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Help! Stuck in a Dinner RUT! What are YOUR go-to meals?

on January 14, 2015


I don’t know about you, but at my house, we are stuck in a dinner rut.  Things are busy busy as we’ve gone back to school, and dinner is an afterthought – usually being thrown together at 5:30 each night!  So here are my go-to meals, which we all love.  (At the same time, I would love YOUR go-to meals to mix it up a little!)

1. Chicken burritos: In a glass pan, put chicken breasts and cover with a can of crushed tomatoes and taco seasoning (I use cumin and chili powder).  Bake @350 until done.  Shred chicken a bit with a fork.  We put ours in whole wheat burritos with a little shredded cheese and plain Greek yogurt.  I make enough for leftovers when I, inevitably, don’t have a dinner plan for tomorrow!

2. Mommy’s pasta: At least, that’s what my girls call it 🙂  I use orzo pasta because it feels fancy.  I add 1/4 stick of butter, a bit of olive oil, kosher salt and peas.

3. My crazy avocado sandwich thingPicMonkey Collage

4. Breakfast for dinner.  Scrambled eggs, fruit, whole wheat toast.  This is a favorite of my 10 year old, because it’s something she can cook for us!

5. Baked potatoes (or baked sweet potatoes) and a BIG salad. Romaine, spinach, carrots, celery, cucumber, tomato, black beans, etc.  I really want one of these salad choppers to speed this process up!


3 responses to “Help! Stuck in a Dinner RUT! What are YOUR go-to meals?

  1. iuksiek says:

    I love my pressure cooker…

    Broccoli cheese soup with bread. Heat up the oven and throw in frozen bread (either store bought or saved from previous bread making/pizza dough) sauté chopped onion and garlic in a pressure cooker; chop broccoli while the onion is sautéing. Drop in the broccoli with a sprinkle of your favorite spice (thyme; oregano; or a mix). Put some white wine and chicken broth until it comes just to the top of the chopped up broccoli. Lock the pressure cooker and bring it to high pressure (about 4-5 minutes). Cook for 4-5 minutes and then quick release the pressure cooker (run it under water while releasing pressure). Spoon broccoli mixture into a cuisinart and puree – put just enough stock in it to make it soup consistency. Put in some cheese and cuisinart it until blended. (I usually serve the kids now and then put more in with pepper for the adults). Serve with the now ready bread.

    The above could be edited to carrot ginger soup – add the grated ginger in with the onions and garlic. Add in cumin instead of an herb. Throw in some baby carrots; lock it and cook 4-5 minutes. Then cuisinart… serve with a dollop of greek yogurt.

    Rissotto with roasted veggie. Turn on your oven to 400-450 and prep the veggie (asparagus, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, quartered brussell sprouts, etc.) on a pan with aluminum foil to make clean up easy. Mix veggies with olive oil and some salt on the pan and put it in the oven. Chop some onion and garlic and throw in pressure cooker. Put in a sprinkle of herbs. Throw in 1-2 cups of risotto rice (1 C is great for a family of 4) and stir to get the risotto rice covered in olive oil (put in more olive oil if needed). You can add mushrooms at this point if you want. Just cover (about 1/4″ inch above the rice) with a mix of stock and white wine. Lock the pressure cooker and bring to high pressure for 7 minutes. Mix the veggies in the oven. Grate up your favorite risotto cheese (parmesan; gouda; etc.) to about 1/2 cup. Quick release the pressure cooker when time is up and stir in the cheese. Serve with veggies.

    Super tired Friday Meal – pesto pasta. Pesto either frozen or store bought. While pasta is cooking; roast asparagus and cook shrimp or scallops. Combine everything. Could add a salad, but it’s Friday.

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