My dinners are getting totally bland and boring!! Advice??

Lindsey - posted on 03/12/2010 ( 40 moms have responded )

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I work all day and hate going home to fix supper. I want something quick and easy so that I can prop my feet up at the end of the day. Lately, it seems I am cooking the same things over and over again. Any suggestions on how to liven up my dinner menu? We love pasta. If anyone has any easy pasta recipes, that would be amazing! =) Thanks!

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Heather - posted on 03/12/2010

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And you can have themed nights, like Monday-->Mexican Food, Tuesday--> Itallian Food, Wednesday-->Chinese Food, Thursday-->Take-out, Friday-->American{hotdogs hamburgers steak}, Saturday-->Salad with chicken or beef in it, Sunday-->CrockPot Dinner...That way, you already have an idea of what you are going to have in advance, it takes some of the stress off, and you add a lot of variety into family time...

Leslie - posted on 03/13/2010

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A great simple pasta dish:

Saute a bag of spinach, a drained can of white (kidney) beans, and a can of diced tomatoes. Toss with cooked ziti or bowties, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Add spices as you like. It's healthy, cheap and easy! One great website is allrecipes.com. I usually pick out five recipes a week, use their shopping list feature before I hit the grocery store and boom! My work is done.

Mellissa - posted on 03/12/2010

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I agree, try a crock pot. Lots of stuff you can do with one. Also have you tried your freezer section in the grocery store? They have tons of skillet or crock pot meals in bags. The skillet meals you usually can just put in a skillet cover and heat. The crock pot meals you put in the crock pot at the beginning of the day and they are done when you get home!

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Have you tried to crock pot your dinners? Get them in there before you leave for work, by the time you get home they're done. The crock pot is my favorite thing.

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Danyelle - posted on 04/21/2010

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I use the Kraft website alot. They are very easy and quick recipes. Southwestern Chicken Packets are great, as well as Bruschettta chicken bake. Another thing that I often do is when I make spaghetti and meat sauce I always have tons of sauce left over so I make a lasagna (either the next night or I freeze it and make it when I'm needing something fast and easy. I also love to use my slow cooker on days when I'm out and about or just don't feel like cooking. If you're looking to spice things up Victorian Epicure spices are AMAZING and add tons of flavor with no MSG or salt. You can check them out at epicureselections.com. There are also tons of great recipes on this site and so many different ways to use the products. Good luck and happy cooking :)

Katie - posted on 04/17/2010

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I have tons of easy and tastey recipies...meat pie is a family recipie and is great..you need one pound of ground chuck, frozen shredded hash browns, roll-out pie crust(top and bottom) one egg and one lipton onion packet. Line your baking dish with the bottom crust (after you spray) and in a bowel mix together the raw meat and onion packet, put in baking dish, then ontop of the raw meat pile on the hashbrowns salt and pepper and put 1/4 of a cup of water in the pie then put the top crust. Make a X shaped slit in pie and scramble up that egg and rub some on the top. Bake at 400 for about an hour. I serve with a veggie and gravy..it doesnt sound like much but its so yummy!

Boo - posted on 04/12/2010

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you can add anything to pasta-I take milk, garlic, shredded italian cheese, parm, onion, mushrooms, canned ham, chicken and ricotta-youcan add sausage-any type-left over from breakfast is best-cook all together and pour over any type of pasta. you can boil- bake or use canned chicken-depends on how much time you have.

