Post # 17
I love cookng asian/chinese take out style food at home. Honey sesame chicken, beef chow mein, fried rice, dumplings, wontons, etc. Always delicious and usually pretty easy.
We also love pasta, so we try to mix that up. Lasanga rolls instead of traditional lasanga, homemade sauces, veggie bakes, etc.
As a PP mentioned, don’t take a recipe as a rule. Mix it up and you’ll have your own creations. Are you on Pinterest? That’s where I get a lot of my different ideas and recipes. Have fun!
Post # 18
Grilled fresh asparagus is wonderful, and easy – drizzle olive oil on and it can either be steamed or sauteed. Steamed broccoli with garlic. Fresh green beans steamed with rosemary. Grilled zucchini, with a touch of butter. I usually keep vegetables simple because I love the natural flavor to come through. Chef salad is easy, and really is a complete meal in itself.
Post # 20
Once I figured out that I can modify recipes it made my life so much easier when it came to cooking. I was a little nervous to try doing that but it always works out. It helps to keep notes; I forget sometimes what the modification was that made it ssooo good.
Post # 21
BEST easy vegetarian recipe – super cheap, healty, easy, and tasty!
Toss together 1 can of chickpeas with olive oil, spices, salt and pepper, and whatever veggies you have on hand that can be roasted (onions, carrots, garlic, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, parsnips, green beans…really the list is endless)
Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast at about 400 for 20-25 minutes or until the chickpeas are crispy. It sometimes helps to add the more tender veggies (like onions and green beans) 10 minutes into the cooking, so they don’t burn. Serve over brown rice or whole wheat couscous.
ETA: you can do an endless combination of spices, too. Sometimes we’ll do just salt and pepper, other times we’ll combos that gesture toward different cuisines – like turmeric, coriander, and garam masala, or chili powder, cumin, and cayenne, or oregano and thyme….
Post # 22
When it comes to recipes, I follow the Pirate method: “they’re more like guidelines, anyway”!
Is it summer yet? Our farmer’s market has the best produce, and it’s pretty inexpensive. Does anyone have any specific cooking tool suggestions? We got a reversible grill/griddle that I just need to season, ditto for the new crepe pan. Maybe I should dust off my steamer too.
Post # 23
I love Pinterest–I’ve found so many recipes and then I have them all in one place! SkinnyTaste also has great healthy recipes with very clear instructions. I try to find a few for the week that have some common ingredients (same veggies, same meat, etc) and make a menu for my shopping list–it’s cut down on spending a lot because I don’t buy so impulsively at the grocery store anymore.
Some of my favorites are Asian-inspired meals over rice/noodles, casseroles, homemade soups/chili, or pasta dishes because usually you can just make a one-pot meal without having to come up with a bunch of sides.
Post # 24
Join a CSA (community supported agriculture)! There is likely a pick-up option nearby or at your famers market. You normally don’t get much a say in what you get each week, which means you are forced into being creative and trying new foods + recipes.
Post # 25
Chicken with spicy pineapple chutney!
4 Chicken Breasts, cover with the chutney and bake until desired doneness (I like my chicken a little extra cooked, so I won’t give an exact time!)
In the chutney- pineapple (fresh or canned), garlic (or garlic powder), pepper, a little salt, spicy element (Siracha sauce or spicy Asian chili paste for example), onion powder, some chili flakes if you like. Blend until apple sauce consistency.
Also, you can never go wrong with a stir fry and there are tons of different ingredients you can pop into them! Also try using ramen and pan fry it with soy or teryaki for a very cheap delicious addition!
Post # 26
I totally feel you on the cooking now part. I grew up cooking and baking. I LOVE IT! Just never have time. I miss sitting down to some quick ass home cooked meals. Not something I threw together real fast because I had to. Hah.
Post # 27
Fresh, healthy and delicious recipes – I use this website EVERY WEEK. My fiance loves everything I make from her blog!
Post # 28
My favorite meatless monday meal: pasta tossed with cooked asparagus, tomatoes, crushed red pepper, a little cooked garlic and a splash of lemon juice. Very summery, easy and very cheap if the asparagus is on sale!!
Post # 29
I second Skinnytaste, and I also browse Food.com and allrecipes.com like it’s my job. I cook 90% of what we eat from whole, fresh ingredients because I’m allergic to gluten, plus I don’t eat red meat or pork 🙂 FH eats anything so he goes along with what I make every night.
Try this (Man Pleasing Chicken – I use agave or honey instead of maple syrup), and serve with a baked potato (they can share the oven with the chicken) and whatever green veggie is fresh and cheap – yummy!
Post # 30
Pan lasagna is a great mix-up of a favorite, and it makes less food so it’s less expensive, too! (plus then you’re not stuck eating lasagna for a week)
Nuke the noodles in water for 4 minutes or so, so that they soften. Chop up vegetables (carrots, spinach, tomatoes, onions, garlic). Heat your medium/large size saute pan to medium. Sautee onions/garlic/carrots/tomatoes in olive oil. Transfer to a bowl and add some tomato sauce to give it a more liquidy consistency. This is your sauce mixture. With your saute pan empty again, you can start building your lasagna. Put a thin layer of the sauce mixture in the bottom of the pan and layer: noodle, thin layer of sauce, spinach, mozzarella, thin layer of sauce, noodle, thin layer of sauce, spinach, mozzarella, thin layer of sauce, noodle, sauce, mozzarella. You can do more layers if you have a taller pan, but it’s fine with just two. Lid goes on and keep on low heat for about 15 min or so.
Post # 31
- Take a couple chicken breast and bread them (I crushed up garlic and butter crutons)
- put them in a pan and cook for 30 minutes on 350
- spread marinara sauce over the chicken and sprinkle on cheese
- cook for an additional 5 minutes to melt the cheese and warm the sauce
Super easy and delicious! My DH loves it and keeps asking me to make it for him.
You could also do quasadias. Those are super easy and can vary based on your tastes. Tortillas, your choice of meat, and cheese. My dad likes to put salsa in his as well to spice it up a little.