Cooking for single guys on a budget

19 Jan



Yeah, sure, single ladies on a budget can use this book too, but much in the spirit of Thug Kitchen, I am helping a friend collect recipes aimed at single men specifically, on a budget.


Here is the basic premise of the book: simple recipes, simple ingredients, no special tools.  Picture a guy who has been on his feet all day, coming home to a small apartment, wanting dinner. He doesn’t have a ton of money to spend, he’s tired and he just wants something fast, cheap and ideally, healthy.


Readers, any suggestions for me? I’ve submitted hummus, which is incredibly easy to make and tastes amazing! A can of chick peas, some garlic and lemon juice. Mush it up with a fork. Eat with pitas or just eat out of the bowl.


Cheap, fast, delicious, nutritious.


There are tons of great resources out there when it comes to cooking on a budget and cooking for one, but there is nothing better than the voice of experience saying “this recipe really is the bomb” – what is your favorite cheap, fast meal that you think most guys would like?


Thank you in advance for your suggestions!


Lots of love,





47 Responses to “Cooking for single guys on a budget”

  1. tom174 January 19, 2015 at 15:53 #

    I usually cook on the weekends an freeze it. Spaghetti bolognese is a dish that is affordable, if you add enough carrots, onions and other vegetables healthy, easy to freeze (just the sauce ofc) and easy to massproduce.


  2. insanitybytes22 January 19, 2015 at 16:03 #

    Crock pots are often under utilized by single guys. They make some nice ones, small enough for one or two people. The great thing about crock pots is that you put the food in there, plug it in, and when you come home, you’ve got a delicious meal that’s been cooking in it’s own juices all day. Pot roast is always a good one, meat, vegitables, seasoning, done, and in a crock pot, almost always guaranteed to come out moist and delicious. Chili is great in crock pots. A can of mushroom soup and some pork chops simmering in it all day can be tasty and simple.


  3. Alan January 19, 2015 at 16:37 #

    Ginger Beef Stir Fry
    one pound lean ground beef or ground chuck or ground turkey
    one small onion
    one garlic clove
    one 16 oz. package of precut coleslaw mix (or broccoli slaw)
    1/2 tsp black pepper
    1 tsp soy sauce
    1 tsp ginger
    1/4 cup water

    Chop onion and garlic
    Brown ground beef on medium high heat in large skillet with black pepper, onion, and garlic
    Drain fat
    mix in bag of slaw
    add in soy sauce and ginger
    Stir fry slaw/beef mix for 3-5 minutes on medium high heat till fully mixed
    Add water, cover skillet, and simmer on low heat 10 minutes or until slaw softens
    Serve alone (very low carb) or over cooked rice.

    Vary pepper, soy and ginger quantities to taste.

    Use stew beef, chopped chicken breast, pork, shrimp, or fish instead of ground beef.
    Add orange or lemon slices or substitute orange juice for water.
    Use frozen hash browns instead of slaw mix (microwave first to thaw).
    Add water chestnuts, mushrooms, chick peas, or black beans.


  4. Tyler January 19, 2015 at 16:49 #

    This is vegetarian, FYI to the carnivores.

    Steam rice (follow instructions on bag)
    When rice is ready, heat one can progresso lentil soup (not fat free) in microwave, mix in with rice. Serve with tortilla chips, eat as dip.

    Cheap, easy, and nutritious (I think, not a dietician). Big downside is the rice can take a little while to cook, but the prep is almost 0. I use brown rice, I like how the earthy flavor goes with the lentil soup, but it takes longer to steam. For white rice, I usually throw in some basil or rosemary before it cooks.

    Fun fact: it is possible to overdose on rosemary.


  5. EWK January 19, 2015 at 17:16 #

    The crockpot is the single man’s friend. There are so many easy things you can do with it – the only drawback is that it won’t yield an instant dinner.

