five easy dinner ideas for tonight

10 Minute Shrimp and Goat Cheese Quesadillas

you’ll need:

frozen shrimp

frozen bell pepper/onion mix (or a red pepper!)


goat cheese

spices that you already have

Peanut Soba Noodle Bowls

you’ll need:


2 red peppers


bok choy

soy sauce

spices that you already have

peanut butter that you already have (duh)

In-a-Hurry Shrimp ‘n Grits

you’ll need:

frozen shrimp

a bag of grits

some cheddar cheese

a piece of bacon


green onions

Babaganoush Soup <—-jenna’s fav

you’ll need:

an eggplant

a red pepper

some garlic


half an onion

spices you already have

a lemon

Tofu Greek Salad

you’ll need:


feta cheese

half an onion

a can of artichoke hearts


spices you already have

olive oil you already have

some basil if you got it

….so what’s for dinner at your house tonight?


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    megan @ whatmegansmaking
    July 19, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    we’re having hamburger stroganoff! A new meal that is hopefully quick and tasty. Those quesadillas are calling to me though… 🙂

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    Arianna @ Laughter & Linguini
    July 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    shrimp and goat cheese quesadillas? my mouth is watering!

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    Jewel at EatDrinkShopLove
    July 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I’m making chicken lettuce wraps but all of your dinner ideas look yummy as well.

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    Cait's Plate
    July 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I’m dying to try the tofu greek salad. I’ve seen a couple other bloggers use your recipe for it and it just looks amazing.

    Love posts like this! Makes dinner so much easier for the next several days 🙂

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    July 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Tonight’s dinner has 2 parts and doesn’t involve a kitchen (ours is under construction right now!): peanut butter and banana toast before wakeboarding, followed by an avocado/almond milk smoothie after. Yum and yum.

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    July 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    OMG. Now I know what I’ll be having for dinner every day this week! delicious! Great post!

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    July 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    We made your shrimp n grits the other night (with heaven-sent bacon…took it to a whole other level) and it was amaaaaazinggg!!!

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    Lisa | Life in Green
    July 19, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Love the ideas…

    Thinkin grilled pizza tonight. If I can handle the heat.

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      Baking N Books
      July 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      Oh my – can I come!? I’d LOVE to grill a pizza.

      And – now I want pizza. Grilled or not…

      The noodles bowl stands out to me!

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    Brooklyn @ Veggie Table
    July 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    The tofu greek salad looks like the perfect summer dinner dish! Will definitely try it soon!

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    July 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    So funny. I was going to make shrimp n’ grits tonight because it’s a go-to quickie for me…but we had cheese grits for breakfast. Instead it’s Angela’s creamy avocado pasta and baked chicken.

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    Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife
    July 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I am starring this for future reference! You consistently have wonderful posts, and I just wanted to tell you that. You rock.

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    Krystina (Organically Me)
    July 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I have so much stuff going on that it’s just a total mish-mosh. Probably some leftover potato salad (I used your recipe sans eggs and I’m in love), a massaged kale salad, and some form of protein thrown in for good measure.

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    girl in the pink
    July 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Mmm I’ve been meaning to try your tofu greek salad! Great quick recipe ideas!

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    Natalie @ Will Jog For Food
    July 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Those are great ideas! I think I’m making chicken soft tacos tonight…but we’ll see what happens 😉

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    July 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    thanks for the inspiring recipes!! we’re having the Succotash and Goat Cheese Quiche (epicurious.com), which is easy and delicious.

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    Alexa @ Simple Eats
    July 19, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I’m making massaged kale! I’m excited! Those quesadillas look fantastic, though!

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    July 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Artichoke stuffed chicken breasts on the BBQ with greek pasta salad! Cant wait to try the quesadillas!!

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    July 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Oh, quesadillas, how I love thee. I’ve never cooked with frozen shrimp before. How do they compare next to fresh shrimp? Any flavor or texture compromises?

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg
    July 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I’d love any of that, but I’ve already got our super easy dinner planned: pancakes, eggs and fruit!

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    Sea Cuisine
    July 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    This recipe is so easy, especially considering that we always have Frozen shrimp in our freezer. Plus, anything that includes goat cheese is guaranteed to taste amazing. Thanks!

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    laurie @ the corner slice
    July 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    No dinner plans tonight because it’s my baby shower, but last night, I threw together a pasta meal and salad based on Giada DeLaurentiis’ avocado pesto linguine. And I used what I had in my house so I didn’t have to go to the store for more specific ingredients!

    1/2 bag of linguine (to feed husband and me + leftovevers) + 1 avocado/small handful of basil/big handful of spring mix/1 garlic clove/juice of a lemon/EVOO blitzed in the food processor + parmesan cheese mixed together and topped with crunchy salad topping since we didn’t have nuts but still wanted crunch. So delicious! Served with a salad made from the rest of the spring mix, 2 chopped scallions, and a lemon vinaigrette. All of it was prepared in the time it took the pasta water to boil and cook!

