtherJen on August 04, 2019, 05:00:30 PM
Chicken tinga (Instant pot) tacos on corn tortillas with a romaine/red cabbage/radish slaw and crumbled feta (lazy sub for cotija cheese).
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Post by: middo on August 04, 2019, 06:58:43 PM
Last night we had smoked herring on black bread, with boiled eggs and nasturtium leaf.  My wife put it together for next to nothing, as the bread was a present and the herring were on special.
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Post by: OtherJen on August 05, 2019, 09:28:42 AM
Probably onion-mushroom quiche and a side of shredded Brussels sprouts sauteed with bacon.

ETA: those were the best Brussels sprouts I've ever made. They were sauteed in the grease from a few bacon slices along with two big cloves of minced garlic, and deglazed with a generous splash of cider vinegar. Seasoned only with cracked black pepper and crumbled bacon. I would have eaten the whole pan, but I would have felt guilty if I didn't share them with my husband.
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Post by: jeninco on August 05, 2019, 01:55:28 PM
Grilled skirt steak, probably roasted brussels spouts, sweet potatoes and ?? I dunno about the other thing. Roasted fingerlings? couscous salad, which contains a bunch of veggies and makes good leftovers?
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Post by: WhiteTrashCash on August 06, 2019, 03:11:58 PM
It's the evening of our wedding anniversary so I'm making steak with stuffed baked potatoes and sides of garden-grown sugar snap peas and Romano bush beans with homemade yellow cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles for dessert. Just goes to show you that you can have a great celebration without having it cost you an arm and a leg. :-)
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Post by: sparkytheop on August 06, 2019, 04:56:09 PM
My son made raisin rum ice cream this morning, so probably that.  I might make some steak and corn on the cob as well.
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Post by: OtherJen on August 06, 2019, 04:57:43 PM
Rum raisin ice cream sounds delightful.

Husband is getting ready to make a Thai-inspired stirfry with rice noodles and tofu.
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Post by: cloudsail on August 06, 2019, 07:54:53 PM
Burritos with raw Tortillaland tortillas cooked on my frying pan. So much better than the regular cooked ones. Not quite as good as homemade, but much easier.
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Post by: jeninco on August 06, 2019, 09:30:26 PM
Fried rice, with a tiny bit of ground pork, fried tofu, broccoli, and .. I dunno, leeks and stuff. OK, not great.
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Post by: OtherJen on August 07, 2019, 08:24:52 PM
Grilled salmon burgers (frozen from Costco), roasted potatoes, and sauteed green beans with tomatoes.
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Post by: jeninco on August 09, 2019, 09:52:45 AM
Cold (or at least room-temperature) salad containing: mixed wild rice, shredded chicken, green beans, very ripe cantaloupe pieces in a lime-cumin dressing with garlic (and probably shallots, as we have one left to use.)
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Post by: 35andFI on August 09, 2019, 08:13:52 PM
A cute girl said I need to eat more veggies so I played the role of a rabbit and made a salad.

Romaine lettuce, carrots, halved cherry tomatoes, and a little bit of balsamic vinaigrette.
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Post by: horsepoor on August 10, 2019, 04:46:02 PM
Trying to decide between chicken green curry with garden veggies (eggplant, okra, tomato, onion), and salmon with beets and mizuna.  I think the curry is going to win since it's a relatively cool 74f this afternoon, so it will be a nice change-up to have something more stew-like.
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Post by: lookingforadelorean on August 12, 2019, 11:27:30 AM
DH cooked off a bunch of bacon this weekend, and I'm picking up a Costco chicken later today, so we're going to combine the two for chicken bacon ranch wraps. A glass of homemade lemonade and brownies for dessert.
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Post by: middo on August 12, 2019, 07:21:25 PM
Pumpkin soup my wife made on the weekend.  She used chicken carcases as the stock, and it is so good.  A little turkish bread heated up, and we are good.
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Post by: Dicey on August 12, 2019, 07:27:00 PM
The Frugal Girl's Thai Chicken Soup for at least the sixth time. I'm just waiting for the potatoes to get soft.
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Post by: OtherJen on August 12, 2019, 07:39:18 PM
Budget Bytes’ Southwest Chicken Skillet. (https://www.budgetbytes.com/southwest-chicken-skillet/) My husband and I dubbed it “Crack Dinner” (a spoof on Kraft Dinner). I had to put it away quickly because we kept going back for just a little more.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on August 13, 2019, 03:24:10 AM
The Frugal Girl's Thai Chicken Soup for at least the sixth time. I'm just waiting for the potatoes to get soft.

Thanks for the idea. It looks good, so I'll try to make it as well some time soon.
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Post by: jeninco on August 13, 2019, 01:41:28 PM
Ottolenghi's zucchini and turkey burgers, with a spicy sour-cream sauce and leftover green beans. And perhaps fresh bread? (I should get on that, if so...)
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on August 13, 2019, 03:53:59 PM
Leftovers: beef kebabs, rice & a Persian yogurt sauce
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Post by: Dicey on August 13, 2019, 04:01:18 PM
The Frugal Girl's Thai Chicken Soup for at least the sixth time. I'm just waiting for the potatoes to get soft.

Thanks for the idea. It looks good, so I'll try to make it as well some time soon.
It's pretty forgiving, so you can mess around with it a bit and still have good results. For example, you can puree a can of yams and substitute it for one of the cans of coconut milk, which lowers the calorie count. I've added mushrooms with good results, too, which is right up your alley.
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Post by: OtherJen on August 13, 2019, 05:42:21 PM
Homemade tomato-basil sauce from the freezer, added to sauteed Italian sausage and zucchini and served over pasta. I also chopped up lettuces and other veg for side salads. I love all the cheap, fresh veg in summer.
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Post by: v8rx7guy on August 13, 2019, 05:55:44 PM
Johnsonville Brats and corn on the cob cooked on the grill... yum!
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Post by: Dicey on August 13, 2019, 09:45:51 PM
Pizza with pre-baked whole wheat crusts. We're having a heat wave here, so I put our large, convection/toaster out on the front porch to cook them. Success!

I found 16 oz. packages of coarse shredded Tillamook Farmstyle Thick Cut Mozzarella for 2.99, less 10%, at Grocery Outlet today on Senior Morning. I kept one out for dinner and froze the rest. In a few weeks, I'll wish I had bought more, but the freezer's pretty full with previous Senior Morning prizes.
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Post by: WhiteTrashCash on August 13, 2019, 10:26:53 PM
Tonight was board game night, so I had some leftover BBQ pulled chicken with garden green beans and sugar snap peas and some leftover apple cinnamon bread for dessert. Next week at game night, we're going to have a potluck dinner altogether, so I think my ways are rubbing off on my friends a little more lately.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on August 14, 2019, 12:19:45 AM
Yesterday I made reindeer meat with mashed potatoes and broccoli. DH made a quick sauce for the meat.

Tonight I might make that Thai soup. The shop didn't have fresh coriander, but DH reminded me of the fact the we have a bag of frozen coriander in the freezer. I will use that.

I have also bought ingredients for a veggie lasagna with spinach and herbal white cheese. And DH bought some veggie burgers as well, as I had complained that we had been eating a lot of meat/fish lately.
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Post by: jeninco on August 14, 2019, 09:00:29 AM
I'm going to swing by the farmer's market this afternoon and get a bunch of perfect, local tomatoes and some corn.

They'll go into panzanella -- I'll cube good bread, toss it with olive oil,and toast it in the oven so the edges are crispy. Then it'll get mixed with all kinds of tasty vegetables (tomatoes, a little celery, some cooked asparagus from yesterday, maybe cucumbers, corn, possibly green beans) and some fresh mozzarella balls in a basil vinaigrette.
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Post by: OtherJen on August 14, 2019, 09:49:11 AM
I'm going to swing by the farmer's market this afternoon and get a bunch of perfect, local tomatoes and some corn.

They'll go into panzanella -- I'll cube good bread, toss it with olive oil,and toast it in the oven so the edges are crispy. Then it'll get mixed with all kinds of tasty vegetables (tomatoes, a little celery, some cooked asparagus from yesterday, maybe cucumbers, corn, possibly green beans) and some fresh mozzarella balls in a basil vinaigrette.

That sounds so fresh and delightful!

We're having grilled salmon, grilled corn on the cob, and sauteed zucchini and tomatoes.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on August 15, 2019, 03:15:45 PM
I'm in a bit of a rut, as it's over 100 degrees here. Ick. I'm thinking. . . a festival of leftovers. My husband will eat the lonely leftover kebab with coleslaw. The kids will have quesadillas with meatballs (random, but they'll like it). I'll have a salad topped with leftover chicken from last night's dinner.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on August 16, 2019, 04:13:35 AM
Last night I made Italian breaded Parmesan boneless pork-chops. They were delicious and the kids loved them. Not to mention easy to make so I like that!
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Post by: Raenia on August 16, 2019, 05:31:51 AM
Last night I made a zucchini lasagna (sliced a gigantic zuke lengthwise to make 'noodles') with ground turkey and red sauce, and a loaf of fresh Italian bread to sop up the juices.

Tonight is pizza night - last one with the half-whole-wheat dough that didn't turn out great, then it's time to make a new batch.
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Post by: Sugaree on August 17, 2019, 10:04:18 AM
I'm canning chicken broth today, so my husband and son have requested chicken noodle soup for dinner.  Works for me. Less batches of broth that have to be run through the canner.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on August 17, 2019, 12:41:31 PM
No pork - pulled pork veggieburgers. That's what it said on the pack that DH bought.
Potatoes sliced and baked in frying pan.
Carrots sliced in 4 lengst, smeared in with chili pepper, cummin, honey, butter and curry paste and baked in the oven. Recipe from cookbook Simple. Tasted very good. Nice to find a good new way to serve a cheap veggie like carrots.
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Post by: jeninco on August 18, 2019, 01:27:08 PM
Going to be chili (hey, it was cloudy and cool this morning, although the sun has come out since then...). Fresh corn, probably cornbread, and likely we'll have cabbage and carrot slaw with it (vinaigrette only, I dislike mayo)
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Post by: OtherJen on August 18, 2019, 01:46:46 PM
If it doesn't rain again, grilled chicken with onions and bell peppers and a side of rice.
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Post by: horsepoor on August 18, 2019, 04:35:23 PM
I'm about to toss a chicken in the smoker.  We'll be having a later dinner tonight.  Stopped by a local farmstand and got some beautiful broccolini, so I'll probably simply saute that with some garlic, and steam some homegrown carrots with butter and lemon.
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Post by: middo on August 18, 2019, 10:41:20 PM
Wraps for dinner tonight.

Pitta (flat) bread wrapped around left over roast beef from last week, salad mix, capsicum, cheese and greek yoghurt.  I fry up the meat with garlic, and put the pitta breads over the pan to soften and warm them, then add the fillings.  Wrap them up and you have a fantastic tasting meal.
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Post by: jeninco on August 19, 2019, 11:24:29 AM
Black bean and salmon tostadas, with slaw and pickled jalapinos.
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Post by: OtherJen on August 19, 2019, 07:47:07 PM
Grilled salmon burgers (patties purchased at Costco), corn on the cob, and sliced cucumber. August is seriously the best produce month around here. The local produce is cheap and so fresh that it barely needs seasoning.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on August 19, 2019, 08:43:03 PM
Keto friendly lasagna. It actually closely approximates the real thing
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Post by: horsepoor on August 19, 2019, 09:53:22 PM
Keto friendly lasagna. It actually closely approximates the real thing

Funny, I had a little keto experiment tonight too.  I got a tiny waffle maker and made my first chaffle with cheddar, egg, jalapeno, green onion and cilantro.  It was surprisingly good!  Also had a big salad with some bleu cheese.
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Post by: Dicey on August 20, 2019, 12:42:38 AM
I hosted a meeting that didn't end until 6:45. Dinner was pasta* with dried tomato pesto that's a new and delicious item at Costco. Sausages from the freezer (Costco) and grilled asparagus. Yum.

*Found this neat, hollow spaghetti-like stuff at Grocery Outlet. I break it into random lengths, then pour boiling water ever it, and cook until al dente. Meanwhile, I defrost, then heat the sausages in the micro, while grilling the asparagus on the stove. Drain the pasta, stir in the pesto, grate a little lot of fresh parmesan on top, squeeze a little just-off-a-friend's-tree lemon on the asparagus and boom, dinner's done. I made individual lemon pudding cakes this afternoon for the meeting, with enough left over for my peeps. Of course, that means I got two. Hee.
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Post by: middo on August 20, 2019, 03:03:56 AM
Aldi pizza.  Cheap and tasty.
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Post by: Sugaree on August 20, 2019, 06:16:22 AM
Keto friendly lasagna. It actually closely approximates the real thing

Funny, I had a little keto experiment tonight too.  I got a tiny waffle maker and made my first chaffle with cheddar, egg, jalapeno, green onion and cilantro.  It was surprisingly good!  Also had a big salad with some bleu cheese.


I have found that, while I like chaffles, adding some riced cauliflower really helps the texture out.  I have a recipe for cauliflower/cheddar/jalapeno muffins that I've been wanting to try in the waffle iron.
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Post by: jeninco on August 20, 2019, 11:03:46 AM
I hosted a meeting that didn't end until 6:45. Dinner was pasta* with dried tomato pesto that's a new and delicious item at Costco. Sausages from the freezer (Costco) and grilled asparagus. Yum.

*Found this neat, hollow spaghetti-like stuff at Grocery Outlet. I break it into random lengths, then pour boiling water ever it, and cook until al dente. Meanwhile, I defrost, then heat the sausages in the micro, while grilling the asparagus on the stove. Drain the pasta, stir in the pesto, grate a little lot of fresh parmesan on top, squeeze a little just-off-a-friend's-tree lemon on the asparagus and boom, dinner's done. I made individual lemon pudding cakes this afternoon for the meeting, with enough left over for my peeps. Of course, that means I got two. Hee.

Bucatini? Geez, Dicey, I've been looking for that around here for MONTHS, and you find it at the Outlet? aargh! (OK, if that's my biggest problem today, it's a pretty awesome day...)

We're probably having homemade tagliatelli: the oldest kid made pasta dough before he skipped town (to go to college, it doesn't need to sound nefarious) and it's been sitting in the fridge long enough to probably turn into concrete. If I can roll it out, we'll have it with some kind of tomato-based sauce, and green beans. Possibly something in there that contains protein: I should go search the freezer and see what we have.

I made a double batch of Smitten Kitchen's pistachio apricot bars yesterday, or else we'd be having lemon pudding cake, too. Maybe we can just all troop over to Dicey's?
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Post by: Dicey on August 20, 2019, 05:55:08 PM
Winner, winner, pasta dinner! Yes, it's Bucatini #12. I have two equidistant Grocery Outlets, and only one of them has it. Alas, it is the one that only has Senior Day every other week, so I didn't go there today, boo.

I got another batch of killer lemons, so if y'all give me an hour, I can make enough for everyone. Oh, wait! I only have 20 ramekins. Okay, we can do this if you sort yourselves into orderly groups...
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Post by: horsepoor on August 20, 2019, 09:52:37 PM
Keto friendly lasagna. It actually closely approximates the real thing

Funny, I had a little keto experiment tonight too.  I got a tiny waffle maker and made my first chaffle with cheddar, egg, jalapeno, green onion and cilantro.  It was surprisingly good!  Also had a big salad with some bleu cheese.

I have found that, while I like chaffles, adding some riced cauliflower really helps the texture out.  I have a recipe for cauliflower/cheddar/jalapeno muffins that I've been wanting to try in the waffle iron.

Hmm, if I get a bigger waffle maker I will try that.  I just bought the mini Dash one, so one egg and like an ounce of cheese is all it will hold.  They are the perfect size for sandwich "bread" though.  I'm thinking of making them to use as buns for BLT's later this week since the best tomatoes are starting to come in.

Tonight was boring - big green salad with leftover chicken.

Tomorrow I think I'm going to do Tuscan butter mushrooms (https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a28247880/tuscan-butter-mushrooms-recipe/) over spiralized zucchini, and we'll finish off the chicken.  I'm kind of obsessed with this mushroom recipe right now; it is lick the bowl good.
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Post by: Dragonswan on August 21, 2019, 08:57:11 AM
Winner, winner, pasta dinner! Yes, it's Bucatini #12. I have two equidistant Grocery Outlets, and only one of them has it. Alas, it is the one that only has Senior Day every other week, so I didn't go there today, boo.

I got another batch of killer lemons, so if y'all give me an hour, I can make enough for everyone. Oh, wait! I only have 20 ramekins. Okay, we can do this if you sort yourselves into orderly groups...
Not a problem.  I'll bring my own ramekin and 20 extra for the interlopers.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on August 21, 2019, 09:18:01 AM
@horsepoor - that mushroom recipe is on my list to try. It looks delicious!

For tonight, we're having zoodles & meatballs for the adults, & spaghetti & meatballs for the carb eating kiddos.
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Post by: Dicey on August 21, 2019, 09:35:54 AM
Winner, winner, pasta dinner! Yes, it's Bucatini #12. I have two equidistant Grocery Outlets, and only one of them has it. Alas, it is the one that only has Senior Day every other week, so I didn't go there today, boo.

I got another batch of killer lemons, so if y'all give me an hour, I can make enough for everyone. Oh, wait! I only have 20 ramekins. Okay, we can do this if you sort yourselves into orderly groups...
Not a problem.  I'll bring my own ramekin and 20 extra for the interlopers.
Deal.
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Post by: jeninco on August 21, 2019, 08:11:43 PM
Winner, winner, pasta dinner! Yes, it's Bucatini #12. I have two equidistant Grocery Outlets, and only one of them has it. Alas, it is the one that only has Senior Day every other week, so I didn't go there today, boo.