    Just off the top of my head: Toss a few chicken breasts and some barbeque or buffalo sauce, buy a few rolls, and bam, you have shredded chicken sandwiches, easy peasy. Throw in some salsa instead and you have shredded chicken you can use in tacos. Crock pot chili is easy/good too, brown some ground beef, sautee some vegetables, throw in some spices, and toss the mixture in the crockpot to cook overnight or while you’re at work. There are a ton other things you can do with a crockpot too, pot roast, beef stew, etc. it’s a great cooking tool for a single guy to have. Get one big enough that you have enough food for a couple of days, and you don’t have to cook every day!

    Other easy things that are good: cut up a chicken breast and some vegetables, let them cook, mix in some teryaki sauce and a can of pineapples with the juice, and serve over rice. Or, cut up some sausage and vegetables, cook it up, and pour a jar of marinara in with the mixture, and you can serve with pasta.


  6. yoko January 19, 2015 at 17:29 #

    How about spaghetti cabonara?

    It´s my favorite dish in case of emergency.


  7. Master Beta January 19, 2015 at 17:43 #

    Raw eggs


  8. Master Beta January 19, 2015 at 17:43 #

    My specialty is steak, bacon and eggs


  9. Heresolong January 19, 2015 at 18:13 #

    Ditto on crock-pots. I am not really on a budget being a single professional with a side hobby that brings in good money but I am time crunched due to the two “jobs”. Get a big crock-pot (5 1/2 quarts is what I have) and on Sunday morning fire it up with stew, chili, spaghetti sauce, roasts, chicken, whatever. Sunday afternoon portion it into freezer and fridge containers and stash it. If you eat a couple helpings that week and freeze the rest, after a few weeks you will have four or five different meals in the freezer to pull out whenever you want. As far as recipes go, you can pretty much make any recipe you want and use a crock-pot cookbook to find out how long it should cook in the pot.

    Here is my favorite stew:

    4 pounds beef cut into 1-inch cubes
    4 tablespoons flour
    2 tsp salt

    Mix salt and flour in a plastic storage container and shake them up. Add beef cubes a dozen or so at a time, shake like mad, then brown in a bit of shortening. Do this until the beef is all browned.

    In crock-pot mix:

    3 cups strong coffee
    4 tablespoons molasses
    2 cloves minced garlic (the stuff that comes pre-minced in a jar is a great time saver)
    2 tsp salt
    1 or 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    1 tsp dried oregano
    1/4 tsp cayenne
    8 carrots cut into bite sized pieces
    4 onions quartered
    4 or 5 medium potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces

    Fill with beef stock until the water level is about an inch below the top of the ingredients.

    Cook on low eight hours or high four hours.


  10. Alex January 19, 2015 at 18:37 #

    I really got into legumes when I discovered Asian spices. If you have an Asian food store in your neighborhood you’re in luck.

    Try split red lentils. They’re tasty, cook quickly (20min).
    Saute 1/2 an onion. Add 2 cups of dried red lentils, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 2 tbs of Thai red curry paste and a splash of fish sauce. Cook for 20 minutes. Serve with some crusty bread.

    To hummus lovers – buy a bag of chana dal, which is a smaller Indian variety of the chickpea. Chana dal is the chickpea, split in half, during which process, it removes the skin of the chickpea making for a much smoother hummus.


  11. Billl Sanders January 19, 2015 at 19:16 #

    I have been single for 14 years now. Lost 35 lbs last year on the Paleo Diet. No grains, no sugar, no dairy. I can eat unlimited veggies, 1 piece of fruit (fructose), eggs, nuts (except for peanuts, which are legumes), eggs, meat and coconut oil. I also limit my eating to 8 hours/day. So I skip breakfast (first 4-6 hours of the day). Also, very important to fast the last 3 hours before bed.

    I do my stretches (chiropractor designed) first and last thing each day. Take my 30 walk each day right after stretching. My body is forced to burn fat once the minimal glucose stores are gone.

    Then make a smoothie consisting of water, Calm magnesium powder, Braggs apple cider vinegar, maca powder, colostrum, milled flax seeds, hemp seeds and salvia seeds, whey powder, cacao powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, liquid L-Carnitine, Green Vibrance powder, Swansons blueberry concentrate, kakadu juice, acai juice, aloe vera juice and Silk dark chocolate almond milk. Stir, put in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, chop up the frozen top part and add ice cubes. Sip with a few supplement capsules prior to my first meal.

