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What's for dinner Monday?

Posted August 11, 2014



Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the evening, post where you bought the ingredients frugally and even share a recipe if you would like. If you need some inspiration for your own dinner tonight, this may give you some helpful ideas.

What's on your menu tonight?




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  • ascherer Aug 11, 2014

    I appreciate everyones suggestions. What wonderful ideas. You have all been so helpful. Thanks.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Aug 11, 2014

    Everyone's dinners sounds great tonight! I have not made the weekly menu yet but tonight we are having chicken breast sandwiches with provolone and fresh tomato slices on rolls. Sides of corn on the cob (picked today) and sugar baby watermelon from the Raleigh farmer's Market that I bought today.

    All the meal suggestions for Ascherer's friend who had knee surgery are great! In the past I have brought a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store to friends and served it with a light summery pasta salad with veggies, fruit salad or cut fresh fruit like watermelon or cantaloupe, rolls and dessert. A whole chicken can last 2 people at least a couple days and can be used for many kinds of different dishes as leftovers.

  • UNCW_Ash Aug 11, 2014

    Tacos with fixings or Grilled Chicken sandwiches with homemade baked fries. Gonna let the kids pick.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Aug 11, 2014

    Wildfrenchrose- I know! My DH turned me on to them (a million years ago when we first started dating back in SB!) We actually like them dipped in mayo lol! Probably my favorite food now!

    Jdouglas- Thanks! And your DW is very lucky that you take such good care of her!

    Twinreadheads- that sounds so yummy!!!

    And speaking of pork chops, I ended up throwing some boneless pork chops in a greased square pan, topping with a little bit of that masala sauce (from TJ) and baking for about 20 min. (they were thin) last night. I can't believe how tender they came out... and DH loved them! And if you are looking for an easy rice, our new favorite is the frozen brown rice from TJ. My DH is super picky with brown rice (doesn't normally like it), but he said he loved it, and it's under $3 for 3 big bags.

  • erinaaronsbaby Aug 11, 2014

    Ascherer- I'm a big fan of breakfast at dinner, so when a couple in my Sunday School class recently had twins, I made them a huge breakfast casserole with sausage, eggs, cheese, peppers, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms. I also included a fruit salad as something light to go with it. Maybe something like this would work?

    As far as light activities, I was recently hospitalized and couldn't move around a lot and to kill time, I read, did word search and crossword puzzles, knitted, etc...

  • Kathy S. Aug 11, 2014

    Having leftover stuffed peppers, corn and another veggie.


  • Kathy S. Aug 11, 2014

    Ascherer, I had knee surgery in January. Had a friend make my family a large pork roast, mashed potatoes and a veggie. It was so good and lasted us for 3 meals. As for things to do if she likes jigsaw puzzles that worked for me. My husband and daughter bought me a 7 puzzle box at Walmart for like $15. All but the largest fit on a tv tray so I was able to do it on my lap in a recliner chair. Card games are also fun and spent hours with my daughter playing 2 handed pinochle. There is also computer games/computer card games. HTH.


  • jdouglas13 Aug 11, 2014

    RFB, your bok choy and fennel salad sounds really good! Enjoy :)

    Dinner tonight is going to be leftover chicken and dumplings for DW since there was one serving left and she was able to eat it easily last night and enjoyed it. For me, it's still up in the air, When it's only me that I need to come up with something for, it's easy to just wing it.

  • jdouglas13 Aug 11, 2014

    Ascherer, that is so sweet of you, and everyones's food suggestions are wonderful. My only comments for food are to bring something that doesn't require using a knife, because leaning forward to cut something causes the muscles in the back of the knee to flex (assuming her leg is being kept straight and elevated), which is super painful just after knee surgery. Maybe something kind of light would be good too. Whenever I've had my knee surgeries, I had a real hard time making myself eat afterward for a week or two. I just had zero appetite and everything tasted weird.

    I was on a lot of pain meds after, so my main entertainment was light reading, like magazines, and TV. If she is more coherent, maybe something like word puzzle games?

    She may still be on

  • barbiedoll1967 Aug 11, 2014

    Ascherer - I totally agree with the spaghetti, baked ziti or baked spaghetti. It always makes enough for leftovers and you can make two and freeze one. Or you can fix a pot of vegetable beef soup. When I make a stock pot full, I get at least 5-6 containers out of it and we eat on it for days. I hope her knee heals quickly.