I never cook!

Kelly - posted on 05/27/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I never cook because I don't know what to make or how to make it. Any suggestions?

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Kelly - posted on 06/02/2009

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Quoting Esther:

It's a little cliche these days maybe, but I love Rachael Ray recipes. Doable even for the most inexperienced cook. You can get a cookbook, her magazine or just look on foodnetwork.com. The ingredients she uses are all easily obtained at your local grocery store. I also think it helps to have a least 1 good knife (a chef's knife of a Santoku knife) and some decent pans. Having a few quality tools just makes the whole process easier and more enjoyable.


I'm with you! I love Rachel Ray recipes... they're pretty simple for the most part and it's all stuff I can get my kids to eat without a fuss. 



 



I agree with keeping it simple.  In my house we can't do with out some simple spices that I use on all my chicken and a lot of my beef and pork dishes (lemon pepper, garlic salt or powder, seasoned salt, and parsley flakes) 



 



backed chicken is one of my kids favorites and it's easy.  It's also easy to change up so the kids don't get bored with it.  Just take boneless skinless chicken breast and drizzle a little e.v.o.o. (extra virgin olive oil) and your favorate spices on it and bake.  I often add potatos or mushrooms to mine, but these are optional. 

Heather - posted on 05/28/2009

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You can also ease into it by doing crockpot meals. There's some great crockpot cookbooks out there.

My favorite thing right now is a website called www.makedinnereasy.com

It gives you menus, the grocery list and the recipes for a family of 4. All of the dinners have been easy to make, delicious and HEALTHY...and my kids love everything I've made from it too!

Good luck!

Esther - posted on 05/28/2009

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It's a little cliche these days maybe, but I love Rachael Ray recipes. Doable even for the most inexperienced cook. You can get a cookbook, her magazine or just look on foodnetwork.com. The ingredients she uses are all easily obtained at your local grocery store. I also think it helps to have a least 1 good knife (a chef's knife of a Santoku knife) and some decent pans. Having a few quality tools just makes the whole process easier and more enjoyable.

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You might like one of those cook books that only uses four ingredients. They are usually pretty simple recepies. Don't stress about everything being perfect. Personalizing it is half the fun.

Amy - posted on 05/27/2009

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You might want to start with a good cookbook, or even a magazine, and just try some recipes! If that seems too challenging, I'd recommend starting with some very basic things, like spaghetti... very easy to do with canned sauce, and you can add meatballs and/or salad easily... either the premade ones or do it yourself. You can often find simple recipes on packages... Bisquick comes to mind, and Kraft has a lot of basic stuff on their website as well I believe. I'd say don't jump in all at once... but set a goal of maybe trying to make dinner once a week, and see how it goes.

Kara - posted on 05/27/2009

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Never? If so just start with something small. Try to make something that you family normally eats out. If you share what those are, we will be happy to give you some more tips.

Kara - posted on 05/27/2009

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Never? If so just start with something small. Try to make something that you family normally eats out. If you share what those are, we will be happy to give you some more tips.

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