So I'm gonna try running another half-marathon this winter, and I'm new to cooking. I've been making casseroles (macaroni+chopped meat+copped veggies+gravy), spaghetti, and pizza (who knew dough+cheese was such a winner?), and things are just getting boring. I'm looking for stuff I can cook up en masse for my disconcertingly large appetite. In this situation, Quantity tops Quality: Spaghetti is usually a pretty boring meal, but when it only takes a couple minutes to boil up a meal for four people (or one me), it's pretty fantastic. Most recipes online are designed for flavor (obviously), and aren't very large. Even crappy cheap food like Ramen or Hungry-Man, whose high amounts of sodium I'd be willing to put up with, are pretty inconveniently small. So I've been focusing on what I can do with the big three (pasta, potatoes, and rice). Post here simple, creative recipes I can make using those three, or simple recipes that are high-carb but don't use any of them, or just any good fat jokes I can make when people gawk at the massive platefuls I bring to the lunch table.
This thread's not giving me too many ideas (pancakes were brilliant though. I dunno why I've been focusing so much on dinner and lunch), so I was thinking maybe I should start with a few things I've been cooking recently to get the ball rolling.
I call them "Tub Meals". They're easy to bring with you, reheat, serve, and store. I cook up a huge pot of something and store it in a couple Tupperware tubs.
If I need to go somewhere for a day, I grab a tub. If I'm hungry at home, I scoop out a ladelfull or two onto a plate and stick it in the microwave. Or if I'm really lazy, stick the tub in the microwave.
Bouillon Cubes and Rice. It makes the rice taste less bland as well as make it stickier. I've stirred in some ground beef and/or corn, and suddenly it tastes like much more than "just some rice", despite it still being 75% rice.
Macaroni and meatsauce. Unlike Spaghetti, macaroni is much easier to maneuver. you don't end up with big tangly balls of pasta or uneven distribution of sauce.
Shepherds pie. the resulting brown mush looks disgusting when you stir potatoes, gravy, meat, and beans together, but it tastes incredible.
Tuna Salad. Stir cooked macaroni in with tuna, mayo, and chopped celery and refrigerate and you get an excellent cold meal for a hot day.
Snacks are also great for when I don't feel like cooking a full meal but still want some quick carbs.
Nachos. I found some salt-free tortilla chips at the local grocery. shred some cheddar over them and microwave for thirty seconds. Cheezy goodness.
Microwave-Biscuits. The baking mix that I use to make pancakes is apparently just biscuit mix with eggs and sugar added. All you do is mix the baking mix with a bit of milk and microwave the resulting dough and you have fresh biscuits. Similar to the shepherds pie, these look horrible despite their great taste. Since there's no oven, they don't brown, so they don't end up looking too different from the doughy white blobs they started out as.
Finally, Shrimp Fettuccine definitely has the best fancy-to-difficuty ratio that I know of. Once you know how to make the cheese sauce and shell the shrimp, it's just a matter of boiling the noodles and pouring the sauce on it.
Last edited by KrazyerKate
on Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:59 pm UTC, edited 2 times in total.