I got another batch of killer lemons, so if y'all give me an hour, I can make enough for everyone. Oh, wait! I only have 20 ramekins. Okay, we can do this if you sort yourselves into orderly groups...
Not a problem.  I'll bring my own ramekin and 20 extra for the interlopers.
Deal.

I have 8 small ramekins, 4 or 6 medium-sized ones, and one fairly large one -- if I bring the big one, may I have that much?

Back on topic, we had curried sweet potato, broccoli and pork, with basmati rice for those who wanted it. My mom's in town, and she was the one who was inspired with the indian spices and coconut milk.
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Post by: cloudsail on August 21, 2019, 08:15:34 PM
I made tomato beef noodles in the instant pot. Stew the beef and tomatoes first, then add noodles for an additional few minutes. I spooned out half the meat before adding noodles to freeze for another meal.
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Post by: OtherJen on August 21, 2019, 08:17:30 PM
The last pizza in the freezer, topped with pepperoni, sliced mushrooms, and sliced onions. I had a hell of a day and couldn't cope with dinner from scratch.
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Post by: Dicey on August 21, 2019, 08:47:53 PM
Winner, winner, pasta dinner! Yes, it's Bucatini #12. I have two equidistant Grocery Outlets, and only one of them has it. Alas, it is the one that only has Senior Day every other week, so I didn't go there today, boo.

I got another batch of killer lemons, so if y'all give me an hour, I can make enough for everyone. Oh, wait! I only have 20 ramekins. Okay, we can do this if you sort yourselves into orderly groups...
Not a problem.  I'll bring my own ramekin and 20 extra for the interlopers.
Deal.

I have 8 small ramekins, 4 or 6 medium-sized ones, and one fairly large one -- if I bring the big one, may I have that much?
Of course. Although I have about the same number of medium-to-large ones that I wasn't counting. How about if we make a big one for you and a big one for me, and at least a medium for dragonswan? I love lemon. I may, in fact, have eaten the last two for breakfast today, which is why DH and I are heading out for a nice little after-dinner amble.
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Post by: cloudsail on August 21, 2019, 10:05:51 PM
Can I have the recipe for that lemon pudding cake?
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Post by: Dicey on August 21, 2019, 11:53:09 PM
It's late and my brain is fried. I was looking for something that wasn't chocolate that I could make enough of to easily serve 12. IIRC, it was the result of some serious google-fu. The blog is Once Upon A Chef. https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/lemon-pudding-cakes.html
I just love lemons, had a bunch to use up and had all the other ingredients in my pantry.

Notes: It's very forgiving. It's easy to double the recipe, which is as far as I'd push it due to the whole egg white volume issue. I may have accidentally doubled the double when I was doubling the butter the first time I made this. It turned out fine. The second time, when I measured the butter correctly, was fine too. I am going to try a batch with KA Whole Wheat Baking Flour. I also bought some "natural" margarine [shudder] to try, just for the hell of it. If I do, I'll report back.

There are helpful tips on her blog in the comment section. I reduced the sugar by 25% to no ill effect. Someone suggested that mixing the lemon zest with the sugar was a good trick, even though it messes up the ingredient order a bit. I grated the zest onto a cutting mat, then dumped the sugar on top of it and used a large spatula to smush it together. It was fun and I think it Sugared Lemon Zest might be a really good, cheap and easy edible gift.

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Warm Lemon Pudding Cakes By Jennifer Segal
Spoon into these lovely little lemon pudding cakes and discover a layer of luscious lemon pudding beneath the cake!
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 5 Minutes
INGREDIENTS
•   3 large eggs, separated
•   1 cup milk (low fat or whole)
•   2 teaspoons lemon zest, from 2 lemons
•   6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, from 2 lemons
•   2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
•   1/4 teaspoon salt
•   6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
•   1 cup sugar
•   Fresh berries and Confectioners' sugar, for serving (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
1.   Preheat the oven to 350°F and set a rack in the middle position. Spray six (6-oz) ramekins with nonstick cooking spray.
2.   In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, butter, and salt. Add the flour and sugar and whisk until smooth.
3.   In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. (The peaks should curl when you lift the beaters out of the bowl.) Spoon about 1/4 of the egg whites into the lemon mixture and whisk until smooth. Add the remaining egg whites and, using a rubber spatula, gently fold into the lemon mixture until smooth. The batter will be light, foamy, and liquidy.
4.   Place the prepared ramekins into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Ladle the batter evenly into the ramekins (it will come almost to the top). Using a teapot or pitcher, pour room temperature water into the pan to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Carefully place the baking pan in the oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the cakes are puffy and lightly golden on top. Using tongs, carefully remove the ramekins from the baking dish and let cool on a rack for about 20 minutes before serving. (They will sink a bit as they cool; that's okay.) Dust with Confectioners' sugar and serve with berries, if desired.
5.   Make Ahead: The cakes can be made a day ahead of time. Once completely cool, cover the cakes with plastic wrap and store at room temperature. Before serving, preheat the oven to 350°F and set a rack in the middle position. Remove the plastic wrap and place the ramekins on a baking sheet; heat for 10-15 minutes, until warmed through.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: cloudsail on August 22, 2019, 01:08:38 AM
It's late and my brain is fried. I was looking for something that wasn't chocolate that I could make enough of to easily serve 12. IIRC, it was the result of some serious google-fu. The blog is Once Upon A Chef. https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/lemon-pudding-cakes.html
I just love lemons, had a bunch to use up and had all the other ingredients in my pantry.

Notes: It's very forgiving. It's easy to double the recipe, which is as far as I'd push it due to the whole egg white volume issue. I may have accidentally doubled the double when I was doubling the butter the first time I made this. It turned out fine. The second time, when I measured the butter correctly, was fine too. I am going to try a batch with KA Whole Wheat Baking Flour. I also bought some "natural" margarine [shudder] to try, just for the hell of it. If I do, I'll report back.

There are helpful tips on her blog in the comment section. I reduced the sugar by 25% to no ill effect. Someone suggested that mixing the lemon zest with the sugar was a good trick, even though it messes up the ingredient order a bit. I grated the zest onto a cutting mat, then dumped the sugar on top of it and used a large spatula to smush it together. It was fun and I think it Sugared Lemon Zest might be a really good, cheap and easy edible gift.

**********

Warm Lemon Pudding Cakes By Jennifer Segal
Spoon into these lovely little lemon pudding cakes and discover a layer of luscious lemon pudding beneath the cake!
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 5 Minutes
INGREDIENTS
•   3 large eggs, separated
•   1 cup milk (low fat or whole)
•   2 teaspoons lemon zest, from 2 lemons
•   6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, from 2 lemons
•   2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
•   1/4 teaspoon salt
•   6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
•   1 cup sugar
•   Fresh berries and Confectioners' sugar, for serving (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
1.   Preheat the oven to 350°F and set a rack in the middle position. Spray six (6-oz) ramekins with nonstick cooking spray.
2.   In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, butter, and salt. Add the flour and sugar and whisk until smooth.
3.   In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. (The peaks should curl when you lift the beaters out of the bowl.) Spoon about 1/4 of the egg whites into the lemon mixture and whisk until smooth. Add the remaining egg whites and, using a rubber spatula, gently fold into the lemon mixture until smooth. The batter will be light, foamy, and liquidy.
4.   Place the prepared ramekins into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Ladle the batter evenly into the ramekins (it will come almost to the top). Using a teapot or pitcher, pour room temperature water into the pan to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Carefully place the baking pan in the oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the cakes are puffy and lightly golden on top. Using tongs, carefully remove the ramekins from the baking dish and let cool on a rack for about 20 minutes before serving. (They will sink a bit as they cool; that's okay.) Dust with Confectioners' sugar and serve with berries, if desired.
5.   Make Ahead: The cakes can be made a day ahead of time. Once completely cool, cover the cakes with plastic wrap and store at room temperature. Before serving, preheat the oven to 350°F and set a rack in the middle position. Remove the plastic wrap and place the ramekins on a baking sheet; heat for 10-15 minutes, until warmed through.

OMG this sounds soooo good!!!
I'm definitely putting lemons on my shopping list.

Edit: Just remembered that I'm trying to lose weight and on a diet :'(
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on August 22, 2019, 02:44:37 AM
Baked two chickens in the oven they were only 39cents a pound. Also made baked potatoes and beets. Plenty of chicken leftover for sandwiches today.
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Post by: lookingforadelorean on August 24, 2019, 07:52:20 PM
DH made his famous banh mi meatballs lettuce wraps at the request of our oldest daughter (birthday dinner). I love the pickled veggies that accompany them. We’re having banana cake for dessert. Yum!
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Post by: OtherJen on August 24, 2019, 08:20:09 PM
I made a batch of the lentil casserole in this article (https://www.thesimpledollar.com/lentil-casserole-dish-soap-and-frugal-filters/). I was looking for a decent vegetarian meal and this fit the bill. It was pretty good, but next time I think I’ll try a Greek herb blend, a splash of red wine vinegar, and feta mixed in with the lentils.
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Post by: horsepoor on August 24, 2019, 10:28:21 PM
DH made his famous banh mi meatballs lettuce wraps at the request of our oldest daughter (birthday dinner). I love the pickled veggies that accompany them. We’re having banana cake for dessert. Yum!

Oooh, that sounds good!

Miso salmon on the grill tonight along with Japanese eggplant from the garden grilled in an Adobo sauce, Shishito peppers, and golden beet/red cabbage slaw with a good dose of ginger (beets, peppers and cabbage also homegrown).

Tomorrow I'm going to cook a big beef roast in the electric smoker, and on the side we'll be having cheddar ricotta biscuits and more of the beet/cabbage slaw, but with Mexican style seasoning.
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Post by: jeninco on August 25, 2019, 11:54:52 AM
Three nights ago:
https://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/sticky-sesame-and-sriracha-chicken-with-chopped-salad
(It's absolutely delicious!): them that wanted more carbs had rice noodles with it.

Two nights ago, we tried the New York Times recipe for rice noodle salad with ground pork and lots of herbs (not linking because ... meh.)

Last night, we had a neighbor for dinner and grilled steaks (we buy 1/3 steer every year, and the next one's coming in late Sept, so we have some beef to finish up) with fresh corn, a sicilian-style salad of grilled eggplants, marinated red peppers, and tomatoes, slightly vinegared beets, potatoes and greens, and a huge peach crisp for dessert.

Tonight, we're going to a friend's birthday party. Phew!
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Post by: OtherJen on August 25, 2019, 03:19:59 PM
Husband has been slow-cooking a pork shoulder in the smoker all day. I'm planning to cook up a few ears of corn on the cob and make a simple salad of fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and balsamic vinaigrette as the side dishes.
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Post by: Wrenchturner on August 25, 2019, 03:55:44 PM
Trying my hand at daal today.  I've made split pea soup a bunch of times but I haven't braved the curry world too much.  I would love to stop buying Indian takeout!

Edit:  I followed this recipe:
https://thewanderlustkitchen.com/indian-red-lentil-dal/

Except I added 1/2 tsp of yellow curry powder.  Turned out great!
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Post by: lookingforadelorean on August 25, 2019, 07:40:10 PM
Margaritas, shrimp tacos with avocado crema, and more banana cake.
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Post by: Tyson on August 25, 2019, 07:45:55 PM
Ribs & buttered corn.
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Post by: cloudsail on August 25, 2019, 08:48:34 PM
I made these pull-apart meat pies that were really delicious. They weren't exactly a quick meal but it's the weekend and I wanted to do something special. The kids and DH loved them. I made a couple extras that we can reheat for a quick lunch next week.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on August 26, 2019, 11:08:13 AM
Making egg roll in a bowl tonight
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Post by: OtherJen on August 26, 2019, 06:25:00 PM
Tacos composed of corn tortillas, leftover smoked pork shoulder, cotija cheese, Herdez guacamole salsa, and shredded romaine lettuce.
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Post by: Dicey on August 26, 2019, 07:04:02 PM
We're still using up home-grown tomatoes. Best way is fresh Mexican food, so that's what's on the menu again tonight. No one's complaining. I batch cooked chicken and quinoa, so it's a snap to prepare.
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Post by: Wrenchturner on August 27, 2019, 06:39:41 AM
I made these pull-apart meat pies that were really delicious. They weren't exactly a quick meal but it's the weekend and I wanted to do something special. The kids and DH loved them. I made a couple extras that we can reheat for a quick lunch next week.
Those look delicious, is that a yeast dough?
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Post by: Linea_Norway on August 27, 2019, 06:52:28 AM
I am thinking about making something vegetarian, as we haven't skipped meat or fish for a while:

Red pepper, chili pepper, squash, carrot, tomatoes and lentils, mixed with some spices, maybe taco type. Add served in wraps. I might grate some cheese as well. Edit: and some porcini mushrooms that I found.

By the way, yesterday I ate a little piece of an extremely expensive cheese. Some time ago, a Norwegian blue cheese (called Kraftkar) from a very small producer was chosen to be the world's best blue cheese. DH now bought 100 grams of it. It did indeed have a lot of taste and a very smooth and nice aftertaste. We have half the piece left and can eat another little bit. This was a one time occasion and we won't make a habit of buying it.
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Post by: horsepoor on August 27, 2019, 07:49:04 AM
Took most of the leftover shredded beef, put it in a casserole pan with roasted cauliflower and covered it with shredded cheese and baked.  Easy and tasty enough that I ate too much last night.  Probably leftovers tonight.
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Post by: Sugaree on August 27, 2019, 09:40:07 AM
I forgot to stick the chicken taco stuff in the crockpot this morning, so now I'm thinking egg drop soup and stir-fried broccoli.  The boys can have ramen noodles or rice with it.
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Post by: cloudsail on August 27, 2019, 01:47:13 PM
I made these pull-apart meat pies that were really delicious. They weren't exactly a quick meal but it's the weekend and I wanted to do something special. The kids and DH loved them. I made a couple extras that we can reheat for a quick lunch next week.
Those look delicious, is that a yeast dough?

Yes, but the original recipe did not call for yeast dough. It was more like roti bread. I just happen to like my dough fluffy and risen.
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Post by: WhiteTrashCash on August 27, 2019, 02:02:01 PM
Homemade slow-cooked teriyaki chicken, steamed rice, steamed garden-grown sugar snap peas and green beans, and homemade vanilla ice cream. Total amount of effort for this: minimal. Thanks to meal planning ahead of time.
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Post by: jeninco on August 27, 2019, 04:23:01 PM
I made these pull-apart meat pies that were really delicious. They weren't exactly a quick meal but it's the weekend and I wanted to do something special. The kids and DH loved them. I made a couple extras that we can reheat for a quick lunch next week.
Those look delicious, is that a yeast dough?

Yes, but the original recipe did not call for yeast dough. It was more like roti bread. I just happen to like my dough fluffy and risen.

They look wonderful!

We're having wild rice, shredded chicken, green bean and cantaloupe salad, with a lime-cumin dressing. It's hot!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on August 27, 2019, 04:54:33 PM
We ended up having tacos last night (request from my 13 y.o.), so tonight will be egg roll in a bowl. I've tried a few recipes, and think this is the one we prefer. https://www.theseasonedmom.com/egg-roll-in-a-bowl/

I always double or triple the veggie ratio, and we top with peanuts & sriracha sauce to add a little bit of a kick. The always hungry teenager wraps his in a tortilla, to boost the calories.
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Post by: OtherJen on August 27, 2019, 05:05:40 PM
It's been a very long day and my brain hurts a bit (honestly, volunteer work was more exhausting than paid work today).

I think we're having breakfast for dinner: bacon, fried potatoes, scrambled eggs. I have a surplus of bell peppers, so I think one of those, some sliced onion, and the last of the mushrooms will go in the eggs. Or maybe I'll keep it really simple and just do BLTs to use up the big, bright red tomatoes from the produce market.
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Post by: Tyson on August 27, 2019, 06:08:39 PM
Seared buffalo sausage with lots and lots of fresh sauerkraut. 
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Post by: Rural on August 27, 2019, 07:03:27 PM
On my own, so a meatball Hot Pocket and half a can of artichoke hearts.
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Post by: sparkytheop on August 27, 2019, 11:06:01 PM
I made these pull-apart meat pies that were really delicious. They weren't exactly a quick meal but it's the weekend and I wanted to do something special. The kids and DH loved them. I made a couple extras that we can reheat for a quick lunch next week.

That looks amazing.  If you wouldn't mind sharing a recipe, I wouldn't mind receiving it!  I love meat, I love bread :)
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Post by: sparkytheop on August 27, 2019, 11:09:36 PM
I'm at work, and so far it's a nice quiet night.

I sauteed some yellow squash (from a friend's garden), leftover steak from last night, and some yellow noodles (from the Asian market) with some spices for dinner.  Then I ate some carrots with homemade ranch dip.

Later, I'll either eat a breakfast type meal (eggs and an English muffin, I forgot the sausage or ham) or if I want "second dinner" instead, I'll cook up some cheese-stuffed-bacon-wrapped peppers I made the other day and froze.  Peppers were from the garden and I've found this is a great way to use a large quantity of them.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on August 28, 2019, 12:05:14 AM
It's been a very long day and my brain hurts a bit (honestly, volunteer work was more exhausting than paid work today).

I think we're having breakfast for dinner: bacon, fried potatoes, scrambled eggs. I have a surplus of bell peppers, so I think one of those, some sliced onion, and the last of the mushrooms will go in the eggs. Or maybe I'll keep it really simple and just do BLTs to use up the big, bright red tomatoes from the produce market.

