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post #1341 of 2722

Unfortunately I can't eat peppers, either. I'll google and see what I can find, thanks!

post #1342 of 2722

Last night I made Spinach Lasagna Rolls from the Skinny Taste blog (I tried to add a link, but apparently my tablet won't let me paste in this text box for some reason)  They were really good and very easy.  I'll be making them again for sure.  

 

2 nights ago I roasted some bone in chicken breasts in a cast iron skillet with olive oil, white wine and garlic.  That was east and delicious and much faster than roasting a whole bird.  I think that will now be my go to method for any bone in chicken pieces. The original recipe called for a whole bird, cut into pieces.  I used the breasts because they were on sale this week.

 

Tonight we get to go out with a group of friends to one of DH's favorite restraunts in Atlanta.  I'll be eating fajitas and shrimp stuffed with cheese and a strip of poblano pepper then wrapped in bacon and grilled. 

post #1343 of 2722
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This might be a strange question without an answer... but can anyone think of a good tomato substitute? I can't eat tomatoes anymore (GI stuff) but have been craving good ole spaghetti and meatballs. I also can't do foods that are too acidic, but can cheat a little with lemon juice or vinegar.

 

Not a strange question. I went through about six months a few years back where I had to avoid tomatoes and acid entirely. And we eat a lot of tomatoes and use a lot of vinegar at my house. A couple of different pasta dishes we did - bechamel sauce and veloute sauce.

 

Bechamel is basically just milk (soymilk works equally as well) thickened with a roux (equal parts of flour and butter smashed together into a paste). While not the "classic" preparation, I like to cut my soymilk with chicken stock. To make - melt a few tablespoons of butter in a saucepan. Throw in a small diced onion if you like. Put in an equal amount of flour to the butter and cook for about a minute until it forms a paste.  Slowly add your milk/chicken stock (about two cups total for a good amount of sauce), whisking constantly until the sauce is smooth and thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste, as well as any herbs you like - I usually do parsley and thyme. And it's so versatile - ham and spinach is great. Or throw in tuna for a quickie tuna casserole. Shredded chicken, green onions and sundried tomatoes are nice. And after Thanksgiving, I like to add shredded turkey and herbs de provence. Holiday leftovers fit for royalty! You can put a million different combinations in a classic bechamel sauce and have it taste amazing. Bechamel is also the base sauce for home made macaroni cheese if you eat dairy - stir in your shredded cheeses until it's all melty, then there you go. And no matter what you put in, the secret ingredient to a delicious bechamel? A little, tiny tiny pinch of nutmeg. Just enhances the nutty, milky flavor in a great subtle way. 

 

Veloute is the exact same concept, except instead of milk, the base is stock, thickened with roux, enlivened with cream. So chicken veloute is made with chicken stock, fish veloute is made with fish stock, etc. True to form, I deviate from the "classic" preparation - I usually use chicken stock cut with white wine and omit the cream. Same steps to make it as above. My favorite two ways to serve this sauce are either Italian sausage and broccoli, and Italian sausage with white beans and kale. Very tasty. Both sauces are pretty quick - you can have any number of meals on the table in 30-40 minutes.

 

 

Tonight we're doing another quick an easy meal - chicken thighs and diced yellow potatoes semi-braised in Italian dressing. It smells really good and I can't wait to eat!

post #1344 of 2722

Thanks for the ideas kitchensqueen!

 

I'm going experiment more with flour, fake butter and veggie stock! I love making a mock cream sauce with avocados, too!

post #1345 of 2722
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Thanks for the ideas kitchensqueen!

 

I'm going experiment more with flour, fake butter and veggie stock! I love making a mock cream sauce with avocados, too!

 

No problem. Hope they work out for you. And for the record, I never use real butter either since we're a lactose-free household. I use Earth Balance and you'd never know the difference. Actually, since I typed that up, I've been really craving the spinach and ham pasta - as soon as I can afford ham again I'm going to make it - the prices have skyrocketed here. For the naysayers that say that the drought is not going to affect food prices (I've been reading/hearing this everywhere), be warned! Commercial pigs in this country are predominately fed corn products. Corn suffered badly due to lack of rain this summer. Ergo, pork is going to be more expensive. And probably a lot of other things too, before the winter's out. Okay, stepping down from my soap box now. Guess I just needed to get that out!

 

We're having pasta bolognese for dinner tonight. So, so good on a blustery, rainy fall Sunday. 

post #1346 of 2722

I agree that food costs are going to rise, I've done a little stockpiling with pantry goods, which are mostly for my kids and canned tomatoes and coconut milk, and the hard winter squashes that end up taking an entire shelf and last for months. I'm really wishing I had a small chest freezer so I had the room to stock more meat and frozen produce.

