What's for Dinner Tonight?

@blueskies (1186)
United States
January 13, 2007 8:14am CST
I've participated in this type of thread on other forums. It's always a good idea to get new dinner ideas to try on your family. So, what are you having for dinner tonight? Please post a recipe if you'd like to share it. We are having Pasta w/steak and green salad with ranch dressing Pasta w/Steak (this a recipe I created) 1 box of shell pasta 1 box of sandwich steaks (the small box) Parmesan cheese Garlic Salt Pepper Margarine or butter Cook the pasta according to the package directions. While the pasta is cooking, break the sandwich steaks into bite-sized pieces and cook them in a separate pan. Drain the pasta and the steaks. Combine the pasta and the steaks in the pasta pan. Add the remaining ingredients to taste. Serve hot with a salad on the side. Enjoy.
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• United States
13 Jan 07
I think I will probably make some stroganoff hamburger helper and some corn and then some baked potatoes. Im pretty original. I follow the recipes on the box.
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@blueskies (1186)
• United States
13 Jan 07
I think stroganoff is one of the tastiest of the hamburger helper mixes.
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@thatmom2 (126)
• United States
14 Jan 07
yeah i love the straganoff(sp?). very filling. especially with some corn on the cob, boiled in garlic powder...oh yeah.
@Shar11 (419)
• United States
13 Jan 07
mmh, this topic is making me hungry lol... Tonight we are actually going out to dinner to my favorite steak house... I love to cook however..I love trying new things.. I can tell you what I made last night :) I took some boneless skinless chicken and diced it into small pieces, I sauteed it in butter and garlic, when that is almost done cooking I add some fresh broccli florets I mix the chicken and broccli with some pasta..Last night I used penne pasta... I served that with a nice garden salad.. It's one of my families favorites and only takes 20 minutes to prepare..I LOVE garlic so I use a lot in this dish!
@Shar11 (419)
• United States
13 Jan 07
oops forgot to add one last ingrediant...After I mix the chicken and broccli with the pasta I top it with some fresh grated parmesan cheese..
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@blueskies (1186)
• United States
13 Jan 07
YUM! This is exactly the type of dish that my family loves. They'd eat nothing but pasta if I let them. Thanks for the recipe.
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@SaraCate (184)
• Canada
13 Jan 07
I'm not sure what dinner will be tonight - but last night was black bean burritos! I make the beans in my crockpot my dry beans. Soak overnight, drain, toss in crockpot with 1 or 2 tins of tomato sauce, some chopped onion and bell pepper, fresh garlic, enough water tocome about a inch BELOW the beans. Let it cook all day on low. About an hour before you're ready to take it out, add seasonings - we use lots of cumin, a little chili powder, some garlic powder (*not* garlic salt), and a little red pepper - not too much, so that people can adjust spiciness to taste. I make a ton at time - at least one pound dry(proportions above are for a pound), and last time I made 3 pounds! They freeze wonderfully (I use 1-quart Ziploc freezer bags). Also good in chili, beans and rice, etc. We eat these with whole wheat tortillas, shredded cheese, usually some rice, salse, sourtcream, sauteed peppers and onions...any knid of fajita/taco/burrito type topping we have on hand. Inexpensive and healthful - that's 2 for 2 in my book! ~Sara
@blueskies (1186)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Sounds great! Thanks for the recipe :)
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• United States
13 Jan 07
This sounds wonderful. I have a pot of beans on my heating stove now. Maybe they will be buritos tomorrow for lunch. YUMMY!
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
13 Jan 07
We dont have your traditional dinner. We have dinner at about 2:30 in the afternoon. This makes it difficult to have the traditional dinner as it is just too heavy a meal to eat that early in the day. People's work schedule is often a factor in decideing what to eat. We eat before work and then pack a cold lunch to eat later in the night. I think this has helped me to appreciate normal hour dinners more. We have a normal night Dinner about once a week. Some weeks even that is not possible.
@blueskies (1186)
• United States
13 Jan 07
You know, I've heard that it's actually healthier to eat your largest meal earlier in the day, then have a light supper. If your family isn't in the mood for a heavy meal, then that's even better, as it saves money and prevents overeating. My husband often doesn't get home from work until 10pm, so I try to pack a healthy supper for him on the days when he has to work late. On those days, he eats one large meal about 3pm, then he's set till the next day. I wish I could do that, but my blood sugar gets funny if I don't eat on a more regular schedule. Anyway, I've found that cooking a large meal each night gives me lots of leftovers to pack for his meals at work. The kids also appreciate not having to have frozen pizza just because dad's working ;)
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• United States
13 Jan 07
We too, pack left overs from lunch into his lunch bucket. He has no way of heating it but he says it is still much better than a cold, store bought lunch meat sandwich.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
13 Jan 07
COWBOY MACCARRONI ELbow macarroni 15 oz Tomato sauce 2 cans diced tomato Diced onion Minced Garlic 1 pound Ground chuck salt cumin Brown the ground chuck with some minced garlic and onion. While that is cooking, boil water and make macarroni. Drain the meat and the pasta and put in large pot. add the tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes, add salt and cumin powder to taste. Let simmer for about 15 minutes or so and your set! It's my hubby's recipe and it's delicious!