I don't understand why people eat bacon and fried potatoes for breakfast, but that's just me... :-)

Leftover meal:
We have a tiny bit of lettuce left and half a broccoli, some tomatoes, as well as more carrots. And a few potatoes. I'm planning to cook the broccoli, cool it and make a green salad with the tomatoes. I took chicken breasts out of the freezer. Maybe with fried potatoes.
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Post by: OtherJen on August 28, 2019, 05:23:11 AM
It's been a very long day and my brain hurts a bit (honestly, volunteer work was more exhausting than paid work today).

I think we're having breakfast for dinner: bacon, fried potatoes, scrambled eggs. I have a surplus of bell peppers, so I think one of those, some sliced onion, and the last of the mushrooms will go in the eggs. Or maybe I'll keep it really simple and just do BLTs to use up the big, bright red tomatoes from the produce market.

I don't understand why people eat bacon and fried potatoes for breakfast, but that's just me... :-)

It's one of those weird North American things. :-)

It's usually far too much fuss (for me) at breakfast, unless we have houseguests and/or a lazy weekend morning. A bowl of oatmeal, eggs and toast, or even dinner leftovers is much easier.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on August 28, 2019, 10:17:40 AM
Having a pot roast, taters, carrots, onions, garlic, sherry, dehydrated onion soup in slow cooker. In another slow cooker fresh green beans, onions garlic and a little bacon fat. All are cooking now and will be yummy! I could have used Instant Pot but I like the slow cooker now and then. I like smelling the aroma's while cooking.

Yesterday, had home made spaghetti sauce on spaghetti. Tomatoes from my garden! So delicious!
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Post by: sui generis on August 28, 2019, 10:35:07 AM
Tonight we have tacos.  I'm trying to get enough variation of taco recipes that we can have one per week, because you can never have enough tacos! 

So far, we have lentil and cauliflower tacos (https://cookieandkate.com/roasted-cauliflower-and-lentil-tacos/, I believe I got this recipe from @DCKatie09's journal!), fish tacos (most expensive and labor intensive, but prob my favorite), sweet potato and kidney bean tacos (simple, variation on this https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/13954/addictive-sweet-potato-burritos/) and black bean tacos - the simplest of all, and we are having them tonight.  Just an avocado, sour cream, jack cheese and then simmer a can of black beans with some cumin and salsa rioja.  Easy comfort food.

Other veg taco recipes I should know?  I love meat, but (other than fish/shellfish) basically never cook meat myself.
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Post by: Hula Hoop on August 28, 2019, 10:41:27 AM
Burritos with home made guacamole, beans, home made salsa and various other things.  At a certain point, I just can't stomach any more pasta or pizza (whereas my husband could eat these things twice a day forever and be perfectly happy) and I have to make something non-Italian. 
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Post by: OtherJen on August 28, 2019, 11:06:25 AM
Tonight we have tacos.  I'm trying to get enough variation of taco recipes that we can have one per week, because you can never have enough tacos! 

So far, we have lentil and cauliflower tacos (https://cookieandkate.com/roasted-cauliflower-and-lentil-tacos/, I believe I got this recipe from @DCKatie09's journal!), fish tacos (most expensive and labor intensive, but prob my favorite), sweet potato and kidney bean tacos (simple, variation on this https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/13954/addictive-sweet-potato-burritos/) and black bean tacos - the simplest of all, and we are having them tonight.  Just an avocado, sour cream, jack cheese and then simmer a can of black beans with some cumin and salsa rioja.  Easy comfort food.

Other veg taco recipes I should know?  I love meat, but (other than fish/shellfish) basically never cook meat myself.

I've been known to make tacos with scrambled egg, sliced avocado, and salsa.
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Post by: Sugaree on August 28, 2019, 11:15:08 AM
I've got chicken taco meat in the crockpot right now, so I guess that'll be dinner for us tonite too.
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Post by: cloudsail on August 28, 2019, 11:34:22 AM
I made these pull-apart meat pies that were really delicious. They weren't exactly a quick meal but it's the weekend and I wanted to do something special. The kids and DH loved them. I made a couple extras that we can reheat for a quick lunch next week.

That looks amazing.  If you wouldn't mind sharing a recipe, I wouldn't mind receiving it!  I love meat, I love bread :)

The mechanics are a little hard to explain so I've attached the images from the original recipe. I've made significant modifications because my kids won't eat spicy stuff and I wanted to use yeast dough.

Here is the original recipe, and my modifications are in brackets.

Makes 4 Meat Pies (I multiplied by 1.5 for 6 pies)

Dough:
200 grams All Purpose Flour (2.25 cups flour)
130 grams Water (I started with 0.5 cups water then adjusted while kneading)
1.5 grams Salt (1/2 tsp salt)
1.5 grams Baking Powder (I used 1/2 tsp yeast, kneaded and allowed to rise like regular yeast bread)

Meat Filling:
100 grams Ground Pork (I used 1/3 lbs ground deer that our friends shot)
1 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper (I just used a pinch, my kids won't eat it if it's spicy)
2.5 grams Salt (0.66 tsp salt, so slightly more than 1/2 tsp)
5 grams Sesame Oil (I used 1.5 tsp olive oil)
Ground ginger and garlic to taste

Some notes:
1. If you are not using yeast, allow the dough to rest for 20 minutes after you knead and divide it.
2. Err on the side of softer dough (that still pulls together, of course).
3. When you mix the filling, stir in one direction until the ground meat pulls together and is slightly sticky.
4. Don't use too much meat or it will fall out.
5. When you roll out the meat filled dough, start at one end and roll to the other end, instead of rolling from center to the edges, so that you don't squeeze the meat out.
6. The pictures don't show this but you should work on an oiled surface and brush oil on the rolled out dough before slicing it.
7. The second picture might be a little confusing. After you gather all the slices together, pull slightly to lengthen them, then twist and wring like a towel. Then you roll it like making a snail with play-doh, and tuck the end into the bottom center. Flatten them with your palm a bit so that they fry crispier and the meat in the middle will be cooked.
8. If you use yeast dough, allow the formed pies to rest and rise for a bit before frying them.
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Post by: cloudsail on August 28, 2019, 11:45:18 AM
Fried rice with leftover rice, leftover veggies, and eggs. And leftover rotisserie chicken from the weekend that I froze.
I love making fried rice from leftovers. It's like a whole new meal that cost almost nothing.
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Post by: sparkytheop on August 28, 2019, 04:07:35 PM
I made these pull-apart meat pies that were really delicious. They weren't exactly a quick meal but it's the weekend and I wanted to do something special. The kids and DH loved them. I made a couple extras that we can reheat for a quick lunch next week.

That looks amazing.  If you wouldn't mind sharing a recipe, I wouldn't mind receiving it!  I love meat, I love bread :)

The mechanics are a little hard to explain so I've attached the images from the original recipe. I've made significant modifications because my kids won't eat spicy stuff and I wanted to use yeast dough.

Here is the original recipe, and my modifications are in brackets.

Makes 4 Meat Pies (I multiplied by 1.5 for 6 pies)

Dough:
200 grams All Purpose Flour (2.25 cups flour)
130 grams Water (I started with 0.5 cups water then adjusted while kneading)
1.5 grams Salt (1/2 tsp salt)
1.5 grams Baking Powder (I used 1/2 tsp yeast, kneaded and allowed to rise like regular yeast bread)

Meat Filling:
100 grams Ground Pork (I used 1/3 lbs ground deer that our friends shot)
1 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper (I just used a pinch, my kids won't eat it if it's spicy)
2.5 grams Salt (0.66 tsp salt, so slightly more than 1/2 tsp)
5 grams Sesame Oil (I used 1.5 tsp olive oil)
Ground ginger and garlic to taste

Some notes:
1. If you are not using yeast, allow the dough to rest for 20 minutes after you knead and divide it.
2. Err on the side of softer dough (that still pulls together, of course).
3. When you mix the filling, stir in one direction until the ground meat pulls together and is slightly sticky.
4. Don't use too much meat or it will fall out.
5. When you roll out the meat filled dough, start at one end and roll to the other end, instead of rolling from center to the edges, so that you don't squeeze the meat out.
6. The pictures don't show this but you should work on an oiled surface and brush oil on the rolled out dough before slicing it.
7. The second picture might be a little confusing. After you gather all the slices together, pull slightly to lengthen them, then twist and wring like a towel. Then you roll it like making a snail with play-doh, and tuck the end into the bottom center. Flatten them with your palm a bit so that they fry crispier and the meat in the middle will be cooked.
8. If you use yeast dough, allow the formed pies to rest and rise for a bit before frying them.

This is great, thank you so much!  I'm not a fan of baking powder biscuits, so will definitely be using your yeast dough version. I have next week off, so I'll probably try it then.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on August 28, 2019, 05:33:25 PM
Leftover lasagna, so we can eat quickly before back to school night.
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Post by: lookingforadelorean on August 28, 2019, 05:51:41 PM
Brioche french toast. With root beer floats for dessert. Ha! It's a much more sugary dinner than we typically have, but root beer and ice cream were on sale at the grocery store (we would still only spend $1/person if we drank all the root beer and ate all the ice cream), and it's HOT here (for the PNW) so we couldn't resist.
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Post by: Tyson on August 28, 2019, 06:12:55 PM
Mixed salad with soft fried eggs.
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Post by: Raenia on August 28, 2019, 06:14:38 PM
Zucchini potato pancakes - first time trying this recipe, and they taste good, but take a lot of effort to make for something relatively simple.  Not sure if I'll make it again.
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Post by: OtherJen on August 28, 2019, 07:01:30 PM
Husband sauteed chicken breast with butter, garlic, provençal herb blend, and white wine. I cooked pasta and steamed broccoli as sides.
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Post by: Rural on August 28, 2019, 07:55:19 PM
More on-my-own food: hummus, carrot sticks, some slices of cheddar, Triskets (store brand of course), the other half can of artichoke hearts from yesterday.
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Post by: cloudsail on September 10, 2019, 01:08:50 AM
Asian-themed dinner party at my house last night. I made:
Everything was a huge hit, and our guests took most of the leftovers with them.
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Post by: Tyson on September 10, 2019, 09:15:20 AM
Last night was roasted 'orange' cauliflower and seared Ahi tuna.  Yum.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on September 11, 2019, 05:44:40 AM
Cabbage is extremely cheap at this moment. So we'll eat that, probably with minced meat and potatoes, all mixed together. With curry powder.

Yesterday we had a warm up commercial pizza, as we had a lot of stuff to do in the evening and little time to eat.
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Post by: jeninco on September 11, 2019, 08:57:06 AM
Our half steer is coming in next week, and I'm working hard to empty the freezers.
Tonight: cheeseburger salad -- pretty much everything that would go on a cheeseburger, except that I saute the beef (with onions, mustard, ketchup, worchesteshire sauce) and dump it on top of a salad. Should use up some arugula that's turning.
Tomorrow: perhaps smitten kitchen's current chickpea recipe?
Friday: ground beef and cabbage in red curry sauce, from NWEdible
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Post by: lookingforadelorean on September 11, 2019, 06:49:58 PM
Arroz con pollo in the instant pot. One of my favorites! We'll have a cabbage salad on the side.
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Post by: horsepoor on September 11, 2019, 10:31:58 PM
Inspired by a recipe I saw for French onion porkchops, I sauteed some onions, garlic and herbs in butter, then browned some pork chops (little chops from a Kune Kune pig my co-worker raised) and finished them in the oven smothered in the onions plus some grainy mustard.  On the side, some homegrown steamed carrots with butter and Aleppo pepper.  Tried making a Caesar salad dressing, but it came out too fishy, so I scrapped that endeavor.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on September 12, 2019, 01:03:43 AM
Home alone tonight. There is papper and zucchini in the fridge, as well as a pack of eggs. I'll improvise something veggie out of it. And throw in some mushrooms, maybe from the weird types that I have in the freezer.
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Post by: Tyson on September 12, 2019, 10:02:38 AM
Leftover steak with leftover orange cauliflower.  Both reheat very nicely.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on September 13, 2019, 12:29:05 AM
A commercial bag of dried food, added boiling water to it. I am going to spend the night in a hammock in the forest and need something very simple to eat. My homemade dried food is double portions and slightly more hassle, because I need a pan and a cosy. These commercial bags can be stirred and eaten directly from the bag.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on September 13, 2019, 02:16:21 PM
Last night I made one of my most favorite meals. It is so easy and I think it is really upscale!
It is called: Roasted Tomato Sauce

In a 9 X 13 casserole add: Plum tomatoes (I used 2 cans (28 oz) San Marzano with the sauce in the can and garden tomatoes), fresh chopped garlic (I used about 20 cloves but it calls for about 4), salt, crushed red pepper, dried Italian seasoning, pour 1 cup of olive oil (I used extra Virgin olive oil) over top of tomatoes garlic, spices. Roast in the oven at 375 for about 30-40 minutes. In the meantime boil up a pound of spaghetti, al dente. Rinse with cold water/strain. Place in an extra big bowl and mix with a little olive oil to prevent sticking together. Cut up about 1 to 1 1/2 lbs. fresh mozzarella or use the fresh mini mozzarella balls. Throw on top of spaghetti. Take a handful of fresh basil and pluck the leaves off and throw in with the spaghetti and mozzarella. Once sauce is bubbling hot in the oven, remove from oven and pour it over the spaghetti. Toss all ingredients. Serve!

You can add as much garlic, crushed red pepper, spices, salt and mozzarella as you like. This makes a lot so we will have leftovers tonight!

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Post by: cloudsail on September 13, 2019, 04:16:31 PM
Last night I made one of my most favorite meals. It is so easy and I think it is really upscale!
It is called: Roasted Tomato Sauce

In a 9 X 13 casserole add: Plum tomatoes (I used 2 cans (28 oz) San Marzano with the sauce in the can and garden tomatoes), fresh chopped garlic (I used about 20 cloves but it calls for about 4), salt, crushed red pepper, dried Italian seasoning, pour 1 cup of olive oil (I used extra Virgin olive oil) over top of tomatoes garlic, spices. Roast in the oven at 375 for about 30-40 minutes. In the meantime boil up a pound of spaghetti, al dente. Rinse with cold water/strain. Place in an extra big bowl and mix with a little olive oil to prevent sticking together. Cut up about 1 to 1 1/2 lbs. fresh mozzarella or use the fresh mini mozzarella balls. Throw on top of spaghetti. Take a handful of fresh basil and pluck the leaves off and throw in with the spaghetti and mozzarella. Once sauce is bubbling hot in the oven, remove from oven and pour it over the spaghetti. Toss all ingredients. Serve!

You can add as much garlic, crushed red pepper, spices, salt and mozzarella as you like. This makes a lot so we will have leftovers tonight!

Wow this sounds really good.
One question, does the fresh mozzarella not make the noodles stick together?
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on September 13, 2019, 04:41:02 PM
Wow this sounds really good.
One question, does the fresh mozzarella not make the noodles stick together?


No, you put the mozzarella in chunks or balls into the mixture. It melts a little but stays in little pillows of cheese. It gets melty but does not melt into the mixture. If you make it as I have said, even the next day the refrigerated leftovers will have lumps of mozzarella that you can fish out and eat!

I love this recipe! A person I used to work with went to a cooking class and this was one of the recipes that they made. She brought leftovers to work and I smelled the aroma as she was eating it at lunch and it was heaven!

I didn't mention but the recipe calls for 3 lbs of tomatoes. I just fill the 9 x 13 pan with everything mentioned and leave enough room for the olive oil. The recipe also called for 1 1/2 lbs. of  spaghetti but I always use one pound. The recipe is very forgiving and you can adjust as you please. You could probably add meat, chicken, sausage to it. I just make it as I have listed. DROOL, DROOL, DROOL! We LOVE garlic, and if you do, add a lot! Just don't make this with lots of garlic if you are going to the dentist the next day! LOL!

I hope you like it if you make it!
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Post by: OzzieandHarriet on September 13, 2019, 06:34:57 PM
I made this tonight:

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aarti-sequeira/lebanese-lentils-rice-and-caramelized-onions-mujadara-recipe-1925439

My only changes to this good recipe are that I use regular yellow onions, not red, and I mix all of them into the rice-lentils rather than take some out for garnish. Also, instead of cayenne I grind some crushed red pepper with the cumin (I like the taste of it better) and use chopped almonds instead of pine nuts. Otherwise I follow all the directions and it comes out great every time I make it.
 
Served with a salad and some pita bread.
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Post by: OtherJen on September 13, 2019, 06:40:20 PM
I sautéed onions and bell peppers in bacon fat, added a few cups of homemade tomato-mushroom sauce (bulk recipe from my freezer stash), a can of chickpeas, some spinach, and fresh basil, and simmered the whole mess for 30 minutes before adding back the crumbled bacon. Served the whole mess over gluten-free penne (brown rice+quinoa) from Aldi.
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Post by: WhiteTrashCash on September 14, 2019, 11:14:37 AM
I'm making my new go-to for ground turkey: Italian Turkey Meatloaf. I'm using my garden-grown Italian herb mix with it. I'm also cooking up some fresh organic veggies from our garden -- summer squash, sugar snap pea pods, and Romano beans -- with rosemary leaves, sea salt, and olive oil. Dessert will be homemade vanilla ice cream. Might crack a bottle of wine we got for cheap from Naked Wines as well. Time to celebrate the weekend. :-)
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Post by: Raenia on September 14, 2019, 02:43:21 PM
Roasted butternut squash and beets, with pork chops for the others and leftover salmon for me.  Rice if anyone wants additional starch, but between the squash and beets, I think no one will.
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Post by: sui generis on September 14, 2019, 05:16:52 PM
This ceviche recipe by Rick Bayless (a famous chef I have a little crush on) https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1013146-green-ceviche-with-cucumber

The roasted garlic and peppers really make the recipe, but it also benefits from the best fish you can get your hands on, so it's a splurge recipe and is not cheap.
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Post by: horsepoor on September 14, 2019, 05:50:05 PM
Vadouvan chicken curry with okra, tomato, onion and eggplant from the garden, served over Tandoori cauliflower fried "rice".
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Post by: OtherJen on September 14, 2019, 06:12:08 PM
Grilled salmon with roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and butternut squash.
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Post by: sparkytheop on September 14, 2019, 06:15:17 PM
My son made beef stew last night, with a single bhut jolokia (ghost) pepper.  It's just a touch too spicy for me to eat on its own, so I'm pairing it with a leftover baked potato to cut the heat a little. 

