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(Some Guy)   Fark Food Thread. This week's topic: What are your favorite after-work meals? Ones that involve some cooking but nothing that takes hours. Difficulty: no frozen pizzas, Hot Pockets, etc   ( bbcgoodfood.com) divider line
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2012-09-06 02:24:05 PM  
4 votes:
beer...it's the only thing worth having after work.
2012-09-06 03:21:54 PM  
3 votes:
What amazes me about Hamburger Helper is that in the exact amount of time it takes to cook that stuff, you can make your own simple pasta dish with about 400% less sodium.
2012-09-06 02:35:17 PM  
3 votes:
2012-09-06 05:09:21 PM  
2 votes:

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/awesome roast chicken takes no effort
2012-09-06 02:33:30 PM  
2 votes:
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Scotch eggs & Scotch - with two or three more helpings of Scotch!
2012-09-06 02:31:15 PM  
2 votes:
I will never cook a thick cut pork chop again without brining it first.
2012-09-06 02:31:07 PM  
2 votes:
Kid pleaser -- Porcupine Meatballs


1 egg
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed tomato soup
1/4 cup long grain rice
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon minced dried onions
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 dash pepper
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

In medium bowl, beat egg. Add 1/4 cup tomato soup, uncooked rice, parsley flakes, dried onion, salt and pepper. Mix well. Add ground beef and using your hands, mix lightly. Shape into 1-inch meatballs.
This should make about 20 meatballs. Place meatballs in a 10-inch skillet. Mix remaining soup with the water. Add Worcestershire sauce and mix. Pour soup mixture over the meatballs. Cook without stirring until mixture starts to boil. Turn heat to low. Cover and cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring very gently, occasionally.
2012-09-07 02:18:42 PM  
1 vote:
Make a big batch of pasta sauce and freeze it in convenient quart containers. Then later you can defrost a container, boil up some pasta, and you're done.
2012-09-07 08:27:01 AM  
1 vote:

soosh: hubiestubert: As a chef, that's actually a fair topic. Typically, I fix something fast at work, before I come home. Lately that's been a lot of wraps. Pastrami, mustard, Swiss or provolone, onions, scallion, and some leafy greens. Occasionally, I'll break it up, and make a steak burrito--plenty of rice and fixings at the gig.

Before work, I usually scarf down a bit of yogurt and a piece of fruit. Keeps me from grazing all day long. Stoopid bacon bin, just STARING at me from above the flat top...

My weakness as a chef was always being able to summon an order of coconut shrimp to be sent down my way whenever the mood hit me.

See, I don't like to have other folks make things for me. In part, because I eat when we have time, and often when other folks are covering the line, and in part because I'm trying to NOT eat a bunch of fried food and the easy stuff. Plus, making others do extra work is sort of against the "we're in this together" mentality that I try to encourage. I make enough pasta for the crew, and if they offer to make more when they get a bite, that's cool, but the food summons runs against the ethic that we roll with. In some kitchens that is normal, and even expected--back at Glendale Arena, Chef Jay liked to sample what folks were putting out, and the best way to do that was to spot check all the outlets--but ours is a small line, and it's a tiny crew: four guys and a dishwasher at most, and often just two or three guys, to cover saute, grill, fry and garde manger, so when one guy takes a quick break to eat, there's a lot of line to cover in their absence.

When I was at Mesa Verde National Park and with the Apollo Grill in Easthampton with Casey Douglas, we had sit down meals with the staff. Mesa Verde was before the shift, and usually with about 10-20 folks at a time, and at the Apollo we usually had 10-12 with the waitstaff and bartenders, so you had to make a fair amount of food at a time, and usually we all pitched in. Garde manger took care of a decent sized salad or vegetable, saute and grill did the protein and starch, and back to garde manger for a peck of dessert. It was really nice to be able to sit down with the crew together before a shift to just bullsh*t and relax before an asswhoopin' and at the Apollo, it was nice to grab a beer and eat a real meal with folks. That atmosphere bled away a lot of tension between the crews, because no matter how things blew up or how screwed up the waitstaff might have gotten orders, you knew that you were going to sit down with them, and it's hard to keep resentment over little stuff when you pass a plate together.
2012-09-06 07:34:16 PM  
1 vote:
Todays 4PM snack attack (I work at home) was brought to you by Hormel "Hot" Chili with no beans, Sargento 4 cheese Mexican, and some half stale tortilla chips.
2012-09-06 07:11:04 PM  
1 vote:

soosh: crock pot meals may very well be next week's subject.

