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Dinner Ideas For 1 Year Anniversary

post #1 of 6
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Today is my one year anniversary with my boyfriend. I am trying to come up with something to make for dinner for him, but I have limited ingredients. I am between jobs and have absolutely NO money for other items.

This is what I have:

Frozen hamburger meat
Frozen Chicken tenders
Macaroni (velveeta)
Green Beans
Pasta (no sauce)

And as far as seasonings go I have these:
Season salt
mrs. dash

Anyone who has any suggestions for me, they would be GREATLY appreciated. I am no cooking wiz, but I can do plenty.

Thanks again in advance! :rolleyes:
post #2 of 6
Do you have any other basic stock items like flour, eggs, milk, cream, sugar, oil. Or condiments like mustard, ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar etc? Or stock cubes? Any wine hanging about (even cardboard wine would help), or a bottle of beer or cider.

This could help if you have, and would give a bit more scope. If youo don't, let us know and I'm sure someting can be done.
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post #3 of 6
Perhaps you should just go dumpster diving... I hear there's lots of edible and even good stuff being thrown out all the time.

However, if you don't feel like doing that may I suggest this lovely recipe:

Merry Cheapo Meatloaf

1 pound frozen burger meat, thawed
2 or 3 oz. cracker crumbs (get the crackers, put in a ziploc bag, and hit with a heavy blunt object until it resembles fine bread crumbs)
1/2 cup corn kernels
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
3 slices bacon, chopped
6 slices bacon, whole

cook the chopped bacon in the pan until the bacon renders off a lot of fat and is almost cooked fully. Remove bacon from pan and add corn, saute for a few minutes until corn is relatively dry.

In a bowl mix the hamburger, crackers, cooked bacon and corn, salt (mrs. dash optional) and mix until everything's incorporated. When it is, split into two and make two free-form loaf shapes (either like a torpedo or a thick piece of filet steak) and wrap it with the whole pieces of bacon like a christmas ribbon. Place in the 350 degree oven until the bacon and meat is cooked (should take maybe 25 minutes). In the last minutes crank up the heat to 425 and cook until the tops are brown and bacon crispy. Allow to rest for a couple minutes then serve while very warm/slightly hot.

Now, you can serve this with plain heated beans (seasoned only with salt and pepper, dunno if you have fresh or canned) or simple pasta boiled in a lot of salted water and dressed simply with some oil. If you want a sauce may I suggest the following:

Pureed corn sauce.

1 cup corn
1 cup water
salt and pepper to season

In a pan saute corn until soft and fragrant (you can even brown it a little). Add water, cook until water boils, season and place in a blender. After the mixture is smooth, put it through a seive and put the liquid back into a pot. Check for seasoning and cook until the consistency you want it to be.
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post #4 of 6
If you have milk -- any kind will do -- mix it 50/50 with drained corn and place in the blender. Puree until you're sure it's very smooth, then continue at least a full minute or two more. Pour through a wire sieve into a largish saucepan. Work the corn sludge in the bottom of the sieve with a wooden spoon to get as much liquid out as possible. Now heat the liquid over gentle flame, stirring occasionally, until you get a slow simmer. If the weather is hot, and thus you plan to serve the soup cold, season quite generously with salt: it will taste less salty once cold; then place the soup in the refrigerator, covered, until cold. If serving hot, season to taste and keep warm.

Saute a couple of strips of bacon until crisp and brown, then drain on paper towels. Break the bacon into smallish chunks.

To serve, ladle the cold soup into attractive bowls, garnish with bacon chunks, and place a few crackers on the plate if desired. If you have any herbs in the garden, a small pinch of chive, dill, basil, or oregano will add an elegant touch.

I would think that this cold corn soup would go very well with simple grilled hamburgers. Any green vegetable, such as the beans, can be served on the side to add color and balance.
post #5 of 6
Dont we just love a challenge?.
I take it the hamburger meat is ground beef. Add to it and mix by hand the following:-

To 1lb beef, add 1/4 the weight of minced bacon, A handfull of crackers that have been soaked in water and squeezed out. Very finely sliced, blanched green beans and .Is mrs dash spicy? if so give it big licks
Make into meatballs and brown off
Add to Blueicus's corn sauce and simmer till it seems right. Serve with pasta

I think its lovely you're making an effort, even though you're skint. Most folk would winge about it. Total koudos to you.
A very happy anniversary to you both
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post #6 of 6
if u have some flour onions garlic, ketchup, soy sauce and thyme we can do some cool stuff with a sauce to moisten the hamburger to make a sort of casserole with the meat, green beans, corn and pasta

i would dio it in the style of the osuth american country guyana if u are interested and we can do something interesting wit hthe chicken and bacon too.

im not a big fan of velveeta cheese but somethign can be worked out

if u are into the casserole idea let me know

here are chicken ideas

Chicken Breasts with Vinegar Sauce

Recipe compliments of "A Taste of Guyana" - Dr. Odeen Ishmael.

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 oz butter
½ cup chopped onions
¾ cup wine vinegar
1 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon of water

  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet and add the butter. Add the chicken and brown on one side, then turn it over and reduce the heat. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken to a serving platter and keep warm.
  • Add the onions to the pan and cook about 1 minute.
  • Add the vinegar, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the dissolved cornstarch, stir, allow the sauce to thicken slightly and spoon over the chicken breasts.

i would use some of the ms dash in this as well

i would also use the ms dash in the following as well as some of the bacon and nutmeg!

Chicken Mould


1 cup left-over chicken
1 cup thin white sauce
3 eggs, beaten
¼ tsp salt
Dash of pepper

  • Finely chop the chicken meat, then mix the chicken, white sauce, beaten eggs, salt and pepper together.
  • Pour into a well greased mould and bake in a moderate oven 350°F for 30 - 35 minutes.
  • Unmould onto a platter and garnish with greens and tomatoes.
  • Serve with Peanut and Vegetable Sauce.
u could chill it, slice it serve with the velveeta and crackers

i would mince the bacon up FINELY and cook it in a very very thin white sauce for like an hour to render out as much fat and gellatin as possible

then i f wanted i would skim off some of the fat

this would give the chicken mold more of an aspic quality for cold slicing and serving

this coudl actually get kind of exciting.

french guyana throwback!
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