Lazy - no idea for tonight... suggestions?

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  1. french fries

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    I know this is completely vague... but I feel lazy today... lots of work...non-creative brain... no ideas for tonight. Might end up ordering take out, but I'd rather whip up something quick... I could go to the store...

    When you're short on time and don't have the energy to spend too much time cooking, what do you cook? 

    I don't know, just thought I'd throw that out there in case someone has an idea for me. ;)
     
  2. teamfat

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    Frittatas and omelets are often the answer for me, depends on what else is in the fridge.  I've been thinking fish lately, I may just go the few blocks to the store and see what looks fresh, quick salad on the side.

    mjb.
     
  3. ordo

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    Pizza open omelette.

    Tepid pan, olive oil, 2 softly whisked eggs. Thin slices of tomato, oregano, any soft cheese, top of parmigiano, salt and pepper. Cover with lid until cheese is melted. 
     
  4. french fries

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    Haha thanks guys, great ideas. Only problem (and I should have mentioned that) is that we had eggs for lunch (croques-madame, to be precise). 

    Ok finally decided on a southern thai chicken curry (the fastest I know to make) with a quick pancit (pancit noodles with sweated veggies). Should be good! 

    Off to the store. Still curious to hear about any other ideas for future days like this! :) Omelet with quick salad is a great idea. I like the pizza omelet idea. I'm sure it'd be a hit with my kid. 
     
  5. teamfat

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    It is amazing sometimes that with so many recipes and ideas floating around in my head or just a few keystrokes away it can be so daunting to answer the "What's for dinner?" question.  Sometimes browsing older threads here can inspire.  And I'm thinking the reason I had fish on my mind is because of a certain person posting so many wonderful pics from her recent trip to a certain island state.

    Or maybe I'll just get a can of Spam.

    mjb.
     
  6. kaneohegirlinaz

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  7. gunnar

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    seared carne asada steaks with sauteed mushrooms on a bed of couscous. the fastest meal I know, including prep, short of a fried egg sandwich...which isn't really a meal...
     
  8. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Tonight will be leftovers from last night, Fried Saimin,

    Teriyaki Chicken Thighs that I had grilled

    and my quick Cucumber Kim Chee,

    pretty much a standard at our house, but my husband likes it. 

    I spent the day taking my Mother to her doctor appointments and such so kinda beat this evening.

    But I stray from the topic at hand …

    When I’m lazy and have no inspiration for supper:

    A quick warm water thaw of some chicken –

    spark the gas grill –

    turn the chicken around in a bowl with some Hoisin (I prefer Lee Kum Kee Brand) or Chinese BBQ sauce – put on a pot of white rice (calrose) in the faithful Panasonic electric cooker –

    look for some type of veg either fresh or frozen on hand and readily available (the store is not close by) – grill the chickie

    and BOB’S YOUR UNCLE…

    I really dislike clean up, so the gas grill is my friend as well as the dish washer.

    I would LOVE to have take-out anywhere close to us, but, here in the desert it’s every man for them self!!  Even the restaurants are not the best, but I think I’ve already hashed that one to death. 
     
  9. teamfat

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    One nice facet of where we live is that there are a couple of markets within walking distance, and several more just minutes away by car, as well as a Papa Murphy's Pizza.  That one is often a source of nourishment, such as it is on those last minute, no inspiration evenings.  I was just rummaging through the fridge, enough leftovers for a passable meal tonight.  I'll grill some fish tomorrow, maybe.

    And K-Girl, that one pic of the spicy ahi poke brought back memories of the best sushi I ever had, in a run down, decrepit strip mall years ago.  I'm sure I've mentioned it here a time or two.

    mjb.

    ps:  Do you get annoyed with lazy twits like me who use K-Girl instead of typing out ( or cut and paste ) the whole thing?
     
  10. chefbuba

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    Pizza or a frozen food brick........down & dirty....I'm not cooking.
     
