Post # 1
I am very new to cooking. I am not afraid to try things, I just don’t have much experience yet.
Anyway, now that I have my BFP, I want to start cooking as nutritious foods as possible. Does anyone have any ideas to share?
Post # 3
IMHO when someone says they are new to cooking/scared of cooking/can’t cook, it means they just need to start following a few recipes.
I suggest checking out a website such as this: http://www.cleaneatingmag.com/recipes/ and challenging yourself to choose 5 recipes at the beginnig of each week and cook one per night.
Cooking is not brain surgery, especially why you follow a recepie. Give yourself a few weeks of practice and I’m sure your confidence will increase.
Also note that these days different people have very different definitions of “nutritious.”
Post # 4
I owe A LOT of my healthy recipe’s to pinterest! I find a ton of recipe’s on there! 🙂
Post # 5
@nutMeg13: When new to cooking, cookbooks are awesome and filled with tips that just don’t always come across in internet recipes! This is a great, pregnancy specific one and it comes with sample meal plans: http://www.amazon.com/The-Well-Rounded-Pregnancy-Cookbook-Healthy/dp/0307351815
Post # 6
Literally every recipe on SkinnyTaste is amazing, quick, and FILLED with veggies!
Post # 7
Soup is a great place to start for a novice cook. It’s practically mistake-proof and you can put whatever you want in it – in addition to vegetables, beans and lentils make for very nutritious soup ingredients.
Homemade hummus is not difficult, and it’s really nutritious too.
If you like spicy food, especially Indian, you can do a lot with lentils. I have a couple of good dal recipes, and you can make a batch of rice to go with them (super easy if you have a rice cooker).
One of the first things you want to do for virtually any recipe is to get comfortable chopping up an onion (and often some garlic) and sauteeing it in olive oil (or whatever cooking oil you prefer). That becomes your flavor base for tons of dishes: virtually all soups, most sauces, and many other things as well.
Post # 8
@BrandNewBride: +1 Skinnytaste is the BEST. I also love How Sweet Eats. I love Mexican food and there are so many vegetarian, healthy recipes that you can play with. Just have fun and try new things – even if it isn’t perfect the first time around, you’ll learn something and it’ll still probably taste pretty good!
Post # 9
I guess that I should clarify that I can cook somethings. Like I make chicken enchiladas, taco pie bake, chili, crockpot salsa chicken, chicken piccata. I am just daunted by rec I les with 500 mile long ingredient lists.
I will definitely check out SkinnyTaste, especially since I want to focus more on veggies
Post # 10
Skinnytaste really is amazing! For less low-cal, but incredible recipes using fresh, in-season ingredients, try the Valsocal blog. She’s incredible.