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Old 05-06-2011, 03:32 AM   #1
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1 hour or less meals, low budget

I dont know that many recipes. I'm ok at cooking. I've tried to find recipes on the internet but it takes too long to find what i want so i usually give up. This time i'm gonna give it 100%. I'm sick of eating the same crap i need new recipes lol. Quick and easy recipes, without too many ingredients and dont cost a lot.

Im gonna keep looking on the internet. I'm open to anything, calories isn't an issue. Stews, stir fry, sandwiches, eggs, anything. I want them to have taste, nothing too bland. Also I really wanna get to know how to make beef.

also i should've said this earlier, i cant do grill recipes. i dont have a grill, wont be able to afford one for awhile. had a foreman, but got lazy and stopped cleaning it. wish i didnt do that. and i dont know what broiling is and dont wanna learn anytime soon, so plz none of that lol. need recipes i can make with a pan, pot, or oven.

THANKS A MILLION I CANT WAIT TO STUFF MY FACE WITH YOUR RECIPES!

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Old 05-06-2011, 03:38 AM   #2
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You're definitely in the right place to jazz up your menus. Browse around and jump in anywhere. We want your ideas too. Welcome to DC.
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Old 05-06-2011, 03:51 AM   #3
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:02 AM   #4
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Welcome to DC! You will find lots of great ideas to jazz up dinner here. It is easy for any of us to get into the same old rut of cooking, sometimes lack of time and or a cooking safe zone in our own abilities. Stepping out a trying new ideas develops our talents and our tastes to bigger and better things.
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:58 AM   #5
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Stirfrying is great for quick easy cheap meals. If you do most of your prep on the weekends you can come home and quickly make a cheap meal.

I have cooked every dinner Mon-Thur in a wok with ingredients I prepared on Sunday.
Chop up a big batch of garlic
Grate ginger
Chop green onions and onions
Cut up meat / chicken into portion sizes and freeze. You can use inexpensive cuts of meat.
Make up your marinades.

The night before take your meat out of the freezer and put in the fridge to thaw.
When you come home take the meat out of the fridge and season or add marinade. Put your veggies on a plate. If you’re going to use a thickening slurry make it. Put everything close to where you will be cooking. Cook, eat then clean up.
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:40 AM   #8
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Hey. Most of my cooking is done in a pan as well, but also on a tiny electric oven. A little creativity can go a long way.

One thing you might want to do is hone in on a few basic recipes, and more importantly - processes. Once you know how to saute (pan fry) properly for example, a lot of the "reading" recipes will not so important. You are just going to know what to do. I guess what I am saying is that take the leap, and practice a lot. it will build your confidence to make some great meals on a budget.

All the best.
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Old 05-07-2011, 07:07 AM   #9
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Welcome. You don't say where you are from or mention a specific taste, but right off the top of my head, one easy thing is to "scramble" some ground beef or thinly slice and dice an inexpensive cut of steak, season with a bit of cumin and if you like it, some heat, sautee with onion, green, red, or yellow bell peppers and a clove or so of garlic. This will give you a base for everything from tacos to tostadas to Spanish rice to a bowl of bean chili. Freezes well, too.
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You're right on target, Claire.

Yesterday I made taco meat mixture and had tacos.

Today, I'm making the leftover mix to make a pot of no bean chili.

As the meat gets eaten and the sauce is still there, I'll add a couple of smoked sausages sliced up and heat them in the chili, OR

I'll thaw and dice up some braised pork and add that, and maybe some BBQ sauce.
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