Okay, so everyone eats..What's for dinner?

Christmas dinner - at moms
United States
January 23, 2009 8:49am CST
I know it's rough right now and many people have had to tighten what ever tightening they can do on spending for stuff and that encludes meals. I have had to do it, I'm sure others are as well. Yesterday I had grits and toast. Later I had left over baked, cubed potatoes. I left the left overs in the frig for my husband, which was country ribs barbqued, and the same potaoes I spoke of earlier. We have been eating breakfast or anything much, just as we feel like eating and what we can come up with. I've been cooking something almost everyday, unless we have left overs which I try to do. Today I have out hamburger meat and some lima beans to cook. I think I'll make some spaghetti sauce with part of the meat for tomorrow and hamburger steaks for tonight to go with the beans. We might have some beans left over to eat tomorrow as well. So how about you what are you eating tonight? Are you going for burgers? Having a nice quite meal at home...what will it be? Thank you for responses.
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@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I am suppose to be going to my fiances house today. So what ever they are having for dinner is most likely what i will be eating. Other wise there is a tv dinner at home waiting for me. Bluh!
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• United States
23 Jan 09
The soon to be inlaws. That's nice. I sure hope you all get along. I have gotten along with my inlaws. I love them so much they are wonderful additions to our family. As for tv dinners I've had those many times. When alone it's just about the cheapest way to eat. A buck for the meal and no cooking, no electricity for cooking, no plates to wash taking up the water bill or more money spent on paper plates, lol. It much cheaper and they do fill me up. Thanks for responding.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Hehe. Many 'tv dinners' are healthier now too and when they are on sale, you can stock up for the times you might need them. I get things like Lean Cuisines and Healthy Choice, and I get the mac & cheese ones for my daughter now and then.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
24 Jan 09
I have heard of a few great ideas just reading the responses!!! Last night was our leftover night. I made a big pot of white rice. The kids had chicken nuggets with mac and cheese. My husband and I had leftover chili that I had in the freezer with the rice and some leftover salad from the night before. Tonight I am making baked chicken and rice with the rice left over from last night. This is a good night because it is something that we will all eat (the kids get picky). We have been trying to teach the kids that for now this is what we have so you have to eat what is made. Tomorrow I plan on cutting up the leftover roast from a few nights ago, add the gravy, chop some carrots and potatoes and par boil them...mix all together and put in a pie crust for homemade beef pot pie. My husband and son LOVE this!!! Happy eat8ing and thanks again for the ideas.
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• United States
24 Jan 09
lol, I feel the same way. Reading about most of these dinners have made me say, "oh yeah, I really like that I want that tomorrow night!" or "oh, I wish I had the stuff to make that, I want that it sounds sooo good" lol. Yours also is great and I have made different things to. Actually my hubby made a trip to the store and bought another big package of hamburger meat, a big bag of pinto beans, rolls, and a few more meats that were on sale at the small mom and pop market about 5 miles from here. I am now making the chili for us to have tomorrow and for a few more days, yes it's a huge pot. In a few minutes I will make the meat loaf that will be for dinner tonight along with mac'n cheese, potatoes, and rolls. I have some lima beans left over from yesterday that will be added to that. We are having his two brothers over for dinner today. They both being bathelors love a home cooked meal, lol. Thank you for sharing with us.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
25 Jan 09
That sounds excellent, the beef pot pie idea. Next time I make a roast I can probably use the leftovers (I like to do a roast in the crockpot with gravy and veggies) to put into a pan and make a crust - I could probably even just get a refrigerated crust.
@4ofmyown (1119)
• United States
25 Jan 09
That is what I use. There have been times when I have had to make my own but the refrigerated ones are alot easier. If you try it I hope you enjoy as much as we do.
• United States
24 Jan 09
Mexican for me. Frijoles, arroz, salsa de verde y salsa de rojo, tacos con carne asada, I love Mexican food.
• United States
24 Jan 09
mmmmmmmm I love it...oh yeah. I just loved the taco stands on many corners in California. Now we have one here in Tennessee where I live. They move of course but oh my it's so good when I can get out to get something from them. Thanks for sharing.
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• United States
24 Jan 09
Oh my goodness, now that makes my mouth water! Making and eating Mexican food is one of my faves. Haven't got the ingredients on hand right now, but if I did this would be the menu for this eve. rogue, do you make your own beans and green and red salsa, or buy them prepared?smiles, ink
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• United States
24 Jan 09
yes, inkling I feel the same way. I and my husband love mexican food. When I lived in California I had many Mexican friends there. I can make my totillas for tacos and just anything, even just butter and a little salt and pepper sprinkled on them, lol and many other things because of them. I love it very much and will eat until I'm stuffed.
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@inkling (84)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Hi moondancer, Tonight, I have to work through the supper hour, so hubby will probably do leftovers or a frozen dinner. I enjoy cooking, but like everyone else, I feel the budget crunch in my kitchen. I don't know about you, but a big concern for me is that some of the time and money saving meals are also worse for us nutritionally. Last night we had a tasty, inexpensive meal that consisted of one box of au gratin potatoes, one pound of smoked sausage, (sliced), and baby peas. I added the sliced sausage, some onion and parsley to the potatoes before they went into the oven, then baked according to the directions. I served it with some yummy sweet baby peas. Now this was a simple, tasty and inexpensive meal, (we bought the potatoes when they were on sale @ 10 for $10, and the sausage and frozen peas on sale in bulk- repackaged and frozen). The trouble is, when you look at the amount of fat and salt in that meal, you realize that you can't have it often or your health will suffer. You have initiated a very interesting discussion, moondancer. As I see it, there are lots of ways to save money on the grocery bill, (sales, coupons, bulk buying, etc.), but with the cost of fresh fruit, fresh veggies, meat and fish-- jeez! To me, eating cheap is easy---eating cheap and healthy is really difficult. Thanks for giving me some "food for thought", moondancer. smiles, ink
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
24 Jan 09
That IS a problem, healthy stuff is always more expensive. That is why when things are bad, people's health still suffers, because if you have $10, you can't go get some fresh pork and fresh veggies and some fruit and milk. More or less you go take your 3 kids to mcD for double cheeseburgers because you can get 4 double cheeseburgers for $4. It's why programs like WIC and farmer's market supplementation is important nowadays for people to take advantage of if they can.
• United States
24 Jan 09
Yes, inkling this is an interesting subject as I too have seen. I have also seen many ways to fix different things, lots of wondeful ideas that I just love and must try when I can. I too buy when things are on sale that's just about the only buying I do. My meats are on Thrusday through Sat. when the market wants to be rid of the meats for that week to start anew on Monday. I buy as much as I can on sale and wait until it is on sale to get it. If I have a coupon all the better. Thank you for the compliment and your shared thought and ideas. Very much appreciated my lady.
• United States
24 Jan 09
tonight i had ramen, last night i had pancakes and fruit, and the night before a stone soup kind of concoction with veggie burgers, pasta, broccoli and some other stuff. can you tell i need to go grocery shopping?
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• United States
24 Jan 09
actually I was thinking that sounds good, lol. Thanks for responding.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
24 Jan 09
I have an easy stir fry recipe you can make with ramen - just chop up half a cabbage, add some shredded carrots, slice one whole onion, saute the veggies in a large skillet with some soy sauce and oil, add crushed garlic, salt and pepper. While this is cooking, cook the noodles in the microwave for 3 min in some water, when they are soft, drain the water and add noodles to pan. Saute it all together, add seasoning packet and a few tablespoons of water. I also add some sesame oil. It's pretty cheap and a great way to get veggies plus it's filling. You can always add leftover cooked chicken or beef if you have any to round it out.
@snowy22315 (47025)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I think tonight I will have some leftover rotisserie chicken for dinner with maybe some kind of vegggie. I think tomorrow we will have some kind of manwhich or sloppy Joe I have been craving it lately. I have been making alot of inexpensive meals also usually a variation of chicken, hot dogs or spaghetti. It depends what's available.
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• United States
23 Jan 09
yeah, snowy. I know what you mean about craving those sloppy joes. I have been wanting those too. I just don't have the bread. Darn but really missing the days when I knew how to make my own loaf bread, lol. Thanks for rsponding.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
24 Jan 09
LOL! Try one of the discount or day old hostess shops, you can probably get buns for sloppy joes there pretty cheap.
• United States
25 Jan 09
We cook at home most of the time. If I am off, I will make something that took more effort then normal. We do a lot of creative things with leftovers as well, and sometimes buy things in bulk to store and use when we have not shopped in awhile. We freeze left overs if we are not intending on eating them in the next day or so.
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• United States
25 Jan 09
That's the way we are and the way we do as well. After eating something for a couple of days I don't wish to have it again so I'll freeze the rest for a later date. Thanks for sharing.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
24 Jan 09
We are eating home made split pea soup with toasted cheese sandwiches. WE are using a lot of dryed peas and beans, they take a while but if you soak them and put them in a slow cooker to cook all day they will be ready when you get home. I usually make with some kind of smoked pork bone, hocks or neck which are cheap, canned tomatoes, onions, garlic and sometimes chilli powder. Of course they are also good made meatless. You get lots of good eating for very little $$ Fot pea soup the directions are on the package or the internet, they are very easy.
