Originally Posted by Goggin
are they easy to cook? or do you need some cooking background to do it? i know you can always buy those things that come in a bag but i want to make my own. plus it is cheaper. and you get a good sence that you accomplished something. :)
Hi. Stir-fries are a great way to get started with cooking. I'd suggest buying an inexpensive cookbook on the topic - check amazon.com. The keys are to first cut up the ingredients so they're all ready before you start; heat the pan (you can use a skillet as well as a wok, which would be more versatile) before adding the oil (I use peanut oil - it tastes more authentic to me); and keep the food moving in the pan while you stir-fry.
When my husband and I first started out, we ate a lot of soup, salads and sandwiches. With all the convenience products out there now, like good chicken and beef stock, it's easy to make semi-homemade soups. You can also buy ready-made spaghetti sauce and doctor it up by adding fresh chopped garlic, onions, and peppers that you saute before adding the sauce.
Another thing you can do is roast an entire chicken on Sunday, find someone to teach you how to cut it up after roasting, and use the meat during the following week in other dishes, like soups and sandwiches. You can also make a large quantity of soup or stew on the weekends and freeze in individual portions (2 cups or so) so you can just put them in the fridge in the morning and they'll be thawed by dinner time; then you can heat them up in a pan or in the microwave.