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What's for dinner Thursday?

Posted May 29, 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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  • jdouglas13 May 30, 2014

    It's absolutely a good trade, Faye. DW didn't know, but I put a load of veggies in the sauce last night - chopped celery, carrot, onion, garlic - and she thought it was delicious. It was! Because it had veggies in it! LOL ;)

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 29, 2014

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    That's funny! I like meatless sauce but truth be told, I could do without the salad as well! lol When I add a bunch of veggies like zucchini, mushrooms, onions and carrots to the sauce, I don't feel so guilty about not eating a salad with it. That sounds like a good trade, right??

  • Gator Girll May 29, 2014

    BARBIEDOLL - I really don't have a recipe for the potato soup. I throw cubed potatoes (I've got 2 Yukon Gold and 1 Idaho tonight) some chopped onion and celery into a pot with enough chicken broth to just cover. I take out half of the potatoes when they are done and mash the remainder in the pot. I add a little bit of sour cream and milk to the broth and mashed potatoes, return the other unmashed potatoes to the pot, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Sometimes I also add butter. I bake my bacon at 375 for around 25 minutes (it's thick sliced) and crumble it to serve on top along with shredded cheddar and chopped fresh chives for kind of a baked potato feel. I have a small rustic baguette that I will slice thinly, drizzle on olive oil, a dash of garlic powder and salt, and bake until crispy and golden brown, turning once.

  • wildfrenchrose May 29, 2014

    You guys are making me hungry for spaghetti...lots of meat sauce & garlic bread....forget the salad!

  • jdouglas13 May 29, 2014

    Losltp, the way I make potato pancakes is similar, they're just seasoned a bit more. Leftover mashed potatoes, some flour, an egg, a teaspoon or two of dried onion flakes or some fresh minced green onions or chives, onion and garlic powder, S&P (seasoned salt is good), and cheese. I usually use parm, but you could use cheddar. I make the pancakes small (2.5" diameter and 1/2 inch thick), dredge in flour, and fry in vegetable oil until well-browned.

    Losltp & Mothar, thanks for your help with our soft food diet. Your support means a lot! :) I'm thinking about spaghetti and meat sauce tonight for both of us, and salad from the garden for me. I may heat up some bread for dunking in the sauce, too. Y'all know I couldn't keep reading about spaghetti without having it for dinner as well! LOL

  • Kathy S. May 29, 2014

    Leftover spaghetti and meat sauce w/sausage, bread and salad also.


  • twinredheads May 29, 2014

    Jumping on the pasta bandwagon but having angel hair with pesto and shrimp. Green salad and bread on the side.

  • mothar1 May 29, 2014

    jdouglas, my Dad is on a pureed diet and one of his favorites is pureed chicken chow mein from the Chinese restaurant, if you ever need a night off from cooking. It looks like pea soup, lol, but it's very tasty and comes out nice and thick. Then of course you could have it the regular way.

  • losltp May 29, 2014

    how do you make potato pancakes ? I have tried and tried to do mine the way my mama did ( mix together leftover mashed potaotes that were made with milk & butter , a little flour and and an egg ) but they end up tasting like paste .
    Thanks !
    PS If you need/want protein , can you puree meat or use jarred meats/baby food in some of your soft foods ??

  • barbiedoll1967 May 29, 2014

    Gator girl your potato soup sounds divine. How do you make it if you don't mind sharing your recipe?