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Help with relatively quick and simple dinner idea for tonight

I am open to all ideas. Prefer a one dish idea- since time is limited. Any great ideas. We like all food- I just need a great idea that is pretty simple without 20 ingredients. Inspire me witha recipe.

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  1. Always find a roast pork loin to be easy, delish, quick and perfectly presented. To make life even easier, throw a nice mix of vegies in another pan for roasted vegies and potatoes. Just drizzle olice oil, salt and pepper, your fav. herbs (rosemary is nice, cumin I'm loving) and a little lemon juice. Once done, put all in a nice bowl, grate a little parm on top. I just did cauliflower, brocolli, grape tomatoes, red potatoes, peppers - awesome and beautiful colors. Carrots do really nice too.

    Roasted pork loin doesn't take long at all, be careful not to overcook (20min per lb). You can make a nice balsamic reduction to drizzle over the presentation of sliced pork with your favorite jam (apricot is great) and balsamic, simmer until it reduces down to a syrup.

    Have fun.

    1. Pasta primavera? Fresh asparagus, peas, snow peas, even batons of tiny zucchini, with a white sauce or a light butter-lemon sauce. Farfalle make a nice change for the pasta. Strawberries for dessert with or without cake or ice cream. Maybe a lemon cookie. Rhubarb is also fresh and lovely right now, but you'd have to make a sauce or bake something.

      1. I recently made a recipe from Emeril that I got off of the food network website for spaghetti bolegnesse (I used pappardelle) and I thought it was great. Also, I really like a recipe for Pasta, Tomatoes, Sausage and Cream that I found on Recipezaar.com, also delicious.

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        1. re: bakerboyz

          bakerboyz, is this the recipe?


          I love it, and make it pretty much as is except I add a bit more cream and a bit less pasta. I've tried adding other stuff to it, but it really is great on it's own. Some broccolini or steamed broccoli, a salad, or some other green on the side, with crusty bread, and it's a delicious quick dinner that seems special.

          1. re: bear

            Very similar but slightly different, mine came from recipezaar.com. I double recipe as it calls for only 6 oz of pasta and I usually use 1 lb. Yours calls for basil, mine parsley but otherwise very close and, yes, it is quite good!

        2. Pork tenderloin is easy and delicious. I make the Orange-Chipotle Pork Tenderloin from Bon Appetit but there are a ton of recipes on epicurious.

          1. boneless chicken covered with fresh sliced tomatoes, chopped jalapenos, and chopped onion, maybe a little chipotle instead, bake until chicken is done, then serve over rice or alongside refried beans. :) Add some farmer's cheese on top when you serve, if you like. :)

            1. Nigella's minute steak and mashed white beans is really good, and takes about 15 minutes if you're waiting for your cast iron to heat up.

              1. You could make what I am making for dinner tonite. I take boneless chicken breast and cut them into strips. Coat them with mustard and roll in bread crumbs. Bake in a 375 oven for appx 25-30 minutes. They are so juicy and tender that way. Enjoy!

                1. My wife and I have been eating this like its going out of style...good for end of Winter/beginning of Spring, too. Roast Game Hen with Sweet Potatoes and Spinach. Its a modified version of a recipe out of Nigella Express.
                  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
                  Peel (if you like) and cut up the sweet potato into bite sized pieces, put into baking dish
                  Put the game hen (about 1.25-1.5 pounds) on top of the sweet potato pieces
                  douse everything with a bit of olive oil, and season with salt, pepper, cayenne (if you like) and 1/4 teaspoon each of cumin and cinnamon
                  roast for 1 hour (50 minutes if its a 1.25 pound bird)
                  remove from the oven and move the bird to a cutting board (let any juices drain onto the potatoes), tent with foil to rest
                  toss a couple of handfuls of spinach right onto the potatoes and toss with the juices and potatoes
                  cut the bird in half, and dish it up.

                  we love this dish, it takes about 10 minutes to get it into the oven and about 10 minutes to finish when it comes out. You can double or triple or whatever this recipe, I'd just add a few minutes per bird to the roasting time.

                  1. And what did you decide on?