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Old 01-08-2006, 07:15 PM   #11
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Welcome home, Brian~!
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You are in the company of everything from beginners to home cooks to pro chefs. Any questions will be answered, and generally in a very timely manner too!

Since you've only got a microwave for a couple of months, it'll be tricky. Are you allowed a hot plate? (Actually, maybe I shouldn't mention it, lest we have another episode of "the brownie inferno" )

Here's no doubt the quickest, easiest thing I can think of for the nuker:

On a plate: flour tortilla, topped with grated pepper jack cheese. Heat till cheese is almost melted. Top with chopped up tomato (make sure it's not a mushy one or nobody will ever ask you to cook for them), a half dozen slices of an avocado, a couple of shakes of tabasco, and some chopped up cilantro (find this in the produce section of your grocery store. It's usually in a little plastic container, generally above lettuces and cabbages).
Fold the bottom 1/4 up, then fold the two sides in (like an envelope).
You can also add a few pieces of lettuce, or some good deli meat. (I'm trying to think of what you can store in your fridge)

Again, welcome!
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Old 01-08-2006, 07:18 PM   #12
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Brian, you can find a lot of easy, nutritious microwave dishes here:

http://www.campbellkitchen.com/default.aspx

I don't know how large your nuke is, but I even make chili and spaghetti sauce in mine.
I suggest you peruse the shelves of your supermarket for convenience foods.
I assume you know about Easy Mac...fix 2 pkgs, add a can of drained tuna for tuna casserole.
Rice-a-roni works great in the nuke, and you can make all kinds of creations with that... Steam a chicken breast, chop it in pieces, then add to the RR as it cooks. Add a can of drained vegies toward the last. Or buy a bag of broccoli & cauliflower florets with the baby carrots and toss handful of those in when you add the liquid. You could also use canned chicken to speed things up.
Or add shrimp, a can of chop suey vegies, and season with a bit of soy sauce.
The boxed Au Gratin and Scalloped potatoes are surprisingly tasty. Get a nice thick slice of Virginia ham from the deli, chunk it up, and cook in with the potatoes. A few florets of fresh broccoli or a small can of drained green beans and let them cook along, too.
If you like Cajun food, all of the Zatarains mixes can be done in the nuke.
Look into some of the good canned soups on the shelves, too. Cambell's Chunky and Progresso have some delicious soups that, with crackers and cheese, can stand as a meal on their own. The Chunky Chili comes in several flavors, and it's really good. Nuke some dogs to go with.
And don't forget Velveeta Cheese dip...mix it with Pace Piquante Sauce, nuke until melted, and use as a dip for raw vegies, chips, spoon in your chili, or drizzle on your dogs. I start with about 1 cup for 1 lb. of cheese. If it's too thick, add some more sauce and nuke a little more.

Really, the only thing I didn't have much success with was cooking dry pasta. I'm sure there's probably a method, though.
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Old 01-08-2006, 07:49 PM   #13
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I love to make taco salad when I want something easy and quick to make. This would be a good recipe to start with.

1 lb. ground beef or ground turkey if you want it healthier
1 package taco seasoning (This is in a small package by the mexican food or spices)

Put a little bit of oil in the bottom of a pan, just enough to coat the bottom, and cook the meat until color just changes to brown. The oil will keep the meat from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Strain off the liquid from the meat. Now add the package of seasoning to the meat and stir until blended.

Put some frito scoops on the bottom of the plate and add the meat mixture on top. Now top the meat with whatever sides you like.
lettuce
tomato
cheddar cheese
green onion
sour cream
hot sauce or salsa
cantalina salad dressing
ect.
Sweet! That sounds really good! Thanks!
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Old 01-08-2006, 07:55 PM   #14
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Brian, you can find a lot of easy, nutritious microwave dishes here:

http://www.campbellkitchen.com/default.aspx

I don't know how large your nuke is, but I even make chili and spaghetti sauce in mine.
I suggest you peruse the shelves of your supermarket for convenience foods.
I assume you know about Easy Mac...fix 2 pkgs, add a can of drained tuna for tuna casserole.
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I tried making easy mac once...after my mom wouldnt make it haha. Well I ate the whole thing...and an hour later I had the worst stomachache ever. I followed the instructions to the T! Maybe I'm just challenged in this area=P Tastes fine when mom makes it...and my mom isnt very good at cooking either (although she would disagree). Hopefully bad cooking isnt hereditary (I hope to cook for my wife when I get married)
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Old 01-08-2006, 08:08 PM   #15
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We've always enjoyed breakfast for dinner .

French Toast is easy and good.

Mix a few eggs with a small amount of milk
add some white sugar and some cinnamon and
some vanilla.

melt some butter in a frying pan
then quickly dip a piece of bread in the egg mixture.
Place in the pan (over a medium high heat) and cook on each
side until nicely browned.

