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Old 08-02-2021, 11:15 AM
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I am in a rut. We eat a rotation of ground beef dishes and sandwich lunches. In summer I don’t bake anything to conserve the cool air so that is limiting.

Any stove top ideas for me other than sloppy joes and goulash?

Does anyone else stop using the oven in summertime?


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Old 08-02-2021, 11:29 AM
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https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes

Do you watch ANY cook shows on Food Network above (or any other cooking network)?

I wanted new ideas too and went through every single recipe in all the seasons of the show The Kitchen and saved and/or printed the ones I like and I recently made two summer salads/pastas.

I doctored up a nice ramen noddle soup meal in a bowl just the other night by cooking some veggies in the skillet and adding to the packaged ramwn noodles.

Quinoa fried rice.

Also how about ground turkey tacos?
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Old 08-02-2021, 11:31 AM
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Potato and Sausage Stove Top Dinner
https://www.recipezazz.com/recipe/po...op-dinner-2454

Pork chops

Fried rice
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Old 08-02-2021, 11:41 AM
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I hardly ever use ground beef so I can’t help you there.

I do make a lot on the stove Teriyaki chicken and asparagus stir fry, Szechuan chicken skillet, Sweet and spicy chicken and veggies, chicken burrito bowls, flank steak asparagus and red pepper stir fry, skirt steak and veggies, beef and broccoli etc.
I also do shrimp and pasta on the stovetop.
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Old 08-02-2021, 12:03 PM
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I'm cooking up onions and garlic, adding in chopped tomato, sliced zucchini and summer squash. Season with oregano, basil, pepper...Let it simmer until the vegetables cook and top with some thin sliced Swiss cheese. If I wasn't on a sodium restricted diet it would have salt, Mozzarella cheese, and maybe Italian sausage chunks. I can only dream about serving it with crusty Garlic bread slices.


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Crack Slaw/Egg Roll in a Bowl
Old 08-02-2021, 12:07 PM
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Have you ever made Crack Slaw, also known as Egg Roll in a Bowl? Here is a website with lots of variations or if you google it, you will come up with lots more. It can be tailored to a lot of different diets, too, like keto or gluten free.
https://flavormosaic.com/eggroll-in-...k-slaw-recipe/

I try to avoid turning on the oven, too. I sometimes use the Instant Pot or the Air Fryer. If you have an air fryer, pork tenderloin is super easy, especially if you get one of the ones that are already marinated in a 22 oz. package. 30 minutes at 350 degrees and it comes out great!
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Old 08-02-2021, 12:20 PM
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I’m all about big salads, so no oven or cooktop. You can easily tailor salads to individual tastes and they can be hearty and filling.
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Old 08-02-2021, 12:23 PM
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One meal that gets worked into the rotation at our house is lettuce wraps. Yes, you use the cooktop, but not for long. This can use leftover chicken or meat prepared in a crockpot. Wraps can be Mexican spiced , Asian, Cajun or whatever.
Also, this morning a friend was telling me of her latest Costco find - burnt ends. It's a boxed bag of already cooked seasoned beef. The plastic bag can be dropped into boiling water or microwaved. I'm going there tomorrow!
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Old 08-02-2021, 01:00 PM
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Salads are great for summer dinners. I make tabouli using quinoa instead of bulgur. I chop tomatoes, cucumbers, and onion, plus big handfuls of parsley and mint. Mix it all together, add chickpeas for more protein if it’s a main dish, and dress with olive oil and lots of lemon juice.

Niçoise salad is nice too. It’s an arranged salad with tuna fish (or maybe salmon), green beans, tomatoes, steamed new potatoes, and black olives. You can use canned fish or buy fillets and cook it yourself. Dress with whatever dressing you like.

While herbs are inexpensive (in my garden) I like to make falafel (you can find easy recipes on line) and stuff a pita with them, adding lots of lettuce and tomatoes and dress with a raita sauce (yogurt and cucumber).

Boneless chicken can be sautéed on top of the stove and served simply with veggies and corn or potatoes or bread...or cooked in a sauce (curry, maybe, or tomato sauce) and served over rice or pasta. You can add veggies to the sauce to make it more nutritious, like peas, corn, green beans, or spinach.

Pizza can be cooked on the grill. You can buy the dough ready made and add toppings. Make several small individual ones instead of a big one.

My mom’s favorite hot summer dinner was a shrimp boil. Get frozen EZ peel shrimp. Steam it with Old Bay seasoning using the directions on the Old Bay container. Spread newspapers all over the table and serve dinner on paper plates. Have deviled eggs, carrot & celery sticks, and corn on the cob with it. Of course, have plenty of cocktail sauce for the shrimp! Peel the shrimp as you eat, and just put the peels on the newspaper. Clean up is simple: Just roll everything up in the newspaper: shrimp peelings, paper plates, corn cobs...just pick up the silverware and serving bowls first.
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Old 08-02-2021, 01:04 PM
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Thanks all! Lots of ideas here


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Old 08-02-2021, 01:04 PM
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I buy rotisserie chicken at Costco and freeze it in meal size packets. Toss in salad. Sauté in jarred sauce over rice. Put in quesadillas. Chicken omelette. Quick and easy.
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Rotisserie chicken
Old 08-02-2021, 01:36 PM
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There are lots of recipes that use rotisserie chicken as a base. I also use frozen shrimp for many things.
https://www.afamilyfeast.com/rotisse...icken-skillet/

https://www.eatwell101.com/garlic-bu...roccoli-recipe

Pinterest has many ideas.
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Old 08-02-2021, 03:12 PM
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Salsa chicken in crockpot—throw in premise taco salad

chicken on grill—throw in premise Everything salad or Caesar
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Old 08-02-2021, 03:37 PM
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pancakes

scrambled eggs

bacon, Canadian bacon, or sausage

toast

egg salad sandwiches or bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches (Yes, I eat these for breakfast.)

I love breakfast for dinner!!
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Old 08-02-2021, 03:48 PM
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We make chicken fajitas. Nothing fancy, just sprinkle Penney’s Fajita Seasoning on strips of chicken and sauté them. In another pan I saute a bunch of yellow peppers and red onion. Roll into a flour tortilla along with some salsa and shredded cheese. If I have a ripe avocado I will smash some of that onto my fajita.
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Old 08-03-2021, 06:49 AM
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I love cold baked salmon, breaking it up into pieces and adding it to a salad with oil and vinegar dressing, and red bell pepper.
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