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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What are your rescue dinners?

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You probably know the feeling- after experimenting with some promising recipe that didn't turn out edible or letting a favorite meal cook past the point of no return, you're left without dinner. You really don't want to spend a lot of time making another dinner, but you need to eat. What do you do?

Some recent rescue dinners for us have been quesadillas, baked potatoes and toast. In the past we've also turned to pasta. What do you turn to for quick and easy nourishment? Unfortunately this scenario has been coming up a few times in a row the last week, so I'd love any new ideas you have!

Also another somewhat related question for parents out there. When we have kids some day we're going to try to teach them to eat at least some of stuff they don't like (I know that may fail). What do you do when the meal isn't something you'd even normally eat? Do you dig in to teach the principle anyway? How do you handle that situation?


  1. We do stirfry a lot because I buy the frozen vegetable bags and they are really quick. Rice takes longer, so if I'm in a hurry, we just cook ramen noodles without the seasoning and then serve the stirfry over drained ramen noodles. Baked potatoes is a great idea, too. I should do that more.

  2. Your rescue dinners are like identical to mine. :) I have a black bean soup recipe (that I think I got from Asialene) that is super easy and quick, and I can always have the ingredients on hand as a back-up dinner. I can pass that onto you if you want.

  3. Thanks for the stir fry idea Janae. I usually don't consider that because of the time it takes to cook rice, but I like the ramen idea. I might also finally put the box of minute rice in our pantry to use. Katie, I'd love the recipe if you don't mind! You could email or facebook it to me. Thanks!

  4. My backup dinners are spaghetti or tacos. We seem to have them often. :)

    With the kids and new foods, my boys all have to try at least one bite of everything, even if they don't like it. If it's something totally freaky or if something just doesn't turn out and I won't even eat it, then I wouldn't make them try it. I guess it comes down to the fact that I don't cook things that I don't like. Maybe I'm cheating. :)

  5. Haha I guess I should get all of my experimenting out of the way before we have kids ;)