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tigerd Feb 17, 2009 12:10 PM

It's 4pm, and I'm still at work. Have no motivation to cook tonight, so I wanted ideas of quick dinners people are making! Help!

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    Cebca Feb 17, 2009 12:26 PM

    Don't know the size of your crowd, but I am cooking for myself and keeping it vegetarian tonight (again, dont know your thoughts on that). I'll be having sauteed kale or beet greens with garlic, polenta with a poached egg on top, and half of a sweet potato, sliced into disks and roasted, just because I've been OBSESSED with sweet potato and already have a half hanging out in my fridge.

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      Cebca Feb 17, 2009 12:28 PM

      Hmmm okay I just realized that sounds kind of involved which probably doesn't suit your "don't feel like cooking" purposes, but you could fry the egg instead of poaching it and make the polenta in the oven along with the sweet potato, which would pretty seriously simplify the process as well as the dishes.

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      janecooks Feb 17, 2009 12:33 PM

      I'm always up for a good quick dinner since I get home at 5:30 and my family likes to eat at 6:15. Last night I made seared chicken thighs with chard and funky mushrooms. I cook the mushrooms (shitake, beech, enoki, cremini, whatever) with chicken stock, then keep cooking them until they start to brown in the pan. They get kind of crispy and they're a great meat substitute all on their own. If you don't want thighs, use a breast with the skin on bone in. Sear everything in the same pan (finish the chicken in a hot oven) and do the chard last so it soaks up all the salt and pepper and juice from the chicken. Quick, cheap and delicious.

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        tigerd Feb 17, 2009 12:47 PM

        Yum, that sounds delish! I could be motivated to do that tonight.

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        cheesecake17 Feb 17, 2009 12:50 PM

        I'm making za'atar chicken and sauteed cabbage. Either chickpea noodle soup or mashed potatoes. I'll decide on the way home. Also making Barefoot Contessa's brownie pudding.

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          Cebca Feb 17, 2009 12:59 PM

          ooh, tell me about this za'atar chicken. I love za'atar!

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            cheesecake17 Feb 17, 2009 02:52 PM

            Cebca- dip thin sliced chicken cutlets in olive oil and then in a mixture of za'tar and panko. Spray the tops with cooking spray and bake until done. The cooking time depends on how thick your chicken is. A friend of mine mixes za'tar and a little olive oil and rubs it on the outside of a chicken then roasts it. I've never had it or tried it, but sounds good to me.

            Tigerd- I don't have time, but I find time. Baking/cooking relaxes me!! And I have a husband who loves to "bake." (licking the spoon lol)

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              Cebca Feb 17, 2009 02:54 PM

              Mmmmm okay well I'm sticking with my original plan for tonight (see above), but Za'atar chicken is the plan tomorrow when the SO is home, I'll pick some spice up tonight.

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                cheesecake17 Feb 17, 2009 02:59 PM

                Enjoy! It takes about two minutes to put together, especially if you use plastic plates to do the dipping.

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                wineos Feb 19, 2009 08:37 AM

                We made the brownie pudding this past weekend, it is delicious! RICH!

                I made Ina's Italian Wedding Soup last night.

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                  cheesecake17 Feb 19, 2009 08:38 AM

                  I saw her make that on her show this weekend! Looked amazing.. on my list to try. I love how she baked the meatballs.

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                  Matash Feb 19, 2009 02:42 PM

                  what exactly is za tar

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                    Rmis32 Feb 19, 2009 07:23 PM

                    Za'tar, also called zahatar is a mid eastern herb/spice mixture. The ingredients listed on the package I have are Marjoram leaves, wheat, citric acid, salt, virgin olive oil, & spice mixture - a 3 generation old recipe.

                    I like it sprinkled over labneh, a thick yogurt spread, drizzled with a good olive oil.

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                      thew Feb 20, 2009 03:39 AM

                      i thought zatar had sumac in it

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                        Cebca Feb 20, 2009 07:47 AM

                        well it definitely has sesame seeds in it. I will check the ingredients on the back of mine tonight but there is a good chance they will only be written in arabic so I'm not sure how helpful that will be.

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                          cheesecake17 Feb 20, 2009 08:06 AM

                          The package I have has spices and sesame seeds- no oil or wheat or citric acid.

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                            thew Feb 20, 2009 09:51 AM

                            from wiki:
                            Spice mixture

                            Za'atar is generally prepared using ground dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, or some combination thereof, mixed with toasted sesame seeds, and salt.[4] Some varieties may add savory, cumin, coriander[5] or fennel seed. A Lebanese variety of Za'atar usually contains sumac berries, and has a distinct dark red color.

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                              kattyeyes Feb 20, 2009 12:01 PM

                              Here's how Penzey's blends it:
                              "sumac, thyme leaves, white sesame seeds and salt."

                              http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzey...

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                tigerd Feb 17, 2009 01:11 PM

                How do you have time to make Brownie Pudding? I am so jealous!

              4. Paula76 Feb 17, 2009 01:19 PM

                I wasn't very motivated tonight either so I made a chickpea and pea fritatta with lots of basil, onion, garlic, chilli, paprika and black pepper topped with melted goats cheese and served with some steamed broccoli and sweet potato roasted chips. Tasty and easy.

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                  tigerd Feb 17, 2009 01:21 PM

                  Is there a recipe for this?

