Four people going away for Xmas to a beautiful but remote cottage. How do I approach planning, cooking and splitting food bills? I like cooking, lists and being ORGANISED!! but three of us like to cook, so I don't want to trample over everyone else and get exhausted cooking. I also don't want it to be a mess or end up with not enough. Has anyone else here dealt with a similar group holiday meal/food planning situation? [more inside]
A friend from the UK who is enamored with my buttermilk biscuits is coming to visit, and I'm making her dinner. What should I serve with the biscuits? [more inside]
I am borderline obsessed by the Journeyman's Feast in this D&D-inspired menu, which seems to be a slightly less fancy version of a charcuterie board , and would like some suggestions on other food items I can use to make up my own 1-person board. [more inside]
For the next week, I'm staying in a house with people I would rather not see. I have a private sink, but no hot plate or garbage disposal. I need meal and snack ideas.
What are your recipes for weeknight meals? What do you have for dinner that you make yourself in a relatively short amount of time and/or with relatively little effort? Help us figure out a variety of dinners to put on a meal-planning list! [more inside]
Short version: The family's primary cook and caregiver is in the hospital for an unknown length of time. It'll be two weeks minimum, could be a lot longer. Then she'll have a long recovery period at home. Her husband and I both theoretically can cook, though he's not very good, and I have medical complications. Between us we have to feed each other and a couple teenagers. Meal planning's fallen to me, but most of the shopping and cooking is on him. We need to survive until his wife's out of the hospital. Help? [more inside]
I need a collection of ideas for easily prepared, light meals to serve when friends drop by. Think lunch or small plates to go with a glass of wine. Often friends will drop by within a couple hours notice. They like to eat and I like to be a good host. No firm dietary restrictions for most but these friends are interested in healthy eating, fewer carbs. One vegetarian in the mix. The entire meal does not have to be vegetarian. Thank you!
There are loads of similar questions already out there in the ether but I'm asking again because I have some dietary snowflakes and I'm the world's worst cook... [more inside]
I've been trying a no sugar/complex carbohydrates diet by dumping vegetables and canned salmon together with beans in a bowl, or dumping vegetables and canned salmon together with shirataki noodles in a bowl and then pouring in hot water. This gets old, fast. What are some ways to simply upgrade the taste of my meals, without added sugar, simple carbohydrates, or too much added salt? [more inside]
I am looking for ideas on budget-friendly, healthy and easy to make meals for a single person. See inside for details. [more inside]
I'm somewhat interested in the ingredient delivery systems like Plated or Blue Apron. I am not a busy mom, just a person who wants inspiration and is sick of throwing away leftover ingredients or looking at a nearly full jar of cream of tartar in my pantry. [more inside]
I'm looking for product recommendations from Costco and Trader Joes, with some very specific parameters. [more inside]
What is your favorite yummy thing to make for breakfast in bed? I have eggs, bread for toast, a good amount of spices, and most other options. I need recipes, but nothing involving raw food or rare ingredients.
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]
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]
What are some tips and techniques for weekly meal planning? [more inside]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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.
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]
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!
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?
I love food, but eating makes me feel terrible. What can I do about it? [more inside]
If you've used a meal-planning service: how was it? Do you recommend it? I read this article in the New York Times and am intrigued. The companies mentioned in the article are Saving Dinner, the Fresh 20, the Six O'Clock Scramble, and eMeals.
I know how to cook from scratch. Help me not do that this summer. [more inside]
Long, busy summer running a day camp. Looking for quick, easy, yummy meal ideas.... help me not to starve! [more inside]
I need safe, simple recipes for a friend who has just discovered she is diabetic. [more inside]
Best "gateway" foods for uninspired palates? [more inside]
A Prince-loving vegan travels to Minneapolis with a CPAP machine. Then some joke of some kind occurs.
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]
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]
How do you shop so that food doesn't go bad before you can eat it? [more inside]
What places are available to deliver food and/or prepared meals to a family in the Pittsburgh area? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I need pre-workout snack ideas. The problem? It must be liquid! [more inside]
This Christmas, I'm giving everyone the gift of delicious and healthy home-cooked meals, but I'm blanking on how to wrap and/or present them at the Christmas Eve festivities. Everything will be pre-frozen, which probably rules out putting them by the tree with the other gifts, and the only other solution I can think of is leaving them in my car and letting everyone take theirs on the way home, which is lame. There must be a better way. [more inside]
How can I avoid social meals gracefully when I have an eating disorder? [more inside]
Please suggest me some snacks, light or portable dishes that are both healthy and involve baking or cooking. [more inside]
What are your favorite salty/sweet food combinations? [more inside]
PlanMyMealFilter: I've had a fairly miserable couple of days and feel like cooking something soothing/comforting/delicious tonight, but am tired of my usual fallback, mac-n-cheese. What are your recipes for your favorite comfort foods? Nothing tooooo complex (it's getting late, after all) but I wouldn't mind concentrating for a while on something that isn't super-depressing. Only dietary restriction is no soy or cumin.
Eating on $25 a week, suggestions? [more inside]
Help us cook a holiday feast for just the three of us. [more inside]
Need recommendations as to tasty prepared frozen meals available in the U.S. [more inside]
Asking for a friend... What is the (famous?) company that sells pre-cooked meals? [more inside]
I am looking for a meal planner online, or downloadable (preferably for Mac or iPhone) that will give me an aggregated shopping list and recipes for the week. [more inside]
Cheap home-made food for a group of people? [more inside]
Any lists of super simple meals? [more inside]
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