A Newbie In The Kitchen!!! Ahh!

@cryw0lf (1302)
United Kingdom
November 10, 2008 10:00am CST
Okay, so i'm a newb in the kitchen, but seeing as me and my partner are moving into our own place, one of us is going to need to cook. So i was wondering if people could post simple meals to make (that are both healthy and nutritious) so we dont end up living off of pot noodles. (Lol). Nothing too complicated- meaning, all those herbs and what not- i dont really want to know about :P! Vegetarian and Meat-containing meals are both fine. Thanks for the recipes ;D x
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@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
10 Nov 08
Here's a simple recipe: Beef Stir-Fry Cut a Sirloin Steak into thin strips and brown over meduim heat until done. Add one bag of frozen Stir-Fry Vegetables and cook for 5 minutes. Cover with lid and let sit an aditional 5 minutes. Serve over cooked rice. Good Luck with your cooking!
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@cryw0lf (1302)
• United Kingdom
11 Nov 08
Lol yeah that is simple, i've actually seen my partner do one before... when i was over his mom's once :P- The meal just completely overlooked my mind ;D
@phoenix25 (1541)
• United States
10 Nov 08
You seem to think that adding herbs to food is complicated. In fact, cooking is so easy and it's so easy to make meals that taste great. If you want to start off really easy, you could do omelets. Omelets: Mix your eggs (about 3) really well and add some salt and pepper. Pour into the pan and cook over medium heat. You can put some veggies and fillings on top. You could try bacon bits, chopped onions, mushrooms, chopped tomatoes, and cheese. You can put anything you want in there. When the egg looks cooked about halfway through, fold one side over the other side and let it finish cooking until the inside is cooked. Pasta casserole bake: This might sound hard, but it really isn't. I love to bake casseroles in the oven because they take so little time to prepare. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil some water in a pot and add salt. Measure out 3 cups of uncooked pasta like rotini or macaroni. Cook until tender. Meanwhile, brown 1 pound of ground beef, 1 chopped onion, and 3 chopped cloves of garlic in a pot. When the meat is brown, add 1 15 oz. can of rotel tomatoes (to make it spicy) or 1 15 oz. regular can of diced tomatoes. Add 1 and 2/3 of 15oz cans of tomato sauce, 2 tbsp of sugar, and a little oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Mix the cooked pasta with the meat/tomato sauce mixture. Grease an 11x7 baking dish and pour the pasta and meat sauce into the casserole. Cover it with foil and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle with shredded monterrey jack or mozzarella cheese. Bake uncovered for 5 more minutes and voila...dinner is done. Pot roast: This is really, really easy if the pasta bake wasn't easy enough. Buy a 3 or 4 pound roast and a box of onion soup dry mix packages. I like to use arm roasts that are long and flatter because they take less time to cook. Preheat oven to 350 (this is the temp most stuff cooks at in the oven, espeically meats). Put the onion soup mix in a large baking dish. Add enough water to the dish so that there is about three quarters of an inch of water. Put the roast in the dish and poke holes in it. Flip it over and do the other side. Cut up 3 or 4 large potatoes, leaving the skins on (that's where all the nutrients are). Place the potatoes in the baking dish around the roast. You can also add peeled and chopped carrots too if you want. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the potatoes/veggies and cover the dish with foil. Put in the oven and cook for about 40 minutes. Flip the roast over and cook for another 30 or so minutes. Check the roast to make sure the middle is done before you turn the oven off. Other than that, it's just trial and error. I used to think that I could never cook things like this because it was so hard, but it is SO easy. Don't be afraid to try new things and mix it up a bit. I will tell you that if you don't want a lot of herbs in the house or you don't know what to get, here is what I absolutely keep on hand at all times: dried minced onion, dried minced garlic, dried oregano, dried parsley, dried basil, salt, pepper. If you ever don't feel like chopping onions and garlic, the minced onion and garlic are great. Also, oregano, parsley, and basil can add flavor to all kinds of dishes.