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Lunch (or dinner) in 10 minutes.

Just threw this together for lunch. It was delicious. What are some of your really quick meals that are not just filling, but very satisfying?

Spinach Flatbread Pizza
Sauteed garlic in EVOO just until fragrant; added chopped baby spinach, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Sauteed until spinach wilted and some of the juices evaporated. Warmed naan in the toaster oven on the lowest toast setting. Spread with ricotta, dolloped spinach over top. Tore up slices of mozzarella and spaced evenly over spinach. Toasted on the highest setting. Drizzled with a little more EVOO.

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  1. Hmm. Omelets come to mind. But apart from this, a fave is shrimp and greens (usually spinach, but sometimes rappi)

    Finely chop four cloves garlic and a bunch of scallions (I use most of the greens, too). Toss in a pan with olive oil, S, P and red pepper flakes til garlic and scallions soften.

    Add a pound of peeled and deveined shrimp. Spritz with lime. Cook for about 6 minutes or until shrimp is pink. Take shrimp out, set aside.

    Put a pat of butter or another glug of olive oil into pan. Chop up a big bag of spinach or a big bunch of rappi (chop the stems very fine) and (if you like) halved grape or cherry tomatoes. Throw into pan.
    Add more S&P to greens. Add small drizzle balsamic. Cook down the greens. Arrange prettily in a large warm serving bowl. Put shrimp on top.

    1. Sautéed paillard and a salad?

      1. Stir fried thinly sliced cabbage with shrimp, a nice sprinkle of hot pepper flakes.

        1. I seem to be using a lot of leftover s/mashed potatoes lately in lunches.

          Kid-friendly, warning.. so kid friendly: I feel like I've been sentenced to making potato and sausage burritos for my daughter lately. Because it's Every. Single.Day. I have to admit, though, the combination of a good German sausage or Cajun andouille mixed with smashed potatoes warmed in a skillet with butter, then rolled into a griddle-warmed flour tortilla with slices of cheddar inside is so good. We both like adding a tiny bit of the liquid from pickled jalapenos while the potatoes are warming.

          My (two) favorite thing(s) in the entire world, Oyster Stew or Potato Soup: In a saucepan sweat a bit of diced onion and celery in butter for a few minutes, until they start to soften. Add either fresh shucked or canned oysters with a bit of their liquor OR about a half cup of leftover mashed potatoes. Finish with milk and/or cream (if potatoes, I usually do half chicken stock, half milk or cream) and season to taste with s&p. Bacon hurts neither. Finish with an obscenely fat pat of butter.

          1. Pasta puttanesca. Maybe not quite 10 minutes, but 20 max and so satisfying.

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            1. re: arielleeve

              Enchilada casserole. Not exactly authentic but quick and satisfying. Rip corn trtilas into small pieces and get dreative. Add in canned beans, corn, hominy, enchilada sauce, shredded or cubed cheese, cotrae cheese, sour cream, chopped onions, peppers, just about anything.

              Either bake till everything is tender and hot, as long as you like, really, or coverand microwave till its as cooked as you like. Is not fancy but it does taste good and if you microwave it, it can be done n about 15 min.

              Tacos, too. I use veg meat. Sautee some onions, toss in a can of beans and the meat or veg substitute. Serve as tacos or make it into a taco bowl salad likecI do, layered with all the fillings and salad ingredients.

              1. re: Miri1

                Miri, in Mexico, that's essentially what they call chilaquiles. Usually it's old tortillas that you let go stale and you mix with left overs. Very common breakfast there. There are myriad variations.

                1. re: hankstramm

                  Yes, true, I adn't thought of that. But most of the chilaquiles I've had use eggs, like a scramble. Another favorite. Love the stuff! Darn, now I'm hungry :)