92. What’s for dinner?

I don’t love to cook every day. I like cooking sometimes. But I have to eat three times a day without a break (except for fast Sunday), and sometimes I get tired of trying to figure out what I want to eat and what to feed my family.

On occasion, I want to follow a specific recipes, but more often, I just have fall backs that I go to.

Default Meals

These are meals that easy, I usually have the ingredients for, and don’t take much time or effort.

  • Spaghetti
  • Grilled cheese & tomato soup
  • Sandwiches
  • Quesadillas
  • Tuna noodle casserole
  • Nachos
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Instant mashed potatoes (or stuffing) with ham/frozen veggies
  • Egg tortilla rolls (like this)
  • Pancakes
  • Cereal
  • Muffins
  • Ramen noodles
  • Stir fry

No Cooking Meals

For days when I don’t want to cook very much at all.

  • Frozen pizza
  • Frozen lasagna or other meals
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Meatballs
  • Chili
  • Bagged salad
  • Corn dogs
  • Macaroni salad/potato salad
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Hot dogs

Category Meals

I don’t have specific recipes for a lot of these; I just take what I have and use it.

  • Rice bowls: beans and rice, Hawaiian haystacks, and whatever other meat/veggie combo you have around.
  • Stir fry: more complicated varieties with meat, fried rice, or lo mein. Often serve with wontons.
  • Pasta salad: just add in whatever veggies and meat I have and coat it with mayo
  • Soup: fry up onion and butter and build from there. You can do tomato based, potato based, or cream based
  • Chili/taco soup/etc.
  • Crock Pot meat: take meat and sauce and cook it in the slow cooker.
  • Pan roast: I am still figuring this one out
  • Salad: taco salad, Asian salad, cheeseburger salad–anything with lettuce/cabbage and other things piled on top
  • Tacos: Navajo tacos with scones; normal tacos with fried shells; tostadas; etc.
  • Burritos: breakfast burritos, chimichangas, black bean burritos, bean and cheese, chicken, etc.
  • Pizza: bagel pizzas, taco pizza, fruit pizza, normal pizza

Chopped Meals

Sometimes it’s just a good idea to take the ingredients you have or need to be used, and try to come up with something that tastes okay. Get creative.

Specific Recipes

Sometimes I do use recipes to cook something specific.

And sometimes I eat string cheese and grapes:

1 comment

  1. It is the age old question. Great ideas to answer it. With just two of us I cook for four or six and we eat the same thing every other day for a week. Grateful for a man that will leftovers.

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