Favorite Healthy, Simple, Quick Meals

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Favorite Healthy, Simple, Quick Meals
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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 10:40am
I know I've asked questions like this before, but what are your favorite healthy, simple, quick meals. Extra points for meals your kids love (or loved as kids, if they're grown).

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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 10:58am

None of these is exactly an inventive meal, but here goes:

Broiled fish, usually salmon filet, steamed broccoli and either bulgur or cous-cous.

Chunks of boneless chicken, quickly sauteed with onion, garlic and mushrooms, add a splash of wine or cognac, then add some crushed tomato, simmer till done, serve with rice or noodles and a salad. You can vary what you saute with the chicken, obviously, and you can add whatever herbs or spices you like.

Get a pot of chicken stock going, I use a cube, but if you have homemade, all the better. Start by adding cubed potato or some rice, then add whatever veggies you have, and make sure to add some kale or spinach as well as cubed chicken to end up with thick soup. Fresh ginger and sliced garlic is good too. Serve with good bread and maybe a slice of cheese.

Saute steamed broccoli with garlic and a few chopped up sundried tomatoes. Toss with pasta, something like farfalle or penne, along with small clumps of fresh goat cheese.

Sautee a finely chopped, small onion, a clove of chopped garlic a few slices of prosciutto or pancetta for a bit, add frozen peas, saute a few minutes, add some half and half, salt and pepper, simmer and boil some tortellini meanwhile. Toss together and serve. You can also do this with spinach instead of peas.

Heat olive oil in large pan, add several sliced cloves of garlic and let sizzle a second, halve a pound of cherry tomatoes and add to pan, cook at high heat till just wilted, then add about 2 teaspoons of store pesto or a handful of fresh, sliced basil. Cook some tortellini meanwhile and cube about 5 ounzes of fresh mozzarella. Add the cooked tortellini to pan, toss a sec and sprinkle mozz on top. Serve.

Cut pork loin in bite-size chunks. Brown on high heat, remove from pan. Add chopped carrot (2-3), onion and garlic to pan. Wilt veggies and add meat back in along with a sprig of thyme. Add about half a cup of red wine, let alcohol evaporate, add half a cup of water or stock and simmer about 15 minutes. Serve with salad and a starch.

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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 12:16pm

Yum! Those all sound really good. I think I have my menus planned for a couple of weeks now. (I usually only cook 2-3 times a week. DH cooks the rest of the time).

Can you recommend any kind of goat cheese for someone who doesn't really like goat cheese? There's a great local company that sells goat cheese, but I've never really liked it very much. Or maybe there's a recipe that uses just a little or something? I've tried it on pizza, but I hated it.

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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 12:46pm
My favorite lazy day recipe is simply to get up in the morning and take a couple of boneless chicken breasts, whack 'em a couple of times to flatten, and then marinate them in a mixture of olive oil, lemon or lime juice, ginger, garlic, and either curry powder or cumin. Cover them, leave them in the fridge all day, and then broil them. I usually serve with broccolini or sliced and rice.
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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 12:47pm
If you hate it, skip it. I really like it, but cubed, fresh mozzarella would work, mascarpone dollops, a bit of ricotta or you could try cubed feta. Feta would make for a pretty different taste, but it would probably work.

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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 2:20pm

I wanted to add that I usually keep shiitake mushrooms in my pantry. The thing with broccoli and the sundried tomatoes is also good made with shiitakes instead of the tomatoes. You just soak them a bit in warm water from the tap, and then you can use the soaking water to moisten the pasta. A few shiitakes are also good in the chicken soup and in many other things besides.

We also make a frittata type thing pretty often, if we want a quick meal. If you have leftover potatoes those go really well and whatever other bits and pieces, a bit of broccoli or beans, a few slices of bacon or prosciutto. I make it in a big pan that can go both on the stove in the oven, start it on the stove and finish it in the oven.

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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 2:32pm

We make frittatas a lot in the summer when we have fresh greens. I love a frittata with onion, kale, and potatoes. I should probably just buy some kind of greens at the grocery store this week.

We have a good many dried cherry tomatoes that I dried this summer. I haven't really used them for anything, so I'm excited to try the broccoli/sundried tomato thing.

Shiitakes sound interesting. I've only cooked with them once or twice. I may have to look out for some dried ones.

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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 2:36pm

Yum! That sounds good. How long do you broil them?

I used to make a chicken recipe with chicken breasts pounded flat and a mushroom sauce. I may have to try that again soon. It was really good-- Chicken Marsala, I think.

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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 2:37pm
The dried shiitakes are good--we had a huge bag of them from Costco, so I was looking for foods to put them in lol. they work pretty good in soups or sauces, whenever I didn't have fresh mushrooms. I cut off the stem though, after I soak them, that part stays chewy.

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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 2:57pm

I make a chicken marsala but it is neither quick nor over healthy, since the sauce contains a lot of butter and olive oil! As for how long I broil them, it depends on the thickness of the chicken, but usually they are done in ten minutes or so, being turned once.

If you are organized and ambitious, you can make up the marinade, and I do two, one with lime/cumin and the other with lemon/curry, and then buy a big thing of chicken breasts and put in six pieces in a gallon freezer bag along with the marinade, then freeze them and when I am ready to have the meal, I just defrost the whole bag in the refrigerator.

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Tue, 02-16-2010 - 3:34pm

My favorite (and the kids) is usually pasta with fresh veggies and grilled meat of some sort, usually grilled the night before and then just warmed and added to the pasta.

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