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What's for dinner this weekend?

Posted May 9, 2015

Pasta Salad

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 May 10, 2015

    jdouglas - yes. That is the type of pinwheels I was talking about. I love your suggestion and Faye's.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 10, 2015

    Tonight we had grilled beef hot dogs, corn on the cob and watermelon. It was delicious. Mini cheesecake from Lowes Foods for dessert. Nobody indicated they were baking anything so I took matters into my own hands when I picked up the watermelon today. lol

    RFB - the creole zucchini sounds awesome!

    Raesmom - that migraine has been a rough one. Hang in there. Sending healing thoughts your way.

    ascherer - Yay on the enchilada success! And that sounds like quite an undertaking for the convention! How nice of you to help! How about a cream cheese roll up? Take flour tortillas and spread chive and onion cream cheese over the whole tortilla. Then take diced black olives or green chilis (in the can at the store - not spicy) and spread them in thin line across the middle. Roll up the tortilla tightly. Cut into 1/2 inch slices (like sushi) and serve with salsa for dipping. So yummy. I think I'll make them this week one night. Everyone loves them & they can me made the day before.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger May 10, 2015

    Raesmom- so sorry you've been feeling bad :-(

    And tonight we had one of my favorite dinners- grilled tri tip and a side dish that I've been loving- Creole Shredded Zucchini with Feta. I'll have it up on the blog in a day or so, but it's so simple, I'll just add it here.

    3 zucchini, shredded
    1 onion, chopped
    Olive oil
    Salt and pepper to taste (I use about 1/2 tsp. salt)
    1 tsp. Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning (I love this stuff!)
    Crumbled feta cheese

    Shred the zucchini on a box grater and make sure and wring it out in paper towels to get rid of as much liquid as possible. Then, in a skillet, sauté the chopped onion until translucent. Add in the zucchini, salt, pepper and creole seasoning and sauté until zucchini is soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and top with feta cheese (you could leave that off for a vegan dish).

    So simple... but so delicious. And a great way to use up the abundance of zucchini coming up.

  • raesmom1612 May 10, 2015

    Thanks jdouglas. She was a pesky migraine!! Rae and I were in bed by 945!!! I managed to wake up and go to church today though I wont let it win........but I can still feel a little bit of it back there. Nothing special for dinner today. Didn't do the bogo dominos the other day so I'm picking up Little Caesars right now (medium hot and ready pizza is $3.99). Maybe some cookies or cupcakes for Rae and I to decorate later.

  • jdouglas13 May 10, 2015

    Ascherer, I love your no recipe way of cooking! Reminds me of me :) Not sure what kind of pinwheel you're talking about? Like something rolled in a tortilla and sliced? Colorful makes a difference. How about something like pimento cheese (heavy on the pimento for color), fresh spinach or arugula (peppery), and some good deli turkey -- maybe like pastrami turkey. The flavors will all work well together and it should be very attractive as well. Keep each roll together with a toothpick, and if you want to gild the lily, add something to the toothpick like a spanish olive or something.

    We're maybe having the last of the roast chicken tonight, but I may try to sell it for lunch and then have M&C and broccoli for dinner. :)

    Raesmom, sending hugs and hoping your migraine is gone. Hate those nasty things. Excedrin migraine taken right away with something caffeinated sometimes helps.

  • ascherer May 9, 2015

    The enchiladas are awesome. We are going to take some of the mix and freeze it for a quick dinner later.

  • ascherer May 9, 2015

    Next weekend is the NC Knights of Columbus State Convention. A friend of ours is running for one of the offices and we volunteered to host his Hospitality room for him. He wants it classier than the normal type hospitality room (i.e. open a bag of cubed cheese - dump them on a plate and call it a cheese tray). The Convention will have 700 to 750 people but there will be multiple Hospitality rooms. I just want ours to be the best. I learned a long time ago that you can make things cheaper than you can buy them. A veggie tray for 45 people costs $60+ at the grocery store. I can make one a whole lot cheaper than that with better quality and variety of veggies. Realistically, we will probably have 200 to 250 come through our room. I want to make sure they remember it. I'm luck Cary's farmer market is Tuesday afternoon.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 9, 2015

    HI2NC - I love your additions! My girls don't like onions (although I do!), but they would probably like the water chestnuts. Thanks for the suggestions. We usually dip them in Duck sauce.

    ascherer - what did I miss? What is this huge function you are having??

  • HI2NC May 9, 2015

    I like making crab rangoons for parties! In addition to the cream cheese and crab, I sometimes add diced water chestnuts for a nice crunch or some chopped green onions. I serve mine with sweet chili sauce for dipping. YUM!! :)

  • ascherer May 9, 2015

    I think we are using canned enchilada sauce. It depends on what DH wants. This is his creation.

    I am off of cooking duty this week except for everything I have to make for the Hospitality room on Friday evening. So, Tuesday and Wednesday are shopping. Wednesday I'm making two or three batches of congo bars. Thursday I'm making the cheese ball (we are using cheese slices from Sams for the rest of the cheese tray) and prepping everything for the veggie and fruit trays. Also, prepping everything for the sausage cheese dip that I will cook/serve in the crock pot. Does anyone have a good recipe for pinwheel wraps? Who knows what else I will come up with this week. We are excepting 200 to 250 people. I am open to all suggestions from you wonderful cooks. TIA