What’s For Dinner?

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How many times in our lives do we hear “What’s for dinner?”

A lot I tell ya!

How do you plan ‘what’s for dinner’? Are you on a set schedule? Do you have meat loaf every Monday, spaghetti on Tuesday and so on? Do you serve basically the same meals every week, just mix it up a bit?

I admit, I too tend to fall into the trap of cooking a lot of the same foods but there’s a reason for that. It has to do with ‘what’s on sale’ ‘what’s on hand’ and what they tend to like. Face it. They’ll gobble up foods they love and pick at something new and different. But that doesn’t stop me from trying new things!

Chicken was on sale recently…. which means YES, I’ll make you some barbecue chicken, and YES, I’ll make you some chicken and dumplings… but how about we switch it up a little bit? So…. last night…. we had… Garlic Chicken Stir Fry. This incorporated everything I had on hand already. No trips to the store. (I did substitute a bag of mixed frozen veggies for just broccoli though… and fresh mushrooms are always better than canned, but I saved a trip to the store!)

garlic chicken stir fry
garlic chicken stir fry

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Garlic Chicken Stir Fry
Get more veggies in their tummies
garlic chicken stir fry
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings
Ingredients
garlic chicken stir fry
Instructions
  1. Preheat a large skillet with 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite oil. Add the bell pepper to the pan and let simmer.
  2. Add in the broccoli (or your other favorite vegetable) and mushrooms and garlic. Add the cut up chicken to the pan and cook until the chicken and the vegetables are tender.
  3. In a small bowl add the chicken broth, sugar, soy, oil, and cornstarch and stir to combine. Add to the pan and cover. Reduce heat to simmer until the sauce thickens.
Recipe Notes

Best served over rice.

This recipe was modified from one found elsewhere. HOWEVER, if I make it again, I’ll add more chicken broth so there’s more sauce, more garlic and more sesame oil (for flavor.)

Since I was on a cookin’ roll….. I decided to do something with that bowl of nectarines on the counter that was getting way too ripe and created this Nectarine Crisp. It’s very similar to an apple crisp or a peach crisp (or crumble.)

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Nectarine Crisp
use up those nectarines!
nectarine crisp
Course Dessert
Servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Servings
Ingredients
nectarine crisp
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Peel and slice your nectarines and place into a bowl. Add the sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Stir to coat.
  3. In a different bowl, mix together the oatmeal, brown sugar, white sugar. Cut in the butter.
  4. Pour the nectarines into little individual baking dishes and top with the oatmeal mixture. Bake 20 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Want it even tastier? Top with some vanilla ice cream!

SO……. what are you making for dinner tonight? Can you do it without stopping at the store?