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I found this in "The Blender Cookbook" from 1961, but I think it's better unblended. Since it all gets simmered, I don't see any reason why it couldn't start from frozen prechopped stuff. I like potato skins when baked or mashed, so why not when boiled?

It's one of the simplest recipes I love, and I think it only involves peeling/chopping, assembling, and then eating once the simmering is done. There is a lot of flavor for so few ingredients.

__Ingredients__

-2 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
-1 medium onion, sliced
-1/2 pound (~1/4 kg) fresh spinach
-3/4 cup (180 ml) water
-2 chicken boullion cubes
-1/8 tsp pepper

__Instructions__

Simmer for 15 minutes

They also suggest adding 1 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp nutmeg, but I think the chicken stock/boullion is salty enough, and I'm not a fan of nutmeg. They suggest blending when it has simmered and then adding 1 cup cream, but when I tried, that seemed to unnecessarily mash the flavors. Their other suggestion is to chill the blended potage and serve it with a sour cream topping. It's supposed to serve 6, but my recollection is that it serves 2. Maybe I usually make it smaller. I've tried it with veggie stock, and that is also tasty, though I like it less well. I upped the number of boullion cubes from 1 to 2 since more is better there, IMO.
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This is from the Cooking For People Who Don't carnival. It's a rice noodle and egg soup that is gluten-free and can be modified to be veggie/entirely vegan. (So, basically like a slightly more sophisticated version of ramen noodles with an egg cracked in...) It's really low-spoons. Recipe is written for total beginners.

time: 2 minutes pouring broth and assorted other things into a pot and giving it a good stir/turning the burner on
about 15-20 minutes while it gets good and heated and boiling [you can go do other things during this time]
about 8 minutes of noodles cooking (and if you're adding eggs, stirring eggs during this time)
about 3-4 minutes of adding eggs and letting them cook through
total time: 28-34 minutes if recipe isn't modified, of which 15-20 minutes can be spent elsewhere, so a total of 13-14 minutes spent at stove (spaced out)

spoons: (without recipe modification) lifting a soup pot onto the stove, putting things into it, stirring to combine ingredients for broth, stirring occasionally when noodles are added, stirring eggs together, having the coordination to pour eggs into the pot with one hand while stirring the pot with the other

ingredients: broth (chicken or veggie), rice noodles, flavorings for the broth (I use ginger paste, black pepper, sriracha sauce, powdered mustard and gluten-free soy sauce but these are just suggestions!), eggs (could be optional or replaced with chopped tofu)

cooking implements: (without recipe modification) soup pot, large spoon to stir/serve soup with, small bowl for egg whipping, something to whip the eggs with, a small spoon if you're trying to get ginger paste out of a jar or alternately a knife and cutting board/maybe a microplane grater if you're being fancy and using fresh ginger root?

nom nom nom, recipe mods added as we go )

Questions? Comments? Concerns?
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I love my slow cooker as I can dump stuff in, walk away, and come back to a meal.

This is my super-easy Split Pea Soup recipe

Water 6-8 c.
Dried split peas (yellow, green or a mix)1 c.
Sugar 1.5 tsp
Cornstarch 1 tsp
Celery Seeds 1/2 tsp
Dried onion 1 tsp
Pepper 1/4 tsp
Salt 1-1.5 tsp to taste

Add to slow cooker. Cook on low all day or high for ~4 hours until peas are soft.

Accessibility thoughts:
You need to be able to manage a slow cooker and those suckers are heavy.
Those peas are slippery so if one or two manage to get away from you (and they always do with me), and you don't have fine-motor control, you may not be able to pick them up.

