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Welcome Home Dinner

My husband has been on a crazy work trip for the last 16 days and is finally going to be home tomorrow. While being gone, his complaints have been not enough sleep, way too much booze and too much heavy food. I have to pick him up from the airport right around dinner time, so I'm trying to think of a good supper that's either very quick or can be made ahead of time...and would be a good, welcome-back-we-missed-you light supper.
My brain keeps thinking soup? Fish? Comfort food, but not super heavy?
I'm a bit brain dead myself, having been solo mom to a wild toddler this whole time as well.
Internet searches aren't helping. So here's the question...what would you want to eat after being gone from your family for 2 1/2 weeks?
Thanks!

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  1. Can you tell us more about his general likes/dislikes?

    For instance my husband would probably love some summer rolls and big bowl of pho. Light, flavorful and comforting. However if your husband doesn't like vietnamese that would be bad suggestion.

    1. Baked salmon and a big green salad. Rice pilaf if you need some carbs in the mix.

      1. Salade Nicoise. Everything can be prepared in advance, then dress the greens and plate when you get home.

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        1. re: masha

          I second Salad Nicoise. I put everything (including hard-boiled eggs and potatoes) on a platter so there's a DIY element to it.

          Also, Ina Garten has a great herby salmon recipe that I make with brown rice and green beans. (You basically cover the salmon with scallions, dill, and parsley and then cook with white wine. Simple, light, good.)

          1. re: TheKeroseneKid

            I serve Salad Nicoise as a composed salad, in a wide shallow bowl: place the greens on the bottom and toss to dress them, then place all the other ingredients on top, with the potato salad mounded in the center and other ingredients in an outer ring, typically organizing them in quadrants -- i.e., 4 mounds of tuna at 90 degree intervals and other ingredients in between, including the green beans dressed in vinaigrette, anchovies, olives, hard boiled egg halves, and grape tomatoes.

            I use a red wine/ balsamic vinaigrette for the greens but dress the beans in the same cider/ mustard vinaigrette used in the potato salad.

        2. If you wish to serve something on the healthier side, create a large salad. Use Romaine lettuce instead of iceberg, and include vegetables like sliced carrots, diced bell pepper, caramelized onion, diced celery, tomato(es), celery seed, etc. Dress the salad with extra virgin olive oil and either lemon juice, red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar. I like raw onion in salads, but some people do not care for that. Fresh fruit for dessert...sliced strawberries, blueberries, cantalope, etc.

          1. Vegetables! A beautiful salad with toppings to choose from like garbanzo beans, peas, hardboiled egg, etc. And nice toast, maybe with pesto or bruschetta. A bottle of mineral water or a light wine/beer. Quiet time to just talk. After the toddler is in bed ;)