mom that is learning how to cook

Melissa - posted on 07/22/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Can anyone give me easy first time recipies to learn how to start cooking

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Sandy - posted on 07/22/2009

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Tater Tot Casserole. Yummy! It's a hit with all my kids.









This will feed 5 people. Depeading how much they eat.









1 lb ground beef




2 cans of cream of celery or potato




1 bag of tator tots




2 cups of milk




Your favorite cheese. I use Mexican shredded cheese 1-2lbs.















Cook meat put in rectangle pan 13x9. You can season the meat with salt, pepper and garlic. In seperate bowl mix soup and milk. Put in tater tots over the meat. Then put in soup mix evenly over the meat and tator tots and then Top it with the cheese. 350 degress for about a hour or until cheese is melted.





After I wrote this post I was craving it. I have five people that sometimes eats for 6 or 7. I don't know how they stay so skinny. Any way, I wanted leftovers for my husband's lunch so I added an even layer of potato flakes before the tator tots and added 1 more cup of milk over the flakes. Sprinkled salt, pepper and garlic over the flakes. I did the recipe the same way after that. It tasted really good and the kids got fuller faster.

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I am probably one of the older "moms" on this sight. However, am experienced in all kinds of cooking. Simple to the complex and I enjoy it all. Let me know what you are interested in, I probably have a receipe for it.

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Rhonda - posted on 08/11/2009

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I am a mom that use to work 12 hr days and sometimes more! I am now a Stay at home mom which is taken a toll on me. I am having to learn to cook myself. My inlaws and mother have been great help. But friends are helping me better. They did teach me one thing... No matter what it taste like the 1st time try it agian it gets better each time. I have learned one recipe that is great and I would like to share it with you.



Honey Baked Chicken

1 whole chicken cut in pieces

2 tsp. salt (you can use less if needed)

1 tsp. Lemon juice

1 T. oil

1/3 cup honey

1 T. prepared mustard (yellow is best)

1/2 tsp. oregano



Place chicken on bottom of shallow baking dish. Mix remaining ingredients together spoon half of mixture over the chicken Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour When chciken is almost done add remaining honey mixture.



The honey i was told by my kids doctor if local helps calm them down and helps with allergies. I hope this helps



Cook more than one meal whenever possible and freeze excuess for future meals. (this helps out alot)

Darlajean - posted on 08/09/2009

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Tereasa - posted on 08/01/2009

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Well, can you make rice and brown meat? If you can than add a can of cream of chicken soup, mix with rice and meat. Than put into a casserole dish cover with cheddar cheese and bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted and you have dinner.

Karla - posted on 08/01/2009

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go to www.kraftcanada.com

or

www.campbellkitchen.com

You can search easy recipes with 4 ingredients or less. I've found good ones on both sites. On both sites you can sign up for regular email newsletters.

Good luck.

Edith - posted on 07/31/2009

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The key is to keep it simple. My family likes my "Cherry" meat loaf. I mix 1/2 can of cherry pie filling with 1/2 cup catsup. I blend the mixture and reserve a small amt. for topping.
Mix 1 lb. ground meat with 1 egg and 1 pkg. onion soup blend. If you like celery and bell pepper, chop some up and add it to the mix (I use 1 stalk celery and 1/2 bell pepper). Add cherry/catsup mixture and oatmeal, mix well with your hands and form into a loaf. Place in shallow pan. If it seems too thin, add more oatmeal. Spread reserved mix over top and sides. Bake in 350 degree oven about 1/2 hr. or until a broomstraw comes out clean. If you like it well done, you may wish to bake it a little longer, but keep an eye on it.

Yohnnilee - posted on 07/31/2009

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Go to a Half-Price Books store or a Thrift Store and find you a Betty Crocker cookbook. I was 22 before I learned how to cook and Betty Crocker is the BEST for beginners. Her books typically have substitution and conversion charts which are also a great help. Also, if you look on the backs of some of the food you already have in your house (canned foods, boxed dinners, etc) you'll find really simple recipes right on the labels! Some of them are really good! Soups and Stews are best to start out with because you can put in whatever you want really and after a while you'll learn what tastes great together and what doesn't!

Cynthia - posted on 07/31/2009

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Start out easy, I got a 3 or 4-ingredients for a complete meal books, and stemmed from there. Now I can whip up my own recipies, and follow more difficult ones with confidence. Don't be afraid to get spices you don't have, you'll use them in the future. Smell everything, it's a good way to learn how to mix up things on your own. Finally, watch "Cook Yourself Thin" and other healthy-based shows; you'll be surprised how tasteful healthy eating can be. Best of luck in the kitchen!

