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Jun 18, 2008 03:05 PM

your favorite midweek, quick dinner recipes

Been doiing waaay too much takeout lately, but I get home pretty late and am often too tired to cook. What are your favorite quick (around 30 minutes) recipes?

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  1. spaghetti carbonara. boiling the pasta is way quick, as is composing the delicious, smoky, eggy carbonara sauce. serve it with some nice torn, warmed baguette, and you're golden. what a great meal.

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    1. re: beelzebozo

      Omelet w/spinach and swiss.
      Green salad w/a handful of frozen petite peas and a handful of cashews
      A piece of fresh fruit

      1. re: beelzebozo

        Pasta puttanesca--it's quick, and all the ingredients can come from my pantry.

      2. rice cooker.stir fry.
        Marinate the meat in sesame oil, and cornstarch.
        get your rice/ water together in your rice cooker, and turn it on.
        Chop your veggies, and get your sauces / condiments ready while the wok is heating up.
        At this point, I'll also put some tj's coconut chicken or lemongrass chicken spring rolls in the oven
        Make your stir fry, rice is done, spring rolls should be as well.
        Look into some shan brand Indian spice mixes as well:
        Chicken Handi
        Butter Chicken
        Chana Masala
        Have a Mexican Market?
        Chicken Fajita mix is a big seller in these parts. The store will slice up chiocken breast, greean/red peppers, and onions along with dry spices, and sell it by the lb. Toss it all into a hot skillet, and you've got some fajitas. (Doing them by hand is uber quick as well)
        Egg tacos:
        Scarmbled eggs (put whatever you want in them (bells, tomaters, chese, onions, potatoes, meat) warm up some tortillas ang go to town - s. cream, avocado, salsa, cilantro etc...

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        1. re: gordeaux

          We do a lot of Taco's also Nacho's and we do a lot of pasta just simple. I also like to do souffle's with a green salad.

          1. re: Analisas mom

            Steak (4-5 minutes per side)
            Chicken breast (cooked by pan frying) and steamed broccoli

        2. I am in the same boat - get home, would like something tasty, but am too tired to invest time in an elaborate meal. Here are my latest comfort dinners:
          * Shrimp baked with crushed tomatoes, sauteed onions, feta and dill. Serve with fried polenta (we get the TJ rounds)
          * Salads: tonight, it was red and yellow peppers, lettuce, sauteed red onion and mushrooms, cukes, topped with pinto beans and a lot of mustard; yesterday, it was sauteed baby beets and beet greens with wheatberries and feta; tomorrow, grilled veggies with grilled pitas and hummus
          *Various grain/bean salads that I make on weekends.

          The other scenario is to have the ingredients cooked separately in the beginning of the week, then try multiple permutations during the week (e.g., cook the grains ahead of time, then play with the protein and the vegetables on weeknights). The only problem here is that by the time I get home, I cannot even think of any permutations anymore....

          1. Wasn't planning on having dinner at home last night, but plans got cancelled. We defrosted some shrimp & scallops and scrounged in fridge for produce. While prepping produce, boiled up 8 oz penne pasta. Threw sliced onions, red & green peppers, mushrooms, black olives in large saute pan with seafood & garlic, s&p. After sauteeing, threw about 1/4 cup dry sherry, 1/4 cup low fat 1/2 & 1/2, made pan sauce. Threw in cooked penne. Very tasty, took about 20-25 min.

            1. I truly believe the key is to plan it out on Sunday and if you can cook up a few things that are only for weekday meals. My first plan of attack is to cook ground beef. I then have the option of tacos, burritos, spaghetti, etc. Then I grill some chicken breast and use them for fajitas, or salads. A pot roast, beef/pork can go along way with extra meals. Good luck!

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              1. re: othervoice

                BBQ Shrimp...of sorts is one of our go to quick meals.

                Melt half a stick of butter, (I use a little more but did not want to sound like Paula Deen) in a pan, add a good size glug of worcestershire, (1/4 to 1/3 cup) the juice of 2 lemons, chopped garlic, and lots of black pepper. Let it all combine and add shrimp, (shell on) cover and cook until pink turning half way through. Remove shrimp and let the sauce cook down a bit, serve in a large bowl with bread for dipping and a simple good.

                1. re: bubbles4me

                  we make this as well- although usually for a weekend treat becuase of the butter- but it is great.