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Old 08-14-2017, 12:46 PM
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Dinner or Dessert in Two or Less Ingredients.

I was actually inspired by another message board, to ask this question. But you know, you can make a pretty bitchin' vegan sherbet by tossing frozen bananas in a food processor. Don't quote me on that one though, because I seem to recall you have to put the bananas in a zip lock bag first (I had a recipe for banana pops as a kid).

Anyway, what do you all have to say? Dinner or Dessert in two Ingredients or less? I am thinking kind of vegan, as I said. And I think you or whoever is the author would really be skillful if you had one for soup. How do you make soups in 2 and - ingredients? And yes I know you can just toss a steak on the grill. So none of that. That's cheating.

Thank you in advance to all who share.
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:47 PM
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Do we have to count salt/pepper and cooking oil/butter in the list?
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:52 PM
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Do we have to count salt/pepper and cooking oil/butter in the list?
I would say no. But hey, challenge yourself. Exclude that too, if you want.
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:58 PM
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Dinner (vegan) Boil cut pasta in salted water and toss with a can of rinsed small white beans. Lightly drain the pasta so some of the cooking water clings. Stir, so that some of the beans break open and get creamy while others remain whole. Finish with liberal grinds of pepper.

Dessert (non vegan) Hull large fresh strawberries and pipe whipped cream (either unsweetened from homemade or sweetened from a can) into the center of the berry.
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Old 08-14-2017, 01:01 PM
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Dessert: Pie and ice cream. That's two ingredients.

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Old 08-14-2017, 01:06 PM
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Dinner: Special K, milk

Dessert: Cap'n Crunch, milk

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Old 08-14-2017, 01:07 PM
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I know a guy who eats buttered noodles for dinner a lot. 2 ingredients - butter and pasta.

I imagine you could make a lot of sherberts or sorbets. Frozen melon or berries or whatever and a spoonful or two of sugar or honey and blend it up.

Strawberries dipped in chocolate.
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Old 08-14-2017, 01:14 PM
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Two or less I don't know anything about. Now if you had asked me about two or fewer...
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Old 08-14-2017, 01:25 PM
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You would know as much since english uses less and fewer interchangeably for count nouns but only less for mass nouns.
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Old 08-14-2017, 02:42 PM
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My coworker showed me this one earlier in the month: Take a date, remove the pit, and add a walnut where the pit had been. Eat and repeat.
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Old 08-14-2017, 02:47 PM
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Take a date, remove the pit, add cream cheese.

Open a can of mango pulp, mix with buttermilk: Mango Lassi.
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Old 08-14-2017, 02:47 PM
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Dessert: Cheese and apples. Preferably a chevrot and a SweeTango.
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Old 08-14-2017, 03:59 PM
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3-4 pound beef roast, liquid from a large jar of pepperoncinis. Crock pot low for 9 hours. Shred with 2 forks, done.
2 ingredients. You can complicate the recipe, but you don't have to.
(ETA: For sandwitches you're going to want to add rolls. And the peppers you saved from the jar. And mozzarella. And on...)

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Old 08-14-2017, 04:01 PM
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You would know as much since english uses less and fewer interchangeably for count nouns but only less for mass nouns.
I would say "ingredients" is a count noun. They're in a list you can count. You know, like grocery items in the "ten items or fewer" lane?
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Old 08-14-2017, 04:10 PM
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Breakfast:

Fage yogurt
Honey

Lunch:

1 ripened goat cheese
1 small baguette

Split the baguette lengthwise, shmear the goat cheese all along its length.

Dinner:

Pink beans baked slowly for 3-4 hours, wrapped up in a
Flour tortilla
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Old 08-14-2017, 04:17 PM
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Steak and Lawry's Garlic Salt
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Old 08-14-2017, 04:17 PM
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I would say "ingredients" is a count noun. They're in a list you can count. You know, like grocery items in the "ten items or fewer" lane?
Correct. Ingredients is a count noun so either less or fewer can be used.

