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9/21/09 10:57 A

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the curry idea sounds great for a dinner party too i suppose you could could do loads and serve crusty or nam bread to let it go further
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On Saturday I steamed a lot of fresh vegetables- summer squash, zucchini, eggplant, carrots,onions,tomatoes and bell peppers. I also made a pot of brown rice. Now I can add some curry to a bowl (a cup of veggies and 1/2 cup of rice) and I have a tasty nutritious meal. It is also easy to pop it in the microwave

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The soup sounds yummy, but I'd want to try the original recipe first since DH loathes tofu! Bad DH, bad, bad!

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Soup and salad is my favorite for a quick meal. This week I'm trying to make my favorite quick soup (Greek Lemon Rice) vegan by substituting tofu for the eggs. With the soup I like to add feta cheese and sunflower seeds.

Depending on the day I'll include whole grain bread or crackers.



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crockpot soup/the veggie taco soup on SP is great and so forgiving if you change up the ingredient list to your personal preferencesemoticon

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baked potato's make great meals, with anything one of my favourites is baked potato with canned tuna, baby spinach( raw) and a low fat vinaigrette or mayo


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This is by far the easiest, healthiest meal possible. I even did a microwave demonstration at a local health fair.
1 can black beans, drained
1 can kidney beans, drained
2 cans chopped tomatoes
1 can corn
1 can green chilis

mix in a large bowl, add pepper and chili powder to taste, dish out a couple of servings and microwave them individually OR nuke the whole bowl for about 5 minutes, stopping once half way through to stir it up. This makes about 4 1.5 cup servings. I use low-sodium EVERYTHING, but if you're young and healthy you can get away without doing that and this will cost you under $6 to make! It's just my husband and I, so I usually only use 2 servings, then either freeze the other two or save them and make chilimac by adding 1/2 cup whole wheat pasta to each bowl.


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when I am rushed....when am I not lately...my default is a box mix of rice, risotto, pilaf mix, stuffing then mixed with frozen veggies (a good blend or your favs like soybeans) and sometimes frozen or canned beans. For added yum I add FF yogurt or LF sour cream. I feel pretty satisfied with that plus there is enuf for tomorrow's lunch!

Sometimes I'll bring rice, water, seasoning, some tomato paste and a can of petite diced tomatoes (with cilantro is great) to a simmer and then add beans when the water absorbs. My version of dirty rice, I suppose.

Honestly, if you want some chicken, the frozen cooked or refridge pieces work well too.



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I couldn't get the first 2 links to work, WBMSIC. Can you give us new ones so we can check it out? emoticon

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That sounds awesome!! Thanks! ;)

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I think this thread might be dead, but if not, here goes!!
I LOVE pasta e fagioli! It's a vegetarian Italian dish and it's been my favorite forever! You'll need:

garlic
olive oil
salt
pepper
basil
thyme
3 or 4 (depends how much you want to make) little cans of tomato sauce (i use the unseasoned)
a pound of pasta (elbows or shells are the best!)
about a pound of beans (i prefer black and kidney or great northern)

Cook the beans if they're the dry kind and then sautee them in some olive oil with the garlic. Once they've stewed like that for awhile, add the cans of tomato sauce and the same amount of cans worth of water. Start adding your spices (I don't have exact amounts...just keep tasting it :)) and then let them all simmer together for awhile. It doesn't have to be long, but it's a nice dish in the winter because you can let it go for a few hours on low and the house will smell wonderful! Then when you think it's ready and the spices have made the sauce taste wonderful, boil the pound of pasta and drain it. For that night, I usually put some pasta in a bowl and then scoup the bean soup over it. But then when I'm ready to refrigerate, I usually combine it all. The next day the pasta will be fat and the sauce will be thick and beany and then it's sort of like two different dishes!! Oh, and I forgot grated cheese. Put grated cheese in the sauce and also sprinkle some on top. SOOO GOOD!


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First let me say, this is not my recipe. The chef from a restaurant here in town made this for a woman I work for, and my mouth watered!! It is very simple. You layer fresh sliced zucchini with spagetti sauce or marinara sauce, fresh grated parmesan cheese, and sliced yellow crookneck squash. She put fresh mushrooms in the marinara, also. Then she baked it till the squash was done, about 30 min. OMG. It looked SO good. It was a tiny bit watery because she didn't put any pasta in it to soak up the juices, but it still looked and smelled heavenly. Zucchini Parmesan. I am going to get some rice cheese this weekend and try it! Thanks, Heather!!