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@blueskies (1186)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Yum! I'll bet I could get my family to eat this if I left out the diced tomatoes (they won't eat anything with lumps). Wonderful recipe, thanks for sharing :)
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@classy56 (2883)
• United States
13 Jan 07
im haveing {Snappy}freinds are comeing over to watch the colts football game an everyone loves this an it fill everone up its like a meal in one,you can make as much as you want i dont use a recipe.this evening im server 6 people im useing 3lbs hambuger i jar of salsa an 3/4 box of velvetta chesse cook hambuger, drain put back in skellet add salsa an cheese cook till cheese melt an put over tortilla chips ,put chips on everyone plate an put snappy on top of chips,
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@blueskies (1186)
• United States
13 Jan 07
I love this dish, we call it nachos, but it sounds like the same thing. Have fun watching the game. I hope your team wins.
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@charlazio (215)
• Italy
13 Jan 07
Roasted Chicken with Balsamic Vinaigrette 1/4 balsamic vin 2 tbls dijon mustard 2 tbls lemon juice 2 garlic cloves (minced) 2 tbls olive oil 1 pound chicken pieces S+P whisk ingredients together, combine with chicken in a ziplock bag. marinate for a couple of hours roast chicken in a greased dish at 400 degrees for an hour or until chicken is cooked.
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@blueskies (1186)
• United States
13 Jan 07
That recipe sounds delicious! Is it really tangy? It sounds like it would be with the mustard. If it's not too tangy, I'll try it on my family. They are so picky and prefer foods that are more bland. I'd love to spice them up a bit!
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• India
13 Jan 07
actuly we must not eat alot at night...........we can eat mush in luch but its better to avoid eatin fats at night as we usualy sleep after havin dinner n only few ppl use to walk or do other work to digest ................we shd have sumthin like protein servin etc etc......
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@tocika (970)
• Romania
13 Jan 07
HM! I think that is very good and maybe I 'll try to cook that. I see that is very easy to cook something like this. Thank you for your idea! Have a nice day;)
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• United States
17 Jan 07
Umm we are having baked zitti with a little twist. 1 box zitti pasta 2 cans your favorite spag.sauce{I use four cheese and garlic and onion} 1lb meat{hamburger,chicken,itialin suasage}either of the three will do 1 small container of ricotta cheese 3 bags of shredded cheese{I use moz,parm,chedder} 2 cloves of garlic,minced 1 small onion chopped and minced spices is up to you,I add parsely,oregeno,garlic powder,salt and pepper. cook pasta according to package directions while pasta is cooking start meat,in another pan.add minced garli and oinion to your meat while it is cooking.when the meat is almost done add your spices to taste.Then drain meat. In a large casserole pan add 1 can of your sauce,then a layer of half of your pasta,a layer ofhalf of your meat,add ricotta cheese on top of meat layer.Then top with half of your cheeses. Next layer:add half of the last can of sauce then rest of your pasta and meat mixture.top with sauce and cheese and bake at 350* until hot and bubbly with cheese.My family loves this and I never have left overs with,they eat it till it is gone.Serve with a salad and garlic bread. add the rest of your pasta
• United States
17 Jan 07
Sorry that last line{add the rest of your pasta}should not be in there.sorry about that
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@blueskies (1186)
• United States
17 Jan 07
We are having something similar tonight, Pasta/Pepperoni Casserole. 2 boxes pasta 1 jar of pasta sauce (I use homemade) 1/2 package of pepperoni 1 container of cottage cheese 2c shredded cheddar 2c shredded mozzarella Cook the pasta, then combine it will all of the other ingredients except 1c of each kind of shredded cheese. Place in a baking dish and top with the remaining shredded cheese. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, or until heated through and bubbly. My family loves this and it's so easy.
@patrice7 (1192)
• United States
14 Jan 07
wow. im already hungry.. i guess ill just grill some pork tonight.. i dont have any brilliant ideas for recipes since i barely know how to cook. i cooked rice yesterday and it was so bad i didnt eat it. so i was forced to buy food on a resto. anyway i think id just stick to grilling because thats far more uncomplicated.. good for you, you know how to cook!. please post some tips on hw to cook deliciously!. thank you!.
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@blueskies (1186)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I can't cook rice, either, so I recently bought a rice cooker. Now, I can have rice anytime because I can't mess it up :)
@balasri (26553)
• India
14 Jan 07
Indian Biriyani - Indian Biriyani is rice mixed with mutton or chicken with so many masalas and additives which makes it one of the finest dishes in the world
Being a holiday we are making the Famous Biriyani for tonight.
@blueskies (1186)
• United States
14 Jan 07
That dish looks delicious!
