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Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:48 PM

Healthy simple recipes.

My husband and I only make 4 things for supper and it's driving us up the wall. We look up recipes and those are experiments, and usually bad ones.

Minestrone, Veggie Lasagna, stir-fry, and tuna casserole. Sometimes we get really simple and just eat brown rice and beans with sweet and sour mixed in, but I'd hardly call that a meal.

Puh-lease flood me with recipes. Just know that we hate onions. (Green onions are okay though.) We love Chinese food, and my husband is a Pescetarian. (We also have a slow-cooker and casseroles are ideal.)

I'm begging so that we can skip over getting Taco Bell.

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Reply Healthy simple recipes. (Original post)
Neoma Jan 2013 OP
cbayer Jan 2013 #1
fizzgig Jan 2013 #2
freshwest Jan 2013 #3
wildeyed Jan 2013 #4
mother earth Jan 2013 #5
locks Jan 2013 #6
GoCubsGo Jan 2013 #7
grasswire Jan 2013 #8
GoCubsGo Jan 2013 #10
struggle4progress Jan 2013 #9

Response to Neoma (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 02:02 PM

1. I use this site a lot.

http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/everydaycooking/weeklydinnerplanners

There is a lot of variety in their recipes and they tend to use what's in season.

They also generally have a main dish, a side and a suggested dessert.

You can print out a grocery list from the days that you decide and the dishes make good leftovers more often or not.

It's not problem to alter the recipes. Don't like onions? Leave them out. Have carrots and not parsnips - use them.

Take a look and see what you think.

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 02:43 PM

2. we eat vegetarian often

saute up some veggies - squash, zucchini, bell peppers, garlic, etc - and toss with pasta.

pasta sauce is so easy to make, http://leitesculinaria.com/7094/recipes-marinara-sauce-fresh-basil.html.

i love stuffed acorn squash.

honey and soy glazed salmon with a side of brown rice and a green veggie is one of my favorite meals http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Honey-and-Soy-Glazed-Salmon-14110.

we eat a lot of tuna salad, i like to put tuna and salsa into some mac and cheese.

that's about all i can come up with right now, i'll edit if i can think of anything else.

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 05:21 PM

3. Here's a few:

Spice up your rice and beans with some Tikki Masala seasoning sauce (can get fresh at COSTCO or in glass jars at other stores) and it lasts a while.

I cook a pot of kidney beans and drain. Then I freeze it in small portions in a freezer boxes with a LOT of sauce. When I want beans and rice or I'm cold, I boil brown rice and add the mix. The sauce should be enough to flavor the rice well.

If you like frittatas, they're a good change of pace from other dishes. Just pick your vegetables to saute and whip up some eggs to make the frittata.

I use red bell peppers, mushrooms, green onions and fresh or frozen greens. Then add the eggs and maybe some cheese. It's a very rich meal. I also freeze the veggies so it's easier to make quickly if I'm not using them fast enough. I don't bake it, just cook quick in the pan so the different vegetables stay crunchy.

I love zucchini and cook it and serve it with Tikki Masala or in combination with tomatoes and green chiles with just about anything, including frittatas.

If those work I have more, I'm not sure what you do and don't like except the onions, which I love, carmelized or raw as red onions taste good to me.

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 05:44 PM

4. I made butternut squash soup yesterday.

Easy and yummy. I used this recipe and added a bit of cinnamon and maple syrup http://allrecipes.com/recipe/butternut-squash-soup-ii/detail.aspx It would freeze fine, so you could make a double batch and freeze the extra for another meal down the road.

Vegetarian frittata. Yummy with a green salad. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/spinach-and-potato-frittata/detail.aspx

Peanut butter noodles, but instead of the chicken, you could do shrimp or tofu. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/udon-peanut-butter-noodles/detail.aspx

Good luck!

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 06:23 PM

5. No need to fret. You can get ideas here & elsewhere. Watch some of the cooking videos available

on sites. I find YouTube to have a how to video on just about anything you'd like to try your hand at. You can also watch video how-to's on allrecipes.com, foodnetwork.com and probably many others I'm not thinking of right now. Do a search on what it is you'd like to cook or learn how to cook & see what pops up. I know that the two websites I've mentioned also classify recipes by degree of difficulty.

Everyone who cooks learned somewhere & it's never too late, or too early.

I love youtube's cooking because these are regular people, and some of them are real characters, so it's entertaining, as well.

PS I highly recommend trying no knead breads (see youtube), esp. ciabatta bread. They are so easy, it's ridiculous.
Also, you DH might like veggie burgers, it's a staple in my house, got the recipe off of all recipes, but have changed it up a bit here and there, so much better than buying the ready-made ones if you like veggie burgers. Have fun!

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 07:58 PM

6. sukiyaki with shirataki noodles

Sukiyaki with shirataki noodles is easy and the noodles are no-carb. They come in liquid, just drain and rinse well. You can use sukiyaki sauce if you can find it (not teriyaki) or make your own with soy, a little sugar, water and wine or sake. Use any vegs you like: julienne carrots or zucchini, mushrooms, edamame beans, celery, green onions, pea pods, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts. Very thin strips of tenderloin, chicken, shrimp, crab, fish or tofu. I always add almonds for the crunch. Stir fry in electric skillet or wok at table or stovetop in large skillet, not more than 5-10 min. Noodles should absorb the sauce as they cook.

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:28 PM

7. A couple of great sites

http://www.eatingwell.com/

http://www.cookinglight.com/

I have made recipes from both, and they were delicious! My only complaint about them is that they can be kind of overwhelming with the sheer number of recipes they have. But, if you have certain ingredients in mind, these sites are great for finding healthy recipes.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 12:25 AM

8. eating well magazine is good, as well

It's nice to have at home as an idea generator, and filled with so much great stuff! Available wherever cooking magazines are sold, pretty much.

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Response to grasswire (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:11 AM

10. Cooking Light magazine is good, too.

I see that one at the grocery store checkout a lot. I pick up a copy every once in a while. I used to have an Eating Well subscription, but my dad sends me Bon Apetit every year, and it gets to be overwhelming, so I dropped it.

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 02:14 AM

9. when i'm feeling lazy, i'll stirfry some veggies then dump em on a tortilla and add grated cheese

i get best results doing this slow with low heat

when i'm really lazy, i just do an omelet

stuffed potatoes are quick with a microwave. do the potatoes until cooked just enough to open, then add (say) a few cooked shrimp or such, some veggies, and some cheese and redo until the cheese melts

soups are easy and can last a few days. for a seafood chowder, you can use celery and green onions, with some potato, a bit of turnip if you like it, some carrots, and a variety of seafoods: i use a lot of small cans of different things and maybe a bit of frozen; cook up a basic soup from that, adding (say) sage, majoram, thyme to taste and maybe a pack of dried vegetable soup; and freeze into meal sized packages. to complete, thaw some of the frozen soup in a double boiler with some veggies (maybe corn), and as the soup gets hot stir in some heavy cream

fish should be easy to do on the stovetop: cook very slowly in a covered skillet; i start with frozen fish, so there's eventually plenty of water in the skillet and the fish steams instead of frying; towards the end, dump in some veggies

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