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Burned-out and in need of a quick one-dish meal

  • efdee May 12, 2007 03:01 PM
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Please help, Hounds. I'm totally burned-out and need a one-dish dinner that I can put together quickly out of UN-EXOTIC ingredients from my supermarket (i.e. no lamb or shallots or reggiano). And please no tomato-heavy or very spicy dishes either. TIA

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  1. rotisserie chicken from the supermarket, one or two baking potatoes that you roast at 350 for an hour and some frozen veggies (baby broccoli?) should ease that stress. a decent wine helps.

    1. Whip up a box of chicken flavored rice-a-roni according to package directions. Five minutes before they are finished, add some frozen veggies (I like to use peas and broccoli, but use what you like) and raw, shelled shrimp. Put the cover back on the pot and cook until the shrimp are done, about five to seven more minutes.

      1. Uncooked rice and chicken broth and whatever seasonings, then throw some seasoned pork chops or chicken pieces (skin on) right on top of the rice and bake it all together. Microwave some frozen veggies and you're all set. Or stir some frozen broccoli right in with the rice.

        Here's an example of proportions for the baked rice:
        http://southernfood.about.com/od/rice...

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        1. re: JGrey

          Yeah man. Or you can go with the classic Campbell's soup version of this. Mix the uncooked rice with a can of cream of mushroom soup and water or broth, top with chicken, season, cover, back for 45 minutes.

          http://www.campbellkitchen.com/recipe...

        2. How about no-dish?

          Nice sharp cheddar cheese sandwich with local tomato, chopped basil, salt, fresh-cracked pepper. Mayo if you're so inclined. One of my favorite meals in the world. (but does include tomato so not sure if this doesn't count)

          Another old favorite, sans tomato, is to cook some rice then mix in diced cheese (I like to do smoked gouda) and pesto and sprinkle parmesan on top. Good comfort food.

          1. One pound rice, cooked (cook while browning sausage & onion)
            One pound browned pork sausage
            One chopped onion (brown with sausage)
            One can sliced waterchestnuts
            One can sliced mushrooms
            One can cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup
            (if it looks a little dry, add half a can of water or broth)
            Salt & Pepper to Taste

            Dump it all in a casserole dish, mix it up and bake at 350 for 45min or so.

            1. Frittatas fit the bill to a T.

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              1. re: Karl S

                I agree. Or make a strata - it's fun to have breakfast for dinner once in a while.

              2. 1 bunch of broccoli, cooked, but not overcooked
                4 chicken breast, cooked and skinned and deboned
                1 can cream of chicken soup
                3/4 cup mayonaisse
                Juice of 1/2 large lemon
                1 Tablespoon of curry powder
                1/3 cup parmesan cheese
                Lay broccoli spears in a greased casserole dish
                Lay chicken breast, torn in strips, on top of broccol
                Combine soup, mayo, lemon juice, and curry powder
                Spread evenly over chicken
                Sprinkle grated cheese on top
                Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly, about 30 minutes or so
                Easy and tasty!

                1. If you run into this problem a lot, pick up a copy of Crazy for Casseroles. I know, it sounds lik,e something Mom might have on her shelf, but there are lots of good, one dish, prepare ahead recipies using standard grocery store ingredients. One possible downside - its a little heavy on the use of cream, butter, cheese. Depends on whether you see that as a good thing or a bad thing.

                  1. Well, this may sound gross to some people. In fact, it sounds kind of gross to me, but I made it twice this week and truly enjoyed it.

                    Ingredients:
                    1 single serving of the microwave Kraft Mac and Cheese - prepared as directed.
                    1/3 package of the Hickory Smoked Tuna - the kind that's in a foil wrap and can be stored in the cupbord. I think it's Star Kissed.
                    Frozen Green Veggie (once I used green beans, and once frozen edamame)

                    Make the mac and cheese. While it thickens in the 2 minutes after cooking it (if you want to call it cooking) heat the tuna and veggies. Toss them in there and you have a quick meal with protein.

                    Really, I liked it a lot!

                    Meryl
                    http://theoccasionalcook.blogspot.com/

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                    1. re: puppymomma

                      Get a day old loaf of bread and good cheese (cheddar is fine). Make a grilled cheese sandwich by buttering the outside of the bread slices, covering the insides with cheese and thinly spread mustard, and heating in a thick bottomed frying pan until the bread is crispy and the cheese is oozing out the sides. |If you are in a soup mood eat it with soup, or if you feel like a salad eat a salad first, and drink a nice but basic red.

                      (Or go the bakery and get a big piece of something really good and beautiful to eat with coffee.)

                    2. Summer's here. Make a green salad with garbanzo beans in it. Believe me, they'll put meat on your bones. (Use canned cooked beans!) Or a potato salad with HB eggs, mayo, black olives, scallions, and maybe a little tomato and basil? Or potatoes with cottage cheese and onions. Or a canned corn, canned kidney bean, canned tuna, avocado, tomatoes, and bell pepper salad.

                      1. Favorite memory of childhood... Layer broccoli on the bottom of casserole dish, then strips of chicken breast; mix cream of chicken soup (low fat if desired) with mayo (LF as well if desired), and pour over dish... Top with bread crumbs and cook through; can also add cheese in the last few minutes to broil and brown.

                        Not quite one dish, but throw a spaghetti squash in the oven/micro. Mix cooked strands with butter and parm. Top with broiled blackened halibut/mahi mahi/ahi.

                        Cook whole-wheat or regular pasta, mix with garlic minced, butter and parmesan. Comfort food at its finest.

                        I like the following variations w/ chicken, mushrooms, and canned chokes.
                        http://southernfood.about.com/od/croc...
                        http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1739,...
                        http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,168,15...

                        1. In a baking pan:
                          2 cups boiling water (stir your favourite spices into the water)
                          1 cup rice
                          Place sausages, chicken breasts, or pork chops, etc. on top
                          Scatter in frozen vegetables
                          Cover with foil, bake at 350F for 45 minutes or until rice is tender

                          IF you don't boil the water in a kettle first, this takes over an hour in the oven. Choose larger pieces of brocolli, cauliflower, etc. or they may be a bit overcooked.