@lilkim90 (133)
• Canada
14 Jan 07
is there an easier way for cooking? i am bad at cooking. I am still a baby in my mom's eyes. Thaat's y she does not let me cook!(crying)
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@blueskies (1186)
• United States
14 Jan 07
The best way to start is with really simple recipes. As you can see from my recipe, I don't do anything too complex. My family is so picky that my choices for ingredients are really limited. Try to find recipes with only 5 or less ingredients to start off with. I think you'll find out quickly that it's not terribly difficult to make a nice meal.
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I made chicken wings in my new deep fryer, but this is a quick and easy recipe. 1 bag of cheese torallini 1 small jar of roasted red peppers 1 can of artichokes. cook the tortilli cut up the peppers and artichokes add olive oil and vinegar, italian seasoning, salt, and enjoy.
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@blueskies (1186)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Sounds yummy. A deep fryer is on my "want" list. Maybe I'll make enough on mylots someday to splurge.
@khalablue (309)
• Canada
14 Jan 07
Your recipe looks very appetizing. I seldom use recipes when I cook dinner, but my approach is always the same. First of all I decide what kind of protein I will be serving, eg, chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, etc. Whatever it is, if it isn't in bite size pieces, I cut it into them. Then, depending on what I am cooking I select corresponding spices to my taste. Next, I select at least 5 different vegetables. Most often I saute my protein in extra virgin coconut oil because of its beneficial health properties. I add the spices. Then, while the meat is cooking, I parboil the tougher vegetables such as carrots in a pot of boiling salted water. I have a pot with a mesh basket, so it is easy to remove when the vegetables are cooked to the right degree of doneness. As I saute each vegetable that I am cooking I place it in a bowl and then just add each successive one to the top. Once the meat is partially cooked I add diced onions and finely shredded cabbage, and stir fry these along with the meat. Once the meat is almost fully cooked, I add the bowl of parboiled vegetables and stir to combine all the flavors. If I am serving a starchy carbohydrate such as potatoes, rice or pasta, I may cook them separately and add them to the mixture, or I might serve them on the side. In any event, it usually turns out quite tasty.
@blueskies (1186)
• United States
14 Jan 07
This sounds wonderfully healthy--something that I would like.
• United States
13 Jan 07
We're having Pasta with Tuna Ingredients for two people Boil 1/2 box of your favorite pasta ,in salty water with some Olive oil In a bowl, mix 3 small cans of tuna in water ,(drained of course )+ 2 cloves of garlic diced + 1 small can of roasted peppers diced + 2 scallions chopped + a handfull of parsley or cilantro.Add black pepper and salt , some paprika , spice it up if you like spice In a large pan , drizzle some olive oil , than toss all the above ingredients , they don't need to cook they just need to heat up , drizzle some lime juice over it ,set aside Drain the cooked pasta and add in the pan with the rest of the mix , toss and serve , sprinkle a bit of cilantro chopped or parsley on top of the plate Bon Appetit
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@blueskies (1186)
• United States
14 Jan 07
This is a great recipe. It's nice to see a tuna/pasta combination that's not loaded with a cream sauce. I'll have to try this out.
@anja31 (708)
• Canada
13 Jan 07
I will ate lagasna tonight. I will make it with vegetables, such as broccoli, peppers, mushroom, onion and leeks, lean ground beef and pasta saus and on the top cheese, pharmesan cheese.
@blueskies (1186)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Sounds wonderful :)
@grbnrj (105)
• India
13 Jan 07
my today's dinner is vaat, daal, bandha copir chochchori. it's very simple to cook. here is the recipe. 1. boil the rice that we the bengali call as vaat. 2. make the pulse that we call daal. 3. cut the cabbage and mix it with potatos and boil together with spices and give a little water, red chilli and salt. it is called "Bandha Copir Chochchori" in bengali.
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@blueskies (1186)
• United States
14 Jan 07
That sounds really good. Thank you for sharing :)
@Sawsen (795)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Sounds like a good meal. I might try it out sometime. I'm not really planning on making dinner, just lunch, and hopefully that will be our dinner as well lol. I'm not really a cooker. But anyways, my lunch is called imjadara, and it's the arabic word for rice with brown lentils. It's pretty easy. First you boil the lentils for like 20 to 30 minutes, until they're cooked, and then you add about a cup of Uncle Ben's rice, and then you let them boil together. Also at this time, you add a lot of cumin, and some salt and chicken broth, and then after the rice cooks, like before the water drains, cut up an onion and fry it in some oil separately, and then place it on the top. If you ever try it, let me know how it goes lol.
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@blueskies (1186)
• United States
14 Jan 07
That sounds wonderful. I'm finding that eating food from other countries is a great way for me to avoid wheat (I have a wheat allergy). This sounds like a simple dish that I could cook for me while the rest of the family is having something else. Thank you.
• Philippines
14 Jan 07
We just had rice and beef with broccolli for dinner nothing fancy.
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