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I'm looking for a very easy dinner menu for 4

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  • Aimee May 1, 2008 04:56 AM
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I'm having company but I don't have a lot of time to cook. Any suggestions on something quick and easy - I'm drawing a blank. Open to all cuisines and doesn't have to be fancy. Thanks.

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  1. I love the Chicken Francaise recipe on epicurious

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

    double the sauce. Serve with roasted asparagus and red potatoes.

    http://www.dinnersforayear.blogspot.com

    1. do a quick pasta like bowtie I like to toss with bacon, green peas, toasted pine nuts, grape tomatos, shrimp then add a little heavy cream garlic and some fresh basil and grated cheese and your good to go. Add a salad and some garlic bread, Some times I add sun-dried tomatos and black olives whatever I have.

      1. I also usually serve pasta for a quick but tasty dinner for four. There are so many variations on sauce, and with a nice salad and crusty bread, you've got a well-rounded meal in no time at all.

        Another idea, if you really don't have time to cook, is to get a pre-roasted chicken from Costco or the like, and make some rice pilaf and roasted veggies. Serve with a salad, and again, you've got a nice meal with a very short prep time.

        1. Something quick and easy for me is Kielbasa on the grill , some Zatarain's Jambalaya rice, and maybe a nice tossed salad. Quick, Easy, Cheap and all done in about 30 minutes. If you had a little time, a quick cornbread with this goes great.

          1. If you want to do something suitable for company, but easy, try:

            Appetizer: Cumin-scented pita chips with white bean dip
            Entree: Roast chicken with white wine reduction
            Sides: Rice pilaf and roasted asparagus with parmesan and balsamic drizzle
            Dessert: Panna cotta with fresh raspberry coulis

            While the chicken bakes, you also have the pita crisping in the oven. On the stove, you can get the panne cotte done and placed in the fridge within 15 minutes to set. Pull out the chips, up the oven and start on the rice pilaf. Put out your pita chips and dip whilst you mingle with your guests.

            An hour later, raise the oven temp to crisp the chicken skin, pop in the asparagus and 10 minutes later you have your meal ready. Just deglaze the pan for your sauce while the chicken rests. By the end of dinner, your panne cotte should've set and all you have to do is drizzle a small design onto a few serving platters, plop out the creams and your done.

            1. You might get an idea or two from this thread.

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/511740

              1. Some suggestions:
                - roast a chicken upside down. Rub olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic and rosemary all over and place it breast side down in the roasting pan. You don't need to baste it, and it comes out juicy because the fat from the back bastes the chicken as it cooks
                - add an easy salad. Buy pre-washed greens (i.e. baby spinach), add sliced berries, almonds, red onions and goat cheese and serve with a balsamic vinaigrette
                - buy a nice crusty baquette to serve with it.

                1. My favorite easy go-to meal is roasted pork loin with herbs, roasted potatoes with onions, any steamed green vegetable.

                  1. a great steak takes about 5-6 minutes to cook. might be a good place to start as far as entrees go.

                    1. I've done this one before & worked out well
                      http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/rec...

                      Also- could go with a lasagne or baked spaghetti- can prepare ahead, along with salad & fresh bread.

                      1. My favorite go-to for company is baked ziti. I serve with a salad and homemade bread and it is a hit every time. Easy to prepare, inexpensive, and best of all very good tasting. Also you could put a pot roast in the crockpot with potatoes, and carrots. Let the crockpot do all the work for you.

                        1. Chicken Marbella from the Silver Palate, cous cous, tossed salad.
                          Caramel oranges: peel, slice oranges, sprinkle with kirsch, drizzle caramel over the top.
                          Starters: Sicilian caponata with pita chips.

                          1. Nigella Lawson's chicken & sausage w/sage bake. you marinate the chicken overnight and then just dump the whole bag into a roasting pan w/sausage. you can also add potatoes. Here's a link http://www.nigella.com/recipes/recipe...
                            It's fabulous!