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    July 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    LOVE, this post! You should do this more often. Your recipes are always a winner!

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    July 19, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I am having Garlic Scape Soup that I made on the weekend and froze for this busy week. I stole most of the recipe from Super Natural Cooking with a few of my own switch ups to make sure I used up my CSA veggies before they went bad.

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    Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    July 19, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Maybe something with shrimp… like tacos. We have some tortillas we’ve been meaning to eat.

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    July 19, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks, per usual, for saving me from my takeout menu. I’ve made the quesadillas a few times. Thinking tonight’s gonna be a repeat.

    PS – does anyone know of a good substitute/adaptation for peanut butter in the peanut soba noodle bowls? They look super good, but I’ve got allergies. =/

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      Baking N Books
      July 19, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      Can you do another nut butter? Almond butter? Or a seed butter – Sunflower is good. Maybe tahini…?

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    Amber K
    July 19, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Black bean salad, brown rice, and steamed veggies with plenty of salsa to go around 🙂

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    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    July 19, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    We’re grilling tonight–chicken, corn on the cob, and arugula salad. I love easy dinners!

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    July 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    We are having my husband’s Mamma’s Turkey Meatloaf and okra. Tradition and after seeing your blog I def want more SPICE in my dinner. Maybe tomorrow!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    July 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Perfect post as I’m sitting here contemplating dinner. I’ve got everything for those quesadillas, I think I’m making them!

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    Natasha (OveLoves)
    July 19, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Yum! Tonight, I am having left over Spinach Pizza & tomorrow Tofu Greek Salad is on the meal plan for the week.


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    d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo
    July 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    We’re going to the baseball game tonight which means hot dogs for dinner! But I love this simple guide – it’ll be a go-to when I need a dinner idea!

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    Dana B
    July 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Oh, oh, oh! Please do this more often! I’m reading it just in time to pick up these items from the grocery store on the way home, and lord knows I’ve already been thinking about dinner for a few hours now, ha! 🙂

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    July 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    We’re having vegan mac and cheese tonight , thanks for ideas for the rest of the week!

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    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles
    July 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Spinach and shrimp! 🙂 It will be good!

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    Ashley @ The Drunk Squash
    July 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    New reader here, and I just have to tell you that I am LOVING your blog! These recipes look unbearably delicious! It might be that I haven’t eaten lunch yet, but I’m literally about to salivate haha

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    July 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I’ve made that soup – it’s seriously incredible Jenna!!

    Tonight is farmer’s market Moroccan braised carrot ravioli with a spinach salad. Tomorrow night? Guess I need to see above post 🙂

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    mary @ what's cookin with mary
    July 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    This : http://whatscookinwithmary.blogspot.com/2011/04/lemon-herb-marinade.html
    …on chicken with quinoa salad & bbq zuch, peppers & onions 😀

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    July 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    The shrimp & goat cheese quesadillas are off the hook!

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    July 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I’ve made those goat cheese and shrimp quesadillas before. SOOOOOOOOO GOOD!

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    Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance
    July 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    If only I had read this 20 minutes ago! 🙁

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    Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique
    July 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    A baked spaghetti pie that I got off Giada on Food Network. Tonight is leftovers. This is something you wont wanna miss. Recipe to come on my site soon!

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    July 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Kashi frozen Mediterranean pizza… boyfriend is playing basketball with some friends so I didn’t feel like trying too hard. It was way too small tho!

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    The Healthy Engineer
    July 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    You had me at the Shrimp and Goat Cheese Quesadillas.

    That picture makes me want to change our dinner plans.

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    Emily @ Comfortable Home Life
    July 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I have the Greek salad bookmarked, but tonight is all about some buffalo tofu wraps! Mm-mm!

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    meghan@ struggle muffins
    July 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I just decimated a stir fry and have moved onto a yogurty chocolatey dessert concoction but everything you listed sounds marvelous. And bonus points to you for making it sound extra accessible with the ‘(ingredient name) you already have’- love it 🙂

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    July 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Very cute post!!

    Our dinner is stuffed peppers:

    2 bell peppers
    rice that we already have
    beans that we already have
    spices that we already have
    peppers stolen from faith’s garden
    corn stolen from jenn’s garden
    yogurt that we already have

    Talk about a throw-together meal!

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    Molly @ RDexposed
    July 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I’ll pass on all of those for tonight because I have your leftover black bean burgers waiting to be eaten for dinner!

    Which those are absolutely nothing short of amazing!!

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    July 19, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    these are AMAZING – much better than the “quick dinner” recipes you find in magazines. And I love the format you laid them out in. I would make all of them (well probably not the one with tofu, but I think that’s a sign I need to branch out a little).

