Comments on: Ask Design Mom: Dinner Ideas The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Mon, 12 May 2014 19:59:30 +0000 hourly 1 By: Kitty Kitty Wed, 07 Sep 2011 00:24:20 +0000 “Plowman’s Lunch”

Instead of fish we cut cold meats (ham,smoked turkey or any leftover grilled meat from a previous dinner) a couple kinds of cheese, plenty of fresh cut up veggies with a sour cream dip and some assorted pickles (we like pickled beets and kosher dills) and serve with fresh bread and crackers that way everyone gets something they like

By: elizabeth morse elizabeth morse Tue, 06 Sep 2011 19:27:02 +0000 Cook some Quinoa on the stove or in a rice cooker then mix in your favorite beans, fresh or sauteed vegies and seasonings. Great with advocado or mango mixed in also.

By: Kristen E Kristen E Tue, 06 Sep 2011 18:01:50 +0000 We do big dinner salads a lot – fajita salad is my husband’s favorite. I cook up fajita chicken, plus some peppers and onions, and put them on a bed of lettuce with some cheese and roasted corn, if I have any. I often just use salsa as dressing, and put some tortilla strips on top for crunch. Easy, healthy and tasty! We also do a lot of stir-fry with brown rice, beans and rice, and vegetarian meals a couple of nights a week.

By: Mealr Mom Mealr Mom Tue, 06 Sep 2011 17:42:48 +0000 Anything with a noodle makes my family the happiest creatures on the planet…. Mealr has lots of dishes that satisfy the picky eaters in my house, ALWAYS come in under budget and are nutritionally conscious.

My kids LOVE these:

By: Sasha Sasha Tue, 06 Sep 2011 17:31:11 +0000 I was thinking along the same lines as you Simone! Sounds like our kids might have similar tastes, so when I saw your post, I thought I’d just add on…
1) Oil+Vinegar Salad… I saw this recipe in the paper from the American Ambassador to Canada this summer, and its turned into a favorite at our house.
The dressing is just 2 Tbsp rice vinegar, 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp. brown sugar. Toss it with 1 can of corn niblets, 1 can of black beans, 2-3 chopped green onions, and a chopped red pepper.
2) Tofu… our family favorite is with an “Asian Garlic Sauce” on top served with rice. Fry1 onion, 2-3 cloves of garlic, 1 tsp minced ginger root, and 1/4 tsp pepper in 2 Tbsp vegetable oil. Add 3/4 cup vegetable stock,1/4 cup soy sauce and 1 Tbsp cornstarch (mixed with a tablespoon of water), and bring to a boil until thickened. You just put that sauce on the extra firm tofu (cut lengthwise into four slabs) that you fry in a pan quick and you are done. Its really good and quick.
3) Homemade pizzas… we do the same thing – brilliant!

By: rkwpnw rkwpnw Mon, 04 Oct 2010 05:15:39 +0000 Quinoa with just about anything is great for the health conscious. Its also very easy to cook just like rice ( 1cup grain to two cups water/broth). Towards the end of boiling season generously with any herb and some curry powder. Then add veggies, fish, chicken, sausage (just about any leftover), and you are good to go. Sprinkle with toasted almonds.

By: Sandra Jergensen Sandra Jergensen Wed, 29 Sep 2010 01:50:33 +0000 I love an easy pasta. Especially one that can be served at room temperature or cold. Tonight I made one with smoked salmon, quick pickled zucchini and onions, carrots tossed with some buttermilk and dill. Easy stuff.

I also love a grain salad. They keep really well in the fridge and are great on their own or stuffed in pitas. Here is my fav:

By: Emily Emily Tue, 28 Sep 2010 19:21:45 +0000 I would suggest that she ask HIM to make supper. If that’s just not going to happen, then why not ask him what he’d like to eat? That’d be easier than guessing.

There are lots of clean-eating magazines with great pictures out there. Why not grab a few and have him circle the ones he likes?

If that won’t work, well, maybe he’s not that hungry.

By: Jennifer Jennifer Tue, 28 Sep 2010 17:14:38 +0000 Huevos rancheros alla is an awesome easy go to meal for me.

By: Katherine Garvey Katherine Garvey Mon, 27 Sep 2010 21:51:07 +0000 With my family’s hectic schedule, I love planning our meals for the week on Sunday. My go-to guide is the weekly menu planner on It incorporates healthy, fast dishes, and seasonal fresh fruits and veggies, and does a great job of creating a variety of dishes for the week! With this you can easily edit serving size, and substitute another dish for anything your hubby can’t eat!

