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Old 09-17-2010, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Little Elm, TX
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Default Two income families - what's for dinner?

My wife and I are burnt out on Viola and other quickie dinners, and don't want to die from a constant diet of fast food. We don't have kids at home, but we don't want to go broke by eating out.

What's your secret? No kids and no maid, btw.

 
Old 09-17-2010, 05:22 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Old 09-17-2010, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Where we enjoy all four seasons
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The fall is coming...........casseroles, soups spaghetti sauce. It is nice to just reheat, add a salad and some good company, candles and dinner can't get any better than that
 
Old 09-17-2010, 05:29 PM
 
Location: In a State In My Own Mind!
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LE, I will tell you my secret when I worked 12 hr. days and so did dh about our dinners. This started when we had 3 kids at home but worked well after they left the house. My best kitchen appliance was the crock pot. I would come home from work and start to prepare tomorrow nights dinner. Braise a Rump Roast on top of the stove for 10 mins., with onion and garlic and then put it in the crock pot with cut up potatoes, celery, carrots & chicken broth to cover. I put the pot in the fridge. Next morning before running out the door, took the pot and plugged it in, walking thru the door at 7:00 at night was the most delightful smell and dinner was made. A very good cookbook is called, Fix It & Forget It.

When I go to the grocercy store and bring home the fresh veggies, I wash them and cut them up into pieces and store in Green Bags, this way when you walk thru the door during the week all your produce is ready to go into stir frys, chicken cutlets etc.

Easy 20 min. chicken cutlet recipe---have your chicken cutlets cleaned, floured and ready to go. In your Green bags---sliced mushrooms, onions, garlic. Marsala wine & unsalted butter & ex. virgin oo, chicken broth

melt some unsweetened butter and 2 T oo in a saute pan, add your floured chicken cutlets, saute 2 mins. ea. side, remove from the pan and keep warm. Add mushrooms, onions & garlic and cook 2 mins. until onions & garlic are golden, add 1/4 c of Marsala wine and cook until 50% reduced, add 1 c chicken broth, add the chicken cutlets, cover and simmer 10 mins.

serve with a salad.

If I can help you with any other ideas just dm me or post here. Once you get the hang of it, it is really easy. My dh helps prep too!
 
Old 09-17-2010, 05:48 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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My go-to dinner in your situation would be to dump a yummy salad out of a bag, add some tomatoes or whatever I wanted, and grill a steak or fish or chicken on the grill or on the stove.
To me, this is a good and healthy meal with no fuss or muss. This would take care of 3 meals a week, and then I would eat out or get carry out a few times a week. If I didn't have a Mom or inlaws to invite me over, I'd cook something for real on Sunday, like roast beef or a turkey or spaghetti, and then I'd have a day of leftovers, too.
 
Old 09-17-2010, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Little Elm, TX
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Kelsie, that was worth a rep.

My wife can cook, and I can boil buttered water as they say, but it's ideas like those that we need - we've been making 3-4 course meals that take too much time and require too much clean up after work, and did I mention the Mastiff I own?

It's time for a break, and I appreciate all ideas!
 
Old 09-17-2010, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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How about grilled cheese and tomato soup?
 
Old 09-17-2010, 06:19 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:21 PM
 
Location: texas
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Originally Posted by little elmer View Post
My wife and I are burnt out on Viola and other quickie dinners, and don't want to die from a constant diet of fast food. We don't have kids at home, but we don't want to go broke by eating out.

What's your secret? No kids and no maid, btw.
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My wife and I are pretty much in the same boat. What we have been doing is this: I buy abunch of meat(porkchops, hamburger meat, hotdog wennie's, ribs, etc) I grill everything on Sunday(usually before the Cowboy game). My wife slices up onions, tomatoes, pickles, etc. Once everything is done, we package it all up(after we eat some of course) and eat it for our lunches and most dinners Mon thru Thur. On Fri and Sat, we usually eat out(lunch) and then settle in for a small dinner on those nights(we still have leftovers from last Sunday that we are eating tonight). We do eat out more sometimes, due to our work schedules, and the type of jobs that we have.
 
Old 09-17-2010, 08:18 PM
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Location: the west side of "paradise"
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Breakfast for dinner. That's my lazy night fall-back. Steak and poached eggs being the #1 on the list. With a side salad, easy peasy!
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