Dinner

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    Nov 25, 2013 3:37 PM GMT
    I don't enjoy cooking for myself and most of the time I don't feel like spending much time after work in the kitchen cooking. I try to come up with very easy and quick recipes, but I'm currently stuck at just 1. Even though I have a degree in cooking, I can't cook shit. I have no idea how I obtained that degree icon_neutral.gif

    Basically, i'm curious what you cook for dinner after work and if you could share any recipes. I'm used to my mom cooking dinner, but I've been living on my own now for over a year and I just can't seem to make this work.

    I eat pretty much everything, but important is: easy, fast, healthy and cheap. If you have any other links to threads that address this, then please post them here. I already tried searching a bit, but even when I find easy meals, they still look hard as hell icon_confused.gif

    Thanks.
    Truppensturm
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    Nov 25, 2013 3:56 PM GMT
    Might as well post that 1 recipe for RJ'ers looking for something easy:

    Buy some arugula salad
    goat cheese
    bacon (pack with bacon cut in small pieces)
    bottle of honey

    Bake the bacon in a bit of olive oil. Throw the arugula salad on your plate, with small pieces of goat cheese, then add the bacon and cover it with honey (not too much). Easy, cheap, healthy and delicious icon_cool.gif

    Edit: Oh yes, it's probably a good idea to clean the salad a bit first.
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    Nov 25, 2013 4:35 PM GMT
    Also have a look at this thread:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3524308
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    Nov 25, 2013 6:42 PM GMT
    Excellent, thanks.
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    Nov 25, 2013 8:10 PM GMT
    The best thing to do is spend Sunday doing all your cooking for the week ahead. That makes it easy when you come home from work during the week to just heat something up.
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    Nov 25, 2013 9:05 PM GMT
    This is one of my easy go-to quick meals when I am tired and don't want to mess with it.

    Quick and easy butternut squash hash.
    You will need:

    1 package of Butterball Turkey Smoked Sausage - 2 links sliced
    1 package of diced butternut squash.
    2 tablespoons of frozen chopped onion or the chopped onion seasoning blend. (I don't like chopping onions.)

    Basically I heat some extra virgin olive oil in a bit non-stick skillet. I throw in the frozen chopped onion and let them sweat out a little bit. Then I add the butternut squash and let it sautee a minute or two and then add the sausages. I like it all to get some nice brown color and cook through.

    It's easy and makes a nice meal after the gym or a long day. I eat half of it and put the other half in a plastic container for the next day.

    Also, I am weird, I do like to have some honey mustard on the side to dip the sausage slices in. icon_redface.gif
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    Nov 25, 2013 10:00 PM GMT
    Holy shit that butternut squash looks weird. I don't know if they sell this here, but will have a look icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 25, 2013 10:05 PM GMT
    It you can't cook shit, then how will getting recipe advice actually help you with your meals? It sounds like you need to restart from the beginning so you can explore what meals you will enjoy preparing.
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    Nov 25, 2013 10:09 PM GMT
    Erik101 saidIt you can't cook shit, then how will getting recipe advice actually help you with your meals? It sounds like you need to restart from the beginning so you can explore what meals you will enjoy preparing.

    I can cook it if I have a recipe, but most I find take too much time to prepare.
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    Nov 25, 2013 10:11 PM GMT
    Truppensturm saidHoly shit that butternut squash looks weird. I don't know if they sell this here, but will have a look icon_biggrin.gif


    Most grocery stores have pre-diced butternut squash now. I can find it at my Wal-Mart and Harps... which is all I have in my small town. So if I can find it in an isolated place, anyone can. icon_biggrin.gif

    If you buy a whole butternut squash, you will probably give up because it's a lot of work to peel and chop.

    Good luck.
  • LJay

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    Nov 25, 2013 10:34 PM GMT
    Hey, Quest, hold on a minute. Butternut squash is incredibly easy to cook without peeling. The same technique works for acorn or any winter squash, including pumpkin.

    You need a steady hand and a good solid, sharp knife. Cut the squash longways right down the iddle. Since the squash is round, this can be tricky so make sure everything is dry. making a small cut to start the blade is a good idea.

    Once you have two halves of suash, scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff with a spoon and place, cut side down, in a 9x13 baking dish. You know, a casserole. Pour in about 1/2 inch of water and bake for about 45 minutes or until a knife pokes into the squash easily.

    At that point, I just put the squash on a plate and add a little butter and eat it with a spoon. Some people like to add brown sugar or cinnamon or nutmeg or scoop it out into a bowl and season it. Yes, Canada, maple syrup works, too.

    Skwarsh am gooooood!

