Post # 1
DH gets lunch provided at work. 9/10 it’s chicken apparently.
I also cook a lot of chicken for dinner so needless to say he’s sick of chicken.
We both work full time, leave the house at 7:30 and often don’t get home until 6.
I need meal ideas that are budget friendly, hearty enough for my carniverous husband (if there’s no meat, it’s not a meal….) and aren’t chicken – and he doesn’t eat fish.
(he’s also one of the pickiest eaters I’ve ever met – but he’s getting better)
Post # 2
Id do a pot roast! Just put it in the crock pot in the morning with some potatoes, carrots, celery and onion and it’ll be hot and ready when you get home!
im also a big fan of burrito/taco nights so you can customize your toppings and have a beef base.
ohhh or flank steak fajitas!
Man, now I’m hungry.
Post # 3
MsGinkgo: I’ve made this a few times (follow it the way it is written, don’t listen to the modification comments), exactly as the recipe lists. It is unbelieveably good after a long day. Just pop it in the slow cooker before work, buy fresh buns on the way home and you’re golden!
Post # 4
FutureMrsHodgy: Yes! We have “Taco Tuesday” every week 🙂 so good!
Post # 5
Here’s a casserole that’s my husband favorite.
1 1/2 pounds of ground beef, cook loose and drain of any extra grease
1 – 2 cans French cut green beans (I use two because I have a larger casserole dish and need leftovers for the boys)
1 bag frozen hash browns or 6 – 8 potatoes peeled and sliced thin (I find the hash browns are easier and faster)
1 can cream of celery
1 can cream of onion
1 small onion diced
Salt and pepper
In a bowl combine the cream soups and the onion. In a casserole dish start layering the potatoes, green beans, hamburger, potatoes again, then cover with soup and salt and pepper to taste, then green beans, hamburger, potatoes, then soup again with the salt and pepper (i just use pepper and let everyone salt to taste once it’s cooked). Continue til casserole dish is full or your out of ingredients. Uncovered, cook at 425 until potatoes are soft. Usually about 45 minutes for hash browns but if you use potatoes it usually takes an hour to an hour and a half.
I make a big casserole for the three of us. DH and my step son will eat seconds and sometimes thirds. I’ve also never thrown any of this away as it’s even better the next day. I have are up the casserole the night before and cooked it the next day and it was just as good but I was able to come home and just pop it in the oven.
Post # 6
Pork is easy.
Tenderloin is fast. Season and sear. Put in oven and cook until internal temp is at least 145 (med rare) to 165 white throughout. (maybe 45 min). Deglaze the pan with ck stock. Simmer to reduce. Season. Add a pat of butter and take off the heat to melt.
Pork shoulder is cheap. Make pulled pork in a crockpot.
Post # 7
I have a chili coke recipe that is AMAZING! And so easy.
1 can coke
1 bottle of chili sauce (sold next to the ketchup)
1 packet french onion soup mix
1 3-4lb roast
throw it all in the crock pot on low for 6-8 hrs and serve with garlic mashed potatoes or glazed carrots or something. It’s SO good! Maybe it’s the coke lol.
Post # 8
I make no yolk egg noodles the night before, put them in the fridge for the next night. 1.5 lbs beef (stew cut meat), 1 medium chopped onion, 1 small can chopped mushrooms, 1 can cream of mushroom, 1 packet brown gravy mix, 1 cup water, 1 clove minced garlic – stir all but the onion & meat together, and then put everything in the crock pot on low for about 7 hours.
Another quick one:
1 lb ground beef, 1/2 onion chopped, 1/2 green pepper chopped, 1 clove minced garlic, 3 tablespoons worcestershire, salt & pepper, 1/2 cup shredded cheese, 2 packages of crescent rolls
Brown ground beef with vegetables, garlic, worcestershire, and salt & pepper until cooked thoroughly. Roll out one package of crescent rolls on a greased cookie sheet flat – pinch together any gaps to make one solid piece. Layer beef mixture on top of that. Sprinkle cheese as next layer. Roll second package of crescent rolls on top, pinch top and bottom layer together. Bake as directed on crescent roll package. It may take 5 extra minutes to cook roll layers thoroughly.
Post # 9
This as well. Second night, we make French Dip sandwiches out of it.
Post # 10
Stir fry with beef. You can switch out chicken for shrimp in quite a few dishes. Spaghetti with ground beef, you can throw in all kinds of veggies to make it a bit healthier. Stuffed peppers.
Post # 11
MsGinkgo: I always make shrimp in soy sauce, butter, lemon juice, and pepper along with rice. it’s super easy to make! Also, another common meal in our home is tacos with ground turkey meat since it’s a little healthier than ground beef and seriously you can’t tell the difference! you could also always throw a pot roast or ham in the crock pot (my crock pot will switch from cook to warm after a set amount of hours so it won’t overcook the food!) oh and don’t forget about pasta dishes like baked ziti with ground beef or spaghetti with meat sauce!
Post # 12
I recommend for you two some Zatarain’s cheesy jambalaya packet- add in kielbasa, celery, peppers, onions, and cook it in a rice cooker so you both have less dishes to worry about!
Post # 13
FutureMrsHodgy: This is how picky DH is. He doesn’t like Fajitas (so he says) only tacos (granted last night we went out and I had fajitas and he commented on how good it looked). Pot roast I can do, and it’s a hit, I just have a hard time finding inexpensive cuts of beef – what cut do you use?
tksjewelry: as yummy as that sounds, there’s no way DH would eat it. Casseroles look like I’m hiding things, he doesn’t know what’s in it so he won’t eat it (I swaer he’s a 5 year old sometimes)
fascinated: Won’t eat pork chops (mostly because he dad didn’t know how to cook them and always burned them so now he has a mental block) Pulled pork is always a hit, I don’t think I’ve ever tried to make just a tenderloin – good idea, it goes on sale quite frequently here too.
Equine_Breeder: That sounds interesting
AprilinTX: first one sounds a lot like Stoganoff, which I have made with varying levels of success. The second one intrigues me, I don’t know if DH would go for it, but I can try! Your link also looks tasty…I love rollover meals too
AB Bride: Said no fish…should have said no seafood. We’re that weird breed of East Coaster who don’t eat seafood, pretty much at all. I make exceptions for a couple dishes when I’m home, but on the mainland – not happening (and neither of us like shrimp anyways). He won’t eat stirfry (thinks it’s Chinese food which he also won’t eat) and he won’t eat peppers period – I swear I’m not being difficult and I appreciate all the suggestions but this is what I live with!!
future.mrs.koban: I’ve tried ground turkey, I like it – he won’t eat it. I haven’t told him the difference and he can tell. I feel like we end up eating so much pasta and it’s not good for us – but it’s SOO good.
Post # 14
This time of year, cook in the crockpot. I love a good, hearty stew, with beef and veggies. Pork roast and pot roast in the crockpot. I also love chili this time of year. You can make a big pot on Suanday and eat it for several days. As regular chili, as nachos, over hot dogs (if you like them…I don’t).
Post # 15
Equine_Breeder: That looks good. I think I’ll make this!