Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dinner dilemma

So, about 4:45 every night, I start to panic.
 Crap. I have no idea what to make for dinner!

 Then I call Tim & casually ask if anything in particular sounds good for dinner (as though I had another plan, but wanted to make him the meal he's been dreaming of)- hoping for an idea...

Enter my new *brilliant* plan. Theme nights. No, we won't be dressing up in Hawaiian shirts or sombreros. I have picked a different "theme" (for lack of a better term) for each day. I would love to hear YOUR favorite dinner ideas for our categories. Here are our themes & some of the ideas.

Sunday- crock pot
Monday- breakfast for dinner- German pancakes, french toast, scrambled eggs, cold cereal
Tuesday- chicken (or turkey, for my FIL)- chicken noodle soup, Julie Leavitt chicken
Wednesday- Noodle night- baked ziti, spaghetti & meatballs, lasagna
Thursday- Build your own ____ - potato bar, tacos, sandwiches, individual pizzas
Friday- Beef- steak, sloppy joes
Saturday- miscellaneous- Probably left-overs...

So, what would you add? Leave a comment & links to your favorite recipes. Nothing too fancy- let's be realistic. I have 4 kids, one of which does not like to be put down for too long. Who am I kidding? I didn't cook fancy when I had 0 kids. No fuss, somewhat healthy (I can renovate recipes with weightwatchers.com) and things kids like.

That's all I ask.

Thank you and good day.



Kelli said...

You are missing an important category...PORK!
That leaves out:
Pork Chops
parts of hot dogs
Pulled pork sandwiches
I have a totally awesome sausage casserole my kids and hubby love. It is super easy.

Beth @ Free Stylin' said...

Enchiladas baby!! Here is a recipe I saw today: http://www.melskitchencafe.com/2008/03/honey-lime-enchiladas.html

The Van Horn's said...

I agree--ENCHILADAS! My favorite recipe for chicken enchiladas is on the back of the Old El Paso green chile enchilada sauce. They are super easy to put together and we usually have leftovers for a couple of meals.

Becky Whitney said...

waffles, orange chicken, chicken and rice casserole, Hawaiian haystacks,chicken salad, fried rice, tater tot casserole, stroganoff, pot roast. That is all that I can think of oh and we made a really great Parmesan chicken (baked of course)it was really good but a little more work. Let me know if you need the recipe!

Britta said...

For build your own, add Hawaiian Haystacks. http://castlewoodcooks.blogspot.com/2008/04/hawaiian-haystacks.html

Molly said...

you forgot casseroles. I know that lydia doesn't like her food mixed but you can usually come up with something good. also, try this crockpot recipe. I loved eat with tortillas, chips, rice. 5-6 chicken breasts (I used tenders, 1 can corn, 1 can black beans, 1 bottle salsa, 1 jalepeno, (i used green chilis) 1 block of cream cheese.
crockpot chicken until done, shred, add corn,beans,salsa,jalepeno.
last half hour add cream cheese.

Jd & Katie said...

There is a cook book it is called. The food Nanny resucues dinner. She does a theme to. I think monday is comfort food. Tuesday is italian night.Wednesday is fish and meatless. Thurs is mexican. Friday is pizza night. Saturday is grill night. Sunday is traditions night.

Crowntown said...

I also have that Nanny rescues dinner cookbook. I love love love every single recipe I've tried out of it! And I love theme nights. My favorite is chicken tacos on mexican night.


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