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• United States
24 Jan 09
That sounds mighty good both ways savywith and without meat. I too use to use a slow cooker or crockpot when I worked for many meals so that when I came in we could be ready to eat and not have to wait hours, plus being so tired after working most times the last thing I want to do was worry about cooking dinner. Thank you for sharing.
• Canada
24 Jan 09
I had stirfried veggies/chicken on top of curried rice mmm
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• United States
24 Jan 09
oh my pixie yes mmmm, I want some too. I just love that. It is so good isn't it? Thank you for responding.
• Dallas, Texas
23 Jan 09
I think Me and my kids will make pizza tonight - My kids love doing that plus it helps me cook all the cheese, veggies and mushrooms I need to cook. I have some hotlinks I can use for "peperoni". I have some tomato to make the sauce with. Life is good!
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• United States
23 Jan 09
That is wonderful that the children love to help. It helps you and the time go by too. We do what we must and make changes where we need to. Life is good! It has to be, we are with our family and that is great. Working out things together.
@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
23 Jan 09
Today I am baking chicken with Potatoes, it shall be nice and we will have leftovers for tomorrow. I like how you plan your meals, it is nice and makes sense to me.
• United States
23 Jan 09
I love chicken and potatoes. I can eat either just alone with nothing else. I learned many years ago to be frugal and skimp when I needed to. I had no help financially with 3 children and usually had other children in the home at all times that were not mine. Thanks so much for the commpliment and the response.
@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
24 Jan 09
You're welcome and I hope you enjoyed your dinner.
• United States
24 Jan 09
I bought a cookbook with quick and easy meals that you can cook on the stove or oven (one pot meals) or slow-cooker/crockpot. They have some very tasty meals with everyday foods you have at home or in your freezer. They are a snap to fix and easy clean up. It is from Taste of Home. That has really cut down on our food budget because it is the 2 of us and the meals usually serve 4-6 so we have leftovers.
• Malaysia
24 Jan 09
i'm in a diet now so i only have soups for dinners. not something heavy but soups will do. maybe in it i'd put chunks of chicken and lots and lots of vegetables.
• Malaysia
26 Jan 09
hye moondancer. thanks for the advice but i'd like to know which type of onion do you recommend? or any type will do? over here we have the red small ones we call it the chinese onions and the other one we just call it big onions. haha!
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
24 Jan 09
tortellini - tortellini - my favourite dish
Today its my turn to prepare dinner. I am preparing tortellini. I am not much of a great cook but I can prepare simple dishes. It only involves boiling water and throwing tortellini in it. I have to cut mushrooms, ham and garlic as a dressing. Saturday is my boss's day off from the kitchen.
• United States
24 Jan 09
aaah how cute ronald. It's nice that you share the things to be done in the home. Helping cook and givng "the boss" a day or two off is really nice. Also helping with other things when she cooks like helping clean up or doing the clean up. You are a kind man which is what I have noticed about you. Your meal sounds great. I add a little brocolli from time to time in mine, lol. Thank you for sharing ronald.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
3 Apr 10
I am having a ricotta pie today. In Malta, meat is not eaten during Good Friday and most Maltese refrain from eating meat even on Saturday until Easter. So today its ricotta pie with gozitan cheese and it is delicious. I have not tasted it for months so it does taste better.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Well... I made chicken fried steaks for dinner... extremely yummy. Made country gravy, mashed potatoes, and corn with it.
• United States
24 Jan 09
oooh that does sound good. I added to our dinner last night gravy with onions. Sounds like we both had nice dinners. Thanks for sharing.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
24 Jan 09
It was really good! I hadn't tried to make it in a long time but it was a request from hubby. It was just like restaurant chicken fried steak.... probably the best I'd ever had. I haven't actually eaten any in years, not since I tried making it before but the last time it didn't turn out like this. It took forever though, I used a recipe I found off food network, salt and pepper, eggs, flour, and I pounded it thin with a tenderizer. Not something to make if you only have $12 and 30 minutes, that's for sure.
• United States
23 Jan 09
Made a cherry cheesecake last night and had some of that today....Tonight I'll grill steak.Last night we had big pot of dirty rice with burgers.I cook or the hubby cooks,we only eat out on trips.I hate fast food so we eat in nice restaurants,BUT we eat out on trips which we take 3 times a year.
• United States
23 Jan 09
oooh flame can we have dinner with you? That sounds so great! My hubby just loves cheese cake. I don't but he does. And cooking on the grill is my favorite way to have meats, any of them. It's just too cold to be out doing that right now. Also it's raining. it's nice that you and hubby can take 3 trips a year, wish we could. I'm glad you are not seeming to be hit by this crunch everyone else appears to be having. Blessings to you and the hubby. Thanks for responding.
