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What should I learn to cook today?

Asked by chelle21689 (7719points) August 8th, 2010

Any ideas on what I should cook for dinner? Something that isn’t too hard, something delicious, and that isn’t pasta. I’ve tried way too many pasta recipes without realizing it, haha!

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filmfann's avatar

A few weeks ago, I found an online recipe for Huevos Rancheros.
It’s often a breakfast dish, but it’s fine for dinner. Serve it with Spanish Rice and Refried Beans.

gravity's avatar

How about a Low Country Boil? It is easy and yummy good…

6 to 8 oz medium to large shrimp per person
frozen corn on cob ears(the small ones)
1 lb smoked sausage (like Hillshire Farms)
new potatos
1 bag crab and shrimp boil (I like Zatarains)

Bring a large pot or dutch oven full of water with the crab boil seasoning bag in it.
Add the corn and potatos then later the sausage and lastly the shrimp. The shrimp only need about 5 minutes to cook and will turn bright pink and white when done.
Serve with crunchy garlic bread and plenty of cocktail sauce. Enjoy!

jaytkay's avatar

Here are three which grabbed my attention from The NY Times – 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less

Gazpacho: Combine one pound tomatoes cut into chunks, a cucumber peeled and cut into chunks, two or three slices stale bread torn into pieces, a quarter-cup olive oil, two tablespoons sherry vinegar and a clove of garlic in a blender with one cup water and a couple of ice cubes. Process until smooth, adding water if necessary. Season with salt and pepper, then serve or refrigerate, garnished with anchovies if you like, and a little more olive oil.

Tacos: Stir-fry a pound or so of ground meat or chopped fish mixed with chopped onions and seasoned with cumin or chili powder. Pile into taco shells or soft tacos, along with tomato, lettuce, canned beans, onion, cilantro and sour cream.

Veggie burger: Drain and pour a 14-ounce can of beans into a food processor with an onion, half a cup rolled oats, a tablespoon chili powder or other spice mix, an egg, salt and pepper. Process until mushy, then shape into burgers, adding a little liquid or oats as necessary. Cook in oil about three minutes a side and serve.

TexasDude's avatar

Barbecue jerk chicken.

ragingloli's avatar

Japanese Curry!

gravity's avatar

maybe this will show more the specifics I left out- You can find it under Frogmore Stew on

this is for 12 servings… and calls for Old Bay seasoning.

6 quarts water
¾ cup Old Bay Seasoning TM
2 pounds new red potatoes
2 pounds smoked sausage, cut into 1 to 2 inch pieces
12 ears corn – husked, cleaned and quartered
4 pounds large fresh shrimp, unpeeled
1.Bring water and Old Bay Seasoning to boil in a large stockpot.
2.Add potatoes and cook for 15 minutes. Add sausage and cook for 5 minutes more. Add corn and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the shrimp and cook until shrimp are pink, about 5 minutes. Drain immediately and serve.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Do you have any ingredients on hand that you want to use?

This one is pretty simple, and you can substitute beef for the buffalo.

2 lbs. buffalo burger
1 T oil
salt & pepper to taste
2 cans red kidney beans
1 can chili-ets
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 sm can tomato sauce
1 med onion
1 bay leaf
2 t chili powder
2 t cumin
1 t Worcestershire sauce
1 jar mild all natural salsa
2 T brown sugar

Brown buffalo burger in 1 T oil till done.
Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for an hour.

Frenchfry's avatar

Make a quiche. They are very good and easy. Here a site I go to They can please any palate.

NaturallyMe's avatar

Moroccan rice pilaf! It’s super easy and SO delicious. I must remember to post the recipe for you tomorrow. The ingredients are basmati rice, black/brown lentil, onion, veggie stock and spices, and it’s really quick to prepare too (ie it doesn’t take up much of your time).

YARNLADY's avatar

moussaka follow this really easy, illustrated recipe, you won’t be sorry.

chelle21689's avatar

Soo I made chicken and biscuits today lol

Adagio's avatar

Masala Fish
(serves 2–4)
The product of experimentation. Fast, simple, delicious.

good olive oil
600 grams/1 lb + thick fish fillets, cut in approx 1” pieces (choose a firm fish)
2 large red capsicums (not hot), chopped into pieces approx 1” square
2 large bunches spring onions, including all the green tops, cut in 1½” lengths
1–1½ rounded teaspoons freshly ground garam masala
very coarsely ground black peppercorns

What to do:
Heat a generous measure of olive oil over med-low heat in a large cast-iron frypan. Add the vegetables and fry for approx 8–10 mins, stirring every so often, until very lightly cooked. Add the fish and stir gently. Cook approx 5 mins, stirring occasionally and then add generous measures of salt and pepper plus the garam masala. Continue cooking until the fish is just cooked through. Serve on rice.

truecomedian's avatar

Garlic Mashed potatoe’s boiled in whole milk. Broiled asparagus. And pan fried steak.

NaturallyMe's avatar

Ok, here’s the maroccan rice pilaf recipe:

olive oil for cooking onions
100g brown lentils
200g basmati rice
800ml vegetable stock
1 onion (preferably medium or big, not small)
1ml ground cinnamon
5ml ground corriander
30ml butter

Cut onion into thin slices and then halve the slices (so that they’re in the shape of half circles)
Pour some oil into big heavy based saucepan and fry onions on medium heat for 5 mins until soft.
Add lentils and butter and cook, while stirring regularly, for 5 mins.
Add rice, stock and spices, mix well, and leave to simmer for 20mins with the lid on the pot (they say 20–25 mins, but 20mins leaves it nice and “juicy” and not too dry).

truecomedian's avatar

I take making Beef Jerky to an artform, guess that makes me a troll.

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