Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I Need Help

I'm desperate here, people.

I'm not exactly what you'd call a terrific housewife. There are typically dishes in the sink, laundry baskets full of clothes (clean or dirty), and I'm usually at a loss as to what to serve for dinner. This is where I beg you all for help...

I need ideas. My biggest problem with cooking is that I tend to settle on one thing and make it over and over again. Mexican? Check. Had it last week. Twice. Pasta? Check. Pizza? Check. Burgers/grilling? Check. I need some new and clever ideas to help spice my kitchen life. My husband and kids are begging...

13 comments:

Sara said...

Amen sister. I'm going to check back to the comments you get on this post to steal some good ideas :) I wish I had some good suggestions.
One thing we have been doing lately is subs. We get the french baguettes from the Schwan guy (so they are always in the freezer) and make italian, philly cheese steak, etc. Super easy and all you need is lunch meat, cheese and whatever toppings you like. Pop it in the oven to melt the cheese and it's pretty good!

Lindzerelli said...

Do you like stir fry? Chicken Parmasean? I love breakfast for dinner, pancakes or waffles, eggs etc. My husband loves tatertot casserole and chicken pot pie. What about "beer can" chicken? You can get those roasters pretty cheap. Let me know if you'd like recipes for any of these options.

Kim M said...

Oh, you are your mother's child - consider this an official apology!
Mom

Erin Morgan said...

Have you thought of combining the things you like?? Like BBQ Chicken Pizza? Or Chicken Alfredo Pizza? Or a favorite of mine - baked potato pizza :) I always like picking up those campbells cook books that they sell in the check out line at the grocery. They have new and different ideas. Potpie is always a favorite at our house... But I know what you mean - it's hard to get our of the rut of the same old stuff... I struggle with it too!

Sara said...

I have the same exact problem!

nancy said...

Check out Allrecipes.com. I usually find some idea there.

Assistant Ring Master said...

Ok - you are forgetting those really yummy chicken pitas you make. And, although it's not summer food, baked potatoes with the cheese broccoli soup (the Bear Creek powder mix is my fav with lots of crumbled bacon) Another summer favorite is chicken salad wrapped in romaine lettuce leaves or iceberg instead of bread - it's really light, healthy, and perfect for a hot day. Plus, you can make it ahead of time by cooking extra chicken some night or cheat by buying a rotisserie chicken :) Chicken tenders over salad is always good and easy too...we like the tyson tenders with chopped tomatoes, shredded cheddar, avocado, romaine and ranch. Hope that helps!

BlogBaby said...

I am no foodie Mel but do you make Taco soup? It's sort of like chili but served in those little corn chip scoops, BigBoy gives them two 5 year old thumbs up!

BlogBaby's BabyMama

Lacey said...

Ok... let's see here... First a small suggestion. I do NOT always have time or remember to actually do it, but I have in the past (usually right before I go grocery shopping) sat down with all of my recipies and cookbooks and I make a menu. :) I pick out 5-6 meals and I make my grocery list accordingly. Anyway, that at least helps somewhat with the "waiting til the last minute I dont know what to make" thing. :) Cuz you have a list to choose from and you KNOW you have all the ingredients already.
Last night I made meatball subs real quick. :) Frozen meatballs from the store. Add a cup of ketchup, 3/4 cup of BBQ sauce, some garlic powder and 1/4 cup chopped onion (or chopped onion flakes) and cook in a pot for about 20 minutes or until their cooked all the way through. Then butter some sub buns and throw some mozzerella on them and broil til melted. THen add some meatballs and more mozzerella on top and broil again until the top cheese is melted. :) Voila. Dinner in about 25 minutes or so. :)
Another quick one we do is with those tyson breaded chicken breasts. Bake those and then cut them up and put them in a large tortilla with lettuce and cheese and salsa and ranch dressing. Nick LOVES both of these "quick" dinners. :) and theyre so easy...
anyway... i could probably go on and on... Im not the best cook, but I love to try... remind me to tell you about my "lime green" turkey dish sometime... ha!! :)

Shelleyrae33 said...

If I run out of ideas, we have breakfast for dinner. A good egg casserole or pancakes are always fun.

Or you can do a roast. Stick it in the oven your done! I love roasts :)

Shelleyrae33 said...

And salads. Fun salads with chicken and bacon and cranberries.

Ravin2 said...

Rachel has been making tomato sandwiches lately for lunch, but it would also be combined into a nice dinner. Mayo, tomatoes, salt, and pepper on a hearty bread (I like mine toasted), but you could also add avocado and bacon to make it something special. You can keep most of those things on hand while they ripen.

She also makes a braided chicken bread by rolling out multiple croissants and putting a chicken, mayo, dill, tomato, green pepper, etc. mix in the middle. Braid the wings of the rolls together and bake it in the oven 30 min or so. You could also do it with chicken, broccoli, and cheddar cheese.

Chaukie said...

I have the same problem. As a matter of fact, yesterday I sat down with my recipes in hopes of finding something new. It's difficult when we are trying to eat mostly natural and/or organic food and very little processed.

I like to make Italian Beef in the crockpot. Put it in in the morning & then you don't have to think about it all day! Shred & serve on hoagie buns with a side dish of your choice.

Also, I found my recipe for stuffed manicotti. This is a little more time consuming, but so yummy!