Amanda - posted on 07/31/2009

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I'll do you one better! I received a book called "The One-Armed Cook: Quick and Easy Recipes, Smart Meal Plans, and Savvy Advice for New (and Not-So-New) Moms". I just don't have that "thing" that some women have when it comes to cooking know-how, but this book has been a total life saver! I have cooked 25 recipes out of it and have had nothing but good reviews on ALL of them....that's a big difference from no one wanting to eat anything I cooked LOL.....I followed the recipes precisely as they were written, and it has motivated me to continue learning how to maneuver in the kitchen. Here is a link to the book on Amazon, but I'm sure you can get it in any book store as well http://www.amazon.com/One-Armed-Cook-Rec... . Good luck!!!

Lindsey - posted on 07/31/2009

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SOUPS ARE THE EASIEST THING IN THE WORLD ANY VEGATABLES YOU LIKE THROW THEM IN A BIG PAN COUPLE OF STOCK CUBES BRING TO THE BOIL AND SIMMER FOR 10 TO 15 MINS BLEND AND SERVE FAVOURITES CARROT TURNIP AND SWEET POTATO OR SWEET POTATO AND BUTTERNUT SQUASH OR COURGETTE ABOUT FOUR THATS IT DONE ! TRIAL AND ERROR JUST BE CREATIVE !

Renae - posted on 07/30/2009

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I love the site cooks.com. It has tons of recipes. Easy and not so easy. Have fun. Don't be afraid to experiment.

Crysta - posted on 07/30/2009

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We do beef goulash my way:



1 lb or so of ground beef

1-2 cans of stewed tomatoes

1 box of spiral pasta (or whatever your favorite kind is) - Cooked

Garlic Salt to taste (although the last time I made it I added minced garlic and it was incredible)

Parmesian cheese (shredded not the powdery kind) - to taste



brown the ground beef. Drain the grease. add the stewed tomatoes and garlic to taste. Heat through. Add cooked noodles and cheese (to taste)

Elyssa - posted on 07/30/2009

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One of my favorite websites is www.recipezaar.com. You can go on there and search for pretty much any type of recipe you could possibly want from easy spaghetti to the easiest of chocolate cream pies! All of them that I've tried are very easy recipes to follow, and I usually go with the recipes that have the highest rating, so they've all been delicious! I hope that helps!

April - posted on 07/30/2009

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Individual Meat Loaves

(helps with portion control while eating and also so much easier to store for leftovers!!!)

Ingredients

* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 3 cups chopped yellow onions
* 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leave
* 2 teaspoons kosher salt
* 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
* 3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
* 1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
* 1 tablespoon tomato paste
* 2 1/2 lbs 81% lean ground chuck
* 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs (recommended Progresso)
* 2 extra-large eggs, beaten
* 1/2 cup ketchup (recommended Heinz)

Directions


Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan. Add the onions, thyme, salt, and pepper and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes, until the onions are translucent but not brown. (We cooked ours longer, as we like them caramelized, 10-15 minutes).


Off the heat, add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken broth, and tomato paste. Allow to cool slightly.

In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, onion mixture, bread crumbs, and eggs, and mix lightly with a fork.


DON'T MASH or meatloaf will be dense.


Divide the mixture into 6(10-11 oz)portions.(That is what the recipe calls for but we made them about 4-6 oz).


Then shape each portion into a small loaf on a baking sheet.


Spread about a tablespoon of ketchup on top of each portion.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the internal temperature is 155º-160ºF and the meat loaves are cooked through.

Brandy - posted on 07/28/2009

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Cheep Recipes and easy these are the recipes I've been using since I became a married mom at 18 so I know you can do it. I have more too if you need any.



On the potato salad you jusst keep stiring and tasting till you get the ingrediants right.



Brandy's Enchiladas





1 pound taco meat (buy some good seasoning, your favorite kind and make some taco meat)



1 can fat free or regular refried beans (I say fat free cause they taste better)



at least 8 large tortillas



1 large can enchilada sauce (if you don't get the right brand the whole thing is ruined it taste the sauce first to see if you like the flavor)







I'm gonna say one tortilla at time for any speacial people who might read this



spread a thin layer of beans then lay a thin layer of meat over the center. Make sure you don't add to much or the tortilla will tear.





fold in top and bottom of the tortilla, then roll it.





repeat with the rest of the tortillas filling a cake pan or a cookie sheet. Lay them side by side.



when you've finished filling them folding them and laying em in the pan pour the enchilada sauce over them coveing all of em well. Now add cheese spread it evenly over the top.



NOTE ALWAYS ADD SAUCE THEN TOP WITH CHEESE OR THE CHEESE WILL BE DISGUSTING AND WON'T MELT

BAKE ABOUT 15 MINUTES OR UNTIL CHEESE IS MELTED.