We have about a dozen more ripe peppers on that plant, along with about a dozen ripe chocolate 7 pot peppers (with more to ripen).  I can handle the habanero peppers a bit better (we have both orange and chocolate).  We'll probably pick the ripe ones this week and either dehydrate or smoke them to use later.

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Post by: Linea_Norway on September 15, 2019, 05:16:50 PM
I warmed up a leftover portion of chili con carne from the freezer.
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Post by: OtherJen on September 15, 2019, 08:28:05 PM
Bunless burgers stuffed with a bit of blue cheese, roasted potato wedges, and big green salads.
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Post by: FamilyGuy on September 15, 2019, 09:01:18 PM
After a lot of chicken eating last 2 days, wanted to have something simple for dinner. Had white rice, pepper water, potatoes home fries.
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Post by: cloudsail on September 15, 2019, 10:08:38 PM
Homemade mac and cheese with pesto cheese sauce, with sausages and baby bok choy on the side. DH is on a work trip and I'm on a diet, so the pasta is enough to last the kids for two meals.
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Post by: horsepoor on September 16, 2019, 07:10:47 PM
I call it cabbage bolognese - essentially a meat sauce cooked with shredded cabbage, then I add a can of black olives at the end.  Good low carb, high veg comfort food, and there's leftovers for tomorrow!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on September 17, 2019, 01:24:20 AM
Trout fillet that my DH caught last weekend, with asparagus and either normal of sweet potato.
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Post by: Tyson on September 17, 2019, 09:48:35 AM
Leftover seared scallops chopped up and put into a Caesar salad.
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Post by: OtherJen on September 17, 2019, 05:58:59 PM
Broccoli-brown rice casserole with some chopped Costco rotisserie chicken mixed in. I wish I could find the recipe online; it’s the only one I’ve found that doesn’t have as a step, “dump in a can of condensed cream of chicken soup.” This one uses a bechamel base for the cheese sauce.
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Post by: mm1970 on September 17, 2019, 06:13:24 PM
taco tuesday.

I chopped a bunch of veg yesterday, so my spouse can saute them up, mix them with canned refried beans and maybe some leftover chicken (or not).

And salad.
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Post by: horsepoor on September 17, 2019, 08:48:22 PM
We had leftovers tonight, but I decided to get a jump on tomorrow by smoking a chicken.  Thinking about prepping some potato-leek soup in the Instant Pot so I can just turn it on to cook while I workout tomorrow. With rain and highs in the 60's suddenly, I'm making All The Soups.
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Post by: v8rx7guy on September 17, 2019, 10:03:43 PM
Taco Tuesday!  Beef tacos with all the fixings... yum!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on September 17, 2019, 11:58:54 PM
Fish cakes, sweet potato (maybe mashed with lime juice) and the vegetables that we have left in the fridge, I think half a pepper and half a zucchini. We'll be going on vacation tomorrow, so the fridge should be empty for things that can parish.
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Post by: OtherJen on September 18, 2019, 06:43:49 AM
Pasta with pesto. Time to harvest a few more of the basil plants!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on September 18, 2019, 06:49:06 AM
Pasta with pesto. Time to harvest a few more of the basil plants!

Second time today that I read about someone eating pasta pesto.
Do you add other ingredients to it? I usually add pesto to pasta as a flavor beside all the other ingredients.
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Post by: OtherJen on September 18, 2019, 09:59:09 AM
Pasta with pesto. Time to harvest a few more of the basil plants!

Second time today that I read about someone eating pasta pesto.
Do you add other ingredients to it? I usually add pesto to pasta as a flavor beside all the other ingredients.

I haven't made it in years, so this is the recipe I'm going to try: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/best-pesto (https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/best-pesto). I really love the flavor of basil so I'm happy to keep the recipe simple.

I'll probably add a bit more garlic and mix in some extra whole pine nuts at the end, because I've had it with the whole nuts at a local Italian restaurant and really enjoyed it. To keep my husband happy, I'll add some leftover sliced chicken for protein. I might make sautéed green beans and tomatoes as a vegetable side.
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Post by: Raenia on September 18, 2019, 10:34:44 AM
Pasta with pesto. Time to harvest a few more of the basil plants!

Second time today that I read about someone eating pasta pesto.
Do you add other ingredients to it? I usually add pesto to pasta as a flavor beside all the other ingredients.

When I make pesto pasta, I usually saute some onions and bell peppers, plus maybe chicken or shrimp as a protein.  However, the pesto itself is very flavorful, and not just of basil.  It will usually have olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts or another nut.  Add a bit of fresh cracked pepper on top, and it doesn't need any other flavors.
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Post by: jeninco on September 22, 2019, 02:52:07 PM
Tonight: Smitten Kitchen's new recipe for "Eggplant Parmigian" https://smittenkitchen.com/2019/09/stuffed-eggplant-parmesan/  We may have salad with it, or I might see if I can poach some of the kale from our neighbor's garden. (Er, that's "poach" as in "somewhat illicitly take", not literally cook the kale in water.)

Tomorrow: We took possession of 1/2 steer (moo!) last week. Every freezer we have is completely full (like, don't open the side-by-side without shoes on), and I'm trying to figure out how to make space. (Step 1: I've already taken dog bones to most of the neighborhood families with dogs... Step 2: We had baby back ribs for dinner last week: they take up plenty of space, but don't contain much meat.) Next up: Cooking the heart (which is defrosting in the fridge). I was thinking something like this, (https://thehealthyfoodie.com/grilled-beef-heart/) but I'm open to any and all suggestions!
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Post by: cloudsail on September 22, 2019, 04:15:35 PM
Ooohh, no suggestions but I LOVE heart. I'm so jealous.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on September 23, 2019, 11:13:19 AM
We are on Crete and will eat out for the fifth day in a row. Tomorrow, it might rain in the evening and the restaurants aren't so prepared for that. Most tables are not under a roof. Therefore we have decided to eat a good lunch at a restaurant and make a tapas like dinner at our room where we stay.
For the mustachian part, we don't eat 3 course dinners, but usually just a main course, which is quite enough.
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Post by: sparkytheop on September 23, 2019, 03:29:36 PM
I picked some tomatoes that just aren't pretty (split, soft, but not rotten) and am going to turn them into chili tonight, tossing in some home canned salsa from a couple seasons ago.  I'll freeze it in portions to keep in the freezer at work for quick meals there.
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Post by: Tyson on September 23, 2019, 05:13:01 PM
Made spaghetti with meat sauce 3 days ago.  Used up all my noodles, but had a lot of sauce left over.  So I added a bunch of red beans, chili, garlic, salt and pepper & turned it into a delicious chili.  Perfect for the cooler weather we're having now.
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Post by: jeninco on September 23, 2019, 07:32:08 PM
Ooohh, no suggestions but I LOVE heart. I'm so jealous.

Thanks for the vote of confidence!

It actually turned out really well: I watched a couple of videos, then laid it out to trim and found that my butcher (who processes our steer) did an awesome job AGAIN -- almost all the tendons and veins had already been trimmed off. 10-15 more minutes of fussing at the thing with a sharp knife and I had a bunch of lovely, even pieces. I marinated them with a bit of balsamic vinegar, then fried them in a hot cast iron skillet with a mix of (a little) olive oil and (a lot of) butter. I tried to pull each piece out when it got somewhere between rare and medium rare, which mostly worked out OK. Then I deglazed the pan with a mixture of a little more balsamic and another knob of butter.

The texture, in case you're curious, was ... strangely consistently meaty, if that makes sense. Like, usually when you eat beef you get striated muscles, or fat mixed in, or little bits of connective tissue. This was just lovely, even, smooth meat. Taste was good.

Alongside, we had baked acorn squash, roasted brussels sprouts, and boiled potatoes semi-mashed and mixed with some sour cream. (I figured that even if the meat wasn't a hit,we'd have enough for dinner.)
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Post by: cloudsail on September 24, 2019, 01:26:33 AM
Ooohh, no suggestions but I LOVE heart. I'm so jealous.
The texture, in case you're curious, was ... strangely consistently meaty, if that makes sense. Like, usually when you eat beef you get striated muscles, or fat mixed in, or little bits of connective tissue. This was just lovely, even, smooth meat. Taste was good.

This is exactly why I love heart. It's just such perfect meat, such fine texture. Pig heart and lamb heart are just as good. I really wish more people ate heart so that it's more available in stores here.
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Post by: cloudsail on September 24, 2019, 01:28:08 AM
I found a new way to make fried rice today: mixing in crumbled salted duck egg at the end. Really adds a lot of flavor, kids and DH all liked it.
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Post by: jeninco on September 26, 2019, 09:19:58 AM
Quasi-mexican layered casserole: corn tortillas, seasoned meat, beans, cheese, chilis. Served with cabbage and carrot slaw, and hot sauce.
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Post by: cloudsail on September 26, 2019, 10:20:16 AM
I managed to get my kids to eat curry for the first time this week. The trick was to only use a little bit of sauce, and also mix in some sauce that they are familiar with. While it wasn't quite the creamy curry you get in restaurants, it still looked and tasted like curry. I'm very excited, because my husband and I love curry but the kids won't touch it.
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Post by: OtherJen on September 26, 2019, 03:26:01 PM
Leftover pot roast, mashed potatoes, and green beans from last night’s dinner.
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Post by: mm1970 on September 26, 2019, 04:31:27 PM
leftovers.  Last night made this recipe (well, hubby "made" it.  I wrote it out, altered it to work in the instant pot, and chopped half the veggies.  It was in the instant pot when I got home).  It was delish, we gobbled it up (including the kids).  Got the recipe from a neighbor.

So good.  I used collards.  Cuz I had them.

https://www.occasionallyeggs.com/vegan-chickpea-sweet-potato-kale-curry/
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Post by: horsepoor on September 26, 2019, 10:11:23 PM
I made some spicy guac and dipped pork rinds in it.

Tomorrow I'm planning to make pork stroganoff and roasted Brussels sprouts.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on September 27, 2019, 11:15:52 AM
Yesterday made mac and cheese in the Instant Pot. It was really good. However, I have to adjust the time a bit next time to keep the pasta a bit more al dente. It came out very creamy using only 4 oz. of cream cheese and shredded cheese. Both times I made it I was concerned with the water left in the pot but it all blends together with the cheeses at the end.

Today, I cooked chicken thighs in the Instant Pot and will make a quickie chicken pot pie with it using frozen mixed veggies, cream of chicken soup, onions, celery, baked with Grands refrigerated biscuits on top. Very homey old fashion meal.

Tomorrow I am making Italian stuffed eggplant using ground meat, spaghetti sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese. I am kind of winging the recipe with tips I found on YouTube.
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Post by: jeninco on September 27, 2019, 11:47:18 AM
Yesterday made mac and cheese in the Instant Pot. It was really good. However, I have to adjust the time a bit next time to keep the pasta a bit more al dente. It came out very creamy using only 4 oz. of cream cheese and shredded cheese. Both times I made it I was concerned with the water left in the pot but it all blends together with the cheeses at the end.

Today, I cooked chicken thighs in the Instant Pot and will make a quickie chicken pot pie with it using frozen mixed veggies, cream of chicken soup, onions, celery, baked with Grands refrigerated biscuits on top. Very homey old fashion meal.

Tomorrow I am making Italian stuffed eggplant using ground meat, spaghetti sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese. I am kind of winging the recipe with tips I found on YouTube.

Let me make a plug for this recipe: https://smittenkitchen.com/2019/09/stuffed-eggplant-parmesan/
(Or a variation of it). Either way, enjoy!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on September 30, 2019, 01:10:58 AM
Just standard spagetti with minced meat, red pepper, zucchini and tomato sauce.
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Post by: sui generis on September 30, 2019, 09:50:28 AM
Simple summer pasta - grape or cherry-sized tomatoes and some canellini beans simmered in white wine with onions and garlic over pasta. Great way to use up our garden tomatoes!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on October 01, 2019, 03:14:01 AM
Vegetable burgers (home made) and cauliflower, maybe with blue cheese. And some form of potatoes.
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Post by: sparkytheop on October 01, 2019, 10:17:19 AM
I've got some cushion pork on the smoker right now.  I'll smoke it for two hours, and then put it in the oven to finish low and slow.  Having the oven on all day will also help heat up the house a little, fall got here way too quick and is pretending to be winter already!
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Post by: CNM on October 01, 2019, 10:49:54 AM
This week's plan:
Monday: Polenta with sauteed mushrooms & a few chicken meatballs (Done! And very good! I splurged at the store and bought a package of enoki mushrooms to add.)
Tuesday: Leftovers, specifically, left over baked pasta from Sunday's big family dinner
Wednesday: Roasted Red Pepper soup, might add shrimp
Thursday: Black bean burritos with cheese and avocado
Friday: Leftovers

Emergency meals/weekend meals: Dal and rice, fish sticks and tater tots
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Post by: cloudsail on October 01, 2019, 01:22:58 PM
Yay the forum is back up!

On Sunday we treated ourselves to Asian fusion dishes that usually cost quite a bit in restaurants.

Brunch was potstickers and honey toast, made with homemade bread. Kids and DH love this Asian dessert, and it's quite pricey when you can find it. But it's cheap and a breeze to make.

Dinner was bao with BBQ chicken. The bao was surprisingly easy to make, and I made the dough with milk and eggs for extra protein (my kids eat like birds so I'm constantly trying to get more nutrients into them).
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Post by: jeninco on October 01, 2019, 02:33:30 PM
Tonight: tiny ravioli with tomato paste-based pesto, that'll also use a bunch of basil I just chopped down in the garden -- it's supposed to get cold tonight! Also, green beans.
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Post by: OtherJen on October 06, 2019, 09:20:41 AM
We were on vacation last week, so I’ve been a little off my game lately but am feeling inspired by the fall weather.

Friday night, we had pasta with homemade tomato-vegetable sauce (from freezer batch) and ground turkey.

Last night: baked salmon and acorn squash halves stuffed with mix of rice, frozen peas/carrots, red onion, golden raisins, and chopped pecans sautéed in olive oil and curry powder.

Tonight: split pea +ham soup.
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Post by: jeninco on October 06, 2019, 09:08:57 PM
We were on vacation last week, so I’ve been a little off my game lately but am feeling inspired by the fall weather.

Friday night, we had pasta with homemade tomato-vegetable sauce (from freezer batch) and ground turkey.

Last night: baked salmon and acorn squash halves stuffed with mix of rice, frozen peas/carrots, red onion, golden raisins, and chopped pecans sautéed in olive oil and curry powder.

Tonight: split pea +ham soup.

The stuffed squash sound lovely -- I'll try to remember to get some at the market this week.

