Tuesday, August 31, 2010

According to Hubby and Kids

The Ten Best Made at Home Dinners According to the Hubby and the Kids:
It's amazing how many of these dinners are favorites of both the hubby and the kids! Here goes:
10. Sandwiches--Besides me, the whole family prefers simple meals. I often try to jazz up these meals by cutting the sandwiches in cool shapes for the kiddos or frying an egg to add to the hubby's grilled cheese. They appreciate these touches (I think), but really, they are fine with just a pb & j or a simple meat, cheese, and mayo!
9.Tuna Casserole--I always think of this one as just a very regular meal, but the hubby loves it and the kids eat it (almost) without complaining, so it counts as a great one around here. I made this one with my own cream base: 2T butter melted and 2T flour added. Then add 2 cups of milk (or Silk in my case) and 9 oz of shredded cheese. The hubby likes lots of sauce, so I usually add a little water to this as well. Then just add your choice of noodles, frozen peas, and 3 cans of tuna.
8. Macaroni and cheese and hotdogs--I think this is quite sad, but it's so true. The hubby thanks me when I make boxed mac and cheese and hot dogs! I make a mean homemade mac and cheese which I like a lot better, but if I'm being honest, the hubby and kids would just as well have the box!
7. Grits casserole--I use the recipe on the side of the Jimmy Dean package of grits and boy is it YUM! The only thing I change is that I don't put any cheese on top, I just put the extra cheese in the body of the casserole. This is the oldest's favorite and everyone else eats it just fine. (And it's one of my favorites too!)
6. Green Salad (Okay, just kidding, that would be on my list but it really doesn't show up on theirs!) Tuna Salad--this is just the tuna, chopped pickles, chopped boiled eggs, mayo and mustard plain old tuna salad, but they all like it, so I make it. I usually make deviled eggs to go with it, and those get devoured as well.
5. Cheeseburger pie is kind of my "signature meal." It's a great one to take when you're making a meal for another family because it uses a prepared pie shell in its own foil pan. The kids have to be encouraged to eat this one, but the hubby likes it a lot.
4. Shrimp salad. 1 lb of salad shrimp, 2 cups of cooked white rice, 1/4 cup chopped green pepper, 1/4 cup chopped onion, 1/4-1/3 cup chopped green olives, and 2 T mayo. The hubby could eat the entire batch of this in one sitting, so I have to make it the day I serve it or else hide it from him!
3. Crock pot roast--the kiddos are with me in not being absolutely in love with the veggies that go with this, but the potatoes and the carrots are part of the comfort food for the hubby, and of course, everyone gobbles up the meat.
2. Any kind of baked meat (pork, beef, chicken), frozen green beans/broccoli (cooked with lots of salt and butter), and homemade rolls or bread. The boy cracks us all up by asking for more "chicken" about a hundred times during this meal--no matter which kind of meat it is.
1. Hands down, the number one meal for the hubby and kids is a taco salad. The ingredients for this are slightly flexible, but I get the most brownie points with the hubby if I make sure to include taco meat, bean dip, lots of cheese, and sour cream. I think he really likes it best layered together in a dish so that it's really just a dip, but I usually serve it as a salad.
If there were 11, I would definitely add my homemade pizza in there somewhere.
So there you have it! I am sure that if the hubby and kids were to write this list it might have other things (like frozen pizzas, etc) on it, but this is as honest as I can bear to be!
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  1. OH, great list. Love how the husband and kids pick the most random/easy/mundane things as their faves. It's the same here.

  2. I want to try the cheeseburger pie...but I am allergic to eggs, so do ya think I could leave that out? Would it still work and be good?

  3. I love this idea! I'm going to poll my family and find out what their top 10 is too. Thanks for sharing!

  4. My husband and kids menu would look similar. I love gourmet but they love PB&J!

  5. Haha! It's the same thing in our household. How much pressure I put on myself to fix great meals (and the longer they take to make, the more points I must get, right?) when all the family really loves are the meals that are so easy, boring, and unhealthy that they make me feel like a terrible wife and mom for serving them! My hubby loves chicken fried rice. It's the easiest thing in the world to make and extremely unexciting in my opinion, but he loves it! And I get the same thing over here about roast vegetables. I'm the only one who'll eat the "squishy carrots", as they're affectionally (or not so affectionately) called at our house. =D

  6. This is a great post! Thanks for sharing all these dinner ideas.

  7. Yum! This is a great list---a good idea. I should try this with my kids/husband.

    Thanks for linking up!

  8. Those would be popular meals around here!

  9. Love your list!! I need to sit down and make one... thanks so much for sharing this w/ Two for Tuesdays this week =)

  10. You're so lucky that your family would be happy with sandwiches! I would never get away with that ...

    Thanks for sharing the ideas - and my family would prefer the boxed mac and cheese too.

  11. Yeah those would definitely work in my house too! This is a great list; I do a meal exchange and it always helps to see what other people like (pretty much the same stuff we like, it turns out!)

  12. My hubby would totally agree with your list. Isn't it funny how we kill ourselves to find new and inventive things to make when the hubs and the kids would prefer the same 'ol same 'ol.

  13. There are some super simple recipes on our top 10 list too! Growing up I always asked for tuna casserole for my birthday dinner! Thanks for linking to Two for Tues!

  14. I could take some of that tuna casserole RIGHT NOW. Comfort food at its finest. (Plus I don't want to make dinner).

  15. Taco salad is always a winner in my house, too. I don't really get it, but at least it's easy to make. Thanks for sharing your family favs at Two for Tuesday.

  16. haha...I am laughing at the mac & cheese and hot dogs! Although my family likes my yummy homemade mac& cheese, they are always so happy when I pop open a box of cheap store-bought mac&cheese and have hot dogs too.

    Loving the sound of the shrimp salad...must try it!

    Thanks for sharing this and thanks for visiting me the other day!

  17. You are too funny! You mentioned "no bake energy cookie" in another post. Do you have the recipe for those?