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Sep 28, 2010 09:53 AM

What's For Dinner? Part L!

Well, we've made it to Part 50 of our long-running WFD thread. So - what's cooking at your house tonight?

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  1. As for myself - it's a burger night. I was actually CRAVING a burger last night, but was too exhausted after playing catch-up at work (after only 1 day out of the office!) to cook anything. So I scrounged last night and had some leftover veggies and mashed potatoes.

    Tonight, however - it's a BOIGAH! :-D I'll toast an English muffin, and put a thin schmear of butter on both halves. A squirt of ketchup on the bottom half, topped by a medium-rare cheeseburger. The cheese will be a pat of herbed goat cheese, I think. We'll see if that's what I'm in the mood for when I get home.

    Sides? Well, gotta have potato chips and probably a small salad tossed with maple-balsamic vinaigrette.

    Trader Joe's Triple gingersnaps for dessert should have a burning desire to add to the calories consumed for the evening. :-)

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      Cactus Juice Cocktails.............
      Crab Stuffed Mushrooms.......
      White Bean Soup..........
      Shrimp Stew........
      Chocolate Ice Cream

      1. re: LindaWhit

        My day at the office was excruiatingly long. I had all I could do to reheat my Shrimp Scampi.... ugh!
        But just now, I made one of my quickie desserts. Take a half of tortilla (8 inch), crease it in half, chop some walnuts, and a handful of extra dark, semi sweet choclat chips. Place choc chip and walnuts in the center and fold the tortilla on top of it, pressing the very edges with a fork. Take a pat of butter in a skillet, melt it and place tortilla on med heat and heat 2 minutes on each side, pressing down the egdes with a fork. Move to a plate and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream........ aaahh, long and excruiating day almost forgotten. : )

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Aahh, Linda, do we work in the same office? crazed.. ;)

        1. re: LindaWhit

          damn: I was craving a burger tonight too...but got home and the meat I'd taken out of the freezer and tossed into the fridge was still frozen solid. So I settled for an avocade/tomato salad and some scrambled eggs...sigh...oh well, it might have been healthier anyway. Burger tomorrow night! (DH is out of town). And desert both nights are pralines that I brought home from New Orleans. I love pralines, but only buy them in NOLA to keep from overdoing it :-)

          1. re: janetofreno

            Pralines - lord, I remember Mom doling them out in the car on the way back from Louisiana on a family vacation. She'd give my little sister and me ONE to split...and we were still bouncing off the car walls on our sugar high. :-)

            Enjoy your burger tonight - a craving is a craving is a craving!

        2. Day 15 of diet and exercise plan. I'm doing well, but really missing things like mashed potatoes, chips, pasta, chocolate, ice cream, chocolate, baked potatoes, get the idea. I'm not so much craving them anymore, but I just want them :)

          But, I'm going to be a good girl and stick with the routine. Tonight I'm going to bake some split breasts the size of my head. I will rub them with a Latin-inspired spice mix consisting of cumin, coriander, pepper, garlic, salt, thyme, rosemary and maybe some lime zest. I also have some fresh broccoli that I desperately need to use up so that will simply be roasted with some garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil.

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          1. re: krisrishere

            keep it going, rooting for you! i know how hard it is, was on WW all last year. paid off, tho, so keep going with what you're doing! after awhile you'll be able to incorporate back in some of the really fun stuff.

            1. re: mariacarmen

              The diet isn't that bad. I'm limited to 1 serving of carbs a day and I usually use it up on my breakfast. Other than that it's just veggies, veggies, protein and more veggies. In a couple of weeks I actually get 2 servings of carbs :) Exciting.

              1. re: krisrishere

                I never understood those type of diets, my Mom has to watch her carbs too. But, aren't all plants carbohydrates?? I know they are low in calories & sugars, but they are still carbs.

