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Chris is going to be working long shifts over the next three weeks, so I'm on cooking duty. Since he's usually in charge of dinner, my repertoire of appropriate meals is pretty small. I know a bunch of people on my Friends list are foodies, so perhaps you can assist me!

I'm looking for dinner-type recipes (main course--I can figure out sides if need be) that are relatively easy and quick to prepare (half an hour or less is best, though there can be simmering/baking time as well) and use relatively common ingredients. No rice (Chris is not fond) and no peppers (I will not eat). Otherwise, we're pretty open. Help?

(I realize the cookies icon is not entirely appropriate, but it is the only icon with food I have.)



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Jul. 18th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
If you like chicken, I've got a really simple recipe that is always a hit whenever I make it.

Catalina Chicken:

Preheat oven to 375

THOROUGHLY spray your casserole dish (if you forget to do this, you'll be regretting it later. It's the only way to make cleaning the dish possible after you bake this)

Line chicken in dish and pour enough Catalina dressing on it to cover it.

Put it in the oven to bake. Every 15 minutes, turn the chicken over and spoon the dressing on it.

After 45 minutes, you're done.

If you end up making mashed potatoes as a side, I know many of the people I make Catalina chicken for like to use what's left in the pan to pour over their potatoes.

Jul. 18th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
A couple of other easy recipes, if you've got a crock pot...

Put some chicken in the crock pot and cover it with BBQ sauce. If you cook it on high, you only need about 3- 3 1/2 hours. When it's nice and tender, shred it. You can eat it as a sandwich or just as is.

Also, chicken noodle soup. (yeah, we eat a lot of chicken in my house). We had this last night. I just put some chicken in the crock pot with some chicken broth. Let it cook for about 2 1/2 hours. Took it out, shredded the chicken. Put it in my 5 qt pan , added noodles, frozen sliced carrots and more broth. Turned the stove on med and let it cook, stirring occasionally for about 45 minutes.
Jul. 19th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recipes! We like chicken, too. :)
Jul. 18th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
If you eat fish, a good fast way to make it is get some parchment paper, put the fish in the middle of a square of it, add some chopped veggies, whatever seasonings you like (I like to use fresh herbs or garlic, or both) add a bit of liquid like lemon or lime juice, fold it into an envelope and pop it in the oven. It steams the fish and veggies and is really good. This can work with chicken too, but that takes a bit longer.
Jul. 19th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, that sounds yummy! Thanks!
Jul. 18th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
Megan, Real Simple has a lot of quick recipes and has them searchable on their website:

Something that I make that's really easy and yummy: pasta with mozzarella and tomatoes. Get some pasta, like penne or farafalle, and cook the whole box. When it's done, add mozzarella pearls if you can get them, or chopped up fresh mozzarella without the liquid. Add grape tomatoes chopped in half or sundried tomatoes, depending on your preference. If you're using sundried tomatoes, include some of the oil. If not, add olive oil and a little bit of balsamic vinegar. Stir and serve By making the whole box of pasta, you've got leftovers! You can also add fresh basil, garlic, artichoke hearts, etc. Also, as a tip, I usually mix all the non-pasta ingredients while the pasta is cooking. It tends to come together better.

Good luck and have fun -- I love cooking.
Jul. 19th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
Oooh, thanks for the link and the recipe. I love pasta!
Jul. 18th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
My quickest meal to prep (although it takes 1 hour to bake) is baked chicken. Sprinkle in the bottom of an oven pan: paprika (smoked paprika is especially DELICIOUS), thyme, rosemary, granulated garlic, salt and pepper. Put chicken pieces in the pan and pull back the skins. Sprinkle all those seasoning again (this time on the chicken) and put some halved garlic cloves under the skin too if you feel so inclined. Replace the skins. Baked 1 hour at 350. Stick some roasted veggies in the oven for your side dish.

Some of my other staple meals are really easy but take hours to simmer or marinade; I'm not sure how much of that is practical for you.
Jul. 19th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
Simmering and marinading is no problem, as I'll probably be preparing some stuff early when I have more time. Bring 'em on! And thanks for the chicken recipe, that sounds great!
Jul. 18th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
A pasta dish we make all the time:

Courgettes, mushrooms, basil (dry or fresh), parmesan, creme fraiche (I hope you call it that there, tends to come in regular small pots, so it's just one pot), garlic. And pasta. Start both at the same time.

Heat garlic in oil, throw in courgettes for a few mins, throw in the sliced mushrooms, heat, pour in creme fraiche, some parmesan and some basil. Add pasta. Done! Good with pappardelle or fusilli or the little bows.
Jul. 19th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Heh, I don't know what creme fraiche is, or courgettes. But I'm sure I can find out! Thanks!
Jul. 20th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
Courgettes, ah, Americans call them zucchinis? Not too sure which term Canada would use :)

Wikipedia article on creme fraiche, because I can't describe it :p http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creme_fraiche
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