Jessica - posted on 04/11/2010

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Spices, marinades and mixes my friend! Make your usual items with different flavors. Stir fry's are easy too and you can add your own veggies and flavors. Good spices to have are cumin, paprika, garlic salt/powder, salt & pepper and lemon and lime juices...and soy sauce (I know that's not a spice but it's flavor). Ranch dressing powder mix is good. Greek marinades are good. You can use the same contents with just different flavors. And most are easier to make than you think:)

Amanda - posted on 04/07/2010

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Try my favorite... King Ranch Chicken... its a casserole and it is even better for left overs.
You take about 3 lbs of chicken cook it and dice it up in small pieces, 1 LARGE can of Cream of Chicken soup, 1 LARGE can of Cream of mushroom soup, 1 can of Rotel, 1 bell pepper, 1 cup of diced onions, some shredded cheese, and come corn tortillas. Mix the soup, rotel, peppers, onions, and cooked diced chicken together and in a large casserole dish layer it, soup mix, cheese, tortillas, soup mix, cheese, tortillas, until all the soup mix is gone and then top it off with another layer of cheese. Bake in oven at 350 for about 45 minutes to an hour. It is fantastic!!!

Rebecca - posted on 04/07/2010

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I love pasta too... I make a sort of "greek" pasta- it's so quick and easy and really adaptable for what you have in the fridge... and everyone in my family loves it, from my 18 month old to my picky 8 year old... and best of all it's healthy.

I buy pre-made pesto sauce (it's the green stuff, and can be found in a jar, tube, or in the refrigerator section near the cheese usually)... Cook a good amount of pasta (whatever you normally cook), while the pasta is boiling saute up some veggies (I usually use red peppers, mushrooms, zucchinis, kale or spinach, and black olives); drain the pasta, transfer back to the pot, toss in the veggies, add in a few (3 or 4 depending on taste & how much pasta) heaping spoonfuls of the pesto sauce, give it a quick stir over medium heat & top with crumbled feta cheese.... SO yummy! And you can modify for whatever veggies your family likes (or what you have on hand), and it would be really tasty with sauteed shrimp, chicken, or even some smoked sausage.

Jennifer - posted on 04/07/2010

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I know everyone keeps saying Crock Pot, but it's really good when you want a real meal after you come home, but don't feel like cooking. And there's a lot of different things you can cook, just about anything. I started buying frozen veggies, and a steamer cooks them without any effort other than putting them and a little water in. Mexican food is usually pretty fast and yummy. Quesadillas are really fast and easy, and you can get some of those packets of mexican rice or minute rice to go with it. Stir fry is pretty fast, you can buy pre-cooked/ sliced meats, or fry up your own pretty quickly, there are bags of mixed frozen stir fry veggies, just find a little sauce that you like to go with it, and again maybe minute rice or a packet of flavored rice. You can try to make one meal that you can turn into another meal. When I'm really tired and not up to cooking I keep pre-cooked frozen meats on hand, then I can just heat them up. One dish meals are good, soups, things you can just throw in a pot or in the oven and let cook, even if it takes an hour you're not in the kitchen except for the prep time.

Spices make a lot of difference in flavor if you're eating a lot of the same thing. I usually keep onion soup mix, italian seasoning packets, ranch packets, etc. My kids love diced potatoes with onion soup mix, you toss the potatoes in a little oil and mix in the packet and bake it until tender... OMG it's delicious

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My favorite easy pasta dish is baked mostaccioli with italian sausage. It's so easy to do around other things because every step of it you can start and then walk away from to do other things. What makes it *even easier* for me is that I cook up the italian sausage in bulk, freeze them individually on wax paper, then once they're frozen I transfer them over to a heavy-duty freezer bag to thaw and use as I need them. (I cook this meal a LOT as everyone loves it and requests it whenever they come over -- even the picky eaters and kids of the family. I mean, who doesn't like pasta??)

1pkg or 5 italian turkey sausage links (sweet or spicy works; we use sweet. Pork italian sausage can be substituted. Breakfast sausage *will not* work, lol.)
1 lb. mostaccioli
1 jar/can of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 large can of italian or plain diced tomatoes
1 sm. container low-fat/skim (no flavor difference from regular) ricotta cheese
1 sm. bag shredded (full-fat -- better flavor!) italian-blend or mozzarella cheese

