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
I'm still a youngster and have ALWAYS had my mom cook food for me. Now that my family is away and there are no meal plans here like at the universities, I am finding myself sort of stuck. Obviously, I'll man up and teach myself how to cook but what ideal foods are quick for on-the-go, simple, and nutritious at the same time? For the record, I can eat any food, tasty or not, over and over again without getting sick. I think that is an advantage.
So far, I devised a small plan. It consists of:
Somewhere in there, I'll supplement with Serious Mass (1250+ calories) for working out and maybe a chewy bar or two...
As you can see, I am quite hopeless haha...
Any help and suggestions are appreciated!
Google Jamie Oliver and see if you can find some of his recipes/cookbook names.
On one of his recent shows he had a single dad with ten- and fourteen-year-old sons who ate fast food 8-9 times a week. That doesn't include the donuts and cereal they ate for breakfast. The remaining handful of meals weren't much better.
In a very short time, he had them making salads, cooking chicken, and doing other simple but satisfying meals. So much better for them. Oddly enough, it was the kids who were sick of the fast food, and they were loving the chance to help put meals together.
After my grandmother died, my grandfather had to learn to take care of himself. As he soon discovered, there are only so many frozen meals you can eat. Finally, with a little bit of advice, he set out to see what he could do with basic ingredients, and he did a really good job.
He bought an oblong (9X13) cake pan (metal with a lid that slid on) and put in chicken pieces on one side of the pan and cut potatoes on the other. Sometimes he added just salt and pepper, other times barbecue sauce or gravy from a jar. He'd cook this for 45 min to an hour at 350 degrees and when it was done, he'd have food for several days. He just kept trying new things--pork chops and sweet potatoes, meat loaf and Tater Tots, turkey legs and stuffing mix--until he had a pretty big repertoire.
You can also get yourself an inexpensive crock pot and make things like a meatloaf or a turkey breast or a big pot of chili that you can eat a number of times.
Freeze whatever leftovers you're tired of and pull something out on a busy day.
It's a mistake to think that beginners should limit themselves to things that are instant or processed when with just a tiny bit more effort you can create meals that will give you both a full belly and a sense of accomplishment. Of course, hot dogs do have their place, and I don't think you're allowed to graduate if you haven't eat a certain amount of ramen. But alternate those with food that is a little more challenging.
One more suggestion--Google "four" or "five ingredient cookbooks" for further ideas. You might just amaze yourself with your creativity, and being able to cook at least passably well is a big plus in the dating world.
Next you meet up with your family, you can cook for them. What a treat!
Last edit by rn/writer on Jun 20, '11