Elements of Health · Cook Dinner
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healthyrach has a question about the Cook dinner rule.
13 · 452 pts
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sperose has a tip for the Cook dinner rule.
7 · 2,693 pts
Here’s the lasagna soup recipe:
I cobbled together this recipe from a few different places:
1 of the big tubs of ricotta (I want to say mine was 32oz, but I’m not sure.)
Put all soup ingredients into crock (yes, the ground beef is raw, just fluff it with your fingers when you put it in) and cook on low for 8-10 hours. (Most recipes call for a shorter time than that, but I was out of the house 10 hours and it worked for me.)
When you get home, crumble up a box of lasagna noodles (or you can use smaller noodles, ’tevs) and stir those in, along with a good sprinkling of rosemary and thyme.
Turn to high for about 10 minutes. While the noodles are doing their thing, mix together all the seasoned ricotta ingredients.
Get a bowl and scoop in a decent amount of ricotta (maybe 1/4-1/2 cup ish?). Pour some soup over top of that. Sprinkle with some shredded mozzarella.
The first night it still had some soup-like-ness to it, but not much. By the next morning however—it was fork-like. I happen to like super thick fork-like soups, so keep that in mind. It might stay somewhat soupier if you use smaller noodles.
You can also use diced tomatoes or crushed tomatoes, but chunks of tomatoes gross me out, so I always go with a puree.
Also, I used one of those crockpot liners that are stupidly expensive AND THEY ARE FUCKING AMAZING. Seriously, I’m going to use my crockpot more often because of it.
Starfevre has a question about the Cook dinner rule.
6 · 10,942 pts
I have a question for the hive mind. I can’t decide on my answer to this. Does making a smoothie that I’m going to drink for dinner (one with leafy greens in it) count as ‘cooking dinner’? Nothing actually gets ‘cooked’. If it does then I made this rule for myself really easy, but on the other hand, I don’t really ‘cook’ cook very often since smoothies are healthy the way I make them, entirely fruits and vegetables.
sbrader has a question about the Cook dinner rule.
9 · 48 pts
Guys—I’m a terrible, impatient cook, but I really want to save money and eat better next month. What’s your favorite EASY thing to make that won’t make me pull my hair out and is also good for me? I’m at a loss…
RosieMBanks has a question about the Cook dinner rule.
15 · 3,517 pts
This might be a silly question, but I’m a n00b at Health Month: Does “reheating leftovers of a dinner you cooked from scratch” count as “cooking dinner?” I cook for one (the cat doesn’t count, sorry!) and there are ALWAYS leftovers.
If the answer is “no” then, well, I’ll have a full freezer at the end of the month and ready meals for days!
Bridget has a tip for the Cook dinner rule.
6 · 3,595 pts
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I think using muffin tins w/ paper liners will make cookie decorating easier. And never have enough cooling racks.
Demetrias has a tip for the Cook dinner rule.
9 · 4,082 pts
I’m a sporadic (ahem) cook, but being part of a Community Supported Fishery venture has brought fresh, locally-caught fish into my kitchen twice a week so far this summer. Just made this recipe tonight — and wow! Healthy, delicious, and super-easy (… if anything, the listed prep-time overestimates the time needed :) Just wanted to pass it on:
nalgarito has a tip for the Cook dinner rule.
11 · 2,099 pts
Al terminar de partir cebolla o pelar ajo, y antes de lavarse las manos, froten un poco de tomate o limón en sus manos, dejen reposar unos segundos y después procedan a lavar, no les quedará rastro alguno!
jhiggins23 has a tip for the Cook dinner rule.
10 · 10,537 pts
One thing I am starting to realize is if you live alone cooking dinner everyday is hard. Especially if you are like me and this month you have cook dinner & avoid seconds. Sometimes I feel when I go to the store the portions they give is not made for someone who is single. Anyway what I started doing is instead of cooking a meal and trying to ration it out prior to cooking. I cook the whole thing and before I sit down to eat I put the rest away for the next day. This really helps with my karate classes because then I can make sure I eat before karate and I don’t have to worry about cooking after I completely exhausted on class days. I hope this helps. It is also a big time saver too.
eohone has a question about the Cook dinner rule.
-2 · 1,061 pts
After failing to make dinner for myself for a couple weeks now, does anyone have some super fast dinner tips- or tips on making it to the kitchen to cook when all I really want to do is buy something to eat?
lorisgirl has a question about the Cook dinner rule.
3 · 2,159 pts
I made soup yesterday, but I have a hard time doing a broth that’s actually yummy, it’s usually just warm water with seasoning. Not too bad, but not exactly what I had in mind either. Anyone has a tip on how to make better broth? I’m using carrots and beef, and I’m only using fresh ingredients, no mixes or ready-made broth.
Lee317 has a tip for the Cook dinner rule.
10 · 2,266 pts
Decided to try making up my own recipe yesterday as a substitute for purchased Chinese food. It ended up working out really well, so I thought I would share.
Sour Cherry Chicken with Sugar Snap Peas
White meat chicken chopped into 1 inch cubes-I used tenders, but mostly because I’m lazy
Frozen Sugar Snap Peas
Sour Cherry Preserves(Naturello are cheap, and it’s enough for two preps)
Cooked Rice to serve with
Mix about 4 tbs preserves with 2 tsp soy sauce, 1/4 tsp crushed garlic, and 2 tbs lemon juice-add more of any ingredient to taste
Season chicken to personal taste with salt, pepper, and chili powder.
It’s a lot of typing, but it was really simple and quick to do. Hope this helps anyone who has a cook dinner rule.
hizknits has a tip for the Cook dinner rule.
3 · 4,161 pts
We made potato leek soup for dinner last night. So simple, flavorful and filling. If you’ve never made it, give it a whirl. http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2010/01/potato-leek-soup/
Snarky has a question about the Cook dinner rule.
9 · 2,079 pts
So if you bring something homemade to a potluck dinner, does that constitute “Cooking Dinner” I marked it as no, but would be interested in the general consensus.
nanachan has a tip for the Cook dinner rule.
10 · 33 pts
if we love cooking time…it will be the best way when we prepare dinner,he..