By Frugal Son
Cooking with a plan
We can already imagine our poor readers biting their nails with fear and wondering what they were getting themselves into by trying to learn how to cook. Fear not! College cooking nirvana is actually EASIER than all of the aforementioned stages and your friends / enemies / classmates will think you are some kind of genius when they see what you can do with a few “humble” ingredients and less time than it takes to watch one episode of “Lost.” In fact, you can cook our recipes while you’re watching the episode. In addition you’ll have variety—no more Chinese take-out three nights a week—and the food will be healthy, tasty, AND cheap, a rare combination of attributes indeed. Best of all, you won’t have to think about what to cook or what to do with leftover ingredients because with a system, all the puzzles use interchangeable pieces.
It’s been a long day and you’ve just finished a test so you’re pretty much zonked out. After getting back to your room and plopping down on the bed, you start to hear the familiar grumbles of your stomach. But what to eat? At first, you think about going to get a sandwich downtown but then you remember that you’re trying to save some money for a mini-roadtrip / concert this weekend with some friends. Fast food? No way! Thanks to your simple, but well-stocked pantry, you’ve got everything you need right at your fingertips. You do the simple preparation, turn the rice cooker on, and then check your email, read a magazine, WHATEVER until you hear the rice cooker click to warm automatically after about 30 minutes. Satisfied with your meal, all that’s left to do is clean out the rice cooker and one plate. Voilà! Simple, easy, cheap, and fast! We definitely have to give bonus points to this stage because not only is this a great way to make friends (“Hey, want to come over for dinner and I’ll cook you . . .”) but the friends you already have will like you even more! The amount of time and cost vary by recipe, but we’ll say, all included, about an hour of time and on average $4 for a meal big enough for two people (or leftovers).
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