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What's for dinner this weekend?

Posted September 10

Sauteed veggies

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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  • jdouglas13 Sep 11, 10:11 a.m.

    Ascherer, since your DH so kindly volunteered to be grillmaster, how about some grilled veg? They are so good grilled and even my veggie hating DW likes them like that. They just need a little drizzle of oil and a bit of seasoning before you put them on the grill, and they're good to go.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Sep 11, 7:28 a.m.

    JDouglas- that is a fantastic idea! Can't wait to give that a try.

    Ascherer- I'll check out Kroger's selection- thanks for the tip! And I agree on the red pepper flakes, especially. I've also been loving Mural of Flavor from Penzeys. It's pretty expensive, so when it runs out, I'll try some of the salt-free blends from the grocery store.

  • ascherer Sep 11, 5:46 a.m.

    Last night was grilled London broil (from the freezer - bought on mark down from Kroger) with baked sweet potatoes and steamed green beans. Tonight is grilled chicken (from the freezer). No clue about sides yet but DH wants grilled chicken and will grill it - I will make the sides happen.

    RFB - I rarely use salt when cooking meals. I use cheese a lot and count on that for the sodium. I also use a lot of white, red, and black ground pepper. I started weaning us off of salt about 10 years ago. Kroger normally has a great selection of no salt added canned veggies including mushrooms. Now I am working on cutting carbs but DH doesn't seem to want to get on the same page of the play book and he is the reason we need to cut carbs.

  • jdouglas13 Sep 10, 11:14 p.m.

    RFB for the pasta sauce, try roasting your veg first (onion, garlic, even carrots) in a little EVOO. When fragrant and starting to brown, add in your cans of tomatoes to the roasting pan and bake it until it reduces somewhat. It is amazing how good it is like that. Make sure you're generous with the garlic. I often use garlic and/or lemon in place of salt in many dishes.

    Tonight we had Cobb salad. So good! I just wish it wasn't so labor intensive. It included romaine, grape tomatoes, cucumber, bacon, hardboiled eggs, chunks of gorgonzola, homemade bacon toast croutons, Cajun seasoned blackened shrimp, and a 50-50 mixture of Marie's thousand island dressing and zesty shrimp cocktail sauce for the dressing.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Sep 10, 5:52 p.m.

    Faye- yes! I can tell a difference with my rings as well!

    Trying to figure out a good pasta sauce recipe that is very low sodium. I found some closeout salt free chopped tomatoes at FL a few days ago for 50 cents (I bought all 6!), and hoping to make some decent pasta dishes w/roasted onion and garlic, herbs, etc. Does anyone have any good recipes or ideas? My husband is missing his spaghetti and meat sauce :)

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Sep 10, 5:38 p.m.

    Observant- I know, it's crazy! We're also trying to keep sugars low (for me around 25g/day... a bit more for my husband). Both my husband and I feel so much better after cutting back... but I will admit we had a few rough days. Just goes to show how addictive salt and sugars are.

    I've researched the Mediterranean Diet quite a bit as well, and didn't have the best results either. Hopefully we will with DASH (as far as blood pressure and cholesterol... any weight loss would just be a bonus :)

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Sep 10, 5:37 p.m.

    RaleighFoodBlogger - you are so right about sodium. I can always tell when I have had too much because my fingers a swollen in the morning and my rings are tight. It always manifests in my hands.

    observant - thanks for the info on the lower sodium/higher carbs and sea salt issues. I will pay closer attention. After your post and RFB's post, I had to check out the sodium in the TJ's tomato soup since we all know store bought soup is notorious for having high amounts of's not pretty. 1 cup has 750 mg. Yikes. Good thing I have had very little sodium today since I was teaching at the show and only had a granola bar (115 mg) and my morning protein shake. This is a reminder that I need to start making my own soup again now that fall is here so I can keep it lower sodium.

    twinredheads - I think we'll have garlic shrimp tomorrow night. Thanks for the idea.

  • twinredheads Sep 10, 5:01 p.m.

    Garlic butter shrimp on rice for DD and on a salad for me. Other DD is at a concert and DH is on a plane to Vegas for a business trip.

  • observant Sep 10, 3:36 p.m.

    Tonight - DH is working 'til midnight - he took leftovers (chicken,fettuccine alfredo, & salad)
    I am having leftover chicken ,
    choice of sides : potato salad , coleslaw, baked beans
    or a salad with the chicken tossed in .

    Faye - sounds great !! I LOVE tomato soup !

  • observant Sep 10, 3:18 p.m.

    RaleighFoodBlogger - It is a SHOCK when you realize how much sodium is in food !!
    Some pork is now injected with a solution just like turkeys and chickens so the product can be hauled further and have a longer shelf life . If you sensitive to carbs/sugars, BEWARE that some lower sodium products have added more sugars /carbs to take the place of the sodium.
    I have to watch sodium, carbs,corn syrup, soy and sea salt. Some sea salts make me swell up like a blimp with clown "feet" that hurt so bad I can not walk - doctors think it is the metals (?) in the sea salt .DH had a bad reaction too and had to take his nitro .
    I am checking with the dietician soon about the DASH diet - it does not appear to be much different from our normal routine.
    we tried the mediterranean diet -- DH's cholesterol went up ,my A1C and my weight went up !!