    My main meal will be an organic salad with a little no hormome, no antibiotic, grass finished meat (pre-cooked and chopped into 1″ chunks in the freezer). I rarely eat fish, due to high mercury content and now radioactive conerns in the Pacific. i like blue cheese or ranch dressing, but avoid any brand with soybean, canola or corn oil in it. Yogurt, sour cream or olive oil is a better base.

    My main meal the next day will be 2 fried eggs over easy, cut in half & folded over with crumbled blue cheese in the middle. 1.5-2 slices of bacon (pre-cooked, frozen and microwaved) and a generous portion of fermented veggies. I alternate days with the meals. If I want something sweet, my naturopathic doctor told me to eat 1 teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil along with a bite of chocolate bar (must be 70% cacao of higher).

    Snacks are fruit, nuts and smoked ham, salami and 1/4 slice of cheese – rolled up with toothpick with brown mustard for dipping and 1/4 dill pickle. I dink almost 1 gallon of ionized alkaline water per day.


  12. Mark January 19, 2015 at 19:41 #

    I usually just make a sandwich. Does that score points for challenging gender roles? Or no, because I also eat the sandwich?


  13. comslave (@comslave) January 19, 2015 at 20:27 #

    For dinner, I make a stew with beef, potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, garlic and spices. I make enough for 5 meals and freeze it in portions. After that I just nuke it and eat.

    similarly, I make a large amount of pancakes and freeze them as well.


  14. Observasaurus Rex January 19, 2015 at 20:50 #

    My recent favorite is a curry stirfry I threw together one day, almost by accident.
    First you need some chicken. Personally I cook a whole bunch ahead of time, cube the cooked chicken after it’s done, and freeze it in a bunch of freezer bags. You can buy in bulk and save a lot of money that way, especially when it’s on sale.

    So I toss some cooked cubed chicken, and a bunch of various vegetables in a big saucepan (usually green peppers, green beans, broccoli and carrots, but any non-leafy should work), cover with a can of coconut milk, and add maybe 1/4 cup of curry spice (to taste). Simmer for like 2 hours and you’re done. I usually make 4 meals worth at a time and it easily keeps 4 days in the fridge. Once it’s done, leftovers are 2min in the microwave away, with very little loss of taste.


  15. Carchamp1 January 19, 2015 at 21:01 #

    The most helpful thing is to cook on the weekend and refrigerate/freeze. Many soups and chili are cheap, easy to make, and easy to reheat for later.

    (Very easy) Chili w/ (sorry Elam) 3 beans (serves “a lot”)

    3 lbs 85/15 ground beef
    1 can black beans
    1 can pinto beans
    1 can light red kidney beans
    1 small onion
    1 green pepper
    1 bottle tomato juice (46 oz)
    1 can tomato sauce (29 oz)
    2 heaping tsp jarred minced garlic
    2 (flow over, dump in more if you want to) T hot sauce
    1/3 heaping cup chili powder
    1 heaping tsp cumin
    1 heaping tsp oregano
    1 heaping tsp ground black pepper
    1 heaping tsp kosher salt
    1 heaping tsp sugar

    1. Brown ground beef and drain fat
    2. Dice onion and green pepper (I use a food processor)
    3. Rinse beans
    4. Dump everything in pot with meat
    5. Bring to boil, then simmer, uncovered, for one hour.

    Presto! You’re done. Enjoy! Adjust recipe to your taste.


  16. that1susan January 19, 2015 at 21:17 #

    There are some really yummy ideas on this blog.

    As for my ideas, just off the top of my head…

    One fast meal my husband always loves is a salad that includes meat and cheese, Romaine lettuce plus any other raw vegetables we have in the house, cottage cheese if we have it, plus other kinds of grated cheese, and bacon and/or small pieces of ham, beef, sausage, or chicken, and possibly hardboiled eggs, topped with a dressing.

