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2012-09-06 05:02:08 PM  
1.) Get a slow cooker. (Crock Pot)

2.) Let it cook dinner while you're at work.

Slow cooker Pork Chops with Dressing

6 Pork Chops (this recipe does not work well with completely lean chops)
1 Diced Sweet Onion
1 Can Cream of Celery
1/4 C. Water
1/4 TSP Pepper
Box of Stove Top Stuffing

Put the chops in the slow cooker. Add the dry stuffing on top. Next add the diced onions. Then the soup right out of the can. Add the water and finally the pepper over the top.

Turn the crock pot onto low and go to work. Eight hours later, it's done.

When you get home, steam a veggie and unbag a salad. Done.
2012-09-06 05:02:34 PM  

logophile: mean dinner?

2012-09-06 05:05:07 PM  
Subby's mom, BURN
2012-09-06 05:05:48 PM  

logophile: mean dinner?
2012-09-06 05:06:08 PM  
Shallow fry a chicken breast with olive oil and garlic.Toss in some mushrooms/onions/peppers. Do some wholemeal pasta al dente and toss that in too. Add some good pasta sauce with a hint of chilli (Co-op do a nice one). Got yer carbs and yer protein right there. Add one cold lager to taste.
2012-09-06 05:06:13 PM  
Two words...
Pressure Cooker.

Nothing takes more than an hour.
2012-09-06 05:06:57 PM  
I saute some chopped onion and garlic in a pot, then add boiling water and a package of Ramen. It's quick, it's not too terrible and the teenie bit of cooking involved somehow makes it feel quite a bit more gourmet than Ramen.

Although it's not really a meal, it's more like a "oh shiat I'm hungry because I forgot my lunch today so I better make something quick to hold me over until I get off my lazy ass to make dinner."

I've been making home made pizzas for dinner. Takes 2 hours total because the dough takes 1.5 hours but it has been so easy and so delicious, I'll never go back to frozen.
2012-09-06 05:07:12 PM  
Caramel ricecakes with peanut butter. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, post-run reboot, name a time that's not delicious and appropriate and I'll call you a damn liar.
2012-09-06 05:07:28 PM  
Turkey and spinach meatloaf
Avgolemono (Greek chicken soup)
Broccoli and rice casserole
Grilled pork chops with roasted veggies
Crockpot beef stew (takes 9 hours, but only while I'm at work)
2012-09-06 05:07:44 PM  
Fried chicken thighs, ramen (as noodles) & broccoli

Season the chicken with salt, & lemon pepper, then place skin side down in a hot pan.
Flip at minute 5.
Flip again at minute 10, set the burner to low to med-low and cover.
Start boiling water.
Flip again at minute 30.
At minute 40 put the broccoli above the boiling water to steam it.
At minute 47 put the ramen in the water under the steaming broccoli
At minute 50, remove chicken, broccoli and noodles from heat.
Strain the noodles and mix in 1/2 of the flavor packet.

2012-09-06 05:07:56 PM  
Baked chicken breasts brushed with virgin olive oil and sprinkled with seasoning of choice (use those shakers). Put it in the over for 30 minutes. At 30 minutes, fill the rice cooker, seasoning and butter. Cut chicken breasts in the center. Set oven for 20 to 30 more minutes (check at 20). Grab some frozen peas and carrots, put in a container and microwave for about 30 seconds or so (just long enough to defrost them, really, you don't want them too warm).

Serve with side of bread if needed.

That's a staple for me and my kids when I get home. Not too much work to do on it.
2012-09-06 05:08:32 PM  
Fried egg sandwich on an english muffin with cheddar cheese, avocado, and tomato. It only gets better if you add bacon/canadian bacon.
2012-09-06 05:08:58 PM  

lstywnch: Two words...
Pressure Cooker.

Nothing takes more than an hour.

I'm hopefully getting one in about a week, can't wait!

Here's our current two favorites (links go to recipes):
Chicken Bhurji

Mexican Quinoa Salad

Both are simple and quick and DELICIOUS.
2012-09-06 05:09:08 PM  
On days that i work out i want something quick and simple that's been prepped ahead of time so i only take 5 minutes once i actually want to eat.

Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork - fire and forget cooking at it's finest. Cooked on low for 6-8 hours in a crock pot on the Sunday before until the fat boils to the top (for removal), and then the rest basically falls apart. Add sauce (not too much that's where a lot of the calories can come from), seal and heat as you need some.

You can eat it by itself , in pork fried rice (oh lord thats good shiat), and in a sandwich with some coleslaw on top (only sweet slaw damn it). Makes for an meal that i usually pair with steamed veggies and a salad of some kind - filled with baby bella mushrooms, carrots, onions, and a few tablespoons of fat free bleu cheese dressing.

also, BAGGED LETTUCE CAN GO fark ITSELF. This brand of greens is delicious - put them in your face hole and feel healthy. Especially their spinach if i want to make some quick chicken pitas wraps.
2012-09-06 05:09:15 PM  
Easy. I fix a crock pot of chicken breasts with some cream of mushroom soup before I leave for work. Dinner is done when I get home.

/Forward thinking, how does it work?
2012-09-06 05:09:21 PM  

/awesome roast chicken takes no effort
2012-09-06 05:09:35 PM  
Cocaine and cigarettes.
2012-09-06 05:09:54 PM  
Homemade Maryland crab soup. Plus it's always better the second day. I make enough to last nearly a week, and I never get tired of it.
2012-09-06 05:11:19 PM  
Throw this in some diced chicken breast...add some chopped spinach. Serve with some jasmine rice and some nice hot naan. Takes about 15 minutes.
2012-09-06 05:11:57 PM  

tricycleracer: logophile: mean dinner?

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Your forgot desert and Fourth Meal.
2012-09-06 05:12:42 PM  
Uncle Ben's has some pretty decent ethnic sauces: Link
They are worth "spicing' up a bit though.

I add veggies, chicken, and pineapple to the sweet and sour, I usually use beef and been sprouts with the cantonese, goat and onion with the korma and so on.

Even with frying up some sides, a whole meal for 4 can be made in like 15 minutes. It is awesome.
2012-09-06 05:13:22 PM  
Get a good can of sardines in oil, an avocado and some nice bread. Rub some of the oil on the bread and toast it. Mash the avocado into the toast and sprinkle with sea salt. Add the sardines on top and nom.

Its a nice open faced sandwich and two of those fill me pretty well, and I am by no means a small man.
2012-09-06 05:13:34 PM  
Answer: Steak.

You all can go home now.
2012-09-06 05:14:00 PM  
Soft-shelled tacos at the food truck near my subway stop. Or if I really feel hungry, a chicken torta.
2012-09-06 05:14:32 PM  
An M.R.E. and a warm Schlitz.
2012-09-06 05:14:40 PM  
Grilled chicken sandwiches.

Cut up chicken, bell bepper, and onion, cooks in 10 minutes.
Add swiss and put on a sourdough roll and you're done. 

Or, Almost Pizza..
2012-09-06 05:16:23 PM  

Expolaris: Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork - fire and forget cooking at it's finest. Cooked on low for 6-8 hours in a crock pot on the Sunday before until the fat boils to the top (for removal),

I usually mix up Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top and spam on Sundays and eat that shiat all week

/Uh, kinda missing the point there, chief.
2012-09-06 05:16:40 PM  

ahab: I'm hopefully getting one in about a week, can't wait!

I asked the Mr for one for my birthday. He got me the stovetop model. It's the absolute most useful cookery equipment I've ever owned.

gingerjet: this:

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/awesome roast chicken takes no effort

2012-09-06 05:17:36 PM  
I mix it up. Last night it was "eggs in the basket".

First you take bread and punch a circle out of the center (use the cap off a spice jar). Then I melt a pat of butter on the griddle (one pat per bread) and lay the bread in the melted butter (coat both sides and the center pc). Then crack an egg in the center of the bread and cook it to your preference (I like over medium, the kids like over easy).

Serve with salt and cracked black pepper. Quick and good.

