Serious question concerning someone LEARNING how to cook....

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Posted: 1/8/2011 3:07:30 PM

I am a 23 year old single college guy that eats out WAY too much....and my question is, is there any sort of cookbook/quick recipe book that you guys know of that have meals that can be made in about 30 mins or less and cost about 10 bucks or less?? (a bonus would be if they were also healthy, but not a total necessity). I have absolutely no cooking experience at all but am willing to try...It just seems convenient to be able to get about 2-3 meals out of a dish for around 10 bucks or less....I could probably just google this but I am curious to see what you guys have to say...many thanks!

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Posted: 1/8/2011 3:59:50 PM
Food Network and Epicurious both have quick and easy sections on their site. Also, healthy sections, casseroles, stews, etc.

Rachael Ray was known for her 30 minute meals show -- she should still have stuff on the Food Network site.

You could also learn to make some crockpot recipes and have them cooking all day while you're in class (or not).
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Posted: 1/8/2011 6:43:38 PM
Joy Of Cooking - Only cookbook you'll ever need. Someone gave it to me as a gift when I was your age, and it has served me well.
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Posted: 1/8/2011 6:49:26 PM
got this for Christmas:

http://irreference.com/recipes-every-man-should-know/

nice little book. recipes don't involve tons of specific ingredients that I know I will only use once which is nice. Easy prep and cook instructions, most don't involve too many ingredients, and tailored to things guys like to eat
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Posted: 1/8/2011 7:14:35 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by UberDog:

Joy Of Cooking - Only cookbook you'll ever need. Someone gave it to me as a gift when I was your age, and it has served me well.


Yup, a classic.  Figured finding a few recipes on the internet first would be the baby steps.
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Posted: 1/8/2011 9:40:40 PM
This recipe may be too complex for a beginner but it is an absolute must for a mans cooking repertoire...



You are welcome   
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QUOTE Originally Posted by CountNo_Account:

This recipe may be too complex for a beginner but it is an absolute must for a mans cooking repertoire...



You are welcome   


My favorite.  
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Posted: 1/9/2011 3:39:55 AM
I can give you some good recipes for college... This is easy, last multiple meals, but is not fast...

Practice making chili... it lasts for multiple days and if you get good at it, it can be a staple at parties (I have a friend who has a superbowl chili that is a regular because of how good it is)...

If you go to the spices aisle there should be packets of chili spices with a basic recipe on he back with onions, ground beef, tomato sauce, beans etc...  Follow the recipe on the packet, a pot of chili is less then $10...

As you learn to make chili, experiment, add things you might like... over time you will create your own recipe... mine now has minced garlic&jalapenos, green peppers, pinto and kidney beans... 

You can also do it in a crock pot where you make it the night before, turn the crock pot on before you go to class and come home to the chili that has cooked during the day for dinner...
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Posted: 1/9/2011 4:13:15 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by CountNo_Account:

This recipe may be too complex for a beginner but it is an absolute must for a mans cooking repertoire...



You are welcome   


"This was outstanding! I did make a couple modifications. I eliminated the butter, and in place of the peas I substituted one can of Chef Boyardee spaghetti and meatballs."
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Posted: 1/9/2011 6:36:56 AM

Rachel Ray has a show/book called 30-minute meals.

 

Also, you can make lots of stuff with Bisquick..............

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QUOTE Originally Posted by The Hawk:

Rachel Ray has a show/book called 30-minute meals.

 

Also, you can make lots of stuff with Bisquick..............



I think I have that book, it is green in color...  There is a prosciutto pasta with basil, tomato and balsmic vinegar that is a great one in terms of a dinner for a lady friend with wine and bread...

 Bisquick
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Posted: 1/10/2011 4:34:07 AM
youtube is the easiest way to learn how to cook....no joke. Follow the videos step by step and enjoy
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Posted: 1/10/2011 9:31:25 AM
my favorite breakfast

seriously tho pasta is easy to cook along with simple meats & veggies

learn the basics of that first - Joy of cooking is a good resource for starting out


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QUOTE Originally Posted by Messier-11:

youtube is the easiest way to learn how to cook....no joke. Follow the videos step by step and enjoy



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Posted: 1/11/2011 10:54:28 PM
this is a go to for me, I add more stuff like green peppers as well

real easy, and real tasty

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/impossibly-easy-cheeseburger-pie/8c78aa78-c368-40fa-8a88-1654640c7525
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Posted: 1/12/2011 8:07:05 PM
check out the food network online. but in my single days i did cook for myself the majority of the time. couldn't afford eating out. pasta, sloppy joes, grilled cheese, soup, omelettes, grilled chicken. used that george foreman grill alot. keep the portions within reason and remember the veggies.
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Posted: 1/13/2011 8:18:21 PM
QUOTE

Originally Posted by Messier-11:

youtube is the easiest way to learn how to cook....no joke. Follow the videos step by step and enjoy

agreed

good avatar

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Posted: 1/15/2011 1:22:35 PM
Appreciate all of the responses fellas, I will be sure to check out a few of these ideas
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Posted: 1/17/2011 3:57:33 PM
You could look into taking a few beginner cooking classes locally in your area. Probably not that expensive and you might meet some hot chicks. Also, purchase one good kitchen knife ( Chef's knife). 
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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. 

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Posted: 1/18/2011 9:15:45 PM

Look into some cooking classes.  You may find some trim for dessert.

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