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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Dinner in a pinch

It's Wednesday and that means it is (usually) Food day at The Enquirer. Yay! Best day of the week, I think... But I am willing to admit I am biased.

Be sure to check out the centerpiece today. It's an unfussy list of dinner ideas for when you are hungry but barely have time to think, let alone make a meal and juggle everything else on a busy night.

We all have days that are so jampacked that we either A. don't feel like leaving the house or B. don't feel like eating on the go or stopping at the grocery store.

What are your go-to dinner favorites when you're exhausted and just want to eat without stopping for takeout?


at 10:39 AM Blogger Stepf said...

This is one of those pages that I'm going to clip out and keep! Mark Bittman, aka the NYT's Minimalist, did a 101 easy recipes story a couple of weeks ago. This will join his on my fridge. I think I'll send this link to my friends who always complain they have no time to cook.

at 4:43 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

I'm really happy with how it turned out. I love the fact that it's not about instruction and more like a conversation. Just like when a girlfriend asks you about a recipe... There's no "1/3 cup" this or "1/8 teaspoon" that. Just eyeball it, add more of what you love, omit what you don't and eat dinner. Why not spend less time stressing over the minutiae so you have more time to savor life?

Life really can be that simple if we would just let it be. Now I need to go listen to John Lennon...

at 6:18 PM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

My spicy peanut noodles are quick and very good. The sauce can be prepared while the pasta cooks. You can add grilled chicken or a side of broccoli as well.

1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup tamari soy sauce
2 tbsp water
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup of sesame oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp minced gingerroot
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp of lime juice (optional)

1 lb spaghetti or soba noodles.
Whisk peanut butter and tamari in a small saucepan. Stir in all remaining ingredients and mix until smooth. Heat on low. Toss with the pasta. Voila!

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