i cant cook if my life depended on it help!!

Melissa - posted on 09/05/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I'm a mom of 2 precious little girls and they love to eat whenever there dad does the cooking but when it comes to me making something they wont touch it. I admit it i can't cook i need help finding good, healthy and eady on the walet receipes that my kids will actualy eat and won't cry when they know im the one who cooked that evening.

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Magen - posted on 09/09/2009

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I was in your same boat. I loved the idea of cooking but my mother couldn't so I never learned how. I found through the food network Alton Brown who explains why things work in cooking not just how to make one recipe. So I would recomend you watch his show "Good Eats" or read his books "I'm just here for the food" and "I'm just here for more food" He actually teaches the fundamentals Very Helpful. Now I am a great cook and even have people requesting my cooking.

Betty - posted on 09/07/2009

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I love to cook and I was told by a girlfriend years ago about Kraft.com go there and subscribe to their free quartley mag. it has really easy receipes and lots of variations.

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Well Melissa, I could'nt cook eaither when I first got married ,but I remebered something my mom once told me.... She said if you can read, you can do anythhing!! It took me along time but I did eventually learn. Practice, practice, practice!

Maybe the food would taste better if your girls can help you in preparing the meals! Good Luck! : )

Faith - posted on 09/08/2009

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I have a webside that just might help. Check out the sample menu at www.faithfuldinners.com for some great easy to prepare, family friendly meals. One that ALL kids love is the Pizza Pasta Toss. It's ready in just minutes and your family will surely be impressed (kids too!).

Paula - posted on 09/07/2009

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Look on YouTube....i know they have tutorials for anything and everything there..maybe search for cooking help or recipies... hope this helps

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Rylee - posted on 09/20/2009

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kraftfoods.com and cookwithCampells.ca

simple easy and really quick to do too!

Sadly i don't cook as often as I should and I know I'm not a bad cook just not a patient cook!

get the Kids involved too if they helpl make it they tend to eat it too!

Linda - posted on 09/15/2009

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hi! all kids love spagetti bologense .boil water add a little cooking oil so pasta dont stick together,add pasta cook until soft,brown mince in pan ,add jar pasta sauce stir til heated.i find by mixing together they love.add grated cheese on top.i also had extra garlic,oinion some times.served with garlic toast just get sliced bread ,spread garlic butter on put in oven for a few mins.kids of all ages love this!

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Ham. They're a little expensive to buy (ranging from $10-$20 depending on the size), but they're very easy to make, and can last you anywhere from 4 - 6 meals. Pick one up, and mix up a really easy glaze - equal parts honey and brown sugar. Pour the glaze over the ham, and toss it in the oven for about an hour at 350. Really easy and a great deal for the price.

Hillary - posted on 09/13/2009

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Ask a friend that is a good cook to help you create something simple and delicious for your family. I am the cook out of my friends and I cannot tell you how many nights I have a friend over looking over my shoulder as I cook. You could even have a night when several friends come over and every week someone else teaches a simple recipe.

Sandra (Sandy) - posted on 09/13/2009

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Do you watch the cooking channel? There are some programs that aren't out to impress all the gourmets in the world and aren't too intimidating.. Keep a notebook on the coffee table and take notes when they are demonstrating.... also, I find cooking shows sometimes on DVD clearance shelves.... That way you can re-wind and watch over and over until you get it. Do you have a Barnes & Noble book store near you? They run great sales on bargain cook books.... watch for the ones with few ingredients and easy steps. Also try the used book stores!

Jennifer - posted on 09/12/2009

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When I first got married I couldn't cook anything but spaghetti. I was totally intimated by the thought of cooking. Then I got the Kraft Foods magazine. It gives you healthy ideas, plus they are not very expensive. You can go online to sign up. just go to www.kraftfoods.com After a while I got pretty good at cooking, and from time to time I make up my own things. Good luck.

