(Closed) What to eat during the week?

posted 9 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

Hamburgers and chicken sandwiches… but we love hamburgers. We also do taco salad, baked chicken fingers (buy chicken strips and dip them in egg wash and crunched up crackers or bread crumbs and bake), fajitas and did I mention hamburgers?
I also like to jazz up my meals with an arugala salad…
Arugala
Tomato
Freshly shaved Parm Cheese
Lemon juice w/ EVOO and salt and pepper dressing

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I really don’t cook on weeknights; I do a lot of prep on Sundays, then make 1 or 2 things to get us through the week. Spahgetti, or we grill, then just reheat on weeknights. I also keep the salad spinner in the fridge, full of ready to eat salad. We eat so much of it, I have to refresh it every other day.

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Haha I suck at this too. Thanks Peng ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn

I’m really trying to get better and add to my recipe collection.  However, I have to say Trader Joes is my best friend for easy meals.  Lately I’ve been getting jars of their curry sauces and then adding veggies, meat etc. 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

I like to make a tofu scramble with brown rice.  I make it with olive oil and soy sauce, garlic, onion, and whatever other veggies I have lying around.  Usually add something spicy!  If I don’t have jalapenos, I will put some siracha on top!  Only problem is, the Dude doesn’t eat tofu, so I only make it for myself!

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I have a collection of easy to make dinners that feel wife-y.  Mustard crusted salmon with roasted potatoes and a green vegetable of some kind, pasta with peas, prosciutto and cream, salmon cakes with brown and wild rice and a salad.  Those meals all take about 40 minutes start to finish.  We also make big batches of things like ratatouille during the summer from our CSA box and freeze them to eat later.  I definitely plan out meals though.  I sit down on Sunday morning and pick out a week’s worth of dinners and make my grocery list that way.  Once you build the habit, it is a big money saver.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009 - University of Michigan Union

We have really been relying on these two things:

Linguine with tomato sauce, fresh basil, fresh mozarella, zucchini and pine nuts. It’s so simple but so fast and so tasty.

Pasta with roasted broccoli and walnuts… soooo good! You just toss the broccoli florets with olive oil and tons of garlic, then roast it for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Lately we have also added a container of grape tomatoes and a sliced red pepper into the mix. Meanwhile you cook the pasta (shells, penne, rotini or orecciete (sp?), then add the cooked pasta and 1/2 cup of the starchy water, add parmesan, toss & serve! YUM! 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009 - University of Michigan Union

Oh, a cup of walnuts also goes in the pan with the broccoli! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 11
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Newbee

These are Some of my faves:

Breakfast for dinner (pancakes and sausage, bacon/eggs/toast)

I make batches of stuff and freeze it.  Red beans and rice, baked macaroni, jambalaya, stew, meatballs, eggplant parm

Fettuccini Alfredo

Fancy Sandwiches.  Toast the bread, add stuffing (meatballs, grilled veggies, ham, salami, etc) then add cheese and stick back in the oven

Frittata (like an omlet)

Loaded potatoes or mashed potatoes (you can add anything)

The roasted chickens from the market are great.

Also the frozen veggies that are in the bag that can just be thrown in the microwave.  Ziplock also has steam bag for fresh veggies.

 

 

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I LOVE couscous.  It’s ready in 5 minutes and you can throw anything in it.  I love spinach and parmesan cheese.  I also do paninis with roasted potatoes.  Sometimes a huge salad is good too, maybe with canned tuna on top.  Fiance mixed tuna with nothing but red wine vinegar and dijon mustard and it was really good, even if it does sound a little different.

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I am also victim to bachelor-style cuisine!  A dinner of mac & cheese, tater tots, and canned (yes, canned) green beans is all too common around our house.  When I’m eating "healthy", I make a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato and mustard on it.  It takes ALL of my willpower to not put mayonnaise on EVERYTHING.  Yeah, I need to work on my diet.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I am pretty lazy too, but I’ve got a few things that I stand by… our biggest problem is that unless it’s a one dish meal, it is really easy to forget to eat veggies!

My favorite easy meals —

Dressed up macaroni/chili mac… make mac and cheese (either home made or from the box, I use the box stuff!!), add in browned ground beef seasoned like tacos (either taco seasoning or garlic, chili pepper and cumin), chopped tomatoes, bell pepper and onion (raw, not sauteed). Mix it all together, put it in the oven to warm through for maybe 10 minutes. Break out a bag of fritos and either scoop it up or crush them over the top.

Ghetto stir fry — chicken marinated in soy sauce, garlic and ginger, or in peanut butter, soy sauce, and a little sriracha, sauteed with appropriate veggies over rice.

Paella — a whole bunch of sauteed veggies (zucchini, onion, bell pepper, garlic) then add in tomatoes and sauteed chicken, and a 2:1 ratio of chicken broth and rice… add cayenne/other spicy seasoning to taste at this point… we like it hot! Let the rice cook a bit on the stove top, then once it is kind of smushy/half way done, make hollows on the top with a spoon and crack eggs into the hollows… put it in the oven to bake until the eggs set. (change to veggie broth and take out the chicken and eggs for vegetarian.. my recipe originally was veg but I married a carnivore)

Red beans and rice — we buy the Zatarain’s boxed seasoning mix (we live in the South, don’t know how hard this would be to get in the rest of the country) and add in more cayenne, garlic, chili pepper flakes, etc. Two cans of red beans, maybe some andouille, simmer it for half an hour then spoon over rice.

As you can see we go through a lot of rice at my house! I also make tuna cakes, which is basically canned tuna, torn up bread, an egg, and enough mayo to make it hold together in patties, browned on both sides and served with a little Japanese shrimp dipping sauce (basically just mayo, ketchup, garlic and cayenne.. maybe a little sugar if you like sweet/spicy).

Despite all these recipes I have been pretty uninspired lately (so many of my go-to meals earlier in our marriage were definitely winter recipes, and it is HOT down here) so I’m hoping that somebody will share back with me!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Haha, I hate to cook.  And plus, I’m horrible at it.  My FH is definitely the chef in the family but I hate for him to cook ALL the time.  Makes me feel so un-domestic. ๐Ÿ™‚  So, when it’s my turn to "cook,"  I usually make Zataran’s jambalaya because all you really do is cook the meat and then just let it simmer.  Also, try marinating some chicken in a ziploc bag with honey mustard and some herbs — it’s easy to do before you go to bed and you just leave it in the fridge the next day.  Then, just bake the chicken until it’s done.  It’s really easy and simple to make!  But my favorite go-to meal is definitely a salad I ate when I was in a restaurant that I now make at home.  It’s baby spinach leaves, strawberries, blue cheese, raspberry vinegarette and we throw in some chicken!  That takes me about five minutes and it’s REALLY GOOD!  Haha, as you can see, I’m totally into the meals that require little preparation and are simple to make.  I hope this helps some!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We have the same problem in our household, I personally love http://www.kraftfoods.com, they have a ton of healthy and quick meals whenever I’m stuck for ideas, plus people leave comments on how to make it better. Tonight I’m making slow cooker tex-mex chicken, 1 llb of chicken cut into strips, one red and one green pepper cut into strips, 1 cup frozen corn, 1 jar of salsa, taco seasoning and 2 Tbls flour. Mix the flour and taco seasoning and coat the chicken strips, then just throw everything into the slow cooker. Done! Well kinda, I make rice with cilantro to put the chicken mix over.

 

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