This recipe has fewer ingredients than I remember.

This recipe has less ingredients than I remember.

This bowl has less cookie dough than I remember.

*This bowl has fewer cookie dough than I remember.
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Old 08-14-2017, 05:05 PM
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Correct. Ingredients is a count noun so either less or fewer can be used.
Sorry, didn't read carefully. I don't think your rule is the only one.
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Old 08-14-2017, 06:21 PM
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Last night, my lovely cooked winter squash, with butter on top, and marinated fish pan fried. Does that qualify?
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Old 08-14-2017, 06:28 PM
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Dessert: Pie and ice cream. That's two ingredients.

Beat me to it, although I substitute cake for pie. I'll just add:

Popcorn + butter. (Add salt only if needed) A perfectly lovely dinner.

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Old 08-14-2017, 07:52 PM
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Dinner: Special K, milk

Dessert: Cap'n Crunch, milk

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Old 08-14-2017, 08:01 PM
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Dessert: thinly sliced Fugi Apple drizzled with local honey.
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:02 PM
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Dinner: Sous Vide fillet mignon and corn on the cob. (No s&p nor butter, thanks)
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:02 PM
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Dinner: Melted gouda on a lattice of crispy bacon strips.

Dessert: Same.
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:45 PM
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Steamed broccoli with chopped bacon or diced chicken mixed in. Though it's even nicer if you can add fried onions and/or toasted slivered almonds.
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Old 08-14-2017, 09:34 PM
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Tonight I had ice cream + coca cola. The wife had cherries (hand-pitted by her awesome husband) and powdered sugar.

Oh... that was dessert. For dinner, she had her cell phone + Dominoes' number.

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Old 08-14-2017, 11:10 PM
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How do you make soups in 2 and - ingredients?
Take one chicken. Cover with water. Cook for a couple hours. Add salt & pepper to taste. You have soup.

I'm actually not being all that facetious with that answer. That would make a good enough soup that I'd eat it. I'd like to add noodles or some other carb to it, but if we're counting water as an ingredient, then that's what I'm going with.

Or you can have all sorts of soups if you include broth or stock as an ingredient. Broth + noodles = chicken noodle soup. Broth + roasted red peppers, blend, pass through a sieve if you're feeling fancy = roasted red pepper soup. Broth (preferably ham) + split peas = split pea soup. And so on, and so forth.

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Old 08-15-2017, 07:46 AM
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1. Boil pasta, slather in garlic butter. Enjoy!

2. Toast thick piece of artisan bread, cover with yummiest cheese you have! Mmmmm, breakfast!
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:37 AM
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Cookies & milk. Or coffee. Dunk, eat, repeat.

Pasta and beans. I ate this a lot in my days of poverty.

Every morning of my life I eat cold cereal and yoghurt or hot cereal with raisins.
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:50 AM
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Lunch:

Package of egg noodles, boil according to package directions, drain.

Toss with soy sauce.

Yum!
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Old 08-15-2017, 09:02 AM
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Melon and prosciutto
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:01 AM
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Crank oven to 450. Slice potatoes with slicer so you have nice even slices. Lay out slices on a baking sheet on top of some non-stick aluminum foil. Spray with spray butter, sprinkle with garlic salt (those are free, right?). Bake for 12-15 minutes, flip, spray and sprinkle, and bake another 12-15 minutes, you should see some (but not much!) browning on some of the potatoes.

Optional, sprinkle with some parsley. Eat.

Or, just baked potatoes. Oven at 400, bake potatoes for about an hour, depending on the size. Cut and squeeze to open, top with butter and salt. If those are free and you want more, top with shredded cheese or sour cream.
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:05 AM
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Bacon and maple syrup
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:11 AM
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Come to think of it, I only used two ingredients for a couple of dishes this weekend:

Chicken Kebabs: cut chicken into cubes. Put the cubes into a ziploc bag and pour in some soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, what have you (I used Lawry's teriyaki marinade). Let it soak a while. Then, put chunks on skewers, heat your grill, and grill them suckers, turning often and basting with more marinade to get a nice caramelized layer on the chicken. Serve.

