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What's for dinner Tuesday?

Posted October 22, 2013



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 for what to make with all the great deals you have bought on sale recently.

What's on your menu tonight?


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 22, 2013

    "the inauguration of the slow cooker" - it's about time, jdouglas! LOL Just kidding. Let us know how you like your new baby!

  • jdouglas13 Oct 22, 2013

    Meredith, I think you can probably cook the chicken frozen, but I don't think I would do it in the slow cooker. Can you put the unwrapped chicken on a microwave-safe plate or something and defrost it somewhat in the microwave? If you can get it to the point where you can at least cut out the backbone and open it flat, you should be good to go in the regular oven.

  • jdouglas13 Oct 22, 2013

    Tonight we're having roasted pork tenderloin with a garlic and herb rub with chunks of sweet potatoes roasted in the same pan with EVOO, and maybe green beans. The pork is from a BOGO sale earlier this year. If I get really ambitious, I might make apple crisp. Depends if I feel like doing all that peeling. Otherwise, I have a bunch of apples for applesauce for the inauguration of the slow cooker.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Oct 22, 2013

    Meredith- I'm not sure, but I bet it's possible! This just made me giggle reminding me reading recently from the Butterball Thanksgiving Turkey Hotline interview that you "can, indeed, cook a frozen turkey," and it's one of their most asked questions ;-) I'm going to check it out, as I also remember on The Chew that they once cooked a steak from frozen, and the cast and the audience actually liked it better than the one that wasn't (in a blind taste test).

  • meredith88 Oct 22, 2013

    I don't know what I want to make tonight yet but I do know I want to cook a whole chicken in the crockpot to use for the next week in many recipes. Has anyone ever put a frozen chicken in the crockpot before? Is that a good option? I forgot to set the chicken out on Sunday to thaw for me to cook and am trying to avoid having to wait another 2 days to cook it.

  • wildfrenchrose Oct 22, 2013

    Beef ravioli, bread, green salad.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 22, 2013

    twoboysandadog - it is definitely chili weather!

  • twoboysandadog Oct 22, 2013

    homemade chili, seems appropriate for this rainy gloomy day

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 22, 2013

    Tonight we are having:

    Chicken enchiladas (using chicken I batch cooked in the slow cooker last week and froze)

    Spanish rice (Knorr rice sides on sale with coupon at Harris Teeter)

    Tangerine slices (on sale at Food Lion through 10/22)