What Is the Simplest Food that You Know How to Make?

United States
June 29, 2008 10:10pm CST
It amazes me how many people are stuck when it comes to ideas for things to make for meals. Personally, I think that things like grilled cheese (buttered bread with a slice of cheese slapped on a frying pan) or spaghetti (boil water and insert noodles, pour sauce over noodles after cooked) are fairly simple. Without going into detailed recipes, tell us what the simplest food is that you know how to make (and that everyone else should, too.) Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, anyone?
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@ravinskye (8245)
• United States
30 Jun 08
i think those are all very simple. i think most things that you have a recipe to follow are simple too. i like making stromboli. i buy the premade pizza crust. all you do is spread it out, fill it with what you want and then close it up and throw it in the oven. simple.
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• United States
30 Jun 08
I love stromboli! When we make it, we usually mix up the dough in the bread machine... We've never tried the store bought pizza dough... How simple is that? :) Thanks for the tip and for the reply!
@meleshia (624)
• Philippines
30 Jun 08
For me, the one thing I easily whip up if I'm too lazy to cook is a tuna pasta. I just boil some spaghetti noodles, then open a can of tuna in brine and then saute the tuna and mix in the noodles. It's just easy and it's healthy too
• United States
30 Jun 08
Tuna pasta is another fairly simple dish that we have from time to time. We usually do ours from a box with pre-packaged spices or seasonings that usually requires some butter. I have, though, made tuna sandwiches by draining the tuna, putting the tuna into a frying pan and heating it through before putting it between two pieces of toast... Thanks for the reply!
@kingcrapper (1538)
• United States
30 Jun 08
What to know simple? I will tell you a tale of simple! My wife is an excellent cook and an excellent shopper. She can create an eight couse meal without a thought. Problem is she also likes to golf on Wednesday. Hmm. That leave me hanging. Well, Wednesday night is pizza night! The kids and I have create a grading scale and visit a new pizza place somewhere in the area to visit! How is that for simple?
• United States
30 Jun 08
That's pretty simple! And if you're not in the mood to go out, frozen pizzas are about as simple as opening a package, getting out a pizza pan or a cookie sheet (we line ours with aluminum foil so as not to make a mess...) and voila! 20-30 minutes later... Pizza! Thanks for your reply!
@shooie (4989)
• United States
30 Jun 08
Simple Foods - The simpliest dishes are often the best tasting
Baked chicken easy rub it down with mayo roll in crushed ritz and bake. Simple and ohhhh so tastey for sure. toss a lil bacon and tomato on that grill sandwich and ya have an even better sandwich...yum
• United States
1 Jul 08
Crockpot chicken is even easier. Put chicken in crock pot. Add water and salt. If you want to get fancy, you can add onions, or avoid the salt altogether and add soup base or bouillon. I like chicken cooked in a crockpot because it retains its juiciness and pretty well falls off the bone when it is done and you go to take it out of the pot. Great stuff! Thanks for your reply! (I've never tried grilled cheese with bacon and tomato. Sounds intriguing!)
@shooie (4989)
• United States
1 Jul 08
Yes chicken in the crockpot is good as well smiles toss in some basil and other italian spices yum yum
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@m0mmy0f03 (364)
• United States
30 Jun 08
Chicken noddle soup with a grilled chesse. Always my favorite food to put together
• United States
1 Jul 08
One of the best chicken noodle soups that I remember having was one which was made with the juices in which a chicken had been slow-roasted (or maybe just the bones?) and then the noodles were fresh-noodles... purchased in a storebought package out of the freezer aisle! :) Thanks for your reply! (As I mentioned above, I would substitute tomato soup for the chicken soup to go with my grilled cheese, although I'm sure that grilled cheese goes well with all different kinds of soups.)
• United States
1 Jul 08
Yes, Grilled chesse goes with any soup.
• United States
1 Jul 08
Nothing simpler than peanut butter on toast. However, I do like sandwiches, salads (so easy), spaghetti, and ramen (with chicken and veggies thrown in to make it a real, semi-healthy meal). All of them are pretty quick meals to make, too. Bonus!
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@jalucia (1435)
• United States
30 Jun 08
Funny, I was gonna say pb and j... But, just yesterday I found this big bag of mac and cheese, name brand no less, that you keep in the freezer. When you're ready to eat, you pour however much you want onto a dish and put it into the microwave. I haven't had my kids taste test it, yet. But, that's simple if you ask me.
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• United States
30 Jun 08
I know that Kraft has an Easy Mac that sounds similar, where all you do is add water before you pop the meal into the microwave. Not too long ago, there were some spaghetti meals that I saw sitting on store shelves that boasted something similar - where all you had to do was add water and toss it into the microwave! Fairly simple! Thanks for your reply!
