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What's your favorite quick dinner fix?

littlegreenpea Jul 6, 2007 01:28 PM

I can think of omelets/frittatas, quesadillas. What about you?

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    Kelli2006 Jul 11, 2007 09:17 AM

    pasta with browned butter or a seasonal produce
    soup and sandwich varieties
    something grilled
    breakfast foods

    I always keep stocks and sauce bases in the freezer frozen, so I have a wider variety to work from. There are very few dishes that I cant have on the table in under 30 minutes.

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      dream_of_giusti Jul 11, 2007 08:51 AM

      Ham, green peppers, onions tossed with leftover rice. Throw it in a tortilla with cheese on top.
      Shrimp, garlic, & basil over pasta or rice.
      Albacore tuna-lightly seasoned, american cheese on toasted potato bread. With a banana and a cup of lemonade.

      1. SilverlakeGirl Jul 10, 2007 11:07 PM

        Spaghetti tossed with a sauce made of olive oil, garlic and flat leaf parsley. Heat the oil, add garlic and parsley. Done almost immediately. Can be served hot or at room temp.

        A good parmesan on top is great too.

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          mrbozo Jul 11, 2007 06:24 AM

          One of my favorite quickies too. Except I toss a few anchovies into the pan along with some red chile flakes.

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            Gio Jul 11, 2007 07:58 AM

            "One of my favorite quickies too." Along with the anchovies I toss in a can of Italian tuna in oil and gently fold into the mix, after I've added the macaroni.

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          ziggylu Jul 7, 2007 04:26 PM


          1. firecooked Jul 7, 2007 04:25 PM

            Beans come to the rescue at our house...

            Bean burritos: Heat refries with green chilies, serve with shredded cheese, extra's include a bit of leftover meat or veggies, shredded cabbage, salsa, or sour cream (or plain yogurt).

            Beans and Greens: Start with a slice of chopped bacon (always have some in the freezer), cook with some chopped onion, add a can of drained white beans, when hot, add about a 1/2 bag of baby spinach (best if chopped a bit). Add some water, broth, or wine if a little dry.

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              firecooked Jul 10, 2007 09:14 PM

              Another one... baked potatoes w/ brocolli, cheese, chili, bacon, etc. To quickly cook the potatoes, start in the microwave for 5-10 minutes, then finish for 10 minutes in 400F oven.

            2. Emme Jul 7, 2007 03:21 PM

              Miso Egg Drop Soup w/ Greens and Wild Mushrooms

              Grilled garlic veggies stirfried w/ Shirataki Noodles and sauce of some machination

              Oatmeal Cakes... egg whites + oats + vanilla + cinnamon...

              couscous salads

              1. Candy Jul 7, 2007 12:12 PM

                Cheese enchiladas with a fried egg on top.

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                  lucyis Jul 7, 2007 01:37 PM

                  "Clean out the refrigerator salad" we just had this for a big family lunch today and we all love it. Get your favorite greens ready and put out bowls of agreeable left-overs. We had ours with grilled corn (cut off cob) turkey, avocado, red cabbage, hard cooked eggs, pistachios, dried cranberries, and hard cheese.

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                  Schmitt Jul 7, 2007 08:47 AM

                  Scrambled eggs - throw in frozen bacon bits, basil, S&P and sometimes some cheese - eaten plain or served on toast or between a bagel: enough variety that we have it once a week without getting sick of it.

                  My other go-to for weekday nights is stuffed mushrooms. Pull the stems out & chop, mix them into soft cheese/yogurt/sour cream/whatever is in the fridge with bacon bits (my wife loves bacon bits...), top with a slice of fresh mozzerella & a leaf of basil (I love basil...) and bake at 200°C for 20 minutes.

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                    ashes Jul 7, 2007 08:32 AM

                    stir fry
                    sandwiches...I especially love a grilled cheese (sometimes plain sometimes with interesting add ins and a cup of tomato soup)
                    and, if i'm feeling particularly naughty, frito pie

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                      kimberlya Jul 6, 2007 07:16 PM

                      polenta with poached eggs
                      any veggies i have around and quinoa or israeli couscous
                      cereal (more the norm these days)

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                        mojoeater Jul 6, 2007 07:15 PM

                        Quesadillas and sandwiches. We almost always have cheese, bread, salsa and such in the fridge.

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                          Val Jul 6, 2007 07:11 PM

                          Ma po tofu, made it last night (recipe from Mabziegurl on this board) and kept thinking to myself "Look how fast this dish is! Cooking the basmati rice is the longest part of it!" Just fabulous! Come to think of it, any stir fry is very quick IF you can chop up meats &/or veggies beforehand...in this particular ma po recipe, cutting up the ginger is all the chopping involved, well, and the chopped green scallion at the end.

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                            mutterer Jul 6, 2007 02:49 PM

                            Shrimp and grits is really fast, and something different.

                            1. mrbozo Jul 6, 2007 02:19 PM

                              One of many but one that I am contemplating right now: Kraft dinner with fried slices of debreczeni.

                              1. inuksuk Jul 6, 2007 02:18 PM

                                Spaghetti Carbonera.

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                                  MMRuth Jul 6, 2007 02:19 PM

                                  That's definitely one of my go tos - even if I have to use bacon instead of pancetta.

                                2. AlaskaChick Jul 6, 2007 02:15 PM

                                  Quick steak au poive
                                  Leftover pasta - stir fry veggies/meats of choice, add cooked pasta, parm cheese and an egg or two
                                  Definately stir fries
                                  grilled/baked fish

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                                    OnceUponABite Jul 6, 2007 02:12 PM

                                    grill cheese, or add stuff to it to make it more pannini-like.
                                    any pasta dishes
                                    stir fries.

                                    all weekday dinners are quick fixes!

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