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Feb 17, 2009 12:10 PM

What are you cooking for dinner tonight?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Cebca

      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.

    2. 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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      1. re: janecooks

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

      2. 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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        1. re: cheesecake17

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

          1. re: Cebca

            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)

            1. re: cheesecake17

              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.

              1. re: Cebca

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

              2. re: cheesecake17

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

                I made Ina's Italian Wedding Soup last night.

                1. re: wineos

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

                  1. re: Matash

                    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.

                    1. re: Rmis32

                      i thought zatar had sumac in it

                      1. re: thew

                        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.

                        1. re: Cebca

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

                          1. re: cheesecake17

                            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.

                            1. re: thew

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


              3. re: cheesecake17

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

              4. 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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                  1. re: tigerd

                    I boiled some chickpeas I had soaked overnight until soft but you can use a can. SauteƩ 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!

                1. 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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                  1. re: JohnE O

                    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.

                    1. re: JohnE O

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