Posted: 1/18/2011 5:04:53 PM
Take a basic knife skills class. One of the major reasons people don't like to cook is because the preparations are a pain in the behind. They don't know how to dice up an onion (or it takes 15 minutes). They don't know how to mince garlic.
Go basic. There are so many different marinades and rubs you can use for basic chicken and pork dishes (pork tenderloin is a great option). Same with shrimp or tilapia (I made baked tilapia the other night with a mustard/honey/greek yogurt/chive sauce.....it was the one of the best fish dishes I ever had and SIMPLE.....and super healthy).
These items are also easy to grill.
Soups are also super simple and you can freeze the leftovers. These are a few of my staples....love 'em all. And they are all low fat and low sodium (if you use no salt chicken stock):
Roasted butternut squash and italian sausage soup
Lentil soup with hot italian sausage
Turkey and mashed potato soup
Meatball soup (make with turkey meatballs)
Beef broth and barley soup with vegetables
Roasted vegetables are awesome.....and SIMPLE.
Learn how to make a risotto. It might seem challenging, but it's not. And you can do just about anything you want with them. Add seafood or chicken....mushrooms....vegetables.....you name it. It also makes great leftovers.
Start with the basics and establish some building blocks.