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What's for dinner Thursday?

Posted January 9, 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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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 9, 2014

    Nakabi - you are so sweet to check in on my plague infested family. :-) Both are still sick but my daughter is getting better. Hubby is probably headed to dr tomorrow. Tis the season....

    Update on the "Chicken Colorado Pie" (lol - did you see what I did there??): It was delicious! Everyone loved it and asked for seconds - even the sickies. This will be on our regular meal rotation from now on. It's so easy with the Pillsbury crescent rolls.

    I used 3 cups oven roasted diced chicken breast, 16 oz of sauteed mushrooms (because a lof of mushrooms are good in everything, ever), a cup of diced and steamed carrots, 1 zucchini peeled and diced, 1 cup cheese, 1 can Progresso creamy mushroom soup, 1/2 cup light sour cream, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning. Mixed it together. Put it in 9 x 13 glass pan. Topped it with 2 four oz. cans of rolled out Pillsbury crescent rolls. Cooked on 350 for 25 minutes. Next time I will use condensed cream soup to make the sauce thicker.

  • jdouglas13 Jan 9, 2014

    Nakabi, not much of a recipe for the lentil soup, but here you go... Lentil soup with Italian Sausage, Roasted Tomatoes, Kale, and Pasta. In a big pot, brown 1 lb Italian sausage (thinly sliced or crumbled), add in 1 chopped yellow onion, 2 stalks chopped celery, 3 cloves minced garlic and sauté a bit. Add in 4 sliced carrots, a pint of roasted grape tomatoes cut in half (great use for somewhat shriveled grape tomatoes - roast in oven 450 w/ a drop of EVOO and salt till they are lightly brown and burst). Finally, 8 oz. dried lentils and 2 cartons of chicken broth. Let cook until lentils are done. About 10 minutes before serving, add the kale to the soup, and then separately I cooked about half a box of mini bowtie pasta. I don't add the pasta into the pot of soup because it absorbs too much liquid if you end up with leftovers. I just put the pasta in the soup bowl, then the soup, and stir. Adapted from a Rachael Ray recipe.

  • scoutmomof2 Jan 9, 2014

    Ribs, possibly with either mac/cheese or sweet potatoes and some other veggie.

  • nakabi Jan 9, 2014

    lol@jdouglas. Believe me, I can be lazy at times :) And thaks for the compliment! You aren't too bad yourself :) do you mind to share your lentil soup recipe? you know we eat a lot of lentils so I'm always looking for new ways to cook them!
    Faye-how is your husband and daughter feeling today? Any better?

  • jdouglas13 Jan 9, 2014

    mbstahmer, your Cajun chicken pasta does sound delish and reminds me of a entrée I used to order at a restaurant we used to go to often in California. Your recipe sounds even better!

    Well, if they defrost in time, we are having bone-in pork chops that I bought on sale months ago with a sauce made from currant jelly, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, and sautéed onion, thickened with a bit of cornstarch/water. Side will be nuked/baked sweet potatoes and salad.

    FWIW, last night's lentil soup was wonderful and DW even liked it a lot. I'll have to write down what I did so I can make it again. :)

    Nakabi -- lazy? Really? Girl, you are many wonderful things. Lazy is not on your list.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 9, 2014

    meredith88 - good choice! Glad our unintentional peer pressure worked. lol Enjoy your visit. I am sure your husband's friend will be happy to be out of the Polar Vortex and into 70 degree weather on Saturday! I really miss living in the Colorado mountains, but I do not miss being snowed in.

  • Gator Girll Jan 9, 2014

    I'm going to make the hearty split pea soup I had planned to make on Tuesday. I got too busy and had leftovers instead.

  • meredith88 Jan 9, 2014

    I've been trying to decide what to make all day. My husband's best friend is flying in from Colorado this afternoon and we are cooking for her tonight. I had it narrowed down to pasta with red sauce and lots of veggies mixed in, vegetable beef soup, or chicken pot pie. After reading all these comments I think chicken pot pie wins! I'll use chicken from a previous sale out of the freezer, corn, carrots, celery, peas, and potatoes all from previous Aldi and Food Lion sales, and I'll make the crust from scratch using my grandmother's recipe with ingredients we keep on hand. For sides I'll roast some broccoli with balsamic vinegar and cut up some fresh fruit. I knew I could count on checking the blog to help me decide on what to make ;) Thanks guys!

  • alwaysab Jan 9, 2014

    I am thinking a twist on the philly cheesesteak using leftover pork loin bought at Kroger for $1.99/lb the other week. Add bell peppers and onions from Aldi. Free rolls and cheese thanks to my SOs job. Serve with a side of oven-baked potato wedges and salad from Aldi.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 9, 2014

    Nanny113 - thanks for the chicken pot pie idea!

    I am going to make a variation on chicken pot pie using Pillsbury crescent dough, oven roasted chicken, corn, carrots, peas, mushrooms, cheese, garlic powder, pepper, Italian seasoning and Progresso creamy mushroom soup.

    Here is the basic recipe: