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Simple Dinners: 140+ New Recipes, Clever Ideas and Speedy Solutions for Every Day by Donna Hay

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  • Roasted tomato, garlic and bread salad

    • Breadcrumbs on April 22, 2013

      p. 32 - Outstanding! DH has you squeeze the roasted garlic into a dish to whisk up a dressing but I found the garlic wasn’t breaking up well so I whizzed the dressing in my mini Cuisinart. I used Cobb’s sourdough bread and the wonderful crunchy, dense croutons were a highlight in this dish. I went with Kumato tomatoes (Romas are drab right now). I’d consider this salad to be a bit of a riff on a panzanella salad. I omitted the prosciutto. I couldn’t find my white balsamic so I went w my regular balsamic with no averse affect it seems. This dish is a flavour explosion, everyone was commenting that the dressing was incredible and it was a perfect match for the sweetness of the caramelized tomatoes. Honestly this is one of the best salads I’ve made in a long time. I passed parmesan at the table and it was lovely grated atop. If I could give this an 11 out of 10 I would. Photos here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/895710#8031519

  • Cheat's ricotta gnocchi with sage butter

    • Astrid5555 on September 29, 2012

      This is not a simple dinner. The dough was so sticky that I had to use two spoons to shape the gnocchi, which took almost 20 minutes. Taste was ok, but not a hit with the children. Substituted home-made tomato sauce for sage butter.

  • Prawn spaghetti with lemon vodka sauce

    • Astrid5555 on May 30, 2013

      Quick and delicious. Added lemon zest to up the lemon taste. Will make again!

  • Chicken and porcini pappardelle

    • Astrid5555 on October 03, 2016

      Made this with leftover chicken breast meat from yesterday's whole roast chicken. Very good, quick weeknight dinner, with very little effort required. Husband loved it!

  • Pork meatballs with Chinese noodles

    • e_ballad on September 05, 2018

      Perfectly fine, but not especially different from another favourite recipe similar to this. Some added veg might be a more rounded meal.

  • Thai poached chicken

    • Hellyloves2cook on August 26, 2013

      Made this quickly one afternoon - essentially an easy quick meal to prepare. Serve with Thai rice. My 3 sons loved it! Just wish there was a bit more sauce.

    • Dishyrishie on January 09, 2015

      Quick easy and tasty. Great weeknight option.

  • Lamb and feta burgers

    • e_ballad on February 23, 2019

      Ok, but not as flavourful as the ingredients would suggest.

  • Sesame-crusted salmon with preserved lemon and zucchini salad

    • Dishyrishie on March 20, 2017

      Bland and boring. Don't bother

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  • ISBN 10 144341655X
  • ISBN 13 9781443416559
  • Format Paperback
  • Language English
  • Publisher Harper Collins Canada

Publishers Text

Whether it's noodles or rice from the pantry or vegies from the fridge, Donna's new book simple dinners will show you how to take everyday star ingredients and turn them into delicious weeknight dinners.

Donna has always been of the school that if you have an egg in the fridge, you have a meal on the table. She takes the same approach to pantry items and fresh staples, from bread and pasta to canned beans and couscous. If you have these versatile basics on hand all you need to do is grab a few fresh ingredients on your way home and you have a quick and flavoursome dinner on the table.

Divided into 13 chapters and categorised by a simple pantry or fridge ingredient as the starting point, book is also filled with handy tips and time-saving hints. There are over 140 new recipes that celebrate everyday kitchen ingredients and give you the confidence to make every weeknight a success.

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