Monday, February 23, 2009

I need ideas

So I am planning on grocery shopping later. I need ideas. Anyone have any recipes to share? I am tired of making the same things. I need inexpensive and healthy (or semi healthy) meal ideas. I am tired of spending so much on groceries.

Oh and for those of you who asked about Christmas Tree Shoppes...It is a discount store here in the US mainly in New England but there are a few other locations (DE, IN,MI,NY, NJ, OH, PA). Its one of those stores my husband hates. They are great for holiday decorations, seasonal things. Its just one of those stores you can browse and find great bargains. I love getting tissue paper, gift bags, wrapping paper/bags.

I am on a mission cleaning today. I still haven't quite made this place how I want it, so I have piles of things all over the place. I am starting to hang pictures and things. Baby steps I know. I should have taken more before pics...Maybe I will have to look through and post some afters anyway....

Alright now help me with some recipes!! Pwease!!


Amanda said...

Sounds like my kind of shop!

Now here is a nice recipe ~ and it's only 380 calories per portion!
This one serves 2.
Tagliatelle with roasted butternut squash

300g peeled weight butternut squash
85g shallots, cut in chunks
spray oil
salt n pepper
1 rounded tsp brown sugar
2 tsp butter
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
175g Tagliatelle
2 dspn grated parmesan cheese

1/ Heat oven to 220 oC / gas mark 6
2/ cut butternut squash into chunks and put on a baking sheet along with shallots. Spray with oil, season with salt n pepper and sprinkle with brown sugar.
Roast in oven for about 25 mins till cooked.
3/ Cook Tagliatelle until tender. Drain and serve between two serving dishes. Toss in 1 tsp of butter into each serving.
4/ remove the squash and shallots from the oven and stir in the thyme. Divide the mixture between the 2 servings and top each with 1 dspn grated parmesan cheese.

Hope you like this one!

Amanda x

Becky said...

I'm not the best cook and I know many people can vouch for that! But I do like chicken spaghetti and it's an easy recipe. I'm sure you can just google "chicken spaghetti" and it will pop up!

Mary said...

Who doesn't know about the Christmas Tree Shop?!?!?! ha ha ha
Try the kraft foods website. You can type in certain ingredients and it will give you recipes (some healthy). They are usually quick and inexpensive meals. Good Luck :)

bekah said...

1. I LOVE Christmas tree shops!

2. I dont follow recipes very I am pretty much no help here.

3. painting cabinets...USE PRIMER! Haha, we thought we could get away with not priming, but after out first door we realized we really needed to prime everything!

Chele76 said...

I'm totally 'borrowing' amanda's recepie. That sounds AMAZING!

Julie said...

Thanks ladies. I will definitely try your ideas.

Amanda- that dish sounds so Yummy!

Becky- I will google it and check it out.

Mary- I always forget that site, I have tried some of their recipes before.

Bekah- Thanks. I want to paint mine, but am so afraid, my canvas isn't as nice as yours. But note to self- Primer!!

April said... I'm hungry. You should check out Menu Plan Monday on the cuz even if you don't participate yourself you can see everyone else's yummy recipes that they post. I found a couple good ones there before!

WOO HOO! Christmas Tree Shops rock!!

Keri said...

Well this is what i made last night...
bone-in chicken thighs (who much cheaper can one get) thrown into a stock pot with a can of mildly spicy diced maters ,jar of small green olives(whole), 4 or 5 cloves of large diced garlic, large chopped onion, some pepper, salt, seasoning...
thow the top on and set on low simmer for 3 or 4 hours or when needed...
side of white rice... yummie.

you can throw green peppers in or anyother veg to fluff it out...

Tabitha said...

Oh Dear ~ as I am a rubbish cook I am afraid that I cannot share any recipes!! I have been copying things that I have seen on other blogs!!
I know that you are doing weight watchers and I actually bought a weight watchers magazine here yesterday ~ so I will look through that and see if there is anything yummy!! Do you get that magazine over there??
Hope you get some nice ideas!
Love and hugs Tabitha XXXX

PS ~ wish we had one of those christmas shops here ~ I love christmas soooooooo much!! xxx

MIT Mommy said...

Hi there!

I made burritos tonight - you know, tortillas, cheese, taco meat, carmelized onions and tomato. Super easy and I made each one to order (so the kids actually eat them).

Good luck.

Chele76 said...

you should try my enchelada recepies. I vary it around all the time but the basis is always the same. Everyone who has had them LOVES them.

Plus they can be altered in such ways that they area healthy, or you can make them oooey gooey and bad for you.

heck, even the healthy ones are AMAZING.


~**Dawn**~ said...

I am slowly collecting my favorite recipes on my recipe blog. You can check that out if you like. =) There's a link at the top of my blog or you can find it if you go to my Blogger profile.