I'm looking for simple recipes which follow a set procedure, but whose ingredients can be easily changed up.
I'm a 21-year-old college student who moved out this year and, while I like homemade food, I didn't previously cook much and don't really enjoy cooking as a hobby. The only real homemade meal I can make (without peering over a recipe while I do it) is a stroganoff "recipe" I picked up off the internet. Here's how you make it:
~1lb meat (chicken, ground beef, pork, turkey, shrimp, sausage, etc)
a few cloves of garlic (or throw in garlic powder with soup if you're out)
1 can cream soup (mushroom, asparagus, celery, wild mushroom, mushroom and garlic, etc)
assorted vegetables (fresh, canned, or frozen)
some potatoes or pasta or rice
Stick onions, garlic, and "harder" vegetables in a frying pan and fry them up until they start getting soft. Then add (chopped up, defrosted) meat and keep frying until the meat is cooked. Then add the rest of the (chopped up, defrosted/drained) vegetables and cook a bit more. Then add the soup and cook until the soup is hot. Serve over the (separately-cooked) starch. Serve more vegetables on the side, if you want.
Here's why I like it:
- It doesn't require any specialty tools or a bunch of spices I don't have
- It tastes REALLY good!
- It's pretty easy to make and doesn't take a long time (although you do need to start a bit early to defrost things and put the potatoes in the oven)
- It can be as healthy, decadent, or cheap as I want/need at the time
- It tastes different every time, so I don't feel like I'm eating the same thing over and over again
- I usually have most of the ingredients lying around the house already, and I can use up vegetables that are starting to look a bit wilty
I absolutely love this recipe, but I just know there has to be more recipes like this out there somewhere! Do you have any? I'm primarily looking for 'meal' recipes, but if you have some for tasty baked goods/desserts/snacks/pasta sauces those would be great too!
PS: I've seen this
, but it seems to be focused more on combinations of specific ingredients instead of actual procedures with a wide range of 'acceptable' ingredients... maybe a "next step" after I've figured out some general recipes. How to Cook Without a Book
will be sitting on my shelf very soon, though.