dad need recipes
due to a work schedule change, I find myself being responsible for dinner every night for my 8 year old son, my wife and my self. I have never cooked in my life but have slowly figured out a few simple things to make like eggs, George Foreman chicken cutlets marinated in Italian dressing and a couple croak pot dishes I got from the year of slow cooking site. I am looking for a few more ideas, my criteria is no more then five minutes of hands on prep and more then three pots to wash (and yes I count a cutting board as one of the three). any ideas?
manwich? just throw in some ground beef or chicken with the sauce.
Chili can be simple
meatballs and spaghetti - you can do the sauce and meatballs in the crockpot (or pressure cooker)
If you have a pressure cooker - I do a great take of of "chicken in the oven" just throw everything in and (chop up veggies, and add some kind of tomato base) - this can also be done on the stove but the pressure cooker tastes much better.
Try the rachel rae 30 minute meals.
Admittedly not the healthiest of meals but with fond memories I remember my dads meals of hot dogs and baked beans and hamburgers on the grill - for vegetables was usually some frozen/canned veggies -
On my own I have found it very easy to make baked macaroni and cheese (Alton Browns Recipe from Food Network - it looks challenging but is rather easy and tuna noodle casserole
Something I recently started making was pot pie using the frozen pareve pie shells --
I wonder if kosher hot dogs are considered as bad as treif ones; I would bet that they are not. Kosher ones tend to be all-beef, and I don't think contain the same "garbage" that is far more typical in non-kosher ones. And worse than a cigarette? I don't even think treif ones could possibly be worse than cigarettes.
burgers, turkey burgers, chicken burgers.. all very easy to prep with one bowl and one cutting board. You can vary the seasonings in the burgers. Grilled vegetables, baked or grilled potatoes and salad.. simple and easy meal.
fajitas, quesediallas, stir fry, tacos.. all super easy and very quick to prepare.
I make the NYT recipe for macaroni and cheese. I've simplified the recipe a bit to skip the blender. One bowl, one spoon, one pyrex.
Fajitas are pretty easy--I like the recipe in Susie Fishbein's Short on Time cookbook.
You can also do a stir-fry with chicken or beef, a bag of frozen stir-fry veggies (Bird's Eye has a few varieties with a Triangle-K), and a bottled stir-fry sauce (I often order sauce on the side when I get Chinese take-out, so I use my leftover sauce). Cook some rice, and you have a nice meal.
Baked potato ( or sweet potato )bar with cheese, chopped veggies, nuts,canned beans, sour cream or yogurt.
And not all hot dogs are full of cr*p. There are also well made chicken sausages of various types available now with different flavor profiles. They cook up quickly and are delicious.
1) Burgers are a 1-bowl item (1 lb chop meat, 1 egg, handful of bread crumbs, squirt or two of ketchup, onion and garlic powder and a bit of water). McCain's makes great varieties of frozen french fries and are available in most supermarkets. You dump them on a pan and shove them into the oven. Salad or canned corn.
2) Chicken cutlets cut in half lengthwise to make them thinner. One plastic plate of flavored bread crumbs, 1 plastic bowl of Pfeiffer French dressing. Dredge the cutlet in dressing, then crumbs, then place on bake sheet and bake for 30 minutes--no more than that. Israeli Couscous follow the instructions, ready in about 5 or 10 minutes. One pot only.
3) Chicken bottoms skinned. Dump Gold's Chicken Sauce--found in some regular supermarkets, all kosher stores-- on bottom of pan and top of cutlets. Sprinkle rosemary spice or herbs deProvence spice (Prima spices carries that and is often available) and some garlic powder. Shove in the oven for 1 1/2 hours. 2 cups water/1 cup rice, salt and olive oil. One pot total.
4) Dairy: Pasta and baked fish sticks. Salad on the side. One pot.
Quesadillas! Take 2 flour wraps and fill with whatever you like (at my house we use cheese, mushrooms and onions)- but really anything goes as long as there is cheese to hold it together. Spray with oil on top and bottom.
Put inside a panini press/ sandwich maker/ in between two cookie sheets (one under the wraps, one on top to weigh it down) and you have a delicious and easy dinner!
