Posts Tagged ‘dinner ideas’
Somewhere down the road, pasta became a comfort food in our house. It’s quick, easy, and a delicious treat. Pasta was the first “real food” my kids had when they were itty bitty, because of the texture and taste. Like most moms, I have pictures of my kids absolutely covered head to toe in strings of pasta with bowls on top their heads. Yeah. We love pasta.
Angel hair pasta is one of our absolute favorites, and this recipe really can’t get much simpler. In my college days I was obsessed with Rice-o-Roni boxed meals. Garlic and butter angel hair was the one I bought the most. When I started my family, those boxes weren’t nearly enough to feed everyone, even as a side. It didn’t take me long to figure out a homemade solution that DOES feed everyone with plenty to spare.
This pasta recipe makes use of staples you probably have on hand. It also only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.
Over the last week, we’ve been making a lot of cold sandwiches for supper. It’s just too hot and we’re too busy to heat up the oven. What started as “just a new recipe we’re trying” has become one of our family faves.
These wraps were the first I’ve ever made. Ever. After a bad experience in high school, I’ve stayed clear of them for nearly 15 years. But I pushed the pesky memory aside, and decided to give it another shot. Wow, what have I been missing all these years?
Our wraps were worth bragging about, mostly because we used fresh lettuce bought from our local farmer’s market. You just can’t beat the flavor of home grown veggies. I wished our tomatoes would have been, but ours aren’t ripe yet. Although once we added good deli meat and sliced cheese (fresh from your local deli is best, but we used store brand) with a touch of ranch dressing, we had a really fantastic deli wrap.
Since we all wanted them a second and third night in a row, we decided to play around with the meat a little each day. Turkey, ham, and roast beef in different varieties were used, such as hickory smoked, honey baked, and so on. Each different combination of meat gave it a slightly different flavor, all of which were wonderful.
The variety in meat has inspired me to play with cheeses and spreads next, in hopes we come across a new wrap combination worth singing about. Stay tuned as we play more on the cold sandwich front to see what we come up with!
We’ve been making a lot of hamburgers lately, mostly because I keep buying frozen patties. I know, way to cheat right? It’s just easier, especially since we got the George Foreman grill and can just throw the patties right on it.
Since we’ve been making hamburgers so much, we’re always looking for new stuff to put on top of them. Last week we made burgers twice, and had several unusual toppings available. Here’s a run down of what we’ve used:
Yup, sounds odd but this is one of my favorite things to put on a burger. I’ll even go so far as to as for it in restaurants when getting burgers.
Not so odd, but sometimes forgotten. Made easier with our grill, even though the bacon isn’t quite as good if we’d cooked it normal. Since it goes on a hamburger, it doesn’t really matter much.
– Grilled mushroom and garlic
This was really, really good. All we did was heat up a little bit of butter in a pan and toss sliced mushroom and dried garlic in. Yuuuuum. You could do the same with onions, too.
– Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing
Again sounds somewhat odd on a burger, but with avocado it was DELICIOUS. This is also something I always ask for in a restaurant, especially so I can dip my fries in it too.
– Special Cheese
This week it was basil garlic mozarella, but we’ve had some other combos in the past. I’m a sucker for the cheese aisle at the store, and have absolutely no idea why. Jalapeno cheeses would also be awesome for hamburgers, and something I really want to try some time.
That’s it for our list, what’s on yours?
Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, it was time to add some easy dinner ideas for two. We figured some of you lucky people might be getting the chance to spend a romantic evening at home without the kids (oh how I envy you, but that is a completely different post). Don’t worry, I do remember how to cook for just two. I think…. Let’s find out!
1. Angel hair pasta
Pretty simple. If you can boil water, I think you’ll do just fine. If not, well, not sure you should be attempting a romantic meal for two in the first place. Just add butter and garlic, it doesn’t need to be fancy. Frozen breadsticks tossed in the oven work with this dish too, unless you own a bread machine and feel ambitious.
2. Steak and Potatoes
Steak isn’t as complicated as you may think, and you don’t even need a grill. It can easily be fried in a pan and still be delicious. The potatoes? Toss those in the microwave for 8-10mins. If you really want to be fancy, you can wrap them in foil and bake them in the oven. If you do this option though, remember to put them in there long before you start the steak. At least a half hour or so.
3. Fried Pork Chops
You’ll need thin cut pork chops for this, but just two of them since you aren’t feeding a heard. From here you’ll have 2 options – cream of mushroom soup or white wine. Of course there’s more options, but these are my two favorite options I’ve made quite a bit.
With the cream of mushroom soup you’ll want to brown the chops a little before you add it (medium high heat), and then turn the heat down so it simmers. Basically heating up the soup and cooking the middle of the chops.
If you go with white wine, you can add this from the start. I also add fennel seeds with white wine, but you can add any kind of spices you want. Medium heat works for this from start to finish.
So there you go – three very easy dinner ideas for two. Be sure to enjoy the alone time!