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Old 10-07-2009, 07:49 PM   #11
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I often put the veggies in the pasta water. Since it is just me and hubby (no kids), I'll also put in seasonings.

Another thought for those who might not consider it, but it is pasta, is couscous. The most readily available in my life has been near east brand. I usually buy the plain, and all you have to do is pour boiling water over it, although I prefer to use boulion or stock. A little leftover chopped meat, raisins, olives, nuts, feta, spinach, whatever. It takes minutes to "cook" and you have a somewhat exotic meal. You can eat it hot or cold, and it is a real temperature savings if you, llike me, do not have a/c in your kitchen. I usually fix it hot the first night, then eat it cold for lunch the next day.

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Old 10-07-2009, 08:37 PM   #12
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you can now get whole grain couscous, too


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Old 10-07-2009, 10:09 PM   #13
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My favorite quick meal is frozen (or fresh) cheese tortellini boiled adding some veggies at the last minute. I also add a handful of sundried tomatoes. When it's mostly cooked I dump into a colander and use the same pan to make some fast sauce. Either a olive oil based thing with herbs and capers or a light cream sauce.

Plate up the pasta/veg mix add the sauce and a sprinkle of some fun cheese.
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:59 PM   #14
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I like to keep some barilla tortillini on hand and do similar stuff. Especially in the summer when I have basil, chives, and other fresh herbs on hand (alas, they are going to be gone in 48 hours!). Again, this being about fast food made at home, I have always used Barilla, but that happens to be what is available in my small town.

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