I think the quesadillas and some homemade pizza would be great, you can vary the toppings and fillings to suit both your own and your guests.
-mild veggie chili
-strimboli w lowfat chees and marinara
grilled shrimp skewers
I actuall made english muffin pizzas last night and used part skim mozzarell and those ones were fine (I find part skim and red fat cheese work great) however I ran out and used some Low fat shredded cheese. The lf cheese ones barely melted and were totally missing the gooey cheesieness that makes pizza amazing. lesson learned, oh well
I've had pancetta wrapped salmon-very good
I have a few.
-My mom's stuffing, or my Aunt's for that matter. We went to a restaurant one infamous Thanksgiving when I was about 10 years old and I ordered the turkey dinner. They tried to "gourmet up" the stuffing with slivered almonds and dried cranberries. It wasn't even cooked in the bird. I was so bummed.
-My dad's egg salad. very basic eggs, mayo, salt and pepper but its still warm when I get it and it comes from my dad. I ordered it in a deli once and it was ice cold and it had a lot of mustard in it. Ewww
-My mom makes the best stuffed peppers. Never seem as good when I'm out.
For the penne alla vodka I meant grilled chicken an diced proscuitto added to the sauce.
I usually grill up about 20 chicken breasts on Sunday night and use them all week in salad for lunch and in various dinners like the penne alla vodka, quesadillas or made into parmesan. I have also added leftover breaded chicken cutlets, sausage, and shrimp to the vodka sauce depending on what I have. The proscuitto is a constant though.
We have three that are regulars every week:
chicken quesadillas with all the fixins
Chicken fried rice w scrambled eggs
Penne alla vodka w/ proscuitto and grilled chick diced in sauce
Friday we eat out (date night)
and there is usually one take out night pizza or chinese
As most people, we grill a lot. I do a lot of pasta and stir fry too lately. We are on a penne alla vodka w proscuitto and grilled chicken kick lately. I went to a barbeque with a great pasta salad penne, diced mozzarella, diced grilled chick, sundried tomatoes and balsamaic vinegrette. I'm gonna try and duplicate that. I also love tortellini salad.
I am definitely a creature of habit during the work week. I eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch at the same time. Cereal everyday. Dinners vary and the weekends are always different and unpredictable. Weekends we sometimes go out or cook breakfast/combine it with lunch, have a large late afternoon meal and go out for appetizers and listen to a band at around 10pm. I have several meals that I cook regularly because we both really enjoy them. Current dinner favorites are penne alla vodka with grilled chicken and proscuitto, chicken fried rice, chicken cutlets with french cut green beans, grilled pork tenderloin, chicken quesadillas with bacon and guacomole, chicken parm.
BBQ chicken- just slather chicken parts with your favorite sauce and grill
pasta salad- a super easy one is tricolor rotini or tortellini or penne, halved cherry tomatoes, diced mozzarella, and italian dressing.
Pre cooked trays of Italian food like baked ziti, stuffed shells, pasta with chicken and broccili, stuffed peppers.
grilled chicken wings
sausage and peppers
You can also try frozen foods, birds eye makes rice and veg blends that you just need to add chicken steak or shrimp to.
Lean cuise and stouffers also make frozen in bag full skillet meals like chicken and past or beef stew.
Trader JOes makes great frozen entrees. They have pizzas,mojito salmon, frozen chicken kabobs and frozen risotto that you can just add protein to. They also have frozen stir fry kits.
I am also a fan of rice a roni as a side especially rice pilaf, chicken, and spanish flavors.
salt, avocadoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegrette.
ITs really thoughtful of you to cook for your date.
An easy appetizer would be jumbo shrimp with homemade cocktail sauce and maybe avocadoes. Stuffed mushrooms are great and u can use meat or seafood.
My current boyfriend doesnt really cook much but one special memory I have is a night he went to an Italian market and bought freshmade minestrone soup (i love soup), he also got premade breaded chicken cutlets sauce and fresh mozz and made chicken parm. He also got wine, set the table really nice with candles and got a fresh baked loaf of bread.
I also remember a date made me a seared scallop appetizer with an orange coulis sauce. He also made stuffed peppers with ground turkey and bread crumbs. I was really impressed that he took the time to plan the dinner for me. He said he got the recipes from the light version of the Allrecipes cookbook.
You could make ratatouille or use it as a sandwich/burger topper
kebabs with chicken, shrimp, steak or fish and a variety of veggies (mushreeoms, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, onions). You can grill the night before or skewer and marinate and let him throw on bbq.
stir fry is great- lots of veg, lean protein, a little rice.
cold cut roll ups- ham or turkey, cheese and pickle
I make stir fry with chicken or shrimp and frozen veg over brown rice
egg white veggie and turkey omlettes with a little cheese and whole wheat toast
baked chix cutlets
pizza on ww crust with lots of veggies and part skim cheese
grilled chix/shrimp and veg skewers with ww pita
I love simply roasted asparagus with olive oil and sea salt
sweet potato fries or mashed sweets would be great with the ham
I was also thinking of soup or stew, bean soups like lentil or split pea or beef stew with potatoes, peas and carrots reheat well. Italian food like baked ziti and lasagna, stuffed shells, chili, stir frys, chicken parmesan.
That is such a nice idea. I would suggest beef or chicken stew, pea or lentil soup, italian sauce with meatballs and sausage (he can just boil some pasta), stuffed shells, baked ziti, chili, swedish meatballs. You can by the disposable glad containers to freeze individual servings.
Congratulations- a few ideas
fresh mozz, ontario tomato, basil salad
hummus, falafel balls
skewers- veggie- eggplant, portabello, tomato, tofu, seitan
chicken, fish, or steak
homemade slaw, mac and cheese, grilled corn on cob, grilled veggies.
sauteed collard greens or spinach in garlic and olive oil, black eyed peas, roast asparagus, roasted sweet potatoes.
Pizza, spinach artichoke dip, stuffed mushrooms, mozzarella sticks, quesadillas, lasagna, baked ziti
you can make a hot spinach and artichoke dip and add crab meat to that.
french onion or real cream of mushroom soup. coquilles sa jacque (scallops). salad compose with frisee and lardons.
I love the arthur treacher fish fry combo, sbarro's huge cheesy slices and plates of pasta, panda express salty greasy chicken w mushrooms and lo mein noodles
I was thinking of chicken and shrimp franchese styly on thin crisp crust no red sauce and shaved parmesan on top
or a scampi sauce i would make the sauce and protien is a sautee pan and dry bake the crust
artichokes would be a nice addition
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