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Old 05-28-2007, 10:12 PM   #11
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assorted casseroles are a real good place to start. They take little time to make and can last several days. I like to make tater tot, tuna pasta, as well as several others. There are a ton of recipe sites to be found on the web, I am sure he can find something simple that suits his tasted.

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Old 05-28-2007, 10:45 PM   #12
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If he likes to cook pasta because it's fast, here's a sauce I threw together that's holding up really well over the past week. Goes really well if he wants to toss in some pre-cooked shrimp or something into the pasta as well.

Scald 1/2 a pint of cream in a large saucepot. Then add a 28 oz can of crushed tomatos, salt + pepper, a T or so of dried basil (or another dried herb), and maybe 4 T of store-bought minced garlic. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes and then whisk in about 1/3 stick of butter.

Simple and tasty creamy-garlicky-tomato sauce.

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Old 05-28-2007, 10:49 PM   #13
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Just thought of something else:

If he just wants a simple pan-seared chicken breast,steak,fish, etc. with a side, one thing I've been doing lately to get extra flavor into my meats without much fuss is using flavored oils. I've got a bottle of EVOO that came infused with garlic, thyme, oregano, and basil and really puts a nice flavor into my food. Goes great with some boiled veg.
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Old 05-28-2007, 10:52 PM   #14
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I would suggest that learn to cook breakfast foods (if he enjoys them) Eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, pancakes, waffles. etc. etc. They can be good anytime of the day. There are frozen biscuits on the market that are pretty good for what they are....
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Old 05-29-2007, 01:18 AM   #15
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I'm a bachelor who cooks for himself more than 90% of the time and I don't understand your question. Shopping and cooking for one might present a challenge for someone accustomed to feeding a family but that isn't the situation you describe. If he has never cooked for himself, maybe he doesn't want to. In this day and age he wouldn't be alone by long shot. The restaurant, frozen food, and advertising economies need more folks like him.

If he does want to learn to cook he can google "recipe: [whatever is on sale or in the icebox]" For goodness sakes, he might even visit or subscribe to this forum!

If he wants to learn to cook but doesn't have internet access, or even if he does, then a a good comprehensive cookbook like Joy of Cooking or Bittman's How to Cook Everything would be helpful. He will need your help choosing the book because, left on his own, he will pick the one with the most cleavage on the cover.
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Old 05-29-2007, 07:37 AM   #16
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Wow, you've given me some great ideas!!! Thanks everyone! I'll be sure to share them with him.

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Old 05-29-2007, 07:52 AM   #17
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Fish fillets are easy. Dip in seasoned flour and pan fry in a little olive oil. Serve with rice, veggies, salad.
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:33 AM   #18
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A roast chicken or roast beef with veggies & potatoes is healthy and doesn't take much time or prep. The leftovers can be used for sammiches and (pasta) salads.

A slow cooker might be a good investment. Everything can be put in the cooker in the AM, and ready when he gets home from work. Ribs come out delish too.

A well stocked pantry - pasta, rice, herbs/spices, tomatoes, - couscous takes a few minutes.

Frozen ravioli (there's a thread with a bunch of recipes). One that comes to mind is ravioli lasagna. Frozen manicotti or stuffed shells - just add sauce and bake.

Lasagna made with no-boil noodles.

Sandra Lee has some good ideas for semi-homemade dishes.

Crab cakes or any fish dish - salmon etc. takes a few minutes to cook.

Keep as many fresh fruit & veggies on hand, as possible - for a side, healthy salad or dessert.

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