I'm in favor. It's hard to beat a crock pot for easy meal making on work days.

Although, as others have mentioned, pressure cookers are pretty awesome ways to speed up cook times. (and improve flavor)

The other trick is to work ahead on weekends and make a couple of things that can sit in the fridge or go into the freezer and will reheat well. Heck, some things get better as they sit in the fridge.

Add in the trick of laying out everything you're going to wear to work the next day before you go to bed and your day to day stress will be much reduced.

/All hail this single mom I worked with at my first real job after I got my first real place
//That lady had it together
2012-09-06 06:55:26 PM  
1 vote:
The Chupaqueso is something I rarely make, but I enjoy it every time I do.
2012-09-06 06:47:02 PM  
1 vote:
Reading some of these recipes, I know why many of you are fat.
2012-09-06 06:22:21 PM  
1 vote:
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... and we're done here.
2012-09-06 06:07:35 PM  
1 vote:
Easy peasy: Zatarain's Red Beans and Rice, done to package instruction specs, add chopped Bell pepper, onion, garlic. Cheapo smoked sausage, diced, goes into the pot @ boil time. For better or worse, it counts as authentic N'Awlins.
Something that may be amped up w/ hot sauce, boiled shrimp, etc. (GF loves it.)
2012-09-06 06:06:30 PM  
1 vote:
We call it "Mexican dinner".

Basically, take a half pound of ground beef, brown and drain it.

Chop up half a red onion, one bell pepper, several jalapenos, and add them to the ground beef. Mix in a can or two of diced tomatoes and perhaps a small can of tomato paste. Season with taco spice as well as black pepper, cayenne or any other spices you prefer. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Grate cheddar or pepper jack cheese, shred some lettuce, chop onions and put in separate bowls. Put corn chips on a plate, and spoon the meat mixture over the chips. Add cheese, salsa, onions and lettuce to the plate, and mix together before eating.
2012-09-06 06:04:54 PM  
1 vote:
Cheese toast.

BONUS: with bacon bits.
2012-09-06 06:00:45 PM  
1 vote:
everyone should try the ultimate steak sandwich:
1. cut the top off a sourdough loaf and hollow out the inside.
2. grill a ribeye and immediately put the steak in the loaf.
3.add mushrooms, garlic, and onions that you've sauteed in garlic.
4.top with a spicy mustard
5.wrap in butcher's paper and flatten it out using a cutting board
6. leave it all day to let the bread soak up the juices
7. cut it like a pie and enjoy
2012-09-06 05:55:40 PM  
1 vote:
Welfare lasagna:

1 lb hamburger (or ground pork, or lamb.. dealer's choice)
Pasta, again, dealer's choice, I like elbow noodles.
Sauce (canned or homemade)
Dealer's choice seasoning

Cook up meat, seasoning as you feel fit, add in sauce, from can, home made, or sloppy joe sauce....
Cook pasta as meat is cooking.

In a loaf type pan (i.e bread pan, anything deep), put a layer of pasta, cover with cheese, layer of meat, cover with cheese and repeat for the depth of the pan. Or just make a 1 layer dish.

Fast, cheap, super simple and HOLY HANNAH! it's filling like you wouldn't believe.
2012-09-06 05:49:17 PM  
1 vote:
And this was earlier this week, had some leftover steak from a weekend BBQ. Chopped it up and made some quick tacos.

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2012-09-06 05:48:27 PM  
1 vote:
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// only takes hours if you roll meatballs slowly or suck at chopping peppers, onion and garlic.
2012-09-06 05:36:11 PM  
1 vote:
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup plain 1% fat yogurt from the Mennonites down the way
1T pesto

mix. eat. delicious.
2012-09-06 05:29:22 PM  
1 vote:
2012-09-06 05:27:45 PM  
1 vote:

jayhawk88: Deglaze? Mincing? CILLANTRO???

Who are you people? What have you done with the normal Farkers?

