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I have been in such a dinner rut lately, and the best way I know to kick-start my culinary imagination is to steal ideas from the fabulous cooks at MDC. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Tonight we're going to have a Leftover Buffet -- beef pot pie, chicken pot pie, turkey meatloaf, cheese enchiladas, and potatoes Anna -- and clean out the fridge so I can start fresh tomorrow!<br><br>
What are you all having?
 

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We're having white chili tonight with cornbread, last night it was pancakes and eggs.
 

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We're having shepherd's pie (hamburger pie actually) left over from last night. It was very <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"> so I'm looking forward to eating it again!<br><br>
Tomorrow night....I have no idea. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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Tonight we will be driving home so it will be a hodge podge of fruit, cheese, crackers, etc....or a taco bell burrito.<br><br>
But the other day I made an amazing veggie shepherd's pie with a yummy lentil mixture on the bottom and mashed potatoes with cheese on top. It was so good with a fresh orange for dessert.<br><br>
The next night we were still craving lentils so I made a big pot of lentil soup with grilled cheese sandwiches on the side.<br><br>
Another favorite dinner that I will probably make tomorrow is black bean & sweet potato chili. I have to separate out some plain beans and sw potato for dd....but then I make the chili really spicy and we put lots of fresh cilantro on top! It's dh's favorite dinner.
 

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That sounds delish!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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I made this Monday night! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"> One of my friends recently asked me for the recipe so I have it all typed up!!<br><br>
We call it Chicken Scallopini (sp?). Not sure if that's the official name. I don't actually have a recipe but off the top of my head...<br><br><br><br>
Cut up raw chicken into bite sized chunks. Dredge in flour (w/ salt and pepper mixed in)<br><br>
In large saute pan:<br><br>
Mix a little butter and oil with a couple of tablespoons of balsamic and saute the chicken until it's a little brown.<br><br>
Add in a littlt bit of wine (red or white - whatever you have open).<br><br>
Add minced garlic (I used to add this in the beginning but DH says I burn it and it should be added later)<br><br>
Add chicken broth (probably a couple of cups??).<br><br>
Cover the whole thing and let it simmer for about 15-20 min.<br><br>
I play around with ingredients at this point....sometimes adding a little more balsamic if I think it needs to be sweeter....salt, pepper etc.<br><br>
Towards the end mix in a little bit of flour/water (like making gravy) to thicken. You can add water/stock too if it gets too thick.<br><br>
While it's cooking....boil up noodles.<br><br>
I always cut into the chicken to check for doneness right before I serve but 15 min or so seems to do.<br><br>
That's it....it's really super-easy. We like to serve it over egg noodles with green beans and almonds on the side!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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Last night was my famous NT spaghetti marinara with spaghetti squash as the "noodles", sourdough bread, and a salad. Tonight, DH has requested Thai chicken curry ... not so sure about that, as he and DD are still recovering from a nasty stomach bug, so we'll see. Maybe more like potato pancakes with creme fraiche, fresh applesauce and pork roast.
 

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I made a big pot of chil last night, so tonight will be oven baked "fries" with chili on top and fried cabbage on the side. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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Dharmama, the Chicken Scallopini sounds divine. I am always looking for new chicken dishes to satisfy DP's "Vitamin Ch" deficiency. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
surf_mama, I've been craving lentils lately too. In fact, I was going to make some dahl for dinner tonight, and then realized we are all out! Hence this thread. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Thanks for the responses everyone -- keep 'em coming! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="carrot">
 

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I tried a new recipe last night, and we all absolutely loved it. Leftovers are for lunch today!! Tonight we're just having pita pizzas <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Baked Chicken and Orzo with Feta</span><br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Ingredients:</span><br>
1 cup (dry measured) orzo pasta<br>
1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes<br>
2 tbsp honey<br>
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint<br>
1 tbsp lemon pepper seasoning (or lemon zest)<br>
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste<br>
4 chicken cutlets<br>
3 oz. feta cheese - I used sundried tomato and basil flavored (yum!)<br><br>
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the orzo until al dente. Don't overcook because it will cook more during baking.<br><br>
In a large bowl, mix crushed tomatoes, mint, honey, and seasonings. Drain the orzo. Put a spoonful of the tomato sauce in the bottom of a glass baking dish. Spoon in all the orzo. Top with about 2/3 of the sauce. Place chicken cutlets on top, and cover with the rest of the sauce.<br><br>
Baked, covered, for about 25 minutes. Remove from oven, top with feta, and bake uncovered an additional 10-15 minutes, or until feta is melty and chicken is done through.<br><br>
Delicious!
 

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Roasted rosemary potatoes and chorizo, wrapped in corn tortillas, topped with mixed greens, pico de gallo and sour cream.<br><br>
For dessert, maybe rasperry cobbler, or crepes with fruit.<br><br>
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Tonight we are having one of my favorite, super simple dinners: Steamed asparagus topped with sunny- side- up eggs and grated parmesan cheese. It's so yummy!<br><br>
We will probably have a girl scout cookie or 2 for dessert.
 

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Hmm... last night we had homemade ww pizza. Tonight it's broiled flank steaks in an Italian marinade (EVOO, balsamic vinegar, garlic, & italian seasonings) w/ sweet potatoes basted in butter and cinnamon, and a veggie medley (all the leftover veggies from the last couple of nights).
 

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Last night---Curried lentils with pease and carrots over brown basmati<br>
Tonight--weekly dinner at my moms!! Yes!<br>
Thursday: No-pasta/cheese Eggplant Lasagne (new one) salad<br><br>
dessert-blackberry and almond milk smoothies
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I tried a new recipe last night, and we all absolutely loved it. Leftovers are for lunch today!! Tonight we're just having pita pizzas <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Baked Chicken and Orzo with Feta</span><br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Ingredients:</span><br>
1 cup (dry measured) orzo pasta<br>
1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes<br>
2 tbsp honey<br>
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint<br>
1 tbsp lemon pepper seasoning (or lemon zest)<br>
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste<br>
4 chicken cutlets<br>
3 oz. feta cheese - I used sundried tomato and basil flavored (yum!)<br><br>
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the orzo until al dente. Don't overcook because it will cook more during baking.<br><br>
In a large bowl, mix crushed tomatoes, mint, honey, and seasonings. Drain the orzo. Put a spoonful of the tomato sauce in the bottom of a glass baking dish. Spoon in all the orzo. Top with about 2/3 of the sauce. Place chicken cutlets on top, and cover with the rest of the sauce.<br><br>
Baked, covered, for about 25 minutes. Remove from oven, top with feta, and bake uncovered an additional 10-15 minutes, or until feta is melty and chicken is done through.<br><br>
Delicious!</div>
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Got the ingredients to make this tonight!! Sounds <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> wow this is interesting. please tell me how to make fried cabbage!<br><br>
ok. at our house, it's beef barley soup that i made yesterday, and its ALWAYS better the second day. it's got corn, peas, green beans, carrots, celery and lots of onions and it's delish.
 

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My mom stir fries cabbage in the fat left after frying two pieces of bacon.<br><br>
It's very good and only a couple of T of fat.<br><br>
DB
 
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