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What's for dinner this weekend?

Posted August 1, 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 Aug 3, 2015

    LOSLTP - I feel your pain. It is the same in my house.

    RFB - Thanks. I will give this a try.

    Jdouglas - The Caesar salad dressing sounds awesome. Creamy Caesar is my favorite dressing.

    Anyone have a recipe for homemade Thousand Island dressing? That is DH favorite.

  • losltp Aug 3, 2015

    RFB - Thank You so much ! If we make this one, I will let you know how it turns out !!
    It is so frustrating trying to do all the right things & trying to eat right and still not reach and maintain a certain goal because of all the hidden ingredients !!

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Aug 2, 2015

    LOSLTP- here is a recipe from an awesome chef that doesn't use raw egg. It would be perfect for your vitamix. And congrats on your healthy accomplishments!

    Per Chef Boulud: For mayonnaise with no raw egg, poach an egg in vinegar water for 2-3 minutes. Take out and put into a blender. Add in 1 tablespoon mustard and 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, and start to blend pouring in 1 cup peanut oil (I'll use canola, as I'm allergic to nuts). Add seasoning (salt and pepper) and... "you'll have the lightest mayonnaise you'll ever have."

  • losltp Aug 2, 2015

    raesmom1612- turtle brownies ?? YUM !
    I hope you are feeling better and able to eat more !

  • losltp Aug 2, 2015

    jdouglas - I take my own dressing to restaurants ! DH found this little silicone dressing bottle that fits in my purse- it has been perfect .
    He also found a great salad kit to take salads to work .It keeps the "wet" salad ingredients separate until time to eat but it all fits together in one unit !
    We want to make homemade mayo this week - in the vitamix that way I can cut back even more on my consumption of soy . Anyone got a GOOD mayo recipe ??
    We made peanut butter the other day for lunch - do you want to know the ingredients ?? PEANUTS - that was all !! No oil , no salt , no sweeteners just real peanuts and it is SO GOOD !
    I am not sorry we bought the Vitamix -coffee tastes so much better coming for fresh ground beans ( no way to put fillers like saw dust in a bag of coffee beans ) . The soups are so delicious ,fast and from fresh ingredients, anything with fruit - fresh with little to NO sugar . My daily blood sugar numbers have come down and my A1C came down at my last tes

  • raesmom1612 Aug 2, 2015

    Now I want a salad lol. Tonight we are having chicken spaghetti with garlic bread on the side. Veggies are in the sauce and they include green peppers, onions and of course mushrooms :) Rae and I made turtle brownies for dessert.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Aug 2, 2015

    Jdouglas- great! Can't wait to try it!

  • jdouglas13 Aug 2, 2015

    Losltp, I agree about the store-bought salad dressings. Too much sodium/salt/sugar for my taste. Most fresh ones are so easy and only take a couple of minutes to make. I like that I can put exactly what I want into them, too.

  • jdouglas13 Aug 2, 2015

    RFB, here's my Caesar salad dressing. Sorry that my measurements are approximate. I make it by taste. I make it in a food processor, yield about 2 cups.

    Saute 2 smashed cloves of garlic (or 1 clove raw), add 1 can rinsed anchovies, process in FP till pureed. Add 1 raw egg, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, a shot or two of Worcestershire (optional), 1/2 - 3/4 cup of EVOO, and 1/2 cup of parmesan. Process again. Add juice of 1 fresh lemon and a lot of cracked black pepper. Process again. At this point, I add more lemon juice, parm, Dijon and/or EVOO (and process) until it tastes right to me. It should be thick, but not so thick that you can't pour it. It keeps about 2 days in the fridge.

    If the raw egg is of concern, I've read that you can sub mayo for the egg, but I have not tried that. Enjoy!

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Aug 2, 2015

    LOSLTP- it's from Triple B Farm in Bullock, NC. I got it at the Wake Forrest Farmer's Market (so sad to be moving away from there!) I think it was $4.50/lb. for ground beef, but they have all their prices listed if you go (or you can call them). Also... the BEST steaks I've ever had from them (and many other cuts), plus great pork chops. Here's a YouTube video that I found on them. Really nice people and farm.