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Once a week?

lilmomma Apr 26, 2011 09:53 AM

Is there anything you eat for dinner, at least once a week? Or do you never repeat your meals? FOr example, my sister always orders pizza every Friday night. My other sister eats pasta every Wednesday. We generally eat fish every Monday because that is the day I shop. What about you?

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    small h RE: lilmomma Apr 26, 2011 10:00 AM

    Here's a thread on a very similar topic:


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      lilmomma RE: small h Apr 26, 2011 12:19 PM

      I just read through this thread and it was very interesting. But I was wondering more like, "I love this so much, I have to eat this at least once a week." I will edit the OP>

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        small h RE: lilmomma Apr 26, 2011 12:32 PM

        It's kind of old anyway, and there's probably new people here now, or old people who have acquired new habits.

        Since I usually cook only for myself (and live with someone who cooks only for HIMself - yes, we are strange), I tend to buy, say, a pound of squid and a bunch of mustard greens and five potatoes. And then I spend the week figuring out new ways to prepare squid and mustard greens and potatoes. So I'm more of a serial binger than a creature of habit.

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          lilmomma RE: small h Apr 26, 2011 12:41 PM

          small h
          I am intrigued. What ARE you making with those 3 ingredients?

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            small h RE: lilmomma Apr 26, 2011 12:52 PM

            I'm so glad you asked. Stir fried squid with ginger and pickled mustard greens, and a side of sichuan-style potatoes with hot pepper. Squid stewed with mustard greens, potatoes, canned tomato, saffron & garlic. Caldo verde made with mustard greens instead of kale, and grilled squid. I can re-purpose like nobody's business. I hate wasting food.

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              lilmomma RE: small h Apr 26, 2011 12:54 PM

              recipes please. thanks. sounds yummy.

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                small h RE: lilmomma Apr 26, 2011 01:11 PM

                I subbed mustard greens for the green peppers (and added them later in the process), and left out the noodles, because who eats potatoes and noodles together? Crazy people, that's who.

                Caldo verde recipes abound - this one looks fine to me, minus the sausage, which I don't eat.

                Plan ahead for this one, since the greens take three days to be ready. I simplified it a lot, too. No cornstarch, no sherry, etc. I have simple tastes.

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      MonMauler RE: lilmomma Apr 26, 2011 10:07 AM

      If I don't watch out my eating habits can get very regimented.

      Most Thursdays I go to a German restaurant with friends.
      Almost every Friday I get fried fish sandwiches and beer at a local bar with friends.
      Most Sundays I have a home-cooked meal with my family.

      Much food and drink is consumed by all, especially me, so I generally try to eat lighter Monday-Wednesday to compensate. One of the unaccounted for days usually ends up being pizza, though; usually homemade, but I'll order delivery if I don't feel like baking up a pie.

      1. JungMann RE: lilmomma Apr 26, 2011 12:28 PM

        Generally we don't repeat meals too often, although as a rule we do not eat meat on Fridays so sometimes I will get in a rut and repeat a tofu or fish dish for a while when I don't feel creative.

        1. rockandroller1 RE: lilmomma Apr 26, 2011 12:37 PM

          We get into a thing a lot where we do pizza every friday, but it's not a hard and fast rule.

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            cleobeach RE: lilmomma Apr 26, 2011 12:49 PM

            yes, in a way.

            We buy our meat by the half or flock so I have a freezer full of beef, pork and chicken. I typically make some sort of pasta dish on Mondays, chicken on Tuesday, pork on Wednesday, Thursday is a seafood of some sort......

            I don't make the exact same thing each chicken/beef/pork day of the week, I just use the theme as a starting point for meal planning.

            We eat out once a week or so, more now that the weather is nice as we like to sit outside at two particular restaurants.

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              Whinerdiner RE: lilmomma Apr 26, 2011 12:51 PM

              We don't necessarily do certain dishes on specific days, like Taco Tuesdays, but we do tend to slip into a rut where we repeat our favorite things during the week. I try to break out on weekends, when I have more time to shop and experiment.

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