There are tons of easy foods to make at the store too.
100's of different kinds of jarred pasta sauces, hamburger/tuna helper,canned soups and chilis.
preformed hambuger patties that you can fry up in minutes add a bun and some sliced veggies and some frozen French Fries and you have a meal.

Something else easy to make ( I used to make my son make it for us all the time) is Scallopped Potatoes.

Peel 2 pounds of potatoes and slice thin (1/4 inch)
Grease bottom and sides of a baking dish and
Put down a layer of the potatoes, dot these with a little of the butter
and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.

Continue to add layers of potatoes dotting each with butter and sprinking each with salt and pepper.

When you've used all your potatoes pour one cup of milk over the top and dot with some more butter.

Bake at 350 for one hour.

You can also add cheddar cheese and bits of ham on each layer if you wish.

Have fun!
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Old 01-08-2006, 08:19 PM   #16
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I tried making easy mac once...after my mom wouldnt make it haha. Well I ate the whole thing...and an hour later I had the worst stomachache ever. I followed the instructions to the T! Maybe I'm just challenged in this area=P Tastes fine when mom makes it...and my mom isnt very good at cooking either (although she would disagree). Hopefully bad cooking isnt hereditary (I hope to cook for my wife when I get married)
Oh my! You must have an allergy to something that's in it. I'll have to look at the ingredients...Goodness knows what they are.

By the way, my mother wasn't really much of a cook, either. She had a few excellent meals she made for special occasions, and her everyday meals were nutricious, though bland. She enjoyed baking for Christmas, but cooking in general really wasn't her interest.
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Old 01-10-2006, 02:18 AM   #17
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Oh my! You must have an allergy to something that's in it. I'll have to look at the ingredients...Goodness knows what they are.

By the way, my mother wasn't really much of a cook, either. She had a few excellent meals she made for special occasions, and her everyday meals were nutricious, though bland. She enjoyed baking for Christmas, but cooking in general really wasn't her interest.
Awesome, so theres still hope. I don't think I was allergic...although I get nausea from a lot of random stuff...like onions (but not fried onions for some reason) and chocolate milk (but not chocolate by itself or milk by itself) and apple juice gives me stomachaches. How weird. Anyways, that easy mac idea with tuna is a really good idea!! Maybe it's like nothing to you cooking buffs but I would never have thought of it.

Oh yeah I just remembered...I can make tuna melts in the toaster oven...and I make em really good too! And I've cooked eggs...but I burn them every time. I didnt mention those cause someone (not on this forum) told me that those dont count as "cooking".
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Old 01-10-2006, 07:13 AM   #18
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Mac and cheese for when you get your stove. This amount will last you a couple days I'm sure (love the left overs).In a 3 quart sauce pan bring water to a boil and add 3 cups of macroni any style will do, stir.When water starts to boil again turn heat down so it doesn't boil over.(stir again)Cook mac until tender. While the mac is cooking, brown 1 pound of hamburger, 1 medium onion chopped.Add salt and pepper to taste. When mac is done, drain and then add the hamburger,onion and cubed velveeta cheese. Use as much cheese as you like.I usually use 1/3 of the brick of velveeta.Add about a cup and 1/2 of milk. More or less depending on how you like your sauce, thick or kinda soupy. Put all this in a microwave dish and nuke for 6 min., stir and nuke longer until heated through and the cheese is melted. Simple and good.You can do the same but add tuna, not the canned but the pouch tuna, so much better.HAve a veggie on the side and your ready to go.
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Old 01-10-2006, 07:26 AM   #19
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Hamburger/Tomato hot dish
in a 3 qt sauce pan bring water to a boil and add 2 cups of mac. Brown 1 lb of hamburger,1 onion. add salt/pepper . Add one lg can of crushed tomatos, a few shakes of garlic powder or more if you like.Add about 1/2 to 3/4 cup catsup. Mix the hambuger and tomato mixture together, add to macaroni and serve. Now you can start with a few slices of bacon chopped up and fried then add the burger and onion. This a great flavor additive to the hot dish. Make sure you drain the greese from the bacon. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the bacon greese for flavor tho.Serve with a dish of cottage cheese or veggie.
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Old 01-10-2006, 07:55 AM   #20
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I think there is one key cooking appliance every bachelor should have; a George Foreman (or similar style) Grill. This is not a plug for the GF, as there are many others out there that are similar. I use the GF name simply because that is what I have.

Anyways, you can quickly grill pretty much whatever you want on it, and cleanup is a breeze. They come in a variety of sizes, so if space is an issue, go for one of the smaller units. Burgers are done in less then 5 minutes (depending on thickness). I've had a nice rib eye done in less then 10. I cook chicken on it as well.

That, and maybe a griddle type machine would serve you well. All the veggies can be nuked, so you got that covered. Spuds can be nuked too, and really aren't bad that way. Not as good as standard methods, but not bad either.
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