Grilled pineapple spears: put pineapple spears on the hot grill and baste with Hawaiian marinade. Should only take about 8 minutes, flipping every two.
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:14 AM
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Dinner:
Beanie Weenies: Beans and sausage

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Cheesecake Surprise: A cheesecake topped with another cheesecake.
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Old 08-15-2017, 12:28 PM
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Dinner: Fill Portobello or large button mushroom caps with Laughing Cow or Sonoma Jack (or other spreadable cheese,) spray with cooking spray, and bake until cheese is melty and mushrooms are hot.

Dessert: Same cheese as above (but plain variety) mixed with grapes. Poor man's cheese cake.
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Old 08-16-2017, 08:17 AM
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Heat up can of soup with 1/2 can of water added to boiling. Add one cup Minute Rice or couscous. Let sit five minutes. Eat.
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Old 08-16-2017, 09:04 AM
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Grilled 8 oz New York Strip steak, a huge Idaho Russet potato [about 1 pound] baked. Salt, pepper on both, some butter for the potato. Turned it into half a potato and half the strip steak being eaten and half of each being tucked away in the fridge for another meal. Dessert was 4 very ripe yellow plums. Beverage was a cup of red wine.

I have always mandated that the best food is the best ingredients you can afford prepared properly. I don't need foie gras, gold leaf and truffle slices to enjoy a hamburger, I need excellent quality meat that I grind myself, seasoned with salt and pepper formed into a patty, cooked on my grill and plated by putting in a good bun, some catsup and a slice of pickle, slice of ripe tomato and a few leaves of butter lettuce. A slice of a good extra sharp cheddar cheese if I am getting frisky. Add a handful of good potato chips, and a large ice cold lemonade and I am good.

Yes I do actually prefer cooking most everything from scratch - I have food allergies and have to read ingredient lists. If I make it myself, I know for certain that I am not going to get ambushed by something - perfect example, it appears that many frozen pizza and pizza type snacks are off the menu, they are formatting cheese with palm oil to make it melt better [putting me in the bathroom for a few hours with explosive shits ... thanks guys.] I have found that my nutritionist is in awe of my 'desire to eat healthy' [new one, I moved and am seeing a different nutritionist now, I miss my old one] and didn't understand that I have 'simplified' to a more [god I hate to call it this] paleo diet where I cook most everything from raw ingredients not because I want to eat healthier, but because I am avoiding allergens. I don't give a crap about preservatives and additives, I just dislike crapping for several hours just so a food manufacturer either wants to cheap out or make something more 'convenient' [as if the cheese melting 5 minutes faster is any better.]
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Old 08-16-2017, 03:41 PM
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Beer ... one ingredient ... vegan too !!!

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Old 08-16-2017, 04:09 PM
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Steak dinner and roasted pears for dessert. That's one ingredient each, not counting the heat.

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Old 08-16-2017, 04:20 PM
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Beer ... one ingredient ... vegan too !!!
I was gonna say, as long as it's not Guinness, but apparently Guinness has finally gone vegan this year. (Not that I care. I'm an omnivore.)
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Old 08-17-2017, 04:34 AM
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Combine a can of tomato sauce with a can of spicy chili beans for chili bean soup. I actually like this pretty well, I usually spice it up a little more with chili powder.
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Old 08-17-2017, 04:47 AM
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Does milk and cookies count as two? It's a favorite with my family.

That's for dinner, of course. For dessert it would be just the cookies.

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Old 08-17-2017, 10:08 PM
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dinner tonight was cell phone and pizza joint's phone number for delivery (quite similar to shunpiker's post)

Dessert! on the other hand was fresh peach cut into chunks served in whole milk (I've tried 'em with cream and it was too rich for me)
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Old 08-18-2017, 05:01 PM
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dinner tonight was cell phone
Mmm! Crunchy!
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