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  • BannBann Member Posts: 350 ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    I'm a big fan of chili in the crock pot, myself. You can make it every other/every 2 days and make it taste different enough that it's still fucking delicious. Then again, I'm one of those people who more or less just eats for fuel, so as long as something isn't shellfish, penicillin, and doesn't noticeably taste like ass...I'm probably going to eat it.

  • SarathaiSarathai Member Posts: 2,139 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited March 31
    Aesgar said:
    Examples that come to mind are various pastas, burrito/tacos, B.L.Ts, etcetera. Just figured I throw it out there to see if anybody had some genius ideas I could mix it up with.
    Quick stir fry:

    1. Get a wok.
    2. Coat wok with olive oil.
    3. Slice up some chicken breast (about 500g should do it), and brown that.
    4. Add cracked peppercorns when they're browned, stir until fragrant. Shouldn't take long.
    5. Add in sliced green capsicum (or red), red onion (sliced coarsely), and toss until they're soft.
    6. Add in two tablespoons of oyster sauce and a teaspoon of soy sauce. Add a teaspoon of brown sugar.
    7. Light dash of water if you'd like more sauce, otherwise can ignore.
    8. Once it's all cooked up, serve on a bed of steamed rice.

    Quick chicken skewers:

    1. Dice up a red capsicum, yellow capsicum, and onion. Reasonable chunks. Also get about 800g of chicken breast, dice it up (bite sized). Put it into a shallow bowl.
    2. Mix together some lemon rind and juice (about 1 should do it), add in a finely chopped red chilli, teaspoon of smoked paprika, a dash of olive oil, chopped and dried oregano, and 2-3 garlic cloves. Make sure you get a good stir going on it, this is your seasoning.
    3. Pour the seasoning over the chicken, toss it to ensure it's nice and fully coated.
    4. Thread the chicken onto the skewers (metal or wood, doesn't matter except if you're using wood then you might want to soak them underwater the night before so they don't char/catch fire), alternating with the onion and capsicum.
    5. Cook them under a medium-hot grill for about 5 minutes on each side or until the chicken is cooked through.
    6. Serve with lemon wedges. You should get enough for 7-8 skewers worth.

    Both of these recipes use capsicum, but I've admittedly been using a lot of that lately. I also have a Caribbean stew, but that's a lot more involved, and my chilli con carne is an hour or two. For a non-capsicum recipe, however, here's a soup:

    1. Sesame oil (this is important, you must use sesame oil, olive oil completely changes the flavour), coat the bottom of a pot. Heat it up.
    2. Put in a teaspoon of garlic, a teaspoon of ginger, and a teaspoon or two of chilli. Stir it together.
    3. Dice up some chicken (can be done with beef, I guess, but takes longer to cook beef) and brown it in the mixture.
    4. When it's nicely browned, put in two cups of chicken stock + water, maybe some more water if you think you need more broth.
    5. Add in a splash of Chinese rice wine vinegar, a generous dollop of mirin, beans, peas, and various other vegetables.
    6. Bring it to the boil, put the lid on it, and let it simmer until fully cooked (takes chicken about 20 minutes on my stove, couldn't speak to yours).
    7. A couple of minutes before you serve it, put in a packet of udon noodles. You can't put them in with the rest because they'll disintegrate, so they only need a few minutes.
    8. Serve in bowls. Use chopsticks unless you're a philistine.
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  • VallieVallie Member Posts: 197 ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    edited March 31
    If you're already doing a lot of pasta, one thing that I find is pretty good and healthy:

    - cook a bunch of penne (use whole wheat, has more flavour when cold)
    - while that's boiling, split a carton of cherry/grape tomatoes in half, throw into a mixing bowl with extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, basil leaves (both thai and italian are fine, roll them before you cut them and they won't bruise as much), and a nut of your choice (I love pine nuts but they're pricey, almonds are good for calcium + weight loss, cashews are pretty tasty in this too).
    - Drain/cool pasta, toss in bowl with the rest of the stuff. Eat right away or fridge for later, easy to do a large portion and keeps pretty well! Plus you just need to put plastic wrap on top and you're done in terms of storage (just wait for it to be room temp before you wrap it and put it in fridge so less bacterial breeding)

    Olive oil is great for heart health, and it's a good way to get some veggies in raw! Plus the protein in the nuts can help make you feel a bit more full, and no need to heat if you're lazy. Only real cost you have is how expensive are the nuts you like, but you can do bacon instead.