Grew up?

Cooking isn't some black art. It doesn't take but a couple extra minutes to make tasty food that isn't overprocessed junk from a box.
2012-09-06 05:26:07 PM  
1 vote:
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.
2012-09-06 05:21:17 PM  
1 vote:

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 05:13:34 PM  
1 vote:
Answer: Steak.

You all can go home now.
2012-09-06 05:08:58 PM  
1 vote:

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
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Mexican Quinoa Salad

Both are simple and quick and DELICIOUS.
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2012-09-06 05:02:08 PM  
1 vote:
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 03:43:48 PM  
1 vote:

moogrum: kwame: What amazes me about Hamburger Helper is that in the exact amount of time it takes to cook that stuff, you can make your own simple pasta dish with about 400% less sodium.

ew gross

And you don't reall need the burger, either.
2012-09-06 03:08:08 PM  
1 vote:
Sprinkle a chicken breast (bone in, skin on) with with poultry seasoning, pepper, garlic powder. Cut a sweet potato into wedges, sprinkle it with herbs and spices, Cut Brussels sprouts in half. Toss in a bowl with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a little olive oil. Plate chicken skin up, Brussels cut side down, and sweet potatos however onto nonstick foil and shove it in a 350° oven.

Pour drink, turn on news, wander back into the kitchen 40 mins later. Eat. Drink more.

Prep time: 5 minutes. Clean up: 2 minutes
2012-09-06 02:54:06 PM  
1 vote:

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Don't judge. It's actually really good.

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2012-09-06 02:45:19 PM  
1 vote:
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2012-09-06 02:39:59 PM  
1 vote:
Chilaquiles -

Tear up about 10 corn tortillas, preferably stale, then fry them for maybe five minutes and drain. Heat up a cup of salsa in a skillet (I like salsa verde, myself) and then simmer the tortillas for a few minutes - don't let them get soggy. Top them with some quesa fresca, crumbled, some chorizo or some shredded chicken, a fried egg or two, and some shredded lettuce.
2012-09-06 02:38:08 PM  
1 vote:

mitchcumstein1: vodka

I love this recipe because if you're out of ice you can still make it.
2012-09-06 02:37:35 PM  
1 vote:
2012-09-06 02:32:23 PM  
1 vote:
Quesadilla, bro.
2012-09-06 02:28:36 PM  
1 vote:
I had a classic bachelorette meal... paprika chicken and tomato & cucumber salad. Easy to shop for, and quick. My usual shopping list was just chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, and vinegar.

Take a chicken breast, thinly sliced, (or buy them whole and butterfly them, whatever) pound it down with the bottom of a coffee cup (didn't own a meat tenderizer). Salt, pepper, and paprika of your choosing on both sides. Drop it in a frying pan with a bit of olive oil... it cooks fast. Less than five minutes for the entire process. Always kept a big bowl of the salad ready to go in the fridge, it only gets better with time - tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, salt, pepper, rice vinegar. Boom, done.
2012-09-06 02:28:33 PM  
1 vote:
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Mini chicken sandwich next to a quarter for comparison.
2012-09-06 02:28:08 PM  
1 vote:
I steam broccoli and eat that.

I also make a stirfry of bacon and cole-slaw with teriyaki sauce.

Both takes about 10 minutes.
2012-09-06 02:26:18 PM  
1 vote:
Cook some chicken breasts in a pan with olive oil and butter
Add pat of butter, 2 cloves minced garlic and 3 green onions sliced, whites and light greens only
deglaze with 1/2c white wine
crape tasty bits off bottom
Add 1/2c heavy cream and 4 tbsps of dijon mustard
return chicken to pan
simmer 6-8 minutes
serve with green onion greens as garnish
2012-09-06 02:25:20 PM  
1 vote:
I forgot the cornbread. Gotta have cornbread with pumpkin soup.
2012-09-06 02:24:45 PM  
1 vote:
In the summer: Grilled pork chops(at least 1" thick), rice pilaf, and a fresh veggie from the garden of some sort, maybe chard, maybe zucchini, whatever is ready.

In the winter: Pumpkin soup with beans and bacon.
2012-09-06 02:24:33 PM  
1 vote:
You have a another meal between work and supper?
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