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    Kid friendly meals

    I know we have a good food thread already. Most things posted there aren’t kid (or at least my kids) friendly. Looking to switch things up a bit in the kitchen, our staples are getting old.

    Tacos/taco salad
    Smothered pork chops
    Soups
    Breakfast
    Pizza
    French dip
    Roast
    Spaghetti
    And my kids favorite, free night!

    What do you cook for dinner on a regular basis? Looking for some motivation in the kitchen.

    Edit: If anyone wants any recipes for anything I posted, let me know and I’ll give The Wife my phone.
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    Recently used the shredded chicken for sandwiches and turned it unto burrito's. Cheese, lettuce, salsa and sour cream changed it all up completely!
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    Quote Originally Posted by xbowguy View Post
    Recently used the shredded chicken for sandwiches and turned it unto burrito's. Cheese, lettuce, salsa and sour cream changed it all up completely!
    Thanks! That does sound good. Simple, healthy and quick.
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    Enchiladas

    Chicken/Brisket bowls (mashed potatoes topped with corn, chicken strips and gravy)

    I could keep going but the biggest thing I do is we try new things and they help me cook. Well, they think they are helping. Lol

    Also, switching "types of food" throughout the week helps too. Italian, BBQ, Mexican, etc....
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    grilled chicken salad. we eat it probably once a week. grill a mess of boneless chicken thighs ( I season with my home made "Emeril's Essence" as I like it better than Tony's or other Cajun spice blends), make a nice salad with leaf lettuce, arugula, spinach, grape tomato, shredded carrot, chopped bacon, cukes when in season. sprinkle on some shredded cheddar and diced chicken. ranch or bleu cheese dressing best topping for this. I make sandwiches out of cold leftover chicken thighs sliced thin, piled on a bun with some lacey swiss, mayo, and lettuce. sometimes a couple slices of bacon, at which point it becomes a chicken-bacon club. excellent sammie for hungry painter or squirrel hunter.
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    Do you or the wife use Pinterest at all? It's a great tool for finding and tracking idea, recipes, DIY stuff. I highly recommend it for situations like this.

    We too, eat versions of Mexican and Italian, along with breakfeast for dinner fairly regularly. Homestyle cooking like soups and dutch oven bakes (roasts/whole chickens/etc.) are also a staple in our house. That's why having versions of these "bullet points" are important and Pineterest really helps with that. I often make a protien, then pair it with salads and a cooked veggie or too. Once a week I prepare a veggie tray of raw veggies and that's always on hand, often as a side for dinner since the girls like to pick at it, as do I while I'm cooking.

    One go to that we all love is my version of "dirty rice". I use a quality wild rice blend, mix in ground vension that I cook with a mixture of brown butter, carmelized onions, and garlic, then finish with black beans. I typically douse my in hot sauce and have been known to also mix in quinoa to get more fiber in everyone's diets. Another go-to that's as easy to prepare as dirty rice and keeps in the fridge as well is beef and noodles. That's my wife's fav. I use good egg noddles and venison, sometimes canned, sometimes steak slice thinly. Cook venison in butter and garlic, remove from pan, then add beef broth and make a nice gravy. Add venison back in, along with noddle, toss to coat. We pair cottage cheese with a lot of meals and its a must for this meal!

