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  #1  
August 19th, 2007, 09:11 AM
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I'm trying to vary my menu. I'm going grocery shopping Monday, so I need some new ideas. Thanks!
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August 19th, 2007, 09:40 AM
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I make kind of boring stuff.

I make chicken (I vary this part; sometimes I do a whole chicken, seasoned and roasted; sometimes I do chicken breasts with various marinades) rice and veggie. I make that a LOT. Chicken, rice, veggie. *sigh* (If I have turkey breast fillets, then sometimes it's turkey breast instead of chicken, and sometimes it's potatoes instead of rice).

I also get lots of ground turkey and make ground turkey meals. I love, love, love hamburger soup. I use the ground turkey for it. It has the meat, water and boullion or broth, veggies, beans, potatoes or rice, and lots of yum.


Something that was kind of a neat break from the norm was when I made impossible cheeseburger pie a while back. I got the recipe from hillbillyhousewife.com, I think. They have lots of good recipes on there.
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August 19th, 2007, 10:03 AM
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Something that was kind of a neat break from the norm was when I made impossible cheeseburger pie a while back. I got the recipe from hillbillyhousewife.com, I think. They have lots of good recipes on there. [/b]
Thanks! I went to that site and got at least four recipes to add to my list.
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August 19th, 2007, 10:37 AM
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I very frequently check out the menu in Women's Day, because they have a whole month of ideas. You can usually vary nearly anything to make it frugal if it isn't already. I also asked everyone here for their top five favorite meals so I wasn't making stuff they hated on a regular basis. I go through cookbooks for ideas sometimes, and I frequent online recipe sites that allow people to build menus to share (allrecipes.com is my favorite).
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August 19th, 2007, 10:51 AM
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Oh I LOVE allrecipes.com! That is my very favorite site!
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August 19th, 2007, 11:36 AM
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I make a dish that has, chicken breast cut up, chopped broccoli, penne past, bacon, and ranch dressing


its like a hot ranch pasta dish, sometime we add mushrooms
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August 19th, 2007, 11:52 AM
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I love Allrecipes too. That's where I've gotten all of the recipes that I like.
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August 19th, 2007, 12:09 PM
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I make boring stuff, lol. Whenever I try something new, we end up disappointed, lol.

frequent main courses:
~meatloaf
~various chicken or beef stir-fry w/brown rice
~tacos (we have taco Tuesdays every week)
~spaghetti
~BBQ steak
~tostadas
~London Broil (Kim posted an AMAZING recipe that I make all the time now)
~hamburgers
~chili (homemade of course)
~marinated & grilled chicken
~Crock pot chicken (don't remember the name of it [lemon maybe?], but it's another Kim recipe.)
~chicken fingers (made w/brown rice flour-gluten free!!)
~Taco salads
~baked chicken & veggies
~stew (love it, but dh hates it so I don't make it often.)

Veggies:
I basically alternate between steamed brocolli, green beans (with sauteed onions & celery, yummy), corn, & salads. Not too creative there.

Sides:
Not too creative here either. Brown rice, baked potatoes, Onion potato wedges (another Kim recipe, love ya girl!!!), and pico de gallo.
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August 19th, 2007, 12:27 PM
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Thanks, ladies! I'm up to 50 meals (which includes some that will be leftovers) for the month. I love grocery shopping this way!
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August 19th, 2007, 12:35 PM
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With adding some of the suggestions here for this month (probably more for next month), here's what I have:

ham tetrazini x2 (2 meals)

hamburger helper

tuna helper

cheesy chix bake (from a box...add the chix)

fish stix and fries x2

homemade pizza x2

cheeseburger pie

tuna broccoli casserole (x2???)

sausage potato casserole

chix fajitas

corn dogs x2 (with mac/cheese or fries)

frozen pizza (I have one big and plan on getting several smaller ones.)

bbq shredded pork x 2 or 3

pork loin x 2

smoked sausage and fried potatoes

spaghetti x 2

sloppy joes

meatloaf x 2

salmon patties x 2

oven fried chix

pork chops x 2

steaks

quesadillas (super easy...sliced cheese on wheat tortillas halved in skillet)

chicken veggie salad or pasta salad

hamburgers x2

rotisserie chix (from Kroger)

quiche (x2???)

country pie x 2

creamed tuna and peas

tacos

tortilla chip pie

dried beef gravy

shepherd's pie (x2???)

chix stir-fry
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August 19th, 2007, 12:37 PM
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We love beans around here, so we have a lot of bean recipes - black bean burritos, beans and rice, yummy bean soups.

We also often have chicken and a veggie, like several other girls described. My Foreman grill just broke, but before that, we used it probably 4-5 times per week, with different marinades and seasonings. Usually with a salad, maybe a steamed veggie instead, and occasionally a side like bread, rice or potatoes.

My DH hates spaghetti, but whenever he works late or is out of town, we have that almost every night. It's DD's favorite food and I love feeding the 3 of us at home for less than a dollar!
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August 20th, 2007, 11:53 AM
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Bump. I want some more ideas.
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August 20th, 2007, 12:23 PM
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First, I am addicted to the little cookbooks that they have at the checkout at the grocery store. They're about 4.00 but if you subscribe like I just did you get them for about 2.00 each. I bought a casserole one last week at the store and last night I made the first recipe that caught my eye and that was quesadilla pie which was a winner. My husband and I both loved it and decided that we need to have it again.

