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miffy
« on: April 09, 2008 10:57:49 AM »

Here's the situation:

My boyfriend and I live about 250 miles apart at the moment due to school, which is changing (for good!) in mid-May. Now... I'll be going home (where he is) just about every weekend until then. We're both engineering majors and I know the next four or five weeks are going to be super hard on him, so I want to start cooking him a meal on Friday nights.

He LOVES meat. His diet basically consists of 1/2 meat, 1/4 vegetables, 1/4 everything else. I'm vegetarian and I looooves me some carbs. I'm willing to make him a meal with meat (I haven't touched it in ten years, but I'm willing for this guy) because I'll just cook up some pasta and some tofu chicken to replace that part of my plate. And whatever it is... it's gotta be something that I can cook up quickly and easily, because this cooking's gonna be done after a day of classes followed by a five hour drive annnd while I'm fairly confident in my cooking skills (I come from a huuuge family tree of home ec teachers, dietitians, chefs, and swedish people that have all raised me right  Wink), i still haven't done a TON of cooking and I've never cooked meat at all.

Any help would be greatttlyyy appreciated!
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CeraMom
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2008 05:51:33 PM »

Hmmmmm.....

Steak is always a really easy one - a few minutes on each side to sear his, with a baked potato & some veggies. You could make YOURS a baked potato, veggies, and tofu - maybe topped with cheese?

Same with pork chops - coat them with thinned down maple syrup, bread them, and bake them off. Serve with rice & veggies. You could have the rice and veggies. The only problem with chops is they take around an hour in the oven.

You could do tacos too - fake the meat part for yours, or load up on beans, lettuce, tomato, and guacamole.

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miffy
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2008 10:25:22 PM »

ooo I like the steak and tacos idea. He's not a big pork person anyway, mostly chicken, turkey, and beef. Thanks for the ideas! Especially tacos... I loveeee tacos and it totally slipped my mind! AND he's half hispanic! what an idiot I am sometimes LOL
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LeesaLove
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2008 07:45:07 AM »

Mini meatloves cook up prett quickly cook them in muffin pans or mini loaf pans. Make a big btch & freee so he cna cook them up when your not there.
Meat loaf, rice & vegg for him.   Rice, veg &tofu or not meat burger for you.

Chicken cutlets bake up fast too, season them wiht a blend of seasoings he wold like, lemon pepper & smidge of butter or oil, italion spices & a drizzle of balsamic vinigar, Frank red hot suace, parsely & butter (or smart balance is better for you),

I love brown rice with lots of veggies. I cook rice with veggie stock & water. cook rice steam a lot of veggies mix together serve on the side of a baked chicken cutlet.

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Muria
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2008 08:05:23 AM »

It would be equally easy to do nachos (nachos here consist of tortilla chips, seasoned ground beef (brown ground beef, add taco seasoning mix and 3/4 cup water, simmer), refried beans (canned if you don't have a recipe), salsa, lettuce, cheese, and/or sour cream).

I also make chicken soft tacos by cooking chicken breast, shredding it with two forks, and adding salsa to taste. Serve on tortillas with your favorite taco stuff.  Fairly quick, easy, and you can adjust the heat by the kind of salsa you use.

DH likes boneless skinless chicken breasts pan fried (cooked all the way through, maybe 30 minutes over medium heat, turning every 10 minutes or so), then covered in marinara sauce, and topped with mozzarella cheese (I usually put the lid on the pan for about 5 minutes to help the cheese melt), and served over pasta (I usually use thin spaghetti).  It's kind of like chicken parmesan, but without the parmesan breading, and would work well with your tofu chicken/pasta.  

If you get thinner cuts of meat, it would cut down on the cooking time.   I've actually taken to flattening ground beef when I buy it (I buy larger packages and separate it out into gallon sized bags) so that if I forget to thaw it, it will still cook fairly quickly.



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