Variations:
Depending on energy and ability to chop, you can substitute a chopped onion for the dried onion. I have some soup on right now and didn't have any cornstarch so I cut up about 2 cups of potatoes to help thicken it up. ETA: The potatoes were fantastic! They did make the soup more potato-y than split pea-y so if you add potatoes, you may want to add another 1/2 c. of dried split peas to balance it back out./ETA
You can blend it with an immersion blender if you want; although I never do.
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I've been remembering recently what a simple and useful recipe scones are. They're a very versatile recipe, and I've made a post in [community profile] boilingwater giving my mom's basic recipe and outlining some of the various substitutions and variations that are possible. I thought for this community I'd try posting a version of the recipe that's stripped down to the bare minimum, to be as simple as possible. This is a cross between a variant of my mother's scone recipe and a biscuit recipe from the More with Less cookbook. I'm calling this version biscuits rather than scones because they use baking powder rather than baking soda and cream of tartar as leavening. They're drop biscuits because you drop them like cookies onto a baking sheet rather than rolling out the dough and cutting out the scones.

Ingredients
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter or margarine (or less; down to 2 tablespoons should be okay)
1 cup water

Instructions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 215-220 degrees Celsius).

Mix together in a bowl the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Cut or rub in the butter or margarine.

Add the water, and mix quickly to form a soft dough.

Grease a baking sheet. Use spoons to drop the dough like cookies onto the baking sheet.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Best served hot.

(Note: this is an unsweetened variant, because omitting sugar is simplest. For slightly sweet biscuits, add 2-3 tablespoons sugar before adding water. For more information about variations and substitutions, see my post on scones in [community profile] boilingwater.)
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This is pretty much the only tofu recipe I use; there was another one I used before I found this one, but it used many of the same flavours while taking much longer to make. This is nice and simple.

Ingredients:
Oil (probably about 2-3 Tbsp, but I don't measure)
Onion, chopped (about 1/4 to 1/2 an onion, depending how big the onion is and how much onion you like)
Garlic, sliced thin (1-4 cloves depending on taste and clove size)
1/2 c. sliced mushrooms (optional, but I think it's much better with)

1 tsp ground ginger [1]
1/4 c. tamari soy sauce
1/2 c. water[2]
1 block tofu, cubed [3]

Instructions
Heat oil in pan. Sautee onion, garlic, and mushroom in hot oil until the mushrooms and onions are more or less cooked. Add tamari, water, ginger, and tofu. Simmer until tofu has had a chance to absorb some flavour, probably about 15 minutes or so.

I usually serve it on rice with vegetables on the side to make a complete meal. The sauce from the tofu can be used as a sauce on rice.

Notes
[1] Or, if you're more ambitious than I usually am, fresh ginger finely chopped; it might be best to add fresh ginger in the sauteeing stage.
[2] The original recipe I'm basing this off of calls for 1/4 c. water and optionally 1/4 c. sherry or wine. I've never tried it with sherry or wine, but it seems to need to be replaced with water rather than just omitted.
[3] The original recipe calls for 1 pound (454 g), but the blocks I typically get are only 14 oz (397 g); I suspect anywhere in a similar range would be fine.
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As I mentioned in my first post in this community, one of my major struggles with cooking is coordinating cooking and shopping. This is a recipe I find useful because all its ingredients don't go bad quickly, and therefore are easy to keep in stock, so I can make it even if I haven't planned ahead of time and gone shopping. Other things I find useful about it:
-It's vegan, and so is useful for the times when I need vegan recipes.
-It makes a large pot of food, so there are lots of leftovers which serve well as reheatable meals.
-It freezes tolerably well in single-serving-sized containers.
-Combined with vegetables on the side, it makes a complete meal.

It does have disadvantages; here are some obvious ones. It takes quite a while from start to finish. (It looks like it ought to take about an hour, but it usually takes me at least an hour and a half, and I prefer to budget two hours.) It requires considerable standing at the stove and stirring the frying onions and garlic.

I don't know if it will be appropriate to anyone else's needs, but here it is:

Moudjendra
(Lentils and Rice from Cyprus; adapted from Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian)

Ingredients:
2 c. dry brown/green lentils
1 c. long-grain white rice
1 1/2 t. salt
7 c. water

7 T. olive oil
1 medium to large onion
1/4 c. lemon juice
3 cloves garlic

Instructions:
Combine lentils and water in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer for 25 minutes. Add rice and salt and stir them in. Bring to a boil again. Turn heat back down and simmer for 25 minutes more. Mix lemon juice in.

