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Ideas for a dinner?

Asked by Randy (11209points) June 2nd, 2008

I need to make a dinner tomorrow night for one of my friends. I want something at least somewhat healthy and not to time consuming to prepare, although it needs to be home made and obviously delicious. I’m a decent cook so difficulty shouldn’t be an issue. Any suggestions?

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wizard's avatar

You can’t go wrong with ribs, not to time consuming and they are loaded with protein. Who doesn’t like ribs?

ebenezer's avatar

chilli. Fairly healthy, can be vegetarian or meaty, can be served many different ways.

wildflower's avatar

Cannelloni! It’s pretty easy to make, but seems more complex than it is – and you can make it fairly healthy, using lean meat and low fat cheese.

DeezerQueue's avatar

Hmm, I posted something something in another thread, it’s really a great dish, Randy, everyone in my home loves it, but instead of retyping it here, I’ll just offer you a link, along with my suggestions.

Fast Chicken and Rice

Because I’m a vegetarian, I use a meat substitute which works well with this recipe
Consider using more sauce than suggested
Consider using a wild or other rice mix, and cook the rice the night before, it’s less sticky
I use a sauce that’s Cilantro and Garlic flavored, and throw in fresh, chopped cilantro before serving

Here’s another link to some other good and relatively simple chicken recipes that they have.

Have a great evening!

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

Simple, elegant and sexy: Talapia Tacos severed with steamed Bok Choy. I like to serve the tacos on whole wheat tortilla with a spicy grlic sauce. You can buy it premade or whip it up yourself. Mmmmm mmmm good….

mcbealer's avatar

lasagne – assemble it this morning and keep it in the fridge. Pop it in the oven 1.5 hr before dinner. Let it set for 15 minutes before serving.

jstringham21's avatar

Shrimp scampi or shrimp with cous cous. Serve with sugar snap peas and some Pene Napoli bread.

robmandu's avatar

Personally, I’d really like to throw one of these parties.

gailcalled's avatar

Randy; can you see the siblings at right? There are some terrific recipes and ideas there, from the good old days.

Randy's avatar

@ Gail- Yes, I can see the siblings. I just can’t seem to find anything that sounds like what I want to cook. I want to impress, basically without much effort.

gailcalled's avatar

Call the local gourmet restaurant, and then transfer to your china and platters. Or make a bean soup, fresh salad, and fresh fruit.

DeezerQueue's avatar

You know, Randy, it isn’t always about the meal itself. You can even have takeout if you want to focus on the time spent, good music, good conversation, a few small tealight candles (if it’s a chick), maybe a decent board game.

occ's avatar

if you want to impress, with little effort, see the stuffed peppers that I posted the recipe for in this thread:

Other than cooking the rice ahead of time, this only takes about 20 minutes of active time (plus more time for it to heat on the stove). Very yummy!

skfinkel's avatar

There’s a great dish that’s easy and beautiful that uses grated potatoes with onions an egg and a bit of flour in the base of a casserole dish. Bake that for about 45 minutes. Then put in sauteed vegies (cauliflower, broccolli, spinach, onions, and whatever you like, alternate with layers of cheese, and put over the whole things a couple of beaten eggs. Bake for about 45 more minutes. Delicious. And very attractive. You do have to be around in the kitchen for a bit while this is cooking though. It’s from the Moosewood cookbook.

waterskier2007's avatar

I really love some cajun tilapia, google it and theres tons of recipes. its a fish but not very fishy tasting, and if u season it right its tender and tastes like chicken

courtneyxcupxakes's avatar

Is that the night you made quesadias? (sp)

madsmom1030's avatar

My husband loved when i made a shrimp and brown rice dish- cook the shrimp in a frying pan with extra virgin olive oil, sliced almonds, chopped onion, fresh chopped garlic, light salt and pepper for taste. then i boil some brown rice and just mix it all together. There were never any leftovers and it is easy to make. if you like you could also add some fresh vegetables like carrots or broccoli. goes great with white wine and ceasar salad. Best of luck!

Emdean1's avatar

go to this site is awesome. You can search for recipes for whatever type of food you are craving its cool.

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