How to create a meal with 5 ingredients?

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  1. profile image53
    Sleepless in UKposted 9 years ago

    I consider myself as a good cook. Cooking for my loved ones for over 30 years now. Still, lately I find myself running of ideas.
    Can you create a meal with only 5 ingredience? Is so, can you share your meal ideas?

    Many thanks.

    1. Gordon Hamilton profile image97
      Gordon Hamiltonposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Relax. You are suffering a simple crisis of confidence through possible boredom. You are worrying about it being difficult, thus making it difficult!! smile

      Step one: clear your mind of preconceptions, Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and whomever... smile

      Step two: think of five basic ingredients that you and your family love. Don't think about how you can combine them at this stage - just come up with the ingredients. Try - if possible - to make them in some way reasonably compatible. Semolina, link sausages, red cabbage, golden syrup and gooseberries may be original - but you will seriously limit your options. smile

      Step three has many possible forms. (Note that seasonings do not count as ingredients - salt/pepper/herbs/spices.)

      1) Think of how these ingredients are best cooked. How can they be combined in this way?

      2) Google two, three or more of these ingredients with the word, "Recipe," included. You may be surprised by the results!

      This is a starter for 10. I hope it helps. Remember - rules in cooking only apply with regard to safety, ie never serve under-cooked chicken or pork, etc. Provided what you serve to eat is safe to eat, if you and your family enjoy it, never let anyone tell you you are wrong or that your recipe is inferior.

      I hope that you refind your creativity and enjoy!

    2. onegoodwoman profile image70
      onegoodwomanposted 9 years agoin reply to this you have the five ingredients in mind, or shall I supply them?

      hamburger / ground beef
      Doritos chips

      cook beef and drain
      add chopped tomatoes
      sauteeed onion
      and crushed chips
      sprinkled over a bed of lettuce

      if you have cheese, or peppers add to mixture..........the more the merrier

      1. onegoodwoman profile image70
        onegoodwomanposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I see some creative cooks on board!

  2. reversecharles profile image57
    reversecharlesposted 9 years ago

    1. steak
    2. potato
    3. butter
    4. sour cream
    5. salt


  3. richtwf profile image61
    richtwfposted 9 years ago

    Simple Egg fried rice:

    1) Whisked eggs

    2) Boiled rice

    3) Salt

    4) Dark Soy Sauce

    5) Oil

    Basically prepare boiled rice, then preheat suitable non-stick frying pan or preferably a heavy wok, then add oil and swish it gently around the whole pan/wok until it starts to smoke a little. Next add whisked egg and stir around quickly. Egg will take no more than 10-15 seconds to cook then add boiled rice, season with salt and dark soy sauce and stir continuously for three to five minutes.

    P.S. For a more elaborate fried rice, you can add pre-cooked and small chopped pieces of vegetable and meat.

    1. alternate poet profile image67
      alternate poetposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah !

  4. profile image0
    Rhysjcposted 9 years ago

    My favourite is parmesan risotto. It's just butter, white wine, water, arborio rice and parmesan. I think that's it. Or there's chocolate cake in a mug if you're feeling lazy.

  5. sim0n30 profile image60
    sim0n30posted 9 years ago

    pasta, steak mince, fresh puréed tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil

  6. Brupie profile image64
    Brupieposted 9 years ago

    On cold Minnesota mornings I like to make congee (rice porridge).  I use: short grain sticky rice, chicken stock (or a fraction of a chicken bullion cube), julienned carrots, chopped green onions and of course, water.

  7. profile image48
    thisissaraposted 9 years ago

    ramen noodle packet
    vegetables such as: carrots, squash, zucchini
    a smidgen of olive oil
    sautee veggies in oil, add flavor packet, add noodles and water to cover, when noodles are done add egg and you can either scramble it in the boiling water or you can "poach"it in the boiling water so the yolk is still runny. thats what i do! its delicious and filling!

  8. profile image51
    datadollposted 9 years ago

    How about:

    Roast Chicken
    Sweet corn
    Green Beans
    Sliced cucumbers
    Sliced tomatoes


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