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What to Cook?

Postby Suzn18 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:09 am

What would you recommend to cook for our family coming over this weekend? I've done dinners with them recently and made mostaccoli, salad/bread. I've made lasagna recently too. I'm just looking for something simple I can prep the night before or that morning and that most people will like. I don't want to have to buy a bunch of ingredients either. Boy, I'm sounding lazy! ha! Any suggestions? There will only be about 8 people and it can be very casual. TIA!
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Re: What to Cook?

Postby svhlkmp » Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:24 am

What about a taco/nacho bar? You could prep everything in advance and warm the meat in a slow cooker.
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Re: What to Cook?

Postby mshrdlicka » Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:28 am

You could do a baked potato bar too

Or we did stirfry for the last gathering we had at our house. Did the rice in the oven and just threw everything together in the last 10 minutes on the stove.
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Re: What to Cook?

Postby jennelled » Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:54 am

Stir fry is SUPER easy! That's a great idea! We usually use the frozen stir fry mixes from Walmart, so it's super quick. Just bake up some chicken, make a big pot of quinoa or rice, and then cook the veggies with some Kikkomann stir fry sauce {we like the preservative-free one with the green label}.

I've also done a taco bar with the meat in a crock pot. A few years ago I hosted Easter, and SIL requested tacos. Whatevs, it was tasty {if not traditional}!

Another family favorite is shredded jerk chicken {but you could do BBQ, too}. Serve with rolls and easy sides like pasta salad, chips, etc.
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Re: What to Cook?

Postby tiffanyandtoddmay3108 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:57 am

Great post...we are having family over next friday night and sunday for lunch and I need some ideas too... I have done lasagna (my go to) and chicken parmesean in the past and need something new. I like the Taco bar idea! Or I have a good chicken enchilada meal pinned on pinterest that can be made ahead of time and it's great.
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Re: What to Cook?

Postby Erin&Ben08 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:16 pm

svhlkmp wrote:What about a taco/nacho bar? You could prep everything in advance and warm the meat in a slow cooker.

I was going to say fajitas. You can cook the meat in crockpots and have the veggies pre-sliced.
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Re: What to Cook?

Postby LeMoNBaBy » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:53 pm

Sandwiches like pulled pork in the crockpot? A few sides- Mac n cheese for the kiddos, a green salad, and chips? Or BBQ? You could BBQ it the dAy before and put it in the oven to heat it up the next day...super easy peasy.

Just trying to think of something I would like to eat over at my SIL's.

I guess I'm not that big on tacos and things.
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Re: What to Cook?

Postby MrsChad » Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:07 pm

This quinoa salad is incredible, easy and preps well the night before. Sometimes, I add bacon as well. I typically serve it with roasted sweet potato and fresh fruit salad since it has the quinoa for protein. It would also go well with sandwiches of some sort in place of a pasta/potato salad.
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