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What's for dinner: No power edition

Posted January 23, 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?

We have no power as I am typing this Friday night by candlelight, with dwindling battery, so we will be having sandwiches, cereal, snacks and the banana bread I made earlier today. What does your electricity-free menu look like?


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  • raesmom1612 Jan 24, 2016

    Wooohooo go Panthers!!! (and come on out NBS lol)

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jan 24, 2016

    raesmom1612 - and tomorrow you can enjoy those $3.99 doughnuts! Go Panthers! Maybe the excitement of the game will encourage NBS to see what's going on. :-)

    ascherer - have fun at your aunt's house.

    Tonight we had bagels with lox, cream cheese and tomato slices and a side of clementines for dinner.

  • raesmom1612 Jan 24, 2016

    So it's Sunday and there is football and I'm at that point in this pregnancy where I just want to lay down all day so we ordered off of Pizza Huts $5 deal menu. Pizza should be here shortly after the Panthers take the field. I went ahead and splurged an extra $5 for the chocolate chip cookie and bc I signed up to receive emails they gave us a free 8 piece order of cheese sticks. No cooking no dishes happy me :)

  • ascherer Jan 24, 2016

    The Mac & Cheese is about to come out of the oven and then I will head over to my Aunt's for dinner. I do hope everyone is starting to thaw out at home.

  • coupon4me Jan 24, 2016

    Faye - I know....the eating isn't stopping today. I had my husband pick up the 2 free pizzas that were going to expire after today from buying a papa john's gift card and my two boys and I ate one almost all by ourselves! Keeping in mind my boys are 4 and 6 but they do eat like men.

    Later tonight we will have slow cooker chicken tikka masala with brown rice. The younger one may not be brave enough and may head back to the pizza!

  • luvstoQ Jan 24, 2016

    Sorry for all of you that have lost power with all this cold!! Thankfully, we have kept our power - have only lost it a couple times for a few hours in the last 15 years. Wake Electric is really on the tree trimming all the time. Here's to a much better (warmer) week!!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jan 23, 2016

    coupon4me - seriously - what is it about snow days that requires constant eating?? Totally happening at my house as well.

  • coupon4me Jan 23, 2016

    Butterball turkey roast (got a HT SD for $3.50!) Made into sandwich wraps with avocado and a banana on the side. Kiddos and I devoured the homemade chocolate chip cookies we made today. Ahhh snow days. You just eat everything in sight!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jan 23, 2016

    lindabates - Thank goodness you did not lose power with little ones. That's always rough. Regarding your 2-year old not sleeping last night - I wonder if the cracking of the ice-coated branches falling kept her up. It was very loud in our neighborhood last night.

    ascherer - If you buy the Green Giant 10 oz boxed frozen veggies, they are perfect for 2 servings of veggies. Sometimes I will eat a whole box of the veggies with some protein like chicken breast or tofu for lunch. A small zucchini sliced and sauteed with 1/2 small onion is a great 1-person veggie serving. You can get a bag of baby carrots and steam 1 serving in the microwave for an easy veggie. The carrots last a while so you can have them a few times during the week either steamed or raw with salad dressing to dip them in. And I hope your DH and SK fared well in the storm. :-)

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jan 23, 2016

    We have power! After a very cold and long night, we went to my dad's place today for a few warm and toasty hours until the electricity in our neighborhood came back on. We are back home now and hoping it stays on all night. I do have a gas stove so we were able to have eggs for breakfast. I was able to boil water throughout the night to keep the humidity up and keep the kitchen warm enough for the guinea pig to be comfortable - I think. Who really knows. She doesn't complain much. She kept eating so that's always a good sign.

    Dinner tonight was spaghetti I made yesterday before losing electricity.

    wilsonpk - that's a great reminder about the grill.

    Kathy S. - So glad you were fine with the outage. That's an interesting recipe with blue cheese salad dressing. Thanks for sharing the link!

    senglish27529 - I am so glad you got warmed up and I bet breakfast was fabulous!