    My favourite thing lately if I want to be decadent but also lazy

    - Find berebere spice - it's an Ethiopian spice blend, a bit of heat but really fragrant
    - Olive oil into a pan, dust it with berebere, let it sit and infuse for a little bit while you split/pit an avaocado
    - two slices of bread into the pain, keep the pan hot enough to brown but not burn, the oil will seep into the bread and fry it. Fry both sides while you slice up the avocado halves
    - bread out and onto a plate, two eggs into the pain, you can turn down the heat if you like them runny, residual heat is usually enough to finish off the eggs
    - lay your avocado on the bread, pop the eggs on top once you're done

    Takes like 5 minutes, and tastes amazing.

    Other tips
    - Go to asian supermarkets for meat/fish, it tends to be way cheaper (fish especially)
    - A lot of cheap cuts of meat are really tasty but take a longer time to cook, if you look up how to prep them you'll save money but be just as satisfied
    - Always keep lemon and butter in your fridge - if you're feeling lazy, pretty much anything cooked at med-high heat with butter and lemon will taste good


  • TreyTrey Member Posts: 4,316 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Sarathai said:
    Aesgar said:
    Examples that come to mind are various pastas, burrito/tacos, B.L.Ts, etcetera. Just figured I throw it out there to see if anybody had some genius ideas I could mix it up with.
    Quick stir fry:

    1. Get a wok.
    2. Coat wok with olive oil.
    3. Slice up some chicken breast (about 500g should do it), and brown that.
    4. Add cracked peppercorns when they're browned, stir until fragrant. Shouldn't take long.
    5. Add in sliced green capsicum (or red), red onion (sliced coarsely), and toss until they're soft.
    6. Add in two tablespoons of oyster sauce and a teaspoon of soy sauce. Add a teaspoon of brown sugar.
    7. Light dash of water if you'd like more sauce, otherwise can ignore.
    8. Once it's all cooked up, serve on a bed of steamed rice.

    Quick chicken skewers:

    1. Dice up a red capsicum, yellow capsicum, and onion. Reasonable chunks. Also get about 800g of chicken breast, dice it up (bite sized). Put it into a shallow bowl.
    2. Mix together some lemon rind and juice (about 1 should do it), add in a finely chopped red chilli, teaspoon of smoked paprika, a dash of olive oil, chopped and dried oregano, and 2-3 garlic cloves. Make sure you get a good stir going on it, this is your seasoning.
    3. Pour the seasoning over the chicken, toss it to ensure it's nice and fully coated.
    4. Thread the chicken onto the skewers (metal or wood, doesn't matter except if you're using wood then you might want to soak them underwater the night before so they don't char/catch fire), alternating with the onion and capsicum.
    5. Cook them under a medium-hot grill for about 5 minutes on each side or until the chicken is cooked through.
    6. Serve with lemon wedges. You should get enough for 7-8 skewers worth.

    Both of these recipes use capsicum, but I've admittedly been using a lot of that lately. I also have a Caribbean stew, but that's a lot more involved, and my chilli con carne is an hour or two. For a non-capsicum recipe, however, here's a soup:

    1. Sesame oil (this is important, you must use sesame oil, olive oil completely changes the flavour), coat the bottom of a pot. Heat it up.
    2. Put in a teaspoon of garlic, a teaspoon of ginger, and a teaspoon or two of chilli. Stir it together.
    3. Dice up some chicken (can be done with beef, I guess, but takes longer to cook beef) and brown it in the mixture.
    4. When it's nicely browned, put in two cups of chicken stock + water, maybe some more water if you think you need more broth.
    5. Add in a splash of Chinese rice wine vinegar, a generous dollop of mirin, beans, peas, and various other vegetables.
    6. Bring it to the boil, put the lid on it, and let it simmer until fully cooked (takes chicken about 20 minutes on my stove, couldn't speak to yours).
    7. A couple of minutes before you serve it, put in a packet of udon noodles. You can't put them in with the rest because they'll disintegrate, so they only need a few minutes.
    8. Serve in bowls. Use chopsticks unless you're a philistine.
    Capsicum is a wide range of stuff. Any specifics?

  • ArmaliArmali Member, Secret Squirrel Posts: 597 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    Looks like he means bell peppers, since he later mentions chilis specifically.
    Trey
  • KryptonKrypton shi-KhurenaMember Posts: 1,832 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    That's what it's called in Australia, yes.
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    Trey
  • TreyTrey Member Posts: 4,316 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Good to know!

