(Closed) What is your most common dinner type?

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 17
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

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@AB Bride:  I love potatoes because they absorb the flavors. We also do carrots and celery… like a typical roast. We’ll also do bitter melon sometimes.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i like stir fries with rice but since husband is not asian, he cannot eat rice every single day so i try to mix it up a bit and make a casserole every once in a while but i really don’t enjoy casseroles.  i try to cook simple meals for the weekday and save more complicated meals for the weekend.  i went to culinary school so the cooking or menu planning is not a problem.  the problem is cooking for two.

Post # 19
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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@MexiPino:  Thanks!

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Piles of veggies with different accompaniments and different flavours. We make huge stirfries with lots of vegetables and tofu, pasta tossed with different green veggies, soups and stews, big salads (with lots of fruit and cheese and nuts, yum), lots of lentil-based dishes, quesadillas/tacos with black beans and veggies and avocado.

We eat mostly vegetarian, but not for ethical reasons though, so if we have a craving or there’s a great sale on something, we’ll get it. When we do buy meat, it’s usually fish or beef; I hate cooking chicken and it’s always insanely expensive so we usually skip it.

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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@jny1179:  Agree, most nights DH grills meat/fish/burgers and I make veggies or a salad.  Plenty of nights though we just snack on whatever’s around and stop when we’re full.  Probably we’ll have to eat real meals all the time when we have kids in the picture.

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I don’t really tend to make one type of food more than others. I’m not really a sauce person, so I find other ways to add flavor to my meat, usually seasoning or marinating it.

I bake whole chickens a lot and eat the meat plain, in tacos, in soups (tortilla, a soup similar to the inside of a pot pie, and black bean), in pasta dishes, or in casseroles. Sometimes I buy chicken breasts and saute them or make a cheesy chicken bake. I also grill the breasts and make chicken salad. I also make crockpot pulled pork/chicken. I use ground chicken to make a copycat of PF Changs’ lettuce wraps.

I also steam/bake salmon, tilapia, and mahi mahi frequently. Sometimes I marinate the fish, sometimes I don’t. It might sound gross, but I love to saute tilapia, mush it up, and mix it with orzo pasta or quinoa and spinach.

I also have a ridiculous amount of longhorn ground beef in my fridge (my parents own cows and from time to time we make ground beef/steaks out of one). I usually use that for chili, tacos, pizza toppings, sloppy joes, burger patties (I usually eat sloppy joe mixture and burger patties without a bun). Rarely, Fiance and I will grill some steaks, but usually when we eat steak, we pull out the fondue pot and cook it in coq au vin.  

For sides, I alternate between baking/steaming/sauteeing green beans, broiled baby potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, spinach, peas and carrots, lima beans, okra, and tomatoes. I also eat a fair amount of quinoa and pasta, and eat rice very sparingly.

During the day, if I snack, I’ll snack on fruit- mainly berries. I don’t usually have fruit with my dinner unless I’m having smoked salmon, gouda, and strawberries for dinner.

Ahhh! Typing all that out made me so hungry. I really enjoy cooking, so I tend to cook different meals as often as possible. Unless I have a craving, I won’t typically repeat a meal in a 2-3 month period. Typically, what I cook for dinner is often breakfast or lunch (or both) too until it is gone.

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Mostly salads. Thai Beef Salad, Roast Pumpkin & Fetta Salad, stuff like that. 

Post # 24
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@jny1179:  This is us too.

I always say we are a meat and potato couple. Though we rarely even eat potatoes 🙂

Post # 26
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I choose things that I will like that also appeal to the tastes of teen LK and Mr. LK. Teen LK is the pickiest of us all. So this week we are doing beef shortribs in a red wine and cream sauce with mashed potatoes and steamed green beans (last night); ham and white bean stew (tonight); grilled lamb chops with a red wine demiglace and steamed veggies (tomorrow); lemon rosemary pasta with chicken and broccoli (Thursday); bison burgers with oven-baked sweet potato “fries” and a sriracha dipping sauce (Friday); and orange chicken over brown rice (Saturday). I try to vary our protein source and side dishes as much as possible to avoid food boredom. That, and I just like trying new recipes.  

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Bristol zoo

Pasta pasta pasta 🙂 there are so many cheap, easy and healthy pasta recipes and it gives me a starting point to look for inspiration. My mother just sent me a Philadelphia cookbook which has a lot of easy suggestions so I’m gong to try to branch out a little.

 

risotto can be cheap easy and healthy as well :3 that’s probably my second go to thing

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Not at all. My FH is constantly amazed at the variety of foods I cook. I LOVE trying new recipes! I do have “seasons” – fall is my soup/stew season and I usually only bake when it is cold out. But I make anything from PA Dutch Pot Pie to fajitas to stir fries to casseroles to pasta dishes. I do cook a LOT of fish and seafood. Soon it wil be time to load up on local strawberries and I will make anything from jam to Strawberry Upside Down cake. I will also freeze a bunch as Iwill NOT consume commerically grown strawberries (especially from CA – nasty pesticides used on them!). Homegrown tomatoes will have me making homemade salsa (by the gallon!) and Italian Tomato Salad. I planted three varieties of basil this year so that means Pesto time!

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@missfrillycoat:  we tend to do a lot of stir fries and crock pot meals because they’re easy and can easily be made into healthy options (we only eat pastas, breads, pizza, oils etc when we are desperate).

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I love to cook, so I’m a bad person to answer!

My go to “I’m too lazy to cook” meal is chicken with spices (salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, onion powder, italian seasoning) cooked on both sides, then add a can of drained green beans and let simmer for 15 minutes.

 

If I’m REALLY exhausted, I’ll either do pasta or my Fiance will make turkey burgers (pre-made frozen ones)

Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t really love to cook, so my go-to simple dinner is grilled chicken with roasted veggies. Its super easy to chop up some red and orange peppers, an onion, zucchini and eggplant, toss with some apple cider vinegar and throw into the over for about 20 minutes. I buy the large bag of frozen chicken tenderloins from Trader Joe’s and throw them on the grill pan for a few minutes on each side. 

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