1 - Boil up a 5-piece package of italian sausage links (You can boil or saute them. Boiling is easier but we prefer the flavor of them sauteed to brown, crispy casings, but it doesn't make a HUGE difference, tbh). Cut the sausage into bite-sized pieces.
2 - Boil up a pound of mostaccioli (a noodle kinda like penne, so you could use that or ziti if they're easier to find). Drain.
3 - Put half of the noodles down into an aluminum lasagna-sized baking pan, sprinkle the sausage evenly on top.
4 - Evenly top noodles and sausage with half of a jar of your favorite jarred or canned spaghetti sauce. I use the Del Monte chunky garlic and herb in a can.
5 - Evenly top with half of a large can of italian-seasoned or plain diced tomatoes.
6 - Layer in a small container of low-fat/skim ricotta cheese.
7 - Evenly layer in remaining noodles, then the remaining sauce and tomatoes.
8 - Top with a small bag of shredded italian-blend or mozzarella cheese.
9 - Bake at 350 degrees F until sauce is bubbly and cheese is melted (about 20 minutes)

My fiance requests this often, especially when we're entertaining his MANLY, MEAT-EATING friends for dinner (haha, they have no idea it's turkey sausage in there!). This feeds quite a few, with leftovers, especially if you also add in a big ole' salad like I do. And cheesy garlic bread. Leftovers *never* go bad though! ;)

Mm.

All this talk about food is making this pregnant lady hungry!

Michelle - posted on 04/05/2010

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I use recipezaar.com, give it a look. Its completely free and safe. You can search according to ingredients or meals and even menus, I love it.

Emily - posted on 04/05/2010

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also if you like chicken... i love chicken tips and noodles. all you do is take a pan and fry butter in it with the seasonings you want then add cut up chicken breats( make sure to cut into many pieces) and after you have thoroughly cooked the chicken in the butter/seasonings and make it nice and juicy... boil some egg noodles. after they are done boiling to your tenderness add a tiny bit of butter and chicken gravy!! then add the chicken to the noodles and you got a meal plus you can always make a veggie or mashed potatoes to go with plus its a great leftover!!!

Alley - posted on 04/05/2010

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Spices! That could be one of the easiest changes I have used. But if you like pasta, maybe change the pasta types, such as multi colored, whole wheat and so on.

Shannon - posted on 04/04/2010

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I don't have a "new" pasta recipe...but if you have left over spaghetti put it in a casserole dish and add mozzarella cheese all over the top and you'll have a quick dinner the next night or even the night after that if you don't have spaghetti two nights in a row. Just cook the "baked spaghetti" at like 350 degrees until the cheese melts. Also if you want to spice up your spaghetti when you brown the meat add taco seasoning...it's sooo good!!!

Amy - posted on 04/04/2010

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I love my crockpot! Also, I have been on this meatloaf kick for awhile. When I had my nesting with my son right before I had him 10 months ago, I made 15 or 20 casseroles and froze all of them in our freezer in the basement. One of the dishes that I went overboard on was meatloaf. My recipe is sooo simple and freezes very well. Since I've had my little one, I catch myself making twice the amount on recipes, splitting it up between two 8X8 glass baking dishes, and baking them. Then, one of them goes into the freezer instead of having leftovers in the fridge that we won't touch. I will then just pop the frozen one into the oven when I get home and go play with my son after I'm in sweats and away from teacher clothes:)! It is THE SIMPLEST way that I've found to make supper other than the crockpot. Depending on how creative I'm feeling, we usually have some type of raw fruit and a veggie or else we have a salad with applesauce. I normally don't stick to it, but I did make a schedule at one time for a week at a time which helped me use up the frozen casseroles that I had and also plan my grocery list a little bit. I didn't stick to this for very long, but it helped me out a little bit because I always wonder what to make nightly. This also helped us avoid going out to eat a lot. I did try a good Cashew Chicken recipe that made a TON of food. It didn't taste so great so I did add a little more sugar to it. So, if you try this recipe you may want to play with the sugar amount a little bit and, come to think of it, I also altered the amount of soy sauce somehow so that it tasted the way that I wanted it to eventually. Here is the recipe below.