    PS--There is also a video somewhere on the internet showing how to cut a butternut in half shortways and prep. Not hard to do.
  • musicdude

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    Nov 25, 2013 10:42 PM GMT
    my go to quick meal :
    step 1 - season meat (chicken, fish, pork or wte) then throw in the oven heated at 415 for 20 to 35 minutes.

    step 2 - stir-fry frozen vegetables cooked in a pan with a little olive oil and seasoning.

    step 3 - throw a potato or sweet potato in the microwave for 8 to 10 minutes

    in the time it takes to cook the meat, your dinner is ready. within an hour you're well fed and have enough food left over for the next day or two.


    Easy meal (for a sunday lunch cooking session) :

    step 1 - season and sear 2 lb. of stewing beef the put aside in bowl

    step 2 - chop up four onions and two knobs of ginger root. caramelize in big pot with a little olive oil at the bottom.

    step 3 - add seared beef, 2 1/2 cups of beef broth, 2 cups of orange juice, 2 cups of orange marmalade, 2 tbsp. of chinese 5-spice and a little soy sauce.

    step 4 - simmer for 60 to 90 minutes

    step 5 - add in bowl with bean sprouts, spinach and cilantro

    step 6 - contain your food-gasm

    best part about this recipe --> very little to clean afterwards
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    Nov 25, 2013 10:48 PM GMT
    Truppensturm said
    Erik101 saidIt you can't cook shit, then how will getting recipe advice actually help you with your meals? It sounds like you need to restart from the beginning so you can explore what meals you will enjoy preparing.

    I can cook it if I have a recipe, but most I find take too much time to prepare.


    Then why did you say that you can't cook shit? You chose the wrong field to study in because any cook/chef knows there are so many meals you can prepare in less than 30 min.
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    Nov 25, 2013 11:09 PM GMT
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/

    http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/type/quick/

    http://www.rachaelray.com/
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    Nov 25, 2013 11:11 PM GMT
    LJay saidHey, Quest, hold on a minute. Butternut squash is incredibly easy to cook without peeling. The same technique works for acorn or any winter squash, including pumpkin.

    You need a steady hand and a good solid, sharp knife. Cut the squash longways right down the iddle. Since the squash is round, this can be tricky so make sure everything is dry. making a small cut to start the blade is a good idea.

    Once you have two halves of suash, scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff with a spoon and place, cut side down, in a 9x13 baking dish. You know, a casserole. Pour in about 1/2 inch of water and bake for about 45 minutes or until a knife pokes into the squash easily.

    At that point, I just put the squash on a plate and add a little butter and eat it with a spoon. Some people like to add brown sugar or cinnamon or nutmeg or scoop it out into a bowl and season it. Yes, Canada, maple syrup works, too.

    Skwarsh am gooooood!

    PS--There is also a video somewhere on the internet showing how to cut a butternut in half shortways and prep. Not hard to do.


    Yes, I agree and have cooked it like that - but if you are dicing it up for a quick prep, that still takes a few minutes. I was trying to help the lad with a quick prep. My recipe takes about 10-15 minutes total.

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    Nov 26, 2013 6:39 AM GMT
    Erik101 said
    Truppensturm said
    Erik101 saidIt you can't cook shit, then how will getting recipe advice actually help you with your meals? It sounds like you need to restart from the beginning so you can explore what meals you will enjoy preparing.

    I can cook it if I have a recipe, but most I find take too much time to prepare.


    Then why did you say that you can't cook shit? You chose the wrong field to study in because any cook/chef knows there are so many meals you can prepare in less than 30 min.

    It was an evening course, nothing special. If I can follow all steps of a recipe, i'm usually fine, but I can't cook anything out of myself.
  • CincyBOJ

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    Nov 26, 2013 9:33 AM GMT
    Here's a little easy/quick meal I thought up one day: icon_idea.gif

    1 can of tuna: mix with about 1 to 1.5 tbs of Dijon mustard, dash of sea salt, ground black pepper, sprinkle of garlic and onion powders.

    fry 1 or 2 eggs, sunny side up.

    Plate: medium bed of lettuce, few slices of roma tomatoes.



    Layer onto lettuce/tomato: tuna mix, top with fried egg.



