Your Family's Top 10 Favorite Meals
- MidwesternerTT Dec 13, 2013 06:38 AM
Many of us have a list of Top 10 Family Favorites we refer to when otherwise uninspired, pressed for time, or wanting to make a comfort/treat meal for a spouse or child.
What dishes are on your Family's Top 10? Recipe links/photos encouraged.
This new thread created in response to ideas mentioned in discussion http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/927010
OK - so narrowing it down to just 10 was harder than I thought. Top 12 -
Chili and cornbread
Oven beef stew
Fried egg sandwich with mustard on toast, with cream of tomato soup.
Baked apple pancake aka Dutch Baby
Chicken livers & onions in wine sauce, over rice
Beefburgers / groundbeef with veg soup, ketchup & mustard
Crab salad (made with surami) with club crackers
Salmon or Steak and baked sweet potatoes
Dessert: Rice Pudding
Noticeably absent are any lettuce salads or hot chicken meals.
The recipe I use is from A Dinner A Day cookbook - paraphrased here -
Great with rice – start cooking the rice before you start cooking the liver, and both should be done at about the same time. Broccoli is a nice additional side-dish with this.
Chicken Livers in wine sauce
1 lb. chicken livers
1 medium onion
6 medium fresh mushrooms (don’t substitute canned)
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley (don’t substitute dried)
4 Tablespoons butter
salt/pepper to taste
3 Tablespoons dry white wine (or chicken broth)
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Wash pat dry & halve the livers, wash, trim and halve the mushrooms (we like them so often use 8 oz). t.
Saute the livers, onion, mushroom about 4 – 6 minutes, in a large skillet with the butter, until the onion is limp and the livers are pink in the middle. Add the wine, lower heat and simmer for a couple minutes - I usually simmer over very low heat until the rice is done.
Remove the skillet from heat and cover to keep warm.
Sprinkle with parsley and Parmesan cheese. Serve with rice.
That sounds amazing. I looked for the one pound containers of Tyson's chicken livers when I shopped the other day and did not see any:( I am shopping tomorrow and I better find some. I LOVE the fact your recipe has fresh mushrooms and fresh parsley two loves of my life:)! Thank you for the recipe I am going to copy paste and print so I get the ingredients tomorrow. My challenge will be to not eat it all in one sitting by myself:):) Very rich luxurious dish.
With some difficulty and in no particular order:
Macaroni cheese, courgettes & bacon
Beef stew & dumplings
Three bean curry
Here's a bunch of go to dishes that are always hits in my house. I'm lucky to have an extremely adventurous three year old!
We tend to eat soup twice a week during the winter, with one night dedicated to a stir fry (usually from Grace Yung).
Super easy chicken mushroom quesadillas
Baked tomatoes with shrimp and feta
Chicken with cashew stir fry
Mustard crusted salmon with lentils
Crispy braised chicken thighs with olive, lemon and fennel
Bayless' tomatillo enchiladas
Meatball Shop's meatballs (almost all of their balls are great
Haven't seen the recipe online, but Jean George's spicy ginger tofu is divine (especially if you add green beans and mushrooms)
Chesapeake spiced salmon cakes- recipe from Whole Foods Market website. Really good with a lemony, garlicky aioli with old bay added.
Rustic italian soup~ from the pantry- recipe from Once Upon A Plate The Recipes. Delicious easy soup recipe and I usually have all the ingredients on hand, so it's a good dinner to make in a pinch. I add carrots, celery, spinach or kale, red kidney beans and pasta (cooked separately). It's so good served with lemon wedges. We pair this with bacon, basil and tomato sandwiches.
Black Bean Ful from the Sundays at Moosewood cookbook. There's an adapted recipe online that calls for flat leaf parsley but I always use cilantro. It's good with rice and fried plantains on the side.
These days we're eating out a lot or making frozen organic entrees so my list is a little short. ;)
Our tried and true guaranteed-to-satisfy favorite:
Steak and mushrooms
Loaded lettuce salads
Chicken soup and all its variations
Club sandwich wraps
Hot sauce blue cheese junk bowls - mix any ground meat, mushrooms, hot sauce and blue cheese
braised chicken, various flavor profiles
swordfish cooked however ( any fish really)
veggie and tofu or tempeh stirfry, tahini sauce
minestrone soup or other bean/veg soup
pasta and meatballs
stir fried spicy cabbage and shrimp
chicken and dumplings
stuffed winter squash
I only have 2. Somehow everything I make eventually gets turned into pasta or bastardized mexican.
Leftover chickpeas? Achiote chickpea tacos!
Leftover pulled pork? Pulled pork quesadillas!
A bit of bacon and some eggs? Carbonara!
Leftover pork chops or pot roast? Spaghetti sauce!
Caesar salad? A topping for shrimp tacos!
Smoked sausage? "Jambalaya pasta".
Mashed potatoes? Pierogi lasagna or mashed potato tacos!
If I can turn it into pasta or a taco- my husband will love it.
I don't repeat dishes very often right now, but it's something I'm working on. I do have a list of things we always ate when I was a kid, though:
Chili with homemade bread
Chicken and rice
Sonora chicken (kind of a green chile and tortilla casserole)
King ranch casserole (I always preferred it as a dip, to avoid soggy chips)
"Italian chicken" (chicken breasts cooked with lots of butter, dried basil, dehydrated mushrooms, peppers, and onions. I think she came up with this one right after the divorce and we were living off of food storage for a while.)
Spaghetti and meat balls
Crispy oven "fried" fish
Carrot ginger soup
Hmm. Since i am single and probably don't qualify as a "family" i'll list a few from my childhood and a few current favorites....
Quesadillas with guacamole
Buttered egg noodles with sauteed veggies
Fried eggs on toast with salad
Lentil soup (homemade and somehow always in the freezer)
I can not get enough of this hearty salad- but i massage the dressing into the greens and add some chickpeas:
Random plate of stuffed grape leaves, hummus, pita chips, marinated veggies
Chili or 3 bean stew with crackers
Sesame peanut noodles with soba and cilantro
Savory oatmeal with soy sauce, green onion, whatever veggies are on hand
On a good day i cook the oatmeal in veg stock, then the critical toppings for me are the splash of soy sauce and chopped green onion. Gets better with a drizzle of sesame oil, a handful of fresh spinach stirred in so it wilts, and some shredded carrot- maybe edamame or a poached or fried egg if i'm in the mood.
I've also cooked in tomato juice, added some roasted garlic and onion, the veggies on hand chopped small and a drizzle of good olive oil and basalmic.
Inifinate versions..... Very comforting and aromatic. And quick!
I'm loving your salad. You have a great list. After reading it I realized I used to do more grits/oatmeals as savory foods before I changed up the way I eat. They are wonderful warm foods and grits can be good cold too as a side. Shrimp cheese and grits is awesome! I cook for two, so I have a small family, but we still enjoy food all the same! Thanks for sharing!
Not in any order other than what pops into my head:
Ham with mac and cheese
Meatloaf and baked potatoes
Pork loin in vinegar
Grilled salmon with any fruit salsa
Grilled sweet potatoes, eggplant, onions and mushrooms with any meat side
Assorted pasta casseroles
Barbecued chicken legs
For us it is:
Split Pea Soup
Mexican Cornbread with meat
Roast, Rice, and gravy
Enchiladas - of various kinds
Grilled Chicken, with anything
Hamburgers, grilled with wood smoke, frozen for later use.
I'm surprised how much thought this took.
As other posters have said it's quite difficult and we don't often have the exact same dish repeated. Those that we've had repeated in the last couple of years.
Fish Fragrant Aubegine with Pork
Fennel Sausage Ragu with Rigatoni
Malaysian Chicken Curry
Chicken baked in milk.
Red lentil and Spinach Daal with cod.
Roast dinner with all the trimmings.
Butternut Squash risotto.
I try out new recipes a lot, and SO travels most weeks for work but there are some definitely favorites.
Salsa Chicken Casserole: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/01/sa... makes great leftovers
Enchilada Pasta Casserole http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/2012/0... also makes great leftovers
Rick Bayless' Chipotle Meatballs: http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/chipot... I serve with brown rice (better than white with this), and whatever veggie strikes my fancy. Green beans if it's just me, broccoli or asparagus if SO is home.
Bacon Topped Turkey Meatloaf: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/07/ba... I make as one large loaf. Serve with mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli.
Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls: http://www.traceysculinaryadventures.... I freeze the leftovers individually for quick lunch/dinner later on.
Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto & Cheese: http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2005/04/...
Halal Cart Chicken: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...
Chicken Vindaloo: http://bevcooks.com/2013/01/chicken-v... This one is more just for me, SO can't handle the heat. But I love it because it's super fast and is easy to make just 2 servings of.
Also for lunches, grilled cheese w/ tomato soup, or "pizzadillas" (quesadilla with cheese, marinara, and pepperoni) are favorites. I am also always down for cheeseburgers, but SO isn't as into that.
1. Stirfry; fresh or frozen veggies with a light tamari or sweet sauce. Very quick and simple meal.
2. Coconut Red Curry and veggies; fresh or frozen veggies with cauliflower "rice"
3. "Spaghetti"; cauliflower "rice", couscous or sometimes veggie noodles with my families' italian sausage and hamburger marinara sauce (often with vegan chipotle sausage too)
4. Chipotle bowl because it's fast. No rice, no sour cream, no cheese, double veggies.
5. Hamburger Soup (my recipe here: http://liferoot.tumblr.com/post/26534...
)6. Autumn Squash Soup (Panera copycat using coconut milk, pumpkin puree and miso paste - I keep squash frozen in chunks in the freezer)
7. Grilled chicken with GRub (My dad sells his own spice mix + sauce, the website is down for maintenance) and a salad or cauliflower mash. I make this on my panini grill with boneless skinless chicken or in a cast iron skillet with skin-on, bone-in chicken.
8. Moroccan eggs with chorizo (google it, you'll see lots of versions)
9. Potato soup (Comfort food and definitely not made often but a huge family fave)
10. Omlettes: Varied cheeses, veggies and meats. Husband likes ham I like Mascarpone/onion/mushroom as well as ginger/chives/chicken/mushroom and sometimes smoked tabasco/onion/mushroom/chicken/avacado. Eggs are a frequent go-to for us as they are cheap and quick and we buy egg whites in cartons as part of our life-meal-plan.
One more for good measure and my personal fave if we have the ingredients: Caldo Verde with chorizo and sometimes broccoli rabe. I'm told mine isn't "green" enough but it still tastes d*** good and it's easy. http://liferoot.tumblr.com/post/26533...
Honestly, I don't have any difficulty buying the ingredients. So I'm not sure how to approach your question. I can buy large green, red, orange and yellow peppers for stuffing year round. I use a combination of ground meat depending on what looks good, always have rice and spices. I either use the crockpot or the oven and they braises in homemade tomato sauce.
How do you prepare stuffed peppers?
Thinking about it, the hold-up is most often that larger green peppers aren't always available where I shop. And I'm not willing to pay full price for ground beef or red peppers, so typically freeze them shortly after an on-sale quantity buy.
Stuffed Pepper stew is more likely to get made, since that's more forgiving of starting from frozen ingredients or cut up smaller green peppers.
Oh okay, well your version sounds equally delicious. I know I've prepared stuffed peppers in advance of needing them and frozen them stuffed. Then, the get plopped into the crockpot with sauce and simmer on low until ready. That would tie in with your availability, advance cooking and on sale qty buying.
HillJ, I made lamb chops many years ago and we did not care for them - probably because I did not know how to prepare and cook them correctly.
Would you mind sharing how you prepare and cook your lamb chops. The family want to try them (they don't remember the disaster I made years ago and I haven't reminded them).
Lamb chops benefit from the simplest preparation you feel able to get away with. In this house, we do nothing more than season them and put them under the grill for a few minutes each side - so they come out around medium rare (in beef steak terms). All a matter of letting the flavour of the meat come to the fore.
Just got in. I agree with the comments already provided Wtg, simple is best. The rack I purchased (Costco) already came properly cleaned and butchered. I took them out of the frig and let the rack come to room temp. I rubbed the room temp rack down with avocado oil and then sprinkled a heavy coverage of salt and cracked black pepper. I foiled my pan under the rack and up the sides and into a 400 degree oven for 20 mins and they were perfect. I use the pan drippings as is, as the sauce.
That night we had roasted Yukon gold potatoes split lengthwise and while hot out of the oven (which roasted with a bit of a head start but finished along with the chops) got tossed in some cleaned fresh spinach leaves with fresh lemon juice and salt. The potatoes nicely wilt the spinach. Some red vino and warm bread.
Corned Beef (thought not good if pressed for time!)
Barbecue chicken meatloaf -- this is a new addition
Pesto Chicken Rolls
Pepperoni Chicken (rolled up or cutlets with pepperoni and cheese)
Pasta with various chicken sausage or meatballs
Grilled Flank Steak (when weather permits...definitely not this weekend!)
Hamburgers (or asian or bbq chicken burgers)
Indonesian Ginger Chicken
Shrimp -- grilled, sauteed, stir fry. Scampi-ish with pasta is a big favorite.
It started with this basic recipe (though I never use toothpicks). But I omit the red pepper since it's not a favorite with my husband and kids.
And then it morphed into rolls using turkey pepperoni and mozzarella cheese since since my son doesn't like pesto. So as you can see, both the pesto and pepperoni versions are on my list!
I LOVE pesto and chicken. I also do pesto chicken rolls but I also do lots of other dishes with it. The only difference for my "rolls" is that I don't pound it flat. I tend to slice it open so it is like a pita pocket and stuff it with ingredients. I also use a non-cheese or light cheese pesto with part spinach (I've done goat cheese, asiago or feta most often). I do love cheese, we just don't eat it often. If you bake it or if you grill it it's a really fast recipe. But since I like to make my own pestos and basil is expensive I don't make it often enough to be considered a go-to when I'm out of inspiration.
I make tons of basil in the summer and freeze it in small batches to pull out during the winter. Usually when I take out a batch, early the week we will have this chicken and later in the week we will have pasta with pesto (plain and simple!). My husband loves pesto so he is happy to have it twice in one week.
Family favorites as a kid:
"Stuffed Meatballs" (ground meat wrapped around prepared herbed bread stuffing, cooked en casserole in mushroom soup with green beans)
"Green Chile & Egg Casserole" - (basically a strata made with canned green chiles, cubed toast, eggs and monterey jack)
Corned beef hash (canned corned beef, potatoes, green pepper)
Marinara with sliced kielbasa, over polenta
Kale, potato, butter bean and kielbasa soup, beef broth
Meatloaf, made Mom's way with lots of chopped onion, a little bread and instant oatmeal, and lots of worchestershire sauce and ketchup. This almost always came with mashed potatoes.
"Boiled Dinner" - potatoes, carrots, beets, cabbage, and a pound of hamburger in a block, all stacked in a loaf pan and sealed with aluminum foil, steamed in the oven.
Creamed chipped beef on toast, with pickles
"Barbecued hamburger" (a sloppy joe, made with a vinegary tomato sauce with a lot of almost-crisp celery, on buns)
spaghetti & meatballs
macaroni & cheese (fontina & parmesan cheese)
roast beef with mashed potatoes
roasted cornish game hens
tuna salad sandwiches
pork loin roast with sauerkraut
chicken ala king
I am a 'single lady', so this is the short list of personal favorites. I do have a dinner guest or two pretty often; have several good friends who love my cooking and are also single or childless couples, or single mom's - and I like to cook a meal for 2-4 at least every couple of weeks to share a meal, and ease someone else's burden, and send them home with leftovers! These are pretty informal occasions; if I have a 'dinner party' - the menu is sure to be more upscale:)
No particular order:
Flatiron steak in red wine marinade; grilled mushrooms, sauteéd spinach w/garlic
Old-School taco dinner (hard and soft on offer)
Orange-ginger chicken served with coconut rice
Mu shu pork, hoisin, thin flour tortillas
Homemade chicken or shrimp Tom Ka soup
Roast Chicken, roasted root veggies
Hamburgers or cheeseburgers
Meatloaf stuffed with roasted red peppers, spinach, smoked Mozz. (mashed potatoes)
Crispy Oven Chicken Thighs w/ smoked paprika (Roasted broccoli on the side)
I love the idea of sharing meals. I cook for either one or two nearly 99% of the time. I often don't make larger meals like chili and stews when the freezer i full because there is no room for the leftovers. I have a ton of coworkers who just don't cook and live off Subway and Cheetos who I'm sure would love it if I plopped some food at their doorsteps.
It's really hard to narrow a list down to top 10! And there are seasonal variations.
Chicken Paprikash with homemade galuska
Hungarian pork chops with potatoes (paprikas szelet)
Spaghetti and meatballs
"Pasta with bacon", Fusilli All'amatriciana from Bon Appétit June 1991
Steak, baked potatoes, roasted veggies/tomatoes
"Peanut butter chicken and veggies" (Asian flavors) over angel hair pasta
Chicken, shrimp or steak fajitas with red rice and beans. (cooked from dry)
Soup with homemade bread - 15-bean soup with a ham bone, potato leek or potato "chowder", chicken/turkey with veggies and noodles, curry tomato, etc...
Southern style chicken and dumplings or a more northern style thick chicken stew with fluffy dumplings.
Roast beef or chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy with a simple fresh veggie or two on the side.
Galuska is a soft noodle, my Hungarian family describes them as "dumpling-noodles". So a pasta maker would not work. Think more like German spaetzle, but a bit bigger and more bite to each dumpling.
I hand cut the galuska onto water-coated cutting boards and add than them to the boiling water. My mother and grandmother just cut them directly into the boiling water. My technique is based on the directions from Susan Derecsky's The Hungarian Cookbook. I've been cutting them that way for over 20 years, the technique gets easier the more you do it. I also sometimes use a spaetzle maker to form the noodles, but it is really not the same shape and texture as traditional galuska.
In no particular order:
chipotle mac and cheese over arugula or steamed broccoli
chicken with nut-free (allergy) mole sauce
tacos (homemade seasoning)
lamb and chickpea stew (super easy!)
hamburgers (summer only)
oven grains and greens: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
chicken curry coconut soup
breads and spreads
That's tough! Here's a stab at them:
Mac and cheese (any variety)
Any kind of breakfast for dinner (waffles, pancakes, casserole, Dutch baby, http://www.bhg.com/recipe/seafood/bag... etc.
Kraft's "Easy Tomato Baked Chicken" (DEFINITELY not gourmet, but stupid easy, and one of my sons insists on it every birthday! http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/e...
Pasta Bake / Spaghetti / …
I didn't name sides because we have no absolute favorites - pretty much like any veggies. Edamame is way up there, though!
Compiling the list was much harder than I thought it would be. I had to add the side dishes, too - can't indicate the main dish only.
1. Hot Chicken, Plain White Rice with Sauce from chicken spooned over it, and chopped Iceberg lettuce
2. Baked Chicken Breasts, Fettuccini al Fredo, Green Salad with Italian Dressing, and Garlic Bread
3. Kalua Pork, Plain White Rice, Sweet Roasted Corn, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Cabbage Fried with Onions and Soy
4. Grilled Steaks, Baked Potatoes, Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing, and Garlic Bread
5. Meat Loaf, Pinto Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Coleslaw, and Cornbread
6. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Salad with Italian Dressing, and Garlic Bread
7. Italian Beef Sandwiches, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, On the Side: Sliced Onions, Cherry Peppers, Pepperoncini, Dill Pickles, American, Provolone, Swiss, and Colby-Jack Cheeses
8. Ham, Macaroni & Cheese, Sweet Potatoes in Sauce, Black-Eyed Peas, Mixed Greens, and Homemade Hot Rolls
9. Baked Halibut, Homemade Tartar Sauce, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Green Beans, Roasted Beet Salad with Orange Dressing, and Homemade Bread
10. Salmon Patties, Dill Sauce, Corn Pudding, Oven Fried Potatoes, Sliced Tomatoes
Top 11 over the last year:
Red curry chicken
Roasted chicken with roasted potatoes
Oven roasted ribs with a dry rub
Mac + cheese
Kale, sausage stew (using Portguese chorizo or Italian sausage)
Spicy basil shrimp
Lemon rosemary roasted chicken legs/thighs
Lazy cabbage rolls
re: The Dairy Queen
I don't tend to follow a recipe! Just depends on what I've got on hand- sometimes I make a veg version, other times I add browned ground meat. Sometimes I add Greek or Turkish spices (cinnamon, allspice, oregano), other times I make a sweet and sour version with raisins and vinegar or a more Central Euro version with fresh dill. It's a good way to use leftover meat or spaghetti sauce.
Here's the basic idea:http://m.hunts.com/recipes-Unstuffed-...
Sometimes, I just add the shredded cabbage to the rice tomato mixture, to make a stovetop version that is stirred up, rather than layered. I noticed quite a few crockpot versions online, as well.
What a great thread!
In no particular order:
1. Winter Carnival Mexican-Style Chicken & Quinoa Hotdish:
2. Homesick Texan's Texas Pulled Pork (usually in the crock pot, often with cole slaw):
3. Rick Moonen's Catfish Sloppy Joe's (with double the bell pepper):
4. Gio's Bison-Chipotle Meatloaf Recipe:
5. Roast chicken (winter)/Beer can chicken (summer):
6. Jambalaya (yeah, I know it's cheating) :
7. Roast Chicken Breasts with Garbanzo Beans, Tomatoes, and Paprika (thanks to Lulusmom for introducing me to this one):
8. Real Simple's chicken prosciutto zucchini:
9. My husband's chile
10. My husband's spaghetti
I think that's a pretty accurate list.
In no particular order (except random) and not a total of 10 ...
- Chinese hot pot
- Dumplings (or jaozi or 餃子)
- Beijing style meat pies
- Chinese steamed buns (boazi or. 包子)
- Taiwanese mi-fen (米粉)
- Mongolian sesame bread with fish head casserole stone pot
- Cold sesame noodle with chicken
You know, I don't think we have a list of Top 10 Family Favorites. There aren't too many recipes that I repeat, or sometimes I repeat a recipe once only to discover that I never want to repeat it again. Some things that we do repeat:
1. Pasta with Marcella's Butter and Onion Sauce
2. Pizza (I don't make this, but it is a family favorite that we eat about once a week)
3. Roast chicken
5. Beans and tuna (or sardine) salad
6. Pasta with pesto
7. Pasta with sardine, fennel and tomato sauce
Then there are a whole lot of vegetable side preparations that I do repeat but unfortunately I don't think they qualify as "favorites," at least not for my kids :)
This whole thread is making me think that our family should have more "favorite meals." I certainly wouldn't mind having more things that I could whip up to guaranteed accolades without really thinking about it.
I don't tend to repeat too much but some of my go to faves are:
1. salmon cakes (or any fish/crab cake)
2. split pea soup
3. salmon baked in foil with green beans, tomatoes, olives and anchovies (a Jamie Oliver recipe)
4. Guinness beef stew
5. Thai coconut fish curry (red)
6. pasta with a smoked salmon, tomato cream sauce
7. Thai peanut noodles
8. chicken cacciatore
9. seafood chowder
10. chopped salad
Honorable mention: I make a lot of vegetable purée soups. They are quick and can be a whole meal with a hunk of bread.
For the two of us:
1. Tacos (corn tortillas, refried beans, vegetables vary)
2. Mushroom risotto
3. Pasta with chickpeas, green veg, and hard cheese
4. Chili (with beans and lots of vegetables)
5. Homemade pizza (potato, caramelized onion, and cheddar)
6. Baked beans, mac and cheese, and something green
7. Salad nicoise (no tuna, anchovies for only one of us)
8. Mujadara with mint-cucumber-garlic raita and olives
9. Fried rice (sometimes with baked tofu or a fried egg, always with black bean chili oil on top http://ricewinevinegar.wordpress.com/...) By far the most common meal in our house.
10. Vegetable soups (cabbage-potato, corn chowder, borscht, lentil, miso ramen, etc.)
I love our 10 but we could use a new usual.
Chicken with lemon and olives
Moroccan beef with prunes
Lentil soup: brown with beef and mushrooms, or red with butter, cilantro lemon
Fried chicken and mashed
Pasta (mom's) and Turkey Meatballs (mine)
Eggs all ways
Some kind of white wine seafood pasta
(No particular order)
1) An egg dish (omelet, frittata, etc), usually veggie, sometimes with cheese/meat
2) Steak with side veggies (usually a green veggie and an orange veggie...been doing turnip and green beans rec)
3) Eggplant parm
4) Shrimp stir fry (usually with snow pea pods and onions)
5) Roast chicken
6) Beef stew
7) Chicken soup
8) Sausage, onions, roasted red peppers
9) Haddock (for H); mackerel or sardines or smelts (for me)
Corned beef with all the fixings
Spaghetti with tomato basil sauce
Hawaiian oxtail soup
Kalbi ribs with white rice and macaroni salad
Red beans & rice
Ropa vieja with black beans & rice
Grilled steak with grilled asparagus, corn on the cob, and tomato salad
Hamachi kama with sticky rice and stir-fried baby pak choi with just a little seamen oil
Stir-fried gai-lan over sticky rice with a runny egg on top
• Grilled over wood steak.
• Fried Chicken.
• Red Beans & Rice.
• BBQ Meats.
• Gumbo. Sweet Potatoes.
• Fried Seafood ( Shrimp, Oysters, Crawfish, Catfish) Stand alone or on Po-boys.
• Soup ‘N’ Cornbread
• Big Green Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast or Sauté Shrimp
• Braised/Smothered Meats. Etouffees, Fricassees, Sauce Piquant. With Rice
• All Sorts of Breakfast foods. Gotta Have Grits.
Pork and tomatillo stew
Moussaka (my sibs favorite)
Crisp arugula salad with shaved parmesan over flatbread
Chicken pot pie
Wine braised short ribs
Thai chicken marinated in coconut milk, lime, ginger, garlic, sugar, fish sauce, and chilies which is then grilled
Skirt steak fajitas
Vietnamese caramel fish
my go-to's for OH depend on whether he's eating good or not… but these include my "oh yay that's what he want because i can whip it out with little thought…" dishes:
-turkey sweet potato shepherd's pie
-what we refer to as "grain salad" which could be quinoa (blend), farro, barley, etc with chopped artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, olives, cheese, onion powder and lemon white wine vinaigrette drizzle
-fish - tilapia or sole or mahi mahi - some go to's: lemon roasted, blackened, roulade, citrus beurre blanc
-turkey chorizo with roasted veg and grain
-homemade hummus with sliced cucumber and/or rye pita
-ravioli - cld be ground turkey and broccoli, or sweet potato
-freshly baked bread and homemade butter
-turkey hummus burgers
-homemade pasta with browned butter and garlic (he will only eat sauce on store-bought pasta because sauce ruins his enjoyment of the taste of the pasta… let's not talk about the night i was rinsing sauce off of noodles because he was sad.)
-gnocchi parisienne with sweet potato browned butter béchamel
Here's a few:
Make your own pizza - crust varies either store bought dough, pocketless pitas, or French bread
Pulled pork sandwiches from the slow cooker
Chicken breast with mushrooms (classic French), served on white rice
Shepherd’s pie made with sausage
Homemade shake n bake chicken
Black beans and carrots soup/casserole
Black eyed peas and spinach, served with orzo
Scalloped potatoes with ham
Wild caught salmon, pan fried with a brown sugar rub
Crunchy chicken salad
Keep meaning to post to this thread but realized what a rut we are in. Lately our top faves are mostly ground beef as we have found a terrific butcher and love the selection of ground meat.
So here we go:
Meatloaf- traditional beef, ketchup, Worchester, onion etc.
or beef and pork and veal with a cheesy spinach filling and marinara sauce on the side.
Meatballs and spaghetti
Lasagna with ground beef
Bolognese sauce on pappardelle
A tomato hamburg casserole with elbows and cheese sauce we call the New York Times Casserole
Enchiladas with a hamburg filling
Mushroom hamburg Stroganov
Chili with hamburg and pintos
Memphis rice ( a Tex Mex favorite from Memphis)
Stuffed peppers (with a spanish rice and ground meat filling and a wedge of cheese pre baking)
that's 10 plus. Here are others that don't involve ground beef but I seem to have stopped stir fries, once a weekly favorite.
Chicken Pot Pie
Mac and Cheese with ham and mushrooms
Ratatouille with cheese tortelloni
Stuffed zucchini with sausage stuffing
Pepper, sausage, mushroom tomato sauce on penne
Sausage, cabbage and potato stew
chicken Tikka Masala
Spicy panko pan fried chicken tenders with yellow rice
Chicken breasts sauteed in enchilada sauce with cheese and rice.
I'm a one person household; if I don't cook on the weekend, it doesn't get made.
main dish salads, usually w/chicken
home made soups ~~ tomato, black bean, split pea, chicken, vegetable
beef roast (as in tri tip) and veggies
cottage cheese and fruit
swiss and mushroom omelets
burgers and/or sloppy joes
bbq chicken w/salad
Roast chicken (beer can chicken)
Tacos, many different ways but always with homemade salsa
Caesar salad with chicken
Frito chili pie
Black bean soup
Split pea soup with ham
The wintertime staple- chicken legs and veggies roasted on a sheet pan
And the summertime staple of chicken, corn on the Cobb, and other grilled vegetables
grilled lamb, hummus, pita, salad, olives
meatloaf with mashed potatoes
braised chicken thighs with rice
some variety of curry, aloo gobi and chana masala
sandwiches, chicken salad, BLTA, turkey club, reuben
roasted chicken with vegetables
Arroz con pollo
Roast chicken stuffed with lemons and rosemary
Beef mushroom barley soup
Salade nicoise (see photo for what happens when college students are asked to make this)
Marcella Hazan's ragu bolognese with anything
Black beans and rice
Eggs poached in tomato sauce
Maida Heatter's apple almond pudding
We love bold international flavors and try, not always successfully, to eat lower carb. Some of our recent favorites:
-Fish tacos, using either TJ's crispy baked cod or (preferably) homemade with a tempura-like batter. We use corn tortillas and typically top with creamy coleslaw with lime juice and scallions, avocado, sour cream, cilantro sprigs, and pickled jalapenos. Sometimes I add tropical fruit like mango or pineapple to the slaw.
-Mapo tofu using this recipe as a starting point http://www.pbs.org/food/fresh-tastes/... We usually double or triple the recipe, use leeks in place of scallions, and up the hot chili bean paste. I've used ground beef, ground pork, and even de-case bratwursts in a moment of desperation (yes, really...it was fantastic) in this recipe. Serve with white rice.
-Dunlop's Sichuanese chopped celery with beef http://www.thewednesdaychef.com/the_w... We add garlic.
-Lasagna (ususally the dried noodles/red sauce/ricotta variation and assorted sauteed veggies). I tried this recently using cheese ravioli in place of the noodles and ricotta, and it was a great shortcut.
-Cook's Country's easy jerk chicken -- the best homemade recipe I've found. http://www.cookscountry.com/recipes/E... I cook it under the broiler. A little smoked salt or liquid smoke is nice here, but be careful with the latter because the marinade is salty already. I serve with yellow rice and a citrusy slaw.
-NYT's Trini-Chinese chicken http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/101463... Another recipe for under the broiler rather than frying. I add the sesame oil to the dipping sauce. Like so many of our favorite meals, this is an umami bomb. Serve with white rice.
-Pasta with sweet sausage and fennel ragu https://culinspiration.wordpress.com/... Haven't had this one in a while, but it's solid and a nice change from red sauce recipes. It's best with fresh pasta, such as fettuccine or linguine.
-Fried catfish - dredge in flour-cornmeal mix seasoned with blackening seasoning and Creole/mixed seasoning (such as Forward!) and pan fry. Serve with classic coleslaw and another Southern side, such as green beans braised with onion, bacon, bay leaf, and a little bit of sugar and cider vinegar.
-Seared steaks or burgers and a crispy salad with blue cheese dressing and tomatoes
-Broccoli-potato soup - just saute garlic and onion until soft, add a goodly amount of broccoli florets and a couple of peeled, chunked potatoes, barely cover with chicken broth, and simmer until tender with a bay leaf. Remove the bay leaf and blend until creamy, then season with s&p and ground coriander (this spice is key) to taste. Serve with grated cheddar cheese and buttered baguette. You can add cream if you to gild the lily, but it's plenty creamy from the potatoes.
and for my #11:
-Pork shoulder stuffed with sliced garlic, seasoned with cumin, Latin seasoning, and s&p and seared, then braised low and slow over a bed of onions in bottle each of Goya Mojo Criollo and Latin lager. When tender, separate from the bones and fat, drizzle with a little rendered fat, and crisp up under the broiler. Serve with corn tortillas, taqueria salsas, pickled jalapenos, chopped radish, and lime wedges. Good sides are homemade Spanish rice (sauteed with onion, garlic, and tomato sauce and steamed in chicken broth) and mango-cucumber-jicama salad http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ty...
And we have some fallback side dishes: creamy cucumber salad, Sichuan smacked cucumber (Dunlop's recipe), mayo or vinegar-based cole slaw with any number of fruit/nut add-ins, tomato-braised green beans, roasted Brussels or cauliflower, etc.
Top 10 favorite family meals of my childhood.
1. kielbasa and Mac and Cheese
2. Ricotta Stuffed Shells
3. Chicken Enchiladas
4. Hamburgers and Hotdogs
5. Hamburger Stroganoff
6. American Chinese Stir Fry
7. Baked Ziti
9. Fried Fish With Home made tarter Sauce and fries
10. Southern style breakfast
My Home with my Husband and My favorites
1. Pulled Pork Sandwiches
2. Italian Beef Sandwiches
3. Grilled Chicken thighs with veggies and potato
4. Lamb Vindaloo
5. Argentinean Grilled Chirasco Steak with chimichuri sauce and wine
6. home made pizzas
7. baked fish
8. Mexican steak street tacos
10. Steak au poivre
I love this thread!
Here are ours, in no particular order:
1. Homemade pizza
Recipe we use here http://www.sabziblog.com/fridaynightp...
2. Chicken and Dried Plum Stew (Khoresht-e Aloo) with Rice
3. Pan-Roasted Boneless, Skin-on Chicken Breasts, with Rosemary Potatoes and Caesar Salad
4. Spaghetti with Marcella Hazan's Tomato/Onion/Butter Sauce (usually do a Caesar with this too)
5. Kimchi Fried Rice with Tofu or Shrimp
6. Mark Bittman's Pasta with Sardines, Breadcrumbs, and Capers
7. Stir-fry of whatever is in the fridge
8. Roasted vegetables (whatever is in the fridge) with shrimp or tofu or chicken sausages
9. My partner's chicken piccata
10. Mac and cheese! I use this quick method from Melissa Clark as a template and add to it.
1. Grilled burgers on whole wheat challah buns, corn on the cob, grilled asparagus and grilled pineapple
2. My version of Trini Chinese Chicken with BLSL breasts, doctored up TJ's thai fried rice with tofu and veggies
3. Chicken vindaloo curry with kale, chickpeas and brown rice
4. Philly cheesesteak sandwiches with pepperjack on baguette spread with hot pepper relish, oven fries
5. Paul Prudhomme's cajun meatloaf with roasted sweet potatoes and asparagus (or roasted cubed butternut squash and roasted brussel sprouts w/course sea salt)
6. Paella (usually with scallops, clams, shrimp, topped with sea bass marinated in pimento, garlic and evoo)
7. Shrimp and grits with andouille; Grits are made into a baked casserole with cheddar and baby spinach
8. Ground lamb sheekh kebabs, curried couscous with golden raisins, palak paneer and channa masala
9. Chicken suizas stacked enchiladas with spinach and black beans
10. Tacos with seasoned ground turkey and a multitude of toppings; whole wheat quesadillas with refried black beans, seasoned ground turkey and cheddar.
and for good measure....
11. Szechuan cumin lamb or beef stir fry with baked tofu, red pepper, onion and scallions with brown rice
These are all in my most frequent rotation...
The top 5:
Bolognese – I make a big pot of Marcella Hazan’s ragu twice a year and, from each pot, I make a lasagne alla bolognese and freeze the rest in serving size portions to eat with spinach tagliatelle and a big green salad.
Chicken or pork Milanese w/ a big green salad dressed in a lemony vinaigrette
Pan-roasted steak or pork chop w/potatoes, veg, pan sauce or béarnaise. Makes my favorite leftovers for steak salad; pork souvlaki; steak and eggs, etc.
Yogurt-marinated BISO chicken (yogurt, garlic, onion juice, saffron, s&p) or (yogurt, garlic, onion, lime juice and chipotle in adobo) w/ rice and a tomato & cucumber salad
Breakfast for dinner, esp. Eggs Benedict or a bacon & egg sandwich on a roll
And the rest…
Sole or chicken Francese, potatoes, veg, pan sauce
Chicken or pork saltimbocca on a bed of garlicky wilted spinach, potato, and pan sauce
Butternut squash & spinach lasagna w/ a green salad
Stew (beef or pork) with buttered egg noodles, peas, carrots and mushrooms
Ground beef or pork tacos w/ shredded iceberg lettuce, raw sweet onions, sour¬¬¬¬ cream and refried beans – we often swap out the tortilla shells for lettuce leaves
Summer only - fresh mozzarella or burrata, a ripe summer tomato, fresh basil, thinly sliced grilled ciabatta scraped with a clove of garlic and brushed with olive oil; a couple of ears of Long Island late summer corn; BLTs
Fall/ winter only - soups inc. chicken noodle, pea, minestrone, vegetable puree, cauliflower -- all w/ a big green salad.
These are favorites, but in real life, we eat a lot of vegetarian dinners (grilled fish and vegetables, veggie burgers or dumplings, tofu, eggplant parm, pasta w/ pesto, tuna and cannellini bean salads, omelets), probably 70/30 in favor of meat-free meals in the last few years. No agenda - just cost and personal preference. And, we have great pizza, Thai, Persian and Indian restaurants nearby, so we don’t even bother to replicate at home.
Yeah, yeah, yeah…I listed more than ten meals. It’s Friday night cocktail time…so hang me.
Another family of one and vegetarian
Stuffed portabella mushrooms (stuffing changes often but contains sauteed veggies, brown or jasmine rice and usually feta)
Veggie black bean tacos
Grilled cheese and broccoli bisque
Veggie stir fry with cashews over jasmine rice
Baked potatoes stuffed with whatever (veggies and cheese or baked beans and bbq sauce)
Pancakes - good any time of day
Top ten recent hits:
Pork tenderloin with saffron rice and snow peas heated in butter and oyster sauce
Chicken piccata with risotto and asparagus
Thin pork chops with roasted peppers and barley
M and C
Braised short ribs with steamed fingerling potatoes
For us it really depends on the season. It the summer, I don't feel much like cooking (who wants to heat the kitchen up when it's 100d outside?) so we eat a lot of salads. A favorite: arugula, goat cheese feta or blue cheese, strawberries, thick cut deli roast beef, and a balsamic dressing. Also a good nicoise salad. I don't have to turn on the stove at all :) We also eat a lot of gazpacho in the summer. In the fall and winter some go-tos are:
Kofte, sasuka, and mixed mezze
Frittata with whatever's on-hand
Pasta pomodoro with Rich & Charlie's salad
Herb baked cod orzo skillet
Greek-inspired meatloaf with lemony dill potatoes
Lamb merquez sausages with tomato chutney, cucumber riata and naan
Chicken and rice
Risotto with whatever's on-hand
Sure-- it's a dead simple recipe (and 'one pot' at that!).
2 TB butter
1 bunch green onions (sliced with whites separated)
3-6 cloves garlic minced (to taste)
4 c veg broth
2 c orzo
1/2 c sun-dried tomatoes, diced
1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1.5 lbs cod
1 t lemon zest
1 TB olive oil
Melt butter and saute the garlic and the whites of the green onion. Stir in broth, orzo, sun-dried tomatoes and salt/pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and top with fish in a single layer (also, s/p fish to taste if that's your thing). Bake in a 350d oven until fish flakes easily (about 15 or 20 minutes depending). Top finished dish with 'parsley pesto'-- remaining greens from green onions, parsley, add'l garlic, lemon zest, and olive oil.
Serve with a green salad. Pretty flexible recipe for whatever fish or herbs you have in the house.
Don't do a lot of of repeats, but here are 10 family favorites:
1. Butterflied Roast chicken and Potatoes
2. Spaghetti Carbonara made with turkey bacon
3. Apricot and Mustard Glazed Turkey Zucchini Meatloaf served with mashed potatoes
4. Veggie, Chicken or Turkey Burgers on homemade buns
5. Smoked whole chicken or turkey breast served with BBQ sauce, coleslaw, bread, onions, and pickles
6. Chicken pot pie
7. Pizza (go to combination of toppings is tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan, chèvre, mushrooms, Roasted red peppers, eggplant, and basil)
8. Chicken Enchiladas
9. Grilled vegetables sandwiches with eggplant, summer squash, sweet peppers, balsalmic reduction, and cheese. Served with tomato basil sauce on the side.
10. Eggplant Parmesan
I make this meatloaf (first recipe when you click on the link) but sauté three smallish zucchini (about 2 cups) along with the onions (zucchini grated on large grater). I leave out the bacon, use only dark ground turkey, and leave off their glaze. For my glaze I use a half cup apricot jam plus 2 T. Stone ground mustard. Sometimes I add a 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes to the topping to give it some zing. I apply the glaze in the same way they do. I got the idea from a recipe on Epicurious but this rendition using the meatloaf recipe from CI is much better.
Love this discussion! Has given me many ideas!
1. Beef Burgundy - Winter favorite with homemade yeast rolls http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/3060... With http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-di...
2. Homemade Pizza (Everyone gets to pick their own toppings) I use this crust: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...
3. Mac & Cheese with Kielbasa Sausage and green veggie or salad
4. Spicy Fig Pork Tenderloin (Mix siracha sauce with my homemade fig preserves and spoon over pork tenderloin - grill or roast) Great with roasted potatoes & green veggies http://athomewithrebecka.com/canning-...
5. Chicken Enchiladas with Cheese Quesadillas for the kids
6. Home-smoked Pulled Pork Sandwiches on homemade rolls with Sweet Potato Fries http://allrecipes.com/recipe/burger-o...
7. Roasted whole chicken or split chicken breasts (season with Season-all and TJ 21 Seasoning Salute) with Pan Roasted Green Beans (love the French ones from TJ)
8. Tacos / Toastados (Mahi, Cochinita Pibil, Chicken, Shrimp) http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/fish-... OR http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/...
9. Baby Back Ribs - DH Smokes a few racks at a time and I freeze some so that it will be a quick meal later
10. Pasta with Sliced Brats, Zucchini, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, & parm (or feta
)Recent favorites that have not made it into rotation yet, but probably will be:
Pad Thai - http://www.thaitable.com/thai/recipe/...
Gumbo du Monde - http://www.gumbopages.com/food/gumbo....
Chilaquiles - http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ma...