One of my co-workers has lost both parents within 3 months of each other. We are not super super close, and so far she hasn't accepted my offers of specific, practical things I can do to help (watching her kids, going to grocery store. etc.). I'd like to make her life a little easier anyway, so I was thinking about some kind of meal delivery service so she wouldn't need to cook for a little bit. [more inside]
posted by feathermeat
on Jul 15, 2014 -
I've just returned from an awesome, super-fun vacation during which I didn't give as much thought to the food I ate. I noticed that while the specific foods I ate were less "healthy," my eating patterns
were far healthier, almost as if being less concerned about how "healthy" something was granted me a freedom that translated into a better sense of wellbeing. This trip provided me a window into "how things could be" with respect to eating patterns. I would like to take what I can from that to improve my habits. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit
on Jul 9, 2014 -
I am trying to compile a list of who typically can expect to receive a free meal at fast food, casual dining, or quick service restaurants. One example would be uniformed police officers. I'd like to hear from people who worked in such places or know about these things. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake
on Mar 9, 2014 -
I know there have been many, many recipe questions on AskMe. I'm sorry to contribute yet another one. But I am in search of simple, quick meals that will actually be eaten by my small family. [more inside]
posted by barnoley
on Dec 30, 2013 -
I need to be better about managing my grocery budget and streamlining my time in the kitchen. I've just started poking around for options but I'm eager for hive mind recommendations.
The main caveat is that I'm in Canada, which has ruled the promising foodonthetable.com.
Something that allows you to cost meals fairly easily would be nice.
Please pardon any typos--mobile AskMeing is a bit tricksy.
posted by Decimask
on Nov 28, 2013 -
How standard is the 3-meals-a-day eating behaviour? What about times of day for eating, x-culturally? It would be interesting to hear any insights from folks outside of North America. Thank you!
posted by SpecialSpaghettiBowl
on Nov 22, 2013 -
Going home unexpectedly for a week this December because of a sick parent. Aside from being there for moral support, I would like to help make food for future meals. Snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh
on Nov 22, 2013 -
I know that picky toddlers are so common they are a cliché, but I really need help with mine. He has nutritional deficiencies that have disrupted his sleep (and therefore his daytime mood) due to his unwillingness to eat anything but cheerios, crackers, and fruit. We've tried different strategies but nothing seems to work. Advice? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman
on Nov 4, 2013 -
For the next 8 months I'll be moving cities every 4 days or so and I'm doing a lot of couchsurfing
. I like to prepare a meal for my hosts as a thank you and I'd like some suggestions for meal ideas. I can't travel with a fully stocked pantry, so meals that have few ingredients (preferably things readily available in South America, Europe, and Asia) are important. Advise me, culinary geniuses of mefi! [more inside]
posted by horizons
on Oct 23, 2013 -
In the past few months I have found two different brands of shelf-stable meals that I love: GoPicnic and St. Dalfour's Gourmet on the Go. The key things for me are: these meals don't require refrigeration, they don't require cooking, they taste good, they're usually less than 400 calories per container, and they are both healthier and cheaper than the fast food near my school's campus.
Do you know of any other brands like this? I didn't even know these existed until earlier this year, and googling keeps getting me things that require cooking and/or are not tasty.
posted by ocherdraco
on Oct 11, 2013 -
The other day I made a meal that was nearly all vegetables -- sweet potatoes, roasted asparagus, and an apple, arugula, and feta salad. It was a great meal and I didn't even realize until I was eating it that it was basically all vegetables, rather than my normal routine of basing a meal around a starch (although the sweet potato does have a lot of carbs). I'm looking for more full-meal ideas where vegetables make up a lion's share of the meal. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious
on Jun 18, 2013 -
For some reason, I have 4 packets of shortcrust pastry in my freezer taking up what little room I have. Can you a) recommend delicious recipes that best make use of this instead of say, puff pastry, and b) also if possible include recipes that freeze well as I'm about to have a newborn and would like to clear this space in my freezer and fill it with meals we can just defrost and cook/eat once the baby comes. Could the recipe say at what point to freeze (before or after cooking). Savoury preferred but dessert ok in a pinch. Extra points if they're toddler friendly. Even if they can't be frozen, anything that uses it up will be appreciated.
posted by Jubey
on Jun 3, 2013 -
Instead of buying individual yogurt cups in artificial dessert case flavors, I buy a large container of greek yogurt once a week and make parfaits in these containers
for a grab&go breakfast. I need more ideas for delicious things to mix into plain yogurt. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana
on Feb 19, 2013 -
My uncle is in the hospital, and may soon be in hospice for end-of-life care. My aunt has been carrying the weight of both their worlds, as well as his care, for too long, and she's exhausted and bereaved. Please help me find a way to take the small responsibility of feeding herself off her to-do list. [more inside]
posted by badgermushroomSNAKE
on Feb 7, 2013 -
I have a bunch of peanut butter that I need to use up, but I'm running out of ideas. I would particularly appreciate recipe ideas that I can use in meals, though all I can ever really think of is perhaps Thai-style chicken/noodles, or PB&J sandwiches, or fruit with peanut butter dip. I know there's also stuff like peanut butter cookies and other baking goodies, but I'm trying to avoid sugar-bombing my diet too badly. Please help me with ideas!
posted by macsigler
on Jan 13, 2013 -
I recently came across this awesomeness of a Daal recipe
. It blew me away, not only with its amazing flavor, but the fact that you actually don't have to cook. I mean you chop one onion, dump all the ingredients in and less than 30 minutes later, you have an amazing meal. Which immediately made me wonder, are there any other awesomely tasty recipes out there which I could add to my repertoire of fast and easy?
posted by kitchencrush
on Dec 13, 2012 -
Help me add new dishes to the menu. Difficult level: kosher-style, pescaphobic, non-dairy, mushroom hater. [more inside]
posted by bq
on Nov 27, 2012 -
Help me stretch my budget with new 'old' recipes?
