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Dishes you like to prepare, because they are simple and tasty ?

emglow101 Jul 31, 2013 10:22 PM

There's a million of them out there. I was reading another thread about a nineteen year old starting to cook.The less ingredients the better. It inspired me to see what you've got. And I need some new ideas.

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  1. westsidegal RE: emglow101 Jul 31, 2013 10:25 PM

    ricotta al forno from evan kleiman's cookbook.
    5 ingredients total.
    i omit the salt because the parmesan cheese contributes more than enough.

    1. Musie RE: emglow101 Aug 1, 2013 04:44 AM

      Pesto pasta with crispy bacon crumpled on top (or no bacon at all). I tend to buy a good jar of pesto to use and the meal can be put together in less than 15 minutes.

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        Isolda RE: Musie Aug 1, 2013 01:31 PM

        Bacon and pesto are a magical combination!

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          sparky403 RE: Isolda Aug 2, 2013 12:33 PM

          I love bacon and pesto too - but I also add some cream to mellow it a bit.

      2. girloftheworld RE: emglow101 Aug 1, 2013 06:09 AM

        honey lavender chicken

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          sedimental RE: emglow101 Aug 1, 2013 06:13 AM

          Soups! I make a few pots of different vegetable soups each weekend to have in the fridge. I keep it very simple to let the vegetables shine.
          Simple chicken broth with 2 or 3 vegetables and a few seasonings/herbs- or a cream of ( blank) soup. I love cream of asparagus or cream of broccoli with very few ingredients.

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            Siegal RE: emglow101 Aug 1, 2013 07:57 AM

            Chicken schnitzel:
            Breadcrumbs or panko, chicken, Dijon mustard to spread on chicken, eggs, butter

            1. fldhkybnva RE: emglow101 Aug 1, 2013 08:03 AM


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                Isolda RE: fldhkybnva Aug 1, 2013 01:33 PM

                So yummy but I always end up scrambling the eggs. It still tastes delicious and is only embarrassing when my husband brags to someone about his wife's delicious pasta with scrambled eggs.

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                  c oliver RE: Isolda Aug 2, 2013 03:16 PM

                  Do it JUST LIKE THIS and you won't have that problem again.


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                    ellabee RE: Isolda Aug 2, 2013 07:51 PM

                    What ended my problems with 'scrambling' and made this a dish of creamy perfection was learning to add a bit of the pasta cooking water.

                    Am making it almost always for two, so I scoop some into a half cup just before draining, and find I use less than half of that.

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                      c oliver RE: ellabee Aug 2, 2013 08:10 PM

                      I've never needed to add water.

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                        ellabee RE: c oliver Aug 3, 2013 04:01 PM

                        To each his/her own; the delicious result is what counts.

                2. pinehurst RE: emglow101 Aug 1, 2013 08:12 AM

                  I almost always have a bag of frozen shrimp in the fridge. Stir fry shrimp, zucchini (or whatever veggies you have on hand) with any combo of seasoning...my recent is lime/olive oil/hot pepper S&P.

                  1. Googs RE: emglow101 Aug 1, 2013 08:19 AM

                    Steak rubbed with salt and pepper, baked potato, and a spinach & tomato salad with balsamic dressing. What's that? What's that? 9-12 ingredients for an entire meal?

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                      fldhkybnva RE: Googs Aug 1, 2013 10:22 AM

                      Duh, steak, salt, pepper screaming hot pan...my all time favorite simple dish

                    2. RetiredChef RE: emglow101 Aug 1, 2013 11:00 AM

                      Caprese salad with sun-warmed tomatoes and basil from the garden.

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                        Bada Bing RE: RetiredChef Aug 3, 2013 06:41 AM

                        My thought exactly.

                      2. hotoynoodle RE: emglow101 Aug 1, 2013 01:22 PM

                        butter-poached shrimp.

                        pillowy soft scrambled eggs.

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                          robt5265 RE: hotoynoodle Aug 1, 2013 09:06 PM

                          would you explain butter poached shrimp?

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                            hotoynoodle RE: robt5265 Aug 2, 2013 07:59 AM

                            1. melt butter on low heat

                            2. poach peeled shrimp


                            you can add herbs or seasoning at the end. last time i stirred some harissa paste into the butter. the shrimp cooks gently and you get a great sauce to have over rice or veggies.

                            could not be easier.

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                          Isolda RE: emglow101 Aug 1, 2013 01:30 PM

                          Flank steak marinated overnight in red wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, then grilled to medium rare. I prefer this even to pricier cuts of beef.

                          Socca: chickpea flour, water, olive oil, parmesan, rosemary, salt, pepper cooked on the stovetop then broiled.