  11. petalsandcoco

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    FF: Not sure if your son and family  like fish but I love eating it grilled with a squeeze of lemon and a salad.

    Its hard for me to cook when I get in from work. I either get more inspired from my day and start cooking on a second high or I go the opposite way and eat simple tasty foods. I love vegetables, when you have a garden and walk through it and pick a tomato and a cucumber....its empowering for some reason. Sounds crazy eh ? But I  love agriculture, how things are grown, the freshness of everything.

    Even the market....the colors , lavender in the air, smiles on everyone, the aroma of fresh baked bread.....

    In this life we don't need fancy foods , we just need good food made with a whole lot of love....love you can taste.

    I know I am tired, but its a good tired.

    Petals.
     
  12. french fries

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    Sounds very tasty. Couscous is a great quick idea, and I always have some in the cupboard. Almost too hot to grill today though!!

    If anyone is interested - this is super easy as long as you have the ingredients - although I'm sure this could also be simplified/adapted a bit.  

    Southern Thai chicken curry:

    - Curry paste

    In a mortar and pestle, poundchillil flakes, salt, fresh turmeric (you can use dried if you don't have fresh but fresh is much better), coriander seeds, cumin seeds and shrimp paste. 

    - Chicken

    Cook garlic in oil until golden brown, add chicken and cook until golden, remove and set aside. Add curry paste, cook, add some coconut milk and chicken stock (about 1/2 and 1/2), sugar and thai fish sauce to taste, couple Tbspn lime juice, add the reserved chicken and simmer until cooked, about 15-20mn. Garnish with scallions and red chilis. 

    Serving this with Pancit+sweated zucchini, carrot & flat beans+toasted sesame oil. 
     
  13. french fries

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    So true. When I'm in France in the summer about 80% of our veggies come from the garden: green beans (absolutely incomparable), tomatoes, zucchini, potatoes, squash, cucumber, fruits etc... you just don't have a choice: you HAVE to cook with the seasons. I also love the markets in France which are closer to what you describe than the ones around here (with jumpers, petting zoos, slushy vendors, balloon animals and whatnot). 

    We just had fish the other day. I like fish but it's something I usually do about once a week, rarely more. Grilled fish I don't do much - probably more because I'm scared of the fish sticking to the grill. I love the taste of grilled fish, but I don't have much experience and don't really trust myself in that area. I should give it a go!
     
  14. petalsandcoco

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    Sounds good..............

    You can't go wrong with a stir fry either. They can take on any theme you want, along with a number of sides.

    Petals.
     
  15. teamfat

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    Oddly enough just a few hours ago I was talking gardens with someone and realized how long it has been since I grew green beans.  Too late for this year, but I'll start planning for 2013.  Oh wait, the world is going to end in 2012.  Never mind.
     
  16. petalsandcoco

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    Do what I do and you will never miss.

    Because fish is so tender and flaky I get nervous about it sticking to the grill as well ( no matter how much you coat the grill, fillets will stick) I roll out a piece foil, place my fish on it , lemons, terragon which ever  season  , lift the corners up a little and within a couple of minutes, its done. I can eat fish like this all the time.

    I don't do this at work, all in a pan.

    Petals.
     
  17. chefbuba

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    You guys that are afraid to grill fish.... This sea bass grilled no problem, VERY CLEAN GRILL, screaming hot, plenty of oil on the filets. Drag them across the spot you intend to put them a couple of times, to oil up the grates before you drop them to cook. Dont move them before they are ready to be turned.

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  18. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Oh My chefbuba, I do love my fish and those, friend, are lookers!

    I was going to post that in that other thread...

    and I have a question, are they small, because that's a bunch of fillets,

    not that I'm complaining, my husband and I could probably easily finish those beauties off...
     
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  20. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Iceman, that's White Castle, right?  

    Heh, I wanted to ask you,

    do you have a killer Mai Tai recipe for our "luau cocktail party"?