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Feb 16, 2008 07:01 AM

Favorite quick weeknight meal?

My husband is the chef in our house, but he is going to be in class 2 nights a week for the next 2 years. So that leaves me in charge of dinner.

What are your favorite meals that take less than 30-45 minutes to prepare? We'll eat pretty much anything, healthy ideas preferred.


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  1. Garlic & Mustard encrusted Chicken

    15 Minutes prep, 45 minutes at 375.

    The sauce is a mixture of equal parts olive oil, red wine vinegar and dijon mustard with a good bit of garlic mixed in (for example, I usually use 1/2 cup of each with about a TB of garlic from a jar of pre-chopped, pre-roasted garlic). So basically, it's salad dressing. If you accidentally make too much you can use it on salad, in fact. [A variant is to add a big handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley to this mix and send it through a blender, but if you're looking to save time, this adds a bit of time to your cleanup].

    Take chicken pieces (I like this best on thighs, personally) and dip them into this mixture and then into plain breadcrumbs. And bake.

    It tastes really good, is just a touch unusual, and is very hard to mess up. It also tastes great cold the next day.

    1. On nights when we're rushed or too tired to cook we're big fans of breakfast for dinner. Lots of things you can do with eggs: omelettes, frittatas, tortillas, scrambled, poached. A nice green salad or some roasted potatoes alongside and I'm happy camper. I also love waffles for a quick dinner at night.

      1. I live alone, so may have a lower standard, but some of my go-tos are:

        1. Seafood pasta in a tomato sauce with crusty garlic bread.
        2. Chicken curry over whole grain basmati.
        3. Beans on dirty rice, cornbread with jalapenos and ham.
        4. Sweet potato with a warm whole wheat couscous salad, pan-fried tofu, and baked apples.
        5. Broiled salted fish over rice with garlic asparagus or spinach.
        6. Mac and cheese!
        7. Homemade pizza, if you already have the dough.
        8. Wine, cheese, and a meat of some kind.
        9. Chicken breasts stuffed with goat cheese, asparagus, spinach, and toasted pine nuts.


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        1. re: link_930

          I throw Isernio's hot italian sausage (browned after removal from casing) and sauteed brocolli or brocolli raab and garlic over fun pasta and top with grated cheese (my favorite with this is pecorino pepato, but it's harder to find). I often work a little chicken broth or white wine into the dish, and sometimes golden raisins. YUM.

          1. re: Vetter

            Vetter: This is my husband's favorite dinner. Bitter greens with Italian sausage and pasta. He'd eat it every night.

            I also make chicken cutlets often - so easy when you get the breasts already boned in individual packets at COSTCO. Quick to defrost and easy to store in the freezer.

            I coat them with various stuff - bread crumbs with parmesan, crumbs and almonds, cornmeal, etc., etc. They're great with just some quartered Meyer lemons squeezed over them (which we have in our back yard - lucky us).

            With a green salad and perhaps some rice and sauteed onions, they're a really nice quick meal.

        2. This is so quick and delicious. Spray oil on parchment paper. Place a piece of flounder or talapia on half. Top with salt, pepper, slice of lemon and some chopped artichokes and grape tomatoes. Fold over the paper and crimp in shut. Bake in a toaster oven at 375 for about 12 minutes. Serve with cous cous with dried fruit. It really is a 15 minute meal.

          1. Some variation on eggs in purgatory, with crusty bread