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Old 09-27-2005, 08:34 AM   #1
 
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We've talked about our favorite dishes; this thread is about the meals you have every day.* Briefly describe the seven meals you cook most often in your house.

Ours:
  • Chicken oven-roasted on a vertical roaster with red potatoes and veg.
  • Homemade pizza esp. with lots of sauteed onions and goat cheese
  • Spaghetti with the sauce made in the slow cooker, salad, etc.
  • Eggplant parmesan
  • Burritos with fake crab meat, refried beans, guac, cheese, etc.
  • Steak or burgers on the grill with grilled vegetables
  • Chicken quarters pressure cooked with rice, vegetables, curry and other spices
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Old 09-27-2005, 09:10 AM   #2
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Hi Al--


We have tried to simplify our lives and try to eat healthy (within reason). We will eat:

*tuna-in-spring water on top of a lettuce and tomato salad with either Italian or Catalina dressing

* chicken, steak or hambugers (served with no bun) on the grill and tomato slices.

*spagetti with sauce cooked all day in a crock pot

*big salad with whatever veggies are in the crisper and any leftover meat from the grill

*jambalaya or rice creole from a package with shrimp, sausage and chicken

*stuffed green peppers with hambuger or sauage meat on a bed of rice

We find that crockpot cooking is great. And since we live in the deep south, we use the grill all year long.

We have also found that when we do go out ocassionally, the lunch menu or the early-bird specials are much less traumatic on the wallet!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-27-2005, 09:54 AM   #3
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Here's mine - oops sorry I should read more carefully - seems like we eat this everyday though

Oven-Roasted Salmon

15 minutes
1 pound salmon fillet, skin left on
2 Tablespoons butter/oil - 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon butter
Salt and pepper

1) Heat the oven to 475 degrees.
2) Rinse the salmon.
3) When the oven's 475 degrees, melt the oil/butter in a roasting
pan.
4) When melted lay the fillet in the pan, skin up, and bake for 5
minutes. Then turn the fish and bake 3 - 6 minutes.*
5) Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Serve and pour the pan juices over the
fish.

*Done - Timing will vary depending on how thick the fillet is, but
make sure your oven is 475 degrees before putting the fish in - don't overcook!
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Burritos with fake crab meat, refried beans, guac, cheese, etc.
FAKE crab meat* Jeesh, spend a couple more bucks and get real crabmeat.* If it's too expensive, then substitute with real chicken or a can of baby shrimp.

Eating anything that's "fake" or "immitation" gives me the heebie-jeebies.

The rest of your diet looks good and it's part of our diet as well, but ours includes more fish like haddock, flounder, sole, swordfish, salmon, striped bass, chilean sea bass, snapper, lobster, calamari, octopus, skate, and shellfish at least once or twice a week.
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Old 09-27-2005, 10:01 AM   #5
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FAKE crab meat Jeesh, spend a couple more bucks and get real crabmeat. If it's too expensive, then substitute with real chicken or a can of baby shrimp.

Eating anything that's "fake" or "immitation" gives me the heebie-jeebies.

The rest of your diet looks good and it's part of our diet as well, but ours includes more fish like haddock, flounder, sole, swordfish, salmon, striped bass, chilean sea bass, snapper, lobster, calamari, octopus, skate, and shellfish at least once or twice a week.
Man, you are literally on the seefood diet.
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Old 09-27-2005, 10:15 AM   #6
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This is a fun & interesting question!* We do eat the same things a lot.* Lots of comfort food from when I was a kid, and DH has learned to like my cooking too.* Of course, they called his mom "Sarah Lee" because if it didn't come frozen, they didn't eat it...

1.* Spaghetti & sauce. Nothing fancy, sauce from a jar (tomato & basil)
2.* Chili.* Mom's recipe.
3.* Tuna noodle casserole.* Mom's recipe.* Don't laugh, I love it!
4.* Chicken with rice & cream of celery soup, cooked in the oven
5.* Chicken with rice & salsa (a skillet dish, easy to prepare)
6.* Chicken noodle soup, homemade
7.* Vegetable beef soup, homemade
8.* Meatloaf & scalloped potatoes.* Always together, can't have one without the other.
9.* Roast beef in the crock pot, with mashed potatoes
10.* Beef stew, also in the crock pot.

Sorry, that's more than 7.* All of the above with salad or whatever fresh veggies are available.* Sometimes frozen veggies.* And yes, there are lots of carbs at my house!

I also make it a practice to cook large quantities, so for the most part we are eating leftovers 4-5 days a week!* This kind of stuff is always better leftover anyway and DH doesn't mind.

I'm hungry now!!

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I don't know about everyday, but these happen frequently and are favorites.
I'm no cook so the descriptions aren't much.
(in no particular order)
1. *Spaghetti Pie *(whole wheat noodles)
2. Salmon/halibut/shrimp. *This would not be on the favorites but for a kid living in Alaska who packed our freezer.
3. Texas Brisket. *Now this I can cook. *YaHoooo!
4. Babyback ribs on the grill.
5. Burgers--big ones
6. Lots of soup- -Some homemade, some not. My fav is broccoli.
7. Swedish meatballs
8. Cheese manicotti
Lots of chicken and salads as well,* for the health of it
I guess you said only 7.
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Old 09-27-2005, 10:26 AM   #8
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When I'm home the menu is healthier and one day it will stay that way but for now it goes a lot like this with some others sprinkled inbetween.

