Post # 1
I cook dinner for two almost every night – have since February. I’m starting to feel like I’m in a rut. Not that the food is getting old, and not that my guy isn’t happy, but I want to cook more different foods (Things on the menu at least every two weeks – fish x3, pan-cooked pork-chops, tacos, spaghetti, chicken alfredo, pizza, pan-cooked chicken, chili, and grilled cheese.) I’ve now added home-made curry to my list. We sometimes have artichokes almost as a meal to themselves. We also have cubed steak about once a month.
I know how to make turkey meatballs and tuna patties, but we don’t like them a whole lot. I can make meat pies, but they are a pain. We aren’t big beef fans and we don’t see eye to eye on cooking it (for him, it’s grill-only, but we don’t own a grill). I’ve added in an onion-based spaghetti and chili dogs
Anyone have suggestions on various meals?
Post # 3
you can make shepards pie, we make it with ground turkey.
Dinner in our house is hectic because FH eats red meat and pork and i dont. He will also only eat like 4 veggies!
I make strognaoff (sp) with ground turkey
when you say beef do you mean steak? You could always get a george foreman!
Post # 4
I’m a big fan of stir-fry, use any meat you like (sliced thinly & doesn’t have to be marinated before), and lots of veggies. We eat rice a lot, so it’s a perfect combination.
I notice you pan-fry a lot of your meats, maybe try baking them for a different taste and texture. Get a slow-cooker, they’re fun! I have a cookbook with tons of recipes just for it, and my favorite is BBQ pulled pork sandwiches. Yummm!!!
Post # 5
@AudzinLuv: I totally second the slow cooker! I love coming home to a house that smells amazing and supper is ready with almost no work.
Post # 6
Here are some of our favorite meals 😀 I cook for us most of the time too, haha
Join our rut!
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sloppy-Joes-II/Detail.aspx (one of J’s favorite meals is sloppy joes and corn on the cob. I seriously feel like I’m cooking for a seven year old in a trailer every time I make it, but it makes him happy and it’s wicked easy, so … okay)
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Addictive-Sweet-Potato-Burritos/Detail.aspx (this is probably one of the best meals I’ve ever had, and J agrees, even though our taste pallates are totally different)
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Smashed-Cauliflower/Detail.aspx (a great side dish)
I also do lasagna, steak and mashed potatoes (another of J’s favorites), and broccoli alfredo with grilled chicken often, but I don’t use recipes for those.
Post # 7
Try baked chicken with whatever sauce you like- i make that alot with rice and veggie. I also like to make soups, turkey burgers, baked potatos with all the fixings, salmon, sweet potatoes, fajita dinners or tacos, pastas!
We recently made breaded halibut and it was amazing. We used the beer batter mix from the store you dip the fish in it and fry it in the skillet- really easy and tastes amazing!
Post # 8
I feel like I get stuck in a rut too! It happens. Here are some my favorite meals, maybe you will like these ideas:
Buffalo chicken salad – Marinate chicken overnight in fridge with buffalo and hot sauce. Bake them in the oven and place over crisp salad with celery, tomatoes, bleu cheese crumbles, etc.
Veggie burgers and sweet potato “fries”. You can bake the veggie burgers in a toaster over, pan fry, or bake in the oven. Cut the sweet potatoes into strips and bake in a shallow pan with olive oil and salt and pepper for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees.
Breakfast quesdillas – make an egg scramble with all of your favorite ingredients. Grill a tortilla in a seperate pan, throw the egg scamble in it, place another tortilla on top. Serve with black beans or rice.
We also make fish tacos a lot, pan-fried noodles with peanut sauce and sprouts, baked polenta with turkey sausage, shrimp-mango salad.
Post # 9
@ddw: I’m a big fan of that website too!!! I love how you can state what ingredients you have on hand, and it will find a recipe to match =)
Also, it is almost time for slow cooker season =)
Post # 10
what about some asian meals? i get the same way, i make dinner almost every night for idk how long! My fiance wouldnt care if i made burgers every night lol.. but i like to mix it up. Different kids if seafood (pan fried scallops or wrapped in bacon, shrimp scampi, coconut shrimp). Fajitas, sweet & sour chicken, orange chicken, lemon chicken yumm, beef stir fry, different kinds of burgers, baked chicken, jumbalaya. I could cook forever lol
Post # 11
I will have to agree on the slow cooker…you can cook so many amazing things in there that you wouldn’t think to do. Also, a lot of the soups and sauces that you can make would make great leftovers!
I made one recently that was delicious and so simple. I took three boneless chicken breasts, poured my favorite jarred pasta sauce (barilla roasted garlic) over it so that the chicken was covered (I might have used two jars) and cooked on low for eight hours. When it’s done cooking, I just shredded the chicken with a fork and served over pasta. It was amazing and so easy.
Also, if you are looking for something different that is not entirely homemade, and you have a Trader Joe’s near you, Fiance and I love their frozen madarin chicken with frozen jasmine rice. It is easy, delicious, and way cheaper than eating out!
Post # 12
I like to make bbq pulled pork in the slow cooker and then I make cole slaw and sweet potatoes and get hard rolls for sandwiches. My husband loves that and also when I marinate a skirt steak and broil it (I don’t grill, haha.) I’ve also been roasting veggies almost every night – it is so much tastier than steaming!
Post # 13
I love yumsugar.com. They have a section called Fast & Easy Dinners, and they’re really good and relatively quick dinners to make. One day, I just went through them all and printed out the ones I thought we’d like, and now I have a collection of about 20 that I can go through if I ever need a dinner idea. It’s great!
http://www.yumsugar.com/tag/fast+and+easy+dinner (I’m making the curried rice shrimp dish tonight! And no joke, their Green Calzone is one of the best things we’ve ever eaten, hands down!)
Post # 14
Slow cookers are indeed great!
I can also recommend this website: http://www.epicurious.com
It’s a GREAT resource for recipes. You can type in any ingredient and get a ton of recipes, plus reviews of the recipes. I really love it and have gotten tons of ideas.
Post # 15
Thanks, bees! I may be able to pull off my month of no repeats…
Post # 16
I’m having the same problem. I think I’m in a recipe rut! But I think I may be able to get some new ideas thanks to your posts.