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Feb 24, 2011 07:29 PM

feeling braindead due to move... need recipe ideas for dinner

my kitchen is in a tizzy, and i'm still organizing it. as such, i've only picked up the basics from the grocery store, and honestly, i don't know what to buy anymore. i just moved to houston, and i'm surrounded by various asian cuisines, mediterranean, and tex-mex. i love it all, but for the life of me, when i try to puzzle out what i should buy from the grocery store to make for my family, my mind draws a total blank. i know that i should wait until my pantry is well-stocked again, but i'm tired of take-out and fast food and pan grilled chicken breast. so please, help me get started with ideas on what to buy and cook.

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  1. I always like to make soup or stew when I move to a new place. These dishes are pretty flexible and I like the process - checking, tasting, stirring as I go about unpacking and nesting. Plus the house begins to smell like home!

    Or roast something - chicken and vegetables require very little from the pantry.

    Most of all, choose something you love. Enjoy your new home!

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    1. re: meatn3

      chicken is a go to, but if i make too much of it, hubby starts clucking, and says he's turning into a chicken. of course my freezer is full of it. i did do a spatchcocked roast chicken last week tho.

    2. Crockpot full of chili. Simple, filling, versatile (next day over hot dogs or burgers; nachos for the family, etc.).

      Greek pizza (if I'm guessing right about where you left from -- I miss Athens Pizza on Buford Hwy, long since closed, I think). Naan or similar flatbread, onion/peppers/garlic, sausage, pepperoni, mozz cheese -- make a few ahead, wrap in foil and reheat as snack/appetizer.

      Welcome to TX! :)

      1. I agree with the stew, soup, chili angle because it's perfect for nesting into a new place, without using lots of pots and pans - hence less clean up.

        Stir fry is another option that I do when I want an easy, but more vegetable filled meal. I like chicken, broccoli, snap peas, water chestnuts, baby corn and carrots with a ginger teryiaki honey sauce.

        Congrats on the move.

        1. i like the chili and soup idea. haven't made soup since that godawful cold snap in atl. it's been a bit warm here for soup although the weather seems like it wants to turn. i think i might attempt some texas red, but i feel like fadi's for dinner tonight.

          1. I love to have breakfast for dinner. It can be as simple as scrambled eggs and toast. Or waffles, blintzes, omelettes -- almost every breakfast item can be sweet or savory.