    Another super fast meal he likes, when in the mood for salmon or tuna, is composed by boiling and draining egg noodles and adding mayonnaise, seasonings, and salmon or tuna. Sometimes he straight up asks for it and loves it, and sometimes I suggest it and he makes a really disgusted face, so it’s only a success when it’s a success. 🙂 When I have frozen peas, thawing them under running water and stirring them into this dish is a good way to add a vegetable.

    Since my husband does a lot of the cooking now that I’m working and he’s a full-time stay at home dad, he often likes to make roast beef in the roasting pan. For my husband, the only required element in any meal is the meat, so sometimes that’s all he’s prepared by the time I’ve finished work, and if I didn’t think about any vegetables ahead of time, I end up throwing together a salad at the last minute, or sometimes even just adding raw carrots and/or celery to consume with the meat. But if I happen to make it into the kitchen at least a couple of hours before the roast is done, I like to scrub and cut up some potatoes, and possibly other vegetables, and throw them into the roasting pan to let them simmer with the juices from the meat.

    When our grocery budget is low and all we have is canned vegetables, my husband makes a wonderful pot pie with chicken or some other kind of meat, canned vegetables, and cream of mushroom soup. Sometimes we like just making it a shepherd’s pie by topping it with mashed potatoes, instead of using a crust.


  17. Donald January 19, 2015 at 21:33 #

    Quick tortilla stew.

    1 12.5 oz can chicken breast (drained)
    1 10 oz can ro tel diced tomatoes and green chiles

    Grated cheese
    Tabasco to taste

    Mix ingredients thoroughly, microwave 3 minutes or eat cold, alone or with tortilla chips.

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  18. judgybitch January 19, 2015 at 21:44 #

    Oh that sounds yummy!


  19. LuxCalida January 19, 2015 at 23:07 #

    Chicken noodle soup cheat

    time: however long it takes to boil noodles +3-5 min.

    Rotisserie Chicken ($5-7)
    Bag of assorted frozen veggies ($2)
    Chicken broth or water (for flavor, preferably chicken broth)($0-4)
    Noodles (depends on the kind of noodle you like)

    Boil the noodles in the chicken broth or water, when the noodles are almost done add the frozen vegetables.

    Shred and skin however much of the chicken you want in the soup, add to the pot, save the rest for lunch tomorrow.

    Salt and pepper to taste

    Simmer until veggies are at your preferred consistency.

    Optional: dried oregano, dried basil, garlic powder, onion powder, small cam of cream of mushroom soup, red pepper flakes.

    Those 99 cent things of spices from the dollar store are lifesavers.

    Source: Poor starving college student who was tired of pizza. It’s not moms soup, but its not half bad. Hopefully this is helpful.


  20. LuxCalida January 19, 2015 at 23:22 #

    Chicken “Parm” Cheat

    Not the healthiest, but you can get all the ingredients at the dollar store.

    Shredded Mozzarella
    Frozen Chicken nuggets
    pasta sauce

    Put a layer of chicken nuggets on a microwave safe plate
    Cover with pasta sauce
    add shredded cheese on top

    microwave 3-7 min, depending on the microwave.


  21. Hiba January 20, 2015 at 00:55 #

    Typical woman overcomplicating things. Meat + vegetables + fry pan + sauce = man meal. The same thing every night of the week is fine. Its women who have weird, psycho-sexual relationship with food.


  22. Loner Black January 20, 2015 at 01:28 #

    On my shopping list but in the mean time i make due with a rice cooker/steamer and George Foreman grill.

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  23. Ferrum January 20, 2015 at 02:38 #

    I’m seeing a lot of ideas that aren’t designed by men that have just come home from work and are as tired as you can get.

    As a single man that doesn’t really care too much for nasty carrots and lettuce, bane of all that is holy and sacred, I have quite a few recipes that I rely on to fuel the fires.

    It should be understood that I am single, male and a blacksmith. As such, I really don’t care too much about pretty or fancy, and I can make do just fine with bacon and eggs. Eggs are good, but bacon fills all the necessary food groups.

