Thursday, September 16, 2010

Looking for helpful tips

Faithful readers:

I've got this brilliant kid living in the center of the universe who can do plenty of clever things, but not cook. I'm wondering, what's your favorite little-to-no prep meal?  Really, anything
to add to the repertoire of cereal, sandwiches, quesadillas and ramen.

I look forward to the suggestions!


  1. Is boiling water an option? Opens up the world of pasta.

  2. Ever hear of restaurants?
    What about a microwave??
    Wow, I came up with TWO tips 4 U!!

  3. Me, me, me! I make this one about once a month, and the hardest thing you do is boil water.

  4. Jean: Pasta, yeah, good. As evidenced by AH--frickin' mouth watering!
    CP: The question is, WHAT do you put in your microwave--and I'm not givin' her restaurant monies---

  5. No dorm food or (subsidized) campus eateries? My kid has admitted to making hamburger helper on occasion! And he just about lives on hot dogs and quesadillas/nachos. I hate to think about it.

  6. Soba (buckwheat) noodles: Cook in boiling water, cool in cold water and serve with dipping sauce purchased from an Asian market.

    Roasted chicken: Every young person should learn how to roast a chicken. Throw the leftovers into quesadillas, tacos or soup.

    Tuna and beans: Can of tuna, can of white beans, mixed with red onion and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Healthy, cheap and tasty.

    Baked potatoes: Follow the lead of Wendy's. Top with broccoli, cheese or whatever.

    I had an apartment the summer between soph and junior year of college. Lived on grilled cheese sandwiches, pickles, canned soup and Bisquick biscuits.

  7. Susan's on a roll! terrific! I always thought hot dogs were healthy, Karen ;)

  8. Hello. Thank you all for your suggestions. As you may know I am in New York (the center of the world) right now and obviously have better things to do than spend money on food for myself. Don't let my mother know, but I have spent an undisclosed and financially crippling sum on art books. However it appears that in order to function I must indeed nourish myself. Ideally, I would like several options for meals. Please indicate what I can make using no stove or heating items. Also it cannot be a salad, as vegetables are for the weak. The recipe should involve minimal mixing. And also it should cost two dollars or less. Thanks again.

  9. Very funny, you--
    "minimal mixing"?!

  10. Ingredients:
    Lettuce in a bag

    Kitchen notes:
    Put everything between two pieces of bread

  11. I make him get the Hebrew National variety, Des, after I read somewhere that they are at least minimally better made.

  12. Simone, you're funny!

    Whole foods will end up costing you less because they fill you up more. So eat a nectarine when you can.

    Rice and beans. You do have to cook the rice but it's minimal mixing, and excellent protein.

    Eggs. Easy to boil or scramble. Protein.

    Peanut butter has protein. I like crunchy.

    Cheese also has protein.

    I'm all about protein because it fills you up and if you eat that and avoid a lot of starch you won't get fat. I put on weight my freshman year from all the crap they served in the dorms.

  13. Super easy: A big baked potato. Oddly enough, everyone here likes them.

  14. Corn or flour tortilla with peanut butter and honey inside, or feta cheese and roasted bell peppers inside. Get a small rice cooker, add water, rice, a can of beans, some frozen veggies,or a can of chopped tomatoes,and in 20 minutes you have dinner.

  15. No stove is no problem, but you need to rethink the "no heating." I mean…c'mon now! Get a George Foreman grill and you can cook chicken, fish, burgers, hotdogs, etc. and make grilled cheese sandwiches, tuna melts, and even quesadillas. The most basic model is around $15.