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What's for dinner tonight?

Posted April 5, 2013



At the request of a number of fellow blog readers, we are starting a new daily thread called, "What's for Dinner Tonight." 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 on what to make with all the great deals you have bought.

Thanks to springtime for coming up with the idea originally!

Tonight we are having the chicken salad I planned for last night but then we had a change in plans.

What's on your menu tonight?


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  • jdouglas13 Apr 6, 2013

    Thanks, Juanita :) I'm really looking forward to the get together!

  • newsnut Apr 6, 2013

    We had a crockpot soup last night.

    rice, tomato juice, cans of mixed veggies, can of black beans, seasonings, and cooked ground chicken with colored peppers and onions

  • astamper Apr 5, 2013

    We had vegan "beef" stew (the vegan child is home from college). Used portabellas in place of beef, with carrots, potatoes, V-8 juice; garlic bread and salad.

  • raesmom1612 Apr 5, 2013

    jdouglas13~cant wait until our get together this June to see (and taste ) what you are making!!! Your food sounds so good!!

  • ncveteranswife Apr 5, 2013

    Tyson chicken strips (got them for $3.33/bag earlier this week), corn (.50/can from DG several weeks back) and Velveeta mac'n'cheese (got it for $1.50/box earlier this week).

  • jdouglas13 Apr 5, 2013

    I meant to add that I usually buy the Kraft blue box mac & cheese when it's on a really good sale and steal all the cheese packets. The remaining pasta can be used in soup, mac salad, etc.

  • jdouglas13 Apr 5, 2013

    "Junk Food Noodles" aka Noodle-Roni Romanoff copycat recipe. Cook 8 oz medium noodles. Steal a package of day-glo orange cheese powder from Kraft mac & cheese. When noodles are cooked, return to pot. Please note these quantities are approximate. Stir in 2 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon dried minced onion flakes, a 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, a few tablespoons dried parsley flakes, a good grinding of black pepper, the cheese powder, about 1/2 cup sour cream, and 1/4 cup milk. Stir together. The consistency should be slightly thick-saucy, and will thicken upon sitting. Some fresh chopped chives on top are a nice addition. Adjust flavorings to taste.

    I know this sounds like a lot of ingredients, but it goes together in seconds if you have everything right there to throw in the pot, and it's really good. Definitely a blast from the past for us baby boomers!

  • sunflower3443 Apr 5, 2013

    chicken taco's (chicken from HT when they had it buy 2 get 3 free ) with black beans and corn , all all the toppings . YUmmmmmie

  • rwsmith1112 Apr 5, 2013

    Ballpark hotdogs (sale at HT with coupon) with hot dog chili I made this morning (using 2 marked down roasts from HT that I had the butcher grind up for me), slaw and onions. I'm a Carolina girl, what can I say? We decided to have Annie's mac and cheese for a side and call it dinner.

  • jdouglas13 Apr 5, 2013

    Meredith, I make an Asian inspired BBQ sauce from ketchup, sugar, fresh ginger and garlic, tamari (similar to soy sauce), and a little cider or rice vinegar. Heat together until veg is soft. Cook some white rice, steam some broccoli florets, and heat the pork in the BBQ sauce. When ready to serve, put rice in center of plate, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds or sesame oil (optional), stir the broccoli into the pork mixture, and serve over the rice. Top with the green part of some sliced scallions if you have them.

    Another pulled pork or leftover pork roast/chop use: shred or very finely chop meat, brown well in a little EVOO, adding some fresh chopped garlic at the end just until fragrant. Deglaze with a little white wine if you have it. Stir in a 28 oz can or two of canned tomatoes (whole, diced, or crushed). Cook about 45 minutes or more. Makes an awesome pasta sauce.