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Apr 22, 2008 06:04 AM

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, 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 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. :)