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    Question Help! I don't know what to make for supper anymore!

    I'm all out of ideas... I just don't feel motivated anymore to cook...*sigh*

    What are you all cooking these days? I need inspiration....

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    I've been doing these pretty regularly:

    Hamburgers- mix ground beef with canned diced chili peppers and onion soup mix to form patties- I wasn't a hamburger fan until I started making these!

    Streamlined Chimichangas (very easy- I posted the recipe here a few days ago)

    Chicken & Dumplings (my recipe is here at FV somewhere!)

    BBQ Ribs (cook boneless ribs in the crockpot all day, drain, add your favorite BBQ sauce & cook another hour)

    Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups- a new recipe I tried this week. It's here:http://chicken.allrecipes.com/AZ/BfflChicknRlls.asp

    & I've been on a soup kick lately- just last week I've made a huge pot of homemade chicken noodle soup, and yesterday I made Green Chili Mushroom Soup (canned mushroom soup with canned chilis and mushrooms added to it-- topped with cheddar cheese-- yum!!). Later this week I plan to try this Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe: http://soup.allrecipes.com/AZ/BroccoliCheeseSoup.asp

    Those are some of my frequent dinners right now-- we tend to go in spells with something, I'll make it three or four weeks in a row, then we won't have it for a couple of months. I love to go to recipe sites and browse... I try one or two new recipes a week most of the time. Some of my favorites:
    www.allrecipes.com
    www.recipezaar.com
    http://lazygourmets.com./
    http://www.cooks.com/

    When I don't feel like cooking, we usually get Taco Bell.

    As you may have noticed, we like spicy foods!


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    I know what you mean, I sometimes get in a rut too!

    Hmmmm.....the last week we've had lasagna (had beef crumbles in freezer so no cooking and used the no cook noodles), potato soup and bread, spaghetti and ceasar salad, chicken/potatoes and carrots, beef stew over mashed potatoes, a soup and sandwich supper, one night was a quick put together~toast with beans over top (from a can) with a slice of cheese on top and then broil in oven, the kids love it and so do I~!

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    After working all day, I never feel like cooking. DH cooks maybe 2-3 meals a week and I cook the rest. At least he is helping out.

    I have been trying to find recipes online and use them for the slow cooker. It is so much easier for me.

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    Some favorites around here are: taco salad, chipped beef on toast, chicken and dumplings, pork chops (boneless), and believe it or not-chicken nuggets served with mac and cheese from a box and a veggie. Dh likes fried hot dogs served with canned baked beans and either fried potatoes or hash browns. Guess you can tell we're real gourmets here,lol

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    I get like that too.
    Last night was soup made from the Thanksgiving turkey.
    Night before I wasn't feeling good so Dh cooked, we had 2 kinds of soup & grilled cheese.
    Other dinners~pizza, burgers,linguini with clam sauce,baked pork chops,baked ziti,pea soup, rotissere pork & chicken,tacos...
    Tonight is a rolled meatloaf (with broccoli& ham inside and cheese melted on top),mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts.
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    Lucie, check out the weekly meal plans in this forum for ideas. They're stickied at the top.

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    Thanks everyone! You gave me lots of ideas and you know what, I realized, I used to like to cook more, when the kids were todlers and I had a play group I attended with them. We would have so much fun and talk about what we had cooked, tried new reipes, etc...

    Just reading your replies motivates me! We should talk more about cooking together...would you all like that?

    I like the thread, we sometimes have, when we post what we are making for dinner. Let's do that, again...

    You know, last evening, I finally made rigatoni noodles with the spagetti sauce we had ate the evening before with spagetti. I was suprised, that the kids didn't complain that we had 2 dinners that were similar 2 days in a row....it's me who wasn't too enthousiatic about eating it again, though...

    ....ahhhh...cooking and food....sometimes I wish I had a magic wand.

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    I hate planning meals. I'm gonna make a "menu" of our favs. and just choose one in the mornings. I'm like you Lucie, I get to where I can't "think" of meals anymore.

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    ugh...I know what you mean, Lisa! You got a good plan, there. That's what I should do too.

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    I've been a bit brain dead, too, in the meal idea department. I used to joke that I could gauge my mental health on when I was excited about cooking, looking at cook books, etc.
    Here is a reicpe I'm going to try:
    Cranberry Chicken

    6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp pepper
    1/2-1 cup chopped celery
    1/2 cup diced onions
    16 oz can whole berry cranberry sauce
    1/2-1 cup barbecue sauce

    Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker.Cover. Cook on high 4 hours or low 6-8 hours.

    Good luck!

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    I make almost the same things all the time.

    Pork chop meal
    Chicken meal
    Pasta Meal
    Beef Meal
    Soup or stew meal
    Stir fry something
    One day of takeout or sandwich night

    BORING!

    I did make meatloaf not long ago and hadn't made it in awhile. It was nice to have it again. Imagine me being happy over meatloaf? lol
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    One of the best things I've started doing is making a monthly meal plan. I keep it filxible, but I list out the meals that I have ingredients for in my pantry or that are in my freezer from when I do batch cooking. It helps me to see where I'm getting in a rut and also to use the ingredients I have on hand. It sure helps in planning ahead and pulling out a frozen meal early enough.
    A sample monthly menu for our family:
    Menu Plan October 2003
    W 10/1 TaterTot Casserole, broccoli, apple sauce (dh gone)
    Th 10/2 Tacos, canned corn, fruit
    F 10/3 Pizza at Folks
    S 10/4 Chicken Nuggets, apple slices, green beans for Kids (Chinese for us)
    S 10/5 CORD Pigs in the Blanket, apple sauce
    M 10/6 Chicken Tetrazini, beans
    T 10/7 Meatloaf, baked potatoes, mixed veg, applesauce
    W 10/8 Sweet & Sour Chicken with rice
    Th 10/9 Spaghetti, garlic bread, beans, apple sauce
    F 10/10 Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, corn, apple sauce
    S 10/11 Potluck at church - Yum Yum Chicken
    S 10/12 Sausage, Potatoes and Onion Skillet, corn on cob
    M 10/13 CORD
    T 10/14 Chix Cordon Blue, green beans, mashed potatoes
    W 10/15 Chicken Tortilla Casserole
    T 10/16 (Wedding Rehearsal)
    F 10/17 Pizza (Wedding)
    S 10/18 CORD
    S 10/19 Sloppy Joes
    M 10/20 Mac & Cheese (dh gone)
    T 10/21 Chicken nuggets, applesauce, veggies (dh gone)
    W 10/22 Birthday Dinner – Olive Garden
    T 10/23 Ham & Potato Dream
    F 10/24 Supper at Folks’
    S 10/25 CORD
    S 10/26 Spaghetti, garlic bread, broccoli
    M 10/27 Chicken fajitas
    T 10/28 Beans & Weenies Waikiki
    W 10/29 grilled cheese, applesauce, carrot sticks (dh gone)
    T 10/30 Chili, cornbread
    F 10/31 Frozen Pizza (Trick or Treat)

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    I'm not a great cook and often tired when I get home for work, so I am always trying to find easy meals to make. One of the things that we have for supper regularly is breakfast food. Tonight we had bacon, scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, and biscuits. Other nights, we might just have gravy and biscuits. We also eat spaghetti alot, which I like, but DH is growing sick of it.

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    Oh, another quick and easy meal is BLT sandwiches.

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