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!