Your own 30-minute meals?
What do you make quickly that doesn't require an armful of ingredients?
Tonight I made broccoli pasta - blanch broccoli, cook in garlic, olive oil, a little bouillon or broth if necessary and lots of real parmesan cheese. s&p of course.
I too find that pasta dishes are the best for when the fridge is bare. Canned clams, tuna & macaroni cheese casserole, frozen raw shrimp from the freezer makes a pretty good scampi.
Here is the Clam Sauce
2 Cans whole baby clams ( 10 oz each )
3 Cans chopped clams ( 6 oz each )
1/4 Cup olive oil
1 tsp of chopped garlic ( about 1 clove )
1 tsp thyme leaves, dried
1 tbsp parsley, dried
2 Cups clam juice ( from canned clams )
1/2 Cup white wine
1 Tbsp Flour ( optional )
Heat olive oil and add garlic.
Simmer for 1-5 minutes
Whisk in flour to thicken ( if using)
Add clam juice, wine, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper. ( careful with salt..depends on how salty clams are )
Simmer 10 minutes
Add clams and simmer for 5 minutes or until heated. ( Don't overcook or they will be tough )
Toss with cooked pasta.
Chicken breasts pounded flat, breaded and pan fried--then whatever I have available: marsala and mushrooms; lemon, capers and butter; butter and thyme; tomatoes, olives and feta... Roasted vegetables in the winter, salad in the summer.
I made a soup tonight with some ground turkey and vegetables from the fridge. I sauteed onion, celery, carrots, parsnips, and the ground turkey in a dutch oven in some olive oil with some crushed red pepper flakes thrown in. After the meat was browned and the veggies softened I added some beef broth, a can of diced tomatoes, and S&P to taste. Simmered it about 20 min then added some thin noodles and cooked another 5 min or so.
It was delicious and perfect on a cold, rainy night.
In the winter, my 30 minute meal is white bean soup and biscuits. In the summer, it's a grilled beef tenderloin filet with spiced couscous and a salad.
Yup, it's generally pasta in my household as well. Mostly, I add some beans for protein such as the chickpea stew on epicurious. Two weeks ago I had just got new braces and everything hurt and I came home hungry and late. I needed something soft, quick and nutritious. Luckily, the previous weekend I'd watched an episode of Everyday Food that featured a simple Pasta with Almond Pea Pesto: http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jht... This was exactly what I needed. Simple, filling and good.
Couscous goes to the table pretty quickly too. I add chopped kalamata olives, green onions, some feta, golden raisins, cubed baked tofu, steamed broccoli florets.
Precut veggies from Trader Joe's such as sliced mushrooms and diced butternut squash help add fiber to a potato gnocchi saute.