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Monday, March 14, 2011

It's that time of day again. I'm looking in the pantry wondering what's for dinner. Soon, my kids will be home and asking, "What's for dinner?"

This cooking stuff used to be fun, but 4 million meals later, not so much. I'm tired of the same ol' same ol', and not willing to go to too much trouble to put out a meal that will disappear in 5.7 seconds flat. Not to mention that the boys will have their hind ends sticking out of the fridge before I get the last fork in the dishwasher.

So that's where you all come in. Can you please give me some quick and easy dinner ideas? Preferably crock pot meals as our afternoons can get hectic. Our standy-bys are chili, pastas, sloppy joes, and breakfast for dinner. Anything else out there your family enjoys?

Hurry up, because as you can see, my hungry men are waiting . . .


Denise Hunter  
posted at 2:13 PM  
  Comments (11)
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At 3:17 PM, Blogger kLr said...

-Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese with a side of veggies : )
-Spaghetti and Meatballs
-Chicken (seasoned and cooked in cast iron in the oven)
-Grilled anything (chicken, hamburgers, etc.)
-Banana Splits (yes, for dinner, for a treat)

At 3:30 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I don't suppose your men would eat flowers in a salad, would they, D? Just toss some ground beef mixed with barbecue sauce on top of it, mix with cheese and let 'em at it.

At 4:14 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Oooh, good ideas, kLr! Especially the banana splits! Throw a few nuts on and you have almost all the major food groups. :-)

Cheryl, only one of my boys will touch salad. It sounds good to me though!

At 5:09 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Here's a favorite low carb meal:

Cheeseburger Pie
1 lb ground beef
1/2 chopped onion
4 slices crisp bacon, crumbled
salt and pepper
1/2 t garlic powder
3 eggs
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup half and half
8 oz shredded cheese

Brown beef with onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix in bacon. Press beef mixture into bottom of deep dish pie pan. Preheat oven to 350. Combine eggs,mayo, half and half, cheese. Mix well. Pour mixture over meat. Bake 40-45 minutes until top is browned and set. Cool 10 minutes before slicing.

At 8:12 PM, Blogger Jackie S. said...

I love those crock pot recipes, too. We like this one:
South Seas Dish
Brown a pound of ground beef or ground turkey or even venison.
Drain and put in crockpot.
Add Veg All or English Peas or vegetables of choice
Can of sliced water chesnuts, drained
Can of mushrooms, drained.
Can of French onion soup.
1/2 cup golden raisins
Soy suit your taste
2 tsp.ground ginger
Cook in crockpot 3-4 hours.
Serve on Rice; can put slivered almonds on top and orange slices. I like a bit of sour cream on top.

At 8:32 PM, Blogger jel said...

this is a dish DH likes,
cooked cabbage and Hominy,
it's good,

Beans and cornbread

At 10:06 PM, Blogger Tracy Ruckman said...

Two cubed steak meals are great for crock pot:

Brown steak in skillet. Layer potatoes in bottom of crockpot, top with browned steaks. Mix one or two envelopes of dried onion soup mix with water and pour over meat. Yum.


Brown steak in skillet, the place in crock pot. Top with sliced onions, bell pepper chunks, and canned diced tomatoes. Yum again.

We just discovered E-Mealz and will be checking them out. You might want to see if it would help you too. They send out weekly meal plans based on your diet preferences and/or preferred grocery store (or any store). (I'm not affiliated with them - I just discovered them last week.)

At 9:45 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Oooh, those all sound yummy! I'll have to check out E-Mealz, Tracy. Thanks!

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Have you tried a Shepherd's Pie? They're pretty easy & can be done in a crock pot, except for the very end. I make a huge batch, then freeze one for another time. :)

I'll send you my recipe.

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Well, my email bounced, so here it is:

Usually Shepherd's Pie is ground beef & veggies, but I put a couple of cross cut beef shanks and a pound of ground beef in the crock pot with a bullion cube. Cover it with water (just to the top of the beef shanks) and cook all day. About the last hour, toss in peas & carrots (frozen). Boil some potatoes and mash them. Put the meat & veggies in a casserole dish, thicken the gravy (juice from the crock pot) then seal it all in with a topping of mashed potatoes and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees (or until the potatoes brown a bit).

You can adjust to the amount of work you want to do. I brown some onions when I thicken the gravy, and toss those in. You could even top with a sprinkling of cheese. :)

At 7:12 AM, Blogger But Grace Happens said...

2 lbs boneless chicken breasts
2 large jars of salsa (I usually do one medium and one mild, but it's also fun to change it up and put in one of the gourmet salsas that have different seasonings in them like chipotle)
2 cans chili beans with sauce

Heat ingredients in a crock pot for about 4 hours. Remove chicken and shred in another bowl. Slightly mash the beans and salsa left in the crock pot. Add the chicken back into the sauce and continue to let it simmer in the crock pot for another half hour or so. Serve on warm tortillas with various toppings... cheese, chopped onion, tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream, etc.


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