                          Fresh sweet corn nuked in the microwave, by itself. I'll never go back to butter and salt or any other topping again. If the corn is sweet enough, it needs nothing, and microwaving won't hurt it. Plus, it's cooler than boiling.

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                            fldhkybnva RE: Isolda Aug 1, 2013 01:50 PM

                            Flank steak is on my list of cuts to try but I always seem to forget to plan time to marinate and also was hesitant to marinate as I didn't want to cloud the flavor of the meat as I hear it's a lovely beefy cut, but that seems like a pretty simple flavor combo that wouldn't be too overwhelming.

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                              valerie RE: fldhkybnva Aug 1, 2013 07:51 PM

                              The marinade that I use for flank steak is similar and it is a hit every single time.

                              For approximately 2 lbs of flank steak...

                              1/3 cup olive oil
                              2 cloves garlic, minced
                              2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
                              1/3 cup soy sauce
                              1/4 cup honey
                              1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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                            sueatmo RE: emglow101 Aug 1, 2013 06:01 PM

                            Omelet with cheese.

                            French toast

                            Vinaigrette dressing over simple green salad



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                              Musie RE: sueatmo Aug 3, 2013 06:27 AM

                              Yum, guacamole and/or hummus with homemade oven fries to dip.

                            2. cookie monster RE: emglow101 Aug 1, 2013 06:19 PM

                              Roasted brussels sprouts - 4 ingredients - sprouts, olive oil, salt, pepper. People request them all the time for potlucks, etc., and I make them often just for me. Only downside is the smell lingers for a while . . .

                              1. MickiYam RE: emglow101 Aug 1, 2013 07:47 PM

                                Cornchips with fried onions, peppers and chicken on top, then salsa and cheese. Super-quick, tasty, and I use enough salsa to count as at least one veg.

                                1. JungMann RE: emglow101 Aug 2, 2013 09:36 AM

                                  Chicken adobo
                                  Singapore mai fun or really any stir fried noodles

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                                    sparky403 RE: emglow101 Aug 2, 2013 12:43 PM

                                    bruschetta on the Grill - simple, quick delicious..

                                    1. Emme RE: emglow101 Aug 2, 2013 03:15 PM

                                      Chipotle Roasted Corn Soup
                                      Five ingredients. 20-25 min from start to finish.

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                                        debbiel RE: emglow101 Aug 2, 2013 03:38 PM

                                        This time of year, gazpacho!

                                        I do lots of quick bean and veggie salads.


                                        Fried egg sandwich.

                                        1. ipsedixit RE: emglow101 Aug 2, 2013 07:57 PM

                                          White rice, fried egg (w/runny yolk), soy sauce.

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                                            c oliver RE: ipsedixit Aug 2, 2013 08:12 PM

                                            white rice, raw egg, furikake, soy sauce, a few dots of sesame. My fave by myself breakfast.

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                                              ipsedixit RE: c oliver Aug 2, 2013 08:34 PM

                                              You no like to share? :-)

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                                                c oliver RE: ipsedixit Aug 2, 2013 08:50 PM

                                                Bob doesn't like raw eggs especially so when he's out golfing that's my fave b'fast.

                                          2. emglow101 RE: emglow101 Aug 2, 2013 08:09 PM

                                            Thanks for all your ideas.I want to make all of them.

                                            1. Musie RE: emglow101 Aug 3, 2013 06:30 AM

                                              Grilled sandwiches with your favourite fillings. I like tuna with a little mayo, some roasted peppers and a little mozza.

                                              1. Bada Bing RE: emglow101 Aug 3, 2013 06:42 AM

                                                Good tuna salad recipe, in a sandwich of toasted bread.

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                                                  tzurriz RE: emglow101 Aug 3, 2013 06:43 AM

                                                  Chicken and rice.

                                                  Brown your seasoned chicken pieces, remove from pan, sauté onion (and other veggies as desired), sauté 1 cup rice for a minute with the onion, put the chicken back in the pan, add two cups water (or stock), add a bag of frozen peas cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

                                                  One pot meal, impressive, and delicious.

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                                                    INDIANRIVERFL RE: emglow101 Aug 3, 2013 06:46 AM

                                                    Pancakes. Flour, salt, milk, baking powder, and baking soda.

                                                    Vary the amount and type of milk and you have super thick buttermilks to gauzy crepes.

                                                    And the garnishing begins!

                                                    1. c oliver RE: emglow101 Aug 3, 2013 08:02 AM

                                                      This is just a app but so good and I almost always have the ingredients on hand.

                                                      A can of Italian tuna packed in oo, some capers, a bit of minced red onion, some chopped cilantro, s&p, a little more oo (I love Meyer lemon oo) and maybe a drop or three of sherry or champagne vinegar.

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