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    Default Inexpensive dinners for invited guests?

    Any tips on healthy, filling meals to prepare for when you're cooking for guests?

    I think the BF and I are going to invite two grad school friends and their husbands over for dinner once we can figure out what to do.

    Obviously, things like salad, mashed potatoes, etc. are easy sides, but what's an inexpensive, or at least not budget-busting, main dish?
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    I make homemade spaghetti sauce for dinners with friends. Instead of pasta, I cook quinoa. Depending on the taste levels of my guests, I sometimes substitute mushrooms and bell peppers for the meat.

    Does this help at all? You can find my recipe posted here.

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    Are we talking a classy dinner or something moderately formal? Or do you want to keep it informal/fun?
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    chicken is the cheapest meat and can be prepared a billion and one ways
    In no likes experiment.

    that is all

    i dunno what else to say so

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saturned View Post
    I make homemade spaghetti sauce for dinners with friends. Instead of pasta, I cook quinoa. Depending on the taste levels of my guests, I sometimes substitute mushrooms and bell peppers for the meat.

    Does this help at all? You can find my recipe posted here.
    Spaghetti! I never even thought of that.

    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceBaby View Post
    Are we talking a classy dinner or something moderately formal? Or do you want to keep it informal/fun?
    Hmmm. Not really sure. He suggested it, saying that the couples look like they have their lives together in a way he respects, and he wants to get to know them better. So socialization is the goal, and informal seems probably more accurate?

    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    chicken is the cheapest meat and can be prepared a billion and one ways
    Good thinking. And preparing chicken is not as scary as other things.
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    Yay!

    I make a healthy version of "parmesan chicken". I fry it in a skillet with a little bit of grapeseed oil and spice it simply with salt and pepper. Once it's been seared on both sides, then I put some roasted roma tomatoes on top and some parm/mozzerella cheese.

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    Baked pasta dishes - lasagna, mostacholi
    Mexican - enchiladas, tacos, taco salad
    Chili with cornbread
    Chicken - roasted whole, chicken and vegetable skewers
    Sandwiches like pulled pork, bbq beef or sloppy joes, cheese steaks or Italian beef with au jus
    Casseroles like baked mac and cheese or beef stroganoff. You can make it with cube steaks or even ground beef.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ceecee View Post
    Baked pasta dishes - lasagna, mostacholi
    Mexican - enchiladas, tacos, taco salad
    Chili with cornbread
    Chicken - roasted whole, chicken and vegetable skewers
    Sandwiches like pulled pork, bbq beef or sloppy joes, cheese steaks or Italian beef with au jus
    Casseroles like baked mac and cheese or beef stroganoff. You can make it with cube steaks or even ground beef.
    All good tips. All doable or clearly learnable for a weaker cook. I like it.
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    not really helpful, but i keep reading the title as inexpensive guests invited for dinner
    In no likes experiment.

    that is all

    i dunno what else to say so

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    Turkey's really inexpensive now. Even turkey parts.

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