Eat food, not too much, mostly vegetables, and with as little effort as possible
June 18, 2008 12:03 PM Subscribe
I'm a single guy living alone. I need to start cooking for myself because I spend too much money on food, and most of what I eat is kinda bad for me. However, I hate doing dishes and don't have much time to cook. What foods/recipes would you suggest?
posted by Afroblanco to Food & Drink (39 answers total) 139 users marked this as a favorite
* Mostly lactose-intolerant, but can digest dairy products in small portions (in other words, I can eat a sandwich with a couple slices of cheese, but I can't eat a slice of pizza without dipping into the lactaid)
* I enjoy nearly any food that doesn't utilize organ meat or really salty fish
* I love salads
* The food should be as healthy as possible, but should also taste great.
Ideally, preparation and serving should involve no more than the following :
*1 pot, pan, or cookie sheet
*1 or 2 plate(s) or bowl(s) for mixing and serving
*1 tupperware container for leftovers
* as few utensils as possible
* nothing that is even slightly difficult to clean (so no grinders or garlic presses or anything like that)
* no special equipment (no food processors, blenders, or anything that involves a motor)
A given meal should take no longer than 30-45 minutes to prepare. (this does not include time to defrost, pre-heat, marinate, or anything like that) The less preparation time, the better.
I'm willing to splurge a bit on quality ingredients, such as tasty fish and good cuts of meat. I'm not so willing to splurge on niche ingredients that I'll only use once or twice, although I could be convinced to do this if I could buy said ingredients in small enough quantities.
In general, I'm working with a pretty decent budget. I'm not a student or anything like that. But the meal should be appreciably cheaper to make than it would be to order at a restaurant.
Ingredient accessibility requirement
Ingredients should be available through the following providers :
* Trader Joe's
* Whole Foods
* Typical supermarket
I'm okay with saving leftovers for the next day. I'm not really into making large batches of foods and freezing, although I could be convinced to do this for foods that freeze particularly well and don't lose much of their flavor or consistency after being reheated.
Yes, I know, I'm being particular. I may even come off as fussy. But I know that if anyone can help me with this, it's you guys.