ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Recipes for the Non-Cook

Updated on August 2, 2018

Quick, Easy and Healthy Meal Ideas

I know a lot of people that can't cook and have no interest in learning how so, instead of watching them choke down McDonalds and other barely food fast foods, I decided to give them some recipes that were fool-proof, simple and quick as well as being delicious and healthy.

Roasted Vegetables

Foil baked potatoes and other vegetables
Foil baked potatoes and other vegetables

Roasted Mixed Grill

This recipe is absolutely, one hundred perfect fool-proof, I promise you. Short of setting the kitchen on fire and burning your home to the ground, there is no way you can fail to make a healthy and delicious dish that is incredibly satisfying. You can use just a few ingredients or many, anything goes with a recipe this strong and this flexible. Easy to make, it offers a busy person or just someone that doesn't enjoy cooking very much, a fast and simple way to eat healthy and extremely cheaply.

A Great Use For Leftovers

Just like my calzone recipe, this mixed grill recipe is a perfect use for left overs from other meals. Just about anything works in this dish. Got spare cauliflower from making cauliflower mashed potatoes? Great, throw that in there too. On that note, cauliflower mashed potatoes is a fantastic accompaniment to this meal, give it a try.

Kids Love This Recipe

Find it hard to get your children to eat vegetables? Not any more. Whether you put these foil baked vegetables with mashed cauliflower or with baked beans, your kids will eat up every last vegetable on the plate. You can also add macaroni and cheese as a special reward for them eating well.

Ingredients

  • Potato
  • Carrot, (rainbow carrots adds a blast of color to the plate)
  • Onion
  • Asparagus
  • Mushroom
  • Radish
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper (black)
  • McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite spice
  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Beans (optional)

Vegetables and Beans

Baked Vegetables and Beans
Baked Vegetables and Beans

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 1 Person

How to Make Potatoes and Mixed vegetables

  1. Cut the potatoes into bite sized slices of cubes. If you use baby potatoes you can just cut them in half and they make the perfect mouthful.
  2. Cut up the rest of your vegetables into roughly the same physical size as your potatoes. This is to ensure that all of your ingredients cook at the same rate, otherwise some will be over-cooked and mushy while others are cooked perfectly.
  3. Mix all of the chopped vegetables together in a bowl.
  4. Douse them with lemon juice and sprinkle on a little salt, pepper and a good amount of the Mccormicks Grill Mates Mesquite spice. Stir until all the vegetables have a covering of the spice mix. Note: you can also use butter or oil (e.g. coconut oil) instead of the lemon juice if you prefer.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).
  6. Wrap the vegetables into a sheet of aluminum foil, forming a bag that will keep the vegetables steaming juices inside.
  7. Put the bag into the oven and cook for 35-40 minutes.
  8. Serve the vegetables on a plate with either mashed cauliflower or beans. Don't forget to sprinkle the cooked vegetables with a little fresh lemon juice to help sharpen their flavors.

Onion Steaks

Delicious Onion Steak Recipe
Delicious Onion Steak Recipe

Onion Steak

Source

Onion Steak Recipe

I live on a boat and all live aboards (that's what they call people that live on boats) obey a cardinal rule, NO WASTE. Because getting supplies aboard is so difficult and time consuming, we value every morsel of food and make use of everything. left overs are re-cycled into other meals. That's how this onion steak recipe came about. I had a few things left in my galley (that's what they call a kitchen on a boat) and I was hungry. This meal is extremely simple to make, is cheap, healthy and is packed full of flavor.

Ingredients

Onion, tomato, cucumber, radish, lemon juice, salami (optional)

Instructions

  • Dice up the cucumber and radish and marinate the pieces in a little lemon juice with salt and pepper. I like to add paprika (but then I like paprika on everything).
  • Cut a round of onion about as thick as your finger and pan fry it in either a non-stick pan or in a regular pan with a little cutter or oil. Cook the onion until it has some color and flip it to cook on the other side too. Don't cook it too long because you want some firmness and some crispness when you bite into it.
  • When the onion is done, top it off with a slice of tomato, some slices of salami and the diced radish and cucumber.
  • Eat, enjoy.

Although I first made this dish because I needed to use some random ingredients I had left over, I liked it so much that I have made it many times since. I add cheese over the top of the onion slice and, when it melts, it keeps the rings together when you cut it. Also try adding some cilantro or green onions.

