Ugh! Do you hate this question? Do you know the answer to this question? I’ve written about the coming home dinner predicament before, but this is new. I’m sick of everything I make.
I don’t eat red meat or pork so that limits my meal preparation somewhat. And I am SICK to death of chicken. I do cook beef or pork periodically for my family – last week was a pork tenderloin and once a month I make a pot roast in the crockpot with potatoes and carrots. It’s just sort of a bummer to make a meal that you can’t eat.
I need some help. What do you love to cook and how do you cook it? What’s relatively easy? I was doing crockpot meals every Sunday or Monday but I’m tired of even those…. We do grill. I like the flavor of grilled foods – we grill corn on the cob, chicken breasts, ka-bobs, or fish/shrimp, but it’s super hot in August and I don’t want to have to turn on the grill constantly (or have Bray do it, I can’t get the durn thing to work).
I like my mom’s turkey meatloaf really well and I make a delicious Chicken Tetrazzini but that is so time intensive. Plus, we try to eat healthy so we have veggies at every meal, nothing is fried, and nothing has creams/cream sauce. I will cook with butter or olive oil. I pull from allrecipes, Food Network, Pinterest, and my cookbooks for ideas, but do you ever just feel BORED of everything??? I am confident that some of you readers have some genius ideas that will spice up my poor dinner preparations. Two nights ago I made the kids peanut butter sandwiches because I literally could not dream anything up.
So, I will leave a couple of recipes that I make here and BEG you to leave me a favorite recipe from your family that I can manage after getting home from work at night.
Roasted veggies – I cut up brocoli, cauliflower, and/or zucchini and drizzle it with garlic salt, olive oil, and parmesan and bake it at 425 for about 25 minutes. I will serve this with a roasted chicken I picked up from the store and sometimes brown rice.
Turkey meatloaf – I mix up ground turkey, diced onions, one egg, a handful of crushed crackers, small chopped carrots, salt and pepper, and a little ketchup and milk. Then I make two round loaves and top them with barbecue sauce and cook at 350 for what I think is about 45 minutes, until they are no longer pink inside. I serve this with mashed potatoes (very basic ones but I add sour cream to the mashing) and green beans.
Grilled corn and chicken – I wrap packets of three corn on the cob in foil after rubbing with butter and lemon pepper and put on the top grill rack. Then I marinate chicken breasts in lime, olive oil, garlic, and salt and pepper (or lemon pepper) – sometimes I add diced onions to the mix or even a splash of white wine or balsamic. I don’t measure but I use a lot of lime. I serve this as our dinner standing alone or with some homemade guacamole and chips – for that I just do what I think everyone does, mash avocado, dice tomatoes, mince garlic and fresh cilantro and onions, squeeze a couple of limes again and add salt and pepper. No store bought guacamole compares to the stuff you make at home.
Your turn – HELP!