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Old 12-17-2008, 07:36 AM   #21
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pretty much what june said: linguini in clam sauce is a fast and easy pantry dinner.

a lot of chopped garlic and a little onion, toasted in evoo and butter. dump in a can of whole baby clams, and a can of chopped clams and their juices. simmer for just a minute, then toss with (cooked) linguini. hit it with some parsley and grated cheese, and there you have it - linguini alla vongole.
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:11 AM   #22
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we like large flour tortillas covered with pepper jack cheese, nuke it and enjoy..Another is just angel hair pasta,evoo,garlic,sun dried tomatoes and some fresh chopped parsley and chives,add a small salad and your set

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Old 12-17-2008, 08:12 AM   #23
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many a night I have had popcorn and a cocktail for dinner! for the family:

pasta - boxed or frozen ravioli - butter or sauce
mac n cheese
top ramen
grits
frozen chicken kiev
and, of course, chicken nuggets
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:12 AM   #24
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Wow... reading some about some of quickie back up meals makes me feel like I have been slumming it!

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Old 12-17-2008, 08:58 AM   #25
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Vigo brand seafood paella is very good. If you have them on hand, add a few additional frozen shrimp in the last few minutes and perhaps a splash of white wine. You'll get best results if you put the shrimp in a bowl of cold water to defrost at the time you begin cooking and don't add them to the paella until 5 minutes or so before the paella is ready.
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:26 AM   #26
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I have a dozen different types of pasta that I use for a quick meal with shrimp, tuna, chicken or vegetables or if I am in a real hurry I will make a breakfast meal for dinner. (I always have cooked bacon in the freezer.)
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:42 AM   #27
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Coming strictly from the pantry, except for a little butter and some water, my goto "fast food" pantry meal is a box of garlic & olive oil vermicelli Pasta Roni and a can or two of Snows chopped clams. One pot, fifteen minutes, hot meal. Works for me.
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:51 AM   #28
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grilled peanut butter and jelly
omelets
pasta with a variety of items; pesto, butter, cream, olive oil and garlic
buttered toast or cinnamon toast
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Old 12-17-2008, 10:07 AM   #29
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Bacon and eggs.
Any kind of pasta with garlic, butter, and Parmesan.
Egg noodles cooked with celery, carrots, and onions in canned chicken broth.
Baked potato with all the fixin's.
Egg drop soup.

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I like having a box of Tony Chachere jambalaya mix in the cabinet and a pack of precooked smoked sausage or kielbasa in the meat keeper. An onion chopped up in it, and a few cloves of garlic, and a can of tomatoes really dress it up and its fast to fix.
BTW, I consider that a proper meal... I make Zatarain's jambalaya and smoked sausage in my rice cooker quite frequently... Everyone in the house loves it. Some nights I'll throw a pound of shrimp in at the end and let it cook on the warm cycle for about 10 minutes...
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Old 12-17-2008, 10:31 AM   #30
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Some sort of pasta or an omelette. I keep a large bag of frozen shrimp, a handful or two can be defrosted in no time. Cheese, crackers, cured meats.....some vino.
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