Cashew Chicken



3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed

1 pkg. pea pods

1/2 lb. mushrooms

1/4 C. soy sauce

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 C. oil

4 green onions

1 can bamboo shoots

1 C. chicken broth

2 T. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. sugar

4 oz. cashews



Cut up and brown the chicken. Slice onions. Mix soy sauce, chicken broth, cornstarch, salt, and sugar. Heat 1 tablespoon oil, add nuts and stir until lightly toasted. Remove. Add the soy sauce mixture to a stockpot. Add all of the vegetables expect for the green onions. Cover and cook about 2 minutes and then add in the cooked chicken. Simmer on medium to low for about 10 minutes. Stir until thickened. Mix in onions and nuts. Serve over brown rice.



(I also added chopped up celery, carrots, added a can of water chestnuts that were drained and rinsed, and a very small amount of honey. I also rinsed off and drained the bamboo shoots along with using a small can of mushrooms that I drained and rinsed off as well. Like I said before, I also altered the sugar and soy sauce amount to my taste. I did add more chicken broth and a tablespoon more of cornstarch as well since I added more vegetables than it called for in the recipe. I haven't tried freezing this one yet and I don't know if it would freeze well with the sauce and vegetables.)

Beth - posted on 04/04/2010

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ok , im a SAHM , im a writer, and avid reader ,one day i decided i was gonna start cooking some of the interesting foods i had read about but never made, hence

homemade macaroni and cheese, from scratch ( its acutally a fast meal)

yorkshire puddings, smoked up the house but were soooooo good !

the next thing i did was think , ok if i was going out to dinner , what would i order off the menu , there came in monte cristo sandwiches, and baked corn pudding ...

lets start homemade macaroni and cheese for you though

it is less than a 30 minute meal , its so easy!!!

first of all i start the frozen veg in the microwave, usually broccoli or peas



start large 4 quart pot filledwith 3 quarts water

were going to make 2 lbs of pasta, because its a great leftover

in a seperate sauce pan , take1/4c REAL butter, though marg. is ok if its what you have...

melt butter, add flour to the melted butter , about 1/2c

cook butter and flour ( youre making a white roux) about 5 minutes, till bubbly, slowly add milk and mix , till it makes a thick white sauce, about 4-5c milk simmer stirring regularly about 5-10 minutes then add in 2c shredded sharp cheese, 1/4c parmesean , and 1c montery jack if you have it ( a blend of cheeses tastes best, but if all you have is one, thats fine too its pretty easy)

drain the cooked pasta, set aside, pour cheese sauce over it , and mix, serve, no need to garnish and bake, we like ours saucy



at the same time start 4 cups milk simmering

Mandi - posted on 04/04/2010

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We do the daily themed dinners too...one week for a mexican dinner we will have quesdadilla's, the next week for mexican we will have taco casserole, the next it will be just nachos...etc...we do the same for all the different days..a different italian dish each week, different american dishes...one of our favorites is, cavatini...
it's made with:

italian sausage
pepperoni
hot pepper cheese
mozzarella cheese
marinara sauce
rotini or ziti pasta

brown the sausage and drain, cook the pasta til almost done...but not quite, put pasta in a large casserole dish, add cheeses, sauce, sausage and pepperoni and mix thoroughly. Bake at 375 for about 20-25 minutes! YUM and its a big hit with all the family...for those family members that do not like marinara..simply make it w/o marinara but leave everything else in and add a bit of olive oil to keep it all together without being dry!

Allysia - posted on 04/02/2010

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terriyaki chicken

1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
3 green onions or 1/2 sweet onion chopped
1 garlic clove
1-2 lbs chicken thighs

put thighs in crockpot. mix all other ingredients and put over chicken. cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve over rice. I usually make some sort of veggies on the side.

