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What's for dinner Wednesday?

Posted October 12, 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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  • jdouglas13 Oct 12, 2016

    I've been wracking my brain for dinner so we don't have a big mess and we don't get sick from bad water. M&C using bottled water to cook the pasta. The pot can go in the dishwasher on super sanitize and heat mode just this once. Roasted chicken drumsticks and roasted broccoli. I can rinse the broccoli in a little bottled water or dip it in some hard-boiling water from the tap. Roast both the broccoli and the chicken on a foil and parchment lined half sheet pan, and toss the foil and parchment when done, and I won't even have to wash the pan. I can wash the M&C casserole dish as usual and then rewash in the dishwasher to sanitize it.

    Woohoo! LOL So glad I was born after the invention of clean running water and electricity. :)

  • jdouglas13 Oct 12, 2016

    Faye, no we still have power and yucky water. I'm just trying to make a mental list for myself of things we can do in case we lose power like that in the future.

    YBaverage, I do have a gas grill, but no burner, Maybe I can boil some water on that. I don't need gallons of it for a cup of coffee or five... ;)

    Observant, glad you're feeling better! Fall allergies are awful. I agree -- we need a good frost to kill off the pollen and the mold that is probably growing exponentially after the storm. Sterno cans are an interesting idea too. As for the can opener, all we have is the old manual one anyway. LOL. One less piece of equipment cluttering up the counter.

  • meredith88 Oct 12, 2016

    JDouglas, not to sound like a broken record, but the easiest way to boil water without power (even if you have a gas grill) is a camp stove. You don't need a big one, just a small Jetboil would do. The stoves are tiny and the fuel containers are very small so they won't take up a lot of space to keep on hand in case of an outage. The whole set-up with the fuel and stove together is about the size of a soft ball. And they boil water fast! We also have the bigger camp stoves but they take up more space as do their fuel containers but we find them convenient in cooking multiple items at once. If you just need to be able to boil one container of water at a time then I would definitely look into getting a Jetboil stove and a couple cans of fuel to keep with your other emergency supplies.

  • observant Oct 12, 2016

    Tonight - Either Roast Beef ( BOGO recently) , asparagus and some sort of potato .
    LOADED OMELETS , biscuits(?) & fruit

  • observant Oct 12, 2016

    Jdouglas13 - Thanks - I do feel better today ! Fall allergies have been awful the past few days - chicken soup and medication helped a lot - hurry up FROST ( LOL) .

    How about the little sterno cans ??Not sure how long they burn but they do keep buffet foods very warm at receptions and wakes I have attended .
    You may be able to find a stove top percolator in the camping supplies .
    raesmom had a GREAT reminder - the hand held can opener !

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Oct 12, 2016

    jdouglas13 - I thought you had power. Did it go out again????

  • ybaverage2003 Oct 12, 2016

    J douglas, if you don't have a gas grill, try buying a small charcoal grill, like a hibachi. You can boil water over that in a pinch.

  • jdouglas13 Oct 12, 2016

    Observant, I'm hoping you are feel better today! Thanks so much for your tips on cooking without power that you posted yesterday! They were wonderful! :)

    If I can figure out a way to make coffee when the power is out, I would be SOOOOOO happy. I'm wishing I had my Nana's old stovetop perculator. Of course, I could always use my French press if I can boil some water. I need to remember to pre-grind some coffee ahead of time too. When we lived in Apex, we had a wonderful dual-fuel stove that we bought specifically so we could cook when we had power outages. I sure miss it!

    Does anyone have any ideas on how to boil water without power?

  • jdouglas13 Oct 12, 2016

    Oh, Linda - I hope you feel better! Just don't tell anyone so you're off the hook with dinner for a couple of days LOL ;)

    Meredith - yum. That sounds delicious.

    We are still on the boil water alert, so another night of creativity here, I guess. Exact details TBD.

  • lindabates Oct 12, 2016

    Husband is in charge of dinner tonight because I have pink eye