For The Cook Who Has Nothing

Cooking for the absolute beginner, starting from scratch

New Recipe: Ham Vegetable Barley Soup

This recipe has a lot in common with Slow Cooker Ham and Lentil Soup, but it cooks up much faster since it’s a stovetop/electric skillet recipe.  Ready in about an hour, makes a ton of food that works great as leftovers.

Recipe link: Ham Vegetable Barley Soup


New Recipe: Black Bean Tacos

Here’s this week’s recipe.  It’s another vegetarian recipe, for black bean tacos.  My lovely upstairs neighbor Rachel shared them with me for lunch today, and she also assisted in taking the pictures for the post.  Thanks, Rachel!

Recipe link: Black Bean Tacos

New Recipe: Pepper and Egg Sandwiches

This is a super-simple, super-fast vegetarian recipe.  Pepper and egg sandwiches are a Chicago tradition.  Historically, restaurants which served Italian beef sandwiches and the like, would offer pepper-and-egg sandwiches on Fridays during Lent, to cater to the large Catholic population of the city.  Fundamentally, it’s just scrambled eggs and sauteed peppers and onions on a roll, but it’s still tasty!  Good condiments to add to it are ketchup and giardiniera relish.

Recipe link: Pepper and Egg Sandwiches

New Recipe: Chana Masala (Curried Chickpeas)

This week’s new (vegetarian!) recipe adds a number of new techniques: Dicing onions, mincing garlic and ginger, and using a skillet (either electric or stovetop) for the cooking.  It is called “Chana Masala”, which literally means “Chickpeas with Mixed Spices”, and that’s basically what it is.  Chickpeas, tomatoes, onions, curry powder, and other seasonings, simmered in a skillet and served over rice.  Tasty!

Recipe Link: Chana Masala

New Recipe: Slow Cooker Mushroom Lentil Barley Soup

This one was supposed to go up last weekend, but I wound up busy and distracted.  So here it is, a week late, but none the worse for wear.  This is a tasty vegetarian soup, not that much different from the ham and lentil soup I posted before:

Slow Cooker Mushroom Lentil Barley Soup

New Recipe: Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Vegetables

Here’s this week’s recipe: Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Vegetables

This recipe, as shown, is served over biscuits, which is a terrific option.  It’s also great over toast, or served with corn tortillas, or as a stew with crackers.  Enjoy!

New Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Here’s the new post for this week: Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

This goes a little further afield, using raw chicken instead of canned (with attendant warnings about cross-contamination), and some more seasonings and other ingredients.