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I went through a huge Quinoa phase, where I'd have a whole pot of it in my fridge, then just fry up some veggies, add some fresh lemon juice and eat. I particularly like making a mixed-color version where I combine 1 3/4 cups of white and add 1/4 cup of red (found at health food stores) and 1/4 flax seed. Make sure that you rinse the Quinoa first, otherwise it will taste bitter.

I'm going through a huge lentils phase right now, especially with burnt onions, inspired from Mark Bittman bitten.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/28/burn-t
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You can also check out his list of 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less, www.nytimes.com/2007/07/18/dining/18mini.h
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Im a particular fan of #11 and #28 (EDIT: It seems that you have to become a member to see the rest of this list, it's a hassle, but worth it)

I follow Mark Bittman's Minimalist column on my RSS.
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Lots of great ideas SIRIRADHA! You can keep on your roll anytime...lol What I like to do on a day with a some extra time is to cook up various dishes at the same time and also to make sure each of them is enough for 2 meals for everyone eating in the household. Also you can throw any kind of leftovers into a healthy wrap. Even Spaghetti and Mac and cheese are favorites in wraps here. We will use either sour cream or vanilla nonfat yogurt as the base, then your imagination can just take you away! I personally include protein and veggies of some kind.

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Burritoes with a side of rice?

Fry 1/4C chopped onion in a little oil until translucent. Add a 14 oz can of vegetarian refried beans and 1/4C Pace picante salsa. Stir until it is heated through. Spoon into a flour tortilla that has been microwaved for 20 seconds. Top with chopped lettuce, green onion, tomato, and cheddar cheese.



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Sorry folks, I'm on a roll!

Pasta salad is another one that will go for a couple of nights.

Cook rigatoni, penne, farfalle, whatever kind of pasta, rinse with cool water and drain. Add chopped olives, as much shredded mozzarella as you wish, and chopped romaine lettuce. Toss with some light Caesar dressing and sprinkle with a little grated parmesan.

Meat is optional. My DH usually adds boneless, skinless chicken breasts [in the freezer at the grocery] that he has placed on a Pam-sprayed baking sheet and cooked in the oven at 350 for half an hour. When they are done, slice them or cut them into cubes.

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Omelets or scrambled eggs are easy, too. There is no law that says you can't have them for dinner, either!
We just had omelets with 2 eggs and 2 eggbeaters (for the two of us), 1 tablespoon of chopped green onions, 1/4C of grated cheddar, 1 slice bacon and 1 slice turkey bacon chopped, 1/4 sliced mushrooms.

Put a little oil in a skillet (or spray it with Pam), cook the bacon pieces about halfway, add in the onions and mushrooms and stir fry a little bit.
Next, add the eggs which have been beaten in a bowl, and sprinkle with the cheddar. If you don't know how to form an omelet, stir it all up together in the pan until it is done. Serve with toast.

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Yesterday, I cooked up a whole package of dried lentils and a whole package of barley. I really like the two combined, and if you cook massive quantities it is there for a few days.

Barley takes about 45 minutes to cook. Wash it in a colander, put 2C in a large pot with 8C of stock or 8C water with enough bouillon cubes to make 8C of liquid. Once it reaches boiling, cook it 45 minutes.

Lentils are easy. 2C lentils with one chopped onion and as much chopped garlic as your heart desires. Boil for 15-20 minutes and you're done.

You can add 1 chopped up ham steak or a couple of ham hocks to either if you wish. If you do the ham hocks, you'll want to pick the meat apart after the food is cooked, pick out what you don't want to eat, and stir it all back together. You can top the lentils with salsa or chopped green onions if you want.

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I live with my boyfriend and we are both full-time students with part-time jobs so neither of us have the time or energy to cook. We used to go out to eat almost every day but we are trying to save money by cooking at home. Our usual routine is pasta, stir fry or tacos and we are getting sick of all of these things. Does anyone have any ideas for meals which are quick and easy and don't have a lot of ingredients? Vegetarian meals would be especially helpful because I don't like to buy or cook meat (it grosses me out) but I will eat chicken when my boyfriend cooks it. Thanks so much to anyone with ideas!!



 
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