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Quick, Easy, Shortcut, or Convenience Recipes

I hope that this question won't turn off you gourmet cooks out there.

Can you please share your favorite quick, easy, shortcut, or convenience recipe in any category - appetizer, soup, salad, main dish, side dish, or dessert?
I'm looking for yummy recipes that are a snap to make.
Thanks so much!

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      1. My idea of a quick and easy meal is pasta carbonara which I can get done completely in under 30 minutes. I also keep pesto in the freezer which defrosts in less than the time it takes to boil dried pasta. I make this together with seared scallops with balsamic vinegar. This also takes under 30 minutes to get on the table.

        Is this what you wanted?

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        1. re: cheryl_h

          I know that you posted this two years ago, but as I only saw this today and found that it sounded yummy... I wondered if you might share the details of this recipe with a beginning cook.

          I can buy pesto and I'm okay with making the pasta, but how does the balsamic vinegar get used, and how do you exactly sear the scallops? I'd very much like to make this. Thanks a lot!
          http://jennifersardam.typepad.com/lea...

        2. Use store bought stock ( or better than boullion) to make quick sauces, gravies during the week if you do not have any in the freezer. Save your chicken wing tips, and freeze. They are also great to usee during the week for great gravies.
          For mashed potatoes, cut the potaotes into small pieces- they will cook up quickly.
          The crock pot can be your friend. Great for stews and soups. Make a pot roast while you are at work- Into the crock pot, add a carrot, stalk of celery, garlic, splash of worshestire, tomato paste, red wine and some stock. Season and brown the pot roast and add to crock pot. Let cook all day. You can thicken to make a great gravy.
          ROasted vegetables are great. Toni\oght we are having roasted cauliflower with our dinner- any vegatable is great roasted. Just add some S/P and olive oil, and roast away.
          We make our own pizza dough, and usually have dough in the fridge- pizza and a salad make for a quick meal when the kids are running to practice, or hungry after school.

          1. I keep fresh Yakisoba stir fry noodles with sauce packets in the refrigerator. I can make a quick stir fry with thatever vegetables (cabbage, bok choy, snow peas, zucchini, onion, bell pepper) I have on hand and/or meat (bits of chicken or pork or shrimp) in 10 or 15 minutes.

            Here is a picture of the noodles made by Maruchan, look for them in the refigerated section near the tofu. The noodles are cooked already and there is a sauce packet that mixes with water. I get them at a regular grocery and they have a date stamp good for 3 months or so.
            http://www.ikoreaplaza.com/ikp/index....

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            1. re: coconutz

              Is the sauce good? I have seen this in the supermarkets, but have never tried it. I use left over linguine to make stir frys, and usually use what I have on hand to make a sauce. TIA