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Everyday Meals.

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Unfortunately, every meal can't be at a Michelin rated restaurant. What are some good, and perhaps inexpensive, staples of your personal diet that you make yourself at home?
 

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Most of what I cook is usually Italian or Mexican, some Asian inspired dishes as well. I do a lot of stir fry, pasta with simple sauces, muffaletta and panini sandwiches, San Fran styled burritos, chili, and probably numerous others I'm leaving out. I find pasta carbonara to be the most enjoyable to cook, makes me feel like I actually know what I'm doing.

Another I make that always seems to be a hit is this vegan breakfast burrito. Shallots, diced potatoes, green pepper, crumbled tofu, sauteed in olive oil, seasoned with tumeric, cayenne, and lots of pepper. I am by no means a vegan, I just find it tasty. I also make another breakfast-y burrito with scrambled eggs, chorizo and hot sauce.
 

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The omelet is probably one of my favorites because it is quick, easy, tasty and versatile for a hot meal.

Otherwise, I end up eating a lot of cold food. Sandwiches, salads, and such.
 

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there are nights when i have to make my own dinner at home, i just take some leftover rice in the pot put a little water in it, boil it to make a porridge,

take out some salted seaweed lavers (kim) and crumple into the porridge to wilt.

fill a bowl full of the porridge,
throw a grilled chicken piece on the bone on top,

a side of kim chi.

youre good to go.
 

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Another simple dish a friend of mine taught me that I rather enjoy is green beans, capers, garlic, cooked in olive oil over medium heat. Again, plenty of pepper. Makes for a great side, or even just eating on its own when in a hurry. I like to dice up some pancetta and throw in there too.
 

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Pasta (farfalle or other short, fun shapes) with garlic, spicy sausage, broccoli (broccoli rabe if you can get it), and parmesan.

Shepherd's pie - ground lamb, diced mushrooms, carrots, onions, garlic, and peas in a gravy made from beer and stock, and seasoned with thyme, topped with mashed potatoes and then white cheddar, which is then melted int he oven. delicious and hearty!

Homemade hummus - chickpeas, tahini, salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic, + seasoning. Usually either cumin or lemon+oregano.

Alternative next step: hummus chicken. Take chicken breasts (or other meat), cut into strips, slice onions and peppers, add to bowl with chicken. Add oil, oregano, salt, pepper, cumin, put on foil on baking sheet, bake. Use pita chips or pita bread, then top with hummus, then with chicken/goodies.

Red beans & Rice/Black beans & rice w/kielbasa. I usually just use zatarain's mixes, and spice them up a bit with fresh herbs, onions, & sausage.

carbonara - pancetta, eggs, pecorino or parm, & pasta. Don't use cream!!
 

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black beans and rice
red sauce and spagetti
chicken/meat curry on top of rice
tacos
 

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I make myself a caesar salad for lunch at least once a week.
 

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Burn a steak, bake a potato, steam some greens...and enjoy! Could it get any easier?
 

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On an everyday basis I eat either Soul Food, New England or West Indian cuisine. I save special meals for Fridays and Saturdays. I try to eat Soul Food or a combination of West Indian and Soul Food every Sunday.
 

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I have a huge list of these sorts of meals, because I cook 95% of dinners. French, Itailian, Chinese, a little Japanese, some Thai, lots of contemporary American, soul food, Russian, Polish. Lots, and lots, and lots.

~ H
 

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Originally Posted by Huntsman
I have a huge list of these sorts of meals, because I cook 95% of dinners. French, Itailian, Chinese, a little Japanese, some Thai, lots of contemporary American, soul food, Russian, Polish. Lots, and lots, and lots.

~ H


Ghastly lies. You dine exclusively at Rally's.
 

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Originally Posted by The Wayfarer
Ghastly lies. You dine exclusively at Rally's.
Never actually been in one, though I've seen them. It occurs to me that I've been cooking for my family for something like 15yrs now. Started out cooking for five, now I'm down to three or so. It gets really tiring after a while, but this is my kitchen, so I'm not exactly suffering. Tonight I spent until dark working on the garage, but before I went out I tossed three chicken breasts into a freezer bag with a little olive oil, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, garlic, and onion. When I came in, I sauteed onion and pepper in oil, added rice, then seasoned with all the above plus a chili. Added half a small can of tomato and water. Sauteed the chicken, added the other half a can and simmer. Removed the chicken and put it on a sheet pan., covered in grated Jack. Put some really late ears of corn on. It took 30 minutes. Last night was Yukon Gold homefries, pan-fried sirloin, and grrenbeans. Friday was a chuckroast with potatoes and carrots. I've really been just throwing things together lately as I've been putting in so much time at work and then working on the garage when I'm home. ~H
 

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