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Meal Idea List

Sometimes dinner time rolls around and I can't think of anything to make. Here is a list of meals compiled (and extended regularly) to assentuate the endless possibilities.

Terriaki chicken with rice and stirfry veggies
Hamburgers (check the buns for milk ingredients)
Arborio Rice Dish
Bowtie pasta with olive oil, bacon and broccoli
Soup in bread-bowls with salad
Pasta with sliced Italian sausage and asparagus
Crockpot Pork loin with carrots and potatoes
Barbecued Steak with RiceARoni and squash
Sub sandwiches
Potato Perfection
Baked Potato with bacon, peas, margarine and seasonings
Spaghetti with meatballs and garlic bread
Shrimp Burritos
BBQ pork/beef/chicken sandwiches
Egg and sausage/ham burritos
Taco Salad
Tacos and Mexican/Spanish Rice
Stir fry
Pork chops with rice and veggies
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Turkey with mashed potatoes and broccoli
Chicken and glazed yams
Swiss Chard and Bacon with mashed potatoes
Steaks with pasta
Pasta Salad
Crab Pasta
Tostadas with refried beans, meat and veggies
Hawaiian Haystacks
Enchilada Pile-Up
Asian Chicken Salad
Cheese-less Pizza
Crisp Potatoes and Squash
Focaccia Bread or Pizza Dough
Quick Chicken Chili and cornbread
Tomato Basil Fettucini
Sloppy Joes
Hobo Dinners
Fried Chicken and coleslaw
Barbeque Ribs
Lemon Fish and Strawberry Spinach Salad
L's Potato Perfection
Bean Burritos and Fruit
Fried Rice
Grandpa Omelet
Lemon Pepper Breaded Fish
Mahi Mahi tacos
Lentil Barley Soup with Cornbread
BLT sandwiches
Breakfast foods
Potato Possy
Fry Bread
Fanciest Ramen
Italian-Style Potatoes
Ham, Bean and Barley Soup
Tomato Soup with Comfy Piggies
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken
Stuffed Clams
Split Pea Soup
Pollo Asado Tacos with Salsa and Chips
Crockpot Enchilada Pile
Chicken Pasta Salad
Tuna Subs with chips and fruit
Cinnamon Banana Pancakes
Ham and Yams
New Orleans Style Rice and Beans
Crockpot Chili
BBQ lil smokies with baked potatoes
Cornbread Stuffing with Italian Sausage and Zucchini
Fresh Mix Quinoa 
Whole Grain Breading

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½ CUP shortening
½ CUP margarine (softened)
2 eggs

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2 TEASPOONS cream of tarter
1 TEASPOON baking soda
¼ TEASPOON salt

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