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    Default What are your regular rotation dinners?

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    We are fresh back into routine! (Separate post that I'm considering: how to deal with tweens who seem to require an additional meal after school.)

    What are your standby weekly dinners?

    Us:
    Flatbread (naan works) pizzas - cheese, tomato sauce, whatever else we have in the fridge
    Rice bowls - rice, some kind of meat (flank steak or meatballs), mango, soy sauce, avocado, cucumber
    meat sauce pasta - jarred sauce or tomatoes, carrots/onions/celery sautéed, sausage
    sheet pan - sausages or chicken thighs, potatoes, veggies (peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, whatever else we have)
    taco night - usually ground beef with seasoning, guacamole, all the toppings and tortillas
    fish, sautéed greens, rice

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    -Salmon (wild, frozen from Costco), rice, broccoli. I have baked tofu.
    -turkey tacos, usually ends up more like taco salads. I have tofu again.
    -pasta with veggie meatballs. I have zucchini noodles.
    -TJs orange chicken with rice and broccoli. I have the vegan version with cauliflower rice.
    - baked white fish (haddock or cod) with Panko+olive oil and lemon zest topping. With baked potatoes and veg.
    - veggie burgers (kids haven’t realized beyond burgers aren’t made of meat yet), alexia sweet potato puffs, veg.

    Most of the time we have a really simple salad (greens, grape tomatoes, cucumbers) along side.

    On the weekends I’ll do something a little more complicated. Some repeat ones are grilled chicken thighs marinated in soy/brown sugar/ginger/garlic, chicken tenders marinated in yogurt and lemon and “tandoori spice”, seafood risotto in the instant pot, fish chowder, chicken hummus meatballs, and more I’m forgetting.

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    Noodles and meat sauce w/ salad
    Baked chicken, broccoli, mashed potatoes
    Egg salad sandwiches with salad
    Fish stew with salad
    Stir fry (ton of veggies and chicken) over rice
    Chili (sausages for DH) with salad
    Crockpot chicken over rice with broc as a side
    Mexican casserole w salad
    Waffles, turkey bacon, fruit
    Omelettes
    Breakfast casserole with fruit
    Turkey burgers, slaw, corn, chips/fries
    Taco salad with salsa and guacamole
    Pizza with salad or roasted kale
    Turkey cutlets, potatoes, salad
    Chicken soup with salad
    Roasted sweet potatoes, yellow potatoes, and sausages w salad
    Mac and cheese with sausages and kale or broc
    Vegetable soup

    2 of us are gf, 2 are dairy free, and 2 allergic to beef so we do what we can.
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    Tacos made with ground turkey. DH and I usually eat as a bowl, kids use shells or tortillas.
    Quiche (usually ham and cheese) and zucchini muffins (a healthyish recipe)
    Pasta with meat sauce (ground beef and jarred sauce)
    Crock pot white chicken chili
    Pioneer Woman’s Frito Chili
    Crock pot sesame chicken with brown rice noodles
    Spicy chicken lettuce wraps with brown rice
    Pork chops with grain and a veg
    Skillet chicken with bacon and green beans
    Lots of pasta options and we only use whole wheat pasta but I try to keep pasta to twice a month
    Grilled steak or chicken with farro risotto and roasted veg

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    Salmon rice, rice pilaf, veg
    Bruschetta (meat eaters can add kielbasa on the side)
    Panzanella
    Fish tacos (or spicy black bean quesadillas), guacamole and pico
    Pupusas, slaw, Mexican corn
    Charcuterie platter
    Feta pasta bake (tik tok), salad
    Taco salads
    Bowls: sushi bowl, Mexican “chipotle bowl,” roasted veggie bowl
    Sesame noodles, stir fried bok choi, cucumber salad
    Caprese pasta salad with ravioli
    Shrimp scampi


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    Tacos
    Chili
    Hot dogs
    Pasta bolognese
    Curried lentil soup
    Butternut squash soup
    Minestrone soup
    Lemon lentil soup
    BBQ chicken
    Chicken with rice and beans
    Tostadas
    Enchiladas, rice and beans
    Baked fish
    Honey soy salmon
    Spaghetti w meatballs
    Pulled pork
    Roast w veggies
    Pork chops
    Pork in green sauce
    Korean pork noodles
    Tomato soup w grilled cheese sandwiches
    Teriyaki chicken
    Homemade pizza
    Roasted veggies
    Stir fry - we love stir fry but I’m not great at making it. Hoping to work on that this fall.
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    Love this thread. I'll preface this by saying that one of my "Back to School" goals is upping my dinner quality. It went DOWN first during the pandemic when shopping scared me, then further during this past summer when juggling working and full time kid duty made it hard to find time to shop and cook!

    We kind of have a boring rhythm with many repeats and kind of a template.

    Generally we do:

    Breakfast for dinner (this is a favorite that everyone will eat--anything from omelets, bacon, smoothies, waffles, etc.)
    Pasta (My kids don't like red sauce! They love homemade pesto though. Sometimes with meatballs or chicken breast. Lately, not so much)
    Some kind of chicken/rice/veggie combo almost weekly.
    Tacos/Burritos at least once a week. Ours are super boring and the kids don't do enough veggies on these nights)
    Vegetarian--I make a quinoa/black bean salad, sweet potato fries and a green salad--weird combo but I love this meal
    At least twice a week I'll make something from TJs or Costco that you heat in the oven and serve. Orange Chicken, Taquitos, pizza, chicken strips

    I'd like to add some more variety. I want to start making soup and bread night again. My soups require more variety in ingredients (I usually can't get everything I need from Costco, unlike most of the above) and better planning.

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    Ours is

    Monday: boxed mac & cheese w/broccoli
    Tuesday: tacos (w/rice and corn)
    Wednesday: pasta, sausage, broccoli, and bread (bread-maker or store-bought)
    Thursday: wild card (sometimes we cook; sometimes, it's leftovers)
    Friday: takeout

    Weekends are also wild cards.
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    We are vegetarian and here is our rotation.

    rice and beans bowls (with guac, salsa, etc)
    stir fry with brown rice and tofu
    pasta with broccoli
    veggie burgers
    eggs with various condiments
    whole wheat english muffin pizza
    veggie or lentil soup
    bok choy with tofu and brown rice
    kale, gabanzo beans, and brown rice

    frozen broccoi is a staple here and is frequently used along side our main dish
    lucky single mom to 18 yr old dd and 15 yr old ds through 2 very different adoption routes

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustMe View Post
    We are vegetarian and here is our rotation.

    rice and beans bowls (with guac, salsa, etc)
    stir fry with brown rice and tofu
    pasta with broccoli
    veggie burgers
    eggs with various condiments
    whole wheat english muffin pizza
    veggie or lentil soup
    bok choy with tofu and brown rice
    kale, gabanzo beans, and brown rice

    frozen broccoi is a staple here and is frequently used along side our main dish
    My frozen broccoli always ends up so sad. Do you have a trick to making it well?
    for Carmen

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