I’ll be the first to admit that I’m pretty useless in the kitchen. I’ve always said that the only things I know how to make are toast and reservations…and the toast usually comes out burnt. While I won’t say that I take solace in knowing there are others like me out there, it is good to know to there are some recipes that are easy enough for even me to prepare.
No, you won’t be making some fancy French dish with a name that you can’t pronounce, but it’s not like you’ll be forced to eat Kraft Dinner and instant noodles for the rest of your life either. These ten cooking recipes come from a range of disciplines and, despite their relatively easy and straightforward instructions, they’re surprisingly tasty and will satisfy any appetite. Just adjust the proportions as needed.
Chocolate Cake in a Microwave
I know. Using a microwave isn’t exactly gourmet, but this is about keeping your cooking recipes as simple and easy as possible. This includes dessert. Believe it or not, you don’t need to have incredible baking skills to produce a pretty good home-baked chocolate cake, because you can do it in your microwave. Just stir together ingredients in a big coffee mug, push some buttons, and add a dollop of ice cream to make it a la mode.
Recipe: Beyond the Rhetoric
Portobello Mushroom Pizza
Who said that an easy recipe had to be boring? Who said that pizza had to be made on a regular old pizza crust? This infinitely customizable idea makes you seem a little more gourmet, while keeping the dish within very familiar and comforting territory. The crust is replaced by a delicious portobello mushroom. It doesn’t have be vegetarian either, so if you’re a meatatarian, go ahead and slather on some pepperoni.
Recipe: Easy Recipes
Personal Pita Pizzas
This is more or less the same idea as above, but it’s a little more conventional and likely a fair bit cheaper. Portobello mushrooms can be on the pricey side, but packs of pita bread can be very affordable. Just brush it up with some olive oil and top with the toppings of your choosing. These are much better than the frozen individual pizzas, as you’ve kept the preservatives and artificial ingredients to a minimum.
Recipe: The Simple Dollar
Italian Baked Chicken Breasts
Almost anyone can do the shake and bake thing, so why not try something a little different? This chicken recipe calls for some boneless chicken breast, garlic powder, onion powder, and Parmesan cheese, giving you a distinctly Italian flavor. Serve it with some simple pasta or a green salad and you’ve got yourself a fast and easy dinner that’s positively delicious.
Recipe: Cooking Nook
Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich
Tired of the same bologna sandwich with mayo? Change it up and try this French-influenced Vietnamese sandwich instead. Sourcing the authentic ingredients will be more or less difficult, depending on where you live, but most major cities will have an “Asian” supermarket of some kind where you can find things like pickled daikon and Maggi seasoning sauce. If you can get some Vietnamese pate, remember to include that. Cilantro and sliced jalapenos are great too.
Recipe: Viet World Kitchen
Cube Steak Parmesan
Cheesy and meaty, this recipe is actually easier than it looks. The original cooking recipe linked below calls for cube steak, but you can switch up the protein if you want. It might seem like a lot of ingredients, but the basics are usually close at hand. You have salt and pepper, right? You’ve surely got some saltine crackers and vegetable oil. The spices really bring out the flavor though, so you’ll want to get those on hand for this and other recipes.
Recipe: All Recipes
Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Salad
Regular green salad with thousand island dressing just doesn’t cut the mustard anymore. A great lunch is a chilled pasta salad and this one totally fits the bill. Boiling pasta is easy enough, so just dress it up with the right greens, some hard boiled eggs, and chopped fresh parsley. A light dressing of extra-virgin olive oil gives that rustic touch that’s still light and satisfying.
Recipe: Canadian Living
Sausage and Mushroom Omelette
Granted, you’ll need to first learn how to properly crack an egg, but even the easiest of recipes will need you to learn some basic kitchen skills. I know I used to get egg white all over my fingers, but I’m getting better. Sort of. The good news is that cracking eggs has made it so easy to make a delicious omelette. The key is getting the right ratio of “stuff” to egg.
Recipe: 1001 Recipe
Bacon and Cheese Quiche
Quiche?! Isn’t that really hard to make? Apparently not, because this easy recipe makes it sound pretty straightforward, actually. Go ahead and impress that significant other with your culinary expertise and serve a quiche. Going back to the cracking of the eggs, that’s really all you need to do. Mix the eggs with some other ingredients, fill in a pie crust, and bake it in the oven.
Recipe: Moms Who Think
Chinese Chop Suey
This is far from the most gourmet of Chinese foods and you might be inclined to just pick it up from your mall food court, but there’s something satisfying about using your own cooking recipes. This also has to do with knowing exactly what ingredients were involved. Chop suey leaves a lot of leeway for what you want to include, so switch the pork for chicken, toss in different veggies, and adjust the amount of soy sauce to taste.
Recipe: Amazing Chinese Food
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