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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I've been known to get frustrated to the point of tears when it comes to coming up with meal ideas. I just struggle in the kitchen. It's a mixture of not feeling confident, trying to keep to a somewhat limited budget, and....well....laziness. But, if my family has to eat spaghetti one more time they may turn into noodles, so I'm gearing up to try some new creative dinners. I know grocery shopping and cooking does not have to be a form of torture - I have friends who actually enjoy it, so I am in the middle of an attitude overhaul.

I found this blog posting today, which links to the weekly menu of 192 different women. A little (lot) overwhelming, but just clicking around for a few minutes I found a few new meal ideas. And it's encouraging to think that if 192 women can plan menus, and find time to post them online complete with recipes, I can at least cook dinner each night without tears involved. Tonight I'm trying "Fiesta Soup" served with cornbread. Let's all hope for the best.

: The Soup was a moderate hit. Here's the recipe:

Fiesta Soup

2 cans chicken broth
10 oz canned chicken (drained)
1 can rotel (drained)
1 can corn (drained)
1 can black beans (drained & rinsed)

It was a little bit on the "brothy" side; if you prefer your soup thicker you could add some velveeta.

I served it topped with a generous amount of shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream. Also, on a prior tip I heard from my mother-in-law, I added some frozen corn to the Jiffy cornbread before baking. (Actually, her tip was to add a can of creamed corn, but I didn't have that.) Good stuff if topped with loads of butter. :-)

Blogger Catrina and Eric had this to say:

I hear ya, honey! There's nothing that stresses me out more during the day than what we're going to eat for dinner!! I was actually going to blog about this myself, but I've found some excellent quick and easy meal ideas from Jessica Seinfeld's "Deceptively Delicious" cookbook. She also has recipes on her website and on the Oprah website. Check it out at

November 28, 2007 at 7:17 PM 

Blogger Gombojav Tribe had this to say:

Sounds yummy! What time should I be over? ;-)

November 28, 2007 at 7:53 PM 

Blogger Margo had this to say:

oh girl, menu planning used to be easy, but it has gotten harder and I think I have gotten lazier! Plus, not knowing if Mike will be home for dinner or not makes it even more of a challenge! I will definitely be checking out that blog. And that soup looks great...and EASY!!! I love just opening a few cans and dumping it in and it tasting good!

November 29, 2007 at 8:45 PM 

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