View Full Version : Need ideas for dinners
01-17-2005, 07:23 AM
Okay, I'm running out of ideas for dinners for my family. I'm going to make the Mock Salmon Pate tonight, then HELP, because I need some fresh ideas. I like to plan my week in advance, so I can buy what I need, but I just can't think of anything. I did think I could make either a Fettuccine Alfredo or a Lasagne, but after that, I'm blank. I don't want to make the same stuff we had the last week.
What has everyone made lately that's been really good? What are you making for dinner tonight? I need a real meal type food.
01-17-2005, 07:48 AM
Tonight I am making pesto. Just use any kind of squash that you like and make angle hair out if it and then blend up pine nuts, olive oil, basil, parsley, and garlic. It's really good. The recipe calls for 1c of pine nuts and olive oil but that made it a little too oily for me so I either cut back on the oil or add more of the other stuff. Toss it all together and your done. Really delish! Also, tonight I will probably add some broccoli and red pepper slices just because I have them!
01-17-2005, 08:39 AM
I plan on doing the chili tonight that Yani posted, sounds delish and I am wanting something "seasoned" well....along with a salad of mixed greens featuring avocado slices, a handful of seeds, and maybe a few tangerine slices. I am thinking of a dressing with oj in it or...any ideas on that>>. I will go check Alissa's book....
01-18-2005, 07:25 PM
You could try the nori wraps. They can be stuffed with just about anything. I made them for my DH again today.
Raw soup is a good standby, as is avocados and nut pate with veggies on flatbread.
Seing as I don't typically cook for a family, I can see your situation. Me, I just buy mounds of produce, and then do what ever comes to me on the day. Back when I used to cook a whole lot, we did wraps all the time. They go over well, and you can roll up jsut about anything. And, for those who have mixed raw and not families, you can just put out cooked ingredients as filler for those that want.
When I was a kid mom used to have salad wrapped in tortillas as summer dinners for us. It was light and healthy. It is actually something I would crave. (We lived in CA and would buy hand made tortillas.) Sometimes i still make tortillas from scratch for my hubby, so I can use wheat flour and no bad ingredients. THat way, we can both eat together, and enjoy. (I eat it without the tortilla.)
You might try the recipe for meatless meat made from nuts. And make mexican style dinner....chili, and taco fillings...
Just some thoughts.
01-18-2005, 07:39 PM
I havent a lot of experience in this area yet but I made the raw chili yanni posted on the site. I have always hated cooked chili. Dont like ground beef and despise kidney beans....but thought the raw would be different enough. It tasted EXACTLY like real chili. I couldnt eat it , but I was amazed how much it tasted like it. My daughter loved it . Just a thought.
01-18-2005, 09:40 PM
Thanks for all of the ideas! I'm planning on trying some of them soon.
01-19-2005, 01:14 PM
One of my favorites is kale salad--I eat it 2-3 days a week! Just julienne a couple bunches of kale (or chard). For every bunch of kale you use, add about 2 T. of oil and 1 T. of apple cider vinegar (or lemon, but I'm usually too lazy to juice it! :o ), one diced avocado, two diced tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste. Stir really well to smash up some of the avo and make a creamy dressing. All done! I can eat an entire mixing bowl to myself, it's so good.
Tacos are also really simple. I stick some walnuts in the food processor with some spices and a bit of water and pulse until meaty. Stick in lettuce leaves with the toppings and eat!
01-19-2005, 02:36 PM
don't make me go out and buy walnuts. The tacos sound great. I need something simple. I will try it in a few days. I am spending a kings ransom in food.
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