Orange Chicken

1 lb chicken breast cut into strips
1/4 cup Asian toasted sesame dressing
1/4 cup orange juice
3 cups frozen stir fry veggies
3 cups hot, cookes rice
1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional)

Heat pan medium hi. Add chicken, stir fry 5-7 minutes or till done. Stir in dressing and orange juice and bring to a boil. Add veggies. Cook 5-7 minutes or until heated thru stirring occasionally. serve over rice and sprinkle with nuts, if desired.

Southwestern skillet

1 tbs olive oil
1 1/2 cups green bell peppers (chopped)
3 garlic cloves chopped
1/2 can of rotel tomatoes (diced tomatoes and green chilis)
2 cups unsalted canned black beans
1 1/4 cup water
2 cups cooked brown rice
1/4 cup cilantro chopped
1/2 cup colby jack cheese

coat the bottom of a large pan with oil. Cook green peppers and garlic over high heat for 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes, chilis, beans and water. mix well and bring ingredients to a boil. cook until the water has evaporated and then reduce heat to medium low. stir in rice and cilantro. cook for 3 minutes. remove from heat, top with cheese and serve.

Note: i usually just use 1 bell pepper, and omit the cilantro. Keep in mind a bean and a rice make a complete protein like a meat. Beans have the protein and rice has the iron.

Constance - posted on 04/01/2010

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auce Bolognese

Ingrediants
1 lg onion diced
2 carrot sliced into half moons
4 cloves or fresh sliced garlic
2 lg cans of whole peeled tomatos (I prefere San Marzano) crush the tomatoes in a bowl with your hand
1/4 cup toato paste can of tomato paste
1 sprig of fresh thyme picked

Method
sautee ground beef in olive oil till golden brown remove from pot and remove excess fat
add onion and carrot and sautee untill slightly caramailzed and tender
add garlic to veg mixture and sautee for 1 minute
combine the beef with the veg
add tomato paste and cook for aprx 4 minutes stirring constantly ( tom paste burns very easily)
add tomatos and thyme
simmer gently for at least 1 1/2 hours stirring occasionally. More time would be nice but we are mothers and who has time for that.
When you are ready to serve dinner. Have the pasta cooked aldente and the sauce you will use heated in a pan. Add the pasta to warm sauce to cook the sauce into the pasta a bit. Add a few pats of butter and a touch of olive oil. This makes dinner extra yummy!! EnJOY!!

Ruth - posted on 03/27/2010

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There's a few simple spices you can keep on hand that can change out flavors--chinese five-spice, curry powder, cajun seasoning, jamaican jerk seasoning, sesame oil. Even if you tend to make the same kinds of things (baked/broiled chicken or fish with pasta and vegetables, or something like that), you can make it all taste fairly different by using different spices.

Lyndsay - posted on 03/27/2010

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I LOVE chicken fettucini with mixed veggies. It's delicious and restaurant inspired, and only takes about 20 minutes. Dethaw a couple chicken breasts the night before and pop them in the oven. Boneless is better because its faster, and you can even cut it up in smaller pieces so it will cook even faster. Choose your pasta and cook it up, then use a canned or packaged alfredo sauce and heat it up. Pour some frozen veggies in a bowl and zap them in the microwave. When the chicken is done, shred it with a fork and mix into the sauce. When the veggies are done, mix them in the sauce too. Pour over pasta, sprinkle with some parmesan cheese, and voila!

Kala - posted on 03/26/2010

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one of my favorites...a box of velveeta shells n' cheese, a can of chili with no beans, and a box of cornbread mix...make the shells n' cheese and mix in the chili...put it in a baking dish and cover it with the prepared cornbread mix...bake it until the cornbread is done....DELICIOUS! and fast

Kristy - posted on 03/26/2010

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try the contintal pasta packs with left over chicken or whatever with some vegies. my kids love it mainly the biggest one, my partner it takes 15 minutes and let it sit for 5 more minutes and your done!