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    Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out
    July 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Yum. The quesadillas look WONDERFUL.

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    Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    July 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Yum!! And easy is always the best in my book! 😉

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    July 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Luved them all

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    Mary @ Fervent Foodie
    July 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Mmmm that quesadilla looks delish!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    July 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    i want them all!!! and i just had citrus chicken for dinner. yum!

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    July 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I made sweet and sour kebabs from the latest issue of Women’s Health.

    I think those peanut noodles may be tomorrow night’s dinner though!

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    Carrie @ kiss my whisk
    July 19, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Cajun Scallops!

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    July 19, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I’m grilling skirt steak and making a chimichurri sauce. I may not be able to spell it, and this will be my first time trying to make it, but it sure does sound good!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    July 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Great din-din suggestions and reminders, Jenna.

    I love this
    “peanut butter that you already have (duh)”

    You know it. I am SUCH a collector of PB. Yes, collector. I have about 10 brands and 10 jars open at any given time. That, and TJs Sunflower Seed Butter…and I could go to nut butter heaven 🙂

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    Marie Nicol
    July 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing these recipes, they look delicious… and healthy! 🙂 I have a favourite one that I found on another blog, check this out, it is a tuna lettuce wrap, very tasty and healthy: http://www.amandarussellworkouts.com/node/115

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    jenna k
    July 19, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    i soaked a small pot of black beans today, then split the pot: 1/2 went towards your cuban black beans and the other 1/2 are tomorrow’s dinner- your black bean burgers! 🙂

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    katie @KatieDid
    July 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    for dinner tonight… cooking for one per usual, a burger dipped in tahini and some whole milk yogurt, berries, and almond butter. unconventional dinner but delicious.

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    July 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    My dinner was blah compared to these amazing ones! I am choosing one for my din-din tommorow 🙂

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    Paige @ Running Around Normal
    July 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Those quesadillas look absolutely amazing tonight! Too bad I already made veggie burgers!

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    Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)
    July 19, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I cheated and went out to dinner at a restaurant haha but those peanut soba noodles look pretty good, too. 😉

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    French Heart
    July 19, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Browning garlic in a little butter, then stir frying 1/2 lb of the large fresh sea scallops (have an excellent nearby fish market everything is from our local waters) and a large bunch of organic spinach with little sea salt & fresh lemon juice. That’s my quickie dinner as have a book to read.

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    July 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Made your zucchini pizza and am devouringggg it while I write this! Thanks for the amazing recipe once again. : )

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    Lauri (Redheadrecipes.com)
    July 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Yummmm… LOVE quick weeknight meals! And quesadillas… you can never go wrong with those!

    I made a toasted pita topped with mashed black beans & boursin cheese mix + wilted spinach, diced tomatoes, chives, black olives, diced mango and greek yogurt… yeah, it was pretty darn delicious! And ready in under 10 mins!

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    Vanessa @ Project Zen
    July 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Everything looked delicious until I saw the shrimp with grits. Sorry but ewwwww !

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    July 19, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Oooh, those look so yummy! And that last dish is making me crave tofu! I had a colourful spinach salad with baked eggs in ramekins. It hit the spot :).

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    amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    July 19, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Yum. Oddly enough, quesadilla’s were my supper tonight. Though they hardly compare to your intriguing recipe!

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    sally kate
    July 19, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    gazpacho!!!! 🙂 yum

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    July 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Totes making those quesadillas tomorrow night with stuff, like you said, I already have in my fridge. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    kaila @ healthy helper!
    July 19, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Such a great round up! These all look delicious!

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    July 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks for the ideas! Everything looks so yummy.

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    July 20, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I read this before I went to sleep last night and ended up having a dream about the Babaganoush Soup!! Im taking it as a sign! Will it work with dark tahini or did you use light…..?? xox

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    July 20, 2011 at 2:53 am

    This is my all time favorite post!! I work full time and I’m always struggling with coming home and cooking something GOOD but EASY!!! Keep these recipes coming girl!!!

    PS – I’m reading Violets of March and I can’t put it down!! Thanks for the suggestion.

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    July 20, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Wow, thanks for this post! Every meal looks incredible and fits my veg-aquarian lifestyle. 😀

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    Steph @ Running in the Kitchen
    July 20, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Not sure about tonight, but pork tenderloin with a citrus glaze is on the menu for tomorrow. Looking forward to trying one of these!!!!

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    July 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Woww!! delish!

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    July 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Tonight I made a chickpea curry, with brown rice and yoghurt raita. Tomorrow… peanut soba noodle bowls 🙂

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    Dani @ Cat People
    August 9, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    That soup looks delicious! It has 2 of my favorite things in it, eggplant and tahini. I think I am going to be making that very very soon.

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