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What's for dinner?

Posted Friday, September 23, 2011, at 11:08 PM

Well, now that I have this great blog to share and get ideas back....I need help.

It seems as if my days are spent trying to think of what to cook for dinner. Along the way, I have come up with or found some pretty good recipes and ideas, but still get tired of the same ole, same ole.

So, I thought I'd share some of my quick dinner tricks that I've used to escape the normal beans and taters (although I LOVE beans and taters!) and am requesting you all give me some new ideas for dinner too, please.

1.Instead of hot wings, I sometimes make hot chicken legs. Easier to eat and more meat!
2.Instead of sloppy joes on a bun, I have rolled out crescent roll dough into a baking dish and topped with the sloppy joe meat and cheddar cheese. Bake!
3.I have also used pizza or spaghetti sauce mixed with ground beef and spooned on top of crescent dough for a great homemade type pizza. Add whatever veggies and cheese you want.
4.I have bought Italian sausage and cut it up into pieces and thrown it into a baking dish with chopped up onions and potatoes. It's good to toss it all in a bag first with a little olive oil. Again, top with cheese!
5.Another Italian sausage dish is close to the above, but I cut the sausage and add onions and green peppers and toss with Italian dressing. Bake until veggies are tender. Yum.
6.A wonderful potato dish is to cut up potatoes and place in freezer bag. Toss with olive oil, real parmesan cheese (not in the can!) and some garlic salt. Bake.
7.Add feta cheese to your salad. Best to use Italian dressing. Just like a Greek salad!
8.Homemade potato stroganoff: Brown ground beef. Add big can of cream of mushroom. Slice potatoes and place in greased baking dish. Top with meat mixture and back until potatoes are tender.
9.Substitute egg noodles for the potatoes in above for noodle stroganoff. (Just cook noodles according to package first and mix with meat. This probably won't need an hour to bake. Just bake long enough to bubble.
10.One of my favorite meals is one I grew up with my mom making. Boil hot dogs and slit down the middle. Lay two across a plain slice of light bread. Top with hot dog chili, cheese, and onions.
11.Add kidney beans to your regular spaghetti with a touch of taco seasoning in the sauce. Top with cheddar cheese. Mexican spaghetti!
12.One of my favorite side dishes is to cook spaghetti according to package directions, drain, and then stir in butter, garlic salt and parmesan cheese. Again -- not parmesan from a can.
13.Salad sized shrimp is not too expensive and sometimes I buy those and mix in a skillet with taco seasoning. Place in soft tortillas and you have shrimp tacos. Add whatever you like on a normal taco like lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sour cream or guacamole. Very good!
14.I also like buying the small hamburger patties called sliders and broil them. I top with sautéed mushrooms, Swiss cheese and steak sauce for a different kind of burger. They fit great on dinner rolls.
15.Anybody like beer cheese soup? I love it and I have a great recipe that is a copy cat of 101st Airborne's soup. http://www.recipelink.com/mf/14/1608

I hope these ideas strike someone's interest and I am expecting some great ideas in return!


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Lentils with butternut squash, diced tomatoes (canned) various spices stuffed into a bell pepper, yum!

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Sun, Sep 25, 2011, at 8:29 AM

Browned sage sausage, med. sauteed bell peppers, and onion, and 1c. celery, 1c. uncooked minuet rice, small jar of chopped pimentos, two cans cream of whatever soup and a cup of mild cheddar cheese.....all pressed in a casserole and baked at 350 for almost an hour is one of my favorites....the rice cooks as the soup adds the liquid...did I mention to saute the left overs the next morning for breakfast, when just heated through it forms an omelet shape if pushed right!....Yum!

-- Posted by chefgrape on Sun, Sep 25, 2011, at 11:01 AM

Yum and Yum! More, please....

-- Posted by SFrame912 on Sun, Sep 25, 2011, at 2:24 PM

I like putting a spin on the fried potatoes.

For a helping enough for 5 people:

Pour olive oil or a similar oil into your pan. Cut up about 3 large potatoes into small cubes. Place them into your pan. Add about 1/2 tsp of salt. And about 1 tsp of ground black pepper. Finely chop and add 1 garlic clove and about a 1/2 cup finely chopped onion. Cook until starting to brown. Drain the oil and place a cover or tin foil over the top of the pan so the potatoes will finish cooking on the inside. When they are done. Pour them into a bowl and toss with about 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Sun, Sep 25, 2011, at 10:45 PM

Leftover Stew:

This is great when you have beef leftovers in the fridge and don't know what to do with them.

First brown about 1 lb of hamburger meat or leftover hamburger meat (meatloaf,etc) that already been cooked to warm it up.

In a pot, add one package of brown gravy mix to 4 cups of water into a pot. Add the hamburger/meat. Then add leftover vegetables (peas, corn, carrots, cubed potatoes,etc). Cook over Med-High for about 20-30 minutes. No seasoning is needed because the gravy mix already contains all of the seasoning in it.

You can also use this stew as a filler for homemade pot pies as well.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Sun, Sep 25, 2011, at 10:52 PM

Something quick and delicious: brown your choice of beef (I use beef tips like you would use for beef stew). While its browning, mix 1-16 oz tub of sour cream with 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup on the stove until heated through and well blended. Remove beef from stove, pour soup mix over the beef. Serve and enjoy.

-- Posted by candasons07 on Mon, Sep 26, 2011, at 8:52 AM

These are very interesting. I'm lactose intolerant & prefer to make dishes without a lot of cheese, milk, etc.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Mon, Sep 26, 2011, at 10:46 PM

Slice potatoes about 1/4 inch and dip in Italian dressing. Place on greased pan. Lightly sprinkle pepper, grated parmesan cheese and bake in oven. Gives that fried taste without the greasy taste.

-- Posted by cookie on Tue, Sep 27, 2011, at 8:49 AM

One thing for sure it will be gluten free............

Any body have ideas to share on that or want suggestions?

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Sun, Oct 2, 2011, at 3:19 PM


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Sherri Frame, a former staff-writer for the T-G, grew up in Wartrace and now makes her home in Shelbyville with her daughter, Jordan. She graduated from Cascade High School and earned her bachelor's degree in management at Trevecca Nazarene University. Sherri is currently unemployed.
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