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Sunday, January 29, 2006

I'm sick of pasta

There, I said it. I'm frigging sick of eating pasta whenever we can't get it together to make a 'real dinner'. We always have pasta of all kinds on hand, and we've got cans and cans of plum tomatos and diced tomatos to make sauce. It's not that it takes a long time, or it's particularly horrible, but I just do not want to eat it ever again.

So, with that said, dinner suggestions please? I've just about lost the ability to think outside the normal dinner items. Remember, we keep Kosher, so no pork, shellfish, or mean and dairy mixed together.
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Anonymous deana said...

One of our favorite meals is salmon cakes, cole slaw, and mashed potatoes. Those Betty Crocker homestyle butter taste as good as the real ones. Its amazing. I even fooled my sister's kids who are used to homemade all the time.

29/1/06 8:00 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

In our family the pickiness of the kids (and our busy lives)led to the endless parade of pasta. It was easy and something they would eat. Now that the fussier eater is off to college, we've started eating a more varied menu. Recommendations? Well the easy ones are chicken breasts, there are a thousand and one easy things to do with them. Also fish--I try to cook it twice a week. Again, prep can be pretty simple--occasionally more complicated, such as curries. I grew up in Boston, and we used to eat lots of fish. Can you still get fat mackerel? My mother used to love the mackerel when it was running fat--must have been the winter. I thought it was pretty good myself.

If you are on the net a lot you are undoubtedly familiar with epicurious.com and foodnetwork.com. There are also sites with kosher recipes.

Happy cooking and eating.

29/1/06 9:54 PM  
Blogger L said...

Hmm, that's a hard one. Pasta is my easy, go-to meal since it's always in the pantry and there are a million different ways of saucing them up.

So do you like chicken? How about a roasted chicken with roasted new potatoes? Seems easy enough - just throw it all in the oven for 45 min to an hour? Then you have leftover chicken with which to make sandwiches. Wait, leftovers... do your kids do leftovers at all? Heh heh...

OR, you can make life easy and get one of those roasted chickens from costco that are about $5. Those are delicious.

30/1/06 10:24 AM  
Anonymous carrie said...

No meat and dairy mixed together? Does that mean you can't eat tacos with cheese and sour cream? No butter tucked in a chicken roll? I don't think I can think of any recipes that don't have meat and diary mixed together. Well, we have been doing a lot of kebobs. I buy stew meat and marinade it in store bought marinade. Then I use bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, zuchinni and mushrooms to fill them out. I bake them in the oven on a cookie cooling rack that I set on a cookie sheet.

30/1/06 12:14 PM  
Blogger SarahReznor said...

potato gratin, that's my mom's version of a last minute no fuss dinner. just slice potatoes, add milk, 1 beaten egg, salt and pepper, cover with cheese and dump in the oven for about 45 minutes. it's yummy and easy.

30/1/06 1:40 PM  
Anonymous Claire said...

Cous Cous with roasted vegetables...that's my 'I'm sick of pasta' alternative! Plus it's lovely with a dab of Olive Oil, garlic and Paprika to liven up the taste!

Here from Michele's Hi!

30/1/06 2:16 PM  
Blogger Crazy MomCat said...

I'm pretty off of pasta these days trying to lose some weight. I've learned to love the grill. We grill chicken and catfish at least once a week. It's fantastic. I also love fajitas. You could do those and grill up some peppers,onions and mushrooms for the top. Add some salsa or pico de gallo and you're good to go!

Wendy directed me here...

30/1/06 2:17 PM  
Blogger Norma said...

So you love to cook and bake. I just blogged about a box of cookbooks I inherited. I'm making pasta tonight. Same old same old.

Wendy sent me after my audition.

30/1/06 2:17 PM  
Blogger Karina said...

This is a toughie! I myself have been trying to get creative and cut down on the pasta intake, and this leaves me with sweet potatoes and grilled chicken a lot of the time.

Wendy sent me!

30/1/06 2:18 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

Yum! Pasta! Off to start some pasta for supper! LOL
Wendy directed me here, and I'll be back for another visit!

30/1/06 2:20 PM  
Anonymous netchick said...

I don't eat swine, either. (Yikes) And, shellfish is gross in my opinion, too. I don't actually eat a lot of pasta, although I do love it.

My favourite meal is steak which has been marinaded overnight, and thrown on the BBQ with baked or mashed potatoes, and corn. Yum.

Thanks for dropping by my site today!

30/1/06 2:24 PM  
Blogger eph2810 said...

I didn't know that when you keep Kosher, you also cannot have shellfish, but it is like a 'dah'-it says it right in the Old Testament. But what is a 'mean'. I never heard that before.

Anyway - I am here from Wendy's casting call :)

30/1/06 2:37 PM  
Blogger WendyWings said...

You got skipped then you got bonus visits ( I think some posts were delayed in showing up)

What about a big pot of chili, my friend who keeps Kosher always seems to be talking about making chili.

30/1/06 2:41 PM  
Blogger David said...

a new treat for me ( since i went wheat free) is Jasmine rice, unbelievable taste!\ Add some Garlic chicken breast prepared on a george foreman grill, or cooked fast in a wok, add your favorite steamed vegetable, voila!


30/1/06 4:40 PM  
Blogger David said...

I forgot - spaghetti squash and acorn squash - both really yummy and nutritious

30/1/06 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Otto K said...

I love pasta, but I don't have it that often. Wendy directed me here today.

30/1/06 5:44 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Hmm. My kendrum exactly. But I'm Italian, so I can't give it up for good.

Anyway ... dinner suggestions, I need them too. Go checkout homemade gourmet. They've got neat ideas. I use their stuff. And they're just spices, so... I believe they should fit your kosher requirement.


p.s. Wendy sent me! ;)

30/1/06 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Chloe F. said...

I think those simmer sauces from Trader Joe's are pareve. Cook chicken pieces, or chunks of tofu, or chick peas and vegetables in the sauce and serve over rice or couscous. Dead easy and tasty too.

30/1/06 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barley or rice instead of pasta.

Empire kosher breaded chicken breasts, heated in the microwave oven, then sprinkled with lemon juice.

Frozen vegetables steamed or stir-fried if there isn't time or energy to clean and prepare fresh vegetables.

Rice cooked with salt, pepper, olive oil, oregano, and mix of frozen vegetables.

Soup of olive oil, onion, garlic, dash salt, dry lentils, water, frozen spinach, dash nutmeg, and lemon juice.

Canned chickpeas heated up with olive oil, salt, and pepper, with bell pepper.

Tuna hoagies.

Quesadillas made in microwave or frying pan with cheese, and with pickled jalepenos, olives, and/or tomatoes.

Nachos with ingrediants similar to quesadillas but also with kosher vegetarian refried beans.

Tomato-based soups with canned beans and frozen vegetables.

8/2/06 2:01 AM  

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