• United States
23 Jan 09
lol....Well,Those are road trips on our HD.Otherwise,I just like cooking. We don't buy junk foods so that helps save money for trip. Have a great day there! ...Smiles,Flame
• Philippines
21 Nov 09
Hi there moondancer!I actually just had my dinner. Tonight, my dad cooked fish for dinner. It was really tasty! Very delicious I should say. I don't usually eat dinner at home because of my schedule at work and I am glad that each time I eat at home, dad cooks great dishes.
• United States
21 Nov 09
That's wonderful dolce, sometimes I wish I had someone to cook for me. I do love cooking but it does get tiresome day in and day out everyday. Coming up with different dishes is not hard for me, I'd just like for someone else to cook once in awhile. I get tired of my own cooking. lol
• United States
4 Feb 09
Tonight we ate dinner at home. My husband and I both cooked the meal together. We had pork chops, sauteed squash and onions, and corn. It was really good. I think we might have tacos tomorrow night. Then I've made a list to buy some stuff at the grocery store tomorrow for us to eat the next night because I want to make some homeade mac/cheese and I need to buy the ingredients for it. That night we'll probably have chicken, the homeade mac/cheese, and some kind of veggie. We have leftovers sometimes and we usually eat them for lunch the next day.
• United States
4 Feb 09
We had fried fish, country style with a flour batter, some french fries and okra and hush pupies. Tomorrow we are having hamburger steaks, red beans and rice, spinach, and corn bread. Can you tell it wasn't long ago that I went shopping, lol.
@vogelvrij (196)
• Netherlands
24 Jan 09
Here in the Netherlands the money issues aren't as bad as in the USA, I guess, I hope. But I also feel the need to save some extra money out of our budget to get through really bad times. We do that too. We are having prepared plates of cheap but healthy food at the discountstore here. We were having those meals for about three times a week. Just to save money. And the taste is ok. Not flourishing different and nothing special. So in the weekend and about two other days of the wee, we will have a day of a junkfood meal and a day of really cooking stuff. If you see what you have to pay for the groceries out here to get the same food, but then homemade, instead of the ready prepared platters in the discountstore, its really bad. I try more items from the discountstore. I have tried their coffee, I didn't like it. So I get my grounded coffee from another, normal, shop. I stepped over from drinking coffee from coffeepads back to just grounded coffee and make coffee with a filter, a filterpaper and a thermoscan. That way you can earn a lot of money back, and to be honest, it does taste a lot better than coffeepads too, but, you need to take about 8 tot 10 minutes to make a can of coffee, instead of being just quickly and put in a coffeepad. And I have put up something I have read a long time ago: EVERY TIME you are getting money IN to your account, skip off 10% of it and sent it to your savingsaccount. You will see you would hardly miss out the 10% after a while, you will see you can also live the life you want at the 90% marge! And you can save that money to build up a really strong buffer for unknown times. They recommend having a 3 month salary on your savingsaccount just for you know when. I must say I just started it at January this year, and I already took it out to buy some cheap shoes at Ebay for myself. But......see that money not only for building a buffer for the future but also as MY MONEY where you can do with what you want. I think I will do it in a different way next month. 5% for the buffering, and the other 5% for spending money for me. That way my buffer will build up steady but slowly AND I have money to spent for MYSELF, without feeling guilty about it.
• United States
24 Jan 09
I too have tried many different things to save money. Buying cheaper and less tasting items to save money. We may not like it at first but it will sometimes grow on you, in other words you get use to it. Many people have to save money for other times and for retirement too as it's just as hard to live on the paltry pensions we get. It's good to try and save 20 percent of income. The thing is you just imagine and figure the money is not there not matter what and you must make it with what you have without using the savings. If you need extra money make more buy selling off something you don't need or wait until you can afford it by saving here and there for it with the income you have alloted yourself every month. It is hard but getting into this habit is a good one. That's the way it is here. Thank you for sharing.
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• Canada
24 Jan 09
I'm Chinese so we usually have rice for dinner, and I'm quite bored of it. But tonight, I had some cheong fun with some garlic and balsamic vinegar. =D
• United States
24 Jan 09
My husband and I have spent much time in Taiwan and Thailand, the philippines. I learned to enjoy rice and I loved it before. I love it with more things now. I just don't have it everyday. I just loved the fried battered pok and bamboo as well as other things in the dish that I use to have there many times, as much as I could lol. I loved it and many more things too. Thank you for sharing.
@annjilena (5620)
• United States
24 Jan 09
well tonight i have went to kentucky fried chicken and since iam a lone and everyone is out i got me some wings and coldslaw and a small pices of corn and a biscuit and a pepsi and i couldn,t eat it all.i have been on line and enjoying the peace and quite.
• United States
24 Jan 09
yes, the peace and quite is a good thing when you can get it. I like that meal once in awhile too. Thank you for sharing.