What do you want for dinner?

I"m off ideas at the moment - what should I cook for dinner?
@arkaf61 (10891)
Canada
January 2, 2008 10:37am CST
Do you ever get stuck not knowing for sure what you are going to cook for dinner? I love to cook, and I love to make different foods each day - hate repeating the same thing over and over again. But after so many years using my imagination each night, sometimes I get out of ideas and can't think about one thing to cook. Asking hubby or kids doesn't help. Either the will ask me for something I don't have at that time, or just shrug and respond " Whatever" or "anything you cook will be fine " grrrr if I know what I wanted to make I wouldn't be asking LOL So what do you do? DO you ask again in hopes that they will actually come up with something? Do you take a brief look at your cooking books and see if there's something that attracts your attention? Or do you give up and just order?
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13 responses
• United States
2 Jan 08
Same here arkaf61. I started reading cookbooks. Yes, reading cookbooks - for new ideas and ways to make things different. Plus, before I go to the grocery store, I go through cookbooks and find recipes that are new, or new ways to cook the same old thing. I took it upon myself to make a weekly menu based on things we love, using leftovers, and new and adventurous cooking. It worked for me. We still sometimes eat the old standbys but at least once a week, I cook something we have never had before. If it's good, it goes on the list of new things, if no one likes it, well, at least I tried. I ususally ask if anyone has a preference. If they don't then I cook what I think is best, easiest, or try the new thing. It pretty much teaches them they need to voice their opinion or eat what is set before them...LOL
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
2 Jan 08
I also take a look a cookbooks every once in a while to get new ideas. We do have hose favorites that they like me to cook more often but other than that I really hate to repeat the same thing in a row :) I love french fries but I remember that my mother in law used to do that every single day and for a while I couldn't see any more french fries in front of me LOL SOmetimes I am mean and when hubby or kids don't give me any ideas I cook something that it's not exactly their favorite, but they have to eat it because I gave them the chance to tell me what they wanted and they passed it out LOL
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• United States
2 Jan 08
That's the way to do it. Maybe they'll set up and take notice.... I love my cookbooks.....so many ideas.
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
2 Jan 08
LOL the only thing is that it still doesn't work heheheh I have a few cookbooks as well, plus I have some places on the net that I go for interesting recipes. But sometimes I just wanted to ask, and actually get a proper answer like " OH honey, how about some this or that " LOL
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@ssh123 (31104)
• India
3 Jan 08
We are vegetarians and there is no dearth for items or ideas. So my wife has no habit of asking as to what is to be prepared and knowing well that she prepares good food most of the time, myself and myson just appreciate whatever she prepares.
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
3 Jan 08
YOu are a lucky man, my friend:) I know that my husband trusts my cooking skills and enjoys what I cook, but sometimes I am all out of ideas heheheh
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
2 Jan 08
I like to mix different colors. Today I will have green beens with carrots, dry cranberries, oranges and pine nuts. I am color oriented person, colors guarantee proper vitamins and minerals distribution.... I don't eat meat, so maybe my dinner is easier to make....:)
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
2 Jan 08
Yes I love the different colors as well. Not only it looks more appetizing but it tells me I'm adding enough of everything that is good. I do eat meat but I still like to looks at the colors in my plate. Tonight I'm making fish fillet with bernaise sauce, and also carrots and green beens like you. TO please the kids I will also add a bit of wild rice mix with almonds. I love pine nuts :) Both to eat just like that or in the food.
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@GardenGerty (93739)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Jan 08
My first response is to clean out whatever is left over. Combine meat with vegetables, add a sauce. Throw on new spices. I am pretty easy to please, and so is hubby, there are just two of us.
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
2 Jan 08
Yes, we do the leftover thing too, and it's easier if it's only hubby and me. SOmetimes we just add one thing or other and it becomes a whole new dish :)
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@howard96h (11665)
• New York, New York
2 Jan 08
Same problem in my home, never know what to make and tired of the same old dishes. Sometimes I watch a cooking show to get an idea for a new dish to prepare. Gee, what will I make tonight? I think tonight will be rigatoni with a spicy chicken tomatoe sauce topped with romano cheese and garlic toast on the side.
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
2 Jan 08
Yummy, I like your choice for tonight:) If I hadn't planned my dinner for tonight I would copy you LOL but maybe for tomorrow.
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@SViswan (12095)
• India
5 Jan 08
I do like to cook but not on a daily basis and I don't like making the same thing too frequently either. Asking hubby and our son doesn't help. Now, I've got down to planning the next day's meal a day before so that I can shop for the items that I do not have. It's a crazy process but I've got used to it now. Sometimes, when I run out of ideas, I pick up the cook book or browse the net.
