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Apr 29, 2012 06:45 PM

Non-casserole entree liked by adults and kids

Hello, 'hounds!

I'd like to make an entree for three adults and two 10-year-old kids. The children are in a "no-casserole" phase now, which I gather means anything in a baking dish served in squares. The adults are all foodies; the kids were too, once upon a time. Now they prefer KFC and McD to just about anything. (Oh, for the days when they knocked back smoked salmon with abandon...)

I'm an adventurous cook, although my skills aren't quite as advanced as I'd like. Ideas, please, from any and all of you lovely people. Thank you!

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  1. Hmm, off the top of my head, here are some kid and adult-pleasers:

    -pasta bolognese or alfredo
    -tacos (either Mexican or Tex-Mex, variety of fillings and garnishes, different tortillas)
    -fried chicken cutlets
    -meatballs or meatloaf
    -chicken caesar salad
    -seared sesame-crusted tuna over mixed greens
    -minestrone soup or pasta e fagiole, garlic bread

    Can you tell us more about who you're cooking for and their likes/dislikes, any other constraints (needs to be prepared ahead, vegetarian, hate spicy food, etc.)?

    1. What kind of dish are you looking for? Beef, chicken, ethnic, any food restrictions. Just need a little guidance before bombarding you with ideas. ;)

      1. Roast chicken with mashed potatoes. I've never seen a kid turn it down, and non-vegetarian adults love it too!

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        1. re: tzurriz

          this was going to be my suggestion.

          or the roast turkey breast / mashed potatoes/stuffing /gravy, thing always did well for me and mine, (and sandwiches later to boot)