What's for Dinner?

  1. Great topic, Duckie! I live alone, for the last 4 months have been working very long hours (so when I get home am tired/ disinclined to cook--and I'm a lazy cook anyway) and am SO BORED with what I've been eating for dinner! I would welcome some new ideas.

    Your recipe sounds delicious (but fattening!) I do something similar where I make a huge batch of brown rice, mix it with cooked ground turkey, onions, green peppers and seasoning, and store in the fridge. When I want to eat I just chop up a tomato into it, put shredded cheese on top, and heat in the micorowave. I can eat off this for 4 or 5 days. (Did I mention I'm a lazy cook?)
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  3. by   Zee_RN
    A rice steamer was one of the best investments I ever made. Whip up a batch of rice, toss it in large frying pan (actually, I use a wok) with some frozen peas & carrots, chopped onion and soy sauce. Usually I buy some thin round steak and slice it in strips and cook it up first and then mix it in with rice, veggies and soy sauce for a quick and easy beef fried rice. Family loves it. Can scramble up an egg in there too, if you please.
  4. by   HotSpam
    Hmm, HotSpam contributes to the food discussion!!

    Nope not a spam recipe.

    Pancit is a great easy meal. You cook rice noodles that are popular in the philipines. They are very cheap and light. You cook them by running very hot tap water over them or boil for about 15 seconds only. Add some pork or chicken or beef, pees or just about any veggie that sounds good and serve it warm.

    It is easy, really tastes good, and is a definite break in the monotony.

    here is a url for a recipe http://wellness.ucdavis.edu/diet_exe...es/pancit.html

  5. by   Jenny P
    I do lots of stir frying, but it never turns out the same way twice. I'm probably the only Irish Norwegian (Heinz57) there is with 3 woks! I just take any veggies from the frig, any type of meat from the freezer, chop it all up and use ginger, garlic, onions to taste; then add some vinegar, small amount of sugar, soy sauce, and what ever spices I feel like (usually oriental types such as 5 fragrant spices, etc.) add some corn starch in a cool liquid (water, soy sauce, wine, whatever) and end up with some pretty decent edible food. I never was much of a cook; my hubby liked to do that; and when I started stir frying not many of our friends or relatives were doing it. So they all thought I could cook, even when I goofed up! LOL!!!
  6. by   AnneD
    Hotspam...thanks for the pancit recipe. We don't have any Phillipino nurses out here that I know of, but when I lived in Houston I ate lots of pancit. Bought some noodles when I went back to visit but eeeks! couldn't find recipe. There are several good cook books that I recommend: Desperation Dinners and the Four Ingredient cookbook series. Here in town we have no fast food outlets and while the nearest town is only 16 mi. it is a 5,000 foot drop down the mountain...consequently we ae all good cooks up here, even if we do have to cook in the really high altitude.
  7. by   HotSpam
    Happy to contribute.
  8. by   hiker
    Low Fat Chicken & Dumplings--(one dish meal)

    Brown cut up chicken pieces in tiny amt olive oil in pan. Add onions, carrots, & whatever vegies you have. Add 1 can chicken stock. Make dumplings out of Bisquick-(recipe on box: about 1/2 c. Bisquick and 1/4 c. milk I think) Plop those dumplings in the pot, on top of the chicken & vegies, put lid on for about 15 minutes, and VOILA! a really good, healthy meal! It's fast & I've made it a lot.

  9. by   duckie
    If you're like me, you like quick and easy meal ideas. I was hoping we could share some of these. We like this recipe at home but it is also great for taking in your lunch. I made a double batch of this, took it in to a carry in and my staff ate like little demons, they loved it. I put a one pound box of spiral noodles on to cook. While this is cooking, I brown off Italian Sausage, green peppers, onions. When browned and cooked, I drain the grease off, then I throw in whole black olives, bite size ham chunks, Canadian Bacon pieces, and anything else that the spirit hits me with at the time. You use anything that you would put on top of a pizza, except the cheese. Once noodles are done, drain them, then throw everything in and mix. Add you favorite pizza sauce or none at all, depending on how you feel that day! Serve piping hot and top with your cheeses. It's quick, yummy and tastes even better when warmed up in the microwave. Anyone else with some quick yummy meals?
  10. by   Q.
    The easiest thing I cook that my husband loves is spaghetti, but instead of slapping meatballs together - take some Italian sausage (hot kind) slice it up, put in the sauce and let it simmer for about 45 minutes.

    I usually make my own sauce - it's not as hard as it may sound, but otherwise, canned sauce that isn't defaced with tons of SUGAR will usually do.

    I hate the sweetened Americanized crap.
  11. by   JennieBSN
    Baked Mushrooms and Rice:

    1 4 oz. can sliced mushrooms (drained)
    1 cup long grain rice (brown, white, whatever your preference)
    1 10 oz.can condensed chicken broth
    1 10 oz.can condensed french onion soup
    1/4 cup margarine

    Combine in 2qt. baking dish, bake covered at 350 for 1 hour.

    Not exactly low-fat, but mmm-mmm good!!!
    I make it and eat off it for a week!! Yummy!
  12. by   CashewLPN
    oh-- I just wanna let you all know that mario batali has the best basic sauce recipe anywhere... its up at FoodTv.com.
  13. by   CEN35
    OK I make lots of stuff.....and usally concoct it myslef. ecspecially, the sauces and marinates. Depite my wife, going ewwwwwww.......or oh not again...she usally ends up really liking it. Although, I tend to over do te spices, because I like hot food, or at least semi hot. Also, with enough spices, I can totally pass up the salt
    I make my own spaghetti sauce also. However, its not the sweetenss, being why. I use sugar, and all kinds of spices etc. I make it myself, because I use NO salt in my sauce.

  14. by   jkh
    Hiker. What a quick easy way to make chicken and dumplings! I boil the whole darn chicken and use that for my stock than bone it. I love to use boneless skinless chicken to make quesadillas, fajitas, stir fry, cordon bleu, chicken pot pie and just plain old chicken strips.