Nutrition and Cooking advice?

  • Dubtron

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    Jun 13, 2013 1:33 PM GMT
    To start off, I'm a horrible cook... icon_smile.gif hence I started this thread. Does anyone have any advice on what to cook, as far as health nuts go? I try to get my essential nutrients from lean meats, nuts, and some fruits, but it's hard to stay away from processed food since I don't know what to make... Besides sandwiches. Thanks for the advices in advance, guys!
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    Jun 14, 2013 4:56 PM GMT
    For dinners, it's pretty easy to bake some chicken breasts and slather on some BBQ sauce or a garlic/herb marinade. Same goes for baking fish but just be sure to not overcook the fish. 145 degrees inside temp and it's ready to eat.

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    Jul 24, 2013 4:58 AM GMT
    I know the situation, is really hard to not eat processed foods. I try to visit my local farmers market to get some great produce, and then when cooking I just Google some simple recipes.
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    Jul 24, 2013 5:03 AM GMT
    Stir-frys are really easy. 100g of lean chicken, 1 cup of cut up vegetables of your choice. I add chicken seasoning, pepper and ginger for taste. Then add a cup of cooked brown rice. 1 teaspoon of soy sauce. Mix and stirfry with olive oil. Such a simple dinner and very healthy. Replace chicken with beef the next day.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 25, 2013 5:16 PM GMT
    Google recipes!!
    that was easy and all before 1:30pm
  • LJay

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    Jul 25, 2013 5:35 PM GMT
    Go to Barnes & Noble and pick up The Mini Minimalist by Mark Bittman. It is a set of four little cookbooks in a slipcase. The recipes are very simple and call for few ingredients. One of the neat things about the set is that each recipe has a menu including one or two other dishes in the series and even wine suggestions if you want them, so you can come up with complete, simple meals with very little trouble.

    For $20, there is a lot of great stuff that you will enjoy and with the easy directions you will learn a lot of basic cooking without even working hard at it.
  • Dubtron

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    Aug 17, 2013 11:47 PM GMT
    Thanks for the tips, guys! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 20, 2013 1:05 AM GMT
    Someone had already mentioned stir frys and those are incredibly easy meals to make and healthy as well depending on what is put into it. Omlettes are good as well, but when I'm in a hurry salads can be a god send. I usually fill mine with veggies and apple slices and toss in some grilled chickrn, beans or tofu for protein.
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    Aug 20, 2013 3:17 AM GMT
    chefBH saidFor dinners, it's pretty easy to bake some chicken breasts and slather on some BBQ sauce or a garlic/herb marinade. Same goes for baking fish but just be sure to not overcook the fish. 145 degrees inside temp and it's ready to eat.



    I recently had a chef friend of mine tell me the same thing about 145 degrees. And all these years I was overcooking fish to 165.
  • ai82

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    Aug 20, 2013 3:43 AM GMT
    You just have to jump in and do it and not be concerned with things coming out perfect.
    As far as meats, most people are concerned about ensuring they're well done. I would recommend shrimp (cook til white and curled), ground turkey (cook til brown), or chicken (cut into bite size pieces so you can tell better when they're done). I never use thermometers. If somethings dry, just use bbq sauce or cocktail sauce. I usually buy pre-seasoned frozen fish and bake like it says on the box.
    Veggies are simple, just cook til tender.
    For rice and pasta, use measuring cups for rice (if ur into that) and follow the directions on the box or bag.
    Finally, invest in some non-stick cookware. That way if you burn something you can just wipe it out.