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#MicroblogMondays 146: What’s for Dinner?

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I was reading an old Modern Mrs. Darcy post and she asked about dinner staples: recipes you keep making again and again because can throw them together quickly without having to think deeply.

Pasta with tomato sauce immediately popped to mind.  We eat spaghetti with tomato sauce (with a side Caesar mostly following Alton Brown’s recipe) at least once every other week.  We also do huevos rancheros about once a week.  In the winter, we eat a lot of vegetarian chili (served over spaghetti) or English pea soup (from Mary McCartney).  My hummus and pita is also pretty mindless.  Oh!  And I make pizza from scratch once a week.  None of those things require me to read a recipe.

What are the meals you have over and over again in your home?


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1 Linda @ Circle of Daydreams { 06.12.17 at 5:55 am }

Hmmm, the thing we would probably have the most is beef stir fry and jasmine rice from the rice cooker!! Other than that, I love lasagne with some vegetables.

2 Nabanita { 06.12.17 at 6:11 am }

Chicken curry and rice it is at my place 🙂 every single week!

3 Beth { 06.12.17 at 6:45 am }

Tacos, a few different easy crock pot chicken dishes which we alternately eat over pasta, brown rice, or salad, and breakfast sandwiches.

4 Delenn { 06.12.17 at 6:59 am }

We make a recipe called porcupines probably an average of once a week…my son loved it. It’s originally ground turkey meatballs that you would dip in tomato soup and rice (the porcupine part)…but we have it so often…i just misc the ground turkey/chicken with the other ingredients and cook it up in the skillet.

5 a { 06.12.17 at 7:16 am }

Tacos are the go-to quick meal in our house. Or grilled chicken. We usually have that frequently so we can build other stuff from the leftovers.

6 Inexplicably missing { 06.12.17 at 7:43 am }

I am scratching my head trying to think! I totally mix up my cooking and don’t cook the same thing too often. I guess my go-to easy not-much-thinking meals are simple pasta dishes….. pasta with smoked salmon, dill, capers and cream… or pasta with mushrooms, butter, garlic and parsley. I have to say I’m so lucky that my partner does majority of the cooking, and he is a great cook.

7 Shilpa { 06.12.17 at 8:18 am }

Any flavored rice, flatbread with some chicken curry ?

8 Traci York { 06.12.17 at 8:50 am }

Sour cream & salsa chicken, chicken curry, pan fried chicken with olive oil & thyme over rice (can you tell the eldest loves chicken?), shepard’s pie, and homemade mac & cheese are all in pretty heavy rotation here. Used to have tuna casserole and chicken & stuffing casserole in the mix, but they’ve been phased out for now – they’ll be back when we get tired of the current mix. 😀

9 Working mom of 2 { 06.12.17 at 9:50 am }

Pasta/roasted veggies/salad, risotto, pizza (scratch, well we buy the dough), roast/potatoes, lasagna or stuffed shells, burritos…on desperate nights, hot dogs or burgers and French fries (all vegan)

10 loribeth { 06.12.17 at 10:05 am }

Dh grew up eating a lot of pasta with legumes, and we probably have one of those dishes at least twice a week — canellini beans & rice (hi favourite), lentils with rice, carrots & onions, and chickpeas with tubetti pasta. They’re pretty easy to make & at any rate, he does the cooking, so it’s fine with me. 😉

My go-to easy, throw-in-the-oven & forget about it dish is a casserole my mother gave me the recipe for — you mix 1 & 1/3 cups of rice with a package of Lipton onion soup & a can of cream of mushroom soup plus 1.5 or 2 cans of water & throw in a couple of chicken breasts or pork chops (with the pork chops you season & brown them first, & cover the casserole dish when you put it in the oven). Bake at 350F for 1.5 hours. Easy peasy. I used to make it all the time when dh was working late and I got home first. I’d get that into the oven right as soon as I got home, and by the time dh got home it would be ready to eat. It’s still something we eat a lot of, and since there’s only two of us, there’s a lot of leftover rice that we can use later in the week with something else.

11 Lavonne @ the OCD infertile { 06.12.17 at 10:28 am }

I make thinks like different meat and potato dishes quite a bit as my husband is quite picky and that is his favorite, I make spaghetti too and that one is selfishly for me. I also have tried a few things recently that I’ve kind of added to the rotation like homemade sliders of different varieties, garlic parmesan chicken wings, and we LOVE breakfast for dinner, even if that is sometimes cereal and fruit LOL!

12 Modern Gypsy { 06.12.17 at 10:56 am }

Pasta and tomato sauce is a go-to favorite! Also, sometimes – Maggi (instant noodles). Boil water, chuck in noodles and spice mix, and 5-minutes later, dinner is served!

