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july4th needs some help, y'all. We are trying to come up with… 
23rd-Jan-2008 12:02 pm
july4th needs some help, y'all. We are trying to come up with some good grocery shopping habits for him - instead of processed, premade food, he's looking for things that can be cooked quickly and easily.

My first thoughts:
1.Chicken breasts and pork chops - cheap, and can simply be slapped in a pan with a little oil, salt and pepper.
2.Angelhair pasta - cooks in a very short time.
3.Any veggie he likes raw - this way, he doens't even have to cook it; he can just plop some down in a plate.
4. Prepackaged salads - just add dressing and maybe some sliced chicken and you're done.

My biggest thought is that spices make a difference. Good olive oil, kosher salt, oregano, curry powder - all these things can jazz up a dish very, very easily and quickly. A plain chicken breasts night after night can get very dull.

What does the hive mind have to say? The key is quick and non-intimidating. There's an illusion that cooking has to be complicated. But if you just start very simply, it'll be easier to maintain.
23rd-Jan-2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Well, I wouldn't say I find cooking intimidating. I'm just lazy. I know how to cook, just not simply.

I'm kind of thinking about investing in a crock-pot.
23rd-Jan-2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
I see the laziness and intimidation as two ways of saying the same thing. It's a task too big to be bothered with at the moment.

I'd say a crock pot is a good idea - you can get three or four meals out of that.
23rd-Jan-2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
I see the laziness and intimidation as two ways of saying the same thing. It's a task too big to be bothered with at the moment.

I suppose you're right. Never looked at it that way before.

Also, crock pots are toss in, turn on, and eat. Easy.
23rd-Jan-2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
Dude, crock-pots are where it's at. I love the fact that I can put a raw slab of meat, a bit of stock, and some veggies into a dish, cover it, plug it in, and then come home to work to find pot roast waiting for me. It's food alchemy.

They are also great for making chili and stews. A friend of mine even did a whole chicken in his.
23rd-Jan-2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
That's what I'm talking about. I should have thought about this at Christmas. Heh.
23rd-Jan-2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
Now this is slick: slow cooker, steamer, griller, stir-fryer, etc. It's got some good reviews and the price isn't bad at all.
23rd-Jan-2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Try to opt for any high fiber/whole wheat pasta if you can. It's filled with protein and other goodness.

Bagged salad - chop up some veggies and toss in some nuts and dried fruit. Filling. Or put some leftover cooked meat in it.

If you don't mind red meat, get some chopped meat and make up hamburgers in advanced (filled with good pepper, salt, garlic powder... go crazy). Or make them into meatballs for a quick meal. You can even brown them first and then freeze them.

Batches of food on the weekend = food for the week. Stews and chilis are fast and freeze well.
23rd-Jan-2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Ok, so we're a vegetarian household, so I can't really recommend anything on the meat-related front. But another pasta-type thing that cooks very quickly and easily is couscous...it takes 5 minutes and just involves boiling some water, and it's easy to get in bulk. I just had some yesterday as a base underneath some Moroccan stew we made this weekend. Yummy, and full of protein.

Definitely seconding the raw veggies suggestion, and also fresh fruits or things like natural applesauce. Frozen veggies can be good, too...it's not very hard/time-consuming to heat them up. We actually get a fair amount of frozen fruits and veggies in the wintertime. Dried fruits and nuts are also tasty, can be bought in bulk, and don't require any cooking.

We also tend to make massive huge batches of food that takes longer to cook (like soups and stews, which are also very easy to make...at least, I can make them, and I am not much of a cook) on the weekends, and store it in the freeze so that it can be reheated easily.
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