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
30 Jun 08
Simple to me means a trip to McDonalds or ordering Pizza. LOL I'm a good cook, but I don't cook anything too complex. I guess one of my favorite quick fix meals is a recipe I call Mexican skillet dinner. Basically a spanish rice type meal with ground beef or turkey, and veggies too. It can be made in less than 30 minutes and only takes one skillet. Lots less dishes that way.
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• United States
30 Jun 08
LOL at the fast food... I guess that's pretty simple! We've done the Rice-a-Roni or the stir-fry deal, where you get the rice going, add the spices, and then mix in your favorites for meat (for us, usually chicken - already pre-cooked and cubed) and vegetables. Anything that cuts down on the number of dishes to do afterwards is a bonus, too! Thanks for the reply!
• Australia
30 Jun 08
An easy meal has to be spaghetti bolognaise. Since you already know how to make the pasta, do this and let it drain - mix a little olive oil through so it doesn't stick together. Then get 500g minced beef and brown this in a pot and add a tin of tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 15 mins and serve with cheese on the pasta - easy! When you are confident in making this you can add tomato paste to give a richer flavour or garlic and herbs and spices and even some vegetables. The biggest thing with cooking is to do what feels right, if it works and it is tasty then do it again, if you don't like then don't make it again. Trial and error is the key!
• United States
30 Jun 08
Beef + tomotoes + cheese + spaghetti noodles = pretty easy It's amazing, though, what you can find pre-made in spaghetti sauce cans... Three cheese sauce, garlic and onion sauce... (Thanks for the reply!)
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
30 Jun 08
I like to make French Toast and fried bologna. To make french toast you just take 2 eggs, a little milk, and some sugar and mix it together. Then you spread this mix on a piece of bread and put it on the frying pan and let it fry, add syrup when it's done for taste. Then fried bologna, you cut it in four sides and then put it in a frying pan. Very good. Have a Great day.
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• United States
30 Jun 08
I've seen it where they have pre-made waffles and pancakes in the freezer section, where all you have to do is pop it into a toaster and you are set to go. Do they have something similar for French Toast?
• Indonesia
30 Jun 08
hahha... i like this topic cause i'm not a good cook!! lol. The simplest food i know how to make and everyone should too, for me, would be omelette. Egg, beaten. Add salt+pepper to taste. Add milk/water/none. Toss in whatever is in the fridge (cheese for cheese omelette, etc) to the beated egg. Mix well. Fried it and voila!
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• United States
1 Jul 08
I thought this would be a great thread for me, too. I'm always looking for ideas about something simple to make. Now, I have to confess that I had never heard of adding a liquid to the egg when making the omelette. What does the liquid do? Does it add to the taste? Thanks for your reply!
• Indonesia
1 Jul 08
Oops... i'm ashamed to admit that i get the 'add water' idea from a harlequin novel lol. But then as i put it in practice, i found out that it gives texture to the egg. The egg will be kinda spongy. And if you're hungry in the middle of the night but you only have one egg left, at least you'll be quite satisfied ;p well, it kinda hard to explain, why dont you just try it and then tell me how it goes ;)
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• United States
1 Jul 08
You got the idea of adding water to an egg from a harlequin novel? Now you've got the whole world wondering how something like that fits into a story line! LOL Actually, I think you'd be surprised what weird things people retain from reading books and then use for the rest of their lives... even adding water to an egg... ;)
@monaliu (344)
1 Jul 08
Congratulations! he he...I think you must very glad to see so many responses here right now. I am a girl but I never go to kitchen. There is someone prepare it for me.ha ha... take care and enjoy today.
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• United States
2 Jul 08
Thanks! There are quite a few people here who are interested in simple things to make! (Not to mention that there are so many things that people can cook in a microwave or place into an oven or simply open a can and eat...) What do you mean you never go to the kitchen? You have to go to the kitchen! ;) There must be something simple that you like to make? Maybe sandwiches? Since rice is a popular Chinese food, I thought about how, here in the states, we can find rice that is pre-packaged in plastic boil-bags; you stick the bag filled with rice into boiling water for about ten minutes... and you have cooked rice! I suppose that if you have someone else who prepares your food for you, that is the simplest of all! :) Thanks for your reply!
@monaliu (344)
2 Jul 08
he he...Of course I must have rice everyday.but it doesn't need I to cook it.My Dad or aother people will do it.I am use to wait have dinner. Can you clear? ^_^
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• United States
8 Jul 08
LOL. I understand. "he he... Of course, I must have rice every day, but that doesn't mean that I need to cook it. My Dad or another person does it. I am used to having to wait for dinner." I think this is what you are saying? As I said before, if you have someone else who cooks for you, those can be the simplest meals of all! :-)
@Elixiress (3893)
30 Jun 08
The easiest thing that I can make is soup. You open the tin, put it into a plan, heat it up for a couple of minutes and then pour it into a cup or a bowl. I had it for dinner today.
