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A Nice Dinner with these Ingredients?

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link_930 Feb 13, 2008 08:06 AM

Housebound today. It's a wonderfully drizzly day outside, and I thought I'd have a nice warm post-work dinner waiting for a friend starting a new job.

Working with limited resources and ingredients:

butternut squash
red apples
onion
garlic
almonds
pine nuts
whole wheat pasta
rice; jasmine and brown
standard condiments, spices, canned beans, frozen vegetables
salmon
chicken breast
1/2 lb mock tender

What can I make? You CHers always astound with your creativity; thank you so much!

edit: we're actually a little sick of the standard salmon/chicken with pasta combo (shows how creative I am, right? :P).

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  1. happybellynh RE: link_930 Feb 13, 2008 08:27 AM

    This creamy butternut soup is one of my all-time favorites, and a hit with everyone I've fed it to: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Creamy-B... . Onions, garlic, and a touch of cayenne and cinnamon- tastes much more sophisticated than the sum of it's parts. You could pair it with a curried chicken or salmon over jasmine rice.

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      BeckyAndTheBeanstock RE: link_930 Feb 13, 2008 08:33 AM

      Cold, drizzly day? Kick on the oven. Do you have bread? Oil and salt it, then toast it, then crumb it. Toast pine nuts, then put under a rolling pin to crush them without making them pasty. Put bread crumbs and pine nuts in a bowl, add dill if you have it, and a few cloves of fresh garlic, minced. Mix well. Slather the salmon with a spicy mustard, then press bread crumb mixture into it on both sides, then bake, turning once, till done.

      Or do a simple garlic/olive oil/teriyaki salmon saute and serve it on the jasmine rice with more teriyaki. Sprinkle with almond slivers.

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        cdog RE: BeckyAndTheBeanstock Feb 13, 2008 08:50 AM

        i vote for making an apple chutney and serving it with the chicken...as a side dish, you could do a butternut squash puree or you could olive oil poach the salomon and serve it with a puree of butternut squash.

        do you have risotto??? butternut squash risotto would be great

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        abud RE: link_930 Feb 13, 2008 11:07 AM

        Either
        Chicken, roasted butternut squash, and a baked brown rice (with onions garlic and toasted pine nuts).
        OR
        Whole wheat pasta with roasted butternut squash cubes, onions, garlic, toasted pine nuts, and white beans if you have them. Maybe a frozen green added in if you have it?

        and for dessert

        baked cinnamon apple served with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with an almond syrup. Or, a simple apple crisp with almonds.

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