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What's for dinner Wednesday?

Posted May 6, 2015

Pasta Salad

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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  • RaleighFoodBlogger May 6, 2015

    Jdouglas- thanks! I think I will partially cook them next time. And YES on dairy :-) Thank goodness I've never had a problem with it, and still have some parm from the last HT special!

  • jdouglas13 May 6, 2015

    RFB, I meant to add -- are you still able to eat dairy? Specifically reggiano parm? It makes everything taste awesome! :)

  • jdouglas13 May 6, 2015

    RFB, I think I would probably partially cook the lentils as well. I'm not sure about soaking them. I would say yes to soaking for certain other kinds of beans, but I don't think I would soak lentils. I'm glad the flavor was good! I imagine the lentils added a nice level of umami (did I spell that right?) to the bolognese.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger May 6, 2015

    Jdouglas- I'll have to try that in the future!

    And the lentils were pretty good in the sauce. Even though I let them cook for 8 hours on low, they still were a bit hard. My DH thought maybe I should soak them overnight to soften them up. Or maybe I could partially cook them before I add them in next time. Any other suggestions? Other than that, it had the same flavors and you'd have never known there was no meat!

  • jdouglas13 May 6, 2015

    GatorGirll, I had the grits when I was hospitalized a few years ago, and the nurse couldn't imagine what I was eating that I needed 4 sugar packets for! LOL

    RFB, the malt vinegar is better with a shaker bottle. I used to eat fish & chips a lot when I was a kid, and they always had malt vinegar with it. So good! And I don't like ketchup -- I know, I know. I'm a food freak LOL. ;)

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper May 6, 2015

    Gator Girll - your dinner sounds fabulous! Love French dip sandwiches!

  • Gator Girll May 6, 2015

    By the way, JDOUGLAS, grits with sugar is what is known as farina or cream of wheat in the North. A heresy here in the South! LOL

  • Gator Girll May 6, 2015

    Tonight I'm going with a French dip beef sandwich with onion, red pepper, Swiss cheese and horseradish dipped in an au jus using leftover beef roast made in the crock pot a few days ago. Onion rings and a relish tray of carrot and celery sticks and pickles finish out the meal.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger May 6, 2015

    Jdouglas- thanks! I've never tried malt vinegar on fries. Do you just dip them in? And I'll let you know on the lentils. Freaks me out a bit, but I love most other beans (except black beans make me allergic- so weird) so I'm thinking these should be OK :-)

  • jdouglas13 May 6, 2015

    Garnertoy, your dinner sounds a lot like what I ended up making last night, minus the toast and grits. I don't think you can even buy grits up here. That said, I found that I actually like grits (rare for a Yank) provided they have lots of sugar on them.

    RFB your dinner sounds super healthy! I wouldn't have thought of subbing lentils for beef, but it makes sense.

    Faye, your guac from last night sounds yummy. Nice price on the canteloupe. Are they the Athena melons with the rough skin? DW loves those and it's one of the few fruits she will actually eat.

    Tonight we are having burgers and baked steak fries -- with lots of malt vinegar for me please.