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What's for dinner Tuesday?

Posted October 11, 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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  • observant Oct 11, 2016

    tonight - not feeling well - I want chicken noodle soup; DH may have to feed himself

  • observant Oct 11, 2016

    Jdouglas13 _ I am sorry my post did not post the other day !LOL
    My sister gave us a propane tabletop grill years ago - it uses the small bottles of propane and can be used indoors . We have 2 woodstoves so some cooking can be done on top of them ( grilled cheese and soup never tasted SO GOOD !) . The larger propane grill outside has burners so we have cooked spaghetti and sauce and the usuals :pork chops, chicken ,burgers even fish.
    DH made my coffee on the big grill every time .
    With diabetes ( me ) and salt restrictions ( DH & me) we have to be careful - homemade peanut butter - limited bread/chips ; nuts ( unsalted if possible). I keep boiled eggs no hand - great protein without cooking ! homemade jerky ( low salt); eggs of any sort cook on the wood stove and the grills
    NON FOOD HINT - fill jugs with tap water for flushing - add drops of non-chlorine cleaner ( Lysol, Mr. cleaner ) - keeps house smelling semi-fresh since the air is not moving without power .

  • Gator Girll Oct 11, 2016

    I finally got the ham I was looking for on Sunday so tonight will be baked ham with sautéed apples, baked sweet potato, and buttered corn.

  • jdouglas13 Oct 11, 2016

    Thanks Raesmom and Meredith for your tips! I'll have to check out the camp stoves and how to cook on them. Interesting idea! I've never been much of a camper or an outdoors person except for the beach, so this is all new to me. :)

  • jdouglas13 Oct 11, 2016

    Great idea, Ybaverage! Thanks. Speaking of old school, I have some of the original type of Corningware that can be used with a flame on the cooktop and under the broiler. If I make rice in the Corningware, the pot can go in the dishwasher, too. :)

    I am really looking forward to some pasta tomorrow night, assuming we can use the water again. That would be too much of a mess to clean up otherwise, I think.

    Meredith, your baked apples sound really good!

  • meredith88 Oct 11, 2016

    JDouglas, we had PB&J sandwiches, chips, krackers, cookies, melting ice cream, apples, oranges and some other snack foods in the pantry. It was only one day without power for us so it wasn't bad at all. For longer outages we use our camp stoves to cook really nice meals. Our typical plan is for the first 24-48 hours to do everything possible not to open the fridge or freezer at all except to eat the ice cream. We know our food stays good that long. If the outage looks like it will last longer then we switch tactics and begin cooking food as it thaws using the camp stoves and the gas grill and we eat like royalty by candlelight ;-) We've also been known to move food to family's houses that have power if we can drive on the roads but never before the 48 hour mark. We're big on camping so we always have the supplies necessary to cook without any electricity :-)

  • raesmom1612 Oct 11, 2016

    jdouglas-it was our first hurricane ever and we did sandwiches (rae had pb&j, I had just j, and DH had ham and cheese) we had lots of snacks on hand (chips, cookies, ice cream which was melting so we HAD to eat it lol, peanuts, fruit snacks and rice krispies treats). I also had some tuna and an old school turn by hand can opener and made a tuna sandwich. By no means healthy but it was better then expensive take out and it was only for a few days so its ok :)

    Last night we had homemade meat sauce (no meatballs) with lots of fresh veggies and pasta. Leftovers tonight

  • ybaverage2003 Oct 11, 2016

    Pork shoulder in the crockpot with a chipoltle seasoning I picked up at an out of town farmers market. Recipe calls for orange juice, but i used tangerine juice instead. Should be yummy !

  • ybaverage2003 Oct 11, 2016

    Jdouglas, instead of potatoes, you could make rice and cook it in chicken stock instead of water :)

  • jdouglas13 Oct 11, 2016

    I think we are going to attempt to grill again tonight to minimize the non-dishwasher safe cookware we use. Maybe marinated grilled chicken breasts and asparagus. The chicken can be marinated in a Ziploc bag, and it won't take much to quickly rinse off the asparagus in a little bottled water. Microwave baked potatoes/sweet potatoes would be a great side, but I haven't figured out how to wash them... any thoughts?

    I posted this the other day, but now that the storm is behind us, what did everyone do for meals when your power/water was out? This was our first NC hurricane with a significant power outage, so I'm somewhat of a newbie to all this. I'd love to hear all of your suggestions!