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ELENGIL Posts: 957
4/1/13 12:28 P

Some quick dinner ideas. Suit to taste.

If you have a pot with a pasta insert or steamer tray, you can make a three course meal with a single pot. Put pasta in the pot, put veggies in the pasta insert to steam, and put fish in the steamer tray. When the pasta is done so is everything else. Just add some sauce to the pasta and you've got a complete dinner in one shot.

A good idea for people who have very different tastes is pita pizza. One piece of whole wheat pita bread, add 1/4 cup of pasta sauce, pile with whatever veggies you prefer, maybe some tuna, or left-over beef, chicken, shrimp, etc. Grate 1 oz cheese over the top and bake or toaster oven until the cheese is melty.

There's also my favorite faux-Mexican dish. Bed of brown rice, smother with refried beans, cover with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, avocado (whatever you want), and top with some shredded cheese.

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4/1/13 12:27 P

How about a batch of chilli? Do you like eggs? They are such a cheap source of protein that we often have omelets for dinner (tomato, cheddar, peppers, mushrooms, etc.).

LUV2SURFCHIC Posts: 2,507
4/1/13 12:02 P

Anything with chicken tenders when they are on sale at Sprouts -- buy extra. Cook them up and freeze them.

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4/1/13 11:58 A

My BF and I generally cook at least one meal when we visit each other. One of our favorites is stir fry:

Mix together until it tastes good:
Soy sauce
Sesame oil
Peanut butter
lime juice
red pepper flakes

1lb chicken breast or lean ground beef

Remove from the pan and add:
As many veggies as possible (peppers, broccoli, squash, water chesnuts)

When the veggies are mostly done, add in the meat and marinade and mix until everything is heated.

Serve over rice/quinoa/noodles.

4/1/13 8:16 A

Chicken enchiladas are tasty and easy. Sprinkle two boneless, skinless chicken breasts with salt and pepper and garlic powder. Cover them with a few tablespoons of salsa and bake them for an hour at 350. When they're cool enough to handle, shred or slice the chicken into chunks. Put about 4 ounces of shredded chicken into whole wheat tortillas and roll them and put them in a pan. Put them back in the oven after covering each one with 1/3 cup reduced-fat cheese. like a "Mexican blend." Top with jalapenos or a few olives if you have them around, or sprinkle with a little more salsa. Eat with a small side salad. Easy and at least two meals' worth.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,247
4/1/13 7:34 A

i can't so much help with dinner tonight [most of my quick, easy and cheap favorites are veg only], but i do have a few suggestions for the brussel sprouts and the onion. for the brussel sprouts use some shredded anywhere where cabbage is called for. the place i learned to love them was in a ginger scented potsticker, but if you have a recipe for a pork wonton or potsticker that calls for cabbage, shred up some brussel sprouts and try them there. if the bf doesn't like onion, and especially if it is mainly a texture issue, try mincing the onion, then sauteeing it and including it in rice dishes, pot pies or stews.

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4/1/13 4:05 A

Poach some Chicken Drum Sticks in chicken stock (either the real stuff or chicken stock powder in water), and when they are nearly cooked (doesn't take long) add some lentils, diced red and green capsicum, celery, carrots, and a few chopped dried apricots. IF he can eat onion done other ways, then finely diced onion or leek goes well in it, too. When the drums are cooked, remove them, cover them so they don't dry and and let them rest 5 minutes, then shred the meat from the bones and add it back into the vege mix. You can have it with brown rice or with mashed potato, and other veges of choice. All up it would only take about 40 minutes at the most.


4/1/13 1:48 A

Mmm...that sounds really yummy (except the beans and zucchini...I'm not a fan xP).

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,249
4/1/13 1:32 A

Mexican Skillet..... A meal in less than 30 minutes

2 TSP od Virgin Olive Oil
2 minced garlic cloves
1 Med. onion diced
6 Ounces of Lean Ground meat or lean(no skin Ground turkey)
2 cups of dices zucchini
3 Medium fresh tomatoes
1 tsp of Ground cumin and 1 tsp of dries oregano, 1/3 tsp of ground pepper
1 can no salt added red kidney beans or black beans, draines and washed

In a large skilllet place 1 tsp of Olive oil and saute garlic and onion 2-3 minutes. Then add the ground beef or turkey and saute an additional 5 minutes. With a slotted spoom remove mixture from pan and set aside...Add the other tsp of olive oil and zucchini and saute 3-4 minutes and turn while adding spices.

Add the beans and cover and simmer for 5 minutes and then return the ground meat mixture to the skillet and stir for 1 minute...ready to serve
Serve with avocado slices, sour cream, cilantro if you like and a lime wedge....

Makes 5 servings at about 220 calories each

4/1/13 12:22 A

So I'm spending the night at my fiance's tomorrow night and he was talking about eating out.
Well, I really want to stop eating out because I tend to consume a butt load more calories than I should..and sometimes it is very hard to track those pesky items at a local place.

So I'm turning to you guys for some help. I need ideas! I need something that won't take TOO much time (an hour at most), is healthy, tasty and inexpensive to buy (either cheap ingredients that can be bought at a Walmart) or that most people already have in their cabinets.

I'm up for just about anything except tofu and some veggies (asparagus, brussels sprouts, etc). I love saute onions but he hates nothing with them in it. We both love Asian cuisine and Italian...though I'm kind of getting tired of Italian. Chicken, pork, beef, doesn't matter; we love it all. No veg only dishes. I don't like enough of them for me to eat vegetarian. Some kind of casserole dish would be awesome, now that I think of it.

Something that's portioned out for 3-4 people would be great too. We don't need all kind of extra left overs on our hands.

I am looking through spark recipes but I just wanted to get ideas from all of you guys too.

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