Alright, here's the story.
I enrolled in a university about six months ago, and I moved out and started living alone as a result. Obviously, this meant having to cook for myself.
Problem is, I'm absolutely terrible in a kitchen, and I've ordered take-out more times than I've actually cooked stuff. My weight's been going up as a result, and I'm getting tired of it.
What are some simple and cheap dishes for a complete cooking retard? Bonus points if it's something I can make large portions of so I can just keep it ready in my fridge.
Pic related. It's just about the extend of my culinary abilities.
Make soup your best friend, they're quite difficult to fuck up and can be done with virtually anything you have on hand. That being said, I once made a swede soup 90% of which went down the sink
Unless it's something bland and inoffensive like fried eggs, oatmeal, or bachelor chow, it gets old quick. I make some of the best shepherd's pie, but after making two pans for Christmas, let me just say I'm glad I was visiting my family.
Oh, and bachelor chow is pretty great for everyday lunches. Vegetable/protein infused beans and rice --just add your own hot sauce to keep the variety.
i swear, 60% of the threads that ask for recipes on this board need this link. i check budget bytes every day to see if there's a new post.
no "this is what's going on in my life" bullshit,
nice-looking step-by-step photos that are easier to remember than just reading the recipe,
and just a ton of "whole ingredients" with a distinct lack of cream of whatever soup.
my favorite food blog, hands down. i am the biggest budget bytes shill ever.
I'm sad she changed her hair and ditched the meme sauce shirt.
>shitloads of makeup
not even worth rating out of ten.
Alright, just got back from the store and brought a bunch of ingredients with me. I'll be trying to make this dish: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/07/creamy-tomato-spinach-pasta/
It seemed fairly simple and looks decently healthy and tasty. Gonna try my luck at it either later today or tomorrow.
Wish me luck and thanks for all the help!
Since weight is a concern too, you should look at doing some grilling too. Meat isn't the cheapest, but as long as you're flexible on cut and buy on sale it'll be much more reasonable.
You may also want to invest in a slow cooker as well. It is very easy to make a substantial portion on minimal effort by putting a few ingredients in and leaving them to cook for a while.
Well, I'm smart.
Out of all the ingredients to forget, I somehow managed to forget the pasta.
Guess I'll be taking another trip to the store tomorrow.
Ended up making some baked beans instead, added in some bell pepper and garlic.
I'll be going to the store again tomorrow. What are som essentials I should bring back with me.
I really appreciate all the help, sorry if I'm asking stupid questions.
honestly, it can be hard to just start cooking everything, all the time. you're sometimes going to want to not do it because there's prep work and dishes and it takes time and it's late and what is in the pantry again and oh shit i forgot to thaw the chicken... and ah fuck it i'll just order something.
i would suggest getting ~3 frozen cook it in a skillet meals like from bird's eye. around $5 for 2.5 low calorie servings, so 2 actual meal servings.you just dump it in a skillet with a lid and stir every once in a while and then you get a hot, healthy if not low-sodium meal for little effort and little cost.
/ck/ might get high and mighty and throw up but stuff like this:
has saved my ass for ordering in subs or picking something up on the way home soooo often.
aaaaaaaaaand i just realized i am making a different version of the alfredo chicken for dinner tonight. son of a bitch.
other than than, yet again, budget bytes:
i wouldn't take this as gospel, though. you know what you like to eat. think of what you like to get for takeout. search for a recipe. google any substitutions you might need to make. use pork instead of chicken, if that's what you have. get messy, make mistakes!
I second this. I have a college apartment and literally all there is to it is throwing spices, protein, veggies, and some stock and you can make all sorts of stuff. Tacos and stuff served over rice is my usual go-to