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There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.

Today: Your favorite go-to meals for when the going gets tough.

Peanut Stir-Fry

It's the most wonderful, and hectic, time of the year. In between prepping for holiday gatherings, you're wisely trying to maintain some sanity in your daily life, but day-to-day duties still remain -- there are lunches to be packed and dinners to be made.

Fellowfoodie is on the hunt for go-to recipes that she can whip up easily for dinner. Whether after a long day at the office or a long day of holiday chaos, she's looking for simple dinner ideas that don't require a whole lot of thought or effort -- just "something fresh, fast, and tasty." She asked our community on the Hotline to share some of their favorite back-pocket dinners and they provided a number of great ideas:


Tried and true: 

No recipe needed:

  • Halfpint likes to make an easy meal of cooked rice, drizzled with soy sauce and served with an over easy egg on top; or hot pasta tossed with grated cheese and crème fraîche.
  • Jenny Maria keeps it simple with tuna salad made with canned tuna fish, avocado, and a vinaigrette.
  • Baked chicken thighs are a go-to for Susan W and Leith Devine. Susan W simply seasons them with salt and pepper, sometimes tossing in chopped preserved lemon and whole garlic cloves, while Leith Devine rubs the thighs with a mix of herbs, salt, lemon zest, and olive oil, and bakes them over a bed of baby potatoes.

Scrambled Eggs

When all else fails: 

  • Hilarybee serves up scrambled eggs and buttered toast. "If I'm really ambitious, dressed greens for balance."

What's your favorite back-pocket dinner? Tell us in the comments or join in the conversation over on the Hotline!

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Tags: Weeknight Cooking, Quick and Easy, Community, Advice, Everyday Cooking, Hotline, Your Burning Questions