13 Turia { 06.12.17 at 12:57 pm }

Fish tacos, pesto pasta, satay stir fry (with tofu or pork or chicken), chili (veggie or with ground beef), salmon pasta- all favourites with the kids and all ones I can make easily without consulting anything. We eat a lot of different things so these are probably in the rotation each once a month or something like that. Q. is an amazing cook. I am competent but not as adventurous or interested (cooking relaxes him after a long day and stresses me out).

14 Shail { 06.12.17 at 1:42 pm }

Stir fry vegetables with oats, Thai curry and sticky rice, chicken curry and rotis etc feature commonly for dinner.

15 Sharon { 06.12.17 at 2:08 pm }

I don’t cook much, but I do make tacos almost every week. It’s one of the few dishes I can prepare easily that my husband (who is very finicky) will eat. (I don’t get to cook dinner for my sons on weekdays because I get home too late from work.)

Pasta and tomato sauce is a quick and easy dish for sure. It wouldn’t keep me full for long, though: I need more protein in my meals.

16 Journeywoman { 06.12.17 at 3:51 pm }

A lot of pasta. What we do most often is caramelize onions and garlic and make spaghetti with some cheddar and velveeta and mix it all together.. (I’m allergic to tomatoes ). Also Martha stuart has a sausage and black bean recipe that we make a lot. It works well with veggie sausage as well.

17 Jill A. { 06.12.17 at 4:01 pm }

Dried beef on toast. Grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup. Tortellini soup. Tune casserole. All very quick and easy and filling. I almost always have the ingredients on hand and can dress it up or down depending on time and mood. These are also our main comfort foods.

18 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 06.12.17 at 4:03 pm }

Yep, pasta with whatever protein we have on hand is a go-to here too. So is pizza with pita bread or lavosh for the crust. There’s a chili-like family recipe called rodeo stew that’s easy to throw together and works great in the crockpot. Or we might put whatever looks good on top of salad greens and have some toast on the side. That’s especially good on those days you just feel too hot to eat anything heavy.

19 Nicoleandmaggie { 06.12.17 at 6:06 pm }
20 Chandra Lynn { 06.12.17 at 7:35 pm }

Spaghetti is also a go-to meal. I’m a NOLA girl, so New Orleans style red beans and rice are typically part of the menu. I love making a big pot of gumbo and storing several containers in the deep freezer to pull out when we need it. We’re vegetarian, but I’ve never tried chili with pasta. Will have to give that a try. Haystacks (sort of like a taco salad) and tacos are also quick favorites.

21 Jess { 06.12.17 at 9:21 pm }

We have been terrible about weekday meals, but a pasta bake is a weekly occurrence. Either tomato-based with chicken sausage (roasted garlic or sun-dried tomato or wild mushroom) or butternut-squash based with apple chicken sausage. And loads of cheese on top, all bubbly and browned. Mmmm. We also make these chicken taco things with Wegmans’ cilantro lime chicken thighs, grilled; caramelized onions; Mexican cheese blend; homemade guacamole, and a bit of sour cream. Yum.

22 Risa Kerslake { 06.12.17 at 10:24 pm }

Tacos and taco salad are definitely staples. I also make this incredible Spicy Tortellini Alfredo that I practically have memorized.

23 Mali { 06.13.17 at 12:14 am }

Lots of different pasta sauces, though my DH will only eat them under protest. Sigh. Thai curries and stir-fries. Stir-fried veges with pesto. Chicken in orange juice and cumin with onions and olives on couscous its one of the quickest meals. In winter, though it is not a quick meal, lamb shacks are slow-cooked comfort food that take 2 hours to cook, but are easy to throw in the oven.

I try to branch out regularly and find new recipes that are easy to add to my current repertoire. Though I haven’t done that in a while, I must admit.

24 Diane { 06.13.17 at 6:02 am }

I keep those frozen bagged dinners in the freezer for hectic or running late type nights. When I have a lot of papers to grade or too tired to cook we heat one of them up. Not the best choice but better than a bowl of cereal!

25 Different Shores { 06.13.17 at 7:08 am }

Lasagna every Monday made with whatever I throw in it – lentils, broccoli, tuna, beans… it’s gorgeous. It’s Monday Lasagna.

26 Middle Girl { 06.13.17 at 10:25 pm }

When my kids were kids, pasta and meat sauce, chili, pan seared chicken with a tomato base sauce over rice, tacos. Now, my daughter does most of the cooking for “family” (she and I) meals so, a wider variety. When I am fending for myself, it is simple–a baked or broiled fish, a simple salad, rice and beans.

27 Lori Lavender Luz { 06.24.17 at 7:41 pm }

Lemon chicken and a veggie. I’m about to make some tonight, in fact. The first meal I’ve made in weeks (due to an out-of-town vacation).

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