Healthy cooking

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    Sep 18, 2012 8:09 PM GMT
    What websites/recipes would you recommend for students who know next to nothing about cooking but have to make their own food ?
    Thanks !
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    Sep 19, 2012 12:11 AM GMT
    I'm very bias since i'm from England haha, but for me Nigella Lawson, Waitrose.com, and BBC food helped me an awful lot. I thought "If I can read, I can cook" its worked so far
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    Sep 19, 2012 12:40 AM GMT
    Grilled chicken and steamed/boiled broccoli.

    That's about the easiest (and healthiest) stuff you can cook.
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    Sep 19, 2012 12:51 AM GMT
    Boil eggs.
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:41 AM GMT
    I'm assuming you're on a budget and want to minimize kitchen and prep time. One way to do it is to bulk cook and freeze meals. I do that with my crockpot chicken stew, bulk cooked and frozen into about 50 individual meals at $1.25 apiece which I later eat "as is" or doctor into various meals like burritos, soups, sloppy joes, Indian or asian fusion:

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    Bulk cooked it comes out to $1.25 per meal because I wait until my local store marks down their chicken breast to $1.99/lb. This makes for individual containers of chicken breast, brown rice (or quinoa), black beans, lentils, various root vegetables and spinach leaves. Base ingredients:

    $25 boneless skinless chicken breast @ 1.99/lb (wait for a sale if need be to bulk cook and fill your freezer)
    $25 various diced root vegetables, whatever's available: yucca, yam, parsnip, onion, carrots, butternut squash, rutabaga, leeks
    $10 various: black beans, brown rice, quinoa, chicken broth, spinach leaves

    I'm not counting the cost of the freezer chest, which was $150.

    Soak and crockpot cook black beans and lentils from scratch and put aside. Then dice (also if you're inclined, brine and pound beforehand) chicken breast. Slow cook the chicken with a little low sodium broth, water and the root vegetables and you'll find that the veggies will develop the taste and texture of potatoes, so if you like chicken and potatoes you'll love this. Make brown rice and quinoa. Assemble your cooked stew, black beans and lentils, cooked brown rice and quinoa and spinach leaves and portion into individual food containers and freeze. Relatively unspiced, use it as a base as chicken stew, add cumin and chile pepper and put in an Ezekiel wrap and top with plain yogurt and salsa for burritos, add broth to make hearty chicken soup, add with Thai sauce and and unsweetened canned chunk pineapple to asian noodles, spread hot on a spelt roll as a sloppy joe or cold as a chicken salad, or add a Tasty Bite brand flavoring packet with a sliced banana and raisins for Indian.
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    Sep 19, 2012 7:10 PM GMT
    Thanks a lot guys !
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    Sep 19, 2012 7:27 PM GMT
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    Sep 19, 2012 7:58 PM GMT
    An alternative to the crock pot is a "thermal cooker", which is a vacuum insulated container that is filled with boiling hot food and closed up.
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    Sep 20, 2012 7:41 AM GMT
    tuna- an essential for every university student. tuna in egg, tuna in bread, tuna in salad. Go out for a night of drinking, come back hungry as hell, but it's okay because you have tuna
  • booboolv

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    Sep 20, 2012 8:13 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidbulk cook and freeze meals.


    Wow, that's a lot of food! how much time does it take you to do something like that? Seems like it would take me quite a while. And I love cooking!

    Personally, I enjoy cooking no more than a few meals at a time. For one thing, I don't have a freezer other than what is part of my fridge, and it isn't very big. Certainly not big enough for such a project as that. I could do a week, maybe.

    It is, however, an excellent idea. Thanks for sharing. And OP, thanks for the great question!
  • metatextual

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    Sep 21, 2012 9:43 PM GMT
    Soups are generally pretty easy to make, provide great value, and store easily.

    Cooking in season also is a good strategy.

    great seasonal site: http://www.eattheseasons.com/
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    Sep 27, 2012 3:57 PM GMT
    The lean lunchbox www.leanlunchbox .com is also a great site for recipes and foods and other gay fitness related shit!