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Old 04-15-2014, 04:53 PM
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I'm young, get exhausted from cooking because it takes me entirely too long to cook for just two people. But I enjoy food alot and feel like I would enjoy being able to prepare nice meals. So i've been asking alot of friends/family to give me their favorite or top two favorite SIMPLE things they cook that they can prepare in less than 30 min.


We eat healthy, organic, quinoa instead of pasta when we can, chicken, rockfish, salmon, deer venison ( have 3 in the freezer from this season), etc.


Give me one or two ?
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'scribed, need the same
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Filet, sweet taters, and Green veggie of choice. I cook the taters for an hour at 400, but you can zap them. Filet in a pan smoking out your house, green veggie of choice steamed for last five minutes. I am referencing beef filet but do this same combo with pork tenderloin too. I grill mine, but can be done in the oven too.

Drumsticks on grill, green veggie, grilled taters. Make packets of foil for taters with EVOO and a few spices plus s and p, throw them on the grill with chicken for 25 minutes or so, green steamed for last five Minutes.

Chicken Caesar salad. You know how To make one. I add shaved carrots and lemon juice to mine. Marzettis dressing is decent if you like cream based, newmans own If you like oil based.

Scallop spinach and bacon salad. Chop up some bacon (2-3 slices), cook in pan. Mix a tiny bit of bacon fat with EVOO, red wine vinegar, and good mustard. Throw some shallots in bacon pan, cook for four minutes and. Throw that in the dressing too. In separate pan toast some pecans or almonds, then pour a tiny but of REAL maple syrup on them, toss to coat and remove from heat. Cook scallops in bacon pan for two minutes a side tops, enjoy. This one is killer.

The above dishes are some my go tos. We are in a similar situation, DINKs, both work a lot, but enjoy eating dinner together every night we can.

Check out cooks illustrated. Its A pbs show and they also have a monthly publication. They have a great weekday meals cookbook I bought my wife for Christmas. So far she has cooked zero things out of it, I've cooked a dozen.

I've been killing the zatarains low sodium red beans and rice and black Beans and rice lately as a side dish. Good combination of starch and Protein with good fiber content too. Note the low sodium still has a ridiculous amount of sodium though.
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Poached eggs on sourdough toast when I'm short on cash and seared scallops with broccolini when I have a few bucks.

Two simple 5 minute meals that rock.
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Lawry's 20 minute Carribean Jerk Marinade and boneless chicken breasts on the grill. Veggie of choice.
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Chicken puttanesca (little whore) Sauté a small onion and a couple garlic cloves in olive oil until the onions soften, dump in a can of stewed tomatoes and a healthy splash of red wine. Turn on low uncovered and simmer. Brush a couple chicken breasts with olive oil, sprinkle on some rosemary and garlic, toss on the grill. While the chicken is cooking make some pasta, and add a handful of sliced black and green olives to the sauce to heat, capers too if you are into them. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and pasta. 30 minutes tops.
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Buy a George Foreman grill. It does a great job and it is fast. Grilled salmon with olive oil and sea salt on the George Foreman and steamed cauliflower in the skillet. (Steam for about 10 minutes, then drain the water, add some butter and salt and cook it 5 more minutes in the butter.)
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Salmon and asparagus, just had it tonight.
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Can't go wrong with blackened salmon or some other fish. For a side veggie, get a bag of frozen cut okra and sautee with olive oil and salt/pepper or cajun seasoning like Tony's. Tastes great, quick and healthy. The same method works for cut zucchini.

This is my weekday go-to meal.
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Originally Posted by Graddy-fied View Post
For a side veggie, get a bag of frozen cut okra and sautee with olive oil and salt/pepper or cajun seasoning like Tony's.
Hmmm, I am going to try that. I love okra. Besides tasting good, it is a great way to guarantee "success" the next morning.
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this takes longer than 30 mins but it's super easy and super cheap
Once you put it in the oven you are done

Big skillet, couple glugs olive oil
Brown seasoned bone in chicken thighs
Once brown, take them out and throw in a bunch of whole garlic cloves, drained can of tomatoes, a sliced onion, red pepper flakes, capers mushrooms and whatever herbs you have
Bring to simmer, put the chicken back in, cover and stick in a 400 deg oven for 1 hour

serve over rice, pasta, polenta, or nothing
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Marie Callender's frozen pot pies.

