Recipes for us mere cooking mortals.

  • allatonce

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    Dec 05, 2009 1:19 AM GMT
    The recipes in this section look great. BUT, I don't really have time to make them, or look for weird ingredients in the market, AND I am a horrible cook and even more impatient. I'm sure I'm not the only one so let's hear your simple and healthy recipes.


    1 .No more than 6 ingredients
    2. Ingredients must be things commonly found in cupboards
    3. Must take less than half an hour to eat
    4. Must be delicious.

    I have a couple to start off:

    Peanut Butter and Jam:

    Put peanut butter and jam on bread and put together and eat. For a variation replace jam with a banana (if you're too lazy to cut up the banana, put peanut butter on a slice of bread and wrap the bread around the peeled banana for a "banana dog".


    Put milk, frozen fruit of your choosing and vanilla ice cream flavoured protein powder in blender, tastes and has consistency of a milk shake (strawberry is the best). For a variation on this classical favourite (yes favourite is spelled with a "u"): garnish with more fruit!

    Stir Fry

    Cut up meat of your choosing in a pan, add veggies of your choosing (broccoli, peppers and frozen peas and corn can be good) and fry with sauce. Variation: Add more sauce.

    Mushroom sauce pasta

    Add a can of cream of mushroom soup (condensed) in a pan and heat (it comes out of the can in a can shape, awesome?), add a bit of milk and cut up chicken (cooked) and onion and heat. Serve over whole wheat pasta and it is delicious.


    Ok I have never been successful at making rice normally (I am a failure I know), BUT I learned a technique for people like me that don't know a whisk from a wok. Boil water, put crock pot on high and add water and rice in directed proportions to crock pot. Add bouillon to crock pot for flavouring. Wait 2 hours and you have delicious rice. And it isn't burnt, soggy, still hard, or anything!
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    Dec 05, 2009 3:30 PM GMT
    Really Simple Soft Pretzel recipe:

    This is a really simple recipe and they taste awesome. My roommates and friends have actually tried to pay me to make these. Its one of the aces up my sleeve when I'm trying to impress a guy.

    1 1/2 cup WARM water

    3 cups flour

    3 TBS brown sugar

    1/2 TBS salt

    1 package (approx 1 table spoon) active yeast

    2-4 TBS baking soda

    1- In large mixing bowl combine water, brown sugar and salt. Stir until both brown sugar and salt have been dissolved into water.

    2- add in yeast, stir until most of yeast has been dissolved.

    3- stir in flour, one cup at a time.

    4- knead dough on lightly flour surface for 5-8 minutes. After kneading, the dough should be somewhat elastic like.

    5- put in greased bowl, cover, let rise for at least one hour (in my experience the ideal rising time is 2-3 hours, its a good time to run errands and do other things. I've found that putting a glass of water in the microwave and microwaving it on high for 3 minutes then quickly putting the dough in and shutting the microwave door creates the perfect atmosphere for rising dough)

    6- Pre-heat oven to 375

    7- Take dough out, roll out on floured surface (I don't have a rolling pin so I just use an empty bottle of Skyy Vodka) then cut into 8-10 strips.

    8- Roll each strip out into pencil thin strands (I used to shape them like pretzels but its pretty time consuming so now I just roll it into the strands and cut them into 3 inch pieces, it makes them easier to share)

    9- Before placing on cookie sheets, dip each piece in a mixture of warm water and baking soda. (The mixture will have to be stirred every couple times and may baking soda might have to be added, this just makes sure that they brown and bake faster on the outside)

    10- Place on greased cookie sheets about an inch apart (ideally, you should use un-greased parchment paper, but it doesn't really effect the taste) and bake for 7-11 minutes on the top most oven rack(s).

    After they come out, feel free to do what you will to them. Traditionally I brush them with melted butter and sprinkle coarse salt on top. Sometimes I've put cinnamon sugar on top instead of salt. When I feel like making them a little healthier I'll use less brown sugar in the recipe and brush them with egg whites instead of butter.
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    Dec 05, 2009 4:46 PM GMT
    turkey burgers

    Mix together a few pounds of ground turkey and a can of cream of mushroom soup.

    Grill on a George Foreman grill

    Toast a whole wheat roll, add the turkey burger, lettuce, tomatoe, dijom mustard and ketchup. Mmmmmm

    And a side order of salad with just a good olive oil, salt and pepper and a few sprinkles of fresh lemon juice
  • allatonce

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    Dec 07, 2009 12:32 AM GMT
    Hm, that one sounds good, I'm definitely going to try that.
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    Mar 15, 2010 6:46 AM GMT
    Oh this sounds delicious! I am going to have to make this. I am always looking for new recipes.