Cooking for Dumbasses
November 16, 2010 8:43 AM Subscribe
Recommend me some quick, effortless ways to spruce up quick meals when I don't feel like consciously cooking. Techniques for pasta and rice, or suggestions for other things I could whip out quickly.
posted by Rory Marinich to Food & Drink (43 answers total) 77 users marked this as a favorite
I'm resolving to move away from pre-cooked, pre-packaged foodstuffs, and buy only ingredients when shopping. I love cooking. But there're a lot of nights when I just want to stick spaghetti in boiling water and call it an evening.
My current "spaghetti recipe" is spaghetti + salted water + butter. Or, if I'm in a rice mood, rice + soy sauce. Not terribly sophisticated and not terribly healthy. I'm sure there must be a better way.
What I want is suggestions/recipes that basically involve me putting something somewhere and then waiting till it's ready, but that also mix in something extra at the last second to make it delicious. Mixes of spices or vegetables. My absolute "lazy limit" is chopping vegetables: I am totally up for doing that, but if I have to do anything other than chop, it's probably too complicated unless I prepare it in advance.
Doesn't have to be spaghetti, by the way. Could be rice. Could be something salad-related. Right now I feel like salads are too hard and involved to whip up easily, but if I'm wrong you should teach me your ways. Or if there's some awesome way to quickly make a potato other than "stick in microwave, add butter" then you should tell me that too. I'm fine with buying spices I don't have, I just dunno which ones I should use. Recipe sites I frequent don't really have basic instructions like that. They focus on way more involved stuff.
Bonus points: Right now my fridge has got a LOT of extra tomato, lettuce, onion, garlic, and pepper. Anybody who tells me how I can use that will get bonus hugs/handshakes/haiku.