Bean & Potato Wrap

Bean and Potato Burrito
Bean and Potato Burrito | Source

Spiced Potatoes

Source

Bean and Potato Burrito

This recipe as wonderful and can literally be made in 15 minutes. With less than 5 ingredients it delivers a staggering amount of taste that will keep you coming back for more.

Ingredients: Baked beans, French fries (chips) and wrap.

Notes: Instead of pre-packaged french fries you can also use tater tots or even hash browns. You can even make your own spiced potatoes if you want. just dice a potato, douse liberally with lemon juice, throw on some garlic, salt, pepper, turmeric and a tiny amount of chili powder and you will have an amazing tasting meal.

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven and cook the french fries according to the instructions on the pack. This is usually about 15 minutes.

2. While the fries are baking in the oven, start cooking the beans. The longer you let them simmer, the better they will taste because they need a while to get their canned taste out of them.

Note: You can use baked beans, chili or there are some great 'Mexican' options such as black beans and jalapenos in one can so don't be afraid to experiment.

3. Heat your tortilla and melt some cheese on it if you like. Melted cheese also helps keep the wrap closed. You can use a tortilla or nan bread or lavash bread, anything you prefer.

4. Put the beans and fries on the wrap, roll it up and enter the heavenly gates of taste bliss.

You can further enhance the flavor by adding a salty cheese and or some sour cream.

Mushroom and Salad Wrap

Vegan Wrap
Vegan Wrap | Source

Mushroom & Salad Wrap Recipe

Ingredients: Mushrooms (portabello), onion, cilantro, tomato,cucumber, bellpepper, tortilla (or nan bread or pita bread or whatever)

Instructions: Pan fry the mushrooms in a non-stick pan or a normal pan with some butter or oil. You want to do this over a relatively high heat, just before the smoke point of the butter or oil if you are using one of those. Do NOT put a lid over the fry pan or skillet while cooking or you will steam the mushrooms into a mushy consistency instead of something toothsome and hardy.

While the mushrooms are browning, slice up some onion, bell peppers and cucumbers. Foods in wraps are easier to eat if they are in long strips so keep that in mind when you are cutting up the ingredients.

Cut the tomato into wedges.

Dice up the cilantro.

Once the mushrooms are golden brown, mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, salt them and add pepper to taste.

Wrap them in the tortilla

Adding Extra Taste

I like to add hummus or tahini sauce or even tzatziki sauce. Sriracha is also an excellent choice for those that like things a little spicy. If you REALLY want to add some incredible flavor to this meal, add some kimchi. You can get it at most grocery stores pre-made and ready to love. It's a pickled cabbage dish that is captivating in it's deliciousness.

Rate These Recipes

5 stars from 1 rating of Recipes

© 2014 Dale Anderson

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • GetitScene profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Anderson 

      5 months ago from The High Seas

      Share some of your recipes with us! Folk like me are always looking to try new food experiences.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      5 months ago from the short journey

      A great line up start to finish. Easy and delish really are important features. We love roasted veggies. Looking forward to trying the Mushroom Salad Wrap soon.

    • GetitScene profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Anderson 

      4 years ago from The High Seas

      Thank you. Looks like you have some wonderful recipe articles yourself.

    • sadstill22 profile image

      Annabel 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      you have made a great list of homecook meal that i love

    • GetitScene profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Anderson 

      4 years ago from The High Seas

      That is remarkably true! Neither my wife nor her sister can cook and only about two ladies I know even bother to try.

    • aethelthryth profile image

      aethelthryth 

      4 years ago from American Southwest

      This is what I learned in when I was in a singles group and there were many good male chefs and no good female ones: Men like to eat good food, and will cook it for themselves if they have to. Women often can bake, and would cook for someone else, but don't care enough about good food (especially meat dishes) to cook for themselves. So until and unless they get serious about getting married, women don't bother learning to cook and men do.

    • GetitScene profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Anderson 

      4 years ago from The High Seas

      LOL! It's funny because, I didn't want to say it, But the only people I know that can't cook are all ladies. WTH?!

    • weezyschannel profile image

      Lisa 

      4 years ago from Central USA

      Thank you for sharing this I will have to print it out and leave it for my husband who hates to cook

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)