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Old 09-16-2012, 10:31 PM   #1666
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Had my son and his wife and their five kids (well, the baby just breastfeeds) for dinner, and this is what we had:

veggies and hummus to dip them in (we always put these out while making dinner, so the kids can snack on them)
Falafel sliders on mini-buns
Pan pakoras (a new recipe I found - like pakoras but baked in a pan - good and much lower in fat than the deep-fried kind!)
Vegan Caesar salad
Black bean and veggie salad
vegan ice cream for dessert

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Originally Posted by pigletto View Post
One tip I have is if you are using the crockpot every day anyway, make double batches of soups and stews or meatballs and sauce etc. That way you can freeze it for later in the week.
Thanks for the suggestion
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:20 AM   #1668
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My weekend was a disaster... We had "football food" Saturday for dinner. It consisted of a lot of butter and deep frying. It all tasted delicious...until I spent all day Sunday sick from the greasy overload.

Dinner tonight:
Tortellini Vegetable Soup
Garlic Toast
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:16 AM   #1669
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Wednesday dinner in Chicago. We are going to see Madonna I want to go to XOCO for lunch. Dinner will probably be at the United Center.

My DD and I will be at that same show! I can't wait!

I am cooking more at home now because I will be paying off one of my cars next Friday, then going strong on getting the last one paid off after that.

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Tuesday-vinegar braised pork chops (there was a sale on pork, can you tell?)
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Here I go again. This time I will post 2-3 days at a time.

Sunday: Meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, and veggies
Monday:Grilled chicken, baked potatoes, grilled veggie kabobs
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:42 PM   #1671
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Saturday: Buffalo Chicken, baked apples, devlied eggs (kids requestes all of these items, it was an odd combination)
Sunday: Italian Beef sandwhices, baked apples, macaroni salad
Monday: buffet of leftovers (Chili made for lunch on Sunday, Itlian Beef Sandwhiches, baked apples, macroni salad, refried beans, and cheese quedillas)
Tuesday: Spagetti, salad, garlic bread
Wednesday: pizza
thursday: Chicken and noodles, salad, garlic bread
Friday: hot dogs, french fries, fruit
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:52 PM   #1672
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Today is a cool, rainy Monday and I feel BLAH! I am changing tonight's menu to comfort food:

Mashed Potatoes
Oven Roasted Zucchini and Sweet Onions
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French onion soup with chicken Philly sandwiches
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:02 PM   #1674
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Home made beef stew and biscuts

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Old 09-17-2012, 06:50 PM   #1675
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Cross out tonight. I just ordered pizza and breadsticks to be delivered. I did something to my back this morning and can not stand the thought of having to stand and cook. I was putting groceries away and knelt down to put stuff in the vegetable drawer and I felt something go "pop". No idea what! Ugh!

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Old 09-17-2012, 07:55 PM   #1676
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Tonight was leftover night.

Tomorrow is pot roast in the crock pot
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:00 PM   #1677
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Last night was beer can chicken on the grill with grilled zucchini and baked potatoes.
Tonight was crock pot chicken enchilada soup with homemade corn bread muffins.
Tues: sloppy joes with chips
Wed: some kind of pasta with homemade sauce w/arugula salad
Thurs: Leftover chicken enchilada soup/muffins
Fri: ??
Sat: eat out

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Old 09-17-2012, 08:27 PM   #1678
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mushy dumplings

I have a question for my fellow dumpling lovers.

When I make chicken and dumplings I find my dumps (store bought or homemade) turn out mushy. They either disintegrate and ruin the whole dish or they're still slimy inside.

Here are a bunch of questions to consider:

1) What recipe do you use?
2) Do you push them under the surface?
3) How big are your dumplings when you drop them in?
4) How long do you cook them?
5) Lid on or off?
6) Does using the crock pot change things?

Thank for any tips or input!
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:30 PM   #1679
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AuntieKels, I cheat and use Pillsbury country style biscuits. I roll them into tiny balls, put them into gentle boiling liquid and put the lid on. 5 minutes later....dumpling perfection! It's a family favorite!
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Some changes from our original plan:

Mon: out to dinner with my BFF and DH and DD went to dinner. This was a re-do from last Monday because I was sick.

Tues: Crockpot cheesy chicken and rice, green beans

Wed: undecided at this point. Likely a free for all after dance class, maybe eggs and toast. We were going to have dinner out but we went a little crazy on DD and my birthdays...YOLO :-)
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