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

posted 4 years ago in Married Life
Post # 61
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395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Another really fast weeknight meal:

Blackened salmon with a spicy blackberry wine glaze (I didn’t make the sauce) and asparagus wrapped in turkey bacon

Post # 62
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395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

ktsteimel:  I’m going to have to check out skinny taste.

Post # 64
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

trevino24:  We had Thai chicken lettuce cups last night. We have lots of spicy chicken left so we are going to add cumin, chili powder and turn them into chicken tacos. We’ll top them with all of the good stuff so they’ll be extra yummy. We are working hard to throw away less food. This is a good way for us to use up that chicken and have a brand new dish. Yum.

Post # 67
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

trevino24:  Regarding the rice… Don’t forget there are different kinds of rice.  Short grain rice (like Calrose) tends to come out stickier and long grain rice comes out fluffier.  I personally like short grain.  Maybe that’s why your rice is different from his mum’s?

Our standbys include: spaghetti made with ground turkey or premade meatballs (I add chopped zucchini chunks to the sauce), chili made with ground turkey and a seasoning packet (I added chuicnks of zucchini lol), tacos!, grilled chicken and roasted veggies (asparagus/zucchini/etc).

It’s summer here, so we’ve been eating a LOT of salads… just grill up some meat and add whatever veggies!

Our current fave combos:

Romaine, Grilled Chicken (marinated in pesto and lime), fresh corn, Tomato, Cuke, Chickpeas, Avocado, Feta, Sunflower seeds, Dressing (pesto with balsamic) green onion.

Romaine, grilled steak, pluots (plums), almonds, goat cheese, fresh corn of the cob, celery, cucumber, balsamic vinaigrette

So cool you’re getting your cook on!  I love the websites for skinnytaste and Cookinglight too!  Have fun!

Post # 68
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Bumble bee

Become friends with your crockpot, and if you don’t have one, buy one. It’s so great because work is minimal and it cooks while you work. My favorite recipe is taco chicken. Approx 3 lbs chicken (I use frozen), a can of black beans, a jar of salsa, and half a packet of taco seasoning. (I actually usually half the recipe) Cook it on low for 8 hrs (or you can do high for 4 but low is better) then shred it with a fork and mix it up really well. I like to serve it in a bowl over rice with a dollop of sour cream, but Fiance likes it in a taco shell with taco toppings! 

I also like to just make shredded chicken (throw some chicken (frozen or fresh) in the crockpot, I usually add salt, pepper and garlic powder but you can add whatever spices or none. Cook on low for 8 hrs or high for 4 and then shred with a fork. Then I use the chicken for chili, quesadillas, soup, pasta, etc. I always use what I need for that nights recipe and then bag the rest in single/ double portion sizes and freeze it. Then I can take it out in the morning and it’s thawed when I get home from work and ready for whatever recipe! So easy!

Post # 69
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395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

trevino24:  Try the boil in bag rice. You can’t go wrong. Just cook it for the time recommended and you are good to go.

Post # 72
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Fiance is usually out of town on weeknights. He loves to cook so when he’s here our dinners are really varied- from vietnamese pho to fried chicken! Whatever recipe he’s found that he wants to try out.

If it’s just me I eat extremely paleo…lots of picadillos (ground beef with veggies + spices), fish and beans. I always have a leafy green as well, either kale or spinach. 

When we are together and both trying to eat well we make a lot of baked chicken (a whole chicken is only $11 and baking chicken is so easy), baked salmon, baked potatoes, and steaks. Fiance doesn’t really like leafy greens so we’ll do squashes and asparagus.

I’m super interested in trying Blue Apron….judging from the comments it sounds amazing!

Post # 73
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Bumble bee

trevino24:  if you want to get technical, you shouldn’t leave ANYTHING plugged in and running when your not home, but yes crockpots are considered safe to leave on unattended. its what they’re made for! They cook on a very low wattage so there’s not much risk of anything happening, but don’t leave it next to anything else, especially towels or pot holders to be on the safe side. I always leave mine on all day. At my last job overtime was often inevitable and there were times Id come home after 9 or 10 hours and my food and home was fine. I don’t worry about it!

Post # 74
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I wish I got out earlier to cook – I am usually in a rush to pick up our son, feed him and make dinner so I have a pretty boring menu but it is usually quick.  We do pasta alot (I usually use hot turkey italian sausage and a can of sauce).  Chili – I typically make this at night and then we eat it the next day on top of tater tots – YUM!!!!  In the summer I like to grill super easy and tasty (steak and asparagus with EVOO,salt,pepper, and garlic powder).  Also – I do crock pot stuff sometimes so its ready when we get home.  Also a good stirfry – YUM!!  Usually get the stir fry vegetables and cut up some pork cook that and add in some terriyaki and make minute brown rice.

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