Hi, I just joined. I'm not entirely sure I belong here, but I think some of my struggles with cooking might fit with this community.
My main struggles with cooking have to do with meal planning, recipe selection, and coordinating associated shopping.
I don't think I've gotten any worse at these things over time, but I think in the last few years my circumstances have changed so that I'm in more challenging situations.( long list of details )
So there's the long version. I suppose the primary things I'm looking for are:
1. Simple practically-vegan meal plans, or if not complete meal plans, vegan protein recipes that can be combined into my typical cooking pattern.
2. Simple meat-containing recipes that I can integrate into my typical cooking pattern.
I suppose it's worth noting my own dietary restrictions:
1. No nuts or peanuts (pine nuts are okay, though)
2. No hot pepper or black pepper (not a health restriction, but I find even small quantities unpleasant).
Finally, I'll present a very simple chicken recipe that I found useful in my first years of living away from home, though I'd almost forgotten about it and haven't made it in a very long time.
1/2 c. flour
1 t. salt
1 t. paprika (optional)
1/4 t. pepper (optional)
Pieces of chicken with skin on, as many as desired.
2 t. butter or oil (or 1 t. butter 1 t. oil)
Combine A. ingredients in a plastic bag. Add a piece or two of chicken and shake until well coated. Repeat until you have coated all you want.[*]
Heat butter/oil in a baking dish in a 425°F (about 220°C) oven until melted (only a minute or two).
Place coated chicken skin sides down in pan.
Cook uncovered 30 minutes.
Turn chicken; cook uncovered about 30 minutes longer.
At its simplest, this recipe would involve only 4 ingredients: chicken, flour, salt, butter/oil.
[*] Put a tie twister on the bag once the chicken is baking, label the bag, and put it in the freezer for the next time you make oven-fried chicken. You could also double or triple the coating recipe and put it in a plastic container to save time for the future.