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I know I could ask this in one of the nutrition forums, but I'd love to get a few ideas from my fellow DDCers!<br><br>
I've been in such a slump as far as cooking goes lately and really need to get back on top of things... We've been eating way too many carbs (cereal, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, etc) and cheese and not nearly enough veggies. (I blame first trimester exhaustion for getting us into this habit!) I WANT to cook good, healthy dinners, but I tend to make the same few things over and over... I don't mind cooking, but I hate figuring out WHAT to cook!<br><br>
DS1 is a vegetarian (has been for 8 months or so), but the rest of us aren't. Any ideas? What's something you make pretty often?<br><br>
DH requested "spicy meat", whatever that means. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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We have been doing lots of wraps lately. We are vegetarians so I usually just make a huge salad, buy the big tortillas (I like the tomato/pepper flavored ones), and load up the salad into the tortillas. I usually throw in lots of nuts (walnuts, almonds, whatevers on hand) or pumkin/sunflower seeds. One of my kids likes cheese in hers and the other one likes the morning star veggie chicken patties cut up in hers. You can throw in whatever you like....I personally like mostly salad and nuts....yum<br><br>
We also do tons of stir fries. My favorite is green beans with tofu and almonds...I load up the black sesame seeds...yummy! I make a sauce to throw in it that has garlic, ginger, curries, crushed red pepper. They are super quick. Sometimes I will make them with couscous to save the time it takes to make rice! It's really quick either way though.
 

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I just got this off one my yahoo groups. I can't wait to try it!<br><br>
Source: "Simply in Season" cookbook<br><br><b>Butternut Squash Sage Orzo</b><br><br>
INGREDIENTS:<br>
1 tablespoon oil<br>
1 cup onion<br>
1 clove garlic<br>
4 cups butternut squash, but into 1/2-inch pieces<br>
1 cup orzo<br>
4 - 5 cups chicken broth<br>
1/2 - 1 cup water<br>
1/2 cup parmesean cheese, freshly grated<br>
1 1/2 teaspoons dried sage<br>
salt and pepper to taste<br><br>
DIRECTIONS:<br><br>
1. In a large frying pan, saute onion in 1 tablespoon oil over mediam<br>
heat until tender, about 6 minutes.<br>
2. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.<br>
3. Add the squash and stir to coat.<br>
4. Add 1 cup broth and simmer until squash is almost tender and liquid<br>
is absorbed, about 10 minutes.<br>
5. While squash cooks, bring 4 cups of broth (or 3 cups or broth and 1<br>
cup water) to boil in a large saucepan and odd orzo. Boil until<br>
tender, but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain.<br>
6. Transfer orzo to a large bowl, stir in squash mixture, sage, and<br>
parmesean, salt and pepper
 

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Tonight we are having vegetable soup, so other than browning the soup meat, its pretty much a "dump in the pot and turn on" meal. We will have it tomorrow also. Saturday and Sunday, I have to work so i am making chili in the crockpot. We will prolly eat that for 2 days (maybe on baked potatoes sunday).
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I've been eating a lot of homemade salsa lately. Chop up tomatoes (I take out all the liquid-y parts because I like my salsa more pico de gallo style), half an onion, a green pepper, and some hot peppers (to taste). Toss it with lime juice and cilantro (I add a lot of lime juice and cilantro), again to taste, and some salt if you want (although I don't add any). If I've been energetic and remembered to put beans on, I add some black beans.<br><br>
It's just good to have around for a somewhat healthy snack (I like it broiled with cheese on a tortilla)... although I can only seem to manage to get it to last a few days, but I'm just a little piggy.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">: it was so much easier to eat healthier when i was pregnant with dd since it was spring, summer (yum!), and fall.<br><br>
now that i finally feel like eating something good i can't seem to find fresh stuff. it's ridiculous and out of season, but i just want a big fruit salad with watermelon and cantaloupe or some big juicy tomatoes with basil and mozzarella...<br><br>
we're eating lots of soup right now...soup and bread... i cook off chickens for broth on saturdays when we're just hanging around the house and make big batches of soup to freeze for when i'm lazy during the week.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Tonight we are having vegetable soup, so other than browning the soup meat, its pretty much a "dump in the pot and turn on" meal. We will have it tomorrow also. Saturday and Sunday, I have to work so i am making chili in the crockpot. We will prolly eat that for 2 days (maybe on baked potatoes sunday).</div>
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I'm jealous that you can do this! DH won't even take egg salad sandwiches in his lunch two days in a row, let alone eat the same dinner twice... I've gotten in the habit of freezing our leftovers, but we don't have a big freezer so that only works for a few meals at a time. Maybe this is why I'm so burnt out on ideas. I have to make something new every night or we're stuck with sandwiches. When I was a single mom I used to make one big meal that'd last us nearly all week and it was the best!<br><br>
Blizzard_babe - I'm drooling over your homemade salsa here. I would probably mix in beans and corn and eat it over potatoes with cheese, mmm!.... And we actually have limes to use up too! But there's other parts of your recipe I wouldn't know what to do with. What is "hot pepper to taste"? I've never touched anything besides a bell pepper! I'm not afraid of a little spice, I just wouldn't know which to buy in the store or how to prepare them. ..
 

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Here's our staple easy dinner:<br><br>
1 Can small fava beans (from the Mediterranean grocery)<br>
1 can artichoke hearts<br>
1 can tomatoes<br>
a couple cloves of garlic<br><br>
Heat some olive oil in a skillet then chuck all the ingredients in and saute for a bit.<br><br>
Serve with Tahini sauce (tahini + lemon juice + water to your favored consistency). Yum!
 

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Well, when I'm in the Land of Real Grocery Stores, I buy a jalapeno. Cut it in half, remove the seeds (well, you don't have to, but they're a lot spicier than most people are looking for in a pico de gallo kind of salsa), then chop it up TINY. The first few times, add little bits at once, stirring to mix it all in, and taste test frequently. You'll learn quickly how much you like.<br><br>
I, since I don't have regular access to a grocery store that stocks, you know, produce (they had produce the other day and it was a huuuuuuuuuuge deal, like huge as in they called the school and had them announce it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">), have a jar of dried hot peppers that I bought from bulkfoods.com. I just chop up a few of those real tiny and throw 'em in.<br><br>
Another little tidbit of advice... let it sit for a while. Gives all the flavors time to meld into each other.<br><br>
I love salsa because it's an un-recipe. Measuring is so not my style. DH is the baker in the house... I'm the throw-it-in-a-pan-and-stir-fry-it chef. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We have been doing lots of wraps lately. We are vegetarians so I usually just make a huge salad, buy the big tortillas (I like the tomato/pepper flavored ones), and load up the salad into the tortillas. I usually throw in lots of nuts (walnuts, almonds, whatevers on hand) or pumkin/sunflower seeds. One of my kids likes cheese in hers and the other one likes the morning star veggie chicken patties cut up in hers. You can throw in whatever you like....I personally like mostly salad and nuts....yum</div>
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Your wraps sound crazy good....I'm going to buy some wrap stuff this weekend!!!!!
 

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OH... and for Unskulinmama and anyone else making the salsa... you may want to start out with less onion (or add another tomato). I like things REALLY onion-y. I was sitting at home last night, enjoying my salsa, when I burped a HUGE onion burp. It occurred to me that not everyone likes that much onion. I used half of a HUGE onion and it was a lot.<br><br>
Like I said, it's not a recipe. Everything's "to-taste."
 
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