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What's for dinner Tuesday?

Posted October 27, 2015

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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  • ascherer Oct 27, 2015

    Raesmom - I recommend baking the sweet potatoes. Clean the potatoes and rub the skins with veggie oil. Bake about as long as you would a regular potato - about an hour depending on the size. Let them cool until you can handle them. The skins should just peel off. Mix the pulp with butter, brown sugar, and spices to taste. If you want marshmallows, put the mashed potatoes in a casserole dish and top with marshmallows. Bake until marshmallows are melted. That is all there is to it.

  • jdouglas13 Oct 27, 2015

    Raesmom, the whole time I live in NY, from the time I was born until my early 30's, I had no idea that sweet potatoes/yams could be purchased any other way than in a can. I don't ever remember seeing an actual fresh sweet potato.

    That said, since you are a fellow ex-NYer, OF COURSE you can open a few cans, mash them up with a little butter and brown sugar, and once they are good and hot, throw some marshmallows on top. Just don't set them on fire like I usually do!

    My new, more sophisticated (ha!) way of cooking sweet potatoes: nuke a fresh sweet potato in the microwave until done. Carefully partially slice open. Add some butter and brown sugar, and mix them in with the potato. Smoosh in as many marshmallows as you can, put the whole mess on some foil (you can thank me for that later), and run it under a low broiler for a second or two, remove before flames break out.

    Done!! LOL :) Yummy.

  • raesmom1612 Oct 27, 2015

    Garnertoy can you make yams for me?? LOL I signed up to bring Yams for our annual Thanksgiving feed the community day......and I've never made a yam in my life hahahaha. Its my brain I'm telling you, has me doing crazy things!!! I was going to check out to see what I found but I will definitely keep your recipe in mind as well.......would it be bad if I just opened up a few cans and added some marshmallows???? Any one else have any suggestions? :) I'm in trouble..........

  • garnertoy Oct 27, 2015

    I guest cook my yams then I put brown sugar and pats of butter over the top and just a sprinkle of cinnamon and cook till blended in

  • Nanee Lion Oct 27, 2015

    garnertoy, would you please share your recipe for the yams. I wish I had written down my Mom's recipe before she passed. Hers were the best - like eating candy, well almost.

    I am loving your menus. Got to start planning better so I am making notes on your menus for us. Thanks so much.

  • ascherer Oct 27, 2015

    Momma is sending me home with a bunch of food. DH will get his pick of homemade eggplant parm; pork chops; or leftover steak from last nights dinner. Momma and I went shopping yesterday. She had a 20% off coupon and $50 gift card for Bed, Bath & Beyond. So, so we each got new bathroom floor mats. In return, I took her out for dinner at our favorite local steak and pasta place. Turns out it was locals night and we each got $6 off of our steak dinners. I adore the fact that I am still considered a local even though I haven't lived here in 25 years.

  • jdouglas13 Oct 27, 2015

    I think we might have a chicken soup or stew made out of leftovers in the freezer, maybe with some gnocchi and some homemade biscuits for my DW. I even have some kale I can sneak into it to make it a bit healthier -- the soup/stew that is -- no kale in the biscuits LOL :)

  • TJ84 Oct 27, 2015

    Seems like a good day for Chili!

  • ybaverage2003 Oct 27, 2015

    Making a big pot of butternut squash soup tonight. Will have plenty to freeze, plus dinner and a couple of lunches :) Maybe grilled ham and cheese sammies on the side.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Oct 27, 2015

    Tonight it's sesame ginger tofu, rice and broccoli.

    Raesmom - that's too funny. Good luck on dinner plan part 2. :-)

    garnertoy - chicken pastry sounds perfect on a cool day. Enjoy.