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Can’t Cook? Try These Ideas!

April 18, 2012

Many people think they can’t cook because they’ve never learned. It’s a skill, like any other skill. Start with simple meals. You can do this! Here are some easy ones to start with.

Mexican Rabbit Casserole

1 pound rabbit meat, diced (cut up finely)

10 ounce can enchilada sauce

10 ounce can cream of chicken soup

10 ounce can cream of mushroom soup

13 ounce package corn chips, divided

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Brown meat slightly in a tablespoon of oil. Add enchilada sauce and soups, heating thoroughly. Put 3/4 bag of chips in 9×13 inch sprayed or greased pan. Pour meat mixture over chips, top with cheese and remaining chips. Bake for 20 minutes.

No Cook Strawberry Salad

Combine a 16 ounce carton (drained) of cottage cheese with a 6 ounce package strawberry gelatin. Mix well, then gently fold (stir) in an 8 ounce carton of whipped topping. Spoon into glass serving dish, refrigerate 2-3 hours before serving. Makes about 6 servings.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. whateverisinthekitchen permalink
    April 18, 2012 10:58 AM

    This is what I blog for–people who maybe don’t think that they can cook. My anecdote about this is trying to help a former boyfriend learn how to cook. I pulled out a Betty Crocker cookbook and said, “Let’s find something simple to start with.” Instead, he insisted on a fritata!! Ultimately, I realized that following the instructions was the problem…for someone who had never cooked, he didn’t understand some of the (to me simple) prep aspects of the recipe. And when the recipe said “Prep time 20 minutes”, he thought that meant putting the whole recipe together, cooking, etc., so when a recipe took an hour or more because he didn’t have a context for managing his time, he would get really frustrated.

    I discovered that we who cook take a lot of things for granted. Someone showed me how to chop stuff up, and helped me learn how to plan the time it would take. All of this to say, I agree with your premise here. Anyone can do this!

    • April 18, 2012 1:54 PM

      Points taken!! And some great ideas for future posts! Thanks!

      • whateverisinthekitchen permalink
        April 18, 2012 2:06 PM

        Ah, you’re sweet! That guy is always in my head, but I have to admit I’m not sure I’m always aware of what a non-cook would NOT know. Wow, that’s a mouthful, even to type!

  2. April 18, 2012 4:16 PM

    start with something like mac and cheese….and since you want to teach them to cook, try to use all prime ingredients and stay away from processed foods….this is an opportunity to teach it in a healthy fashion.

    • April 18, 2012 11:21 PM

      I understand the thought there – but also that we all learn differently. While of course we’d love to promote what we do (and use foods we produce!) this blog isn’t intended to be a “buy our stuff” blog. For some using canned or boxed ingredients to start with is an achievement in itself…learning to put them together. I hear too many stories of people not taking cans of things at food banks because they don’t know how to use enchilada sauce or other things. Thanks for visiting – and points taken! Finding a balance is tough!

      • April 19, 2012 5:16 AM

        Good point. I was responsible for cooking the family’s dinner by the time I was 14 years old so I have my kids involved as soon as they could sit up on the counter. It amazed me that my kids’ friends could not cook anything until they were teenagers, and by then the desire is less. One more area where parents are slacking. But that’s another issue! LOL

      • April 19, 2012 1:04 PM

        Yes it is! Although we sell to those who want that garden to table experience, we realize many may come to the blog from other ways…and that can be an opportunity! Maybe someone doesn’t have enough confidence to do what we may think is simple, or they have something they’re not sure how to use. Maybe they’re down on their luck and get some food from a church bag or other means. And, sometimes we use “commercial” recipes because they look awesome and we figure that if Kraft puts a brand of salsa or something in there, people can opt to use their own homemade salsa just as well! And yes I agree on teaching to cook…Connor has learned a lot in the last year, from unsure about much to cooking chili cheese fries or raising, killing, deboning and cooking a chicken – and he’s quite proud of it (as are we!). He isn’t stuck with a microwave. 🙂

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