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03-30-2008 09:59 PM #1
What's for dinner ?
Ok, I'm bored .... actually - to be more precise - I'm bored of eating the same rotation of 9 or 10 meals that are currently my "go-to" meals. My wife works the long hours - I work from home as and when i feel like it ... which means i generally do most of the cooking ... and so by default - i also make out the shopping list ...
We cook at home 5 or even 6 nights a week - but we always seem to fall back on the same old tried and tested "quick and easy but tastes ok" meals. Week in week out.
Pot Roast - mash and Peas.
Chicken Pasta in cheese sauce.
Curry & rice
(these are some of mine)
Now it's not that I'm not adventurous in the kitchen ... I'll try anything once or twice ... but we all do it. Unless your name is Martha Stewart or Rachel Ray .. we all eventually fall back on our 8-10 favorite "meals"
So i thought - if we shared some of our own go-to meals with each other ... we might be able to add a few "new" ones to our own arsenal of meals.
So again - I ask you ...
What's for dinner tonight ?
Please give me something new to add to my rotation ... its our weekly shop tomorrow - so i want to pull together a few idea's and try and eat a meal each day next week that I've never had before .. or at least something that is not on my current "go-to" meal plan.
What meal do you always seem to fall back on in your house ? Maybe its something that I've never tried or not had in a while. I need inspiration !! I've got a blank shopping list in front of me - and nothing sounds good .. HELP !
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03-30-2008 10:20 PM #2
I have a similar situation as you do. Two of my go-to's are:
if you do curry venture into a Chinese basic, Kung Pao Chicken: quick and easy especially if you use Tyson chicken tenders. I get mine at Costco. Some unsalted peanuts, celery, dried chili peppers, green onions, your favorite veggies like, different colored bell peppers, broccoli etc. Make as spicy as you'd like. Served with white or brown rice. I can send the full recipe if it sounds like something you'd like.
Salmon in a foil pouch with chopped/minced garlic, olive oil or quick spray of Pam, salt & pepper topped with a lemon slice, center of oven baked at 400 for about 20 minutes. Serve with a rice dish, or steamed veggies and salad.
I like the Rachel R. style of food prep.
03-31-2008 12:08 AM #3
OK, here's what I did tonight. I worked the long hours, but my wife is in no condition to prepare meals. I got home at 7:30.
1. Heat pot of water in spagetti cooker. When boiling, add rottini noodles and cook. (Other noodles are OK. I like rottini because it holds the sauce nicely)
2. Meanwhile, thaw a package of frozen bay scallops. Heat olive oil in frying pan. add the thawed scallops and cook for about 2 minutes until they are not transparent. Don't overcook. Drain the frying pan. Put back on low heat. (the recipe also works well with chicken when diced into 1" cubes.)
3. Add a jar of Alfredo sauce, garlic if you can get it. Otherwise add garlic powder (personally, I add fresh garlic to the scallops when sauteeing, but you can come close with garlic powder). I like to add 2 tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar, but that is purely to your taste.
4. Add 1 cup chopped broccolli and one can of black olives. Cook until bubbling for 4-5 minutes.
5. Pour scallop mix over noodles. grate fresh parmesan or asiago cheese over top. Garnish with chopped tomato.
Total prep time 20 minutes. Total cost $8. Feeds 4.
03-31-2008 12:18 AM #4
Go to Wally World, buy the Carne Picada (might be regional) meat, dice 3 Hatch green chiles up and mix with add onion if wanted and a diced bell pepper... brown in pot while heating up toritilla's and grating cheese if wanted... Easy Burrito's
This meat also works very good instead of stew meat in a crock pot with potatoes and carrots...
03-31-2008 09:53 AM #5
03-31-2008 09:57 AM #6
We'll be shipping chilis to us once we head to the food-bland midwest.
As far as what's for dinner, I am lucky - my wife loves to cook; and since she is an executive director with the Pampered Chef, I would say that I am pampered when it comes to food.
That said, last night was boring. Leftover ham she baked on Saturday, with a salad.
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