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• United States
1 Jul 08
LOL - sometimes you don't even need to take the soup out of the can! Several soup companies have the microwave safe variety - the container is made out of some sort of styrofoam substance - that all you have to do is pop it into the microwave, zap it, and there you have a hot cup of soup (or chili, which is good, too!) Thanks for the reply!
@Elixiress (3893)
1 Jul 08
I get tinned soup and I could never imagine eating straight out of the tin as it will have a metal taste to me.
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• United States
1 Jul 08
LOL... no, and I wouldn't recommend putting a tin of soup into the microwave... that might cause a few sparks! These new containers that they have (which are safe for microwaves) are not made out of tin; they are some sort of styrofoam material with a plastic lid on the top (to keep the soup from splattering all over the walls of the microwave...)
• United States
30 Jun 08
The simplest food that I know how to make is plantains with eggs or salami and fried onions. That is the simplest that I know how to make. I don't cook much, the one that cooks is my mom or my grandma. Or the instant noodles.
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• United States
1 Jul 08
How would you describe a plantain? Am I correct that it is a vegetable? I told someone else that the simplest way to have your food prepared is to have someone else prepare it for you! ;) If you can't find a plantain or the instant noodles, mom or grandma can probably do better, anyway! :) Thanks for your reply!
• United States
1 Jul 08
Yeah I think it is a vegetable. But I can make some really yummy plantains. Especially mangu, which is when you mash the plantains up with butter. I can make some really yummy food. I guess I could learn how to cook but I just don't take the time to learn.
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@MikeMKD (22)
• United States
30 Jun 08
When in doubt, cereal works.. :)
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• United States
1 Jul 08
LOL! You can't get much simpler than opening a box, pouring into a bowl, and adding milk. And your favorite kind of cereal? For manufactured cereals, I eat Life the most.
• United States
1 Jul 08
frosted flakes and life are two of my favorites :P
@magojordan (3256)
• Philippines
30 Jun 08
Well one of the simplest I could say is caramel on toasts where I boil a can of condensed milk. Yes you boil the can and wait for the milk to turn into caramel. Then you spread it on a warm toast mmm Sweet
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
30 Jun 08
or add a bag of brown sugar,reduce it some more til the water drop test works (it solidifies!) pour and spread it into a greaseproof paper lined swiss roll tray,allow to cool,and You have that mouthwatering Scottish Delicacy,"Tablet"!
• United States
1 Jul 08
I actually saw a special on the Food Network some time ago which told how caramel was invented or discovered, as the case may be. Someone in a restaurant was following directions in the style of Amelia Bedelia, and when it came to the part that said "Boil condensed milk," they missed the step that said "open the can". If you are looking for the simple way to get caramel, though, you can buy it in a bottle at the store. ;) Thanks for the reply!
@rytnlxm (310)
• China
29 Sep 08
One of my new colleague extract a mixed juice with juice extractor everyday and that is her supper.It is made by six kinds of vegetables and two kinds of fruits the only thing she need to do is wash the vegetable and fruit clearly and put them into the juice extractor.She will get married next month and she want to be the most beautiful bride in the wedding.I admire her backbone.
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• United States
29 Sep 08
Your friend sounds very serious in her efforts to be healthy by using a juice extractor. (Such a device requires much discipline, as the machine probably needs to be cleaned thoroughly!) Her discipline and efforts to stay healthy are certainly admirable. Cheers to you and hope you are well!
@monaliu (344)
19 Sep 08
you know I can't cook...but I have bought some books to learn how to cook the simplest food.er,I still haven't done it till right now. Could you find some idea?
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• United States
28 Sep 08
One very simple food is a toasted bagel with cream cheese. (Do you have bagels in China?) It is basically a thick bread roll cut in half, with a cheese spread. Actually, heated bread with cheese in many forms is an easy thing to make... Noodles (or rice) are also easy, especially when all you need to do is boil a pot of water. Baked potatoes are also easy. We wash them, poke them with a fork, wrap them in aluminum foil, and then let them bake for hours in the oven. When they are cooked through, we can add cheese or butter or sour cream... and it makes a very tasty thing to eat! Cheers!
• India
15 Jul 08
I personally feel its maggi noodles.Yeah you approx need 3 minute,3 min an you are ready to serve.
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• United States
16 Jul 08
I don't think that I've ever heard of maggi noodles before. They sound like they are quick to make... What do they look like? Are they anything like Ramen noodles? Thanks for your interest in this thread and for your reply!
• Philippines
15 Jul 08
The simples that I know how to make is an egg sandwich. I love eggs so much. It gives me appetite to eat more. It tastes good and is easy to make. Less time is needed in order to produce one.
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