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What's for dinner this weekend?

Posted November 29, 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 Nov 30, 2014

    We are doing Thanksgiving leftovers. DH will probably just get what he wants and heat it up. I'm thinking a turkey sandwich with some mac and cheese. Any leftovers after tonight are getting frozen as individual dinners.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Nov 30, 2014

    Raesmom- that stuffing sounds delicious! And fun on the Italian for Christmas... looks like we'll be at my brother's house this year, so hopefully they'll at least let me bring something :-)

    And today, we picked up Chubby's Tacos for lunch, so I think we'll just look around for leftovers for dinner!

  • Coupon Nana Nov 30, 2014

    Thanks for the information.

    I am aware of food safety rules.

    My interest was more in Observant's organization for future meals. Good ideas!

    With twin NCSU students (boys who eat a lot) and the friends (who stay in town over the holiday) they bring home, we don't actually have a lot of leftovers sitting out or in the frig for days.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Nov 30, 2014

    observant - we love spinach on sandwiches. Gives it an extra nutritional boost and tastes great.

    raesmom1612 - his dressing sounds fabulous. I also make homemade dressing and have not made the box kind in years because it is so easy and tastes much better to me. Of course mine has loads of sauteed mushrooms in it! lol

  • raesmom1612 Nov 30, 2014

    Thanks for all the advice everyone, I knew you all would come through for me. Still haven't decided what I'm gong to do with it, but I have to make up my mind by tonight.

    RFB his dressing is sooooo good!! He really does make enough to feed the city! Too bad he only makes it once a year. For Christmas we do Italian (baked ziti, stuffed shells, calzones, etc) so we have to wait until next November to have it again. The stuffing from the box does not compare at all!!!

    Tonight I decided on tacos, gotta go pick up some shells and seasoning. Since I picked up some of the Tostitos from HT we maybe able to do nachos. Served with refried beans and Spanish rice.

  • observant Nov 30, 2014

    Fayethe spinach on your sandwiches sounds GREAT !
    I love spinach in salads but never thought about it on sandwiches - definitely trying that soon !

  • observant Nov 30, 2014

    Coupon Nana
    You are very welcome !
    I found out you can freeze baked sweet potatoes, bag them for freezer then grab one or two out for a meal , recipe , etc .! I also freeze my sweet potato casserole in one meal portions ( I make foil pockets for freezing ( or small foil pans) then place in a pyrex dish for reheating ! I make a triple run of rolls , freeze them in bags - grab what I need - reheat wrapped in foil .

  • observant Nov 30, 2014

    tight lidded containers then bag them should be good .
    Since RaleighFoodBlogger mentioned possible problems,be sure to reheat thoroughly !!
    I have been freezing it for 27 years and no one had gotten sick yet .

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Nov 30, 2014

    Tonight we are having deli turkey sandwiches on sesame buns with spinach, tomato, onion and mayo, leftover homemade mac & cheese from last night (it was soooooo good!), veggie tray with celery, baby carrots and black olives and light ranch dressing for dipping. My kids don't love salad, but they are all over a veggie tray. lol

    Thanks to all for the tips and suggestions on freezing. Here's a good website on how long Thanksgiving leftovers will last:

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Nov 30, 2014

    Raesmom- I'm always a bit concerned to freeze stuff if it's been sitting out (at room temp) for more than 2-3 hours, or if it's been in the fridge more than a day or so. Not to be the wet blanket in the group :-) but if you do searches, you'll see that bacteria can grow on food pretty quickly... so just be careful! And if you do freeze, I'd make sure and eat it at the first sitting on the second round. So maybe freeze in smaller portions. Maybe next year, you can plan on freezing 1/2 of it (or sending some my way- YUM!) to make sure you can have it safely all year.