Post # 1
We keep making the same dinners every week and we’re getting bored. When we try to make stirfry, we’ll use different sauces, but then they end up tasting the same. We’ll have pasta, homemade pizza, tacos, soup – and go out a couple nights. So this is where I need your help!!!
FI doesn’t eat seafood or creamy foods, and the only meats we’ll eat are beef and chicken and turkey. So does anyone have fabulous meal ideas for us? I’ll take any suggestions at this point, I’m so lost (and I suck at cooking haha)
Post # 3
I make this all the time and it is sooo good, so yum, and so healthy!
Chop up 1 mango, a few plum tomatoes and some green onion. Mix together about 1/4 cup red wine/balsamic vinegar and 1-2 tablespoons of honey, and pour over mango/tomato/onion mixture. Add salt and pepper as desired. Serve over grilled chicken with any side you choose.
I just kind of eyeball things so hopefully those proportions are okay. I actually just had this for dinner last night. Yum!
Post # 4
@Catherine: mmm that sounds delicious, I’ll definitely have to try that! Thank you!
Post # 5
Check out skinnytaste.com and allrecipes. com. They both have great recipes and reviews for each one
Post # 6
I follow this blog in Google Reader and end up using at least a couple of her recipes every week!
Post # 7
Chicken, you can just bake at 350 til it’s not pink anymore 🙂 And add lemon, sage, pepper, garlic, soy vay (teriyaki sauce), hot sauce, barbecue, ANYTHING you want to add, add it. You can slice up potatoes and throw them in there and bake everything together. The key to cooking is experimenting. You can cook any roast/red meat with wine and garlic and it will taste good 🙂
Learn how to make mashed potatoes, learn how to bake any meat and you have a lot of meals. And mashed potatoes could be substituted for baked potatoes, rice (precooked helps), garlic bread, etc. I also bake a lot of vegetable too – zucchini, etc. You can fry asparagus, broccoli, etc. And cooking vegetables in chicken broth tastes yummy too.
Get a big bag of frozen chicken, some veggies, some rice, bag of potatoes, and youre good for the week. Then if you want, get some red meat too. Turkey burgers are super easy too. Get the pre-seasoned ones and just fry them in a pan and add whatever you want to them.
Post # 8
A really good (and easy) taco recipe is a take on wilted greens tacos by Rick Bayliss. Cook up chicken and shred it, then simmer it in tomatillo salsa (its available in cans at the grocery store, and also very easy to make from scratch). Warm corn tortillas and fill with the chicken/salsa mixture, top with a bit of sour cream. They are spicy and savory. Really delicious.
What sort of pastas do you make on a regular basis? Our favorites are a spicy pasta – use a large can of crushed tomatoes, season to taste (S&P, wee bit of sugar, various herbs you like) and generous shake of red pepper flakes. Add some crumbled ground turkey too, if you like.
Another good one is pesto sauce – very easy to make (most of the store bought are not very good, unfortunately, but it’s super easy to make if you have access to fresh basil. Pair that with a little steak.
As for pizza – there are a million different things to try! Don’t be limited by red sauce and regular cheeses. Try using olive oil/garlic, pesto, alfredo as sauces. For cheeses, try using something different, whether that’s goat cheese, smoked gouda, manchego, etc. Use different veggies: caramelized onions and rosemary. Broccoli and spinach with pesto sauce, regular pizza cheese and feta cheese. Greek olives instead of regular black olives.
If you like soups, google what’s local and in season and try making some soups out of that. Potato/leek soup, pureed winter veggies (pumpkin curry, butternut squash with apple cider vinegar, parsnip soup, French onion, etc.)
Post # 9
sweet potato fries
different kinds of salads
chicaken kebabs (there are tons of diff recipes for this)
broccoli cheese casserole
-I only eat chicken and fish so I’m always trying to come up with different ways to do it… go to allrecipes.com and just look around, theres tons of different things!
Post # 11
Thanks for all the suggestions!!! Everything sounds delicious. I love allrecipes, I use it for all my baking, but never thought to look for dinner ideas!
Post # 12
I love the blog Annie’s Eats for cooking inspiration. I subscribe to a ton of food blogs in my Google Reader, but that one is my favorite. Some of my favorite recipes on her blog are the Chicken Parm Burgers, the Creamy Taco Mac, and the Baked Shrimp Scampi.
Post # 13
Do you have a crock pot? We use ours ALL the time. I make meatballs, chili, pulled pork/chicken, and a chicken spaghetti sauce often. Most of these only have a couple of ingredients and are really easy to make. Just set it up in the morning and it’s ready when you get home from work!
Post # 14
We are similar in that I don’t like seafood, which limits our menu.
We were in such a rutt of cooking like the same 8 meals over and over again. So what I started doing was planning the weeks menu, therefore spacing out how often we had chicken/beef/pasta/turkey.
Also I have a goal to add 2-3 new recipies a month to our regular cycle.
Recently I’ve added a stuffed chicken (stuffed w/ garlic & parm cheese & baked in the oven) I love how simple it is and different from what I typically cook because it is not very seasoned (I usually cook very seasoned dishes.)
I also added the cordon bleu recipie from skinnytaste.com
Post # 15
This turkey "burger" recipe is one of our favorites.
(It’s actually flavored more like a turkey meatloaf, on top of a grilled portabello…with a little caprese salad on top.)
Post # 16
One of our staples is easy fajitas – We have made them with steak, chicken, and shrimp, pretty much whatever we have.
Marinade: bottled salsa, packet fajitas season, small cup pickled jalapenos
We add onions, peppers, tomatoes, pretty much whatever. Marinate for as long as you want to, and then cook it on the stove top. We use tortillas, cheese, salsa, etc. and roll it up.
I just re-read my recipe, and that sounds like the most low key, easy going recipe of all time, LOL.