By: sarah sarah Mon, 27 Sep 2010 20:42:03 +0000 A lot like a few of the other buffet suggestions, we make pizza a lot. I am like your husband and I really don’t even like cheese a whole lot. We just have tons of yummy veg toppings and with store bought sauce and dough, it could come together in a snap!

I also love butternut squash curry soup (squash puree, coconut milk, broth, and curry paste), lots of hummus wraps, spinach and ricotta stuffed pasta shells (ours it nearly all spinach since I go so easy on the ricotta), homemade bean burritos, omelettes, taco salads, etc.. If you really wanted a burger, you could marinate and grill a huge portobello for him and let him customize the toppings (we like this marinade:

By: Heidi - Botanical PaperWorks Heidi - Botanical PaperWorks Mon, 27 Sep 2010 16:21:36 +0000 These are some great ideas!

Similar to your nacho idea, a family favorite for us is hummus, flat bread, olives, veggies, prosciutto and other meats, all on a big platter with everyone choosing their favorites.


By: Torrie @ a place to share... Torrie @ a place to share... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 14:03:47 +0000 Love these ideas!!!!!!!

By: bridget bridget Sun, 26 Sep 2010 13:31:13 +0000 one of our favorite meals- approved by all 4 kids!!- is a mix of baby spinach, iceberg, and romaine (less iceberg than the other 2 but they don’t have to know!), then on top i put shredded chicken that i already cooked and tossed in trader joes bbq sauce, black beans, shredded cheddar, corn, and some annie’s cowgirl ranch dressing… it’s delicious and so healthy. if you really want to go all out- i’ve never done it- but i think homemade onion rings on top would be delicious. the kids hardly even know they’re eating a ton of lettuce when it has all that other stuff on top.

By: simone simone Sun, 26 Sep 2010 04:21:06 +0000 Does he like homemade oil and vinegar dressing? Your hubby sounds like my daughter and I end up making a dressing in a jar that makes us all happy. Very simple:
6 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 small garlic clove crushed by garlic press
dab of honey
pinch of salt.
Shake. Add favorite salad ingredients. Tonight we had romaine, pink lady apples and shaved fennel. (I added a bit of mustard to the dressing)

Other favorite healthy meals:
Ten Minute Asparagus and Brown Rice

Fresh pea soup with cheese sandwiches:

Broiled Tofu with Miso

Also, if you live near a Trader Joes, I make pizzas with their frozen naan. Just pre-toast the naan a little bit to defrost. I brush it with:
olive oil and garlic
thin sliced red onion
sliced tomatoes
feta cheese
lemon zest

By: Damaris Damaris Sun, 26 Sep 2010 04:19:44 +0000 whenever I’m in a bind I just look at Martha’s Every Day food meal planner. Every mag as a 5 day meal planner, and they’re always easy meals to make.

By: allison allison Sun, 26 Sep 2010 03:58:22 +0000 We love Trader Joe’s Organic Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup. We pair it with grilled cheese sandwiches using a baguette and marbled colby cheese. Grapes on the side. Yum…

By: Anna Lewis Anna Lewis Sun, 26 Sep 2010 03:09:37 +0000 We like the cheese + fruit option. Never added fish, but we do often have hummus, and some olive oil for dipping. We also do a variation of chicken parm but as a salad… (we use fake chicken bc I’m a veg.) But the grilled/baked chicken , with melted cheese and warmed sauce over spinach. The warm sauce is sort of like a dressing, and it’s really easy and healthy!

By: naomi naomi Sun, 26 Sep 2010 02:00:55 +0000 We do a variation on the tortilla chips buffet also – I’m going to add some of your suggestions, like the black beans! Also, Snyder’s of Hanover Restaurant Style tortilla chips are very good-tasting, and they actually have 4 g of fiber per serving – better than a lot of the tortilla chips on the shelf at our grocery.

Stir-fry is another quick and healthy option.

By: sara sara Sun, 26 Sep 2010 00:29:14 +0000 I love these suggestions!

I make tilapia all the time but vary between seasoned w/ lemon pepper & cooked like you described, or sometimes I cover it in panko breadcrumbs mixed with Old Bay seasoning. I often make a rich buttery sauce for the fish which can be omitted for the health nuts. :)

Also I make all kinds of rice. And all kinds of soup… the possibilities are endless! I love the accessorized chips idea.