What are easy food to make for a youngster who can't cook - page 2

I'm renting a place that's about 3 miles from my nursing school and I will be living by myself. The problem I encountered with this is....I cannot cook to save my own life lol :p I'm still a... Read More

  1. by   llg
    You need some vegetables to eat healthy. If you buy bags of frozen vegetables, they keep in the freezer for months. Just pour some in a bowl. cover them loosely with a paper towel or napkin, and put them in the microwave. I've also stir fried frozen vegetables. They make a quick, easy, healthy side dish for that hot dog, hamburger, or whatever.

    Instant rice is also easy and can stretch a meal by adding a side dish. You can buy a box of instant rice and make however much you want. (Read the directions to figure out how much water to add before you put it in the mircrowave.) Or you can buy it in single-serving containers that you just zap for 1 minute. You can add stir fry some meat and a few veggies -- and you got yourself a well-balanced meal in about 10 minutes.

    Most grocery stores sell "rotiserie chicken" already roasted. You can easily get 4-6 meals out of a single chicken. All you need is a knife to cut it up into pieces. The first night or 2, you have a big piece of chicken plus some vegetable that you zapped in the microwave. You can cut some of it up into little pieces and put it on a salad ... or make a sandwich ... or add some mayonaise, a little onion & celery, and whatever else you might like and call it "chicken salad." It's easy.

    Don't forget fruit. Keep some apples around -- or some pears -- or whatever other fruit you mgiht like. An apple is a great "on the go" snack, but you can also slice it and eat it with peanut butter (which adds protein for building muscle.)

    Finally, eggs. Can you scramble a couple of eggs? All you do is put them in a bowl and mix them up. Put them in a hot frying pan that you have put a little butter or oil in and stir until cooked. You can also add some meat, onions, veggies, cheese, etc. -- like an omlet, but requires no skill. Just be sure that the meat gets fully cooked. I usually fry the meat and stuff first, then set it aside and cook the eggs, then combine them. You can buy shredded cheese at the grocery store that is great to add on top of eggs, or on a salad, or in rice, or on a hot dog or cheeseburger, or on a sandwich you want to grill.
  2. by   kalevra
    Quote from Turd Ferguson
    Don't forget to say BAM right before you eat it
    Hot Pan then add SPAM and BAM!
  3. by   Twinmom06
    fresh fruit is a very easy snack - apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, strawberries are all easy pickins...
  4. by   checker1981
    If you get a crock pot you can get crock pot meals in the frozen food section, really easy. Also meat loaf is pretty easy to cook, some meat/onion/salsa/eggs/bread crumbs, mix it up and bake it, make left overs into sandwich. Chili is pretty easy too, can of tomato/beans/meat or meatless/chilli powder/onion/green pepper. I like to eat oatmeal with raisins/nuts/fruit for breakfast and dinner, really cheap and healthy.
  5. by   UPSBossman
    Breakfast: Take some eggs, beat them in a bowl to make scrambled eggs. Add some cheese, and meats of your choice (if you use ground beef, make sure you brown [cook] it first.) Get a muffin pan (like for cupcakes) and put the paper liners in it. Pour the egg mixture into the paper cups, filling them about 75% full. Bake at 350* for about 20 min. This makes mini-quiches that fit in your hand [muffin sized] that travel well, store well, and can be frozen then nuked for a quick meal. Two or three of 'em are a good breakfast for me, and cost you less than $2 in parts.

    Lunch/Dinner: Take a meat of your choice (less processed meats are healthier for you) season however you want and start it cooking in a skillet. After it is partly cooked [browned] add in some veggies of your choice. (If you are using frozen instead of fresh, thaw them in the microwave first, or add them with a little water earlier in the cooking process to give them a chance to thaw then warm.) Cover, and let it simmer for about 10 min. Prep time is <5 min, less if you aren't using fresh veggies. Time from start to eat is <15 min.

    +1 for a crock pot. Get a roast ($3/lb if you get the GOOD stuff) put it in the crock pot. Add roughly chopped veggies (onions, mushrooms, carrots, ect.) Add enough water to cover everything. Turn on the crock pot and leave for the day. Dinner is ready when you get home. It literally does not get easier than using a crock pot.
  6. by   Florence NightinFAIL
    I didn't know how to cook and I'm the type of person who can't read cooking books - I need to see it step by step.

    This cooking site really helped:

    Visual Recipes with step by step pictures
  7. by   rn/writer
    What a great website! This could be so helpful for visual learners. Thanks for sharing it.
  8. by   DISinOKC
    supercook.com is a great website I use. Mind you, part of my original education is learning to cook.... but there are a TON of easy recipes out there.

    on this site, you just put in your ingredients and it makes of list of recipes you can complete with what you have and then it gives you recipes where all you need to do is buy this item or that item.

    plus you can search for specific dishes like chicken dishes, or potato dishes, or egg dishes.
  9. by   northmississippi
    I tell ya, get you a steamer. They are super easy to use and easy to clean up. They make great chicken strips and brocolli. Also, you need to get some more real nutrition, so learn to like v8 and oranges and fruit juice. I like a vitamin and slim fast for breakfast, Chicken sandwich on wheat bread for lunch, and veggie soup for supper, and have fruit juice/oranges for 10am/3am break. That gives you a good little food pyramid.
    Its hard to find a can of veggie soup that actually has veggies in it,,so buy an extra can of beans and put over in it. Salads are great too.