    A goal this winter for me was to diversify my cooking, so I've been look at other cuisines and "one pot" dishes as ways to do that. However tonight is whole roasted chicken with fingerling potatoes and a medley of cooked carrots. We'll also have salads (spinach) which are had at about every meal in our house so people get their greens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie View Post
    grilled chicken salad. we eat it probably once a week. grill a mess of boneless chicken thighs ( I season with my home made "Emeril's Essence" as I like it better than Tony's or other Cajun spice blends), make a nice salad with leaf lettuce, arugula, spinach, grape tomato, shredded carrot, chopped bacon, cukes when in season. sprinkle on some shredded cheddar and diced chicken. ranch or bleu cheese dressing best topping for this. I make sandwiches out of cold leftover chicken thighs sliced thin, piled on a bun with some lacey swiss, mayo, and lettuce. sometimes a couple slices of bacon, at which point it becomes a chicken-bacon club. excellent sammie for hungry painter or squirrel hunter.
    Also an excellent staple. Good stuff Jamie. We'll likely have "grilled" chicken salad with the leftover chicken from the whole one that just went in the oven. Hardboiled 9 coop fresh eggs earlier too!
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    We do a lot of onion chicken as my kids love it. We use the thin breast or tenders, egg bath, then roll in a bag of mashed up onion straws and bake. Easy and tasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie View Post
    grilled chicken salad. we eat it probably once a week. grill a mess of boneless chicken thighs ( I season with my home made "Emeril's Essence" as I like it better than Tony's or other Cajun spice blends), make a nice salad with leaf lettuce, arugula, spinach, grape tomato, shredded carrot, chopped bacon, cukes when in season. sprinkle on some shredded cheddar and diced chicken. ranch or bleu cheese dressing best topping for this. I make sandwiches out of cold leftover chicken thighs sliced thin, piled on a bun with some lacey swiss, mayo, and lettuce. sometimes a couple slices of bacon, at which point it becomes a chicken-bacon club. excellent sammie for hungry painter or squirrel hunter.
    Thanks for the reminder Jamie. Been meaning to try this for awhile now and keep forgetting about it.
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    Chicken Enchiladas.

    Homeade sloppy Joe's

    Crock-Pot pulled pork

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    X2 on home made sloppy Joe's, with ground venison or canned squirrel, of course. Manwich does not quite measure up any longer. Life is a little less hectic for us now that we are empty nesters, but staples are staples, and easy, healthy dinners are still desirable for people who are either working or hunting all day (or who have kids they want to eat something decent). Nancy and I have jokingly created a yardstick for measuring meals. we call it the "deliciousness to difficulty ratio." High atop that list is blackened venison loin and mashed potatoes. canned squirrel or venison with chantarelles and jasmine rice is close second. I don't mind working hard in the kitchen, but fast, easy and delicious is always good.

    venison burgers or home made brats and fries is a typical Friday night dinner here, too. "fries" is usually oven baked tater-tots or veggie-tots (which are quite good and have some redeeming nutritional value).
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    Yes! Taters are another thing we love. Loaded baked potatoes are another staple around here.
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    It is also a big hit to make your own tortillas or flatbread. They cxan help and they are cheap and so much better.

    Pics are of naan bread (flatbread) and tortillas we did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beentown View Post
    It is also a big hit to make your own tortillas or flatbread. They cxan help and they are cheap and so much better.

    Pics are of naan bread (flatbread) and tortillas we did.
    Yes sir! We also make our own pizza dough.

    We’ve been on a corn tort kick lately. Making our own chips and everything with them. I forget the brand, but we buy them uncooked, haven’t tried making them from scratch yet.

    (Btw, those look pretty damn good for a white man. Nicely done!)
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    Corn reminded me... Kids LOVE street corn...

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/r...t-corn-2311706
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    Charles, how about that famous Mac and cheese or yours?!

    With the warm weather, tonight is Ricks burgers and dogs. Which is what made me think of that Mac and cheese.
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    I'll post the recipe. I am making it Saturday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beentown View Post
    i'll post the recipe. I am making it saturday.
    awesome
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    I make breakfast burritos. I go to Walmart and buy egg beaters, a bag of sausage bits, cheese and the wraps. Little Riverdude loves them. It only takes about 4 minutes to make using the microwave.. I go with the egg beaters because it's a heck of a lot faster then cracking eggs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riverdude View Post
    I make breakfast burritos. I go to Walmart and buy egg beaters, a bag of sausage bits, cheese and the wraps. Little Riverdude loves them. It only takes about 4 minutes to make using the microwave.. I go with the egg beaters because it's a heck of a lot faster then cracking eggs.
    That's one of my deer camp staples except I premake the mix.

    Scramble Eggs
    Pan Browned Sausage
    Diced Tater Tots
    Cheese

    Add: Wrap, sour cream, and hot sauce
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