Sunday, February 03, 2008

What's for Dinner?

My mom's three least favorite words in the English language: What's for Dinner? I have to agree--not my favorite question either. But I've had a pretty good week of meals, so I thought I'd share them with you.

Kill Two Birds With One Stone:
My favorite has to be this 2 day meal plan from Rachael Ray. I made a pork tenderloin roast with gravy and vegetables one day. Then I simply saved half the pork and gravy for the next day's Black Bean Chili . It turned out really well. I actually only got one bowl because Brad ate all the leftovers up so fast!

Different, but Good:
I tried this one because Brad likes stuffing a lot, and this isn't just the same old tired stuffing recipe. It's called Tangy Pork Chop Stuffing Bake, and I actually liked it!

Creamy Tortellini
Because I know that Brad doesn't love tortellini, I made this last night when he was gone on a business trip. I didn't have bacon, so I just substituted ham instead. I added some chopped onion, too, that I sauteed up with the ham. It was yummy.

Tomorrow night:
We got a call from the missionaries tonight reminding us that we'd signed up to feed them tomorrow. (Heads up, Sara: I think you signed up for the day after us!) Luckily, I've got the ingredients to make this Shepherd's Pie. I'm usually not a great fan of Shepherd's pie, but Rachael Ray usually knows how to spice things up a bit, so I think it'll be good.

Do you have any favorite recipes to share?


  1. Oh boy, do I hate that question, too. UNLESS some miracle has occurred and I've actually planned ahead for some weird reason ;)

    Here's one of my favorites. It's yummy, it's comfort food, it's easy and cheap! (I don't use water chestnuts, though.)

    Martin likes when I do this rice dish with it (I don't use parsley.):

  2. Once I dare enter a supermarket again I can buy the ingredients for these awesome recipes. Thanks for sharing...I recycle so many meals, I get tired of it myself. I am always needing new ideas.

  3. Thanks for sharing your menu. I love getting new ideas. This week we had taco salad, chicken and salsa in the crockpot (tortillas), spinach and cheese tortillini from Cost-co. That's all I can remember.

  4. I have a recipe blog with a bunch of moms. We have posted a bunch of recipes there. You are welcome to check them out and let me know if you want to be a contributor. :-)

  5. Homemade Refried Beans (which are good in burritos, quesadillas, on taco salad, as a dip with chips, or as a side dish)

    2 cans great northern beans
    2 cans pinto beans
    2 Tbsp. (or more) :) butter
    3/4 cup cheese

    Drain the juice from the beans (reserving some of the liquid). Heat beans on stove with butter. When nice and bubbley, add cheese and beat with an electric mixer 'til creamy (adding some bean juice to get right consistency). Enjoy.

  6. Thanks for the heads up. I am looking forward to trying the spiced up shepherds did it end up by the way?

    Looking forward to the Too much to watch Tuesday tomorrow. Hoping to have a good balance with the missionaries coming over...

  7. Anonymous11:21 PM

    Thanks for sharing! One of my favorite things to blog about is recipes, in fact I posted a STELLAR veggie panini recipe from dinner tonight at


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