Tonight: Homemade pizza, so the kid can take slices for lunch this week. (We made an extra.) With Salad.
Tomorrow: A Mexican-ish tortilla casserole, with spicy black beans, mashed butternut squash, fresh (really sweet!) corn, tomatillo salsa, and melted jack cheese between layers of corn tortillas. Probably with slaw.
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Post by: CNM on October 07, 2019, 12:51:57 PM
Trying to eat from the pantry this week.
Tonight: Black bean and cheese burritos, apple sauce/apple pie (neighbor gave me a sack of apples that need to be eaten up!)
Other:
+ 12 bean soup from a mix I have in my pantry
+ shrimp & grits
+ back up dal and rice
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Post by: Sugaree on October 07, 2019, 01:01:41 PM
I've got some chicken in the crockpot with olive oil, red wine vinegar, bacon, and a spice mix that's roughly equivalent to ranch mix.  I'll add a block of cream cheese when I get home.  Probably eat it with some green beans.  Might make the boys some noodles to go with it.
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Post by: sui generis on October 07, 2019, 05:16:17 PM
Fish tacooooossss!  They are a lot of work, with making the salsa and the cream sauce and breading the fish, but one of my top fave meals at home, so we make them every 6-8 weeks at the least.
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Post by: EscapeVelocity2020 on October 08, 2019, 12:30:15 AM
One thing I love about Texas, we had a Boy Scout Court of Honor and there was plenty of: brisket, sausage, BBQ sauce, corn, baked beans, salad, pasta salad, bean salad, queso, slaws and sauces/pico de gallos/dips, and we contributed potato salad...  There is never a shortage of food!  I'm cutting waaaaay back on red meat and meat in general, but I'll count this as my cheat day.  I'm probably on some weird high right now from the cooler weather for my strenuous exercise feeling easy and the spike in protein, but also wanted to 'PTF' for future reference.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on October 08, 2019, 12:38:44 AM
We are visiting an early theater show tonight, so we'll eat out in town. Something simple, probably a pizza. We don't eat out more than once a month normally (not counting vacations abroad).
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Post by: jeninco on October 15, 2019, 12:54:08 PM
Mark Bittman's "Cassoulet with many vegetables" meets north africa, so it'll also have a spoonful of harissa.  Perhaps a baguette, but it's pretty much a one-pot meal.
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Post by: katekat on October 15, 2019, 04:38:52 PM
baked cod, baked potato, and harissa asparagus over here. Usually I make the same meals over and over, and this one is new to me, so it seemed worth a post.
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Post by: OtherJen on October 15, 2019, 07:50:45 PM
Burgers cooked on our cast iron griddle, with cheese, tomato, and red onion in lettuce wraps. Costco kettle chips on the side (I’m trying to cut back on grains but potatoes are life).
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Post by: cloudsail on October 15, 2019, 08:43:15 PM
Burgers for us too. Always a good quick weeknight meal. Except not very compatible with my diet so I haven't had dinner yet. Trying to figure out what I can eat.
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Post by: Tyson on October 15, 2019, 08:51:34 PM
Kale salad with pumpkin seeds, poppyseed dressing and over easy eggs cut up & mixed in.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on October 16, 2019, 06:39:41 AM
Turkey pot pie. Cooked up a turkey the other day and have home made broth, leftover turkey meat, fresh veggies to chop up into it. It will go into a 9 X 13 casserole dish with buttermilk biscuits on top. A perfect dinner for tonight because we are getting lots of rain and wind.
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Post by: horsepoor on October 16, 2019, 08:33:14 AM
I made a "use things up" meal last night and it turned out pretty good:  onion sauteed in bacon grease, then added diced ham and leftover pork loin, garlic, fennel, caraway and mustard seed, then about 2/3 of a head of cabbage, shredded.  Braised it all in a partial bottle of beer and a little chicken stock, then mixed in some sour cream and extra whole-grain mustard at the end.  I ate mine with some sauerkraut on top.
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Post by: sparkytheop on October 16, 2019, 11:38:31 AM
Pinto beans are soaking now, so I can make some refried beans tonight for dinner.  Simple burritos tonight.
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Post by: OtherJen on October 16, 2019, 04:09:03 PM
Husband is off today. He found a chuck roast in the freezer and a bag of mushrooms in the vegetable drawer, so he's making Beef Bourguignon a la Julia Child's recipe. My house smells amazing right now.

It's a lot of beef this week, but I've been craving it which usually means I'm slightly anemic. We'll have chicken, fish, tofu, eggs, and/or beans as protein sources for the next several dinners.
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Post by: horsepoor on October 16, 2019, 09:21:55 PM
Kinda proud of myself again tonight.  I'm sure it's been done before, but I invented green chile cheeseburger spaghetti squash boats.  Steamed squash halves with seasoned ground beef mixed in, then topped with Hatch chiles and cheddar and baked.  Finally, chopped onion, pickle and tomato on top (some shredded iceberg would be nice too).  Easy, good, and going into my rotation since we have lots of ground beef in the freezer.
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Post by: jeninco on October 16, 2019, 09:55:33 PM
Oldest kid is home from college for the week, so while I was at Parent Teacher Conferences for his brother and MrInCO was at work, he made squash and grilled poblano chili quesidillas (cook and mash the squash, then warm corn tortillas, and fill them with a layer of mashed squash, jack cheese, and roasted poblano strips. Fold and fry in a most-dry pan, and then stack in a warm oven while you make a million more.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on October 17, 2019, 01:05:36 AM
No idea. FIL and his new GF are responsible for making dinner tonight. I have told them to take a look in the fridge and not buy the same vegetables that we already have, but use what it there is that fits with what they want to make.

FIL also wanted to take us out for a good dinner while visiting. We might do that tomorrow.
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Post by: OurTown on October 17, 2019, 02:17:54 PM
Chili dogs, no bun.  Costco dogs only at my house!  Also, for your side, sweet potato fries.
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Post by: OtherJen on October 17, 2019, 03:24:25 PM
Probably grilled cheese sandwich. It's a choir night and husband won't be home until after I leave, so we're each left to our own devices.
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Post by: jeninco on October 17, 2019, 04:19:39 PM
Pot roast, roasted brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes. We're going to watch (probably part of) a soccer game, and I want dinner to be ready when we walk in the door. We'll put the roast and potatoes (in a separate covered container) in the oven on very low, so they'll be hot and ready.
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Post by: horsepoor on October 17, 2019, 06:33:56 PM
Potato, leek, chicken and green chile soup.  All homegrown except the chicken and sour cream I mixed in at the end.
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Post by: Poundwise on October 18, 2019, 09:28:54 PM
Lovely!  I always want to grow leeks but I have little success.
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Post by: meerkat on October 20, 2019, 06:33:51 AM
Plan for the week:

Butternut squash soup (double batch)
Quesadillas
Chicken curry (slow cooker)
Red pepper pasta from Budget Bytes
Mushroom risotto
Chicken pitas
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on October 20, 2019, 07:18:11 AM
Not really sure if this will be dinner tonight but I have a bunch of small tomatoes from my garden that are starting to get a pruneish appearance but are still firm. I plan to cut them up into chunks, add in some chopped garlic...LOTS OF GARLIC...some Italian spices and pour about a cup of olive oil over it all then roast it in the oven. OMG, I love roasted tomatoes with pasta and fresh mozarella. DROOL...If we don't have it tonight, it will be ready to eat tomorrow night.
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Post by: horsepoor on October 20, 2019, 10:28:06 AM
Smoked chicken, fried green tomatoes, ricotta-cheddar biscuits and buttered carrots.
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Post by: OtherJen on October 20, 2019, 03:07:37 PM
Chicken pot pie, if the pie crust behaves itself (I don't have a great track record with pastry). Otherwise, chicken stew over leftover spaghetti squash.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on October 21, 2019, 01:58:28 AM
Leftover from yesterday when DH cooked:
Mashed potato, cabbage with curry spices, wild mushrooms (freshly picked yesterday) and minced meat. All put together in layers, but it ended up as a blend anyway.
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Post by: Sugaree on October 21, 2019, 11:13:55 AM
It's our busy night, so I've got a bacon-wrapped Boston butt in the crockpot. 
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Post by: jeninco on October 21, 2019, 04:35:50 PM
Mussels were on sale yesterday, so we're having them tonight, cooked with white wine, shallots (or garlic and a leek) and some tomatoes. A baguette, and salad.

Probably cake and warm applesauce, in case we're still hungry.
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Post by: Tyson on October 21, 2019, 10:30:24 PM
Mahi Mahi was the cheapest fish on sale today, so that plus re-heated garlic potatoes and navy lima beans. 

Tomorrow I'll use the leftover fish, mixed into a salad.
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Post by: OtherJen on October 22, 2019, 05:39:39 PM
Vegetable soup cooked in homemade chicken stock, over ramen.
Deviled eggs with bacon and scallions.

Good way to use up various bits from the fridge (half a bell pepper, the last few slices of bacon, a couple of slightly wilted scallions).
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Post by: jeninco on October 22, 2019, 08:45:43 PM
https://smittenkitchen.com/2016/04/sheet-pan-chicken-tikka/
I used boneless chicken breasts (on sale this week) and otherwise made the straight-up recipe, (AKA "no modifications") including finely chopped mint on the top. It'll probably get frozen later this week, so it was nice to use the mint once more this fall.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on October 23, 2019, 01:18:38 AM
I am thinking about making this:
https://www.budgetbytes.com/autumn-kale-and-apple-salad/

I have kale in the freezer and some fresh apples.
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Post by: horsepoor on October 23, 2019, 08:26:34 AM
Smoked sausage, white carrot and Brussels sprouts hash tonight.
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Post by: jeninco on October 23, 2019, 09:27:09 AM
Tonight: It's supposed to start raining, then snowing. I'm thinking roasted beet salad with goat cheese, and polenta with meatballs.

Tomorrow: Possibly a pasta thing with a little bit of sausage and some kale. Hmm, that's sounding like a cheese sauce.
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Post by: Dragonswan on October 23, 2019, 12:03:17 PM
Tonight: Zuppa Tuscana with shaved Parmesan cheese garnish.
Tomorrow: Trying out a new dish - teriyaki salmon and broccoli, made in the oven.
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Post by: middo on October 23, 2019, 03:56:01 PM
I made this last night:  https://www.budgetbytes.com/one-pot-creamy-pesto-chicken-pasta/

I doubled the pasta because the pack was 500 grams, and I doubled the stock.  I also added a few pan fried pine nuts to it.  I substituted normal shredded tasty cheese for the cream cheese.  Fantastic!

I also have leftovers for lunch today.  Yum
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Post by: OurTown on October 24, 2019, 02:22:15 PM
Italian sausage, meatballs, red sauce, mushrooms, olives.  No pasta, this is the kingdom of lo-carb.
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Post by: sui generis on October 24, 2019, 04:05:30 PM
Spaghetti squash asian-style with a peanut butter/rice vinegar/soy sauce, etc. sauce and lots of herbs and sesame seeds tossed in.
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Post by: Raenia on October 24, 2019, 04:27:15 PM
Leek and potato soup with seedy bread to dip - not homemade bread this time, DH wanted something I don't usually make.  Great fall food, though, and I'm happy to be stocking up the freezer with soups!
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Post by: cloudsail on October 24, 2019, 09:28:43 PM
https://www.thekitchn.com/chicken-spaghetti-22949285

A little more work than I usually put into pasta dishes, but I made enough for two more dinners and a lunch, so most will go into the freezer for quick meals.
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Post by: OtherJen on October 25, 2019, 05:54:40 PM
Frozen gluten-free pizza from Costco, topped with pepperoni, salami, green bell pepper, and fresh basil. Side dish of garlicky sauteed zucchini.

It's grant season and my only break all day was spent on a quick shower and reheated lunch. I'm putting Costco frozen pizza on my Thanksgiving gratitude list next month.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on October 26, 2019, 08:57:12 AM
I guess we'll just warm up a frozen pizza tonight, as we bought them for the occasion. The house needs to stay fully staged for the viewing tomorrow. Tomorrow evening we might eat somewhere in a restaurant because of next viewing the next day..
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Post by: horsepoor on October 26, 2019, 09:31:35 AM
Big pot of beanless chili, ricotta biscuits and coleslaw.
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Post by: OtherJen on October 26, 2019, 10:50:06 AM
Picadillo seasoned with a homemade garlicky tomato, guajillo, and pasilla sauce and mixed with some pinquito beans. I'll probably eat it with corn tortillas. Husband will probably opt for rice.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on October 27, 2019, 03:39:24 PM
We're having: grilled salmon & chicken sausages (1/2 diners will choose one, & the other half the other) & brussels sprouts. My 12 year old also made homemade breadsticks, so the kids will also have that.
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Post by: jeninco on October 27, 2019, 04:21:16 PM
Picadillo seasoned with a homemade garlicky tomato, guajillo, and pasilla sauce and mixed with some pinquito beans. I'll probably eat it with corn tortillas. Husband will probably opt for rice.

This sounds fantastic!

It's 31 and snowing here and has been all day, so I pulled all the packages labelled "soup bones" that came with our 1/2 steer and the tail, roasted them for an hour at 350, and then dumped everything into a large pot with some water and a few bay leaves. Half the shredded meat is already in the freezer, and I'll make stew with the other half and some of the stock.
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Post by: OtherJen on October 27, 2019, 05:56:20 PM
Picadillo seasoned with a homemade garlicky tomato, guajillo, and pasilla sauce and mixed with some pinquito beans. I'll probably eat it with corn tortillas. Husband will probably opt for rice.

This sounds fantastic!

It's 31 and snowing here and has been all day, so I pulled all the packages labelled "soup bones" that came with our 1/2 steer and the tail, roasted them for an hour at 350, and then dumped everything into a large pot with some water and a few bay leaves. Half the shredded meat is already in the freezer, and I'll make stew with the other half and some of the stock.

It was really good and deeply satisfying.

Your homemade beef soup/stock sounds amazing! There are few meals that I enjoy more than a big bowl of beef-vegetable soup.
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Post by: OtherJen on October 27, 2019, 05:58:34 PM
Tonight's dinner: the rest of the half-lb of ground beef cooked into homemade red sauce. I tossed a parmesan rind into the sauce pot because, why not? We'll eat it with pasta.
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Post by: jeninco on October 27, 2019, 08:38:52 PM
Picadillo seasoned with a homemade garlicky tomato, guajillo, and pasilla sauce and mixed with some pinquito beans. I'll probably eat it with corn tortillas. Husband will probably opt for rice.

This sounds fantastic!

It's 31 and snowing here and has been all day, so I pulled all the packages labelled "soup bones" that came with our 1/2 steer and the tail, roasted them for an hour at 350, and then dumped everything into a large pot with some water and a few bay leaves. Half the shredded meat is already in the freezer, and I'll make stew with the other half and some of the stock.

It was really good and deeply satisfying.

Your homemade beef soup/stock sounds amazing! There are few meals that I enjoy more than a big bowl of beef-vegetable soup.

It was delicious, and also a huge PITA. I'm a big believer in using the entire animal, but I also spent over an hour separating meat from bones (and other stuff). Fortunately, it was pretty icky outside, what with snow blowing sideways, so a good day to be spending more time cooking. And I'll be happy to have the stock, and the shredded meat.

Also, the soup was lovely.
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Post by: FireLane on October 28, 2019, 06:06:04 PM
I made a big batch of this pumpkin bisque, because it's pumpkin season:

https://happyhealthymama.com/pantry-pumpkin-bisque.html

Plus, cave-aged gruyere cheese and Vermont cheddar melted on toasted sourdough baguettes.
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Post by: John Galt incarnate! on October 28, 2019, 06:19:41 PM
I wanted a light dinner so I just finished 3 scrambled eggs and 5 pieces of buttered toast.

Did I just eat breakfast for dinner?

HA!
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Post by: jeninco on October 28, 2019, 08:58:07 PM
MMM-approved pasta'n'beans from this weekend's NY Times. It's fancied up with buerre blanc, and we threw in some kale.
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Post by: Dicey on October 29, 2019, 12:54:26 AM
Tonight was risotto with leeks, shallots, and mushrooms. Side was whole green beans, blanched, then grilled with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt.  Happily, there is risotto left over, which means yummy lunch for me!
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Post by: Linea_Norway on October 29, 2019, 01:21:54 AM
I think it will be a wok full of beans or lentils, some veggies and some blue cheese or Brie. And fresh herbs, we have basil, oregano and parsley. I will probably freeze the parsley.
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Post by: horsepoor on October 29, 2019, 07:48:59 AM
I've been faux dry-aging a couple t-bone steaks in the fridge.  I'll do a simple cook on those, and have them with sauteed mushrooms and our new favorite fish sauce roasted broccoli.
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Post by: turketron on October 29, 2019, 08:27:20 AM
I've been faux dry-aging a couple t-bone steaks in the fridge. 

How does this work? I know the gist of actual dry aging but seems really finicky to do in a normal fridge so I've never tried.
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Post by: katekat on October 29, 2019, 08:41:19 AM
Vegetarian sausages, with roasted veg — sweet potato, onion, pepper, garlic
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Post by: OtherJen on October 29, 2019, 10:53:21 AM
Roasted chicken in shawarma marinade with garlic sauce, green salad, maybe roasted cauliflower.
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Post by: horsepoor on October 30, 2019, 08:26:46 AM
I've been faux dry-aging a couple t-bone steaks in the fridge. 

How does this work? I know the gist of actual dry aging but seems really finicky to do in a normal fridge so I've never tried.

I just salt them and put them on a rack above a plate, then flip and salt again and let them dry out for a few days.  They aren't as tenderized, but it gets the excess moisture out.  It looks like the real way to do it would be to get some Koji rice to rub them with.  https://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/how-to/article/dry-age-shortcut-koji
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Post by: Linea_Norway on October 30, 2019, 12:26:49 PM
Tonight we had veggie burgers, which I think contsined beet root to give the burger the association with bloody red meat. It worked, I had that association, but I generally don't like rare meat, so it turned me off mentally a bit.
Served with cooked broccoli and cooked potatoes. With a creamy sauce with a good blue cheese in it.
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Post by: jeninco on October 30, 2019, 05:32:58 PM
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/251837/curried-squash-chicken-soup/

(Except, used an actual baked Kabocha squash, a full can of full-fat coconut milk, less shredded chicken (.8 lb thighs was in the freezer), a bunch of bok choi and made rice.
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Post by: OtherJen on October 31, 2019, 07:26:06 AM
Pork chops (haven’t decided the preparation). Side of roasted beets in orange-balsamic vinaigrette with goat cheese and pecans. Possibly another vegetable side.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on October 31, 2019, 07:31:36 AM
I have put boneless chicken thighs to thaw. Need to make something with that, probably with pepper and squash.
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Post by: OtherJen on October 31, 2019, 07:37:25 AM
I have put boneless chicken thighs to thaw. Need to make something with that, probably with pepper and squash.

This is what we did with ours on Tuesday: https://www.copymethat.com/r/Sx46RVV/nyt-chicken-shawarma/ (https://www.copymethat.com/r/Sx46RVV/nyt-chicken-shawarma/). It is very good, especially with garlic sauce (approx. 200 ml of thick, full-fat yogurt with minced garlic (1 or 2 cloves, depending on preference), juice from half a lemon, salt to taste).
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Post by: Linea_Norway on October 31, 2019, 07:42:56 AM
I have put boneless chicken thighs to thaw. Need to make something with that, probably with pepper and squash.

This is what we did with ours on Tuesday: https://www.copymethat.com/r/Sx46RVV/nyt-chicken-shawarma/ (https://www.copymethat.com/r/Sx46RVV/nyt-chicken-shawarma/). It is very good, especially with garlic sauce (approx. 200 ml of thick, full-fat yogurt with minced garlic (1 or 2 cloves, depending on preference), juice from half a lemon, salt to taste).