Sarah - posted on 03/26/2010

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CROCK POT!!!! Thats really all I have to say....and here is a great recipe that your family is going to look at you and go REALLY! Its a crock pot Cock and Vin. Basically Chicken Stewed in Red Wine. Its a fancy French dish made so easy witht he crock pot. So freaking good. I make this when we have company and they always love it.....

3oz Bacon 1 Large Onion 4 Tbsp Butter 1 Whole Chicken
1 Tbsp Flour 1 Bottle Red Wine 3 Spring Thyme 3 Sprigs Parsley
1 Bay Leaf 1 Tsp Pepper 1/2 Tsp Salt

Cut Chicken into servings sized pieces!
Slice onion and cook with bacon (can do in advance) until browned. Remove! Coat Chicken in Flour and Brown. Remove chicken and add a little wine to the pan and scrap off all the browned bits. Add Chicken, bacon and onions to crock pot with scrapings and liquid from pan. Add rest of wine to the crock pot with herbs and spices. Cover and cook for at least 6 hours on high, but as long as needed. It'll just get softer and better for the longer you cook it. Serve with some good bread for dipping, and a side salad. So easy!

Vicky - posted on 03/26/2010

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i honestly dont know what i would do without LOYD GROSSMAN sauces!!!!, they are so adaptable and taste fantastic not like your dolmio or other brands!!!!!, i could spend hours in the kitchen and still not create a better tasting sauce.



tomato and salami with a hint of sage- we normally have this on mon after sunday roast beef so i just add the chopped up beef left over, and boil some macaroni sprinkle with cheese!!!!yum

sun dried tomato and almond- i simply fry some cubed lamb and onions and red pepper, add the sauce and serve with cous cous and soured cream.

the chilli pine nut and raisin sauce is our familys fav - just fry some onion chicken (cubed)and add the sauce and serve with chunky pasta and hunks of granary bread.

yummy i know its a cheat but its simple fast and really good.

Gloria - posted on 03/16/2010

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Ever tried a pasta bake? Brown 1lb ground beef or turkey and drain. Add 1lb of pasta (we use shells or bowties usually) to a 13x9 pan, pour in a jar of sauce, a jar of water, a small can of tomato sauce, your meat and any veggies you want to include and mix together (will be watery!). Cover with foil and pop in the oven on 375, check after about 40 minutes. When pasta is tender, uncover, sprinkle with mozzerella cheese and throw back in the oven just long enough for the cheese to melt.

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How about getting some Rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods or Costco, and adding it to rice or pasta?

Emma - posted on 03/15/2010

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The only way I get over having this same dilemma day after day is that I have a list of the main dinners that I make and when it comes times to shopping I ask my partner if he has any requests (he only cooks scrambled eggs himself!) and we pick dinners off the list for the week - still the same old things but if you get a long enough list of favourites it helps get some good rotation so you don't mind so much - and definitely gets rid of the old what will we have tonight problem!

Tara - posted on 03/15/2010

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This is my favourite quite meal that I make.



Brown 1lb of extra lean ground beef. Mix in a package of taco seasoning and the package of cheese from a package of Kraft Dinner. Add 1 cup of water, 1 can of diced tomatoes and the macaroni from the KD. Bring to a boil. Once boiling turn heat down to simmer, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes. If desired, you can melt cheddar cheese on top before serving.



This is so fast and yummy, there is never leftovers.

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I have an interesting recipe that's very fast if you like quick and hearty meals. Fry 1 lb extra lean ground beef in a deep skillet with a lid (if you place a little water in with the meat and cover while cooking, it cooks very quickly). Add garlic, salt, pepper, and any other spices to your liking while frying. As the meat fries, open one can of canned tomatoes, a can of whole mushrooms, and chop up two onions. When the meat is cooked, add these ingredients to the meat and stir.

After you add these veggies, boil enough water to boil a pack of macaroni. Cook to desired tenderness and drain. Add 2 cups of cheese and mix using some milk and butter. At this point, meat and veggies should be cooked to desired consistency. Add the mac and cheese to the meat and veggie mixture. Stir together and add to large casserole dish. Sprinkle with cheese and serve. This is an economical dish which can feed a large family or be used for freezing/leftovers. Cooking time in total is about 1 hour.

