Post # 1
My Darling Husband and I have been married for 7 months now and I still have not gotten the hang of cooking dinner! It’s driving me crazy!! Just recently my work schedule changed. I am now getting off at 3:30 p.m. rather than 4:30 p.m. That puts me at home an hour earlier. Now that I have that extra hour to cook I want to learn. So please please help! What are you’ll favorite dishes for a weeknight dinner? TIA!
Post # 2
trevino24: We eat alot of chicken fajitas, spaghetti, grilled chicken with asparagus, etc at our house. I found some great pins on pinterest to prep frozen crockpot meals as well, which will make dinner so much easier for me.
Post # 3
Something I find easier for us is I meal prep on Saturdays and prep our lunches I make a big thing of 3 different meats and sides and mix and match
Post # 4
I make 2 dishes that my Fiance and his boys both love…
#1 Mexican Lasagna ~ What you need: Soft tortilla shells, ground beef, taco seasonings, refried beans, salsa, lettuce, sour cream, shredded cheese.
Cook the meat like you would for tacos. I mix meat, salsa, and refriend beans together, but a lot of people layer individually. Shells, meat mixture, cheese… repeat until the thickness you want. End with cheese, pop in oven until everything is warm and cheese is melted. 30 minutes at about 350 usually to get a nice crisp on top cheese layer.
Serve with lettuce and sourcream….or as desired.
The other dish I make is Chili-Stew. Make chili, then add 2 cans of beef stew in a can. warm up until the stew stuff is hot, but keep stirring..it will stick to the pan. Serve with chili cheese fritos, cheese and sour cream (If you like that stuff in your chili) The Chili cheese fritos make all the difference. You get the crunchy from it and SO good.
Hope those help a little
Post # 5
I like Food Network for recipes. We keep a running list of what we like to eat (it’s just a piece of paper with things like “chili” and chicken and dumplings” and “greek salad” so I have a list of options when I am trying to meal plan.
Post # 6
engagedat40: lol my mouth watered just reading your post!!!!
Post # 7
Stiletto13: haven’t tried food network. I’ll check it. Thanks!!!
Post # 9
Pasta is always easy. Or bake a chicken early in the week and turn it into meals all week long – chicken with potatoes and veggies, chicken quesadillas, curry, etc. Tonight we’re having salmon cooked with molasses and honey mustard plus summer squash and potato wedges. I also buy meat in bulk and freeze in into portions. Want taco salad? Just pull a lump of ground beef out of the freezer and go for it! And never underestimate a loaded regular salad either. Yum. I use allrecipes.com as my fallback – type in some ingredients you have on hand and see what pops up.
Post # 10
trevino24: If you are not on Pinterest I would suggest signing up! There are so many ideas for meals on there!
Post # 11
It’s all about organization! I’m a house fiance ATM so I have more free time than most, but I still try to organize myself in preparation for a work schedule. I spend about a full (8 h) and a half (4) day prepping meals.
Today, I made whipped potatoes with corn on the cob and roasted ribs, but I cut up all my fruit and vegetables for the week. I also made egg and tuna salad for snacks in between meals. I also made muffins and prepared two meals: spanakopita for Tuesday and chicken orzo soup for Wednesday.
Post # 12
engagedat40: That Mexican Lasagna looks AMAZING! Totally making this sometime.
Post # 13
skinnytaste.com has a lot of tasty recipes that don’t call for tons and tons of different ingredients!
Post # 14
I love the BBC Good Food website (& get the magazine every month). Then I tend to make stuff up because I try to buy reduced to clear produce if possible to save money
Mid week after work I tend to do:
– spaghetti bolognase
– sweet potato and chorizo fajitas
– Mac and cheese
– pesto and sundries tomato flan with dalad
– roasted root veg traybake with bread
– fish cakes and homemade chips
– sausage and bean stew
– chilli salmon and caper pasta
For some of these I make big batches and freeze half.
ETA- No more than 10-15 minutes prep for these. Most cook within 15-30 mins and can be left on low whilst I get changed and have a cup of tea.
Post # 15
My Fiance and I are chicken fans. My go to is breaded chicken cutlets in oil and chunks of garlic, flour, eggs, Panko breadcrumbs, fry 4 mins on both sides, ill make it with knorr pasta sides or rice and a veggie such as spinach or green beans..
i also like to make ritz cracker chicken.. This is easy too, coat chicken cutlets with a mix of mayo and lemon juice.. Crush up a sleeve of ritz crackers, roll the coated chicken in a mix of equal parts crushed ritz crackers and parmeasan cheese (about 1/2 cup per sleeve of crackers) .. Put on a greased baking sheet, cook on 350 for about a half hour-40 mins.. Good to go! And very tasty…
My Fiance also likes spinach ravioli so I make that and do a simple pan sauce to make with it. Heat up a sauce pan with 3 tablespoons of butter and olive oil in a pan, I mince 3 cloves of garlic and 1 small shallot and saute in pan for about 2 mins until u can smell it. Then I put in a cup of white wine, high heat for about 6 mins, then melt in 4 more tablespoons of butter for about 4 mins, throw in some thyme, salt and pepper, stir and serve over ravioli! sometimes I chop up cherry tomatoes and asparagus and roast in the oven lighted coatEd with olive oil salt and pepper about 15 mins on 400 degrees and I will mix that in with the garlic butter and wine sauce… It’s simple and tasty!