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mitch239mitch239 Member Posts: 56 Member Member Posts: 56 Member
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So, long story short, I've moved out of my parents and decided to take better care of myself.

I could do with some simple recipies. (Ideally without weighing stuff) that I can just wack together and cook, then eat. The easier the better honestly. Any ideas, or any ideas where I can get some ideas from.

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  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,457 Member Member Posts: 5,457 Member
    This is the first meal my mom taught me how to make for myself at age 12. It's a staple among students in China.
    https://omnivorescookbook.com/recipes/classic-tomato-and-egg-stir-fry/

  • katescurioskatescurios Member Posts: 193 Member Member Posts: 193 Member
    I do this a lot for lunch and as it’s mainly veg you know it’s low cal so don’t have to worry about measurements.

    Green beans
    Mushrooms
    Sugar snap peas/mange tout
    Baby corn
    Asparagus

    Mix of any of the above, 1 cup of green beans is about 40 cals, 1 cup mushrooms 20 cals and so on, they’re all about the same so you can have a big plate full for under 200 cals.

    Trim and chop them into whatever size you like, then steam either in a steamer or in a microwaveable bowl with a tiny bit of water, covered with cling film. 3 minutes in the microwave.

    When done, add some chopped up spring onions/scallions, salt, black pepper and 1 teaspoon of real butter (35 cals).

    I then chop up some slices of wafer thin ham (3 slices 27 cals) or chicken and add that, if you’re vegetarian you could add some cheese or a sliced boiled egg (medium egg 65 cals).

    The butter, onion and pepper makes it tasty and rich, the big quantities of veg make it filling and healthy, lots of fibre and nutrients.

    Takes less than 5 minutes to make.
  • senalay788senalay788 Member Posts: 270 Member Member Posts: 270 Member
    mitch239 wrote: »
    So, long story short, I've moved out of my parents and decided to take better care of myself.

    I could do with some simple recipies. (Ideally without weighing stuff) that I can just wack together and cook, then eat. The easier the better honestly. Any ideas, or any ideas where I can get some ideas from.

    Sorry to say but you will need to learn weight and measure what you use.
    There is a difference between dumping whole bunch of stuff in a pot and saying that will do, and properly cooking ingredients and saying damn this was great and I cannot wait for cook again.
  • BarbaraHelen2013BarbaraHelen2013 Member Posts: 1,283 Member Member Posts: 1,283 Member
    If you’ve just moved out of your childhood home this is the perfect time to learn to cook.

    It’s something you will have to do almost every day for the rest of your life. As such, it’s absolutely worth learning to love cooking. There’s a lot of pleasure and satisfaction to be had from feeding yourself and others with tasty, nutritious food!

    Much better to learn, be enthusiastic and interested in something that will be a fundamental foundation all your life than treat it as a chore that needs to be endured every day!

    Start simply with food you know you love, learn to cook it well. Move on to new things by reading recipes (Pinterest is a great place to start!) and trying recipes that appeal.

    Happy cooking! 😊
  • PKM0515PKM0515 Member Posts: 1,506 Member Member Posts: 1,506 Member
    @mitch239, how are you doing? I'm not much of a cook, but I'm wondering if a slow cooker might be a good idea. Hopefully, someone more knowledgeable than me will chime in. 😉
  • emmies_123emmies_123 Member Posts: 471 Member Member Posts: 471 Member
    Slow cooker is absolutely a great investment. I was not a fan of cooking when I started watching my health, and slow cooker is what got me started. I could throw it all in there for set amount of time (although you do have to measure stuff, but that is easy), and it makes batches of meals so minimized the number of times I had to cook.

    Since then I have started branching out into oven-baked casseroles and skillet meals, although they still make me more nervous than the slow cooker's plop it and forget it method.
  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,457 Member Member Posts: 5,457 Member
    Here is another dead easy recipe popular with students in China.

    Coca cola chicken (lazy man's teriyaki)
    Brown the skin side of some chicken parts in a sautee pan or wok. If using skin on chicken, and you start this process off in a cold pan and then turn on the heat which will render off fat gradually, you won't need additional oil. Toss in some chopped garlic. As garlic starts to colour (but before it burns) toss in a can of full fat coca cola. Add a few large glugs of soy sauce. Simmer gently about 20 minutes with the lid off. turning chicken occasionally. Taste and adjust with more cola, more soy, lemon juice for your preferred balance of sweet/salt/acidic. Check for doneness by cutting into a piece of chicken (should not be pink) or using a meat thermometer (72C is safe for chicken). In the last few minutes turn up the heat to a furious boil to reduce the sauce into a syrupy caramelized mass.

    Serve with rice and some cucumber salad. If making rice is too tricky, try instant cous cous. That's made by measuring out cous cous, measuring out boiling water, and letting it all steep a few minutes in a covered bowl. More detailed instructions will be on the package.
  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,457 Member Member Posts: 5,457 Member
    Another meal for an absolute beginner in the kitchen.

