What To Cook If You Don’t Cook

by katerina on January 28, 2011

If you are looking for ways to get started cooking, here are a few recipe ideas for you, but first let me give you a little advice.  Have fun. 

Cooking for yourself shouldn’t be stressful but rather rewarding. Don’t put too much pressure on the result, if for some reason your muffins don’t rise or your pasta is watery, then figure out why!  Email me for advice or do a web search. As long as you learned something all is not wasted. Any good cook has made several nearly inedible meals while they were teaching themselves how to cook.

Another key thing to do is to read the full recipe before you start. You will want to understand how long it will take, what ingredients and tools you need and most importantly if there is something you don’t understand.   Here are some ideas and recipe to start cooking!

Make some Pasta:

Pasta is a great place to start cooking as it can be quite simple and easy. It also doesn’t take a lot of time which can be frustrating for new cooks. Here are a few recipes to try:

Easiest Spaghetti and Meatballs - for a classic comfort food
Tortellini Recipe with Mushrooms, Ham, Red Peppers and Cream – try omitting the red peppers and adding in frozen peas at the end!
Baked Shrimp, Feta and Tomatoes Pasta Recipe
Eggplant, Zucchini, Kale, and Tomatoes with Whole Wheat Penne Recipe – a vegetarian pasta recipe
Sausage Rigatoni in a Tomato Cream Sauce Recipe

Learn to Cook Green Vegetables:

Though it might not be sexy to cook broccoli, eating it may make you sexier. Vegetables are also an inexpensive way to try out different cooing methods like steaming, broiling and baking.

Cold Lemon Asparagus Salad Recipe
Roasted Broccoli Recipe with Lemon and Chilies
Stir Fried Bok Choy
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Walnuts and Balsamic Vinegar

Make a Stew or Braise:
One of the first dishes I was most proud of cooking was a lamb shanks recipe, but here is the thing- they are easy! Make sure you give yourself enough time to let them meat get nice and tender. Also, read these tips on making a good stew.

Provencal Beef Shank Stew
Simple Beef and Red Wine Stew Recipe
Braised Pork with Caramelized Leeks and Apple Cider
Lamb Shanks with Red Wine



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CouCou January 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Ah Ah ! Good timing: I just got a crok-pot. So my question would be: do you know a good cook-book for crok-pot recipes !? Cause I have no idea on how to use it ! :-)

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Belinda @zomppa January 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Some great ideas! Need to pass to my mom and sister who don’t cook!!

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Sam Rosen January 31, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I became a widower last year and I do not know how to cook.
Do you have any sugestions for cook books for beginers?

Regards,
Sam

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katerina February 1, 2012 at 8:21 am

@Sam I wrote a cookbook recommendation post awhile ago: http://www.dailyunadventuresincooking.com/2011/01/what-to-cook-if-you-dont-cook.html/

It really depends on what you want to learn, do you need to learn real basics like cooking rice, sauteing vegetables, browning meats? Or do you want to learn basic recipe ideas and simple meal planning techniques?

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