    Beef Rice: 1 can of Campbell’s Beef Stew, Chunky. Add one can of water. Simmer in a pot. Add enough regular, American white rice. Simmer until the rice is cooked. The more rice, the thicker it gets. I like it watery so there’s plenty to sop up with bread and butter.

    This is a very filling meal and has all the vitamins and minerals a man could ask for. Some bread and butter to sop of the gravy is wonderful and only makes the meal more filling.

    Ham Steaks and Perogie: Throw one ham steak in the oven on broil. Take one pack of Mrs T’s potato and cheese perogie and throw it in a pot of water to boil. Once the perogie have thawed, put them in a skillet with some sliced onions. Eat the ham steak and perogies, and be very happy with life.

    Grilled Cheese: Using regular American cheese, add one or two slices to some buttered bread and make a proper grilled cheese sandwich. Maybe add some salami or pepperoni to the mix to spice things up. Make one can of tomato soup, being sure to add a splash of regular milk (none of that 2% shit!) to thin the soup a hair. Dip the sandwich in the soup to make life right!!

    I have more if anyone’s interested.

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  24. Ferrum January 20, 2015 at 02:41 #

    Amen, brother! I’m seeing far too recipes with more than three ingredients!!

    A raw carrot is good for nibbling on, but if I have to cut up more than one onion, the meal just isn’t worth eating.

    I’ve eaten cheeseburgers five nights a week and not minded one bit.


  25. cosplayconstruction January 20, 2015 at 03:50 #

    Get some prosciutto ham. Then buy a medium-tier garlic/cheese frozen pizza. Tear a couple of slices of the ham into shreds and place them on top of the pizza, then bake. (Add chopped veggies if you like.) It’s a good way to turn a cheap frozen pizza into a gourmet-tasting meal

    Fry up some chicken breasts and slice them into cubes or strips. Then add teriyaki sauce (you can buy it at the store for maximum laziness) and dilute the sauce with olive oil. Serve with rice (You can also buy ready made rice at the store now–you don’t have to cook it. It’s more spendy but it saves a lot of time and energy spent washing dishes.


  26. genderneutrallanguage January 20, 2015 at 04:44 #

    If you want simple meals for one nothing is better than sandwiches. There is a huge selection of sandwiches that are all very easy to make and tasty and healthy and are a meal for one. A Ruben is a grilled corned beef sandwich on rye with swiss and sourkrout.


  27. pukeko60 January 20, 2015 at 05:29 #

    OK… I have just walked home, it’s dinner, and the menu is fried rice. The cheats way.

    1. Cook rice. I use a rice cooker, and you should to: I generally make enough for three days at once.
    2. Cut up some bacon. Add whatever needs to be eaten that is a protein. Add spring onions if adventurous. Have two eggs handy.
    3. Get out a frypan or wok and get it hot.
    4. Add a small amount of a fat, then bacon, let it render for about a minute, then FROZEN vegetables (From the packet) then the rice and spring onions. Keep the heat going. When the vegetables are fully thawed, meal. (I aim for about the same volume rice as veges. YMMV)

    Cooked every am for five years, half awake before sending boys to high school. As a solo Dad.


  28. farkennel January 20, 2015 at 11:01 #

    With the assumption you have a sizable freezer,spend a day making a shitload of stuff,all different types of meat sauce and mushrooms.Plastic container it up,take one out before you go to work and have some veg or salad in the fridge.Saves wads of time and in effort,except for the cooking day.Having some basic cooking skills and a bit of forethought,food for the single man need not be a drudge.If you`re completely fucking useless in the kitchen,GO TO A COOKING CLASS!! Might meet a hot babe to go along with your new found skills.Bon apetite.


  29. Paul Murray January 20, 2015 at 12:13 #

    What strange, new idea are these “recipies” of which you speak?

    Purchase meat. Purchase vegetables. Slice everything. Put in a frypan with a little oil. Cook until no longer raw. Add soy sauce, coriander, and thai sweet chilli sauce. Eat.

    On a more serious note: fresh vegetables go off before you an cook ’em, and they are never actually fresh anyway if you are getting them from a supermarket. Frozen vegetables are a single person’s friend.

