Even if you are keen on the idea of becoming a wonderful fully-fledged cook it is best to start with easy recipes first. This is the best and quickest way to get the confidence to try more complicated recipes later on.
The first thing to attend to for cooking to be easy is to have the basic ingredients available. The basic ingredients need only include nutritional fresh unprocessed food. Ground beef is very versatile as are pieces of beef suitable for roasting or the grilling. If you are not a red meet fan, ground chicken and chicken pieces are also easy to buy and use in the same way. Other basics include fresh vegetables, fruit, rice, pasta, good quality bread as well as oil, butter and some basic herbs, spices and sauces.
Microwave and oven-ready meals may be easy but most of them are filled with different preservatives, sugar, salt and saturated fats. These meals may be convenient to use but there are much healthier and more rewarding alternatives.
An easy and quick “fast food” recipe is to grill a piece of meet and steam small potatoes, broccoli and carrot. Serve accompanied with a good sweet chili or barbecue sauce. As you gain confidence you can try making your own home made sauces for the meats and/or the vegetables.
There are also many easy pasta and rice recipes available for beginners.
“One dish” meals using combinations of fresh ingredients are also easy, tasty and nutritional. Fresh vegetables can be placed at the bottom of an oven pot and a piece of either beef or chicken can be placed on top. Season and cover this and place in a moderately hot oven. Cook until the meat is tender and cooked through.
By keeping things easy and simple you will be surprised at how soon you will have the confidence to try more advanced recipes and become the cook you really want to be.
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