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Old 06-07-2008, 10:09 AM   #1
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With all that has been going on lately I haven't been in the mood to cook at all and when I do I make huge portion and feed the hubby the same thing for 3 days. Normally I love to cook .... but it is hot, humid, and I am out of ideas. Any suggestions for a simple summer dinner that doesn't take too much prep or heat up the house? I'm not really in the mood for meat lately so maybe something vegeatrian...I love beans.
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Old 06-07-2008, 10:33 AM   #2
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One of my husbands favorite meat-free dishes that I make is spinach pesto linguine with tomato checca (sp?) on top. That's like tomatoes in oil and vinegar.

And it's good cold the next day.

PM me if you want the recipe.
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I bet a lot of us would love the recipe. It sounds great already. I'm going to PM you, but you might want to post it here too.
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Do you like Indian food? One of my favorite dish to make is a simple chick pea curry. You fry 1-2 onions, garlic, fresh ginger, hot pepper and turmeric, you add a can of tomatoes or 2 fresh tomatoes, grounded coriander, let it cook a minute or two, then you add 2 cans of chick peas. You let that cook covered for 10 minutes. You add 1 cup of the liquid coming from the chick pea cans, and you let it simmer, uncovered, for another 10 minutes. At the end, you add more liquid if you want, 2 table spoons of lemon juice and about a table spoon of garam masala. Fresh coriander leaves on top, serve it on rice, and it's done!
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CD - I PM'd you !!
Iza - your recipe sounds great and I will save it for the hubby. I am a wimp when it comes to spice. Seriously, the mild salsa at Chipotle is too much for me : ) I do like Indian Nan and cucumber dip though I can always make this for the hubby as he thinks the hotter the better.
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Spinach Pesto:

puree for the pesto:
1 cup of spinach leaves, packed
1/2 cup basil (if not, use about a TB of dried and add more spinach)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 T. lemon juice
1 clove of garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (or more if you like it spicy)
optional: a 1/4 cup or so of parmesan/ if you add the cheese, you may want to add less salt

Cook:
1/2 lb. pasta (linguine or fettuccine)

Combine for garnish:
1 cup roma tomatoes seeded and diced
1 T. white wine vinegar
1 T. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Toss together:
drained pasta
spinach pesto (if the pesto seems thick, add a little of the pasta water to it before you drain the pasta)

Serve with:
tomato garnish

Hope y'all like it!
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A big chef salad!

Chili dogs and chips.

Manwiches and chips.

And in the crockpot:

A roast and potatoes (DH loves this with cabbage tossed in on top of the roast for a cooked green).
Smoked ham and speckled butter beans (large limas are a distant second).
Smoked ham and greens.
Soup with smoked ham as the meat, or with no meat at all.
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Originally Posted by vaknitter View Post
With all that has been going on lately I haven't been in the mood to cook at all and when I do I make huge portion and feed the hubby the same thing for 3 days. Normally I love to cook .... but it is hot, humid, and I am out of ideas. Any suggestions for a simple summer dinner that doesn't take too much prep or heat up the house? I'm not really in the mood for meat lately so maybe something vegeatrian...I love beans.
You sound like me. DH is retired, but I don't get to retire from cooking unless I am completely incapacitated or am dead. I try to cook as little as possible. Red skin potatoes are one of my favorite veggies. They are great without peeling. Add a ham steak and salad or some other veggie and maybe some rolls - you have simple meal. Add dessert if you must. How about ice cream?

Tonite we are having left over potato salad that I made yesterday plus lettuce, tomato, cucumber, lettuce and green onion salad freshly made along with some leftover chicken breast tenderloins from last nite. I'm thinking of cooking a little bacon to break up on the salad. We have some bananas and grapes for dessert.

Tommorrow? Who knows? Whatever I can throw together in about a half hour.
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My husband is big on tacos. I use the large flour tortillas warmed in a frying pan with some pam. Lots of shredded lettuce, onions, diced fresh tomato, sliced olives, shredded cheese, jalapeno peppers, and a little ground beef cooked or you could substitute refried beans. I just put everything out on the counter in separate bowls and we each make our own and top with some taco sauce or you could use salsa.
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Old 06-07-2008, 09:27 PM   #10
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HaHa - tacos, fajitas, and burritos are among my hubby's favorites and as such I cannot make them correctly. When it's time for either of those he does the cooking !!
For tonight I ended up taking leftover chicken from the chicken and rice I've fed him the last 2 nights - put the chicken in some spaghetti sauce with a can of diced tomatoes and bam it was dinner.
That Spinach pesto is on my list for this week - tomorrow is homemade pizza night.
Any recipes for a cold vegetarian salad - lots of beans. I do a 4 bean salad, but that's not a meal. I make pasta and potato salad all the time....just need something new.
THanks for all the suggestions.
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