If you could only eat 1 dinner every day for the rest of your life...

What would it be?

By dinner, I mean the main meal of your day. So if you only eat 1 meal a day, that is your dinner. If you eat your largest meal at noon, that’s your dinner. If you eat significantly differently than the breakfast/lunch/dinner I assume most people do - well good for you, but this thread isn’t for you. :smiley:

Meal can include multiple dishes. And you can fill out any nutritional needs with breakfast and lunch.

Consider all the relevant factors such as cost, preparation time/effort, nutrition, etc.

I’ve often said I would eat “people kibble” if there were such a thing. My wife is out of town this week, so I’ve reverted to my old favorite which I call “slop.” Boil up some chickpea or lentil pasta. In another pan, mix a can of beans with a can of salt-free diced tomatoes, add some frozen veggies (yesterday spinach and onions), add some chili powder or whatever spices you prefer. Serve up a bowl of pasta and veggies. Top w/ shredded cheese, sliced avocado, and/or salsa/gardeniera (sp?) if you wish…

I could eat that just about every day. It is cheap, easy to prep, requires few fresh ingredients, and pretty nutritious. (And I like the taste!)

So what would be your perpetual dinner?


probably pizza, with a side salad. I seldom get tired of pizza

Maybe baked chicken, rice, and mixed vegetables. Not distinctive enough to get cloying, and fairly balanced and healthy. And I like it but am not crazy about it. I think getting 100% stuck with something I’m initially crazy about has trouble written all over it.

Oh, ahhh, isn’t that a bad, bad, bad, bad choice? Just asking out of concern.

OK, but this is probably cheating - 3 eggs over easy, hash browns, biscuits with gravy and some cantaloupe on the side.

I can eat that every day at anytime, even in the evening. So I would probably just shift my other meals to breakfast and lunch.

Same here. I can’t recall a time that the thought of it put me off, or I ever got sick of it.

How specific do we need to be?
Is ‘tacos’ ok but I can change what kind?
If not but ‘chorizo tacos’ is ok, can I get them from different places or prepare them different ways?

I often cook ahead and eat the same thing for lunch every day for a week but I eat other things in the evening.

Here’s an entertaining thread from another message board that I read.
It chronicles a challenge to eat only sausage pizza for a month.


Ok, if you say so.
I’ll choose nice hot Catfish then. :slight_smile:

12oz rare filet mignon “oscar style” with king crabmeat and bearnaise, grilled asparagus, twice baked potato with sour cream and a salad caprese. Creme brulee. Nap.

Another vote for pizza. It’s nature’s perfect food.

Hey, no big deal on being too specific or whatever. No right or wrong answers.

So yeah - tacos is a fine answer. Maybe one week you pick up chicken instead of chorizo, and maybe the toppings vary somewhat, but basically the same dish, prepared the same way.

And it doesn’t have to be a 1-dish meal like mine. So chicken, rice, and veggies sounds good.
Both tacos and chicken and sides impress me as reasonably nutritious, not hugely expensive or difficult to make, etc.

And no reason the main meal can’t be breakfast foods. Imagine you’d want some veggies at your other 2 meals…

Pizza - now I’ll agree that I have a hard time imagining getting tired of pizza, but I’m not sure how it stands up in terms of nutrition. Even if you are eating it veggie, light on the cheese, that’s a whole bunch o carbs. Adding the side salad, tho, is a good way to make it somewhat healthier. Make your own pie? Frozen? Order out? The former could be a bit of a hassle in terms of buying/keeping all the ingredients and prep time. The latter could get pricey.

Corndogs - uh, I guess they are cheap and easy to make…

Spaghetti with meat sauce or meatballs.

I don’t make if often, but when I do I can eat it morning, noon and night for days.

Grilled fish with rice and a veg on the side. If I have to pick the veg it would be green beans and roasted potatoes. Pumpernickel bread and real butter.

Roast chicken with mashed potato and peas.

Another vote for roast chicken. I’ll have mine with a baked potato and broccoli, and a couple of lemon wedges to flavor all of it with.

OP: You’ve been here longer than I have, and you don’t realize how many times we’ve already done this?

Fork-tender pot roast, mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, asparagus, broccoli, salad, Chocolate cake for dessert. You didn’t say anything about healthy.


Winner! Either that or chicken fried steak with gravy and eggs.