    “Meat and potatoes” is a staple. Prepare meat by frying. Prepare potatoes by boiling.

    I found a small pressure cooker on ebay. Works fine, but if you are doing a lot of soupls and stews with it be sure to get some fiber. I’m talking pink tulip if you don’t.

    Does anyone not know about dividing mince into portions and using freezer bags? I suppose it might be news to some people.


  30. Brian January 20, 2015 at 14:57 #

    This can be found in the Asian section at Walmart grocery stores, and many other chains. The instructions are right on the box, makes several meals worth of food, and freezes pretty well. Being diabetic, I especially like that my sugar is actually lower 2 hours after I ate it than before.

    Cook the onions and meat of your choice. Add 2.5 cups of water, some carrots and potatoes (I like to throw in peanuts too), and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes or so (don’t recall the exact time), then throw in the sauce blocks and stir to mix it up until the sauce blocks all break down.


  31. quasi January 20, 2015 at 17:11 #

    Anyone mentioned omelettes yet? Got to be one of the easiest, quickest meals out there. Made myself one for lunch today – with mushrooms, peppers and salami – took me all of five minutes, if that. Lots of recipes and How to’s on YouTube, but you basically beat two or three eggs in a bowl and pour into a frying pan. And… that’s about it!


  32. Eric January 20, 2015 at 17:34 #

    Bannock bread. It’s normally a camping recipe that’s quick, easy, and forgiving to make. Thus, it’s also ideal for the kitchen as a fresh-baked bread recipe for bachelors.

    1. Mix together dry ingredients first: flour and baking soda. Add wet ingredients next: water and vinegar. (Vinegar combines with the baking soda for leavening and also neutralizes the salty baking soda taste). Mix by hand into dough.

    I don’t measure amounts, but you can find bannock recipes on-line to get you started on ratios. With about 2 cups of flour, it takes 5 minutes or less to go from separate ingredients to dough.

    Tip: The main caution is don’t add too much liquid, which thins out the dough for a thin, not tasty bannock. Better to underwater at the start and add water as needed to achieve proper dough consistency.

    2. Cook it.

    2a. Bake it. Spread the dough on a pan or whatever you use to bake with. Spreading the dough thinner or thicker gives you a thinner or thicker bannock with different textures. Play around with it. I like to oil a baking pan which prevents it from sticking and bakes a crunchy crust. Pop it into your oven. Standard baking temp is 350 degrees, but the bannock turns out different when baked at different temps. Play around with the temp. It usually takes about 15 minutes. You can play around with time, too. Cook something else while the bannock bakes.

    2b. Fry it. You can also pan fry the dough, which is more work than baking, but yields different textures. Play around with the temp. Also try frying the bannock in different amounts of oil.

    In about 20-25 minutes start to finish, with about 5 minutes of work if you bake it, you’ll have fresh-baked bread for your meal.

    Starting with the same bannock recipe, if you add tomato sauce, cheese, and whatever on top of the dough, you’ll make a bannock pizza. Add another layer of dough on top of the ingredients, and you’ll make a bannock hot pocket.

    Tip: If you make a bannock pizza with an ingredient that cooks faster than the bannock but burns if cooked too long, then add the ingredient partway through cooking rather than at the start.


  33. Eric January 20, 2015 at 17:46 #

    Canned salmon.

    Cheaper than fresh (or at least defrosted display) salmon, tastes about the same as far as I can tell, and you can eat it right out of the can – bones and all. In fact, after cooking the canned salmon several ways which turned out okay, I’ve decided I prefer to eat the canned salmon right out of the can.


  34. that1susan January 20, 2015 at 21:35 #

    I really love canned salmon, too! But like I said, my husband sometimes loves salmon and sometimes makes a disgusted face if I mention it. It’s not at the level of a thick, juicy steak for him; he’d eat steak all the time if we could afford it. 🙂


  35. pukeko60 January 21, 2015 at 00:21 #

    Should have added I put the eggs in with the vegetables or just after as when they are ready the food is basically cooked.


