Post # 1
I don’t think I have posted on here about my situation but I am on medical leave until I have this baby so I am now a Stay-At-Home Mom and my DH works full time and has to drive about an hour each way to his job. I have been cooking dinner for him so he has food waiting for him when e gets home but I keep coming up with the same meals to make.
1. Pasta and breadsticks
2. Steak and potatos
3. Chicken alfredo
4. Lasagna and corn/greenbeans
Then I also make an occasional hamberger helper or chili or something easy but I want to make more. Does anyone have any good SIMPLE recipies? My husband and I like simple foods without a lot of spices. I was going to make ham and beans with corn bread but he said he wouldn’t like it. I used to make parmasean chicken but since getting pregnant the thought of baked chicken makes my stomach turn so that’s out. If anyone has a good idea for a meal I would really appreciate it.
Post # 3
Do you have a slow cooker? There are soo many easy recipes for it. Chili, cabbage rolls, roast beef etc…
How about homemade pizza? We buy a crust then load it with our favourite toppings.
Post # 4
Crock pot all the way… Chicken Tortilla Soup, Salsa Chicken, Chicken Tacos, Taco Chili, etc… are all favorites here (you can tell we have a comfortable genre 😉 haha)… But there are so many recipes online and they are SO easy!
Post # 5
Get a rice cooker! My fiancé is Asian so we eat a lot of stir fry or marinated or BBQ meat and rice.
Post # 6
I like to make roasts (pork, beef) and stews of all kinds. Salad with grilled shrimp. Shepherds pie or other casseroles.
Stuffed peppers are easy to make, just fry up some ground beef or turkey, season as you like, and mix it with cooked rice (and maybe feta for extra deliciousness!), fill pepper halves and bake in the oven. Serve with tomato sauce.
You could make risotto if you don’t mind standing in the kitchen for a while. It’s time consuming, but delicious!
Post # 7
I loved baked chicken breast with mashed or baked potatoes and veggies.
Tacos are easy.
I also love my crockpot. I like to make pulled BBQ for sandwiches or slow cook some chicken for chicken tacos/buritos.
Post # 8
I definitely agree on the crockpot! We use ours all the time. I start it before work, and when we get home, dinner is mostly done. It sounds like it would be perfect for you as well, with a baby on the way. And if your DH gets stuck in traffic, runs late, etc, it’s no big deal.
We make pulled pork or pulled chicken with BBQ sauce for sandwiches, pulled chicken for tacos, chili, soups, etc.
The recipes can be so easy too! I made BBQ chicken earlier this week, and all I did was dump 2 frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot with a bottle of BBQ sauce, and I was done. It’s amazing.
Post # 9
http://www.AllRecipes.com– you can choose what kind of ingredients you have(want) and it’ll pull up a bunch of options that are rated.
Post # 10
We just got a crockpot a couple days ago from my mom because she had an extra one. My biggest thing is that we don’t like anything spicy and the thought of rice makes me gag so a lot of foods that one or the other might like can’t be made. My SIL just found a nice crockpot at a yard sale for $1 that she is going to give me so I can make 2 different meals if I need to in order to make us both happy. They are both on the smaller side so that should be good. I’ll look into a lot of those idea and check out the site MRSLMA
posted. Maybe I can find stuff we will all enjoy. 🙂
That BBQ chicken sounds really good. I may have to try that soon.
Post # 11
Crockpots are awesome.Go to the crockin’ girls website or Facebook page.They have lots of recipes.
Post # 12
Try homemade french bread pizza! 🙂 It’s quite cheap to make.
Just get a large loaf (or two) of french bread and slice it like you would for a sub sandwhich. Spread pizza sauce on top, cheese, pepperoni, etc. to your liking and broil in oven for 5-10 minutes…and bam! You have dinner for a ton of people! I make a side salad for this as well, which makes the dinner pretty filling.
P.S. Like many Bees have said, I have heard that crockpots are amazing for meals on a budget and you can do SO much with them. I’ve seen recipes for slow cooked enchiladas in the crockpot…maybe I should get one!
Post # 13
Our go to meal that we eat almost every week and never get tired of:
1 Can Black Beans
1 Can Kidney Beans
1 Can Tomatos with Green Chile
1.5 tspn chile powder
0.5 tspn cumin
0.5 tspn garlic
1/3 Cup Water
Rinse the beans well, mix everything together. Bring to a boil and then simmer until most of the water is reduced (~10 min). Serve with tortillas, salsa, cheese, sour cream.
Post # 14
Oh my, that sounds delicious and simple! 🙂
Post # 15
My mom made like ten 30 minute dinners while we were growing up: pasta, hot dogs/burgers, pizza (boboli), mac and cheese, breaded chicken with various vegetables that had been frozen, Chili and rice, tacos, fish and vegetables, stew (no idea how long that one actually takes because she didn’t cook it as often). As far as chicken goes, she made a couple different kinds, you can marinate it in ceasar or italian dressing, marinate it in terriaki sauce, or put bread crumbs on it.
ETA: We were a family of 6. We also did breakfast for dinner every now and then (pancakes or french toast, eggs and bacon). And occasionally we would do grilled cheese and tomato soup, but thats more lunch.
Post # 16
I love the crockpot! My favorite thing to do – especially when there’s a forecast of nasty weather which will mess up the drive home – is to throw a few pound of chicken in with half a bottle of BBQ sauce and some chopped carrots and onions – instant BBQ! Or pork works well too. Or you can do chicken and taco seasoning + water or a jar of salsa, then stir in drained rinsed black beans and corn and sour cream for taco/enchilada filling. The possibilities are endless!
I also highly recommend the “How to cook everything” books by mark bittman – pretty simple, delicious recipes with clear instructions. There are a few variations, but I have the main one (red).