What’s for Dinner?

Feel guilty about not feeding your family an organic, gourmet meal everyday? Don’t. At least you got everyone fed. Here’s a sampling of what I make for dinner. Don’t expect to be wowed by my French cooking skills. Maybe it will give you some ideas, maybe it will cause you to laugh and say, “I can’t believe she made them eat that!” Maybe it will just make you feel better about what you feed your own family. Whatever, just enjoy.

Check out the posts under the What’s for Dinner catagory for a whole lot more recipes.


Recipes and Kitchen Tips

Papaya Chicken Recipe 

4 chicken breast halves, skinned
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 papayas
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp salt
4 TPS Brown Sugar

Peel and remove seeds of papayas; reserve 1 tsp of the papaya seeds. Slice one papaya lengthwise in 1/2-inch slices; reserve. Chop remaining papaya and place in blender, add orange juice, mustard and reserved papaya seeds. Blend until seeds are finely chopped, about 1 minute.

Place nonstick frypan on medium high temperature and spray with vegetable cooking spray. Add chicken and cook, turning, about 10 minutes or until brown. Pour lemon juice over chicken and sprinkle with salt. Spoon blended papaya over chicken, reduce heat to low, cover and cook about 25 minutes, turning and spooning with sauce after 15 minutes.

Add reserved papaya slices and cook 5 minutes more, covered. Turn off heat and let sit 5 minutes. 

Southern Pork Chop Recipe

Prep: 5 min, Cook: 10 min.
4 pork rib chops
1 clove garlic, cut in half
1 Tbs. paprika
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1 tsp. sage, crumbled
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. pepper

Prepare grill or broiler. Rub both sides of pork chops with garlic. Combine next 5 ingredients in a bowl. Press seasoning mixture into pork chops with hands to adhere. Grill pork chops 7-8 minutes per side or until cooked throughout. 

Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki  Recipe

Cut-up Fryer Chicken (Up to 4 lbs.)

2 TBS of Vegetable Oil

1/3 Cup of Soy Sauce

2 TBS of Brown Sugar

2 TBS of Water

1 Garlic Clove, minced

1 tsp Ground Ginger

In a skillet over medium heat brown chicken in oil on both sides. Transfer to crock-pot. In a separate bowl combine soy sauce, brown sugar, water, garlic and ginger. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on high one hour. Reduce heat and cook another 4 to 5 hours. Remove to platter, spoon juices over chicken. Juice can also be thickened as a gravy.

Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Short Ribs Recipe

4 lb. beef short ribs
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup flour
1 cup BBQ sauce of your choice
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbsp. yellow mustard

Place short ribs in crock pot, top with onions. Mix remaining ingredients, pour over ingredients in crock pot. Cover with lid.

Cook on Low for 6-8 hours or on High 3-4 hours. Remove ribs form crock pot, cover to keep warm.

Skim excess fat from sauce, return ribs to sauce. Stir gently until coated well.

I used Jack Daniel’s Honey Smokehouse BBQ sauce. The ribs were tender and the sauce was good. I don’t like the short ribs, however, because it seemed like they had more fat than meat on them.

Green Beans & Bacon Recipe

An hour and a half may seem like a long time for green beans, but the key to the green beans and bacon is took cook them until any and all healthy nutrients are completely boiled away. That’s what makes them taste so good.

For a small bag of frozen beans you chop half a package of raw bacon into small pieces and brown it in the bottom of the sauce pan you’re going to cook the beans in. When it’s browned add the beans and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and then simmer for at least an hour. It will take longer if the beans are fresh, and less time if they are canned. Make sure the water doesn’t boil off. I’ve forgotten them on the stove before and ended up with blackened green beans, not tasty. The key it to get the bacon flavor absorbed into the beans. If you make these the day before then refrigerate over night and reheat the next day they taste even better.

Chicken Penne in Smoky Chili Cream Sauce Recipe

This is a new recipe I found in the January issue of Family Circle Magazine. It’s so good!

12 oz. of uncooked Penne

1 1/2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil

1 lb. of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, cut into 1/4 inch chunks

1/3 Cup chopped onion

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 Cups prepared Alfredo sauce

1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo sauce

2 teaspoons chili powder

2 teaspoons maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon salt

8 slices fully cooked bacon

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Cook and drain Penne pasta. While penne is cooking heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook chicken. Remove to a plate and reserve. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Stir in Alfredo sauce, chipotle, chili powder, maple syrup and salt. Cook over medium-high until bubbly. Stir in the chicken.

Place the pasta back into the pot and stir in the Alfredo and chicken mixture. Spoon pasta onto a large serving platter and garnish with the bacon and cilantro.

The magazine said it only took 10 minutes of prep time and 10 minutes of cooking time. All together it took more like an hour between the chopping, slicing and cooking. I also started with raw bacon I had to cook instead of the prepared bacon from the grocery store. I couldn’t find anything called Chipotle in Adobo Sauce in the stores where I live. I found just Chipotle Sauce and used that. All that said it’s delicious. If you like southwestern food you will like this. 

Turkey Rice Soup Recipe

4 Cups of Water

2 Cups of Turkey or Chicken Broth

4 Whole Carrots Diced

2 Stalks of Celery finely chopped

1/4 Cup of Onion finely chopped

1 Cup of Rice

2 Cups Shredded Turkey

1/8 tsp. of Poultry Seasoning

Salt to Taste

Bring water and broth to a boil in a large pot. Add veggies, rice and turkey. Add seasoning. Simmer until veggies and rice are soft.

