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Old 07-06-2005, 05:01 PM   #1
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Favorite Quick Dinner?

Have had some busy evenings lately, so was wondering what you all make when pressed for time?


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Old 07-06-2005, 05:27 PM   #2
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I make quesadillas. The most basic ones I make are just tortillas and cheese. They are inexpensive, and very quick. If I have leftovers in the fridge then those can usually be thrown into the quesadillas too. Any sort of ground meat works well. Veggies that you have on hand will almost always work. Your imagination is really the only limiting factor.

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Old 07-06-2005, 05:41 PM   #3
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It seems like whenever we are in need of a fast meal, we use our gas grill. Grilling is so fast, you just throw something on and it's done in a few minutes. Another idea is if you have a crock pot and extra time in the morning, you can leave it to cook all day and come home to a meal that is all done.
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Old 07-06-2005, 06:04 PM   #4
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I don't have a grill, so I'm a little more limited.
Taco salad
Chicken breasts Mozzarella
Spaghetti-beef wrap ups
Easy Zing Chicken (marinated chicken that I throw under broiler)
Marinated London Broil's
Chili Mac
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Old 07-06-2005, 06:38 PM   #5
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oven "fried" fish or a sandwich
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Old 07-06-2005, 08:35 PM   #6
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Fajitas, tacos, soup and sandwiches..are all nice and easy
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Old 07-07-2005, 01:41 AM   #7
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my very favorite is veal scallopine. it one of the best flavors and it's tender and it only takes minutes to prep and a few more to cook.
pasta- usually angelhair and pesto, sometimes w/ bleu cheese or broiled chicken; fettucine alfredo; and angelhair w/ marinara sauce.
i also like to just broil a steak or some lamb chops and steam some green beans or make some wilted spinach w/ garlic and sometimes lemon.
another one is my 15-minute skillet supper. it's basically navy or great northern beans, ground beef and tomato sauce w/ spices.
i'm also a fan of the 'ol classic, grilled cheeses. i make them so many different ways. with all different cheeses and breads, sometimes w/ salami (frizzled salami is even better! ) or ham, w/ sliced tomatoes or pickle slices inbetween the cheese layers.
some of my favorite grilled cheeses:
-shredded mozzarella, sliced green tomato and lots of black pepper on crusty bread.
-shredded cheddar and tomato on multigrain bread. lots of pepper on that one, too. hot sauce is good to dip these in.
cream cheese and salami on small kaiser rolls.

i love cold sammiches, too. now, yeah, yeah, i know this one sounds odd, but i LOVE baked bean sandwiches. i read about them in a book i was reading about the depression era and they just sounded so yummy i had to try them. cold baked beans on a roll, (hot if you want), and i added a few twists: plain or w/ cheddar cheese. garlic dill pickle makes a nice addition, as does yellow mustard.
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Old 07-07-2005, 03:06 AM   #8
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When pressed for time I make a meal on a couple of crackers with peanut butter on them. :)
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Old 07-08-2005, 08:41 PM   #9
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Boil up some pasta and add a good Puttanesca sauce from a jar to my portion, a few tablespoons of ready-made pesto to hubby's portion, and some grated cheese to the kids's portion :)

Another 'quickie' pasta sauce is to saute some ready-sliced button mushrooms, add a package of ready-cooked italian style chicken strips, a jar of sundried tomato alfredo sauce and a couple of teaspoons of sundried tomato paste. Heat it all up and toss in the pasta.

Make pizza toasted sandwiches in my sandwich maker by spreading some tomato paste onto the bread, adding ready-grated cheese and some dried italian mixed herbs, then topping it off with some pepperoni slices and another slice of bread...kids love this one too.

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Old 07-09-2005, 12:45 PM   #10
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Tuna casserole...
hot dogs...
Canned soup and grilled cheese sandwiches...

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