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What's for dinner this weekend?

Posted January 3, 2015



Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the weekend, 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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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jan 4, 2015

    Good call on the cinnamon rolls! Those may also be dessert tonight! Thanks Raesmom. :-)

    Thanks for the well-wishes. Also hoping nobody else gets what either of them have and they both have different illnesses. Good times. lol I am very thankful that neither of them have the flu!

  • losltp Jan 4, 2015

    FAYE - Get Well Wishes to all and Good Luck to YOU that you do not catch it .
    I had never thought about parm on carrots !
    I am putting that in my menu plan this week !
    Thanks !
    RAESMOM - the ribs sound so good and the baked beans - you may have planned my menu for tonight ! ! Yum -nothing ever wrong with cinnamon rolls !

  • raesmom1612 Jan 4, 2015

    Oh no Faye I hope everyone starts to feel better real soon!!!

    Todays warm (but wet) weather inspired me to make BBQ ribs with greens, baked beans and biscuits for dinner. Just realized I have lots of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls in the fridge that need to be used so cinnamon rolls for dessert.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Jan 4, 2015

    Faye- that chicken alfredo bake sound so good!!! And so sorry your family is getting sick too :-( Hopefully it won't last long!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jan 4, 2015

    observant - we like a little butter and parmesan on the steamed carrots. Delicious!

    And the chicken alfredo baked pasta dish was so good that our guest for dinner (daughter's friend) asked to take some home! lol

    Not sure about tonight yet...... husband is sick...... daughter is sick...... may be soup for them.

  • observant Jan 4, 2015

    Thanks ladies for remarks about my potatoes - please post if you make them- include your blend of cheeses - I always willing to try new brands and flavors .
    I have used shredded potatoes instead of sliced ( the little ones like that way better ) ;
    I have used baked potatoes too- especially fireplace baked .

  • ascherer Jan 4, 2015

    Last night was spaghetti. I am finally going to the grocery store today. So we will see what dinner tonight ends up being.

    Obserant - the scalloped potatoes sounds wonderful.

  • observant Jan 3, 2015

    Faye your dinner sounds great !
    The steamed carrots are speaking to me - may have to add those to a menu here very soon

  • observant Jan 3, 2015

    Jdoughlas13 - undercooked potatoes - overcooked cheese was always my problem !lol
    I start with a basic white sauce ( milk and flour, seasonings you like then I add what ever cheeses I have (shredded ) in small portions stirring as it melts - I like a mix of flavors but nothing too strong ( monterey jack is very good in the potatoes , of course traditional cheddar but I like one that is not too oily hard to find so blend well ,colby adds a nice"smooth" AND finally no dish is done not done until the parm - spread on top as well for crust ( YUM) - you have me hooked on that stuff- I rush to get me some every time I hear you mention SALE I even hinted for it for Christmas - or gift cards to buy it !
    I get best results with whole milk but 2% will do - nothing lower or you have a mess.
    I know mine is not fancy - it is all trial and error. What is your recipe for cheese sauces ( mac & cheese? alfredo ? etc) ??

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jan 3, 2015

    I just popped a chicken and rotini pasta dish into the oven. I used alfredo sauce, rotini, cubed chicken breast, shredded cheese, garlic, pepper, Italian seasoning. Serving it with steamed carrots and La Brea baguette.

    Looks like a chicken picatta epidemic on the blog now! lol

    observant - your au gratin taters sounds great!