Tonight I'm doing a pasta dish (italian sausage with onions, garlic, flaked red pepper and mushrooms served in a red sauce over Ziti). Fast and good.
2012-09-06 05:17:38 PM  
Lately is has been black bean salad:

Black bean dressing:

1/3-1/2 cup of canned black beans, drained

1-2 Tbsp olive oil

1- 2 Tbsp lime juice

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 cup fresh chopped cillantro/corriander (or 2 tsp dried)

salt, pepper

1/2 to 1 tsp cumin

1 dash of chili powder

Mix together in bowl, adjusting oil to lime juice and cumin to cilantro to taste. Do not mash black beans.


Lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, avocado, jicama. Onions of you like ( I don't). One handful of lightly crushed tortilla chips.

Pour dressing over and enjoy.

8 minutes, tops. And totally healthy.
2012-09-06 05:17:42 PM  
Chicken piccata.
Chicken marsala.
Pan-fried steak & potatoes.
Soba noodles in chicken broth.
2012-09-06 05:18:09 PM  
If I'm feeling frisky, and know I'll be eating after work, I'll pre-prepare a coq au bin in the crock pot (chicken thighs, skinned, plus semi-crispy bacon, minced garlic, baby carrots, and mushrooms, all covered with a cheap red wine, cooked on low all day). If I'm not, ramen, topped with fresh-from-the-garden basil, shredded carrot, and sliced garlic, plus siracha sauce. Tasty and easy, filling enough to be a meal.
2012-09-06 05:18:14 PM  
ANYTHING from Trader Joe's.
2012-09-06 05:18:27 PM  
Here's a good summer meal. It's basically a caprese salad with some lettuce and sauted mushrooms.
Saute some mushrooms in a little olive oil and add a little balsamic vinegar, worcestershire sauce or wine.
Cut up a tomato
some fresh mozzarella
and finely chop some fresh basil
serve with lettuce and olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
2012-09-06 05:18:29 PM  
Spicy beef, adapted from a pork recipe by Alton Brown:

Combine the following in a bowl:

2/3c soy sauce
1 tbs rice wine vinegar (or any vinegar)
1 tbs rice wine (or any white wine)
2 tbs honey
1/2c beef stock
2 tbs sambal chili paste (adjust amount to your tastes)
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbs corn starch (not really essential if you don't have it)

Slice steak very, very thin. As thin as you can. It helps if you throw frozen beef in the fridge before work and then slice it when you get home - it will still be kinda frozen and easy to slice. Add sliced steak to marinade and let sit for at least 20 minutes. This would be a good time to throw some jasmine rice on the stove. Also goes well with noodles.

Dump contents of bowl into a non-stick skillet or wok. Cook until beef is done to your tastes. Adding some veggies would be good too. Serve over the rice.
2012-09-06 05:18:38 PM  
Throw some chicken thighs, 2 cans of black beans, and a can of tomatoes with green chiles in a crockpot before leaving for work; once home, heat up some tortillas and scoop some chicken taco mix out.
2012-09-06 05:19:05 PM  

TsarTom: Another vote for breakfast;

Biscuits and gravy. (I make killer biscuits, if you don't... buy some, I guess)

Pound of your favorite breakfast sausage
Leftover (strong) coffee from that morning
Dark beer -- alternatively whiskey
Chicken stock
Bacon fat if you have it, butter otherwise
Smoked paprika
Cream (or at least whole milk)
Your favorite Louisiana style hot-sauce

Brown sausage, don't drain
Add enough fat/butter to equal 3 TB
Add 3 TB flour, cook, stirring constantly until blond
Add 1/2 TB paprika, stir
Deglaze with the beer/whiskey. Reduce until pan is nearly dry
Add a half cup of coffee, a cup of chicken stock and a cup of cream (I changed my mind, don't use milk)
bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for fifteen minutes
Hot sauce

Serve the whole mess over the biscuits, with some eggs

Coffee and Beer in biscuits and gravy. I can't tell if this is wonderful or awful but I'm inclined to give it a try.
2012-09-06 05:19:47 PM  
I rarely eat right after work. to early.

After a long mountain bike ride after work usually crave mexican food, thai or a greasy burger. maybe a brew....
2012-09-06 05:20:28 PM  
Taco salad

Two parts ground beef ( about 1/4 lb per person)
One part onion, chopped
Brown in frying pan
Add taco seasoning to suit
Shred lettuce in a bowl
Add taco meat, shredded cheese, salsa and sour cream.