                1. re: Phurstluv

                  PL, there's a difference between complex carbs and simple carbs, and i don't understand enough about how they interact with other foods, or what your body does or does not do to break them down, but that's what that's about. plants are carbs, but they're complex, so they have fiber and their sugars don't turn to fat as quickly when you eat them. i know i'm being way vague, and incredibly simplistic and unscientific, and i also know that a lot of people don't believe in low carb diets for a variety of reasons, but i do find it easier to lose if i'm keeing simple carbs (potatoes, rice, pasta, corn) at a minimum. i try not to cut anything out, because that's not realistic to maintain, but if i'm actually trying to lose weight, i'll try to eat less of those. and excercise, always exercise.

                  1. re: mariacarmen

                    You're not being vague so much as just intuitive. You eat, and your body responds, and as we age the response can be . . . louder, forcing us to listen. I have issues if I eat too much bread or pasta, and even more so now that I'm in my mid-thirties. I don't remember even noticing this in my twenties. I envy the people who don't experience this.

                    I picture my body encountering the green bean, and saying, "Why, thank you! That was very useful! Go, go, now, and be one with the world. Thank you for your time, now go spread your joyous health!" And then quickly turning around to the dumpling, and saying, "Ah, ah, ah, where are *you* going, you beautiful thing? You will stay with me FOREVER, no matter what the bloated-cranky-sleepy-gaining-weight girl says. You will stay here with me, and whisper to her of how you need your friends, the ravioli, the biscuit, the pound cake, and we will be so happy here together, all of us . . . forever. Oh, and don't get too attached to the broccoli, because he's just passing through. He's kind of boring anyway."

                    1. re: onceadaylily

                      AHAHAAHHAA! love it! i especially love broccoli "just passing through".
                      and thanks for the kind way of putting it - i often do things intuitively without knowing what the *$!@! talking about.

                          1. re: onceadaylily

                            Bwahahaha! You gave me my best laugh of the day. Did the broccoli gas you up for your day along the way? Love your scenario. You are officially a genius!

                  2. re: krisrishere

                    I envy your resolve. This time of year is so hard to stay away from the 'comfort' dinners. But I suspect you're getting to the point where the workout feels *good*, and maybe you're seeing the changes in energy level from that and a more conscious diet, and having more fun playing with herbs and spices.

                    Good for you!

                    1. re: onceadaylily

                      You hit the nail on the head. After my workout I feel awesome and energized, so I don't mind so much anymore :)

                  3. Whew, no more fever, chills or other unpleasantness. I feel like myself again . . . just in time to send the boyfriend off to work thoroughly doped up on cold and flu meds (and *no* kiss). Poor guy.

                    I think he needs pasta, so I'm making carbonara. I'll use fettuccine instead of spaghetti, and being stubbornly Midwestern, I'm using bacon instead of pancetta, and am adding BOTH peas and cream. A salad would be lovely, but it's been a week since the market, and much of the produce is gone, so I'll likely do a pan of roasted onions and carrots.

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                    1. re: onceadaylily

                      I'm glad to read you're feeling better, OADL! Hopefully your BF will be feeling better very soon! Your dinner sounds very welcoming and tummy-warming. :-)

                      1. re: onceadaylily

                        That sounds like complete, loving sustenance.

                        1. re: onceadaylily

                          lucky man - he'll start telling you he's sick more often! i love carbonara. and i never make it with peas but i always think it sounds great.

                          1. re: mariacarmen

                            Thank you, ladies. He has the next two days off with me, and his favorite blanket is already on the couch, waiting for him. I plan on taking Mamachef's suggestion and working in a little hot and sour soup into tomorrow's meal.

                        2. Chicken caesar salad sandwiches & bean soup; still wet & raining off & on today so soup is still in the forecast.

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                          1. re: Cherylptw

                            Soup, sandwich, and rain. I hope you have a good book at your side.

                            I've actually never thought about treating a chicken salad as a caesar-styled sandwich. That sounds really good, Cheryl.

                          2. Meatloaf in muffin tins (still searching for a recipe), baked small red potatoes and salad as a side. I've had a craving for steak, but this is what I've got, so there you go.