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Hello, this is my first post on this forum. I'm a 22 year old guy fresh out of college and a little tired of eating out. I'd like help from anybody to set up one basic menu for 5 days for myself. Your mission should you choose to accept it:

I'm looking for 5 dishes, that are easy to cook, not too expensive, and good tasting!! For example, I love spaghetti, one of my favorites. (no using spaghetti, since im already a pro. :talk: ) It fits all of these requirements. Please post a menu on here as a response, I will take the menu suggestion I like the most and make an attempt at recreating it! All I expect is the suggestion and ingredients needed. I'll attempt to figure out the rest. I will post a photo on here of the finished product and i will include commentary.


post #2 of 8

Help for Meal Planning

Sorry I don't have time to write out a menu for five days but I've seen Rachael Ray's 365 day different meal cook book and it seems like it's for beginners. She has some pictures in there that might get you started practicing on presentation. I think it would be a good starting point for you. Hope that helps.
post #3 of 8
It would proably be better if you picked up a copy of the said book or get a cookbook by Better Homes and Gardens or a Betty Crocker cookbook these have a lot of recipes that are ideal for the beggining home cook. I could reccommend a lot of books and even do you a menu but knowing that you only like spaghetti it would be hard to choose items that fit your taste liking spaghetti as you do I would consider an Italian menu that may fit your taste better but creating a 5 day menu would take sometime especially if entails all three breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Not trying to discourage you just get your creative juices flowing thats all.

Rgds Rook
post #4 of 8
oh.. so a fresh graduate too anyway i can help you with your problem for Breakfast,

1.) poached Eggs/Scrambled Eggs with bell Pepper and cheese or Onions
2.) Oatmeal with fresh fruits or Milk and sugar
3.) lAucheon Meat fried
4.) dried fish fried
5.) try making hash browns (yummy)

1.) sauted Vegies
2) stewed beef/pork with Mushroom
3.) rice Noodle Soup
4.) pork wth black beans (yummy too)
5.) if worse comes to worst, fried chicken will do

1.) Soup (appetizer)
2.) Schezuan Rice just add some meat shreds and vegies and add chilli
3.) Steamed Fish (Milk Fish)
4.) Chicken ala king
5.) you can replace fettucunni for replacement of your spaghetti

anyway you can ask me for some clarrifications on ho to cook it since its purely mixing and boiling
post #5 of 8
Hey, MinerMan!

just outa curiosity.. did you go to University of Missouri - Rolla (UMR)?
post #6 of 8
Welcome, Minerman.

I hope I don't get blasted for doing this, and I know that I shouldn't be promoting my work on this forum, but...

I served as the expert culinary consultant and recipe developer for Maran Illustrated Cooking Basics (see www.maran.com/cooking.htm) , a how-to instructional cooking book that's filled with step-by-step instructions and full colour photographs for most of the culinary techniques you can think of, all demonstrated for the home cook using the terminology and techniques that would be used in chef schools. All of the recipes have 10 or fewer ingredients.

The book came out last April and is available in most major bookstores in the U.S. and online at Amazon.
post #7 of 8
Minerman, if you learn a few basic techniques you can change the ingredients and have a variety of simple-to-make, delicious and fresh menus.

For example, if you buy some sliced chicken breast (or ask the butcher to show you how to slice it yourself), you can use it in any "scallopine" dish such as chicken picatta, chicken marsala, etc.

Saute veggies you like in a little olive oil: zucchini, mushrooms, onions, artichoke hearts, for example. Add some white wine and a bit of lemon juice to the pan. Let some butter gently melt in the pan. Serve over any cooked pasta you like. If you like meat, you can saute some pancetta or bacon in the pan before adding the veggies. Chop up some tomatoes or buy some canned, diced ones; drain and add to the pan with the other veggies.

Sometimes you can get prepared fresh vegetables at a salad bar in the super market, such as spinach (it's safe again!), onions, mushrooms, celery, etc.

Besides the Rachael Ray books, Giada DiLaurentiis' books are also meant for home cooks who don't necessarily have a lot of experience. Both of these chefs' recipes are also on the Food Network website.

Good luck! Have some fun and don't let one less-than-successful dish scare you off. You'll learn soon what you like best and how to achieve that.
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Another thing you might concider to save time, is to cook additional meat on one day to use the leftovers the next- grilled chicken one night can be a stir-fry or chicken salad the next. Meatballs can be made one night (maybe sweet and sour over rice or with gravy over noodles) then extras can wind up in your spaghetti. I agree that a basic cookbook can be a godsend- I love my Better Homes and Gardens- the more pictures the better! Bon appetite!
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