 

Tonight I sauteed a big pile of smoked sausage, onion, broccoli, carrots, red peppers, mushrooms and cannellini beans, with high fiber penne pasta and spaghetti squash, with lots of parm cheese and pears for the kids. 

 

On the menu this week:

CP pork roast with onion mushroom gravy, roasted red and sweet potatoes, baked acorn squash

Red snapper in foil packet with butter and garlic, parmesan noodles, spaghetti squash with butter and parm, brussels sprouts

Salisbury steaks, roasted red and sweet potatoes, broccoli

Stir fry with chicken and vegetables, brown rice and quinoa

Frozen gnocchi and broccoli for kids/ Indian style curry with chicken, butternut squash, and vegetables and quinoa for adults

Steak tacos, salad


Edited by colemom - 10/14/12 at 6:08pm
post #1347 of 2722

Wow, my baked lime chicken with risotto sounds plain now compared to all the great stuff I see in this thread!  It is hard to make gourmet dinners when the 2 little kids won't try new things, but I still make the effort - I love to cook.  I am sick of making 2 dinners though - 1 for us and 1 for them!

post #1348 of 2722
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I agree that food costs are going to rise, I've done a little stockpiling with pantry goods, which are mostly for my kids and canned tomatoes and coconut milk, and the hard winter squashes that end up taking an entire shelf and last for months. I'm really wishing I had a small chest freezer so I had the room to stock more meat and frozen produce.

I'm glad I'm not the only one that sees reality. I did some canning and stockpiling myself, but not nearly enough. But then again, I always wish I did more. 

 

Sometimes in late summer (around here at least) Jewel Osco (Supervalu in other parts of the country) will do a free small chest freezer with the purchase of $150 worth of meat. They also have coupons worth $150 on meat and other products with it. It's an amazing deal. Something to watch for next summer. Or - $150 isn't a bad price - I think we paid $180 for ours and it was the best investment we ever made. If you can contrive to put aside $40 a week, you'll have one in a month. :-) 

 

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Wow, my baked lime chicken with risotto sounds plain now compared to all the great stuff I see in this thread! 

 

That actually sounds really good. How do you do the lime chicken?

post #1349 of 2722

Tonight I made a tofu and veggie stirfry in an awesome garlic sauce with sesame oil noodles. YUM! Even my kids ate the stirfry. WIN!!!

 

Last night I made a very fallish meal even though the weather jumped back up into the near 100s. We had seitan loaf, baked pumpkin, and quinoa with apples, spinach and walnuts. So good but it was alot of work and way too hot.

post #1350 of 2722

I strayed from my menu tonight and made this soup http://www.kayotic.nl/blog/chicken-potato-peanut-stew  It was so good! I used less chicken, no white potatoes and just one large sweet potato, then added the top half of a butternut squash (the solid part). Very tasty over sauteed spinach and brown rice. The soup is a good base to use with all kinds of vegetables and even tofu, very good flavor. But then, we love anything even remotely related to peanut sauce :)

 

My kids had waffles, scrambled eggs, sausages, and freshly made applesauce (made it in the CP this morning, then washed the CP up and used it for the soup this afternoon!)

post #1351 of 2722

Coleman- yes, I had a baby on the 5th.

 

Tonight we had baked chicken and homemade mac and cheese.. Tomorrow Im making a chicken pot pie and biscuits.

post #1352 of 2722

Been busy and pc down again....

 

Tonight was baked potato soup. So good!

post #1353 of 2722

We did mock chicken sandwiches, cheddar cheese, and blueberries. Quick and easy dinner. Then I discovered that I'd left the broiler on for about an hour and a half after dinner! It's finally cooling down from all that and I'm slowly convincing myself that we aren't going to get carbon monoxide poisoning from an oven that's been off for 3 hours now!

 

Tomorrow I think it will be black bean chili, and Friday gnocchi with edamame. 

post #1354 of 2722

Loveandgarbage, butternut squash makes a really excellent pasta sauce.  I like it with mild italian sausage!

post #1355 of 2722
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Coleman- yes, I had a baby on the 5th.

 

Tonight we had baked chicken and homemade mac and cheese.. Tomorrow Im making a chicken pot pie and biscuits.


Congrats! I have two family members with that same b-day. smile.gif

 

Wednesday we had throw-everything-in chili. I start with 2 onions, some garlic, 1 lg. can tomatoes, and 2 x-lg. cans beans (pinto and black) plus cumin/paprika/chili powder and S&P, then add all sorts of scraps - 1/2 bag of frozen corn, 1 red pepper, leftover spaghetti sauce, whatever is left in the bottom of salsa jars, some leftover refried beans. It made a huge pot for that dinner plus lunches this week.

