(Closed) Need non-chicken Dinner Ideas!

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 46
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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ohnatto:  +1. This whole thread has me in awe.  

Post # 47
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I wasn’t suggesting cooking things he hates all the time, just sugesting maybe getting to try something new once a week or so. Maybe make a deal that if he tries something new on a tuesday, you will cook his favourite dish on a wednesday. My dh to this day won’t eat mushrooms (unless they are in my moms chicken, mushroom and pea stew) so I don’t add them to his meal (for instance if we have stirfry i will add them to mine after his is dished up). But for instance he used to not eat lamb, he now eats it cooked in certain dishes because he got told I have lamb in the freezer I need to use and since you like curry let me try a lamb curry. Turns out he quite enjoys lamb if it is in a curry.

I understand it can be difficult but unless he is prepared to cook then he needs to make some concessions sometimes. My brother up till now was the fussiest eater I had heard of. If you cook peas he has to have them in a separate bowl so they don’t touch the rest of his food. Same with mashed potato. Somehow as he has gotten older, his fussiness has relaxed a bit, he now eats pizza (he refused growing up) and scrambled egg (again refused before). And since he went on holiday to a few asian countries he now eats all kinds of things I won’t even try. He was forced to try new things when on holiday and even he admits it was good for him and he hates change. He knew if he didn’t eat he would starve and so he ate. Turns out a lot of it was very nice. My mom has also stopped catering to him so much, makes a huge difference. He has adapted and now if he really doesn’t like the menu for that night he will cook himself something else.

Post # 48
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

My favorite and leftovers freeze great!

Green Salsa Pork Tacos (Salsa Verde Pork)

  • 3-5 lbs Pork shoulder or butt (boneless is easier), remove as much fat as you can
  • 1 jar green salsa
  • 1 onion, rough chopped
  • optional–1 bunch of cilantro (chopped), one can of green chilies

Place onion on bottom of slow cooker. Place pork on top, dump green salsa over pork. (if you are adding cilantro and chilies, mix into the salsa on the side of the pot, dont just place on top of pork, it will just dry out). Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Take pork out and shred. This optional, I take the sauce in the slow cooker and place into a pot on the stove and boil down, so the sauce is thicker. Then toss shredded pork with sauce.

I serve it on corn or flour tortillas, heated up black beans, salsa fresca (if I remember to buy it), sour cream and cheese. I sometimes serve it with some sort of rice dish or veggie, but sometimes Darling Husband just wants the tacos, no sides. There will be lots of leftovers. I plan for 1/3 cup of pork per taco. We usually eat 3 tacos each, so I put 2 cups into a freezer bag.

Post # 49
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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MsGinkgo:  We do tacos, burgers, pot roast, pasta and meatballs, brats/hotdogs, pulled pork sandwiches… If he likes seafood, we’ll do mahi mahi patties (burgers) with stuffed clams as a side, or even alfredo shrimp pasta.  We get most of our food at Aldi because we have a couple nice ones near us, otherwise we get everything else from the local grocery store (a few items Aldi doesn’t carry or that we just prefer to buy higher-end), and that helps keep the cost down.

Post # 51
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

“asian” meatballs have become a go to in our household

2lbs ground meat (we like turkey best, but you said he doesn’t like that so ground beef would be fine too)

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 egg

1/4-1/2 cup panko (depending how you like your meatballs, if you prefer them just meat, this isn’t even necessary.

Mix all ingredients, roll into balls (or be lazy like me and use a cookie scoop).

Bake at 350 for 20-25mins (or more depending on your oven).

 

My family likes them plain OR with the sauce

 

1/2 cup chili sauce<br />1/4- 1/2 cup jelly (usually we use grape, last time I was almost out so I had half grape half strawberry and it was still great). To taste. I think 1/4 cup is probably fine, but sometimes I make it with more jelly for added sweetness.

Combine in a saucepan on the stove, heat at low-medium heat and stir until mixed together.

Spoon over meatballs (we usually do that on our plates, so that leftovers can be plain)

 

 

Post # 52
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

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MsGinkgo:  I love how easy it is and how much I can freeze. The other great thing is that once I have extra pork in the freezer, the rest of the ingredients are things that I either have around the house (cheese, sour cream) or store for a long time (canned black beans, corn or flour tortilla in the freezer). The only fresh thing is salsa fresca that can be skipped.

I know you say Darling Husband doesnt like casseroles because he doesnt know what is in them. Maybe on the weekend he can help you put together some casseroles that you can freeze. Obviously pick ones with stuff he likes and he actually puts them together. 

I also love this book– Dont Panic More Dinners in the Freezer. What I like about it is the recipes show you how to double, triple or more the amount of food. It also tells you how to cook the food if you are planning to eat it now, how to freeze it and how to cook after it is frozen. So I found it easy to double the recipe and make both at the same time, eat one and freeze the other. So for one prep, I got two (or more) meals. The only thing is read the recipe closely and see if there are steps you can skip. For instance, sometimes it tells you to mix sauces in a bowl then transfer into plastic bags. I found that I could just throw the ingredients into the plastic bag and not dirty up a bowl. 

http://www.favoritefreezerfoods.com/dont-panic-more-dinners-in-the-freezer.html

Post # 54
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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MsGinkgo: echoing PP with pork loin or meatballs or beef medallions. 

Fiance is also picky, though he’s pretty adventureous. He doesn’t / can’t eat certain things due to medical reasons so I am happy to accommodate that.

I work just as hard as he does so the last thing I want to do is cook a dinner that caters only to him. If he doesn’t appreciate what I make, he can cook for himself or take me to dinner. 

Post # 55
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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MsGinkgo:  lol yea i never name my dishes to the family.

My 6 year old son was like “Why are they asian?” I was like “because it’s kinda like the sauce they use?” and he was like “I’ll just call them meatballs with deliciousness sauce” um okay buddy lol

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