Looking for 'heritage' meals that might be technically challenging or time-costly, but use cheap ingredients. [more inside]
posted by Catch
on Jul 15, 2012 -
I'm considering making some mayonnaise with bacon grease. I'd love some input on the idea. [more inside]
posted by kavasa
on Jul 7, 2012 -
Long, busy summer running a day camp. Looking for quick, easy, yummy meal ideas.... help me not to starve! [more inside]
posted by hasna
on Jun 18, 2012 -
I saw a nutritionist and she recommended for lunch and dinner I make sure that 50% of my meal be vegetables, 25% lean protein, and 25% a starch of whole grains with only a minimal amount of dressing or oil for cooking. Beans are great, but count as a starch and a protein. The vegetables can really be any vegetable except potatoes (too starchy). So far I've been (1) eating salads with chicken or pork and (2) vegetable fajitas with whole wheat tortillas and beans (maybe too starchy because it counts as two starches, but I like it).
Any other ideas for these eating parameters? I need suggestions for things that I can cook at home very quickly (preparation and cooling 20 minutes or less really don't have a lot of time) and things that I can order in restaurants.
posted by bananafish
on Mar 18, 2012 -
I'm looking for simple and delicious foil parcel recipes. I've only got access to an oven and limited preparation space in my kitchen for a while and thought this might be the solution for all in one meals that involve minimal washing up. I've got some Jamie Oliver fish/chicken ones - any other ideas?
posted by janecr
on Oct 2, 2011 -
I'm about to head to the Netroots Nation conference in Minneapolis, and as a vegan traveling for the first time with a CPAP machine for my sleep apnea, I have a few questions - snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP
on Jun 14, 2011 -
I am taking some classes and getting out of the house a few days a week. Yay for trying to fix my social life, but what am I going to do about dinner? Special diet and situational details inside. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC
on May 10, 2011 -
Help my sanity - share your grainless vegetarian recipes! I can't tolerate any grains, rice, oat, barley, wheat, corn, quinoa, etc. This means that traditional "gluten free" replacements are out of the question. I'm starting to hit the wall in terms of being able to deal with it, and I need some variety in my diet! Right now, I'm avoiding eating because it's so disheartening, and I want the joy back in meal times. A sample of what I eat currently under the fold. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver
on Feb 4, 2011 -
What places are available to deliver food and/or prepared meals to a family in the Pittsburgh area? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool
on Jan 25, 2011 -
What are your favorite all (or nearly all) vegetable recipes, that are tasty and fulfilling enough to be a main dish on their own? [more inside]
posted by raztaj
on Oct 6, 2010 -
I want to start batch cooking my lunches for the month. I want to create delicious, HEALTHY individually-portioned frozen meals that I can pop in the microwave. Other catch: they have to be relatively cheap to make. Suggestions for recipes that fit the bill?
posted by corn_bread
on Sep 25, 2010 -
I live in an area of great food-market diversity. Tell me about some awesome (vegetarian) food products of foreign provenance, and how I can use them! [more inside]
posted by threeants
on Jul 18, 2010 -
I would like to send actual _meals_ to a friend who is about to have a baby. Problem: I'm East Coast, she's West Coast, and most of the "welcome new baby gift baskets" I've found online seem to be fairly lame? (Though I'm not a parent, so am I wrong?) Help please! [more inside]
posted by librarianamy
on Jul 8, 2010 -
I am cutting down on pork, carbs and red meat. I would like my new diet to lean towards vegetarian meals.
I can't handle spicy food and it seems like most of the recipes I keep finding are spicy and/or have curry. I also do not eat fish/seafood. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz
on Jul 6, 2010 -
My family has terrible eating habits. Just awful, I'm ashamed of how my family eats sometimes. Help me turn our eating around.. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob
on Jun 26, 2010 -
The problem: Cooking for myself this summer.
Context and limitations: College dorm room [more inside]
posted by resiny
on Jun 11, 2010 -
AWESOME VEGETARIAN LUNCHBOX COMBOS! I have decided it will be exciting to pack actual lunchboxes for uni. Help me with some lists of good things to go together. Both really simple and more elaborate menus please. Plus really cheap vs more expensive options. [more inside]
posted by KLF
on Apr 11, 2010 -
I recently started working with a nutritionist, and have been given a framework for all my meals, but the actual meal planning is up to me. So far, everything has been really easy to incorporate into my lifestyle except for dinners, so I am hoping that the hive mind can help me come up with some tasty ideas that fit in with the guidelines I've been given...whether they're recipes, resources for recipes, or just tips on how to turn a "grilled chicken breast" type meal into something that's actually appealing. [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69
on Mar 22, 2010 -