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I'm starting to get bored with what we usually have for dinner every night - baked chicken with some kind of marinade, and mashed potatoes or frozen peas or corn. So if you have a tried-and-true easy, cheap and semi-quick recipe that you like to make for dinner, let me know! I'm going to try lasagna tonight. (How sad is it that I've never made lasagna before??)

And don't forget to fill out the Christmas card poll if you want to be on the list!


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Dec. 12th, 2004 05:28 pm (UTC)
a super quick one that we like is those tubes of ready-made polenta, sliced into 1/2" slices, grilled in pan with little olive oil until golden, then put on a slice of tomato, fresh basil and fresh mozzarella on top of each slice, cover tfor a minute or two until the cheese melts and then serve with salad greens. so simple and so good.

we also make one pot turkey chili, which is probably better for the winter. take a big pot, add some oil and brown a package of ground turkey. then add a can of broth, a can of stewed tomatoes, a can of kideny beans and a can of white beans (or whatever kind of beans you like), we also add corn and sometimes carrots and spinach, then add some dried basil, oregano, and thyme for seasoning, as well as a bay leaf, and stew for about 20 minutes and voila! good hearty chili! you really cannot go wrong woth any variation. sometimes we add taco seasoning and green chilis, taking out the above spices when we want a more mexican chili. the best part is it only takes one pot!

oh and we have your stockings hung up on our mantle! they are so nice :)
Dec. 12th, 2004 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And if you take a picture of your stockings, be sure and let me know! :D
Dec. 13th, 2004 12:48 am (UTC)
sloppy joes

as far as new side dishes...
green salad
potato salad
macaroni salad
rice-a-roni (and similar noodley-type things)
Dec. 15th, 2004 12:27 pm (UTC)
Potato variation/chicken variation
One of my favorite potato variations is to cut up the potatoes in small cubes, toss with olive oil and whatever herbs/spices (I use oregano, cumin, salt, pepper) and bake them in the oven at 375 until fork tender. Yum. You can also fry them in olive oil on the stovetop, also good.

Chicken: cube the breast, cut up whatever veggies you like (we use peppers, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes) and do a little stir fry. You can mix in some peanut butter and soy sauce as a variation, or just spice it up with your favorites. Also good with pork, beef, shrimp, whatever.

I am also a big fan of cooking light---lots of good, quick, easy recipes with fairly common ingredients.
Dec. 15th, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Potato variation/chicken variation
Thanks for the ideas!
I like Cooking Light too. I had a subscription for last year - I need to go through and actually use the recipes. :D
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