  • CaelanCaelan Member Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    Durian said:
    Seriously though, crockpot meals take little prep time and are some of my favorite meals to eat. You can get a pretty decent crockpot for around 40-50 bucks.
    For sure.  Easiest thing in the world, and super tender and moist proteins.

  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesMember Posts: 5,629 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Home-made chicken noodle soup is always a great, easy meal that will last a couple of days. Boil some chicken breasts or entire quarter pieces. After chicken is boiled through, take it out, separate from bone and gristle. Dump egg noodles into the now boiling broth to cook, bring to a simmer when noodles are done and add in the shredded chicken, chopped onion and celery, season to taste then ladle that goodness into a bowl.

    I don't tend to get sick but really about once a year (around March, as it were) and this is my go to remedy each time. Works like a charm. Drink lots of the broth.


  • AesgarAesgar Member Posts: 328 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    Kresslack said:
    Home-made chicken noodle soup is always a great, easy meal that will last a couple of days. Boil some chicken breasts or entire quarter pieces. After chicken is boiled through, take it out, separate from bone and gristle. Dump egg noodles into the now boiling broth to cook, bring to a simmer when noodles are done and add in the shredded chicken, chopped onion and celery, season to taste then ladle that goodness into a bowl.

    I don't tend to get sick but really about once a year (around March, as it were) and this is my go to remedy each time. Works like a charm. Drink lots of the broth.
    Your March is my October apparently. It's the worst. 100.5+ Fever, killer sore throat and cold. Ugh, every October...
  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesMember Posts: 5,629 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited April 5
    Aesgar said:
    Kresslack said:
    Home-made chicken noodle soup is always a great, easy meal that will last a couple of days. Boil some chicken breasts or entire quarter pieces. After chicken is boiled through, take it out, separate from bone and gristle. Dump egg noodles into the now boiling broth to cook, bring to a simmer when noodles are done and add in the shredded chicken, chopped onion and celery, season to taste then ladle that goodness into a bowl.

    I don't tend to get sick but really about once a year (around March, as it were) and this is my go to remedy each time. Works like a charm. Drink lots of the broth.
    Your March is my October apparently. It's the worst. 100.5+ Fever, killer sore throat and cold. Ugh, every October...
    Where do you live? I'm in Florida and March is pretty much like that for me because that's when Spring typically starts and all the pollen is floating around.


  • AesgarAesgar Member Posts: 328 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    Kresslack said:
    Aesgar said:
    Kresslack said:
    Home-made chicken noodle soup is always a great, easy meal that will last a couple of days. Boil some chicken breasts or entire quarter pieces. After chicken is boiled through, take it out, separate from bone and gristle. Dump egg noodles into the now boiling broth to cook, bring to a simmer when noodles are done and add in the shredded chicken, chopped onion and celery, season to taste then ladle that goodness into a bowl.

    I don't tend to get sick but really about once a year (around March, as it were) and this is my go to remedy each time. Works like a charm. Drink lots of the broth.
    Your March is my October apparently. It's the worst. 100.5+ Fever, killer sore throat and cold. Ugh, every October...
    Where do you live? I'm in Florida and March is pretty much like that for me because that's when Spring typically starts and all the pollen is floating around.

    Montana. It's usually when the cold is setting in
  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesMember Posts: 5,629 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Sounds about right. Seasonal shifts seem to be a common cause of suffering.


    Caelan
  • SkyeSkye The Duchess BellatereMember, Seafaring Liason Posts: 2,469 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I somehow dodged my first quarter seasonal flu this year. Somehow. I had a really bad one last year and lost my voice the year before that. I feel like I'm not out of the woods yet though. Still have a lot of parents calling in to say their kids are sick.


  • BereneneBerenene Member Posts: 1,873 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited April 7
    The last couple of days I've made this:
    https://www.buzzfeed.com/bexv123/impress-your-dinner-guests-with-this-roasted-veggie-salad?utm_term=.vlEEd22oq&bffbtasty#.ru1rDkkEy

    It's really easy and tasty.  I'm not a huge fan of avocado at the best of times, but the dressing was really good.

    We made a few changes, but it still turned out great.  Instead of brussel sprouts, we swapped it out for broccoli.  Our supermarket ran out of butternut pumpkin, so we used sweet potatoes and they worked just as well.  I absolutely love roasted eggplant, so I added that too.  Once made up, we added some tuna.

    On the second attempt, we changed the tuna for smoked salmon, added some feta and some quinoa.

    Also, at 200 degrees C, the vegies DO NOT need 40 minutes in the oven.  They were done in 20.
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