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
5 Jan 08
I love cooking too, but sometimes we do run out of ideas:) I go go to my cookbooks, saved recipes or the net for help, but it would be so much easier if hubby or kids came up with at least some ideas - I'm not even talking about them cooking which to be fair, they do sometimes and they're all good cooks :) -.
@SViswan (12095)
• India
7 Jan 08
My family is equally bad...I asked them a couple of days back...and no one could come up with what they wanted and then I just didn't cook...we went out for dinner!Well, no one cooks in my family and they pick on anyone else (besides me) who cooks.
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
9 Jan 08
LOL I"m actually lucky that every once in a while they want to cook:)
8 Jan 08
Can I have... Some spicey hot chicken balls, some fries, a large glass of coke, some buttered bread and ice cream for afters please? I always say whatever to kate or "what do we have" I hardly go into the kicthen, now that sounds bad but I do cook at times. she's my diamond and looks after me well when I'm busy doing things. I've only said this because she's watching over and I want a drink! I'm kidding, ~Joey
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
9 Jan 08
LOL joey. I"m sure katy would bring you the drink no matter what :):) See I used to have no need to ask long time ago. I had not yet used all my special recipes. But now it's over 20 years using my imagination and creativity, I"m running out of recipes LOLOLOLOL
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9 Jan 08
Lol.. *Pulls said face... nah she calls me lazy when I ask her and she asks me i'm lazy for doing it for her. (poor me can't win) Anyway, it's time to get creative!! go make some recipes ;) if you want. ~Joey P.s you can cook us a meal over at newbiegen sometime lol ;)
@dfinster (3538)
• United States
8 Jan 08
I have the same thing with my family. I ask them for ideas and they say I don't know or whatever. I actually do like to go and read through my cookbooks and usually I can find a recipe that all of a sudden sparks an idea.
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
9 Jan 08
That happens to me too. BUt it would be so useful if they answered instead of us having to go trough all the cookbooks hehehehe
@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
5 Jan 08
I love cooking & have a huge variety of cooking books plus lots of ideas on the internet. The problem is that my husband has lots of allergies. This restricts cooking quite a lot. My ideas have to emcompass quite a small collection of ingredients. So yes, my family sometimes end up with boring meals.
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
5 Jan 08
Your case is more complicated because of your husband's allergies. The good news is that nowadays there's more and more alternatives and recipes specially dedicated to special cases like your husband's.
@tess1960 (2387)
• United States
4 Jan 08
I usually heat up leftovers when I just don't know what I want and he won't help with ideas. .
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
5 Jan 08
LOL that sounds like a plan hehehehe
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• India
3 Jan 08
less protien ,more of green vegetables and fresh fruits should be taken in dinner. the dinner should be light and easily digestable.it is rightly said-breakfast like a king and dinner likea poor.
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
4 Jan 08
Well, I'm afraid I can't cut down on my protein. But we do eat plenty of vegetables and fruit so it should be fine. The idea that breakfast should be the strong part of the meals and dinner the lighter is great however it doesn't really adapt to today's life. In the morning everyone starts at a different time, we don't even have the chance to sit at the table at the same time. Same for lunch which is often done in a hurry during work, so that leaves dinner for a relaxed family meal, where we enjoy our food, talk and feel as a team. Sure we try not to make it ligh, but it's our only meal together during the week and we look forward to it.
@whyaskq (7553)
• Singapore
3 Jan 08
I understand the agony of making decision on what to cook for dinner so I eat what is already cooked for dinner. Occasionally I may made a request for specific food but often, I leave it to the cook to decide. Though I do not have to cook, the problem is there during lunch time - deciding what to have for lunch. I would just go to where my legs bring me and tucked at the shorted queue.
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
4 Jan 08
LOL I am usually ok thinking about what I want to cook, but sometimes, just sometimes I would like to have some more input from the rest of the people eating my food. I would be like a vacation not having to think just cook :)
• India
3 Jan 08
I agree with you totally. Even going to market sometimes is so confusing. I see the same veggies, same fish, same meat…same of everything! Planning elaborate meals (as cooked by our moms & grandmoms) is out of the question these days. Both time and gas are so expensive! Sometimes though I feel tempted and take a peek at my cook books or surf the net for ideas. I do come up with some really nice ones that I try at home and the best part is when you come across something which you cook often in a conventional way and then you try out something different with the same food and it works out beautifully. I must say the net is a big help in such matters. I rarely order outside as like you, I too love cooking.
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
4 Jan 08
Yes the net is full of great recipes, sometimes it's even difficult to choose too LOL I usually can think about something different all the time, but there are times when I can only draw a blank. The idea department must be on vacation at those times heheheh