(Closed) Help! What's for dinner???

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Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

partyof2:  oh that looks amazing! I will be fixing that soon! Thanks!!!

Post # 33
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Worker bee

trevino24:  I like easy to throw together meals.  We just got custody of my soon2b stepsons in the last year, so cooking has changed for me. I love it though.  I know it is only food but when the kids tell their g’ma and friends how good a meal is it makes me happy.

 

I just had my youngest friends mom, ask me how to make the chili stew because her son was raving about it for like 2 months…LOL

Post # 37
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Blushing bee

Crockpot meals are an awesome option. Dump everything in to the pot, turn it on, and leave it for several hours. Dinner would be ready by the time you got home. 

Just recently I made a beef and carrots meal that was a hit. Dump 2 lbs of cubed beef, 2 lbs of sliced carrots, 1 McCormick Mesquite seasoning packet, 2 tbsp of red wine vinegar, and 3 tbsp of olive oil into a crock pot. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Done! 

Post # 39
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Helper bee

trevino24:  Marinated chicken is my best friend! Just go to a store and buy chicken in bult and you can mix up marinades in two seconds! This way you can prep all of your dinners in one day. Just google marinades, mix them up, throw the chicken in a bag, and freeze what you’d use later in the week. You can switch it up by breading the chicken, putting it over pasta or in a salad. Lots of ideas!

Good luck!

Post # 40
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Blushing bee

Pinterest is also a great resource for meal planning and recipes. I’ve made a ton of delicious meals from there. 3 Bean Turkey Chili, Chicken Salsa Casserole, Baked Ravioli, Spicy Turkey Meatloaf, and BBQ Pulled Pork. PM me if you ever need recipes. 

Post # 45
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State

 

trevino24:  I’ll give you my dinner list for this week. Some are easy and quick others are a bit more involved, but I like to mix it up. I too get off of work at 3:30 everyday so I am home at a good time to cook.

Monday (yesterday): Tacos. I buy the actual taco meat from our local meat market and just cook that up in a medium sized pan, throw some lime, salt, pepper, and garlic on it and put it in a serving bowl. I heat tortillas, and get together all the toppings (lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, queso fresco, limes, chopped onion and avocado slices) and everyone just makes their own tacos.

Tuesday (today): Salmon with avocado salsa. I get this really great salmon fillet from Sams Club. I slice it up into small square piecesthat are about 2X2. I oil up a skillet, season the fish with lemon, garlic, salt and lemon pepper and just cook it up til the outside gets a nice crisp to it. I smash up some avocado and add in minced tomatoes, cilantro, onions, and just a tiny bit of garclic salt and use that as a topper to the fish. I usually make a cucumber\tomato salad on the side for some added healthy fillers.

Wednesday: Parmesan Crusted Pork Roast: I bought a 5 lbs pork roast that I’ll rub a little bit of butter on then roll in a combo of seasonings, parmesan cheese, panko crumbs. I mix the panko, grated parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and onion powder. i use a cookie sheet slightly oiled and spread the mix out on the cookie sheet, then just roll the roast back and forth until most of the seasoning and panko is picked up and coating the roast. I follow the cooking instructions on the roast because it usually tells you on th epackage how long to cook it based on the weight. I will most likely make mashed potatoes with that.

Thursday:Hamburger Helper. Yep. I said it. I’m making it because by that day i’m lazy and tired and just want the weekend to be over so I plan accordingly lol. Brown the meat, follow the box. Done. My boys (the big one and the little one) both love it and probably would be fine if that and sloppy joe’s is all I made all week.

Friday: Grilled chicken sandwiches. Get some hamburger buns, grill up some boneless skinless chicken breasts, season to taste, add desired toppings and serve. I’ll usually make some mac and cheese or just put out some potato chips as a side.

 

I almost always have a side salad made no matter what we are having. Literally every meal has a salad. sometimes it’s just cucumbers and tomatoes with dressing, other times it’s lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, avocado, nuts, apples, strawberries….you name it. But that’s a must for every dinner and the boys know to eat some salad.

That’s this week’s menu. I have two very spoiled males in my home who expect cooked food everyday, even if it’s just hamburger helper. I swear to you if I don’t cook, come 7 pm they will both be wandering the kitchen aimlessly looking very confused. I meal plan and budget accordingly. I have a whole arsenal of meals ready to go in my head that range from easy (my son could probably make it on his own) to complicated (I’m a veteran and still can mess these up at times). I enjoy cooking. It relaxes me. So to me, this is my daily me time and everyone benefits lol.

 

ETA: I gave general breakdowns. If you want specifics on cooking times or anything please don’t hesitate to Pm me 🙂

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