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What's for dinner Thursday?

Posted January 30, 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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  • wildfrenchrose Jan 30, 2014

    Nakabi, google chicken & biscuits-so much easier & so delicious!

  • jdouglas13 Jan 30, 2014

    Nakabi, that's because you CAN cook anything! :)

    I don't have a recipe per se, but if I were going to make one, it would be basically a chicken stew with vegetables in gravy in a shallow, wide casserole dish, and topped with pie crust. I think were it gets tricky is if you try to a bottom crust as well as the top crust. I'm leaning towards making sure the filling is at least warm before you put the crust on it. I'd then bake for however long it takes for the crust to bake. Think apple pie or shepherd's pie. I also don't think the gravy should be too thick, as some of it may get absorbed into the crust, and the rest would then thicken too much and burn. Nakabi, please note that this is just my 'thinking out loud' and that I haven't made a pot pie from scratch, so take this with that warning. ;)

    RFB, have you made pot pie? How would you do it?

  • nakabi Jan 30, 2014

    RFB-yes, they were delicious and so quick and easy! Next time I'll use red or orange peppers (on sale from Aldi of course lol), but for free peppers from the garden? They tasted awesome! Will add some curry powder to them next time as well and perhaps switch ou the quinoa for wild grain rice for a different texture as well.
    I'm wanting to make a chicken pot pie for tomorrow (Mr. Nichols requested one and thinks I can cook anything lol) and I'm looking for a good EASY recipe to tweak. Any of you have one???

  • wildfrenchrose Jan 30, 2014

    I'll be giving that a try Nakabi--I cook for the freezer & then thaw/heat for mealtime.

    Today is bff soup. It's what I call loaded baked potato soup which I made for the first time over the holidays at my bff's house--so easy! Yep, when 2 people are doing the work! Next time it will be a two day process for me, as standing that long is painful!
    Oh, and the crushed French baguette (thanks vacuum sealing!)

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Jan 30, 2014

    Nakabi- what a great idea! Talk about a quick and easy lunch that you can make ahead :-)

  • jdouglas13 Jan 30, 2014

    Sausage pizza tonight. Glad I saw this post -- I need to go check the dough in the fridge and make sure the container lid hasn't blown off again from the yeast. Shredded cheese from prior sales from the freezer, Italian sausage that I cooked, sliced, and froze into portions, and Cirio crushed tomatoes on sale last week at HT for the sauce (amped up with some herbs and garlic).

    I'm very grateful that I've been able to assemble such a well-stocked pantry and freezer to get us through both the lean times and the snowed-in times, all thanks to the work you do here, Faye! :)

  • nakabi Jan 30, 2014

    wildfrenchrose-yes they were. I was very pleasantly surprised how well they held up their form. I had cut off the tops and deseeded them and then boiled them until soft. Added my stuffing and froze them in a container. I had Mr. Nichols pull a couple out of the container and stick them in the oven for about 20 min. We had some a few days ago for lunch and they were great.

  • wildfrenchrose Jan 30, 2014

    Nakabi, were they frozen already stuffed?

  • nakabi Jan 30, 2014

    Green peppers (cooked whole and frozen from last summers garden), stuffed with ground turkey (Aldi had the box for $2.29/box), quinoa, cheese, & sauteed onions/garlic/celery.) Very quick and easy and the kids love them. We will have homemade tomato basil soup with them.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jan 30, 2014

    Tonight we are having BBQ chicken sliders using Buy 2 Get 3 Free chicken from HT from a couple weeks ago cooked in the slow cooker with honey BBQ sauce and a side of zucchini fritters using the recipe HERE: