Since Chip started his new job, we've all had to make sacrifices and improve our game, so to speak. Before, with him traveling four or five days out of seven, Alice and I could easily eat cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with nary a complaint between the two of us (we love our cereal). Now my big guy is here, living and sleeping and breathing our air every night of week. And while that is awesome, it has also meant that cereal for dinner is in short supply.
I've come to realize that I feel comfortable cooking about seven different entrees.
And seven different entrees isn't enough to happily satisfy this family, week in and week out.
So here's what I am proposing, my dear Minions: let's help each other, yes? The beauty of my food rut is that it's not your food rut. So I can share my revolving recipes without having you think THIS AGAIN? Which means that you, too, can share two or three recipes that might be on your food rut list and they'll be entirely new to the rest of us. I'm looking for things that are pretty quick, pretty simple, and pretty delicious. A remodeled recipe exchange, hosted here at The Creamery.
I've posted a few of my stand-by's below, the ones that we can eat over and over (and have), but don't require so much work that they're impossible to pull together at 4pm on a Thursday night.
Feel free to use and abuse. And your job, if you don't mind, is to post one or two (or three or four) recipes that YOU love. Either in the comments, or on your blog (comment with a link, pretty please), or even shoot me an email and I'll repost it here.
Please help me.
Our top three dinners at the Whimsy house, in no special order:
Mom's Meatloaf (posted before because it's DEE-LISH-US) - made with either ground turkey or ground beef. Sometimes topped with french fried onions during the last couple minutes of baking. Yum.
The next recipe was originally gleaned from The Little Red House. I adore Sheena - she is simple and delicious herself. Love her. And we LOVE this chicken & salsa dish. It's so easy, she doesn't even have the recipe indexed on her site. So I'm listing our version of it. Usually I'll throw it together mid-morning on a Sunday and we come home from church to a house that smells amazing, and a dinner that doesn't need much more than some extras thrown on the table.
Place three or four frozen chicken breasts into a crockpot set on low. Add one can of black beans (drained), one cup of your favorite salsa, and a few sprinkles of onion salt. Place lid on the crockpot and let cook for at least five hours. When complete, shred the chicken mixture. Serve with chips, sour cream, guacamole OR serve the meat wrapped in tortillas and all the fixings.
And because I can't walk away from the whole breakfast-for-dinner thing entirely, every couple of weeks I put it together, with varying items in the Starring Role. After some testing, our favorites are: this pancake recipe (so much better than the pre-made stuff), this easy waffle recipe, and recently when we're feeling really fancy, this french toast recipe - but I skip doing any of the brulee business and just enjoy the amazing custard-y french toast sans crunchy topping.