Grilled steaks and veggies (chicken for me).
Meatloaf made with half ground beef and half ground chicken or turkey.
Chicken Fajitas -homemade
Spagetti with homemade sauce and meatballs
Ravioli some other kind of stuffed pasta
Baked chicken breast with veggies
Pork chops and veggies
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Beef Stew -crockpot style
Chicken in Cream of Broccoli soup over Egg noodles (extra broc added)
Baked flounder or haddock with baked fries


I also make large amounts of anything that will freeze well like spagetti sauce so it's easy for him to make supper.
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Old 09-27-2005, 10:38 AM   #9
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1. Spaghetti/fettucini/linguini w/ sauce from the jar plus some meat sometimes
2. Baked fish (salmon/flounder/something cheap) w/ rice and some canned veggies
3. Tacos/fajitas/nachos
4. Soup from a can, sometimes with a sandwich
5. Fish sandwiches (frozen fish filets plus bread and tartar sauce)
6. Turkeyburgers and/or hot dogs
7. Hamburger helper style dishes (meat + rice/noodles + veggies added by us + sauce)

Lots of these are big "leftover" generators. Make a bunch, then put the rest in the fridge for good eats for days to come.
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Being single I find it tough to get motivated to just cook for myself. But I do like to eat! The below is what I cook or consume at my Mom's house.

1)Burgers off the grill. Charcoal only!
2)Chicken breast off the grill with a garden salad.
3)Spaghetti with mom's Mexican sause.
4)Grilled salmon and mixed veggies.
5)Chicken & rice casserole.
6)Baked pork chops with sweet potatoes and veggies.
7)Apple tuna salad(I just don't get tired of this)
I usually have green salads with most everything I prepare just for myself.
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Old 09-27-2005, 10:57 AM   #11
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1) Japanese udon noodles with grilled mochi (type of rice) and fish cake
2) Grilled mackerel, cold tofu, stir fried napa, pickled giant radish (sukemono)
3) Reimen (cold Chinese noodles) like a salad, chinese dumplings
4) Mabo eggplant/tofu (some sort of spicy Chinese stirfry)
5) Nabe boiled vegetables, tofu, and fish
6) Soft tacos using refried beans
7) Tuna fish sandwich

Wife is Japanese. We aren't vegitarians but somehow I only get meat once a week. Beef is about once a month.*
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I'm now a big fan of fake crab (and fake lobster).* Instead of thinking of it as fake crab, think of it as real fish (pollock) with some interesting flavorings.* Buy some quality fake crab and saute it up with some onions and cherry tomatoes and serve it on pasta with olive oil.*
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Old 09-27-2005, 11:35 AM   #13
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Big fan of fake crab and fake crab salad here! You can freeze fake crab, it goes great with a number of things, and it is "heat and serve" no cooking required. Or eat it cold. It also fits my budget nicely ($1-3/lb versus $10-$20 lb for the "fresh" real variety that you have to de-shell. Canned real crab is worse than fake crab IMHO).

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Old 09-27-2005, 11:52 AM   #14
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Breakfast: bowl of Total Raisan Bran, Special K or Cheerios.
Lunch: small deli sandwich or take-out sushi
Dinner: Take out pizza, eat out Tex-mex, eat out Japanese, eat out Thai, or leftovers at home of the these 4.
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L'Appetito subs, pasta, salads and soups. Corner of Wabash and Huron in Chi. If I drop a cherry tomato it hits their roof.

Breaky: Yogurt
Lunch: Italian chili soup or chicken/dumplings soup.
Dinner: Roast beef with giardineira sub.
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I've recently worn out my 5th George Foreman grill. The teflon coating gives out after a few months of everyday use. I regularly make the following on the grill:

Steak (rib eye)
Boneless chicken breasts (basted with terriaki sauce)
Salmon (marinated with italian dressing)
Talapia (marinated with italian dressing)
Lamb chops
Hamburgers (no bun)

Steamed spiced shrimp is also a regular meal.

I have these with a garden salad or occassionally with asparagus.

As you might have guessed, I follow a low carb diet. No bread, no pasta, no rice, no potatoes. I never liked fruits or vegetables anyway so this is easy for me to stick with most of the time.

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I've recently worn out my 5th George Foreman grill. The teflon coating gives out after a few months of everyday use.
Grumpy - you also have a high-teflon diet! If it coats the stomach then it could come in handy
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Old 09-27-2005, 01:19 PM   #18
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Eating at home every day has been one thing I have implemented that has saved hundreds of dollars per month. Previously, we had been fast food junkies; eating out probably 4-5 times a week. This is bad for the waistline as well as the pocketbook. I found we could have steak at home cheaper than hamburgers at Micky-Dees... The choice is a "no brainer" as far as I'm concerned.
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Grumpy - you also have a high-teflon diet!* If it coats the stomach then it could come in handy
I predict that in the next few years there will be a study concluding that all these teflon products cause cancer. I try to avoid teflon as much as possible.

The fumes alone when heated have already been proven to kill birds.
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I guess you're right.

Come to think of it, I've never seen a live bird on the grill.*
I guess if the fumes don't get it the heat will, or if nothing else all that damn poking with the fork will.
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