Uh-oh!  It's
"What are we going to have for dinner tonight?"


You can print this list to hang on the inside of your cabinet door to spark your
imagination when you are wondering: "What are we going to have for dinner tonight?"

Dozens of Dinners
pamela spurling

o       Leftovers: don't forget to use what you have in the fridge!

o       Breakfast for dinner:   bacon, eggs, pancakes, waffles, toast, French toast, crépes, muffins, hash browns, hushpuppies, Dutch-babies, Eggs Benedict

o       Egg:   Strata... with ham, with beef, with bacon, with broccoli, soufflé, Omelets with cheese, or: chili, stir fry vegetables, onions, peppers, salsa;  Quiche... spinach; tomato & sausage; broccoli & tomato, plain.

o       Cheese:   Toasted cheese Sandwiches-with soup, salad;  Quesadillas, chili’s, meat and cheese

o       Hors d’ Oeuvres:  “snacks” dinner:  meats and cheeses, crackers, snack-breads, Smokies, vegetables and dips, fondue, etc.

o       Beef:  Pot Roast with vegetables or baked potatoes, Stew, Soup, Shish Kabobs, Ribs - barbecued or roasted, grilled steaks, French dips, rolled roast, stuffed flank steak,

o       Lamb Chops broiled, roasted leg of lamb, curried over rice, kabobs, stew

o       Fish:  salmon,  salmon loaf,  fish-sticks & fires,  halibut,   tuna melts,

o       Ham:  sliced with baked or mashed potatoes; with brown sugar-pineapple glaze; With sweet potato casserole or scalloped potatoes  with Navy bean soup and cornbread;  sandwiches; Cubed with almonds, red grapes & rice mixed with mayonnaise for salad

o       Hamburgers/cheese burgers – with trimmings, or bacon & swiss, chili, veggie patties, avocado,

o       Hot Dogs: in buns; with chili,  cheese, onions; or chopped with beans

o       Dinners made with ground beef:   Tacos, Nachos, Tostados, spaghetti, beef gravy over rice or mashed potatoes; Meatloaf, Sloppy Joes,  Tamales, Enchiladas, potato bars; Stroganoff, tater-tot casserole, beans and rice in tortillas, Spaghetti, Lasagna, Cannelloni,  Ravioli ---all with green salad, garlic rolls

o       Mexican Food:  Enchiladas, Rellenos, Tacos, Tostados, burritos, Mexican rice, Fajitas, black beans, tortillas

o       Chinese/Japanese food stir fry, rice, chow mien, soups; chicken pork or beef sweet and sour;  soups, steamed rice, wontons, pork fried rice, egg rolls

o       Chicken:  Baked, fired, stewed, oven roasted, in a casserole over rice, pot pies, stir fry over rice and vegetables, on salad, with curry over rice, enchiladas, grilled on the barbecue, teriyaki or sweet & sour, Chicken 'n stuffing, crepes, Noodle soup and biscuits

o       Sandwiches: (with salad or soup---or both!)  Rueben, Dips, turkey, tuna, ham, B.L.T.'s, Chicken, meatloaf ---all with soup in winter, salad in summer, with deviled eggs, pickles, fruits.   "Submarine sandwiches" or "foot-long" French bread and cut into portions.   "Wraps!" these are fun... you can experiment with meats, cheeses, lettuce, spreads. Pita pockets with sprouts, cream cheese, avocado, tomato

o       Pizza:  on your own dough, English muffins, French bread, or focaccia, or refrigerator biscuit or bread dough

o       Soups:  Split pea with ham, ham & bean, vegetable beef, tomato, chicken noodle, chicken rice, beef barley, taco, chicken chili, wonton, black bean, Minestrone, lentil, meatball, clam chowder, cream of mushroom, cream of potato, cabbage patch, etc.

o       Salads:  Taco, Spinach with bacon and hard boiled egg,  Cob salad, Shrimp or Crab Louie, Grilled chicken,  Tuna in tomato on lettuce, Caesar, Grilled Chicken Caesar, Pasta

Most all meals go well with tossed salad, jell-O, mixed vegetables. A dessert is nice to prepare once in a while and a change in dinner beverage is nice, too.  Setting the table uniquely is sweet for the family or for yourself!  Choose a theme.  Celebrate ½ birthdays!  Eat outside or in the living-room.  Use different cloths, china, dishes, paper.  Set out candles, flowers, a cluster of small photographs in frames and a small plant...  

Having a customary or established day to have a particular meal is also fun for the family... like pizza each Friday night or soup on Thursdays or chicken every Sunday... whatever makes your family know and feel like you are setting things up for them!  Keeping things special will speak love to them. Families like traditions and things they can count on!   Let them count on you… let them look back on their days with you and let their memories be sweet.  Be a sweet heart… your husband, your children, your family needs you.

"Every wise woman buildeth her house:
but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands."

Proverbs 14.1

pamela spurling ~ The Welcome Home ~

"Dozens of Dinners" © pamela spurling 1999