I like a chunky tomato salsa and some hot sauce. My wife likes mango chutney on her's.
2012-09-06 05:20:57 PM  
Nadia says anything with Slather on it.

2012-09-06 05:21:17 PM  

halfof33: Expolaris: Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork - fire and forget cooking at it's finest. Cooked on low for 6-8 hours in a crock pot on the Sunday before until the fat boils to the top (for removal),

I usually mix up Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top and spam on Sundays and eat that shiat all week

/Uh, kinda missing the point there, chief.

I use the pork as a base. I can make that stuff into a lot of different forms all week, that's why i usually only BBQ about half a pork loin so i have some to mess around with. Most of the time when i've tried to "plan" my meals i just end up going off plan due to stress / lack of conviction. Having a good "toolkit" of healthy options like pre cooked chicken, pork and other things makes being healthy easy. Choose protein, add greens, feel great.

Though....what you are cooking DOES sound good for every once in a while.
2012-09-06 05:23:08 PM  
Deglaze? Mincing? CILLANTRO???

Who are you people? What have you done with the normal Farkers?
2012-09-06 05:23:21 PM  

Kevin72: ANYTHING from Trader Joe's.

Yup. My dad recently introduced me to the combo of their Savory Thin crackers + a smear of mango chutney + their New Zealand cheddar. It's a delicious snack, and great with sangria.
2012-09-06 05:23:43 PM  
Spicy Black Bean Burgers:
1 can black beans, drained thoroughly
1/2 small onion
1/3 green pepper
1 jalapeno (w/ seeds!)
2 cloves garlic
salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder
1/2 cup panko
a couple/few spoons of flour

Mash beans into paste w/ a fork, pulse the veggies in a food processor until finely diced (but not further, then they get too liquidy), add to beans, stir in spices, panko, and then flour until it starts to bind a bit. Toss the mixture in the fridge for ~20 min (this is KEY for making sure your patties stick together). then form into patties and cook in a non-stick pan (or w/ a bit of vegetable oil).

I serve these on a pretzel roll w/ spicy mayo (mayo + sriracha), tomato, lettuce,sometimes guac if it's around, typically w/ spicy cheese (do we see a theme yet?).

My favorite side w/ them is to slice the kernels off of 2 or 3 cobs of corn (which i cut in half first to keep the kernels from flying everywhere), spread in a broiling pan, sprinkle w/ olive oil, salt and pepper...then broil at 500 for 10 min or a bit longer, until some of the corn starts to blacken. Very simple, unexpectedly tasty.
2012-09-06 05:24:23 PM  

lstywnch: Two words...
Pressure Cooker.

Nothing takes more than an hour.


Also, the food (especially the veggies) seem to taste better to me.
2012-09-06 05:24:25 PM  
Grilled tilapia with grilled asparagus and brown rice...with a beer.
2012-09-06 05:24:30 PM  

Sapper_Topo: give me doughnuts: Sapper_Topo: I get off work pretty early so most meals are the same as any other day of the week. But when I feel lazy I have a few stnd bys... So what would you guys rather have

Cabbage Rolls?
Tuna Noodle Hot Dish (Casserole for you out of towners)?
Oven roasted meat ball subs? (Super easy but uses processed ingredients)
Chicken Teriyaki bowls?
Kids Choice? (Not really a recipe but an easy way to get out of doing a lot of cooking)

Let me know

Lemme guess: Minnesota.

Born in California, raised in Arizona, but my entire extended family is from North Dakota. My parents just happened to find work out west. But ND has been the only constant in my life.

When I saw hotdish I was thinking ND. I'm in the middle part of the state by way of Missouri. Don'tcha know.
2012-09-06 05:25:45 PM  
2012-09-06 05:26:05 PM




2012-09-06 05:26:07 PM  
Shake 'n' Bake boneless pork chops, mashed potatoes (Idahoan mix), and a bag of whatever microwave steam-pouch green vegetable that I have on hand.

I like it, the kids like it, and I can do the whole thing in about half an hour.
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