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Old 04-17-2006, 01:23 AM   #11
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When dh isn't here, I pick up some already cooked shrimp and sometimes make a side or a baked potato and salad to go with it. Sometimes I just eat them with cocktail sauce and nothing else - just enjoy them. Also a pasta dish and add the shrimp at the last minute is really good. They are already cooked so they only have to warm up.

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Old 04-18-2006, 03:42 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by corazon90
I find a great way to avoid dishes is by using the grill. If you have one, that is. Another thing I like is dishes that need to bake, so that I can do clean up before I sit down to eat. Things like baked pasta, enchiladas, lasagna, or even searing meat in the skillet and finishing it in the oven.

Nope..don't have a grill. Too bad my oven died on me my abt a yr ago....have been persuadin my mum to get a new one but she says we dun really use it often (which is true).

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Old 04-18-2006, 07:34 AM   #13
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cooking for one is easy:
loin lamb chops: garlic and rosemary, salt and pepper, pan fry or broil, serve with couscous and green peas. total cook time 15 min.

do much the same with a salmon filet, beef filet steak, or chicken breast. herbs will differ. I like either curry or peanut sauce on salmon, and beef is great with salt pepper garlic and mushrooms deglazed with a bit of red wine.
Chicken is great with mushrooms and balsamic vinegar.

These are all quick saute meals that can be portioned for one.

Hot saute pan, drizzle olive oil or canola oil,
couscous cooks in 5 minutes
frozen peas in less time than that, or with the couscous.

also use the salad bar at the store to make a fresh single serving salad.

Steak sauce, Thai peanut sauce, other saute sauces make quick fresh cooking at home easy.
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Old 04-18-2006, 09:50 AM   #14
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If you have a crockpot, try this pork recipe ~ put about 3-4 pounds of boneless pork ribs (sometimes they are called boneless country ribs) into your crockpot and pour your favorite barbeque sauce over the top, enough to almost cover the pork. Slice a large yellow onion and layer on top of the pork and sauce. Cook on low for 6-8 hours until pork is tender and pulls apart easily. Serve over rice or mashed potatoes. Use the left overs for pork sandwiches the next day and make a tasty coleslaw to eat with or to put in the sandwich. You can always freeze the extra pork for another day.
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Old 04-18-2006, 01:06 PM   #15
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I'm not sure if this falls outside of the category of easy, but I like polenta and couscous. I think couscous goes better with some herbs and veggies, while I like to add spicy italian sausage to my polenta. They are good "one-pot" dishes.

I don't know if you're the sort of person who can eat the same thing for a week, but if you are then it's easy to cook a big batch of something one evening, and just eat the leftovers for the rest of the week. This works especially well with something that can be incorporated into other dishes throughout the week. Grilled chicken breast from 1 night can be combined with some bacon, sauteed onions and mushrooms, and monterrey jack cheese to make a cheesy monterrey chicken the next night, or shredded to use for chicken tacos, or an individual BBQ chicken pizza, or even a stir-fry of some variety.
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Old 04-18-2006, 05:24 PM   #16
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Ooh! Quicker than spaghetti sauce, and no leftovers: after you cook some spaghetti, put it back in the pot. Grate some fresh tomatoes, garlic and parmesan cheese over it, mix well and season with fresh herbs. Take one minute to heat. For a pink sauce add a bit of cream.

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