    Jacket potato with tinned baked beans.
    Prick a large potato all over with a fork to allow steam to escape (prevents explosions) and microwave on high. It will take 5-10 minutes depending on wattage of microwave and size of potato, so give the potato a squeeze after 5 minutes and use your judgement. In the meantime, open up a tin of baked beans and and warm up in a small sauce pan. Cut the potato in half, pour over some beans. Optional toppings would be grated cheese, sour cream, chopped jalapeno, or fried bacon bits. Have some fresh tomato slices to make this a balanced meal or have fresh fruit for dessert.

  • PKM0515PKM0515 Member Posts: 1,506 Member Member Posts: 1,506 Member
    Okay, today I made rice in the slow cooker. I'm never too happy when I make it on my electric stove top, but the following "recipe" worked really well for me. (I used half the butter and cooked it for 90 minutes on high and 10 minutes on low at the end.)

    https://momswithcrockpots.com/easy-crock-pot-rice/#


  • TeaBeaTeaBea Member Posts: 14,352 Member Member Posts: 14,352 Member
    Stir-Fry 101

    So many ways to "personalize" recipes to suit your needs

    https://www.cooksmarts.com/articles/guide-to-stir-frying/

    Crockpots are simple - mostly brown meat, add to crockpot. Then dump remaining ingredients, set temperature and go. Check black Friday sales.......

    https://www.cookinglight.com/food/top-rated-recipes/slow-cooker-favorites?slide=316563#316563
  • IronIsMyTherapyIronIsMyTherapy Member Posts: 463 Member Member Posts: 463 Member
    I like to cook a bunch of rice and a family pack of chicken on the weekend. Then I can make a variety of meals using that as a base.

    Add some beans, salsa, shredded cheese, lettuce, etc for a burrito bowl
    Or
    Hummus, feta, tomato, cucumber, olives, greek yogurt and greek dressing for Mediterranean
    Or
    Curry sauce, peas and yogurt for Indian.

    Its pretty cheap, fits my macros well, is easy and allows for some variety.

  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,457 Member Member Posts: 5,457 Member
    I thought of another recipe for absolute beginners in the kitchen.

    Hack's soupe au pistou.
    Boil a few cups of water, add several handfuls of mixed frozen vegetables and a chicken or vegetable stock cube. When veg is almost done toss in one or two tomatos chopped skin, seeds and all into the soup, Also add a tin of drained tinned of chick peas or white haricots (no sauce). Ladle into bowls and add a large dollop of pesto (at least a tablespoon) into each bowl. Sprinkle with grated cheese. To make this a more substantial meal, have it with bread and poach an egg for the last two minutes in the soup if you like a runny yolk. Longer if you like a firm yolk.
  • PKM0515PKM0515 Member Posts: 1,506 Member Member Posts: 1,506 Member
    Are you still here, OP? 😃

    Stumbled across the following older thread and thought it might help:

    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10799957/simple-please#latest
  • northviewvintagenorthviewvintage Member Posts: 1,564 Member Member Posts: 1,564 Member
  • northviewvintagenorthviewvintage Member Posts: 1,564 Member Member Posts: 1,564 Member
    Black Bean Rice
    http://earlyretirementextreme.com/day-3-grocery-shopping.html (48c per serve, 973 kj per serve)
    - 1 cup black beans
    - 400g rice
    - 900g water
    - 1 carrot
    - 1/8 cabbage (or equivalent kale)
    - 1 onion
    - 1 cup raisins
    - 1 cup soy sauce

    1. Soak 1 cup of black beans overnight.
    2. Steam 400g of rice using 900g of water (or boil according to usual method). Meanwhile boil black beans until soft.
    3. Chop up a carrot and 1/8th of a cabbage (if kale unavailable) and fry up in a non-stick pan. (If using another kind of pan, use olive oil as Jacob suggests).
    4. Slice the onion add to the pan, fry until transparent.
    5. In a large pot, combine 1 cup of raisins, the black beans, cabbage, carrots and onions, the rice, and 1 cup of soy sauce over heat.
    This made about 4-6 servings, depending on whether it is served as a large meal or with a side. Variations: swap the soy sauce for curry powder and the raisins for sultanas.
  • htownmovinghtownmoving Member Posts: 2 Member Member Posts: 2 Member
    PKM0515 wrote: »
    @mitch239, how are you doing? I'm not much of a cook, but I'm wondering if a slow cooker might be a good idea. Hopefully, someone more knowledgeable than me will chime in. 😉

    The Instant pot from Amazon has been very beneficial. I add a breast or two and can switch things up by adding barbeque sauce, fajita seasoning, or even just a little green pepper and onion (chicken philly steak). Since I eat a fair amount of whole wheat tortillas and whole wheat buns, I can just scoop and go. It's been great. Hopefully this helps.
  • htownmovinghtownmoving Member Posts: 2 Member Member Posts: 2 Member
    Did I mention the chicken takes less than 25 minutes and I can pull it apart with two forks. It's awesome.
  • northviewvintagenorthviewvintage Member Posts: 1,564 Member Member Posts: 1,564 Member
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