Helping out a friend (Cooking related)

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Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

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gwenchilada :  slight threadjack but are roasted frozen veggies actually good?! I would think they’d be mushy or not flavorful. I love roasted veggies tho and will have less time in the future to chop a million veggies (baby on the way). Thanks!

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

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SweetBeets :  you could make him an amazon wish list.. for himself! ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

You are so sweet. I agree with PPs about the whole chicken. Save that after he’s comfortable.

Chicken nuggets from scratch, breakfast meals, stir fry, meatloaf/meatballs, mashed potatoes, roasted veg, chili all seem easy to tackle. and I’m a big fan of sheet pan meals: protein, veggies, one pan. Simple.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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SweetBeets :  I’d also teach him bone-in, skin-on chicken meals as well. It tends to be much cheaper and who knows what a divorce will do to his budget.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2025 - City, State

 You’re a great friend for helping him out.  And sounds like he’s a great dad, reaching out to learn something that I bet is intimidating for him.

 

chicken breasts marinated in bottled salad dressing

pot roast (use a seasoning packet)

sloppy joes (also from a packet)

chicken and rice (start with a precooked rotisserie chicken)

meatloaf

 

 

If the kids are old enough, get a kids’ cookbook from the library and teach them together!  The recipes will be simple enough for dad and it can be a bonding experience for everyone (and teach the kids life skills so they won’t end up in the same situation one day).

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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SweetBeets :  I love my silpat!

and you should def teach him how to make cookies, brownies, etc cuz you never know when the kids will come home and say they need X dozen for school tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

basic things for me:

– spaghetti bolognaise – mince meat, passata sauce, some herbs, done

– hamburgers – either ready made patties or shape mince meat into patties and grab some buns

– stews/curries with rice – diced chicken/meat and packet curry sauces are super easy

– stir fries – diced chicken/meats, some chopped veggies and noodles in one wok

– different ways to do eggs

– different basic sides/carb prep – potatoes a few different ways, rice, noodles, pasta (they can all then be paired with various cooked meats

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

Something super easy he can do is wrap a baked potato in foil and heat that in the oven at 400 for an hour to an hour and a half. He can also pre wrap chicken breasts also in foil and freeze them and just take them out to cook on a pan for an hourish at 395 to 400 as well at the same time as the potato and then heat a pack of steamed veggies in the microwave and you have a healthyish meal that doesn’t take much effort to do. I suggest freezing the chicken with whatever spices he likes in top and a pat of butter. It helps the meat dry out less in the oven. I do this most days of the week. 

Every other weekend or so I pull out the slow cooker and dump 2 or 3 chicken breasts in with chicken stock and whatever frozen veggie and cut potato and cook it in high for several hours. It cooks the chicken no problem. My husband likes to add in boxed stuffing once the chicken cooks in the pot as well and it actually tastes pretty good. I usually hate stuffing and avoid it like the plague but this tastes good to me. 

If the kids like tuna or chicken salad and will eat salad he can premake some however he likes it or buy it premade at the store and use it as a topping for salad instead of dressing. I usually use spring mix and peppers and onions and some hard boiled eggs to my salads to add more heft so I don’t feel as hungry between all the veggies and the tuna/chicken salad. 

I am not a cook right now because pregnancy has been killing me so these are meals I make often and i don’t have to stand up very long to make them, so it helps us not eat out every single day. 

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