PIG OUT





Brandy's Tater Salad





Amounts of ingrideants depend on how much you need. I always make a big batch.







4-6 Large taters, peeled and cubed kind of thick





Lots of mayo, if you like sweeter salad use mirical whip I always use real mayo





Onion salt to taste





Salt to taste





pepper to taste





Paprika for garnish





A wee bit o' garlic to taste





6 boiled peeled eggs





10-15 chopped dill slices





a big ol' bowl





Peel and cube your taters kinda thick.





boile em' until tender then drain em and let em cool about 5 minutes



pour em in the big ol' bowl



throw in the chopped pickles



chop up 4 of the six eggs kinda chunky like and throw em in there hold the other two eggs back



lop in a big ass spoon of Mayo, stir it in good and keep adding until its nice and creamy



throw in at least two pinches of salt and pepper

one pinch of garlic



3pinches of onion salt



stir together and taste



if the seasoning doesn't taste quite right season to your taste



Now slice the last of them eggs sideways into about 4 or 5 slices and spread em over top the salad



Sprinkle with paprika till you think it's perty enough

Noel - posted on 07/27/2009

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Fry a pack of boneless porkchops (no flour or anything) when done put in a baking dish, pour a little bit of grease on it and top with a family size can of cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup. Take the empty soup can and fill half way with water. kinda blend the grease, water, and soup together. Bake for 15 to 20 min.

Jennifer - posted on 07/25/2009

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I just recently started learning how to cook myself. I got hooked on shepards pie.
When i make this i use 2 brownie pans (it tastes great as left overs)
1 lb hambuger (browned and seasoned to your liking)
1 can of veggies (you can use frozen but takes longer to cook)
mashed potatoes (i use the box kind)
1 bag of shredded cheese (if desired)

Preheat oven to 350. after the meat is browned and seasoned spread on the bottom of pan. I then layer with cheese. Spread the veggie with another layer of cheese. Spread the mashed potatoes on top with another layer of cheese. Then bake in oven for 30 mins. Cool and ENJOY!!!

I think the cheese adds better flavoring but its your preference! :)

Jaci - posted on 07/24/2009

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if you tell me what you like to cook and how much prep time you want I can find a recipe for you. I have a lot and I love to cook.

Hannah - posted on 07/24/2009

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Turkey Mini Meatloaf



For the meatloaves

1 slice whole-wheat bread

1/2 cup skim milk

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil

1 onion, diced

5-ounce bag baby spinach leaves

1 1/4 pounds ground turkey

2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg





For the glaze:

3 tablespoons ketchup

2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon hot sauce



Preheat the oven to 375

Fry the onion and the spinach together

Mix all the other ingedients in a large bowl (tear bread into small pieces)

Add the fried onion and spinach to the mixture, stir everything really good.

Then, take a 1 cup measuring cup, and scoop the meat onto a cookie sheet. There is enough meatloaf for 4 servings.

Put the glaze on top of the mini meatloaf, and pop it in the oven for 40 minutes.

Chris - posted on 07/23/2009

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Try this mexican casserole--it's so easy!



Beef Enchilada Casserole

1 lb 95% lean ground beef

1 Tbs Southwestern Seasoning Mix

¼ Tsp salt

1 can (10 oz) enchilada sauce

¾ cup water

½ cup medium thick and chunky salsa

12 (6-in) yellow corn tortillas

¼ cup snipped fresh cilantro

1 cup shredded Colby/Monterey Jack cheese blend, divided

Sour cream (optional)



Combine beef, seasoning mix and salt in 10-inch Skillet; cook over medium-high heat 8-10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking beef into crumbles using Mix ‘N Chop. If usnig a higher fat meat, make sure to drain grease. Add enchilada sauce, water and salsa to skillet. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat.



As beef mixture cooks, place tortillas in a stack and cut into 1-in pieces using Pizza Cutter. Snip cilantro using Kitchen Shears.



Arrange half of the tortillas evenly over the bottom of the Deep Dish Baker or any 9-in microwavable dish; top with half of the beef mixture and half of the cheese. Sprinkle 2 tbsp of the cilantro over the cheese. Top with remaining tortillas, beef mixture and cheese.



Microwave baker on HIGH 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with remaining cilantro. Serve with sour cream--if desired.

Kimberly - posted on 07/22/2009

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I call myself an Average Pantry Gourmet - yummy food without special tools or obscure ingredients. I put all of my best recipes on justamomha.com/pantry-gourmet/, but here is a direct link to an easy recipe that I love to get you started. Happy cooking!



http://www.justamomha.com/pantry-gourmet...

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