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What's for dinner Thursday?

Posted January 14, 2016

Veggie soup

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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  • UNCW_Ash Jan 14, 2016

    Tonight's dinner is Bruschetta chicken in the crockpot. Ours cooks so darn fast I'm waiting until 4 to put it in. So much for "slow" cooker. We'll have a side of wheat pasta (my family WILL make the switch if it kills me/them) and I dunno for veggie.

    Favorite "healthy" dessert: LOVE these little weight watcher cupcake things (oblong not cupcake shape)-2 points and are like a Hostess cupcake. Also love Yoplait Greek Yogurt apple pie flavored. Dip some apples in it and it's so yummy! Another is vanilla greek yogurt with sliced fresh strawberries. OMG so good.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jan 14, 2016

    Dr D - I laughed out loud at your comment about your family not even tasting the mousse! I figured you already had them tricked into eating it. lol And thanks for your very helpful feedback. I have cut back carbs a ton, as well but I really like a slice of wheat bread with my veggie burger. :-) I am such a sandwich person that this has been the hardest change for me. I want to get on the cauliflower bandwagon and I am going to try the cauliflower pizza crust recipe I saw recently online. I love pizza and this could be an awesome substitution. And thanks to this helpful chat, I decided to have the baked salmon and roasted veggies for dinner. :-)

    GranOFTwenty - it is a beautiful day! I am heading out for a walk right now. And I am right there with you on all the carbs! Love those yummy things.

  • GranOFTwenty Jan 14, 2016

    JDOUGLAS13 & RAESMOM1612- Thanks for the apple recipe !
    I may try those this weekend - I have some apples left from my trip to Walmart
    My main desire/problem with snacks is not sweet it is the CARBS - chips,nuts, cr*ckers, - even fruits and veggies if not careful about portions ( 1/4 cup of nuts per serving . 1/4 cup grapes per serving . 1/2 cup strawberries, etc..., 1/4 green peas, 1 small potato ...)

  • GranOFTwenty Jan 14, 2016

    It is beautiful outside today - yippie !
    boneless pork chops on the grill , baked beans as the starch and salad bar
    Last night was a RARE occasion when we had desserts- I wanted to get the partial pies out of here and we had company so it worked out well
    . With health problems we do not do HEAVY desserts much any more .
    When we do it is one portion each - no acception !
    Most birthday cakes are made with fresh ( home prepared ) fruits ( applesauce, pineapple , strawberries) with minimal added sugar ( I can not use sugar substitutes they cause problems with medications some family members take for blood pressure and congestive heart failure) .
    For most everyday snacks we stick with fresh fruit ( grapes, apples , oranges pineapple [ bonus it has protein in it ! ] -sometimes with slices of cheese .

  • Dr D Jan 14, 2016

    Hi Faye - No, I've greatly reduced my consumption of grains, especially pasta (gasp!), breads (again!), and cereals, but will still have the occasional steel cut bowl of oatmeal, or some brown rice, or rice cr_ckers/chips. I love roasted veggies, and have a nice recipe for grated, roasted cauliflower to use as a rice substitute, but honestly, with food prep, it often takes me longer to cook without grains so I still take those shortcuts sometimes. But in general, I focus on lean proteins, LOTs of veggies, healthy fats, and some fruit. It is actually harder for me to avoid sugar than grains, but I'm finding that my sugar cravings tend to correspond to times when I'm tired/stressed/don't have healthier choices readily available.

    Understandable about the chocolate avocado mousse - my family hasn't yet been willing to even taste it - but that's ok: this leaves all of the healthy chocolate pudding for me! :-)

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jan 14, 2016

    Dr D - I downloaded the 30 Day Paleo guide they offer for free and went through it. Lots of good ideas to try. I also love the recipes on the website. Thanks again for the link. I will definitely be using it as a resource.

    Have you eliminated all grains as the guide calls for?

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jan 14, 2016

    Great healthy dessert ideas everyone! I am definitely going to try the coconut milk custard with all stevia and no honey. It looks great. The avocado banana cocoa powder mousse looks tasty in the photo but I am not sure I am ready to blend them together with maple syrup to make "pudding". lol

  • Dr D Jan 14, 2016

    Last time. Really!

  • Dr D Jan 14, 2016

    Another attempt to post links for non-dairy custard and mousse recipes...

  • Dr D Jan 14, 2016

    ASCHERER, my current two favorite non-sugary (but high in healthy fats) dessert substitutes are a non-dairy custard and a chocolate avocado mousse. Both are very satisfying and don't leave me feeling yucky afterwards like highly sugary desserts now do. I make them with maple syrup as sweetener, but you could also use honey or stevia. You can also turn the custard into chocolate custard by making a paste of 3 Tbsp cocoa powder and 4 Tbsp boiling water then whisking it in with the other custard ingredients before baking.

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    Harris Teeter periodically has a sale on their store brand of full-fat canned coconut milk for 2/$3 and I stock up when I see that sale. Look for it in the international foods section, although they used to also stock it in the baking aisle.

    Also, YES to baked apples or pears! :-)