As for what we eat regularly, we have been in a rut lately. We have been eating my roasted red pepper pasta recipe that I found through weight watchers, hot dogs, hamburgers, goulash, just boring stuff.


Here's the recipe for Quesadilla Pie I hope you enjoy it!

1 can of green chiles
1 can black beans
1/3 cup chopped green onions
1 medium plum tomato chopped
1 green chile enchilada sauce (or you can use red)
1 1/2 cups of shredded pepper jack cheese
1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (for the cheeses I just used a mexican blend)
4 old El Paso Flour tortillas (I ended up using 7 out of an 8 pack because my pie plate was on the large size)

1) Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9 inch pie plate with cooking spra. In medium bowl mix chiles, beans, onions, tomato, 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce, half of the cheese and set aside.

2) Spoon 1/4 cup of enchilada sauce into pie plate. Top with 1 tortilla and 1/3 of the bean mixture. Repeat twice to make 3 layers . Top with remaining tortilla. Cover loosely with foil.

3) Bake 30 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5-7 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Serve with salsa or sour cream if desired.
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August 20th, 2007, 02:30 PM
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meatloaf
burgers
chili
white chicken chili
tacos
enchiladas
burritos
fajitas
goulash
chicken boobs
chicken and noodles
roast
italian beef
pizza
spagetti
fetticini
pizza bread
pork chops
taco salads
pork tenderloins
chicken patties
tuna noodle casserole
breakfast for dinner
BLTs
frito pies
steaks
stuffed bell peppers
lasagna
stir fry
hot dogs/mac & cheese/bean &weinies/pork and beans
ham and beans
tatertot casserole
ramen
leftovers
meatballs
soup and grilled cheese
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August 20th, 2007, 02:37 PM
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mmmm....I forgot about stuffed bell peppers. I make those all the time. So tasty!
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August 20th, 2007, 04:07 PM
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I wish bell peppers weren't 3.99/lb here. I love bell peppers ... raw, stuffed, in everything ... booo expensive peppers.

I also love the little recipe books in the grocery store lines. I don't actually buy them, though. If I know I'm going to have to wait for DH or some such thing I bring one with me to the 'Cafe' in Meijer and write furiously in my little grocery notebook so I can keep the ideas. B)
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August 20th, 2007, 06:16 PM
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My neighbor has been growing bell peppers this year. Tastee! and Free! He shares his tomatoes too and red raspberries.
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August 21st, 2007, 09:43 AM
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Here are some of my absolute favorites! I work for Weight Watchers so most of these recipes are waist friendly!

Mini Meatloaves
POINTS: 2
INSTRUCTIONS

1 pound raw extra lean ground beef
1 small box Stovetop stuffing (any variety)
1 small onion(s)
2 egg white(s)

Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Scoop mixture into a muffin pan making 12 mini meatloaves.
Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes.
Serving: 1 meatloaf muffin


Brocoli Alfredo Pizza
POINTS: 3 per slice

Ingredients:
1 tube of Pillsbury Pizza Crust
1/8 cup of light Ragu Alfredo
4 oz Perdue Low-Fat Homestyle Breaded Chicken Breast Cutlets
1 cup Kraft Free Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 cup cooked broccoli

1: Preheat oven to 350.
2: Unroll pizza dough from can and roll out onto a pizza pan.
3: Pour 1/8 cup of alfredo onto the crust and spread.
4: Sprinkle 1 cup cheese over pizza and then sprinkle on the broccoli and chicken.
5: Bake for 35 minutes or until pizza dough is lightly browned.

Servings: 8 (1 piece of pizza per serving)


spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs

Ingredients
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
Cooking spray
6 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
Preparation
Preheat broiler.
Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Add chicken to bowl; toss to coat. Place chicken on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil chicken 5 minutes on each side.
Combine honey and vinegar in a small bowl, stirring well. Remove chicken from oven; brush 1/4 cup honey mixture on chicken. Broil 1 minute. Remove chicken from oven and turn over. Brush chicken with remaining honey mixture. Broil 1 additional minute or until chicken is done.
Yield
4 servings (serving size: 2 chicken thighs)
Nutritional Information
CALORIES 321(31% from fat); FAT 11g (sat 3g,mono 4.1g,poly 2.5g); PROTEIN 28g; CHOLESTEROL 99mg; CALCIUM 21mg; SODIUM 676mg; FIBER 0.6g; IRON 2.1mg; CARBOHYDRATE 27.9g

The chicken thighs recipe is my favorite!
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August 21st, 2007, 09:57 AM
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I wish bell peppers weren't 3.99/lb here. I love bell peppers ... raw, stuffed, in everything ... booo expensive peppers.[/b]

So do what I did... buy one pepper, gut it and germinate the seeds and grow your own. Now I have peppers all summer long and I only spent like 40 cents getting one red pepper, a 1.00 bag of topsoil, and some miracle grow stuff that was a few bucks.

You can do the same thing for bean sprouts, too... your basement would be PERFECT for bean sprouts! It only takes a few days, too... they're quick and yummy and nutritious and cheap if you do them yourself.
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August 21st, 2007, 09:58 AM
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only kim would think to do that
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