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What's for dinner Wednesday?

Posted April 2, 2014



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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  • jtlnsw Apr 2, 2014

    We had spaghetti, garlic bread and corn. Side salad as well. Purdy tasty.

    NAKABI, your pregnancy sounds like what I went through in 2010. I know we don't know each other but I'm sending positive thoughts your way :) especially for a piece of cake labor!

  • nakabi Apr 2, 2014

    wow, all these meals sound fantastic!
    tonight we were brought eggplant & veggie lasagna (she used spaghetti squash for the pasta), salad, and rolls. No rolls for me, but I'm not a pasta/bread/dessert person so it wasn't a problem :)
    carelesswhisper-if you read this, in response to your question from yesterday, I'm due 18 May but doctors are just hoping they can keep me going until 35 weeks (I'm 33.5) Baby is extremely small (in 5.6 percentile) which is strange since they diagnosed me with the GD. I'm on Rx for the diabetes and have started getting a steroid shot to help her lungs develop faster. Definitely NOT the easiest pregnancy I've had, but hopefully the labour will be a piece of cake like my other ones :) And they better NOT try and talk me into getting an epidural like they do every time because I won't! LOL

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Apr 2, 2014

    jdouglas- yes! I love tahini and use it in hummus often :-) And if you don't like ground turkey, you could easily switch it out with ground chicken. And your dinner tonight sounds great!

  • privilegesrevoked Apr 2, 2014

    Ahhhh! That stuffed shells with the spinach just might be the trick to sneak it into hubby and son :) I like a lot of foods they won't eat and it's hard to cook for all of us when I feel like I'm being shortchanged on things I like LOL

    Thank you for the recipe!

  • jdouglas13 Apr 2, 2014

    Stasan, love stuffed shells too! Yours sound yummy. I often make a whole box at a time, and then freeze them stuffed, without sauce and unbaked, for an easy dinner. A tip for filling the shells - put them in the palm of your hand open side up, gently squeeze the two pointy ends towards each other, and use a cookie dough scoop for your filling.

    RFB, is sesame tahini an option for you? Not quite PB, but flavorful. I am not a fan at all of ground turkey, but stuffing them with brie sounds very enticing!

    Tonight might be the Caesar salad with shrimp and garlic bread that we ended up not having the other night.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Apr 2, 2014

    lkkersh- Thanks for the info... I miss peanut butter so much, but it makes my tongue itch :-( I am excited to try it, and it would be worth the cost to have something close!!! Also, what a FANTASTIC idea to add into pad thai. I mostly stay away from thai food due to all the nuts... YAY- this opens up a whole new cuisine to me!!! Thank you!!!!

    And on the turkey burger- here is the recipe, it's super simple, and so much flavor I've found you don't even need a bun. http://www.aspoonfulofluxe.com/2014/02/lemony-cilantro-turkey-burgers-with.html

    And another favorite using ground turkey- thanks for the reminder... my husband loved these (although they are a bit more costly due to some of the ingredients- but so delicious!) http://www.aspoonfulofluxe.com/2014/02/brie-stuffed-turkeyballs-with.html

  • lkkersh Apr 2, 2014

    I have a brother who is peanut, tree nut and shellfish allergic, so baked goods can be tricky( He can do seeds!).Sunflower butter is pricey, but for those with allergies it is almost the same consistency as peanut butter, perhaps a tad thinner. I like the flavor it's not as intense as peanut butter, a little milder which I happen to like. I also use it when I make pad thai sauce instead of peanuts/peanut butter and top the dish with either chopped sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.

    Also, your turkey burgers sound amazing. Do you have a recipe, Im aways looking for ways to spice up ground turkey!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Apr 2, 2014

    stasan1 - your stuffed shells sounds great! Thank you for sharing the recipe. :-)

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Apr 2, 2014

    straitlover- good to know- thanks!

    Stasan1- yum... I love stuffed shells, especially with spinach.

    Wow, getting hungry reading all these. Such great dinner ideas, everyone :-)

  • stasan1 Apr 2, 2014

    Having Spinach Stuffed Shells:

    Cook 12-16 Jumbo Shells as directed, rinse in cold water.

    Thaw 2 packages of frozen chopped Spinach and thoroughly squeeze out all the water.

    Mix spinach with 2 cups shredded mozzarella, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (I always use from the shaker), 1/4 cup chopped onion, 1 24 ounce cottage cheese. After mixed stuff each shell.

    Take 1 jar of your favorite jarred spaghetti sauce and pour in casserole dish to just cover the bottom. Add stuffed shells. Pour remainder of sauce over shells and dust top with parmesan.

    Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes covered with foil. Take foil off and bake 15 more minutes.

    Super good! Can also use manicotti but harder to stuff. If too watery, you did not squeeze out enough water from spinach so please make sure your spinach is quite dry. I have found even spinach haters love this dish. Not expensive too since it's meatless!