You Tell Us: What's Your Favorite Quick and Easy Dinner?

We're seeking your favorite get-it-on-the-table suggestions for an upcoming series on great meals. Bonus points if it's delicious and local.


I, like most people in Sonoma, love an elaborate dinner, made with time and care (maybe using a recipe!) and local ingredients.

But, between my somewhat time consuming job and other personal obligations, most days dinner is perfunctorty; I rarely have time to cook something new and inventive.

That's why, most weeknights, you can find me resorting back to my old standby: pesto veggie rice. It's adapted from this recipe, and is perfect for a number of reasons: It's got enough veggies to feel healthy, enough cheese to make me happy and with a little prep, it's on the table in under ten minutes. 

But there's gotta be better weeknight cooking going on, so we're putting it to a crowd: What's your favorite quick and easy dinner. Share the recipe in the comments and/or upload a photo to the article by clicking 'add.' Or, e-mail the recipe and photo to alexis.fitts@patch.com

We'll feature all our favorites in an upcoming column on easy dinners, so you'll leave with a bunch of great options.

Dee Baucher February 14, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Quick Greek food is so satisfying. It only takes a few minutes to mix up some lemon juice and olive oil with a dab of Dijon mustard and oregano and garlic. I marinade a couple of lamb chops or lamb leg steaks in half of the mix. While they are soaking in the marinade I mix up some salad with romaine lettuce and red onions and tomatoes and feta cheese and Greek olives (I usually have all this stuff on hand). Then I put the meat on the grill, and when done... serve the salad with the other half of the marinade as salad dressing... along with the grilled lamb... and perhaps some pita bread (if I have it on hand and am not too freaked about carbs that day). Quick Greek taste and a satisfied fullness after this meal.
Renee February 15, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Lots of good recipes to try here. Dee, your simple marinade sounds as if it would be delicious on fish too. Here is my grandmother's recipe for chopped meat and raisins. She would have used beef, but I have tried it with ground turkey and even ground meat substitute and it is pretty good. If you make this main dish and serve it with rice and a salad, it is a great meal and kids love these meat balls. For meat balls: 1 lb meat 1 small chopped onion 2 eggs seasoning cornflake crumbs or bread crumbs--not too much just to hold it together. For sauce: small can of tomato sauce or just tomato paste and water chopped onion 1/2 cup raisins 1/4 spoon of sugar In a flat pan put onion, tomato sauce (or tomato paste and water), 1/4 spoon of sugar. Cook a little while (maybe 5 to 10 minutes). While the sauce is cooking make meat balls with the onions and bread crumbs or cornflake crumbs...Add the meatballs to the sauce. Cook slowly. Add 1/2 cup raisins to the sauce. Add more water as needed. The meatballs will have a nice flavor from the raisins. Serve with rice and a salad. The whole meal takes about 30 minutes to make though the meatballs can be made ahead of time and reheated.
Renee February 15, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Dee, your marinade sounds fantastic and very versatile.
Irene Morgan February 15, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Pasta with greens: Washed and chopped chard, kale, or other green 2 to 3 shallots Pasta - butternut squash or pumpkin ravioli or other pasta Ricotta salata, freshly grated parmesan or other cheese Sliced tomato for tomato salad crusty bread on the side. Saute chopped shallots in olive oil; add the greens (and water if necessary) and cook until the greens are done. While you are cooking the greens, boil water and cook the pasta. Serve the greens on top of the pasta as a sauce. We like the contrast between the savory greens and the sweetness of butternut squash ravioli but any pasta works. Put ricotta salata or other cheese on top to taste (or do without cheese). A tomato salad as a side dish is nice and a crusty bread completes the meal.
Elora February 17, 2012 at 01:53 AM
So many delicious recipes here.


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