Shea - posted on 09/11/2009

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I will admit I'm chuckling ..you sound so bereft! aww.. First it's not the end of the world, I just read through all these wonderful posts and your obviously not alone. I just wanted to 2nd and lol maybe 3rd the idea of self help tutorials, books, web sites and shows! There is so much available to the person who wants to cook. Like the other ladies said get your children involved too..the more the merrier! Start off slow find your own comfort zone and build from there. Then come on back for some kick butt recipes you will then have the confidence to cook! lol Good Luck!!!

Alison - posted on 09/10/2009

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Try Slow Cooker Recipes. It's not really cooking, you just dump in the ingredients and push a button!

Lisa - posted on 09/09/2009

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hi melissa if your girls like sausages try making a sausage cassorole it is healthy and very easy to cook if you want the recipe just let me know

JUDY - posted on 09/09/2009

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IF YOU CAN BOIL WATER THIS SHOULD BE EASY........
OOODLES OF NOODLE SOUP(TOP RAMEN)
YOU COULS ADD FROZEN VEGGIES
YOU CAN ALSO DRAIN THE WATER AND PUT THE FLAVOR PACKET JUST ON THE NOODLES

IF ALL ELSE FAILS CHEF BOY R DEE

Missi - posted on 09/09/2009

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How about easy things like pot roast in the crock pot all day? Heck you can even put the roast int he crockpot while it's frozen! All you need to add to the pot is your roast (doesn't matter what kind) a pack of au jus, a pack of onion gravy mix, maybe your favorite house seasoning (I love McCormic season all) then water to cover, yes cover, the roast. I always mix all the dry ingredients with the water in a big measuring cup first so it desolves. You can even add your potatoes and carrots to the pot then too, if you like soft veggies. Otherwise just make canned new potatoes or mashed potatoes and another veggie when you get home. Put the roast on low all day. I always do mine frozen before I leave for work at 7:30 and dinner is almost done when I get home at 5:30 and it's always perfect. I even have family members that "don't like pot roast" invite themselves to dinner when they know it's potroast night!

Paula - posted on 09/07/2009

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My daughter loves to cook with me when I make her favorite stew it is so simple. You will need a crock pot, 1-2 lbs stew meat, 2 cans of golden mushroom soup, 1 can of french onion soup and 2 can of water chesnuts. Put all ingreadients into the crock pot at about 8 am and it will be done and ready to eat at 5:00-5:30. You can put it over rice or mashed potatoes. My kids love this stew. I hope you try it and your family likes it as much as mine does.

Tamika - posted on 09/07/2009

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Weather your the best cook or the worst cook if u get everyone in the household involved in the meal preparation duties it’s kind of hard to point fingers on who ruined the meal when everyone contributed..lol..

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Do some bulk cooking with your husband and the children! Then through out the week, all you have to do is warn up the meals for your family! There are many varuations on this too... you could bake a sessert each night to go along with (something healthy of course) or steam or reast up a veggie each night to go with the already prepared meal. Thsi save so much time and energy too! Hope this is helpful to you & your family!!

Susan - posted on 09/05/2009

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My son and I cook together quite often so I try to make things simple. I love to cook and wish I had a bigger kitchen. The simplest thing to start with is Pasta sauce. Start with a large pot add some olive oil to coat the bottom, not too much, turn on medium heat chop some fresh garlic (one clove) add to olive oil let brown a little then add two cans of crushed tomatoes little bit of water to rinse out the cans then a bit of oregano. Let it cook for about hour. Then boil the water for pasta and add some salt and follow the directions on the box. Drain the pasta add some sauce and serve. When you are waiting for the water to boil place a loaf of italian bread in foil then into the oven on 350 for about 15 minutes.



If you want to add some sausage but you should cook the sauce for about two hours.

Pam - posted on 09/05/2009

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My kids love when I make Hamburger steaks. I fry the burgers put them in a baking dish cook some onion add to baking dish . make a packet of brown gravy mix pour on top.

I also make a peach cobbler so easy my kids can make it now 1 cup self rising flour 1 cup sugar 1 cup milk mix in bowl with spoon [will be runny] spray 8x11 baking dish with cooking spray add mix from bowl put in 1 can peaches [I like the big can] top with 1 stick butter slices sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and bake at 350 for 1 hour. [Only use self rising flour] this is great warm with vanilla ice cream.

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