(Closed) Share your go-to dinner recipes!

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 6
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have recently become obsessed with Hungry Girl‘s recipes. Most are really easy, and she has some great alternatives to save calories. We love pasta, but it’s super high calorie (not sure if you’re counting though). HG recommends shirataki noodles, and I think they’re pretty much a miracle. We used to make alfredo, chicken parm, and baked macaroni as go to meals all the time, and we do again now that we’re using these noodles.

Darling Husband and I also really like baked chicken breast (garlic herb, lemon pepper, etc.), shrimp, or tilapia, vegetables (boiled corn, steamed broccoli, etc.), and wild or brown rice. It’s really simple and fast if you cut the chicken into smaller pieces. We also really like this recipe from Campbell’s and this turkey meatloaf

Post # 7
4693 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@hisgoosiegirl:  It’s SO easy!  And the sauce (aka bacon fat and carmelized brown sugar….) is to die for on mashed potatoes.  Mmmm.

Post # 8
1306 posts
Bumble bee

My go-to recipes usually are spaghetti (just noodles and a jar of Ragu with mushrooms), or tacos (1 lb ground beef with taco seasoning, topping to taste).  Oh, and mac n cheese.  Suuuuuuper healthy, lol.  Clearly I am not a very good (inventive) cook.  I’m hoping once Darling Husband and I move closer to work (our commute 1-way is currently an hour) I’ll have more time and ambition to get in that kitchen!!

Post # 10
13679 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Baked turkey breast over a spinach salad with cranberries.  The cranberries make it sweet, the turkey is savory when spiced correctly (I use garlic and habanero citrus olive oil), and the vegetables are perfect.  Any sort of viniagrette goes well; I usually make a homemade cranberry or use balsamic vinegar.

Post # 11
1812 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

A quick yoghurt/cheesecake recipe which is great for dinner parties and looks great in ice-cream glasses.

1 pack biscuits (cookies).  I used last week cinnamon cookies, but you can use chocolate digestives, ginger biscuits, whatever you like so as long as they crumble well.

Butter – appr 100g – you wnat just enough to cover all the crumbles, but not so much that it makes a solid base.

Thick greek yoghurt.

Topping of your choice.

– Brown sugar is great for a caramel topping. just sprinkle on the yoghurt and leave overnight to ‘melt’

– A fruit jam works great as well – apricot jam goes really well with ginger biscuits, apple sauce or peach jam with cinnamon

Fresh fruit is also great – if doing this add some crushed pistachos to the biscuit.



Melt the butter

Smash up the biscuits


Leave to cool in a fridge for a couple of hours, stirring every now and then so it remains a crumble and doesn’t become a solid base.

Place the biscuit mix into glass bowls or glasses (wine glasses look great), top with the thick and topping of your choice and voila!



Post # 13
4693 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We also make roasted chicken thighs/breasts.  Use either bone in, skin on thighs or split chicken breasts, place them in a baking dish, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle them with garlic powder, onion powder, celery salt, and parsley, then dot with butter and bake uncovered at 375 for 45 minutes.  I usually throw a couple of potatoes in the oven at the same time for baked potatoes with it.

Post # 14
1306 posts
Bumble bee

@hisgoosiegirl:  Here here.  By the time we get home it’s 6, then if we work out and shower, when are we supposed to start cooking – 7?  8?  By then I’m drained and don’t feel like spending time slaving in the kitchen.  I’m an old soul – my “bedtime” is 10 – gah, we just need a personal chef or something 🙂

Post # 15
4354 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We do stir fry probably nearly once a week. Just bell peppers, onion and chicken breast chunks either over rice or with stir fry noodles.

Also homemade burgers with FI’s help (I hate squishing raw ground beef). He makes great burgers.

Fajitas with almost the same stuff as the stir fry above.

Pita pizza is our lazy meal, pita bread with sauce, cheese, peppers, olives, peperoni (if we have it) onion, hot peppers etc… We usually have most of those things in the fridge and we just keep a pack of pita bread in the freezer.

Also since it’s summer out some sort of BBQ chicken, pork or steak with potato and veggie, or rice and salad.

Winter time we do more slow cooker meals like stew, chili, pulled pork etc…

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