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Dinner is always the highlight of the day. So make it a wonderful meal and everyone will appreciate. Put some time and effort in planning your dinners. Bear in mind that the final taste of food is as important as its nutritions.

I will often suggest one-pot meal, simply because it is less hassle to make and easier to clean aftewards. However, don't let this lazy habit hinder your creative mind.

Some of my favourite "one-pot" meal:

Alpine Coconut Rice
  • 2 cups instant rice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp powdered milk
  • 1/4 lb cheese
  • 1 tbsp margarine
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup sweetened coconut shreds
Bring 5 cups of water to a boil. Add rice and cook covered with a lid until soft and fluffy. Add remaining ingredients. Sprinkle sesame seeds while you serve. Serves 4 people.

Beef Stroganoff
  • 1 pack instant noodle (about 4 oz) per person
  • 1 can mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup milk powder
  • 1/4 cup onion flakes
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup bulgur per person
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley
  • 3 cups water
  • 3-4 tbsp cheese powder
Cook and drain noodles. Add water to milk powder and mix with all other ingredients. Cook until bulgur is tender. Serve sauce over drained noodles Serves 4 people.

Lentil and Barley Stew
  • 1 cup barley
  • 1/2 cup lentils
  • 1/4 cup onion soup base
  • 1/4 cup tomato soup base
  • 1/4 dried vegetables
  • 1/4 dried onion
  • a handful of crushed penne pasta
Add all ingredients to 5 cups of water. Cook until barley and lentils are tender. If using fresh vegetables, sauté first and add when stew is nearly finished. Serves 4 people.

Seafood Oriental Rice
  • 3/4 cup instant rice per person
  • 3/4 cup water per 3/4 cup of instant rice
  • 1 can tuna
  • 1 can smoked oysters
  • 1 sheet of sushi seaweed paper per person
    (you can get this in the oriental section in Safeway)
  • 1 pack of instant noodle soup mix
  • 1/2 lb sliced/diced fresh cucumber or zucchini
Tear seaweed paper into small pieces and pre-mix them with instant rice. Bring water to a boil, and put in the instant rice mixture. Cook until the rice becomes soft, add the remaining ingredients and simmer for about 2 minutes. Serves 4 people.

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