Thanks for the idea. But it takes quite a bit of time that I don't have on a working day: one hour marinating and 40 minutes in the oven. I would need to do a quick and dirty version of it, using the spices, but skipping the marination time and just stir fry the meat.
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Post by: jeninco on October 31, 2019, 08:48:29 AM
I have put boneless chicken thighs to thaw. Need to make something with that, probably with pepper and squash.

I was going to suggest soup, with potatoes and vegetables, but I'm not sure peppers and squash are the best for that. Summer squash, or winter squash? If it's winter squash, I'm probably go ahead with the soup and use the peppers for salad (or saute them).
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Post by: Linea_Norway on October 31, 2019, 12:16:29 PM
I have put boneless chicken thighs to thaw. Need to make something with that, probably with pepper and squash.

I was going to suggest soup, with potatoes and vegetables, but I'm not sure peppers and squash are the best for that. Summer squash, or winter squash? If it's winter squash, I'm probably go ahead with the soup and use the peppers for salad (or saute them).

Just normal summer squash. In Norway we don't have winter squash. I looked them up and it was summer squash, which we just call squash.

I made the dish above with rice. Chicken in the oven with the herbs. Veggies in the sty fry with the same herbs and a good dash of thick cream. Use some fresh parsley for topping. It tasted well.
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Post by: sui generis on October 31, 2019, 12:52:30 PM
I have put boneless chicken thighs to thaw. Need to make something with that, probably with pepper and squash.

I was going to suggest soup, with potatoes and vegetables, but I'm not sure peppers and squash are the best for that. Summer squash, or winter squash? If it's winter squash, I'm probably go ahead with the soup and use the peppers for salad (or saute them).

Just normal summer squash. In Norway we don't have winter squash. I looked them up and it was summer squash, which we just call squash.

I made the dish above with rice. Chicken in the oven with the herbs. Veggies in the sty fry with the same herbs and a good dash of thick cream. Use some fresh parsley for topping. It tasted well.

No winter squash?  What a tragedy!  I'd be lost without kabocha and acorn squashes and, although my least favorite to cut, butternut!

Tonight we are having one last "simple summer pasta" with our garden tomatoes.  I don't think we'll get enough more to make another batch of the sauce (tomatoes sauteed with garlic and onions then simmered with wine or broth and cannelini beans) this year.  It was glorious while it lasted!
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on November 01, 2019, 05:34:34 AM
This summer I joined a CSA and for 16 weeks got a variety of veggies and some fruits. One thing I got a lot of was squash. Yellow squash, zukes, Delicato. We also got a lot of eggplants. I am not a big fan of squash and prepared it different ways and it was always kind of yuk to me. How do you all cook yours. I have tried slicing it and coating with olive oil, salt, pepper, Italian spices. Roasting in the oven, on the grill, in a skillet and it is blah. There is only so much eggplant parmesan anyone can eat. I have dipped them in flour, egg, breadcrumbs and baked in the oven. Very good and have frozen them for later on.

I am on the fence about joining the CSA again because I just don't want all the squash's unless I can find some good recipes!
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Post by: OtherJen on November 01, 2019, 05:47:43 AM
With zucchini, I often slice or spiralize it and sauté it in olive oil with garlic, fresh tomatoes, and Penzey's Greek seasoning. Sometimes I add mushrooms or red bell pepper and/or a splash of red wine vinegar. Once everything is soft, I crumble in some feta.

Zucchini is also good grated in fritters or quick bread, or diced up as one of several ingredients in soup or stir-fry.

My only suggestion for eggplant is baba ganoush. It's the only way my husband will eat it. If you roast the eggplant on a grill to give it some char, it tastes even better. I agree that eggplant parmesan is delightful.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on November 01, 2019, 06:30:34 AM
I usually cut summer squash into pieces and add them to a wok with red pepper, mushrooms, meat/cheese and when I still used to eat unions, an union. It is one of my default low fodmap stir fry vegetables for pasta or rice dishes. I also put it on pizza.
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Post by: Raenia on November 01, 2019, 06:35:27 AM
I like to mix summer squash or zucchini into a baked ziti type casserole, or baked in a casserole with red wine vinegar and italian herbs.  Zucchini bread is always a hit.  I haven't tried spiralized yet, but I did slice a large one lengthwise to make lasagna with meat sauce, which was pretty good.  One of my coworkers puts zucchini in her meatloaf.

DH refuses to eat eggplant in any incarnation, so I haven't had the opportunity to experiment with that.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on November 01, 2019, 07:10:50 AM
Another thing I did with eggplant is breaded them as if I would for eggplant parmesan. Prior to breading, I cut the eggplant into strips like thick French fries. Then baked in the oven till a bit crispy. They did come out good! (Eggplant French Fries). However, this was on the tail end of the CSA and I didn't discover this till one of my last eggplants.

I wonder how balsamic vinegar on the squash would be rather than red wine vinegar?
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Post by: Raenia on November 01, 2019, 07:14:41 AM
Another thing I did with eggplant is breaded them as if I would for eggplant parmesan. Prior to breading, I cut the eggplant into strips like thick French fries. Then baked in the oven till a bit crispy. They did come out good! (Eggplant French Fries). However, this was on the tail end of the CSA and I didn't discover this till one of my last eggplants.

I wonder how balsamic vinegar on the squash would be rather than red wine vinegar?

I've done balsamic as well, depending on what I was serving it with.  Balsamic is stronger and sweeter.  Still works very well - really you can probably use any good flavored vinegar, though I've never tried with white wine or rice vinegar.  Apple cider vinegar works too, though again depends what you are serving it with.

Those fries sound good!  Bet it would work with zucchini as well.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on November 01, 2019, 09:54:41 AM
I have put boneless chicken thighs to thaw. Need to make something with that, probably with pepper and squash.

I was going to suggest soup, with potatoes and vegetables, but I'm not sure peppers and squash are the best for that. Summer squash, or winter squash? If it's winter squash, I'm probably go ahead with the soup and use the peppers for salad (or saute them).

Just normal summer squash. In Norway we don't have winter squash. I looked them up and it was summer squash, which we just call squash.

I made the dish above with rice. Chicken in the oven with the herbs. Veggies in the sty fry with the same herbs and a good dash of thick cream. Use some fresh parsley for topping. It tasted well.

No winter squash?  What a tragedy!  I'd be lost without kabocha and acorn squashes and, although my least favorite to cut, butternut!

Of the things you name, we only have butternut squash, but only in very few shops that out outside my daily route. I think pumpkin might have a similar function and I hope they are on sale from now.
Maybe we should build a greenhouse some time and grow our own inspiring stuff.
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Post by: OtherJen on November 01, 2019, 10:23:22 AM

Of the things you name, we only have butternut squash, but only in very few shops that out outside my daily route. I think pumpkin might have a similar function and I hope they are on sale from now.
Maybe we should build a greenhouse some time and grow our own inspiring stuff.

I'm not a big fan of hard squash other than butternut, pumpkin, and spaghetti squash. I'd think the butternut and pumpkin would be interchangeable in many recipes.
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Post by: jeninco on November 01, 2019, 10:34:13 AM

Of the things you name, we only have butternut squash, but only in very few shops that out outside my daily route. I think pumpkin might have a similar function and I hope they are on sale from now.
Maybe we should build a greenhouse some time and grow our own inspiring stuff.

I'm not a big fan of hard squash other than butternut, pumpkin, and spaghetti squash. I'd think the butternut and pumpkin would be interchangeable in many recipes.

Kabocha squash is like a vastly improved pumpkin: it's less watery and bland, and more sweet and delicious. Kiri squash is similar. Delicata has the benefit of (if you scrub it) edible skin, so you can cut it in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and cut it into thin rounds, then sautee them.

Also, there are a ton of traditional Japanese recipes for Kabocha squash (which, yes, would work for other kinds too), for variation in the winter diet.

I wonder if Linda can't get these because of the growing season length?
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Post by: OtherJen on November 01, 2019, 10:36:17 AM

Of the things you name, we only have butternut squash, but only in very few shops that out outside my daily route. I think pumpkin might have a similar function and I hope they are on sale from now.
Maybe we should build a greenhouse some time and grow our own inspiring stuff.

I'm not a big fan of hard squash other than butternut, pumpkin, and spaghetti squash. I'd think the butternut and pumpkin would be interchangeable in many recipes.

Kabocha squash is like a vastly improved pumpkin: it's less watery and bland, and more sweet and delicious. Kiri squash is similar. Delicata has the benefit of (if you scrub it) edible skin, so you can cut it in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and cut it into thin rounds, then sautee them.

Also, there are a ton of traditional Japanese recipes for Kabocha squash (which, yes, would work for other kinds too), for variation in the winter diet.

I wonder if Linda can't get these because of the growing season length?

I think i've only ever seen delicata squash in the local produce market, and only once. I didn't buy it then because I'm not a huge fan of acorn squash and didn't know if the two would be similar.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on November 01, 2019, 03:18:13 PM

Of the things you name, we only have butternut squash, but only in very few shops that out outside my daily route. I think pumpkin might have a similar function and I hope they are on sale from now.
Maybe we should build a greenhouse some time and grow our own inspiring stuff.

I'm not a big fan of hard squash other than butternut, pumpkin, and spaghetti squash. I'd think the butternut and pumpkin would be interchangeable in many recipes.

Kabocha squash is like a vastly improved pumpkin: it's less watery and bland, and more sweet and delicious. Kiri squash is similar. Delicata has the benefit of (if you scrub it) edible skin, so you can cut it in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and cut it into thin rounds, then sautee them.

Also, there are a ton of traditional Japanese recipes for Kabocha squash (which, yes, would work for other kinds too), for variation in the winter diet.

I wonder if Linda can't get these because of the growing season length?

Norway has to import most of these squashe types and I think they just don't import them. And our local shops only have like 1500-2000 goods to keep them cheapish. It really pays off to buy at those limited shops. And I need to drive alot to find a shop that sells more, like the butternut squash, and I only visit it occasionally. But next time I visit such a shop, I will look around whether they have any of the other squashes.
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Post by: Tyson on November 01, 2019, 04:47:09 PM
Making gluten free frozen pizza from Costco tonight.  Going to add some fresh pepperoni to give it a bit of pizazz. 
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Post by: jeninco on November 01, 2019, 09:15:53 PM
We were at a soccer game 4-6 pm (and the school hadn't shoveled our bleachers, so we were standing in snow -- brr!) so when we got home we re-heated a block of chili from the freezer and had clean-out-the-fridge nachos, with tortilla chips, grated cheese, a couple of jalapinos that I dry-roasted in a skillet and then chopped,(and seeded) and a big salad.
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Post by: Raenia on November 02, 2019, 08:44:39 AM
I was supposed to try making pupusas tonight, but I forgot to soak the beans last night.  Instead maybe I'll make sweet potato gnocchi - I've been meaning to try my gnocchi recipe with sweet potato, and I have some extra from the sweet potato soup I made last week.
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Post by: sui generis on November 02, 2019, 08:50:16 AM
I'm always amazed at all you creatives out there that manage to find interesting ways to use up random leftover ingredients.  I have no confidence with this so DH and I never buy extra ingredients, but try to get as spot on as possible in order to have just the amount to put in the recipes we make each night.  There are a few things, of course, that we always end up with extra of that I go to great lengths to try to use up randomly, but it's just usually small bits of ginger or what-have-you.  The worst is parsley.  Always too much and I really don't love the herb, so I hate using it when I don't absolutely have to and it often spoils before we finish it.
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Post by: SpeedReader on November 02, 2019, 09:07:28 AM
Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic, in the Instant Pot.  I've never had it before but I don't see any way this can go wrong.  :-)
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Post by: Linea_Norway on November 02, 2019, 09:29:13 AM
I'm always amazed at all you creatives out there that manage to find interesting ways to use up random leftover ingredients.  I have no confidence with this so DH and I never buy extra ingredients, but try to get as spot on as possible in order to have just the amount to put in the recipes we make each night.  There are a few things, of course, that we always end up with extra of that I go to great lengths to try to use up randomly, but it's just usually small bits of ginger or what-have-you.  The worst is parsley.  Always too much and I really don't love the herb, so I hate using it when I don't absolutely have to and it often spoils before we finish it.

Use the freezer. According to the Budget Bites website you can freeze ginger and also things like lemons. I have just frozen parsley and some other leftover herbs in ziplock bags.

For leftover foods I have a very simple Norwegian dish, called Pytt i Panne. You dice potatoes, unions, carrots, peppers, bacon or any other kind of meat or vegetable you have left over. All roughly cut the same size. You might want to precook the potato dices in the microwave for some minutes. After that, you put everything in a wok and stir fry it until done. Add herbs and spices. Ready to serve.
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Post by: sui generis on November 02, 2019, 04:12:08 PM

Use the freezer. According to the Budget Bites website you can freeze ginger and also things like lemons. I have just frozen parsley and some other leftover herbs in ziplock bags.

I have always found frozen herbs to be limp and soggy when they defrost from the freezer. No? Except maybe like thyme or rosemary, with their thick stems and tiny leaves.  I guess if you are going to cook the herbs it might still be ok?  But it seems like those kind of leafy herbs like parsley are usually used as garnish and I feel a little sad putting that limp stuff on my food!
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Post by: OtherJen on November 03, 2019, 06:27:05 PM
Carnitas tacos, with meat via this recipe: https://www.budgetbytes.com/slow-cooker-carnitas/ (https://www.budgetbytes.com/slow-cooker-carnitas/). I will definitely make this again.
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Post by: jeninco on November 03, 2019, 07:48:28 PM
Ginger keeps indefinitely in the fridge if you peel (or scrape) it, cut it into "coins" and put in a jar which you then fill with sherry (or not "fill", but you want the ginger to be under the sherry level). Bonus: the leftover sherry is great added to stir-fry-type things.

I use leftover parsley in green sauce: take off the cruddy-looking parts, add lemon juice (maybe one lemon per full batch of parsley), enough olive oil to get the stuff to emulsify (I dunno, start with 1/3 cup and add more if necessary), and salt to taste. grind to bits with a immersion blender. When it's smooth and tastes good, you're done. This is great on anything bean and/or tomato-related, or on grilled meat. If you want to get really fancy, you can toss in an anchovy or two.

We had homemade pizza for dinner: DS15 wants to take pizza slices for lunches this week, so WTF, why not: we made 5 (three small ones for dinner, and two more for his lunches) with mushrooms, marinated peppers, tiny pieces of salami, and I used up a couple of TB of leftover goat cheese on one of them.
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Post by: Dicey on November 03, 2019, 07:57:29 PM
I bought some veggie burgers on sale that came in a box. The damn box took up so much room in my freezer that I cooked the burgers for dinner, along with roasted rainbow carrots and grilled asparagus. I grilled the burgers, then used the same grill pan for the asparagus. Did the carrots in the toaster oven. Easy-peasy cleanup.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on November 04, 2019, 01:13:45 AM

Use the freezer. According to the Budget Bites website you can freeze ginger and also things like lemons. I have just frozen parsley and some other leftover herbs in ziplock bags.

I have always found frozen herbs to be limp and soggy when they defrost from the freezer. No? Except maybe like thyme or rosemary, with their thick stems and tiny leaves.  I guess if you are going to cook the herbs it might still be ok?  But it seems like those kind of leafy herbs like parsley are usually used as garnish and I feel a little sad putting that limp stuff on my food!

This winter my DH bought some bags of frozen coriander leaves, produced in Iceland. They worked to give the stir fry dish a coriander taste. No, they don't look great, but I don't use it on top of the dishes. Yesterday I used oregano that I had frozen and the stir fry dish worked out well.
Fresh is of course nicer, but if it will otherwise expire, then freezing it is a better alternative.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on November 04, 2019, 10:16:12 AM
Red lentils, mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, stuffed vegetable spices that contain a lot of mint, feta cheese, a little dash of cream for juiciness, salt and pepper.
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Post by: jeninco on November 04, 2019, 06:41:55 PM
Pozole, with canned hominy (we buy the 1/2 gallon food service-sized cans, of course :^)  ), shredded chicken, chicken broth, and blitzed chipotles in adobo sauce. Served with marinated thinly sliced onions, shredded cheese, avocados (on sale this week, for $.77 or so <-- hey, I'm in the mountain west, OK?) and carrot and red cabbage slaw.

Plus, I started with a whole chicken, so I have another dinner's worth of chicken broth and shredded chicken. It'll be chicken-and-veggie soup later this week.
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Post by: sui generis on November 04, 2019, 09:16:34 PM
I love pozole and miss it so much! I'll have to see if I can make it this winter.

We had a curried lentil soup. Red lentils, coconut milk, crushed tomatoes and cilantro. Haven't had it in a long time. It was great. Made sweet potato fries on the side, so the meal was a little monochrome orange, but tasty.
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Post by: OtherJen on November 04, 2019, 10:43:27 PM
Pozole, with canned hominy (we buy the 1/2 gallon food service-sized cans, of course :^)  ), shredded chicken, chicken broth, and blitzed chipotles in adobo sauce. Served with marinated thinly sliced onions, shredded cheese, avocados (on sale this week, for $.77 or so <-- hey, I'm in the mountain west, OK?) and carrot and red cabbage slaw.

Plus, I started with a whole chicken, so I have another dinner's worth of chicken broth and shredded chicken. It'll be chicken-and-veggie soup later this week.