    To eat: pop the yoke(s).... no dressing needed.
  • LJay

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    Nov 26, 2013 10:33 AM GMT
    OP, get thee to a bookstore and purchase a copy of The Mini Minimalist by Mark Bittman. It is a nice little set of small cookbooks in a cute little box. The recipes are simple and tasty and are nicely cross-referenced with simple menus for which all of the recipes are provided. Lots of good ideas.
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    Nov 26, 2013 1:07 PM GMT
    LJay said purchase a copy of The Mini Minimalist by Mark Bittman

    Bittman is super cool. I still have a lot of tattered clippings of his recipes from The New York Times around the turn of the Millennium. The column was called "Bitten." It had a lot of suggestions about cooking for 1 or 2. And no matter what he is cooking, he does it the simple way and makes it quick. He has lots of practical suggestions for substituting common kitchen staples for exotic ingredients that you would have to go out and buy. This guy can make a respectable Pad Thai out of peanut butter! I didn't know about the set of books. Now I'm about to go out and pick myself up a little Christmas present. Thanks LJay.
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    Nov 26, 2013 3:37 PM GMT
    musicdude saidmy go to quick meal :
    step 1 - season meat (chicken, fish, pork or wte) then throw in the oven heated at 415 for 20 to 35 minutes.

    step 2 - stir-fry frozen vegetables cooked in a pan with a little olive oil and seasoning.

    step 3 - throw a potato or sweet potato in the microwave for 8 to 10 minutes

    in the time it takes to cook the meat, your dinner is ready. within an hour you're well fed and have enough food left over for the next day or two.


    Easy meal (for a sunday lunch cooking session) :

    step 1 - season and sear 2 lb. of stewing beef the put aside in bowl

    step 2 - chop up four onions and two knobs of ginger root. caramelize in big pot with a little olive oil at the bottom.

    step 3 - add seared beef, 2 1/2 cups of beef broth, 2 cups of orange juice, 2 cups of orange marmalade, 2 tbsp. of chinese 5-spice and a little soy sauce.

    step 4 - simmer for 60 to 90 minutes

    step 5 - add in bowl with bean sprouts, spinach and cilantro

    step 6 - contain your food-gasm

    best part about this recipe --> very little to clean afterwards

    Yes, that quick go to meal of yours is something i've done as well in the past. Tasty and easy for sure.

    That second sounds interesting. What exactly is caramelize ? Is this expensive meal ?
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    Nov 26, 2013 3:40 PM GMT
    LJay saidHey, Quest, hold on a minute. Butternut squash is incredibly easy to cook without peeling. The same technique works for acorn or any winter squash, including pumpkin.

    You need a steady hand and a good solid, sharp knife. Cut the squash longways right down the iddle. Since the squash is round, this can be tricky so make sure everything is dry. making a small cut to start the blade is a good idea.

    Once you have two halves of suash, scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff with a spoon and place, cut side down, in a 9x13 baking dish. You know, a casserole. Pour in about 1/2 inch of water and bake for about 45 minutes or until a knife pokes into the squash easily.

    At that point, I just put the squash on a plate and add a little butter and eat it with a spoon. Some people like to add brown sugar or cinnamon or nutmeg or scoop it out into a bowl and season it. Yes, Canada, maple syrup works, too.

    Skwarsh am gooooood!

    PS--There is also a video somewhere on the internet showing how to cut a butternut in half shortways and prep. Not hard to do.

    Is this for dinner ? There is no meat ?

    I'm not too fond of pumpkins, so maybe this won't be for me afterall.
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    Nov 26, 2013 3:42 PM GMT
    CincyBOJ saidHere's a little easy/quick meal I thought up one day: icon_idea.gif

    1 can of tuna: mix with about 1 to 1.5 tbs of Dijon mustard, dash of sea salt, ground black pepper, sprinkle of garlic and onion powders.

    fry 1 or 2 eggs, sunny side up.

    Plate: medium bed of lettuce, few slices of roma tomatoes.



    Layer onto lettuce/tomato: tuna mix, top with fried egg.



    To eat: pop the yoke(s).... no dressing needed.

    Yes, I did something similar yesterday. Made a croque monsieur and added tuna mixed in mayonnaise and mustard. Took me about 10mins to make and tasted great.
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    Nov 26, 2013 3:42 PM GMT
    LJay saidOP, get thee to a bookstore and purchase a copy of The Mini Minimalist by Mark Bittman. It is a nice little set of small cookbooks in a cute little box. The recipes are simple and tasty and are nicely cross-referenced with simple menus for which all of the recipes are provided. Lots of good ideas.

    Thanks for the tip. Ill make that my own christmas present icon_razz.gif
  • bfirbs

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    Nov 26, 2013 3:48 PM GMT
    If you don't mind left overs for a few days you could always cook a large meal like a roast and then you have a few days meals.
  • Destinharbor

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    Nov 26, 2013 4:17 PM GMT
    Buy a ham steak, sprinkle on some ground cloves and ground ginger, fry it in very hot olive oil for 6-8 minutes while a sweet potato is in the microwave for 8-10. Scoop out the potato, add brown sugar (not much), salt, pepper and ground cinnamon and a touch of yogurt. Whole thing is 10 minutes and very healthy. Tastes like a million bucks.