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I need new dinner recipes! - April 25th 2014, 12:40 AM

So, I'm getting REALLY tired of what I have for dinner options, and so is my mom. So, that's where you come in. Help me find new thiings!

My mom doesn't like any type of gravies or sauce, so nothing with that.

I'd prefer something related to chicken or pasta, but will take recipes that involve steak or pork chops too. Not seafood, though.

I'm a picky eater so post a variety.

If there's a recipe you really like, recommend it!

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Re: I need new dinner recipes! - April 25th 2014, 01:54 AM

Ooh, I'll have to make a better post later - but I really like BLT's and they're quick and relatively easy to make as is pasta salad. I'll come back tomorrow and edit this post or post something else with a few recipes!

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Re: I need new dinner recipes! - April 25th 2014, 02:00 AM

Yes! Another chance to go into my recipes notepad. Note: these are just recipes I've compiled from websites by copying and pasting. Not my recipes. Oh and sorry if these are overly complicated. I wasn't sure if you wanted simple recipes or more complicated ones.

Cheesy Baked Ziti


"1/2 pound dried ziti
15 or 16 ounces ricotta cheese (part skim)
3 cups (or 12 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
3 cups (or a 26-ounce jar) spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese"


"Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and add the ziti. Cook until tender, about 8 minutes, drain the pasta.

Place the ziti in a large bowl. Mix with the ricotta and half of the mozzarella. Grease a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish. Spread half of the spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the pan. Add the ziti mixture and cover with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan and the remaining mozzarella.

Bake uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes, until the casserole bubbles on the edges."

Chicken and Biscuit Pie



4 tablespoons butter
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 rib celery, finely chopped
1/3 cup flour
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken
2 cups vegetables of your choice (left-overs or frozen ones that have been thawed)
Salt and pepper


2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
3/4 cup milk"


"Melt the butter on the stovetop in a Dutch oven or other oven-safe sauté pan with high sides. Stir in the onion and celery, then cover the pan and cook them for 7 to 8 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add the flour, stirring for 1 to 2 minutes to lightly brown it.

Whisk the chicken stock into the pan. When it starts to thicken, whisk in the milk. Add the sage, thyme, chicken, and vegetables, continuing to stir until the mixture is heated through, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Remove the pan from the stovetop and heat the oven to 375 F. Meanwhile, make the biscuit topping by combining the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the butter and use your fingertips to rub it into the dry ingredients. Add the milk and stir briskly, just until the dough pulls together.

Flour your work surface and turn the dough onto it. Using floured hands, knead the dough two or three times, then flatten it to about 1/2 inch thick. Using a small round cutter, cut the dough into biscuits and place as many as will fit, barely touching, on top of the filling. (You can bake any extras separately, on a lightly greased pie plate, for about 15 minutes.)

Bake the potpie until the biscuits are golden brown and the filling is bubbly, about 20 to 30 minutes. Then let it cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving it. Makes 6 to 8 servings."

Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry


"1 1/2 teaspoon(s) olive oil
1 large yellow pepper, thinly sliced
2 cup(s) (from 10-ounce package) shredded or matchstick carrots
1 pound(s) skinless, boneless chicken-breast halves, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 teaspoon(s) peeled, minced fresh ginger
2 clove(s) garlic, finely chopped
1 package(s) (8.8 ounces) precooked brown rice
1 cup(s) precooked shelled edamame, (thawed, if frozen)
1/3 cup(s) stir-fry sauce
3 green onions, sliced"


"In a nonstick 12-inch skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add yellow pepper and carrots and cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken pieces, ginger, and garlic, and cook 4 minutes, stirring constantly.

Add brown rice, edamame, and stir-fry sauce, and cook 2 to 3 minutes longer or until chicken is no longer pink in center and rice mixture is heated through, stirring occasionally. Stir in green onions then divide among 4 bowls to serve."

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Re: I need new dinner recipes! - May 3rd 2014, 09:53 PM

Here's one of my favorites:

1) Salmo
n curry

"1. Heat the oil in a large pan, then add the curry paste. Stir in the onion, then cook gently for about 5 minutes until softened. Pour in the coconut milk and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer, then add the salmon chunks and beans.

2. Leave to gently simmer for 5 minutes until the fish flakes easily and the beans are tender. Scatter with the coriander or basil, and serve with plain rice."

2) Fish tacos or any kind of taco(you can choose the meat- chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, etc.)

Light a grill. In a medium bowl, mash the avocados, sour cream, jalapeno, red onion, cilantro and 3 tablespoons of the lime juice. Season the guacamole with salt and pepper and press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the guacamole.

2. In a large bowl, toss the cabbage with the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and the remaining 2 tablespoons of lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Brush the fish with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat until lightly charred and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer the fish to a platter and pull off the skin.

To assemble each taco, spread a dollop of guacamole on a tortilla. Top with a piece of fish, a few tomato slices and a large spoonful of the cabbage slaw. Serve with the hot sauce and lime wedges. "

Hope this helps!


