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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.

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

                      Asparagus with a Mint Garlic Vinaigrette.

                      Potatoes Anna

                      1. 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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                        1. re: schrutefarms

                          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.

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

                          1. 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. 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

                              1. 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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                                1. re: Cebca

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

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

                                  1. 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.

                                    1. 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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                                      1. re: RGC1982

                                        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).

                                        1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                                          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.

                                      2. 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. 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.