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Subject: college/dorm/barracks living
Date Posted: 9/2/2010 12:10 AM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2010
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Where's a good place to get good (preferably healthy) recipies that can be cooked with minimum available devices? I have a mini fridge with a small freezer, a microwave, a small blender and a small coffee maker. So far the most complicated thing I've made is mocha frappe's for everyone in my hall, but I'm looking for cheap recipies that preferably don't involve ramen so much and stay on the healty side. Any Ideas?

Date Posted: 9/2/2010 1:41 AM ET
Member Since: 8/14/2008
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first off, if you don't want to live off frozen dinners and ramen, invest in a crockpot. you should be able to find one at good will. then I can recomend some great crock pot sites, like this one: http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/

but, in esscence, before you leave for class, you stick some meat in the crockpot, pour on a bottle of sauce, and when you come home, its done. then microwave a baked potatoe or a convience potatoe from a box and a can of veggies, and you have dinner. Also, soups are great and easy to make in the crock pot. so are dried beans. saurkraut with whatever meat you like it with - hot dogs, pork chops, whatever, also, just goes in before you leave for class, and when you get home, you make some instant mashed potatoes in the microwave, and, German American night. Frozen meatballs covered in spaghetti sauce, and you cn have meatball subs.

The other thing that might be worth the space, depending on how much space you have (the crockpot is definatly worth it) is a very small toaster oven. fish and chicken bake well in a small toaster oven. as of course, do frozen mini pizzas and frozen appitizers. Basicly, as to room, i would use the top of my microwave and fill that small space with additional small applinces. 

Date Posted: 9/2/2010 7:24 AM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2010
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I'm not allowed to have a crockpot or toaster oven at the moment, but in a few months my living situation will be different so I'll be able to have one (safety hazard)

Date Posted: 9/2/2010 5:09 PM ET
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Meats cook best in the microwave when covred in sauce, cooked at about 70-75% power (meduim, or even 50% if that's your only choice) and checked qand moved frequently. Things like meatloaf translate fairly well. Things like frozen fried fish sticks, not so much. Try chicken bnless breasts or chicken thighs covered in Itailan dressing. Try sausage covered in either saurkraut, or in greenbeans with potatoes on top. 

Check the stats on frozen meals. Look to go under 350 cals for lunch, under 550 for dinner. Some that don't say they are light still meet these standards. Use your fridge to eat a lot of salad, and fruit. Pick up a lot of your dinners one day at a time, fresh salad, fresh frut, and a frozen dinner, no refridgerator space taken.

Subject: Brown rice?
Date Posted: 12/4/2010 11:47 PM ET
Member Since: 9/9/2007
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If you like brown rice get yourself a small rice cooker-they are not expensive and easy to use.  Pop in your rice, add water and a small bit of butter or oil.  It cooks in less than an hour.  Some rice cookers even keep the rice warm.  You can also cook the rice with veggies and broth.  A rice cooker can also be used to steam veggies.

Ever made scrambled eggs in the microwave?  Scramble an egg with a little milk , place in a small glass bowl with a bit of melted butter and nuke til it puffs up. Grated cheese and other seasonings can also be added.