Monday, January 5, 2009

What Are You Making For Dinner?

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It's Monday again.  That means it's time for me to come up with a comprehensive grocery list (stop laughing!) and hit the grocery store.
I used to be very good at this.  I'd map out what I'd be cooking during the entire week, figure out what I needed to buy, and add the odds and ends like toilet paper and laundry detergent to the end.  

Not any more.  I'm lucky if I get two days worth of dinners on a grocery trip.  When gas prices were nudging up against $4 a gallon, I tried really hard to make a once a week trip to town.  I had it down to about twice a week.  

The problem is, I just can't think of what to cook anymore.  I've been doing this for 20+ years and have just run out of ideas---new or old.  My poor family ends up with spaghetti, or tacos, or waffles just about every week.  I also used to make elaborate meals that required a few hours of prep and cook time.  I still do occasionally.  I used to be proud of such meals.  Now they just wear me out.  Besides, they are mostly bad for you, ie: homemade lasagna.

My family's tastes have changed as well.  The boys used to be pretty picky---not so anymore.  That should be a good thing, but it doesn't really address my poor attitude toward cooking dinner.  You see, I really pride myself on making things that are basically healthy.  Lee eats a good breakfast, but the kids are like me---can't hardly eat in the mornings.  I know they all basically eat bad-for-you foods at lunch; and so it falls to me to make dinner as good as possible.  Mac and cheese out of a box night after night doesn't sit well with the caretaker in me.

And so, here I sit with my grocery list full of needed items and coupon items, but no dinner ideas.  
Would anyone be willing to tell me what you are making for dinner tonight?  I'm fresh out of ideas.  I guess we could have cereal for dinner, but it will have to be something high in fiber, low in sugar and doused with lowfat milk for it to pass the Mom test.


  1. For New Years I made the traditional black eyed peas, simply with onions, bay leaves and bacon, greens (kale) with sauteed leeks, not sure the boys would eat this, and cornbread, you know how we love the Jiffy mix (be sure the pan is small enough for the cake like texture).

    After 20 years of thinking about what to make for dinner I can't imagine having to think about it one more time. Good Luck Sis!

  2. I have been feeling the same way about cooking. I don't know why...maybe I am just lazy. Hmmm! Tonight I planned on making home made chicken noodle soup because I don't feel so good and it sounds good on a cold day.

  3. Last night we had roasted chicken, potatoes and carrots. A few nights ago I loose fried hamburg, added mushrooms and gravy, and served it with mashed potatoes and green beans. Tonight is going to be pot pie from leftover chicken, potatoes and carrots. I put a pork roast in the fridge to thaw for a few days.

  4. Roasted chicken, broccoli, some kinda pasta, and some fruit....I had these great raviolis all set to recipe...and then I realized I was out of cream...bah!

    Next time!

  5. I made turkey soup (hubbie has a cold) with homemade noodles. I used frozen stock and meat from thanksgiving leftovers. Hit the spot.
    Although now you've got me thinking of waffels.

  6. Thanks everyone. I ended up making chicken enchiladas.
    I would have made something warm like soup (it's cold and damp here), but no one really likes soup at my house but me.
    Pearl pointed out that we all had some form of poultry tonight. Wonder if we're all ham and beefed out from the holidays?

  7. Girl you need to find you some food porn to look at on the Internets. It'll get you all hot 'n lathered up to get creative in the kitchen. Here's mt latest: Lots more where that came from....

  8. I know just what you are saying. I make up two weeks worth of menus at a time as I shop only every other week . I am soo tired of trying to think about what to make for dinner. I finally invested in some good cookbooks and try to pick out a few new recipes every week and try them. Hubby doesn't complain to much. Some weeks I fail and just do the good old stand by of grilled ham and cheese sandwiches.

  9. Hmmm I haven't cooked in over two weeks. Haven't even stepped foot in my kitchen for over a week actually. Maybe that's one of the benefits of being seriously injured? Probably the only one, hah!
    My family's been making those Crock Pot bagged meals, where everything's included inside the bag. Easy enough for my kids to prepare by themselves an tasty,too.

    New Mexico