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Old 02-19-2014, 09:31 PM
 
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My other faves quick & easy meals are:

Cream cheese, cheddar and salsa roll ups - we make several bags worth of tortillas in the summer and have them when it's too hot to cook. If we have company we cut them into fancy spirals otherwise just eat like a wrap - they stay fresh for a really long time

Diced ham, smoked sausage or hot dogs and shredded cheese mixed into 2 boxes of Jiffy corn muffin mix with a can of creamed corn or fiesta corn added and baked into muffins (optional green chilies or jalapenos)

Nuked potato w/broccoli & cheese or chili and cheese

Pasta salad w/bottled salad dressing and any vegs- the fastest way is using frozen veg and adding the last couple of minutes or even just putting it in the colander and draining - add a can of drained and rinsed beans or some cooked chicken, tuna or shrimp for those who need a heartier meal

Spinach salad w/grilled or rotisserie chicken, fruits and veggies, nuts or seeds and a vinaigrette, cheese optional
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:57 AM
 
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Boneless chicken sauted with garlic, add can of chicken broth, let boil and thicken a little......great over linguini or rice and very easy and quick
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:23 AM
 
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SOS/S-it on a shingle. Throw bread in toaster. My grocery store meat department has shaved sirloin. I buy that. Salt/pepper it. Cook over high heat in a little oil till done, about 3 minutes. Remove, toss in equal parts flour/butter in pan and make a roux. Add in milk, a tbsp of demi glace and stir till thickened. Salt/pepper to taste. Toss meat back in and serve over the toast. Simple, filling and something I had at a friend's house but with jarred beef strips growing up. I prefer the fresh meat I mentioned. If I have more time, I will add onions or mushrooms.

Another thing I make quickly are quesadillas. Especially if I have leftover meat from another meal. I saute it in a pan with a touch of chipotle powder and salt. While that's cooking, I chop up a tomato, avocado, lime and cilantro. I then brush oil on one sides of several tortillas. I lay it oiled side down, place meat/cheese and another tortilla oiled side up on a cookie sheet. Broil on high till golden. Then I serve with the tomatoes, avocado and crema etc.
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:49 PM
 
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Ooh, a hot meal using raw ingredients, no leftovers? Hmm. OK:
  1. While a saucepan is heating take a piece of whatever meat and slice very thin--30 secs;
  2. Oil the pan, a tiny bit of salt and pepper in the oil, and toss in the meat--another 30 secs (very thin meat);
  3. Throw meat in a bowl and fill the hot pan with water, helping lift the cooked bits from the pan for flavor and easier cleaning later--10 secs;
  4. While the water is coming to a simmer, take a cup and mix soy sauce, sesame oil, hot sauce, and whatever else. Bonita flakes are great. Chinese 5-spice maybe. Peanut butter too, but it takes time to incorporate. A grater can mince a garlic clove in 10 secs--total 1 min;
  5. Throw broccoli (separate with your hands) on a paper towel in the microwave set to 50 secs--20 secs;
  6. With the water boiling, throw in a package of ramen noodles without the salt package. Just cook it enough so it breaks apart, not so it's soft. You have to "unfold" the noodle pack as the starch wets so finessing takes a little extra time--1 min, scant actual cooking time;
  7. Transfer noodles to the bowl, toss with meat, broccoli and sauce.
That's generously less than 5 minutes. With a balance of time you can use a box grater to shred carrot into noodle bowl and mix. Take a handful of roasted peanuts and chop them fine. Cilantro maybe, hand torn. You can use another noodle besides packaged ramen, but I keep those cheap ramen packs on hand for this kind of quickie meal even though I promised myself long ago I'd never set tongue on them again.

Clean up is part of cooking too, so that's one pan kind of pre-rinsed, one cup, one bowl, a hand grater for the garlic, a box grater, a cooking spoon, a knife and cutting board. And the fork for eating. Not terribly bad.
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Here's my healthy breakfast--made the night before--no cooking. One bowl. Takes only a couple of minutes.

Mix up some vanilla yogurt, oatmeal, shake of cinnamon, and fresh cut up fruit of your choice I've been using strawberries and frozen blue or blackberries.

Mix together, cover and put in frig overnight. In the morning, eat as is or add some sliced banana and some slivered almonds or chopped walnuts.

It's filling, delicious and healthy--and ready-made.
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Old 02-21-2014, 05:12 PM
 
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Scrambled eggs and bread
Sardine sandwich and baby carrots on the side
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:45 PM
 
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Vegie burger on a whole wheat thin roll w/ a yam on the side. That's a meal for me.
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Delray Beach
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A no cooking, complete meal, with all four food groups, is ...
A margarita and a creme-filled, chocolate donut!

Just kidding - I vote for the aglia olio ..the pasta w/garlic and oil and grated cheese.
Veggies are optional, but a nice touch as long as they're not from a can.
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Old 02-22-2014, 03:42 PM
 
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In the warm weather, I make a really quick Greek-style salad.

Romaine lettuce, chunked summer tomatoes, sliced English cucumber, sliced olives from the olive bar, feta crumbles, parsley, and some green or red onion. Toss all of that in a garlic/lemon vinaigrette that I almost always have in the fridge, then top with some pre-cooked shrimp from the fish market down the street. Dinner is served in under 10 minutes.

Or, when I'm feeling really lazy, pita chips, hummus, and some spinach tossed in that vinaigrette for a touch of green to my meal. No shame in the pita chips, at least not here.
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:04 PM
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I'd have to say Angel Hair pasta with a good quality tomato basil sauce, tossed green salad with canned chick peas and garlic bread.

Fast tasty and inexpensive.
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