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I'm Bored! Need family meal ideas.

I'm a mom, I live with males ages 44, 14 and 10. They're wonderful, but I am bored out of my skull cooking for them. What do they like? Protein (roast chicken, pork chops, grilled fish), veg (broccoli, green beans, braised greens) and carb (rice, biscuits). That's it. The favorite meal? Teriyaki chicken, white rice and plain green beans. They (the kids) don't like complicated meals or unexpected vegetables. Any ideas, resources are welcome.

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  1. Pork tenderloin marinated overnight and slow roasted/baked in the oven. Serve with white rice and sauteed bok choy (baby if you can find it). This is unbelievably easy and very good. My college roommate used to make it.

    Marinade:
    1/2 c soy sauce
    a few squirts of ketchup
    1/4 c. rice vinegar
    a few tbsp sugar
    tbsp ginger minced
    4 cloves garlic minced

    The proportions are estimated from memory, so just change as you like. It's a pretty basic recipe, and I've been told that I like vinegar more than most, so you might reduce that to a few tbsps.

    Oven at 375 for 20 min, then down to 275 until done to your preference. It'll probably take 1 1/2 to 2 hrs to cook. There are ways to do it faster, but I like this better.

      1. One of my males does not eat pasta. Two of them don't eat potatoes.

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          1. I FEEL YOUR PAIN!!!! The meals that get eaten in my family consist of straight veg, straight carb. and straight protein...BORING. I've literally resigned myself to making easy meals for now that get eaten as most of my more labor intensive dishes that I love do not and half goes in the garbage. That being said, I apologize to any other hounds because I really am one but on sabbatical right now while I am in school and trying to feed 4 growing boys! Tonight was lean pork loin roast done in crock pot with onions, sliced garlic, 1 can of beef broth and 1 bottle of KC Masterpiece barbeque sauce. It was actually great, meat was very tender. Would make great sandwiches but I thought next time I'd use less broth if I was going to use it for that. Served with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli!!!