Ivy - posted on 03/14/2010

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Do visit my food blog and join in... at www.quickmealsinajiffy.blogspot.com...cheer up...

Lindsey - posted on 03/14/2010

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Thanks for the great ideas! I especially love the different themed nights! And that recipe sounds amazing, Ryane! :)

Ryane - posted on 03/14/2010

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Will your family eat fish? Its healthy and quick, only 10 minutes per inch of thickness. Cod, Halibut, and Salmon are my favs. Or you could add shrimp to pasta it easy and delicious I add it to alfredo=] And my friend made this for me and it has become one of my favorite dishes and ALL my friends love it too.... cook up some boneless chicken breast in BBQ sauce, when its done cut it up into chunks or slices. You need flour tortillas, graded cheddar, and cream cheese. For the dressing you need 3 cups plain yogurt, 1cup mayo, 1/4 cup milk, and a TON of dill weed...really. Mix with mixer in its own bowl save for when its done. For the garnish in another bowl you need a few tomato's chopped into cubes or whatever, 2 cucumbers cut into cubes, a red onion or half of one cut up the same, a bell peeper cubed, I added cilantro cause I LOVE it, cut a couple lemons in half and squeeze the juice into the mix get the seeds out lol and mix it all up together like a salsa. okay now to assemble your delicious wrap....take the tortilla and spread the cream cheese in the middle like making a taco, next you put in the BBQ chicken and put the cheddar over it so it melts, then sprinkle the salsa type mix over it and finally drissle the yogurt dressing over the top, wrap it like a burrito and enjoy=] I know it sounds weird but I promise it tasts delicious and i am a weirdo who has issues with my food touching on my plate. So trust me its good lol!

Kimberly - posted on 03/14/2010

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The one recipe I am always asked for is Kielbasa and red sauce.

Cut up 3lbs kielbasa in bite size pieces

Put in 13x9 pan

Mix: 1 can crushed pineapple in juice

1 cup brown sugar

1 jar Heinz chili sauce (can be found beside the ketchup at the store)

Mix well and pour over kielbasa and cover

Prepare before you go to work. Cover and refrigerate. When you get home, uncover and bake at 350-375 for 1hr I usually serve with mashed potato and veggie



I am also a big fan of the crock pot Put chicken breasts in crock pot, pour any kind of sauce over (spaghetti, alfredo, BBQ, salsa...etc) Cook on low all day. If it gets watery from the chicken, take the lid off for a while. Meat should simply fall apart. Serve over pasta, rice or pull meat apart and make sandwiches.



Audrey is absolutely right about allrecipes.com It is a great website. My profile on there is Flying Tiger if you have any questions about my recipes. My specialty is baking.

Audrey - posted on 03/14/2010

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One of the most amazing websites for recipies is allrecipies.com, and you can even make it to a specific amount of people... as far as not wanting to cook after work, I agree with the crock pot idea... but also if you have a day off you could designate that as your "cooking day," it would take a little bit of planning and tupperware containers, but it would be like a homemade microwave dinner... you just reheat whatever you had made and frozen for that day... Just plan out the menu, cook it all and then freeze each day's meal in seperate containers... you could even use the crock pot to reheat them. I know a lot of moms who actually pick one day and do it for the whole month, but that would require a lot of freezer space.

Heather - posted on 03/12/2010

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1 pkg. stew/roast meat

1 can mixed vegetables

1 can mushrooms

1 can cut potatoes

Seasoning

Beef bouillon cubes/Beef broth

Flour



Roll thawed meat in flour and place in bottom of pot. Add mushrooms {including juice in can}, Drain mixed vegetables and potatoes- add to pot, then add your seasoning and beef broth/bouillon cubes&water. Cook on LOW for 10 hours {give or take} Serve and enjoy!

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