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User Topic: help...what's for dinner?
Member # 19258
Default  Posted: 12:50 PM, January 21st (Tuesday)

I am recently unemployed so I'm trying to do more around the house including dinner.

I'm out of ideas.

Help me.

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Underneath a bridge I burned
And there's no use in backtracking
Around corners I have turned

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Member # 25001
Default  Posted: 1:15 PM, January 21st (Tuesday)

What do you on hand?

Me - BS, 39 (I'm not old...I'm vintage)
Two Wonderful children - DS10, DD7
Married, for now... (4+ D-Day - listed in profile.)

Posts: 5854 | Registered: Jul 2009 | From: In the darkest depths of hell!
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Default  Posted: 1:17 PM, January 21st (Tuesday)

I always like Mexican food for budget and variety. Enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, rice, beans, cheese, tortillas so easy to make it stretch.

Posts: 3441 | Registered: Jun 2011 | From: The Valley of the Sun
Member # 20563
Default  Posted: 1:51 PM, January 21st (Tuesday)

Big oven app. Plug in what you have and it pulls up recipes.
Chicken tenders and a salad here tonight.

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Him- FWS (I hope- F)

Posts: 6604 | Registered: Aug 2008 | From: Not Oz
Member # 33226
Default  Posted: 1:55 PM, January 21st (Tuesday)

Chili. During the winter, I make batches of soup, stew, and/or chili each weekend, portion it into individual servings, and freeze. That way there's always something yummy ready to be warmed up after a long, cold day.

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Default  Posted: 3:04 PM, January 21st (Tuesday)

I am a SAHM. My H gets paid every other week. I plan a menu for two weeks at a time so that I avoid last minute trips to the store (which are a PITA with my 3 kids - 5, 2 and 9 mos).

Tonight, we are having pot roast. My daughter has cheer practice, so it is something that can be ready without a lot of fuss between after school and the start of practice.
Tomorrow, ribs with sautéed green beans and home made applesauce.
Thursday, hamburgers with baked sweet potato fries.
That's when I'll have to start my menu again.

Some other nights on this schedule were - zucchini lasagna, oven roasted chicken with mashed sweet potatoes and asparagus, burbon glazed pork chops with peas and fried apples, beans and cornbread, chicken fajita salad with black bean and corn salsa, steak with sautéed crimini mushrooms and corn, pan seared chicken with roasted carrots and chickpeas in a honey vinagerette.
My daughter has requested nachos on the menu next time. We'll probably do stir fried chicken and veggies over brown rice with egg drop soup. Maybe a smoked sausage and sweet potato hash. Tortellini and white bean soup with Italian sausage and kale is always a hit. And I've got a creamy chicken and cauliflower soup recipe I plan on trying.

I'll stop now. I tend to get carried away when I'm talking about food.

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Default  Posted: 3:27 PM, January 21st (Tuesday)

To paraphrase The Friendly Giant, may I suggest that you look up ... way up!

Directly above your post is the SI cookbook!

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Posts: 3279 | Registered: Sep 2009 | From: Azilda, Northern Ontario
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Default  Posted: 4:21 PM, January 21st (Tuesday)

I work ft as a teacher so I crock pot almost daily fall to spring. Leftover nights are norm.

We are having salsa chicken. Easy easy. Chicken, salsa, diced canned tomatoes in crock pot 6-8 hr Mix in sour cream and shred cheese if you please. Can be served with rice or in tacos. Yum!

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Posts: 417 | Registered: Jan 2014 | From: Midwest
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Default  Posted: 5:50 PM, January 21st (Tuesday)

This soup is actually very easy to make if you can chop, heat and stir.

Pasta Fagioli

1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, with liquid
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 cup uncooked spinach pasta (or other pasta)
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or not if you don't like spicy)
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 stalks celery chopped
1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
2 teaspoons dried parsley
salt to taste


1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook celery, onion, garlic, parsley, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and salt in the hot oil until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

2. Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes and tomato sauce, and simmer on low for 15 to 20 minutes.

3. Add pasta and cook 10 minutes, until pasta is tender.

4. Add undrained beans and mix well. Heat through.

5. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

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Her: fWW (50)
Married 27 years
Two sons in college
Empty closet and note on bed Jan 2010, She filed for D Mar 2010, D final May 2010, Actually had D-Day and found out why it all happened July 2010. Remarried on 23rd Anniv Aug 2010

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