While the lentils and rice are cooking[*], cut the onion in half lengthwise and then slice it into thin slices. Slice garlic cloves thinly. Heat olive oil in a frying pan and add onions and garlic to hot oil. Stir and fry until onion is medium brown.

Pour onion mixture over lentils-and-rice mixture and stir it all together. Ready to eat!

[*] I still haven't figured out exactly when in the cooking process it works best to start on the onions and garlic. If I start chopping them as soon as I put the lentils on to cook, they're done well before the lentil-rice mixture is ready. If I start chopping them after I add the rice to the lentils, the lentils and rice are done considerably before the onions are sufficiently fried. The latter is preferable to the former, but it would be nice to get them done at almost the same time. The details of timing will of course depend on how fast you chop things.
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This is a throw-together recipe that I made today with the what's-in-my-kitchen method of cooking. It was easy, fast and required just a bit of manual dexterity.
Super-easy Veggie Egg Sandwich )

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I'm a 40 yr. old writer with chronic pain and some neurological issues as well as PTSD, food allergies, and food intolerances. I love to free-style cook and I am looking to make dietary changes because I've been diagnosed with "that looks like Crohn's!". I do pay attention to caloric/nutritional content, only as a source of information. I'm not cooking for weight-loss, but I do need to know what's going in my body--food affects my body very strongly.

Here's a recipe that my family likes that requires a minimum of attention. I can't eat lentils anymore, but this used to be a staple for me. Any cutting can be done with a food processor, and this can also be pureed if necessary for easier eating. It freezes well and is highly nutritious.

All of these ingredients just go in a heavy-bottomed pot (I have not tried microwaving, but if you used canned or pre-cooked lentils, this would cook up in the microwave on medium-low heat if you pre-blanched the kale) and are simmered, covered, with occasional stirring until the lentils are soft as you like them. (30-45min). Just take out the bay leaves and serve as is.

Lentil & Kale SoupKale and Lentil Soup
1 tin San Marzano Plum Tomatoes; use the whole thing, slicing the tomatoes and nipping off any tough ends
2c. chicken, beef, or vegetable stock, any way you want to get it
1c. French lentils, rinsed (these are beautiful green-blue lentils that hold up well to cooking)
1/3 bunch kale, washed (4-5 large leaves), either cut the ribs off, then roll the leaves up and slice into ribbons OR simply tear bite-sized chunks off the rib and discard the rest
1 small onion, sliced OR you could simply cut this roughly if you don't have the dexterity to slice it
2 cloves garlic, crushed using a garlic press or just smush it with the flat of a knife and then chop it roughly
1T olive oil
2 bay leaves, removed before serving

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I just invented this recipe. I'm honestly not sure how cookable it is, but it's a fast way to make a rice dish with good flavor and interesting texture and that suits some of my needs so perhaps it'll suit someone else's as well. More about the cookability and pros/cons of this dish )
1) Sautee 1 quarter of a large-ish onion and three celery stalks (both chopped), till onion is translucent.
2) Add 1/2 teaspoon each coriander, ginger, and paprika. Salt and pepper to taste - I used cubeb pepper, which is very mild - white pepper would also be good, probably. There's something a little off about the seasoning - maybe too much coriander? I've hardly ever cooked with it all, so hard to tell - but it definitely works.
3) Add two cups pre-cooked rice. Mix it all up.

Protein for this dish could be bolstered with chick peas. Carrot, shallots, and garlic could be used to vary the flavors.

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Sep. 16th, 2010 09:21 am
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I follow the [syndicated profile] stonesoup_feed  and thought it would be a good rec for those of us in this community.  She posts simple recipes with five ingredients or less.  Her stuff is very creative.  There is a nice mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian.  Where my idea of simple and easy often does not include veggies, her stuff always seems to.  There are pretty pictures to inspire you to try recipes (and make you hungry which can be a benefit for those of us who have issues with appetite). 