 

Yesterday was a curry laksa. I use a spice packet for that. It's basically fried tofu, plus the spice packet, whatever vegetables I have, 1 can coconut milk, 1 can water, then at the end I add fish sauce and lime juice. Rice and edamame on the side.

 

Tonight will be pasta. There is a can of canned salmon I need to use up, so I will try out making a white sauce with soy milk, then add the salmon. Salad on the side or cauliflower.

 

Next on the list after that is a white potato/sweet potato bake with Tofurky Italian sausages I bought to try.

post #1356 of 2722
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We're doing crockpot pulled pork with home made barbecue sauce. I'm not sure what I'm serving on the side - potato salad would be good, but I think I'm too tired for that much effort. So probably just egg noodles and green beans. 

post #1357 of 2722
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Okay, so yesterday's crockpot pulled pork did not work out. It came out of the crockpot smelling really rancid .It was just bad, so we're erred on the side of caution and pitched it. Never had that happen before, but needless to say, we won't be buying that brand again! We ended up with frozen fish sticks, egg noodles and green beans instead. 

 

We're having another go at the pulled pork tonight - I got another pork shoulder (different brand and even different store) so it's finishing up in the crock pot now. Barbecue sauce is all ready to go from yesterday, and I got a can of baked beans to go with it. Fingers crossed I don't get jinxed twice in two days on crock pot pork. I'm really hungry! 

post #1358 of 2722

Meals are going to be a bit unique for awhile, a few bills all converged and dd's birthday is coming up.  Eeks!

 

Tonight we had a chicken and vegetable green curry with a can of thai curry paste our exchange student gave us.  It was so incredibly spicy.  There was no way dd could eat it, dh and I barely managed, so she had some pasta.  Also, I made a crockpot cherry cobbler. 

 

I am trying to make as many meals as I can before I go grocery shopping and I am kind of low on ideas.  Any suggestions on what I can make with the following:  cabbage, potatoes, sweet potatoes, swiss cheese, bacon, eggs, carrots, green peppers, and a butternut squash.  I also have pastas, rice, canned tomatoes, canned beans, bbq sauce and the usual staples. 

 

I was thinking I could find a crockpot recipe for the potatoes, swiss and bacon but no luck so far. 

post #1359 of 2722
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Any suggestions on what I can make with the following:  cabbage, potatoes, sweet potatoes, swiss cheese, bacon, eggs, carrots, green peppers, and a butternut squash.  I also have pastas, rice, canned tomatoes, canned beans, bbq sauce and the usual staples. 

 

I was thinking I could find a crockpot recipe for the potatoes, swiss and bacon but no luck so far. 

 

You could do a potato-cabbage soup - shredded cabbage, cubed potatoes, some bacon. Chicken stock base with a little milk/soymilk to enliven it if you have it on hand.

 

You could do a breakfast casserole for dinner one night - shred both types of potatoes (and the squash if you want) and put them in the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Dice up some green peppers and sprinkle over the top. Cut the bacon into one inch pieces and cook it, then sprinkle it on top. Cover with 8-10 eggs that you've whisked together. Sprinkle with grated cheese if you want. Bake in a 350 oven for 25-30 minutes, until everything is cooked through and firm. 

post #1360 of 2722
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I am trying to make as many meals as I can before I go grocery shopping and I am kind of low on ideas.  Any suggestions on what I can make with the following:  cabbage, potatoes, sweet potatoes, swiss cheese, bacon, eggs, carrots, green peppers, and a butternut squash.  I also have pastas, rice, canned tomatoes, canned beans, bbq sauce and the usual staples. 

 

Rice & beans - maybe w/ the canned tomatoes

 

Canned tomatoes simmered with a peeled onion for about 10 min = sauce for the pasta (with a little S&P and butter if you have it)

 

Bacon & eggs

 

Quiche w/ the eggs and swiss - something like this (adapt to your ingredients):

http://danatreat.com/2010/03/for-people-who-fear-crust/

 

Stuff butternut squash with rice - adapt to your ingredients

http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Rice-Stuffed-Butternut-Squash

 

Enchiladas or similar with the beans (great if they're black beans) and sweet potatoes, or this:
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/black_bean_smothered_sweet_potatoes.html

 

Rice casserole with the veggies and swiss - something like this

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Baked-Rice-Cheese-and-Vegetable-Casserole-1823

 

Vegetable pancakes:

http://content.markbittman.com/recipes/vegetable-pancakes

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