(Closed) NWR: Need recipes for my starving husband to cook when I’m not there. lol

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Introduce him to the crock pot. Or, an easy, beginners cookbook. Darling Husband has been cooking one recipe out of the book every week and his cooking skills are much better. He does easy stuff like chicken and veggies, using my steamer for the veggies (pour water in, dump in the veggies, turn it on!) and seasoning the chicken and grilling it on the stove.

He could start cooking WITH you, too. Go grocery shopping with him so he slowly learns the differences between different cuts of meat and how to do things

But seriously, crockpots are easy! You grab a roast, throw it in there with some water, toss in some veggies, turn it on low.

He’ll pick up…but he kinda has to learn on his own with some training wheels. Otherwise he’ll be like my dad–knows how to make waffles and sandwiches and steak, but anything complicated, and he’s just like “whatever, i can’t do that. I won’t” haha.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Crockpotting!!!  SO EASY and so good and it’s so nice to come home to a cooked meal!

I love that you can take some chicken breasts, dump almost any sauce over them (salsa, canned soup, ital. dressing, etc) and they cook up nicely and are ready for you!  Or a beef roast with canned soup, broth, wine, etc.  It’s so easy and there are some great websites out there.  I really, really like crockpot365(dot)com. 

HTH!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

super simple recipe:

  • two boneless skinless chicken breasts (whole or cut up)
  • two cans diced tomatoes
  • random veggies chopped (multi colored peppers work great)
  • chopped onion
  • dried oregano, parsely
  • minced garlic
  • rice

dump all of these things in a large pot and bring to boil, cover, turn to simmer, cook until chicken is cooked all the way through and rice is fluffy

I cook this when I am feeling lazy but its not terrible for you and super easy. If you want to avoid the rice getting soggy, make it in a seperate pot and pour the chicken mix over it when done.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

we do salads alot because they’re quick, easy and healthy. we always keep chicken in the freezer so we’ll just thaw out 2 chicken breasts, cut them up, and throw them in a skillet on the stove. we’ve even added hot sauce to the chicken while it was cooking just to change up the flavor a little bit. after that you just throw the chicken on top of your lettuce and the veggies of your choice and add salad dressing.

another thing that we do occasionally is add chicken to the pasta roni noodles….it takes it from a side dish to main course and its easy!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I never found my crockpot useful…I just am not the type of person that can put all the stuff in the pot in the morning or the night before.  Plus I’m not a huge fan of the texture of everything after it comes out.

I say get him a Foreman or Foreman equivalent.  Then just buy him some seasoning and teach him how to season chicken or pork or beef and throw it on the Foreman.  We also use it as a panini maker (sandwiches are easy to make)!  I would say just buy the machine where the grill plates are removable.  It’s much easier to clean!

As for veggies, I would just say to teach him to buy the pre-washed salad mixes.  If he doesn’t like salads (like my FI), then try roasted asparagus and green beans in the oven.  (You just put the veggies on a pan, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.  350 degrees for 15-20 min).

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Oh, and my Fiance loves hostess cupcakes.  Drives me INSANE.  He pesters me until I buy him the cupcakes, and he HATES the non-hostess ones.  It HAS to be Hostess.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Here’s another crockpot recipe to add to the ones above:  Throw a 2-3 lb chunk of beef rump into the crock pot.  Mix together one can of Campbell’s French onion soup and one can of golden mushroom soup.  Pour it on top of the beef (it should just barely cover the beef – add more soup or some beef stock or something if necessary).  Cook on high for three hours, then turn down to low and cook another 6 hours.  I like to flip the beef a couple times during cooking.  Don’t take the beef out early, even if it looks done!  After the total 9 hours, the beef will be so soft that you can easily pull a piece off with just a fork.  Mash it up with a potato masher and serve sandwich-style on dinner rolls.  My Fiance likes to add BBQ sauce to his sandwich.

In contrast, some super fast meals might be:

– Scrambled eggs with toast

– Instant potatoes (from the box) with microwave chicken tenders

– Stir fry on minute rice (buy the frozen stir fry veggie mix, saute in a pan, and add a little teryoki sauce just before serving, meanwhile have the rice going in the microwave)

– Grilled cheese, reuben sandwiches, or tuna melts

Make sure you get him in the habit of adding some kind of veggie to his meal.  Tell him to keep his pantry stocked with canned corn and beans – baked beans are incredibly healthy for you and most guys love to eat them!  My favorite veggie standby is fresh baby carrots in a bowl of water, microwaved for a few minutes until the carrots are singing.  🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oh and don’t forget hamburger helper!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The title of this post is hilarious!!! I have to say that I’m right there with you. My fiance and I are long distance and I SWEAR his fridge is completely empty except for a carton of milk and cans of pineapple lol. He has a crazy busy schedule so he eats out a lot, especially since I’m not there to do some of the cooking. Can’t blame him when he gets home at 11 p.m. and doesn’t want to cook. But here are some quick, easy ideas: 

Easy things he can make:  Tacos, Mac n’ Cheese, homemade pizzas, Salads, Pasta (there are millions of options here!), Chicken or fish (all he has to do is toss it in the oven) with steamed veggies, sandwiches or panini’s (get a panini maker – easiest and quickest way to a hot meal ever – and the possibilities of kinds of sandwiches he can make are endless!), tuna cassarole, baked potato, waffles, toast and eggs, omelet, grilled cheese and canned soup, heat up a mixed bag of frozen veggies…

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

You can do things halfway like frozen meatballs… easy to put in pasta or on a roll with cheese and sauce (YUM) or instant mashed potatos… we LOVE the betty crocker kind, they’re SO quick! If he buys some pre-marinated ready to cook meat it would be a quick and easy HEARTY meal!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Oh does he have a crock pot? If he could have one there are COUNTLESS recipes. Tastykitchen.com has a whole section on slow cooker recipes… I find MOST of them are very man-friendly. Tasty Kitchen is a great site in general… if he has something he likes like a certain meat or veggie he can type that in and see recipes that feature it… I LOVE TK!!!!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

try to find this cookbook! its hilarious! i had it when i was single and living in the barracks when i was in the navy. its called: “A Man, A Can, A Microwave” its jam packed with recipes that can all be done in the microwave and they’re not that bad! they all only require a handfull of ingredients and they even have pics of the ingredients so he knows what to look for at the store. 🙂

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