Quick Dinner Ideas
It's 7:30 pm, you're starving, your refrigerator is limited, and takeout takes too long. Here's what to make.
- •Loaded QuesadillasAny tortillas you have on hand will work, even corn. Layer them with cheese (any kind), cooked beans (canned is find), any vegetables you have on hand, and a little salt and pepper. Heat a little olive oil (or butter, as per @maisie's list about advice from the elderly) in a frying pan over medium heat until the tortilla gets brown and crispy and the cheese melts. Note: If you don't eat cheese but you still want to add some creamy texture, use a couple tablespoons of canned, puréed pumpkin.
- •Pantry SpaghettiCook some spaghetti according to directions on the package in salted boiling water. In a large frying pan heat 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add four cloves of garlic that have been chopped. Cook the garlic in the oil for just a minute or so to release its flavor. Toss the cooked pasta with the garlic oil, and add breadcrumbs (A toasted slice of bread chopped up works here), grated Parmesan, red chili flakes, salt, pepper, and chopped parsley if you have it.
- •Egg TacosFry or scramble a couple of eggs. Heat two corn tortillas in a dry frying pan, just until they become pliable. Top the tortillas with the cooked eggs, plus any other taco toppings you have on hand (grated or crumbled cheese, avocado, sour cream or plain yogurt, chopped onion, cilantro, sliced jalapeños, hot sauce, salsa, chopped lettuce, etc).
- •Cheese and Charcuterie@dev mentioned eating something like this once a week or so. If you do the low-carb thing, this is a great option without the bread. On a dinner plate put a few slices or wedges of some nice cheese, pickles, sliced salami, prosciutto, or any other cured or cooked meat you have on hand. Add a small handful of nuts, some fresh or dried fruit (sliced apples are particularly great), and optionally, some bread or crackers. This is my favorite dinner to eat when I can't stop working to cook something.
- •Shakshuka@evan makes this best. To make a quick version, heat your favorite prepared tomato sauce and a large frying pan over medium heat. Add a couple cloves of chopped garlic, your favorite hot sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. Once the sauce begins to bubble, crack as many eggs as you can eat in one sitting into the tomato sauce. Let cook until the eggs set to your desired doneness (runny eggs are my favorite here). Then spoon into bowls, add more hot sauce if desired, and eat.
- •Italian Tuna SaladIn a bowl, toss a 5 ounce can of tuna (ideally the kind packed in olive oil--if you only have the water-packed kind on hand, add a tablespoon or so of extra-virgin olive oil) with some or all of the following: sliced onion, sliced tomatoes, a little balsamic vinegar, chopped parsley, salt, pepper, and if you have them, if you have them, capers. Serve over greens, or just in a bowl by itself.
- •Avocado Toast with EggMake avocado toast per my previous list or @zoe's food list. Cook two eggs however you like them (I always go for sunny-side-up with soft yolks here). Put the eggs on the avocado toast, top with a little more salt and pepper plus chili flakes if you have them. Devour.