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                    Paula76 Feb 17, 2009 03:08 PM

                    I boiled some chickpeas I had soaked overnight until soft but you can use a can. Sauteé some onions in olive oil, add garlic and chilli in a non-stick pan and some spices. Add the mashed chickpeas and whole peas. Beat 3 eggs with a bit of milk and pour it over the chixkpea mix. After 4 or 5 minutes, put it under the grill and sprinkle some cheese on top until the egg is set and the cheese melted. Serve with basil leaves on top and some veggies!

                2. JohnE O Feb 17, 2009 01:20 PM

                  I've got a massive head cold so everything tastes like saw dust. I just ate some aged Irish cheddar and a martini, stirred not shaken. At least I can FEEL the martini.

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                    Cebca Feb 17, 2009 01:40 PM

                    Sounds like the best cold remedy I've ever heard. I'm still at work but I've been daydreaming about martinis since I bought some GIANT pimento-stuffed olives at trader joe's this weekend.

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                      susabella Feb 17, 2009 02:29 PM

                      Me too! Making chicken curry with Jamaican curry, need something bright to open up my head, wine with dinner, of course.

                    2. JanPrimus Feb 17, 2009 01:27 PM

                      Rib Eye on the grill
                      Sauteed Onions, Boursin and/or Mushrooms on the side.

                      Asparagus with a Mint Garlic Vinaigrette.

                      Potatoes Anna

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                        schrutefarms Feb 17, 2009 01:32 PM

                        Not having this tonight, but it's for the SERIOUSLY un-motivated....Boil oreccheta, microwave some Jolly Green Giants Peas and Butter sauce, and combine. Toss with lots of fresh parmeson.

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                          bermudagourmetgoddess Feb 18, 2009 10:55 AM

                          Ok, I know I am day late, but want to join in on the fun too!

                          Tonight we are having seared split breast of chicken that has been marinating all day in thyme, garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil and a dash of white wine, then fished off the oven. Topped with a light gravy made from the dripping from the pan, serving it with zucchini and shitake mushrooms crisps...hungry all ready.

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                          nvcook Feb 18, 2009 02:44 PM

                          chicken breasts, butterflied open and then stuffed with pesto and swiss and guyere shredded cheese. Then wraped with prosciutto and baked.

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                            Matash Feb 18, 2009 04:13 PM

                            Micowaving some tilapia fish with a bit of garlic and whte wine on it and steamed asparagus with lemon- bowl of salad with all kindsof veggies and voila

                            all fast and good for you too..

                            1. thew Feb 18, 2009 04:32 PM

                              leftover poached salmon in the fridge, so i sauteed onions garlic threw in the salmon cream salt pepper nutmeg hot pepper flakes and a tiny bit of wilted-ish baby spinach that also needed using or tossing.

                              boiling some pasta now, will add green peas to it in a minute, and toss the whole thing together

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                                Cebca Feb 19, 2009 08:08 AM

                                Well I was all set to make the Za-atar chicken last night, but my SO found wild sockeye salmon on sale at the grocery, so instead we seared the salmon in cast iron then threw some orange zest on top along with a few kumquats sliced in half lengthwise and laid on top of the filet and finished it all in the oven. The kumquats were great! Had that along with wild rice and some steamed asparagus and sweet potato (my most recent obsession).

                                Za'atar chicken will have to wait until tomorrow night (the next time I have a dining partner) but I think I'll experiment with za'atar tofu tonight since I prefer to eat vegetarian when cooking only for myself.

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                                  cheesecake17 Feb 19, 2009 08:29 AM

                                  That sounds yummy.. let me know how it turns out.

                                  Last night I grilled tofu that was in a soy-apricot-ginger marinade

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                                  ChrisKC Feb 19, 2009 08:22 AM

                                  carbonara

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                                    fiammetta Feb 19, 2009 03:57 PM

                                    Well it's already after dinner, days later, but I'm not letting that stop me. Made some dak doritang, a spicy Korean chicken stew. Easy enough to make, the chicken is braised and flavored with soy sauce and hot pepper (flakes and gochujang). One of my favorite comfort foods, and a bowl always warms me right up.

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                                      RGC1982 Feb 19, 2009 05:52 PM

                                      I made Chicken Cordon Bleu . I hadn't made it in a long time, and it came out really moist and delicious.

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                                        bermudagourmetgoddess Feb 20, 2009 08:13 AM

                                        I am so lucky ... my husband is hooking us up with a pot roast for tonight. He placed in the crockpot this AM...a man that cooks is just sexy! (I am I allowed to say that? Still kind of new to the boards).

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                                          kattyeyes Feb 20, 2009 11:58 AM

                                          I sure hope that's appropriate 'cause it's certainly true: a man who cooks *is* just sexy, especially when he's cooking for me! ;) Enjoy your pot roast...and the fact that you have a husband who *plans*...that ranks high with me, too.

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                                        gourmet wife Feb 20, 2009 08:25 AM

                                        Last night I really didn't feel like cooking, however hubs came home late so I got bored and started to cook with what I had in the pantry. I made a quick risotto with dried porcini, chicken broth, frozen shrimp, spinach, truffle oil, butter, garlic and parsley. I didn't have any cream so just added a splashed of milk. Took approx 20 minutes to make and turned out great. Best part was very little prep work

                                        1. tracylee Feb 20, 2009 12:07 PM

                                          Two nights ago, home-made pizza - yeast dough, tomato sauce, herbs, pepperoni, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, mozz and parm.

                                          Last night, quick and easy cashew chicken.

                                          Tonight - probably leftovers.

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