Easy yummy everyday recipes wanted
Here's what I cooked last night. Let's call it Faux mushroom/pepper/swiss chard pilaf/risotto.
First I put a cup of Lundberg brown rice on the stove with 1 1/4 cups water (no salt or cubes).
Then I sauteed finely chopped garlic, and yellow pepper strips. I added some shi take mushrooms. Then I added the rice that had cooked for fifteen minutes or so to the pan and some left over broth. Salt, pepper. Finally added swiss chard strips. Add cayenne. Yummy. Didn't time it but couldn't have been more than 40 minutes, probably less.
To clean: Two pots/pans, one cutting board, two knives, two bowls or so. Minimal clean up, great taste, healthy. Enough time to play with the baby after work and still have it ready by eight.
Please suggest similar real world dishes, fellow hounds. Vegetarian not a must.
One of the more elegantly simply recipes I know came from Deborah Madison's cookbook. Simply it's start water for pasta. As pasta boils, add another pot on top as a double boiler, add blue cheese/gorgonzola. Through in the pasta and when it's done top with sauce.
Frittats are also fast and very forgiving and look and taste great. Basically make an omelette and finish it off under the broiler for 2-5 minutes.
If you haven't already seen it, you may wish to check out the book "French Cooking in Ten Minutes", by Edouard de Pomiane.
I probably bring this up every 20 threads or so, but it's so good I don't care. My favorite quick dish is to saute some chopped onion/garlic, add some salsa from a jar (I'm always looking for new salsas, Pace is my workhorse generic tomato salsa) and some water, and poach a couple of eggs in it. add cheese right before you're ready to eat it and pour it into a mug or eat it on a quick fried tortilla.
if I have some cumin and oregano around I'll add a little of that.
Here's one I invented way back when I was a student and out on my own for the first time.
Start to cook some frozen green veggie or semi-starchy veggie (e.g. lima beans). Lay a serving's worth of pre-cooked dinner-type sausages (e.g. franks, bratwurst, Polish, hot links, etc.) over them and cover. Gently cook until veggies are ready and sausages plump and hot -- the sausages will donate some juicy flavor to the vegetable.
While things are cooking, toast a buttered French bun to go with it. Pour yourself a glass of V8 juice and you have a reasonably well-rounded meal.
This is similar to my hubby's favorite 1 pot meal and we eat this quite often when the garden yields fresh green beans. You layer your pot with quartered or so potatoes, then green beans (fresh or frozen, or dried and rehydrated), then a few slices of onion, topped with a couple of pre-cooked sausages of your choice or raw bacon strips. Add a some water to just barely cover the potatoes, and a spoonful of beef bouillon paste kind of sprinkled around (or substitute a can of broth). Bring to a boil and boil gently until the potatoes and all are done (maybe 20 minutes).