I have copied today's recipe under the cut so that you can see how she lays them out but I encourage you to look over her past entries as well.  At least once a week I think, "yum, I should make that."  Also, if you go to her blog, she has an ebook for free with recipes but I admit to downloading and then never working my way through it.  The feed is just a more user-friendly for me and how my brain works.

 

Scrambled Tofu with Tomato and Peppers )

 



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[personal profile] rooibos and I are working our way through How to Cook Everything (which is a really great cookbook! Buy it if you see it in a used bookstore!) by Mark Bittman, and this is one of our favorites so far. I've modified it a little bit with my notes.

Serves: Four, with some sort of supplemental bread. Without bread, it serves closer to three.

Pros: Mostly unattended. Very few ingredients. Good for people who have time instead of spoons. Can easily be accomplished by someone learning to cook. Uses ingredients that store well. Very little cutting. Can be made up to 2 days in advance.

Cons: Requires blending. Not quick. Requires a little bit of knife work

Materials:
  • Medium-large saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Blender or food processor
  • Measuring cup
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

    Time: Between 30 minutes and 2 hours, based on the beans you use.

    Recipe and ingredients under here! )
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    Since I can't sleep, let me tell share a few things with you all : ) And btw, these are dishes which I find easy in terms of speed, simplicity, accommodating limited mental spoons - not necessarily great for manual dexterity issues, maybe they are, I just know that these recipes work for me. Mostly, they require some rough measuring and I suggest shiitake mushrooms as optional ingredients a couple times - they're not the easiest thing to cut.


    1) Rice cookers! Possibly many of you know about these already, but for those who don't, the great thing about rice cookers is that you put in the rice, you put in the water, you turn it on, it cooks, it turns off automatically, and keeps it warm. On bad days, I've put the rice on, stumbled back to bed, and when I got up there was hot food for me to eat.

    Read more... )

    2) I tried one of the recipes from the Stone Soup cookbook which [personal profile] rydra_wong linked to a little while ago: the simple soba noodle soup with bok choy (page 21). Read more... )


    3) Green beans and cashews )

    ETA: added some cut tags

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    This one only makes two or three servings, but it's a favourite of mine for cooking up for lunch on one day and saving for lunch and/or snacks the next day. Also makes a great low-energy dinner. It was invented by a friend of a former housemate, so all due credit to former housemate's friend. (Re-post from [community profile] batchlunch)

    Pros: It's FAST (total cooking time - as long as it takes to cook spaghetti); simple; low on chopping; dairy-free and vegetarian unless you add the optional meat ingredients.
    Cons: Requires manual dexterity to scoop out an avocado, lifting pots and water to cook spaghetti; optional ingredients all require a more fiddling around.

    For the noms! )
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    I've had low energy on and off again, so my kitchen activities are related to "Do I already have all the ingredients and assembly is one pot/dish?" 

    Time, including prep: ~25 minutes
    Ability levels: Can be done while sitting, in stages, and pretty entirely in the microwave. However, you do need to be able to cut the squash (either before or after it's cooked) and scrape the insides into a bowl.

    Ingredients:
    *One spaghetti squash
    *4 to 8 oz. of feta cheese
    *3 or so tablespoons of olive oil
    *1 can of flame roasted tomatoes with chilies (optional)

    I microwave the squash as per this website.  You can microwave it halved or whole; each half takes 7-10 minutes, in which you can be sitting down and not having to stare at the microwave/oven) while microwaving whole can take up to 15 or more minutes. I went with whole because I'd rather get it a little too under or over cooked than have to do the microwaving bit twice.

    Once it's soft enough, scrape the flesh into a bowl, drizzle the olive oil over it, and throw in the feta and the tomatoes, if you so choose (it's fine either way).  Mix the ingredients together quickly and serve. Keeps fine in the fridge.

    All told, it took about 25 minutes for the entire dish and the most strenuous thing for me was scraping the squash's flesh into the bowl.

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