Simple Meals for Non-Cooks

Some sample recipes from Heidi Wachter’s continued foray into cooking for non-cooks.

I’m no gourmet chef, and, honestly, eating is more of something I do because I have to than because I want to. Even so, I’ve been making efforts to make more of my own meals.

What I’ve found is that cooking something fairly edible, and even healthful, doesn’t have to take a ton of time, and it’s kind of fun to experiment. I’ve had some disasters, but my first culinary delight is what I call “Brussels Sprout Hash.” (Did I mention that I adore Brussels sprouts?)

Brussel sprout hash

What’s in this concoction, you might be asking? Well, the beauty of this dish is that it contains whatever I have on hand in my refrigerator and pantry, along with brussels sprouts, of course.

This particular version contained:

  • Garlic (chopped)
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs (picked from my hearty plant)
  • Shredded Brussels sprouts (note: You can purchase them already shredded at some natural markets)
  • Broccoli florets (that I cut up when purchased)
  • Cauliflower florets (that I cut up when purchased)
  • A bit of brown rice (that I pre-make in my rice steamer)
  • Some tempeh (or whatever protein you like, or no protein)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Simply sautée this all in a pan with your favorite cooking oil, or butter. Yep, butter!

I’ve also made it with prosciutto, but honestly, you can throw just about anything you like in there. You can add any spices you like, or even some balsamic vinegar. You can also top it with some cheese if you please.

The very best part of this meal? You can eat it any time of day. I’ve even had it as a late-night snack.

Lately, my favorite breakfast of champions — but one that can be enjoyed any time as well — has been a simple combination of sautéed greens (kale or spinach are what I typically have on hand), along with some smoked (or cooked any way you like) wild-caught salmon topped with avocado. Once in a while, when I want to go crazy, I add a little parmesan cheese, too.

spinach_avocado breakfast

There you have it, two simple meals made by a non-cook who is having fun learning to cook.

Here are some additional tips on cooking “Good Food, Fast.”

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