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Re: I need new dinner recipes! - May 3rd 2014, 11:01 PM

I don't usually cook, but I have things that only I cook, and family requests that I make these the most:

Chicken and Pasta:
I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs (it's way juicier than breast meat.) Cube them. Wash it with cool water and vinegar, rinse it. Put a little vinegar on it and season with Goya Adobo (or some bouillon or seasoned salt) parsley, powdered garlic and a pinch of sazon (this is REALLY salty, be careful,) and whatever else I feel that day lol
Farafelle pasta (the ones that have the colors with spinach, etc.)
Bruschetta (from trader joe, that's the only place I've ever gotten it lol)
Onions, Green Peppers
Alt: Add some egg plant! Bake it first, then brown it.

Start boiling your pasta. I salt my water with kosher salt

I always chop my onions and peppers in a small/medium size. Brown them really well in olive oil. You want them to get that translucent, melt in your mouth thing going on. Or if you like them crunchy or whatever you can do that too! remove them from the pan

Using the same pan, put in your chicken. add more olive oil if needed. Make it brown and delicious.

Add in as much bruschetta as you want (the bruschetta is a great alternative to tomato sauce!) and put in the onions in pepper. Cover pan and lower the fire to simmer for like 10-15 minutes it depends on how much bruschetta you use. stir it a few times. (this would be the time to add in the eggplant)

Now add in your drained pasta in. Stir it up so its well combined.
Cover it, raise heat for a few minutes. Stir it some more.
And taste it, and when you're like DAMN that's good, it's ready!

I serve it with Garlic Bread and Baby Spinach (you can put fresh garlic in the spinach, I don't bc I have an allergic reaction when spinach is cooked with garlic)

Tuna Croquette
Canned tuna, in water. drained
onions, green/red peppers, chopped
1 Egg (per two cans of tuna)
Season it however you want. I usually just do sea salt and powdered garlic.

mix up everything really well
heat some olive oil and make patties
put the patties in the pan and fry 'em up!
serve! (I serve it with biscuits or grits or eggs, sometimes alone)

Parsley Pasta
Angel Hair pasta, boiled and drained
Garlic (fresh or dried or powdered, it doesn't matter)
onions lighty sauteed
Parsley fresh or dried (I usually use dried for this, it comes out better)
Alt: you can also add in some bruschetta

Combine in a pan or wok with olive oil and cook everything until it's sizzling for a bit.
salt to taste

Eggplant things
Slice an eggplant into disks the width of an oreo with one wafer and the cream.
rub them with olive oil and sea salt
put them on a baking sheet, pop in the oven until they look light brown.
flip them until this new side looks golden brown.
take 'em out and add provolone or mozzarella
put them back in the oven until the cheese melts.
put them on a cooling rack or just put them on a plate to cool
and eat them
(I serve this with baked chicken and plantains)

I have two lasagna recipes (one is no meat) but your mom doesn't like sauce.
if I think of anything else I'll post it.
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Re: I need new dinner recipes! - May 15th 2014, 07:19 AM

I rely 100% on Pinterest. I'd highly recommend getting an account! You can pin your favorite recipes (including this forum page so you can find them later. Here's my Pinterest page for my favorite "noms," or recipes that I've saved. They're mostly vegetarian, haha, sorry! But it gives you an idea.

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Re: I need new dinner recipes! - May 24th 2014, 04:50 PM

Thanks, Traci! I'll have to check it out!

If anyone has any more chicken recipes in particular, I'd love that

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Re: I need new dinner recipes! - June 4th 2014, 06:14 PM

Here's a link that involves chicken and pasta: http://www.yummly.com/recipes/stuffe...ast-with-pasta

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Re: I need new dinner recipes! - August 4th 2014, 03:55 AM

smittenkitchen is a great resource. It's the food blog of a lady name Deb. It's super organized, and I've had yummy results with the recipes posted. Plus, they're fun to read. Here's a chicken one as an example: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2007/...-pearl-onions/
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Re: I need new dinner recipes! - October 2nd 2014, 04:24 PM

Try Summer Squash Chicken alfredo, This recipe uses all of my favorite ingredients.

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 (8 ounce) package uncooked rigatoni pasta
6 slices bacon
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small zucchini, sliced
1 small yellow squash, sliced
1 cup Alfredo sauce
1/4 cup milk
6 sun-dried tomatoes, softened and chopped
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sliced almonds

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2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 (8 ounce) package uncooked rigatoni pasta
6 slices bacon
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small zucchini, sliced
1 small yellow squash, sliced
1 cup Alfredo sauce
1/4 cup milk
6 sun-dried tomatoes, softened and chopped
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sliced almonds
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking dish.
Place the chicken in the prepared baking dish, and coat with the garlic. Bake 25 minutes, or until chicken juices run clear. Cool and chop.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place the rigatoni in the pot, cook 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
Place bacon in a skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble, and set aside.
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat, and saute the zucchini and yellow squash until tender and lightly browned.
In a small bowl, mix the Alfredo sauce and milk. Serve chicken over the cooked pasta. Pour Alfredo sauce over the chicken. Top with zucchini and squash. Sprinkle with sun-dried tomatoes, bacon, Parmesan cheese, and almonds.
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