parents happy when 8 year old eats, so here goes for the kid
3 cans of Beans, wash and drain.....size and colors
1 16 oz salsa, I use medium strength
2 regular size shredded cheese
(mexian, mozzeralla, cheddar)
put into burritos and roll
bake till inside is melted
i use only one now, but thar is me
you can add corn
you can also hide grated flax seed in the mixrure
cole slaw raw, next to the premade salads at all grocery stores
put a little oil in pan and add the slaw and saute....it shrinks to nothing
you can ad amino acids or soy sauce
ginger root or powdered
you can also ad some leftover shabbos chicken or whatever
serve over brown rice
set table like a chinese restaurant and your son will love it
need wonton sheets
you mix ground turkey with something like V8 and you can also add veggies they do not see
put the ,mixture on the wonton sheet at diagnal and fold over the sides
bake till the fingers are cooked
the moisture from the meat - cooks the wonton
Pierogies aka dim sun
place frozen pierogies on a bakindg sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray
after the pierogies have been places - spray them w/cooking spray
it will nicely crust
open the can and heat, place on a plate
decorate with salsa, taco chips. olives
yummy and you can create and eat under 5
Mornigstar Farms Ribs KD
kids and parents love
it is Passover, so the hemish stores have the metal tins for baking at unreal prices
purchase spme cases
and e,joy cooling
Pasta, Pasta, Pasta is your friend. There are many things you can do quickly that go over pasta. You can make a quick pasta sauce using the southern "trinity,": chopped: onion, celery and green or red bell pepper, ground meat or meat substitute, a Can of diced tomatoes, a can of tomato paste and a small (8 oz) can of tomato sauce.
Saute vegetables (with garlic preferably) then add and saute the meat or meat substitute (this works with italian sausage or ground meat substitute, even chicken, almost anything). Add the tomato products and bring to a bubbling boil. Some people add a little wine or baslamic vinegar. (You can also omit any or all of the trinity except the onion).
Meanwhile put on the water for pasta. When the water is boiling, cook the pasta following the package directions. It's a myth that the sauce has to cook for hours. By the time the pasta is done, the sauce is done. Drain and serve pasta with the sauce. If your family will eat them, fresh sauteed mushrooms instead of or in addition to the meat or meat substitute. Fresh herbs are nice at the end. Or add some dried Italian herbs at the beginning.
This is a real comfort food. My default when I need something quick and satisfying.
We use organic tomatoes and stay away from prepared tomato sauces that contain corn syrup. (Some people do like a spoon full of sugar in this kind of sauce, but we don't.
My other advice is that there are many many cookbooks designed for people in your situation. I'd invest in one or two and look upon cooking as a great creative way to wind down and to enjoy life, not a chore to be "gotten through.". You can create happy memories (and make your son's future wife truly grateful) if you bring your son into the kitchen as your sous chef. Both my grown sons learned that way and now like to cook and are better at it than my daughter.
As far as "simple eggs" go , why not complicate them every now and then?
I've been making lox/cream cheese omelets for my kids since forever (breakfast, lunch or dinner) - just make sure you add the rough-chopped lox after the omelet has set so you don't cook the lox. You can also do browned Soy chorizo and cheese in an omelet topped with salsa.
Corned/roast beef hash with a fried egg on top is also easy and delicious. Just add chopped corned/roast beef (I smoke my own) to packaged hash browns and skillet-fry until nicely browned, top with the fried egg(s) and you're good to go.
Another great dish is meatball subs. Add jarred marinara to browned vegetarian meatballs (Trader Joes are excellent) and serve on an Italian roll. Top it with shredded mozzarella and throw it under the broiler for a minute. Also works well over pasta (even better if you add vegetarian Italian sausage).
I find that fake meat works better than fake cheese, so fake meat/real cheese is a nice combo.
As a vegan, I sadly report that very few of Trader Joe's veggie products (with the exception of the ones from Tofurky or Yves) are certified kosher. They have even recently declined to stock the kalamata olives they used to carry that were certified kosher. The vegan world has its own certification organizations and some kosher keeping vegans will use them because the ingredients etc. have to be certified vegan and because they are so sensitive to allergy issues, list even traces. So they feel seeing a vegan certification and checking ingredients is sufficient for their purposes. But obviously, this won't work for a strictly kosher home.
i use the tofuky sauseges some times I need to make a trader joe run soon. Truth is for pasta their is nothing he likes better than Foulds Mac and cheese from the box with an extra piece of American cheese. The best thing i make is from the year of slow cooking cookbook http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2011/.... my son annoyed my wife, who is a gormet cook, by calling this the best thing he ever ate
It's a huge mistake for you and your wife to eat like an eight year old rather than teach him, at least by example to eat like an adult. My experience is that if a child doesn't eat something when he's very young, preferably before 5, it's hard to get him/her to eat it before 20!! While I don't believe in punishing a child who doesn't want to eat a particular food or forcing a food on him, limiting food served to those he wants is almost as bad. One magical method I found was having my boys and girl prepare an unfamiliar food. They would invariably eat it if they had cooked or prepared it. Learning how to cook and eat unfamiliar foods is part of growing up. You and your son can learn together if you are willing to spend a little extra time planning and preparing. There are many cookbooks around that could help you and your son learn to enjoy, for example, leafy greens. For instance, most kids will eat anything dipped in a ranch style dressing. Non-dairy ranch dressing is quick and simple to make. Serving it with a variety of of vegetables to dip in it, including the one's he already likes, but challenging him to try, say a romaine lettuce leaf or a celery stick, or even a (not over cooked) broccoli flower may expand his horizons.