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frustrated non-chef needs help

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frustrated non-chef needs help

debbie421 | Feb 23, 2009 06:40 AM

Hi fellow 'hounds! I'm a 31-year-old woman who loves food, but I don't know how to cook. I'm not being humble here, making oatmeal in anything but a microwave is tough for me. Yet every once in a while, I get a crazy urge to try to make something. What I'm looking for are recipes that are heathy (low fat, mid range calories, balanced with carbs/meat/veggies, full of fairly natural ingredients that I can pronounce) and easy.

That easy is the hard part. Because every time I think I find a recipe that someone like me can try, I'm foiled! You have to brown the meat before putting it in a crockpot, you have to broil the eggplant before baking the casserole, you have to cook the rice/noodles according to package instructions while doing something else, etc, etc. I know you real chefs out there are snickering, but this is daunting for me!

That being said, are there recipes out there following my version of healthy outlined above that are truly easy? I'm really looking for a recipe where you dump several raw ingredients into a cooking aparatus, apply heat, and end of with a great meal. I don't care if it's a stove, oven or crockpot as long as it's the least amount of work possible. I would even avoid stirring if I could. Help!

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