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Basic Small Meal Recipes for Students, Singles and Those Who Have to Eat But Can't Cook

very basic recipes, can't cook recipes recipes for dummies

Just moved out of mom and dad's home or moved away to study, without mom's food what will you do. Well don't fall into the trap of eating out every night as you will soon go broke! Try these very basic meal ideas to get you started.

You don't have to eat unhealthy food just because you can't cook; there are many quick and easy meals you can make with no cooking skills at all. Here are some easy recipes for healthy quick and easy meals that anyone can make instead of ordering in or eating out.

To turn these simple recipes into meals add good bread and a salad followed by fruit or this simple chocolate ball recipe.  


You will need:

A little oil for frying

2 eggs


For the very basic omelets break two eggs into a bowl and beat them with a fork. Add a pinch of salt then pour the eggs into a frying pan which has been heated with about a teaspoon of oil. Wait for the omelets to start going solid and gently try to lift the omelets around the edges until you can lift it with a spatula and turn it over. Once you have turned it over wait about half a minute and it should be done.

Next time try adding grated cheese on top, or mushrooms, tomatos or parsley.

Baked PotatoIf you have a microwave simply wash the potato and stab the potato with a fork a few times. Then place it in a glass bowl with a little water and salt and cover the bowl. A baked potato in the microwave will take between 5 and 15 minutes to cook depending on the size of the potato and the microwave. Remove from the microwave and test by putting a fork into the potato, if it is soft it ready. Slice the potato open put a knob of butter and some salt on the potato and it is ready to eat.

Next time put some sour cream, tuna, grated cheese or sliced sausage on top of the baked potoato to turn it into a bigger meal. 


You will need:




Soup powder or soup stock

Put a large pot of water on the stove or soup stock if you prefer. Cut up vegetables. You could basically use any vegetables but the basic ones I suggest are a potato, a carrot, an onion, butternut/pumpkin and fennel. Cut up the vegetables into fairly large chunks and toss them in. The fennel really adds the flavor, if you prefer you can use parsley. Once the water has boiled add the soup powder, about two large spoonfuls. Another addition you could make to this soup is a half a cup of barley or lentils. Boil for about an hour.


Some people hate making salads but it is really quite simple. Cut up a tomato, cucumber, onion and lettuce to the size you prefer. Some people prefer the Middle Eastern style salad which is chopped very finely and others like big chunks of vegetables in their salads. However you cut your veg the thing that makes all the difference is the dressing. Don't buy a salad dressing; instead mix the juice of one lemon with a teaspoon of oil and about half a teaspoon of salt. Mix this up and pour over the salad. Delicious! To make your salad extra special add tuna straight from the tin or buy some feta cheese and toss it in. You will find that salads can have almost anything in them and are extremely versatile. Here another ten basic salad recipes you could easily manage.


SandwichesAnything can go between two slices of bread, and it doesn't have to be bread it could be a roll, toast or pita. Try tuna and mayonnaise, pastrami, humus, hard boiled egg, salad, sausages, cheese, and the list just goes on. Add a salad to the sandwich and it is a complete meal.

If you can boil an egg then you are ready to try these basic recipes, good luck!

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Comments (4)

Great article for people really on the go to help them eat better. I have some good quality protein shake mixes available too for a really fast meal. I've found that putting some salad ingredients in this small food processor I have for only a few seconds really works for cutting up all the items for a salad also. V'd, t'd, Dugg, SU.

Not only simple and quick but economical as well. Good job.

This is sure to be very helpful to many people. Out of votes for today, but I'll be back!

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Excellent. Very informative, useful and interesting. Write more !