Post # 1
All right Bees, it’s high time Darling Husband and I bust out of our chicken nuggets-tuna-blts-other easy boring food rut that we’ve been in since………well, adulthood!
We’ve been trying new things every now and then, but I’m determined to turn it up a notch. After seeing many of you rave over the skinnytaste blog, I went through and picked out two easy recipes for us to try this week. And I’d like to do the same for the next several until we get a few new “go-to” meals.
So what are your favorite meals to make? (or sides, or desserts, I need it all!). We don’t have any special dietary needs or restrictions – I just want some tasty, healthy, somewhat easy to prepare meals!
Or, what are your favorite websites/blogs to get new ideas from?
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I’ll even start by sharing a recipe my mom makes that Darling Husband and I love.
32 oz tomato juice
1 sliced green pepper
1 can diced tomatoes (this is Darling Husband and my addition)
1/4C soy sauce + 1TB soy sauce
1lb cube steak
1/4tsp ground ginger (I think! from memory here, PM me if you want me to verify the amount when I get home)
2 TB Olive oil
(we make this in an electric skillet, but Darling Husband thinks a crockpot would work as well)
Marinate the cube steak in 1/4C soy sauce and a bit of sugar overnight or at least a couple hours. Heat oil in skillet, add ginger. Once heated, add and brown steak.
Add tomato juice, peppers, 2nd soy sauce amount. Mix cornstarch with equal parts water and add to thicken. Reduce heat and simmer for 1-2 hours, checking and stirring occasionally. Add soy sauce to taste, if desired.
Serve over rice or noodles.
Post # 5
@MissBoPeep: that looks so easy! And Darling Husband loves bacon.
Post # 6
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
@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
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!!
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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
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 # 12
@doxielove: haha, you sound like us – those three are in our boring rotation as well! Time is our issue too – we try to go to the gym 3-4 nights a week and it’s time to eat by the time we both get home. So I’m hoping we can at least make some better meals the 1-2 nights that we are home earlier and eventually get fast enough at making them, that they can rotate in on gym nights.
@MsPoodles: that chicken recipe looks delicious! And we have all those ingredients most of the time – definitely going to try that one!
Post # 13
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
@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
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…
Post # 16
@doxielove: you need a crockpot 😉
Says the girl that has had hers for 16 months now and it’s still in the box.