YUM. I really need to make pozole. It has been far too long.
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Post by: jeninco on November 05, 2019, 12:22:21 PM
Pozole, with canned hominy (we buy the 1/2 gallon food service-sized cans, of course :^)  ), shredded chicken, chicken broth, and blitzed chipotles in adobo sauce. Served with marinated thinly sliced onions, shredded cheese, avocados (on sale this week, for $.77 or so <-- hey, I'm in the mountain west, OK?) and carrot and red cabbage slaw.

Plus, I started with a whole chicken, so I have another dinner's worth of chicken broth and shredded chicken. It'll be chicken-and-veggie soup later this week.

YUM. I really need to make pozole. It has been far too long.

We save it for winter, and I'm always pleased at how easy it is to make, if you're willing to use canned hominy and chicken. Onion + hominy + shredded meat and broth + chipotles in adobo is a lovely base.

Obviously, if you're doing a "real" version (like, with pigs feet) that could be more of an endeavor...
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Post by: Dragonswan on November 05, 2019, 02:38:04 PM
Cheese stuffed pasta shells and lamb meatballs in tomato sauce.  Courtesy of the batch cooking I did in October. Never mind the vegetables; that's why I had salad for lunch ;)
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Post by: OtherJen on November 05, 2019, 03:59:10 PM
Pozole, with canned hominy (we buy the 1/2 gallon food service-sized cans, of course :^)  ), shredded chicken, chicken broth, and blitzed chipotles in adobo sauce. Served with marinated thinly sliced onions, shredded cheese, avocados (on sale this week, for $.77 or so <-- hey, I'm in the mountain west, OK?) and carrot and red cabbage slaw.

Plus, I started with a whole chicken, so I have another dinner's worth of chicken broth and shredded chicken. It'll be chicken-and-veggie soup later this week.

YUM. I really need to make pozole. It has been far too long.

We save it for winter, and I'm always pleased at how easy it is to make, if you're willing to use canned hominy and chicken. Onion + hominy + shredded meat and broth + chipotles in adobo is a lovely base.

Obviously, if you're doing a "real" version (like, with pigs feet) that could be more of an endeavor...

I think the last time I did something in the middle: shredded rotisserie chicken and powdered dried peppers, but homemade stock (from the rotisserie chicken) and hominy cooked fresh from dried kernels.

I don’t even think my aunt, a crazy-good Mexican cook, bothers with pigs’ feet anymore. I’m good with chicken. :-)
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Post by: v8rx7guy on November 05, 2019, 04:10:02 PM
BBQ Chicken on the grill with Garlic Rice side
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on November 05, 2019, 04:54:15 PM
Ham slice, scalloped potatoes, cuke salad with tomato, red onion, salt, pepper, blue cheese dressing and blue cheese crumbles.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on November 06, 2019, 12:35:35 AM
Spagetti with blue cheese, cream and spinach. I might throw in some of the frozen herbs I found in the freezer yesterday.

I took inventar of the 3 freezers yesterday (6 drawers) and wrote the contents on a list that hangs on the fridge in the kitchen. I hope it will stimulate us to have more overview of what is in there and let it be eaten. I threw away a portion of "brown sauce with little taste 2017" and "tomato sauce 1 portion 2018?" that I don't think will be eaten again.

I also found banana slices. I asked DH how he wanted to eat them: cake, muffins, ice cream, waffles and he chose cake. So I'll make banana cake on Friday. Not for dinner but for in between. I might bring it along to a party we are going to on Saturday evening.
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Post by: jeninco on November 06, 2019, 09:16:49 AM
@Linea_Norway , that is a very funny familiar feeling, that you had something in the freezer labelled "brown sauce with little taste."  Every now and then I find something labelled, for instance, "not very good chili" or "bland soup".

I'm glad you got to throw it out!

We had ravioli (from frozen) for dinner, and I realized after I'd opened the package that the Trader Joe's frozen ravioli bag also contained cubes of tomato sauce.  We stuck them in the refrigerator: if they taste OK I'll dump them into tonight's chicken-vegetable soup, which will be waiting for us in a crockpot when we get home from a high school soccer game.

If they don't taste good, they're going into the compost. Life's too short!
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Post by: jeninco on November 06, 2019, 01:21:09 PM
Pozole, with canned hominy (we buy the 1/2 gallon food service-sized cans, of course :^)  ), shredded chicken, chicken broth, and blitzed chipotles in adobo sauce. Served with marinated thinly sliced onions, shredded cheese, avocados (on sale this week, for $.77 or so <-- hey, I'm in the mountain west, OK?) and carrot and red cabbage slaw.

Plus, I started with a whole chicken, so I have another dinner's worth of chicken broth and shredded chicken. It'll be chicken-and-veggie soup later this week.

YUM. I really need to make pozole. It has been far too long.

We save it for winter, and I'm always pleased at how easy it is to make, if you're willing to use canned hominy and chicken. Onion + hominy + shredded meat and broth + chipotles in adobo is a lovely base.

Obviously, if you're doing a "real" version (like, with pigs feet) that could be more of an endeavor...

I think the last time I did something in the middle: shredded rotisserie chicken and powdered dried peppers, but homemade stock (from the rotisserie chicken) and hominy cooked fresh from dried kernels.

I don’t even think my aunt, a crazy-good Mexican cook, bothers with pigs’ feet anymore. I’m good with chicken. :-)

Well, I did make the chicken stock, so there's that.

The time some mexican friends made pozole for us that was a pork stock including pigs feet, however -- that was really fantastic. 

Ours is more like "a quick, fairly healthy, and tasty weeknight dinner".
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on November 06, 2019, 05:57:54 PM
We're having chicken sausages (mango/pineapple) with salad & cauliflower rice. The teens will likely have their dinner with pasta or a carb as well.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on November 07, 2019, 12:06:01 AM
Tonight I will make self-caught trout and green asparagus. And maybe with a portion of leftover sweet potato mash that we have in the freezer.
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Post by: GreenToTheCore on November 07, 2019, 08:43:46 PM
We are lovin' this chili right now.
There is a gf lady in bookclub so I'm super excited to bring this as something everyone can enjoy.

Quote
Butternut Squash Chili Recipe

This savory chili has a fresh, vibrant taste with a Southwestern twist. The secret ingredient? Lime. Adding a splash of lime juice just before serving brightens the flavor and teases your taste buds.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3-6 cloves garlic, to taste, minced
1 teaspoon each: cumin, chili powder and ginger
1 medium red or sweet onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, diced
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, diced
2 cups butternut squash, cubed
3 cups gluten-free broth
1 28-oz. can Muir Glen Fire Roasted Whole Tomatoes, diced or broken up, with juice
1 cup chopped green chiles- mild or hot, as you prefer
2 14-oz. cans black beans, rinsed, drained
1 14-oz. can white Northern beans, or red kidney beans, rinsed, drained
1 tablespoon golden balsamic vinegar or rice vinegar
1 tablespoon organic raw agave nectar
1 large fresh lime- for juice and garnish

Instructions:

To assemble in a slow cooker:

Drizzle the olive oil in the bottom of the cooker; add the garlic and spices and stir to combine.

Add the remaining ingredients except the lime juice. Gently stir with a wooden spoon or vinyl spatula (you don't want to mash the beans) to mix. Cover and follow the manufacturer's instructions for slow cooking a chili with canned (not dried beans). I cooked mine on low for five to six hours, for example.

To make on the stove top:

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat (I would use a little more olive oil); add the spices, stir and heat through for a minute; add onions and stir for two to three minutes; add the remaining ingredients except the lime. Cover the pot and bring to a simmer; lower the heat and keep the chili at a slow simmer, covered; stir now and then, and check the consistency. Add a little more broth if needed, to thin. Cook for an hour or so until all the flavors have combined and the sauce is thickened and rich.

Before serving, squeeze in the juice from half a lime; stir. Taste test for seasoning adjustments - more lime? A pinch of salt? More heat? A touch more agave? You decide.

Serve piping hot, as is, or with a garnish on top.

Garnish Ideas:

Chopped fresh cilantro
Wedge of lime
Crumbled blue corn chips
Greek yogurt or vegan sour cream


Read more: http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2007/12/butternut-chili.html#ixzz2zYj96Z9P

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Post by: OtherJen on November 08, 2019, 04:38:59 PM
Baked salmon, Smitten Kitchen's stuck-pot rice with lentils, sauteed zucchini.

I made cookies for a friend's party and ate four of them yesterday (they were fairly substantial cookies with icing), along with a couple of hard ciders. I need a healthy meal and to avoid sugar bombs today.
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Post by: GreenToTheCore on November 09, 2019, 07:17:56 PM
Baked salmon, Smitten Kitchen's stuck-pot rice with lentils, sauteed zucchini.

I made cookies for a friend's party and ate four of them yesterday (they were fairly substantial cookies with icing), along with a couple of hard ciders. I need a healthy meal and to avoid sugar bombs today.

Mmm, cider. 'Tis the season :)
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Post by: Linea_Norway on November 11, 2019, 10:56:17 AM
Today we had ready-made, only warm up meatballs, warmed up in the oven. Home made rösti potato. And cooked broccoli.
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Post by: jeninco on November 12, 2019, 10:19:28 PM
Caldo Tlalpeño, pretty much without modifications. Served with chopped cilantro, avocado, and tiny dice of jack cheese.
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Post by: OtherJen on November 13, 2019, 03:50:17 AM
Caldo Tlalpeño, pretty much without modifications. Served with chopped cilantro, avocado, and tiny dice of jack cheese.

Yum! We tried that last winter based on your recommendation and it was great.
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Post by: OtherJen on November 13, 2019, 03:55:45 AM
We had Zuppa Toscana (Budget Bytes recipe) and cornbread on Monday. Turkey-vegetable tacos in soft corn tortillas last night.
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Post by: jeninco on November 13, 2019, 08:56:03 AM
We had Zuppa Toscana (Budget Bytes recipe) and cornbread on Monday. Turkey-vegetable tacos in soft corn tortillas last night.

Yum! I should start compiling a turkey-and-stuff list for the winter. I often go back after Thanksgiving and buy another turkey, just because our little local grocery chain sells antibiotic-free turkeys for a pretty good price (for natural meat).
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Post by: sui generis on November 13, 2019, 09:16:10 AM
We're making Marcella Hazan's pasta sauce...could not be easier and has lots of butter, so it's delicious!  (San Marzano tomatoes, an onion cut in half and *lots* of butter simmered for the better part of an hour).  We'll have it with roasted veggies, probably broccoli, maybe brussels sprouts.
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Post by: OtherJen on November 13, 2019, 10:41:58 AM
We had Zuppa Toscana (Budget Bytes recipe) and cornbread on Monday. Turkey-vegetable tacos in soft corn tortillas last night.

Yum! I should start compiling a turkey-and-stuff list for the winter. I often go back after Thanksgiving and buy another turkey, just because our little local grocery chain sells antibiotic-free turkeys for a pretty good price (for natural meat).

The turkey tacos were from ground meat as a quick weeknight dinner. But shredded leftover roasted turkey would be delicious in so many things!

The Zuppa Toscana soup was even better as leftovers. I will probably make that several more times this season. Bonus: it's one of the only ways to get my husband to eat kale and not complain about it.
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Post by: horsepoor on November 13, 2019, 09:03:42 PM
Last night I made eggroll in a bowl - basically cabbage and ground beef with lots of spices, then some cashews and kimchi mixed in at the end.

Tonight:  pork steaks cooked in a grill pan and topped with grainy mustard, a whole roasted head of cauliflower with bacon grease and Old Bay seasoning, steamed buttered carrots.
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Post by: Poundwise on November 13, 2019, 09:46:04 PM
Okay horsepoor, I'm coming over! 

Tonight I made some elderly veggie burgers that were taking up room in the freezer. Kids didn't like them. 

On the other hand, last night I made a delicious if rather spicy chicken gumbo... found some nice Creole sausage but couldn't find okra anywhere so I used file and zucchini to thicken it. 
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Post by: OtherJen on November 13, 2019, 10:31:48 PM
Yeah, horsepoor, you had me at “roasted cauliflower with bacon grease and Old Bay.” Yum!

Husband made a tofu-veggie stir fry with peanut-hoisin sauce, topped with a fried egg per serving. I love when he cooks so much that I almost don’t mind cleaning up the mess afterward.
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Post by: Roadrunner53 on November 14, 2019, 06:08:37 AM
For the first time I bought Chinese pot stickers (pork with veg) from the freezer section at the grocery store. They were really good! Came with a sauce, like soy sauce. So good! Had egg rolls with it.
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Post by: jeninco on November 14, 2019, 09:46:29 AM
Just slipped a chuck roast into the oven (I work at home, so I'll be around) so tonight will be pot roast, probably mashed potatoes, maybe roasted squash slices, and salad or asparagus (depending on whether the lettuce or asparagus looks like it'll hold for another day).

Got the kid to help me make apple cake the other night and I slipped several slices into the freezer, so I may haul those out, too. It's been a long week for everyone here!
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Post by: OtherJen on November 14, 2019, 10:18:21 AM
I have choir tonight so unless husband decides to cook, I'll be scrounging for leftovers.

Pot roast sounds great, though. I think I'll pull the chuck roast out of the freezer for tomorrow's dinner.
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Post by: sui generis on November 14, 2019, 10:59:45 AM
We ended up having Beyond Burgers last night.  I've had one in a pub before and I've also tried an Impossible Burger at Burger King. I'd love to try them head to head...I didn't have a conclusion about one vs the other, but I tried them months apart.

I really liked it.  Definitely felt like I was eating meat, although if I was in a blind taste test, I also definitely would have been able to pick out the "real" meat.  I wonder if they build in the charcoal/grill smell/taste in the product.  We cooked them in a frying pan, but I definitely got a taste of them being on a grill.  I thought it was sort of funny but you know, why not?!
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Post by: sparkytheop on November 14, 2019, 11:12:05 AM
An earlier post convinced me I should make meatballs for dinner tonight.
Not sure if I'll do them with spaghetti, or sweet and sour sauce with rice.
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Post by: OtherJen on November 14, 2019, 01:32:40 PM
We ended up having Beyond Burgers last night.  I've had one in a pub before and I've also tried an Impossible Burger at Burger King. I'd love to try them head to head...I didn't have a conclusion about one vs the other, but I tried them months apart.

I really liked it.  Definitely felt like I was eating meat, although if I was in a blind taste test, I also definitely would have been able to pick out the "real" meat.  I wonder if they build in the charcoal/grill smell/taste in the product.  We cooked them in a frying pan, but I definitely got a taste of them being on a grill.  I thought it was sort of funny but you know, why not?!

Those things are bizarrely satisfying. My generally carnivorous husband even likes them. I'm sure there's a bit of smoke flavoring added to the mix. I know that some beet juice is added to give them a pink tint.
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Post by: horsepoor on November 14, 2019, 09:11:03 PM
@Poundwise & @OtherJen   You're welcome to come over, but the cauliflower was surprisingly bland.  I thought I'd put a lot of Old Bay on it, not to mention the cayenne.  Next time I'll break it up into florets and roast per my usual method.  Our odd-sounding favorite is broccoli tossed with a generous amount of fish sauce and roasted.  That works well with cauliflower too.

I found some pho broth in the freezer, so tonight we had egg drop pho and a green bean/chicken stirfry with mushrooms and spice bean paste.

Tomorrow I'm thinking meatloaf, butternut squash and Brussels sprouts.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on November 15, 2019, 03:31:31 AM
Last night I made Italian seasoned Veal. OMG it was delicious. Haven't had Veal in a longtime, years but it was so cheap on sale i had to try it. Not being a Vegan its the one meat that kinda bothers me to eat because having been to a farm where they raise the calf's for Veal is another subject. Anyhow was so good!
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Post by: OtherJen on November 15, 2019, 06:19:59 PM
Homemade Alfredo sauce with a bit of Italian sausage (husband's request) and pine nuts, served over spaghetti squash.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on November 16, 2019, 01:33:13 AM
Last night I made home made pizza with mushrooms, red pepper, fiddle heads (self picked in spring) and blue cheese.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on November 16, 2019, 02:48:21 AM
Was lazy so just Baked some chicken Drumsticks and two boxs of mac n cheese! I didnt eat much but the kids love that stuff.
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Post by: middo on November 16, 2019, 03:52:48 AM
Salami and cheese on crackers.  We were not particularly hungry after a big lunch of fresh bread and soup, so this was ideal.
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Post by: sui generis on November 16, 2019, 05:51:23 PM
Homemade pizza for us also tonight! We always do 3 at a time. We'll have one margherita, one with dried figs, goat cheese and shallots, and we're trying one new recipe, mixed olives and ricotta.
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Post by: jeninco on November 16, 2019, 09:47:14 PM
Those pizzas sounds great.

I was at loose ends yesterday (trying to use up the remaining produce before I went shopping this morning) so we had a salad and .. it wasn't exactly pizza, but I made focaccia (from smitten kitchen) and then topped it with a thin smear of tomato paste, slivers of salami, and cut-up mozzarella balls, and slid it back in the oven for a few minutes. I'd cooked the focaccia until the outside was a bit crispy, and the whole thing was lovely.

This morning I got a text from my kid asking if a friend could come for dinner between indoor soccer games. Sure! then I got a follow-up text reminding me the friend is vegan ... Great! but remind me what he eats? Or at least what you've actually seen him eating, because I'd hate to cook indian food and find out he doesn't eat ethnic.

