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Easy meals for a young guy on his own for the first time

Glencora | Jul 31, 201302:20 PM

I'm sure there have been similar threads before, but this might be a bit different.

My son has an internship in SF and is in his first apartment. He's been living on free meals from the tech company, frozen orange chicken and Mexican takeout. He's also made pasta with cheese from the green can. He eats lots of fruit and makes sandwiches. I'm not at all worried about his health. But suddenly out of the blue he emailed that he'd like his father and me to go grocery shopping with him (there's a huge Safeway a block away), show him how to cook dinner and then eat with him. I'm sort of touched but also not sure what to do. He also wants me to help him buy other stuff to cook on his own later in the week. His dad says, "Eh, get a rotisserie chicken, get tater tots," but our son actually seems to want to cook.

What are good ideas that don't need too much time (no marinating, not too much prep)? His kitchen is ok, but he has no spices, staples, nothing, though I could bring some from home. (We live across the bay.)

He likes spicy food -- Mexican, Indian, some Chinese and Thai. Maybe pizza, But very basic. He's 19 and not great at communicating exactly what he wants, but I would like to make this a good experience. I'd love to have ideas for three or four meals and a shopping list. Dinner is Sunday. Thanks!

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