  36. Jack Strawb January 21, 2015 at 01:21 #

    Yup, and spaghetti sauces in the freezer magically blend over time, so prepping them a week plus ahead of time definitely adds flavor. I’d avoid mushrooms, though. Like eggplant and some other foods, they take on a gruesome consistency once frozen and thawed.

    Also, a can of drained and rinsed tuna works well in adding protein to many spaghetti sauces.


  37. Jack Strawb January 21, 2015 at 01:22 #

    Reader suggestions? Emphasize protein.

    A lot of working men need significantly more protein than women do, and failing to account for that in a man’s diet often leaves him exhausted.


  38. farkennel January 21, 2015 at 07:40 #

    Good point on the mushroom front…I retract the freeze mushrooms advice.


  39. farkennel January 21, 2015 at 07:45 #

    Steal a cow ….get some new friends who have their own meat processing plant…get them to teach you some basic butchering skills…hubby gets his nightly steak…you learn a new hobby and make some new best buds…..simple.


  40. that1susan January 21, 2015 at 11:55 #

    He’d love that!


  41. farkennel January 21, 2015 at 16:21 #

    I`m here to help


  42. Eric January 21, 2015 at 20:53 #

    Yeah, I’d eat a lot more beef, too, if I could afford it. Even if I could afford to, though, I couldn’t eat beef all the time. Variety is wanted, if not needed. I open a can of salmon about once a week to two weeks.


  43. Eric January 21, 2015 at 20:56 #

    Just ate one which I cooked up while a bannock bread baked.


  44. farkennel January 22, 2015 at 02:40 #

    sound advice


  45. farkennel January 22, 2015 at 02:43 #

    There is nothing more convenient than a tin of tuna or salmon.As far as beef goes….buy as much as you can when the cheaper cuts are on sale.Slow cook with a shitload of herbs and spices(of your choice) and freeze.It can be affordable if you dont get too uppity and decide you want a rib eye.


  46. LostSailor January 23, 2015 at 01:52 #

    Freezer good. I freeze a lot. I do a CSA in the summer which means I get a shit-ton of vegetables, more than I can eat in a week, so I cook ’em and freeze ’em and bring ’em out during the winter. Simple steam or stir-fry and they’re ready in minutes. Pan-fry (don’t overcook!) a pork chop or a salmon fillet, add a small salad, and you’re good. Under 30 minutes.

    I have a small notebook that I keep recipes in, including an awesome Rhode Island Clam Chowder that’s easy to do.

    But one of my favorites, usually in winter is the simplest thing of all, with multiple benefits: a roast chicken. Yeah, I know you can get them pre-cooked at the store, but they suck compared with the real thing. Especially in season, I love roasting a chicken while watching football. And whole chicken (don’t go for the Perdue Roasters, they’re all hormones and water) is pretty cheap, even here in NYC.

    Remove any package of organs that’s sometimes included in the cavity, season with salt (sea salt, kosher salt, or flavored salt–I have truffle and merlot salts), pepper and whatever else you like. I use garlic powder or chille powder) or stuff the cavity with herbs (rosemary or thyme sprigs, onion, and/or lemon or lime slices), drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and bang into a pre-heated 375 degree oven. Cook for about 50 minutes or so, basting every 10 minutes with the released fat after 20 minutes or so. It’s done when a knife inserted into the leg or thigh joint release clear fluid. I personally use an instant-read thermometer and cook to a breat temp of 45 to 50 degrees (ignore the government standards).

    Let sit for 5-10 minutes and server with veg, salad, whatever. Thing is, you get at least four meals out of it, or a couple of meals and turn it into chicken salad. I just finished turning last Sunday’s roast chicken into chicken salad, which will be lunch for at least 3-4 days, and it took 20 minutes.

    All guys should learn to cook. Get the basic pans and pot, and at least a really good quality chef’s knife. Learn some knife skills, it really makes a difference. It’s really not that hard. I have a tiny kitchen with almost no counter space and I cook nearly all the food I eat. A little effort, but it means freedom to me. Much less processed food and a cheaper, healthier diet. And, dare I say, it’s fun…

    JB: if you’re putting a book together on this, I have recipes…



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