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What's for dinner Thursday?

Posted August 18, 2016

Sauteed veggies

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 -WRAL Smart Shopper Aug 18, 2016

    raesmom1612 - Can't wait to hear what they pick!

    Jdouglas - Bummer on the cake but it sounds salvageable. And in the's still cake. :-) You could also make a layered ice cream cake out of it by cutting it into layers and putting ice cream in the middle with whipped cream on top.

  • raesmom1612 Aug 18, 2016

    I had to work in the office today so I am treating my family to dinner tonight. Anywhere they want to go :) I don't treat very often soooooooo they better make it good LOLOLOLOLOLOL

  • jdouglas13 Aug 18, 2016

    I'm hoping any rain we might get holds off until late tonight as I'm hoping to grill the London broil that's been marinating. Side dish is a concoction of grape tomatoes, corn, basil, green beans, shallots, and maybe mozz, in a lemon/garlic/oil dressing, and rice. I made a rather bizarre poundcake yesterday. Bizarre because it collapsed halfway through baking and because I combined untested two recipes into one. My Pinterest account was down and I couldn't get to my saved recipes. It is very dense, but doesn't taste bad. I might make a blueberry or cherry sauce to pour over it and top with some whipped cream. That should definitely help! ;) I might freeze half of it and turn it into one of those things where you cut it into cubes and layer it with pudding. What are those called?

  • jdouglas13 Aug 18, 2016

    Lasata, I haven't had it myself, but you can always add eggplant cubes into spaghetti sauce, as well as the rest of the veg and chicken you need to use up, and serve it over something like rigatoni. Eggplant rollatini (rolls) is another option, but to me that is pretty similar to eggplant parm.

    FWIW, my new way of making eggplant parm is a lot less labor intensive than the breading/frying method. I slice the eggplant and bake it on parchment lines sheet pans. When done, I layer the slices in a casserole dish with crushed tomatoes, whatever Italian herbs and garlic you might like, and mozzarella. Sometimes, it's just a single layer of eggplant, tomatoes, and mozz. Bake till bubbly and cheese is melted.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Aug 18, 2016

    lindabates - I think you officially have heat stroke. Your meal post today is hilarious! And I totally vote for ice cream.

    Lasata- I am not much of an eggplant eater so I have no personal favorites. But I recommend . They have recipes for EVERYTHING and you can enter in your ingredients and they offer up suggestions. I hope that helps. :-)

    I really like observant's idea of using the eggplant as a "crust" for pizza. I do that with zucchini boats and love it.

  • observant Aug 18, 2016

    LASATA - I d o not have a "real" recipe but here are a few "make it up yourself" ideasI have done with various veggies and chicken
    lasagna substituting eggplant for the zucchini .
    You can make "min/personal" lasagnas in muffins tins.
    kabobs or stir fry using the chicken and veggies -
    I have had "personal" pizzas using eggplant as the pizza "crust " - it was very good .

  • lindabates Aug 18, 2016

    Way to hot to cook... so the kids are having happy Meals, I'm having ice cream and hubby can fix his owname dinner when he gets home tonight.

  • twinredheads Aug 18, 2016

    Family-size baked ciabatta sandwich with provolone, salami, turkey, ham and tomato. Honeydew and blueberries that I picked up today at Aldi's on the side.

  • Lasata Aug 18, 2016

    Does anyone have a good eggplant recipe that is not eggplant parm. I have chicken and zucchini and squash and tomatoes that need to go. Thanks for any suggestions

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Aug 18, 2016

    Tonight we are enjoying another evening of BBQ chicken that I cooked in the slow cooker yesterday. I think I'll serve mine on a salad.

    coupon4me - I never thought about adding a jalepeno to spaghetti. I bet it did give it some zest!