Turns out the kid eats pretty much a vegan version of a standard american kid diet. So we had pasta i fagioli, aka pasta fazool, veganized with me applying almost every trick in the book to give it more umami (except dried mushrooms -- turns out we were out). I cooked down the onions to golden, then added a chopped leek, celery, and some carrots, and patiently cooked a bunch more. Then I added a bit more oil and some tomato paste, and cooked that. Then I added veg stock and blitzed everything with an immersion blender, so there were no potentially objectionable vegetable bits, then dumped in a large can of crushed tomatoes, and some white beans (from the freezer, so I just added them until it looked like a reasonable amount).  It cooked for an hour or so, then the cooked pasta was dumped in and allowed to marry for a few minutes before we ladled it into bowls, with chopped kalamata olives at the table to put on top (I would've used parsley, too, but my goal was not to go back to a grocery store if possible). We also had roasted asparagus (on sale this week) and a shredded carrot salad.

I also veganized a whole-orange and olive-oil cake I was planning to make anyhow (added hazelnuts, which I ground, removed eggs, turned it into a wacky cake). Turns out I like the nuts in there so much I may add ground nuts into the next non-vegan version. (Unfortunately, I adapted and merged two recipes so heavily that I should go write everything down right now or I'll never be able to re-create it.)
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Post by: OtherJen on November 17, 2019, 06:26:04 PM
Pot roast with carrots, mushrooms, and onions; mashed potatoes and gravy; and cucumber salad.
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Post by: sparkytheop on November 17, 2019, 09:11:42 PM
My son made Nashville Hot Chicken for lunch, so dinner was leftover chicken and leftover bread sticks I made the other day.  Not sure if I'll have a second dinner yet...  (I work a rotating shift, so my schedule gets crazy.  Some nights I only eat one meal, other nights I get really hungry and have two dinners and make a breakfast before the end of my shift.)
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Post by: Linea_Norway on November 18, 2019, 01:31:00 AM
Cauliflower soup. With chorizo sausages in it.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on November 18, 2019, 04:18:47 AM
They had stuffed chickens at our local store on sale so put one of those in the Oven last night and some baked potatoes and a veggie. Just a classic good ole recipe that got devoured
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on November 19, 2019, 05:57:30 AM
Alot of people running around in alot of directions last night so just made a Tuna Casserole and some Texas garlic cheese bread.
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Post by: jeninco on November 19, 2019, 10:30:36 AM
Alot of people running around in alot of directions last night so just made a Tuna Casserole and some Texas garlic cheese bread.

Same, yesterday, so made a pot of lentil, sausage, and kale soup with bread. Had it ready when kid arrived home about 3:30, so he could have some before he left for an orchestra practice that was 5:30 -9. (He had more when he returned home.)

Same, today (band concert 6-7:30 or so) so I'll leave a crock-pot on low full of pozole, and we'll have it with cabbage slaw, diced avocado, and shredded cheese all ready when we get home.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on November 20, 2019, 12:48:33 AM
DH made an stir fried ochras with feta cheese and tomato. Served with veggie burgers (from the shop) and filled wine leaves (from the shop).
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Post by: OtherJen on November 20, 2019, 06:39:26 PM
A brown rice casserole with broccoli, sharp cheddar, and a bit of rotisserie chicken meat.
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Post by: Linea_Norway on November 21, 2019, 12:36:38 AM
Eating alone tonight, so I will eat leftover dinner from yesterday.
That was Thai carrot/sweet potato soup with coconut milk (from budget bites). I'll have some leftover bread with it, and maybe I'll throw in an egg, as we have not been eating meat for several days and I need some vital amino acids.
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Post by: BrightFIRE on November 22, 2019, 11:24:25 AM
It's rainy and the temp is dropping, so I'm planning to make this for the first time https://smittenkitchen.com/2019/01/cozy-cabbage-and-farro-soup/ (https://smittenkitchen.com/2019/01/cozy-cabbage-and-farro-soup/), subbing pearl barley for the farro and using regular cabbage. I like cabbage soups and I like barley, so I expect to like the soup very much.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on November 22, 2019, 04:59:08 PM
We're having leftover lasagna & salad.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on November 22, 2019, 05:08:10 PM
Husband had the day off, so he’s grilling steaks bought on sale and serving them with pan-fried potatoes and Brussels sprouts sautéed in a bit of bacon grease. He’s an excellent cook, so we’re getting a steakhouse dinner for about $8 total (for both of us).
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Raenia on November 22, 2019, 05:36:33 PM
Pizza Friday!  This week's has tomato sauce mixed with a roasted red pepper spread I made and canned last summer, which we're trying to use up.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: John Galt incarnate! on November 22, 2019, 06:04:04 PM
Shortly we'll be eating baked chicken with rice and carrots.

Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: sui generis on November 22, 2019, 06:16:47 PM
It's rainy and the temp is dropping, so I'm planning to make this for the first time https://smittenkitchen.com/2019/01/cozy-cabbage-and-farro-soup/ (https://smittenkitchen.com/2019/01/cozy-cabbage-and-farro-soup/), subbing pearl barley for the farro and using regular cabbage. I like cabbage soups and I like barley, so I expect to like the soup very much.

Oh, love the looks of this!  I'm gonna try it next week for my lunches.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Trifele on November 23, 2019, 05:53:16 AM
It's rainy and the temp is dropping, so I'm planning to make this for the first time https://smittenkitchen.com/2019/01/cozy-cabbage-and-farro-soup/ (https://smittenkitchen.com/2019/01/cozy-cabbage-and-farro-soup/), subbing pearl barley for the farro and using regular cabbage. I like cabbage soups and I like barley, so I expect to like the soup very much.

Oh, love the looks of this!  I'm gonna try it next week for my lunches.

+1.  I've never had cabbage soup.  Looks like I'm missing out
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on November 23, 2019, 08:17:08 PM
Cauliflower crust pepperoni pizza (adults) with naan pepperoni pizza (kids)
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Linea_Norway on November 24, 2019, 07:00:53 AM
Catfish in the oven with green herbs. And a side dish with green lettuce from the fridge or cabbage from the freezer, depending on whether the salad is still okay.
And something potatoish.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: sui generis on November 24, 2019, 09:31:59 PM
This is a really good veg recipe! It's a couscous with roasted tomatoes and chickpeas, plus herbs and feta and parmesan, etc. So good for fall. https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1019916-pearl-couscous-with-creamy-feta-and-chickpeas

We got to make this with more of our own tomato harvest.  I posted a couple of weeks ago about making a pasta with the last of our tomatoes, but I was wrong!  We keep getting more from the tomato bush that has grape-sized Vernissage tomatoes...maybe we'll even be able to make this recipe one more time with the tomatoes we still see on the vine!

We have a handful of some type of larger beefsteak tomatoes still popping up, too, but they are very green and I'm skeptical they will ever ripen.  If not, I guess fried green tomatoes will be on the menu.  Any other suggestions for tomatoes that never ripen?
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Dicey on November 24, 2019, 11:24:53 PM
Tonight was Taco Sunday. Yummy, as always.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: horsepoor on November 25, 2019, 03:44:44 PM
Last night was spicy turkey/kale/chorizo soup.

Tonight I'm roasting a chicken with beets, and creamed spinach on the side.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: sui generis on November 25, 2019, 03:59:55 PM
It's rainy and the temp is dropping, so I'm planning to make this for the first time https://smittenkitchen.com/2019/01/cozy-cabbage-and-farro-soup/ (https://smittenkitchen.com/2019/01/cozy-cabbage-and-farro-soup/), subbing pearl barley for the farro and using regular cabbage. I like cabbage soups and I like barley, so I expect to like the soup very much.

Oh, love the looks of this!  I'm gonna try it next week for my lunches.

+1.  I've never had cabbage soup.  Looks like I'm missing out

This recipe is a keeper! Super easy and good flavor (I did oregano for an herb instead of rosemary or thyme). Loved the texture/weight from the farro.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: jeninco on November 29, 2019, 04:37:04 PM
Half the family either has a cold or is getting it, so tonight will be turkey soup. So far it has onions, carrots, the meat I picked off the carcass (the big pieces went into the freezer yesterday) and turkey stock. Will probably get potatoes, cut up asparagus, possibly green beans, maybe some corn I froze last summer, then we'll see...
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on November 29, 2019, 05:10:15 PM
Half the family either has a cold or is getting it, so tonight will be turkey soup. So far it has onions, carrots, the meat I picked off the carcass (the big pieces went into the freezer yesterday) and turkey stock. Will probably get potatoes, cut up asparagus, possibly green beans, maybe some corn I froze last summer, then we'll see...

Seconded. We aren't sick (yet), but I think I'm still in recovery from carb overload. The leftover pie for breakfast and stuffing for lunch today didn't help.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on November 29, 2019, 05:55:56 PM
I made a big appetizer tray while the kids studied (bread, cheese, salami, nuts, veggies, & cranberry chutney). It was delicious & is holding everyone off nicely while I make curry butternut squash soup. I can't find my original recipe, so I'm hacking together a few web recipes & hoping for the best.

We'll have leftover pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting that my 12 y.o. made for Thanksgiving. It was fantastic.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Linea_Norway on November 30, 2019, 12:12:47 AM
I will prepare a trout, caught by DH this autumn. And some green plants I picked this spring. And maybe some mashed potato and normal vegetable with it.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Trifele on November 30, 2019, 02:16:12 AM
It's burrito night.  Always a pleaser. 
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Gin1984 on November 30, 2019, 11:01:44 AM
Since I do all the cooking in the house I thought it would be fun to see what people are making and share as much info as you like...

For tonight -

Frozen Chicken Drumsticks and 1 bottle of Barbeque Sauce in Slow Cooker for 4hrs on High. I make this often the kids love it and its brainless to cook. Drumsticks frozen where on sale for .49Cents a lb so I got two packs (about 20 Drumsticks) for about $3.10 cents plus the Barbeque Sauce was the store brand under a $1.50 so I will call it that.

1 Box of Cheesy Broccoli rice a roni .99

Made a Pasta Salad - 1 crown of Broccoli, 1 bottle of peppercorn ranch, 1 box of tri-color pasta, 1 can black olives, 1/3 block of cheddar cubed cheese, 3 green onions, 6 cherry tomatos cut in half, 1/3 of a cucumber- all in on a high note $550 but will get two days out of it at least. ( just make the pasta, add all the ingredients and a bottle of peppercorn ranch and your done)

Half a large bag of Store brand Frozen Green Beans $.50

So all in-

Chicken- $4.60 will be good for Dinner tonight and leftover for lunch
Rice A Roni. .99 Plus call it 25 cents for Butter so 1.25 Total
Pasta Salad- Again for Dinner tonight and leftovers for Lunch and then some tomorrow $550
Green Beans- $.50

Total- 2 meals- $11.85 For four people per

All will be happy as well tonight!
@soccerluvof4 do you defrost the legs before throwing them in the crockpot or not?  Thank you
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: brooklynmoney on November 30, 2019, 12:57:51 PM
This is possibly my fave recipe: chicken with artichoke lemon and hearts of palm in the instant pot. https://www.wholesomelicious.com/slow-cooker-lemon-artichoke-chicken/
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: fredbear on November 30, 2019, 02:13:51 PM
Sitka blacktail venison eye of round roast with an olive-oil herb rub, cooked rare; mushrooms with sour cream, sherry, and tarragon; bachelor salad. 
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on November 30, 2019, 02:15:38 PM
@fredbear - what is bachelor salad? Intrigued.

We're having Thanksgiving leftovers. I'll also prep a bolognese sauce to have on hand for meals during the week. I usually cook over the weekends for weeknight meals, so don't want to fall behind.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on November 30, 2019, 05:44:40 PM
Leftover orange and green vegetable sides from Thanksgiving (roasted butternut squash and Brussels sprouts, respectively), cranberry relish, and bacon. I needed a break from the carb-bomb leftovers. Leftover apple pie for breakfast wasn't the best idea.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: fredbear on November 30, 2019, 07:27:37 PM
...what is bachelor salad? ...

Always liked meat - locating, stalking, shooting, prepping, cooking, bedding lovers on or under the hides - the whole meat experience.  Like the concomitants: gravy with pomegranate accents, wine sauces, huge pasties with whole mushrooms and caramelized onions with the crust brushed with egg batter, sopping hickory or applewood or mesquite or mountain mahogany chips in the smoker.  Meat!

Could never get very enthusiastic about my daily greens allotment - chopping, tossing, tarting it up with berries or unskinned kiwi.  It's basement-level food-chain and no fun to cook.  God - who most resembles a peregrine falcon with a sense of humor (I think, but I could be persuaded that he bears a resemblance to a river otter) - took pity on me and invented those bags of salad that fill whole walls of the produce department.  You just reduce one to possession, take it home, flick open the gravity knife, slit the bag, dump it into a bowl and thence into your mouth, and you've eaten your daily pound of greenery.

Perfect for bachelors.  Intelligently DESIGNED for bachelors.  Hence name. 
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: horsepoor on November 30, 2019, 08:30:43 PM
Made a cheesy broccoli casserole with lots of leftover smoked turkey mixed in, as well as some olives and sundried tomatoes (though neither was very noticeable in the final dish)
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on November 30, 2019, 08:34:17 PM
@fredbear - not a bachelor, but will admit that I've tried to give up those bagged salads for convenience, & still often fall prey to their siren song.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 02, 2019, 03:48:14 AM
Since I do all the cooking in the house I thought it would be fun to see what people are making and share as much info as you like...

For tonight -

Frozen Chicken Drumsticks and 1 bottle of Barbeque Sauce in Slow Cooker for 4hrs on High. I make this often the kids love it and its brainless to cook. Drumsticks frozen where on sale for .49Cents a lb so I got two packs (about 20 Drumsticks) for about $3.10 cents plus the Barbeque Sauce was the store brand under a $1.50 so I will call it that.

1 Box of Cheesy Broccoli rice a roni .99

Made a Pasta Salad - 1 crown of Broccoli, 1 bottle of peppercorn ranch, 1 box of tri-color pasta, 1 can black olives, 1/3 block of cheddar cubed cheese, 3 green onions, 6 cherry tomatos cut in half, 1/3 of a cucumber- all in on a high note $550 but will get two days out of it at least. ( just make the pasta, add all the ingredients and a bottle of peppercorn ranch and your done)

Half a large bag of Store brand Frozen Green Beans $.50

So all in-

Chicken- $4.60 will be good for Dinner tonight and leftover for lunch
Rice A Roni. .99 Plus call it 25 cents for Butter so 1.25 Total
Pasta Salad- Again for Dinner tonight and leftovers for Lunch and then some tomorrow $550
Green Beans- $.50

Total- 2 meals- $11.85 For four people per

All will be happy as well tonight!
@soccerluvof4 do you defrost the legs before throwing them in the crockpot or not?  Thank you

@Gin1984  usually i do frozen but have done thawed as well. If you run them under cool water a bit they will break apart.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Trifele on December 02, 2019, 04:51:06 AM
Busy night tonight with kids' activities, so I'm going to give this a try -- Quick and Easy Garlic Noodles With Beef and Broccoli, from Budget Bytes:  https://www.budgetbytes.com/garlic-noodles-with-beef-and-broccoli/
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Roadrunner53 on December 02, 2019, 05:37:18 AM
Last night I made turkey soup. Cooked my turkey bones and scraps for about 24 hours in the CP. Then cooled the broth, scraped off the grease on top. Did this a few days in advance. Assembled the soup last night and it was so good! Save your bones and make your home made broth! It is fabulous!
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Post by: meerkat on December 02, 2019, 06:15:55 AM
Putting multiple nights worth because I keep forgetting to update and don't feel like tracking down the meal planning thread:

Last week:
French toast casserole + bacon
Eggroll in a bowl
Roast vegetable baked ziti
Chicken noodle soup (need celery, egg noodles)

This week:
Home made pizza
Sweet and sour chicken
Split pea soup
Spaghetti and meatballs
Balsamic chicken with roasted vegetables
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: OtherJen on December 02, 2019, 07:07:01 AM
Last night I made turkey soup. Cooked my turkey bones and scraps for about 24 hours in the CP. Then cooled the broth, scraped off the grease on top. Did this a few days in advance. Assembled the soup last night and it was so good! Save your bones and make your home made broth! It is fabulous!

Yum! We froze our turkey bones and will do the same thing soon. Homemade broth is a beautiful thing.
Title: Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
Post by: Gin1984 on December 02, 2019, 07:24:55 AM
Since I do all the cooking in the house I thought it would be fun to see what people are making and share as much info as you like...

For tonight -

Frozen Chicken Drumsticks and 1 bottle of Barbeque Sauce in Slow Cooker for 4hrs on High. I make this often the kids love it and its brainless to cook. Drumsticks frozen where on sale for .49Cents a lb so I got two packs (about 20 Drumsticks) for about $3.10 cents plus the Barbeque Sauce was the store brand under a $1.50 so I will call it that.

1 Box of Cheesy Broccoli rice a roni .99

Made a Pasta Salad - 1 crown of Broccoli, 1 bottle of peppercorn ranch, 1 box of tri-color pasta, 1 can black olives, 1/3 block of cheddar cubed cheese, 3 green onions, 6 cherry tomatos cut in half, 1/3 of a cucumber- all in on a high note $550 but will get two days out of it at least. ( just make the pasta, add all the ingredients and a bottle of peppercorn ranch and your done)

Half a large bag of Store brand Frozen Green Beans $.50

So all in-

Chicken- $4.60 will be good for Dinner tonight and leftover for lunch
Rice A Roni. .99 Plus call it 25 cents for Butter so 1.25 Total
Pasta Salad- Again for Dinner tonight and leftovers for Lunch and then some tomorrow $550
Green Beans- $.50

Total- 2 meals- $11.85 For four people per

All will be happy as well tonight!
@soccerluvof4 do you defrost the legs before throwing them in the crockpot or not?  Thank you

@Gin1984