What are some simple recipes to make for someone learning how to cook for the first time?
Try making egg butter on toast. Egg Butter - QSY! by Beth Goldowitz on Fractal Cabbage
Casseroles are super simple. Toss a bunch of stuff together, put it in an oven-safe dish and bake until done. You can make easy versions with a can of soup, some cold pasta (short curly shapes are best), and any other ingredients you want to add, like sautéed vegetables, grated cheese, cooked sausage, bacon or other meat.
Roast chicken parts. Use that same casserole dish. Cut up an onion, a large potato and a couple of carrots into bite size pieces. make the carrots about half the size of the potatoes because they take longer to cook. Salt and pepper the chicken generously on both sides, and rub each piece with a tablespoon of mustard. Place skin side up on top of the veggies and bake at 400F for 40–50 minutes. it's done when an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest piece of chicken reads 160F. The temperature will continue to go up after you take it from the oven, reaching 165, which is a safe temperature far eating it. chicken thighs are much easier to cook than breast, because they stay moist, and they have a less complicated shape, so they cook more evenly.
Babaganous. Super simple. Take a large eggplant, slice it in half lengthwise, salt it and drizzle some olive oil on the cut sides. Place the pieces cut side down on a baking sheet and bake it at 400F until it is soft all the way through (30–35 minutes). during the last ten minutes, add three cloves of garlic to the tray.
Let the eggplant cool until it is comfortable to touch, peel of the skin, and chop it into little pieces. You can use a food processor for this step, but you get better texture if you chop it up instead. Put the eggplant in a bowl, squeeze the garlic out of its skin and add that, plus about half a cup of tahini and the juice of half a lemon. Mix it all up, taste it, add salt if needed, and serve with crackers or toasted pita bread.
Make spaghetti pie. I apologize in advance to any Italians out there, but this bears no relationship to an actual Italian pasta dish. It is, however, cheap, tasty and filling.
Make meatballs. You can just use ground chuck, or you can get fancy and use a combination of beef, veal and pork. You'll need about 1 1/2 pounds of meat. Add a sautéed onion, a large pinch of kosher salt, some smoked paprika (just a little) a pinch of red pepper flakes, about 1 cup of stale bread soaked in milk, then squeezed to get rid of the extra milk, and five or six grinds of black pepper. Mix it up, shape it into meatballs, place them on a baking sheet and put them in an oven at 375F for about fifteen minutes, or until they are nicely browned all over.
Bring a pot of water to a boil (start this when you begin making the meatballs), and cook a package of spaghetti for two minutes less than the package directions. Put the spaghetti in a bowl, add two eggs (lightly beaten), enough pasta sauce to coat but not drown it, and a cup of grated parmesan cheese. Toss that together and put it in an oiled pie plate (spray it with cooking spray), then arrange the meatballs on top. Put some more sauce and cheese on top, put it in the oven, and bake at 350 for about 35–40 minutes. The spaghetti will form a crust and everything will be hot and bubbly. If you want it cheesier, add some grated mozzarella on top of the meatballs.
A good cookbook helps. They have them in thrift stores. Lot cheaper than brand new and there may be forgotten recipes in them considering how fast things are changing. Start with simple things, like cooking pasta. Almost all boxed items have instructions. Soft boiled eggs take 3 to 4 minutes, hard boiled eggs are ten minutes at a rapid boil. Soft boiled are great for breakfast with toast. Drop the eggs in the water after it starts boiling then time them for about 3 minutes, maybe a minute more if you want the eggs to be less loose. They will continue cooking in the shell so cut them with a butter knife right after they come out of the water. Awesome with buttered toast. I cook bacon between paper towels in the microwave. I time the bacon for seven minutes. Your microwave may be different. The paper towels are to prevent spattering. Plus absorb the fat. Hope these suggestions help.
My enchilada Pie recipe. So easy and so delicious. My families favorite
Basic recipes for someone learning to cook:
- Scrambled Eggs Recipe | Incredible Egg
- Spaghetti with Butter and Parmesan - Mark Bittman
- Simple and Satisfying Broccoli
- How To Make the Perfect Simple Salad
- A 3-Step Stovetop Method for Perfect Steak
- Easy Authentic Steak Tacos - Mrs Happy Homemaker
- Easy Pot Roast Recipe - Genius Kitchen
Spagetti, Baked Chicken, Rice, scrambled egg, flat egg, and gravy are some that come to mind. Also you can learn to make one of those box cakes you see at the store. You can even buy the frosting there if you want to.
They say start with an omelette!
Look inti these links and choose the one you fancy. Best of luck!