5 min
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Before you leave for work dump two boneless breast into a Marinade of choice and if your lazy into Italian dressing. When you get home grill with asparagus ( pour a little olive oil and salt and pepper over the asparagus). Rice of choice. Switch chicken to pork chops and instead of marinade just some salt and pepper before grilling.
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Ramen noodles.
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Crystal meth.... Haha. Baked boneless chicken. 20 min along with a bag of veggies and mashed potatoes or rice
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Okay, here ya go. Just don't tell anybody I gave it to ya.

1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Cube up about 5-6 chicken breasts into bite sized pieces, season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and toss into a 13X9 glass caserole dish.
3. Layer a nice covering of swiss cheese covering the chicken.
4. Pour 2 cans of cream of mushroom over and spread it out evenly.
5. Melt a stick of butter in the microwave.
6. Open a package of Pepperidge Farms seasoned stuffing mix, dump into a bowl, and pour melted butter mixing together.
7. Cover the stuffing over the caserole.
8. Shove it into the oven on the middle rack, uncovered, for :45
9. Enjoy!

Okay, so that was a bit over :30 but it's awesome!
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one of the problems with cooking quick is developing flavor
what you can do is cheat though

For example if you have shrimp shells or fish bones from one meal, make a stock and freeze it. At dinner time, thaw some out in a pot and bring to simmer, throw in sliced carrots, celery, leeks, broccoli or whatever you have. Add lime juice, cilantro and a squeeze of sriracha. Cook a piece of fish with a good sear, break in to chunks and stir in right before serving

sprinkle in some bean sprouts or something else crunchy and dig in
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Originally Posted by SurfFishLife View Post
Buy a George Foreman grill. It does a great job and it is fast. Grilled salmon with olive oil and sea salt on the George Foreman and steamed cauliflower in the skillet. (Steam for about 10 minutes, then drain the water, add some butter and salt and cook it 5 more minutes in the butter.)
SurfFishLife beat me to it. Love my George Foreman grill. If it broke today, I'd have to buy a replacement tomorrow. It cooks Salmon and chicken breast perfectly in about 5 minutes. On both, I put McCormick Grill Mates Roasted Garlic & Herb seasoning.

I've been trying to eat very clean and healthy lately and I'm lazy, plus I don't have alot of time.

Here's what I make for breakfast every morning: Coat the bottom of a teflon skillet with olive oil. Medium heat. Spoonful or two of minced garlic on the bottom of the skillet. Toss in a layer of sliced mushrooms. Let them cook for a few min. while you go do something else. Remove the garlic and mushrooms, throw a bunch of fresh spinach in the skillet, with 5 egg whites, ground feta cheese (and spices you like. I use black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and some mrs. dash) and toss the garlic and mushrooms back into the skillet. Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes. Be careful. Spinach cooks real fast.

Real, real lazy thing to make fast. Sliced turkey breast (from the deli) with fresh sliced jalepenos on top, and cover that with sliced colby jack and nuke for a couple minutes til the cheese melts.

Chopped romane, through some shelled ademane on top, some olive oil and red wine vinegar, a few sliced anchovies and some feta. That's a quick salad.

Fresh baby carrots right out of the bag.

I eat alot of apples these days. Used to like the red delicisous, but I like Gala better. Matter of fact, they have come to satisfy my craving for sweets.

Hard to go wrong with a couple grilled chicken go wraps (minus the dressing) from BK or wendy's. They're less than $2 each.
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Grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup
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Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
Okay, here ya go. Just don't tell anybody I gave it to ya.

1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Cube up about 5-6 chicken breasts into bite sized pieces, season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and toss into a 13X9 glass caserole dish.
3. Layer a nice covering of swiss cheese covering the chicken.
4. Pour 2 cans of cream of mushroom over and spread it out evenly.
5. Melt a stick of butter in the microwave.
6. Open a package of Pepperidge Farms seasoned stuffing mix, dump into a bowl, and pour melted butter mixing together.
7. Cover the stuffing over the caserole.
8. Shove it into the oven on the middle rack, uncovered, for :45
9. Enjoy!

Okay, so that was a bit over :30 but it's awesome!
Do almost the same but use bone in half breasts (more flavor), add white wine to the soup and heat first, and use croutons (your flavor choice) instead of stuffing.

I'll try your way.

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