Monday, January 22, 2007

What's on your dinner plate?'s such a hard subject to think about. The day to day decision process...what to make, how long do you have to make it, does everyone like it. It gets stressful. I've tried making up the menus for 2 weeks, and it works well...but that just puts on the stress in one 10 minute period instead of every day. So I procastinate it.

Tonight's dinner was grilled pork loin, cheesy scalloped potatoes, and broccoli. It always amazes me how fast I can throw together a simple, nutritious dinner. This simple meal took the same amount of time to prepare as popping in the tv dinners my kids love. (Don't worry, my kids do eat them, I just try not to use them for every day dinners.)

One of our favorite side dishes is so easy to make. It's probably technically a form of pilaf, but we just call it Mushroom Rice.

Mushroom Rice
In a microwavable bowl, combine all the ingredients for the rice (rice, water, butter) following the package amounts. Add in one can of mushrooms and 3-4 bouillion cubes. Put in the microwave for about 20-30 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so.
Easy and favorite :)


theflyingmum said...

I just shared this recipe with lo and since I have the (very blotchy and stained) recipe card out, I'll share it with you too.
3T honey
3T dry sherry
3T soy sauce
2T fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
1T finely grated fresh ginger root
1T dijon mustard
4 6 oz. salmon filets, about 1 inch thick
vegetable cooking spray

1. Combine first 6 ingredients.
2. Put marinade and salmon filets into a zip loc bag and refrigerate for 20 minutes or up to one hour.
3. Heat broiler or grill. Coat broiler pan or grill with vegetable cooking spray. Arrange the salmon, sides not touching.
4. Cook 4 inches from heat source til done (8 to 10 minutes.) Turn fish only once during cooking, use a LARGE spatula.

I prefer this grilled, it's also good as a marinade for chicken.

Anonymous said...

My husband is very picky and only eats (plain) meat, potatoes and bread. I have managed to get him to eat meat that is slightly coated in barbeque sauce (only the thinnest possible coating), as well as using herbs & spices for flavoring. I have turned him on to flavored mashed potatoes, au gratin/cheesy (etc) potatoes, and whole wheat/grain bread.

I try to add other vegetables for my girls and myself, but unfortunately the eldest is becoming picky... although she's not much of a meat eater at all (I wonder if it had anything to do with me eating steak 3-4 times a week when I was pregnant with her?). She's not much of a potato fan either. What does she eat? Fruit and yogurt and the occasional salad, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, toaster waffles & pancakes, bagels, cereal, pizza, etc.

The younger one is still young enough that I can give her almost anything and she'll eat it. :o)

Dinner at my house can be pretty boring...

Lo said...

Sometimes I feel like all I do is worry about "what's for dinner", and what will I give our 2 1/2 year old, he's SO picky and it would be so much easier if he would just eat what we eat. I have gotten really good at throwing together an excellent 30 minute meal though. I get so sick of coming home frome work and immediately throwing myself into dinner preparation though.

Girl con Queso said...

Okay yum, will you adopt me?

Andie D. said...

I can't seem to plan more than 3 days in advance. Our regular menu is pretty limited - my hub has meat and potatoitis too.

This recipe sounds GREAT! Thank you!

luckyzmom said...

I no longer have to decide for anyone but myself on most days now but remember what a chore it could be deciding what to fix for dinner every night to please all the picky eaters.