Celery and Sage Stuffing Recipe

1/2 Cup finely chopped celery

1/4 Cup finely chopped onion

3/4 Cup of Butter

1 Teaspoon of sage

32 oz. Chicken Broth

16 oz. Dry bread crumbs

In a skillet melt the butter. Add celery and onion and cook until soft. Stir in sage. Add bread crumbs and broth alternating as you stir together. Put stuffing in a 9×13 casserole and bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 60 minutes.

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe (Really Yummy!)

3 Cups mashed sweet potatoes

1 Cup of brown sugar

2 Eggs lightly beaten

1 Teaspoon of vanilla

1/2 Cup of milk

1/2 Cup of melted butter


1/2 Cup of brown sugar

1/3 Cup of flour

1/3 Cup of melted butter

1 Cup of chopped pecans

Mix together the first six ingredients. Place in a 2 quart casserole. Mix together topping ingredients and sprinkle over the top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes.

Broccoli & Bacon Salad Recipe

3 Cups Broccoli florets

1/2 Cup of shredded Cheddar Cheese

1/3 Cup of Raisins

1/4 Cup of chopped red onion

1/3 Cup of sunflower seeds

8 Slices of bacon cooked and crumbled

1/2 Cup of mayonnaise

2 TBS of sugar

1 tsp of lemon juice

In large bowl combine broccoli, cheese, raisins, bacon, onion, and sunflower seeds. In a separate bowl mix together mayo, sugar and lemon juice. Pour over salad. Toss to coat.

Homemade Cranberry Relish Recipe

12 oz. of Cranberries

1 Cup of Water

1 Cup of Sugar

Bring water to a boil. Stir in sugar. Stir in cranberries. Cook 10 minutes or until skins on

Mom Graybill’s Homemade Noodle Recipe

3 egg yolks

1 whole egg

3 TBS of water (May need more. Add enough to make dough come together.)

1 Tsp of salt

2 Cups of water

Beat egg yolks and whole egg with fork. Add water, salt and flour. (Mixing is easier if you have an electric mixer with a dough hook.) Roll dough out thin. (I like to roll it out on floured pastry cloths. You can also use paper towel. It doesn’t stick and you can move it to another location after rolling if you need to.) Cut noodles into thin strips. You can let the noodles dry and store them for a few days in a plastic bag or boil the noodles wet immediately. Wet noodles could also be frozen for later use.

Mashed Potato Tip

My Grandma Awald taught me to add the butter first to the potatoes and blend it in completely before adding the milk. She says it gives them a better buttery flavor. I don’t know why it works, but it does.

Roast Chicken Tip

Rub outside of chicken with butter or margarine. Sprinkle with Lowery’s Seasoning. Bake in a Renyold’s Oven Bag in a shallow baking dish. The chicken will be moist with out basting, and tastes like the rotisserie chickens they sell at the grocery store. It should bake at 325 degrees, 25 minutes for each pound or until the internal temperature at the thickest part of the thigh reaches 180 degrees. It’s even better on the grill. If you grill it don’t use the oven bag. Buying a whole chicken is the least expensive way to purchase chicken. Pull leftovers off the bone and freeze to use later in another dish.

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrot Recipe

Buy the bagged cut-up and peeled carrots to save prep time. Boil carrots in a medium sauce pan on the stove 20minutes or until fork tender. Drain. Melt 5 Tablespoons of butter in sauce pan and stir in 1/4 Cup of brown sugar, more if desired. Add carrots back into the pan and cook over low heat until well coated. Stir frequently.

Tip to Avoid Lumpy Gravy

Pour drippings from meat into a large measuring cup. Skim the fat off the top of the drippings, but don’t discard. Add enough broth or water to remaining drippings to equal 2 Cups. Pour 1/4 Cup of the fat into a medium sauce pan. Stir in 1/4 Cup of flour with a whisk. Then add all at once the remaining 2 Cups of drippings. Continue to stir with a whisk over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Tomato Bacon Rotini Recipe

Cook and crumble 8 slices of bacon. Boil and Drain a 16 oz. Package of Rotini Pasta. Set aside. In a sauce pan melt 1/4 cup of margarine or butter. Stir in 1 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp of pepper and 1/4 cup of Flour. Stir constantly until thick and bubbly. Then stir in 1 1/2 cups of grated Parmesan cheese, 2 medium tomatoes chopped and the bacon. Pour over pasta in a large saucepan tossing together and heating through.

MommieDaze Homemade Mac&Cheese Recipe

Boil one cup of Macaroni or other short pasta. Drain and put back in pot. Add 6 oz. of Velveeta cut up, four tablespoons of butter or margarine. Turn burner to medium and stir until Velveeta and butter are melted. Add enough milk to make creamy, about 1/4 Cup. Stir in 1/8 teaspoon of pepper. Remove from heat. To warm up the next day reheat on stove or in microwave and stir in a little more milk.


5 Responses to “What’s for Dinner?”

  1. Ashlyn Says:

    These look so good! Do you keep a book or box full of your family’s favorites, or do you just try random ideas?

  2. Colleen Says:

    This is my box! I use recipes from my collection of cookbooks, magazines, family recipes passed on to me, and I find them online. Some I make often, and some are new. If it’s good and easy to make it will get repeated. I’m slowly trying to get them recorded on my What’s For Dinner page so I don’t loose them. I also keep a Word file on my computer where I save recipes, but I don’t keep up on it all the time.

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  4. Michelle Sullivan Says:

    Great recipes. If you dont care Im gonna post this and your link on my blog.
    Come see me and by the way I love your page.


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