Even if you don’t consider yourself a good cook, it’s always handy to have some go-to recipes up your sleeve. Being able to whip something up when you want a familiar dish or you’re out to impress is something that will make adult life a little easier.
While there are cooking basics everyone should know, you can develop confidence in making certain dishes you can rely on as needed.
Check out these four basic meal ideas to have in your culinary arsenal.
1. A tasty sauce for pasta
If pasta regularly features in your diet, then you’ll already know the value of a great sauce. Knowing how to make easy, tasty pasta sauce is ideal for those nights where you don’t want to slave over the stove, or when you want to prepare an easy meal for others.
When it comes to great sauces for pasta, it doesn’t get much better than a marinara sauce with fresh tomatoes. Delicious and authentic, you can have it on its own with your favorite pasta, or add some meat and vegetables. You can even add your own little twist once you get confident in your sauce.
2. A great bake
Knowing how to make something sweet is perfect for impressing colleagues at a bake sale or making something tasty for a special occasion. A simple brownie recipe could be all you need to make a good impression, or you could explore different cake recipes that are easy to make. You can also learn how to become a better baker and get more adventurous with your bakes.
3. A one-tray wonder
A traybake recipe can help you whip up an incredible meal with very little effort. The idea of a traybake is simple – all of your ingredients go on one tray and are cooked together to make light work of your meal. Explore different traybake recipes to help you enjoy some impressive dishes with minimal effort.
4. A home comfort
Comfort food is there for you when you need it most. A cold winter’s night or a bad breakup? Comfort food is there for you! There are some simple comfort food recipes you can follow to help you discover your favorite. Comfort foods like mac and cheese, lasagna, potpie, and others are all easier to make than you realize, and you’ll be glad you learned how to make them. These types of recipes are also perfect for freezing, ready to save for those evenings you don’t want to cook.
Whatever your skill level in the kitchen, don’t underestimate the value of having a few good recipes up your sleeve. Even if you don’t cook regularly, it’s good to know you’ve got some dishes you can make without going into a blind panic. Mastering these recipes will give you the illusion of being a good cook, even if you know your culinary repertoire is actually a little limited!
What other meals ideas do you need to have in your Culinary arsenal? Let me know in the comments below!