Real meals you can make with basic ingredients

Olivia Masterson, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Your taste buds desire the kitchen of a world class chef  and yet all you have is the bare necessities from your local grocery store. Many internet recipes call for expensive meats or ingredients so obscure, that they can’t be found by any casual cook. Cooking isn’t half as fun when you have to spend nearly 100 dollars at the store just to make one meal. 

Fortunately for all of the novice chefs in the world, you have the ingredients for a fun to make, top notch meal already in your kitchen. So break out your pots and pans and give one of these three recipes a shot, no extra shopping trips necessary. 

Crepes

A crepe is a thin pancake usually topped with sweet things like fruit and chocolate although they can be savory as well. Having originated in France, their origin story involves an urban legend about a housewife in 13th century France who dripped some batter onto a flat pan and discovered that she’d created a very thin, but tasty pancake. If you yourself want to enjoy this french dish in the comfort of your own home, the ingredients can easily be found in your kitchen. 

Ingredients:

1 c. all-purpose flour

2 large eggs

1 tbsp. granulated sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 c. whole milk

(Milk can be substituted with ¾ cup of Half-and-Half and ¼ cup of water)

1 tbsp. butter

Fresh fruit, for serving

Powdered sugar, for serving

Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk the flour, sugar and salt until combined. Then create a well with flour and add the eggs. Gradually pour in milk, whisking to combine after each addition. Let batter stand at room temperature until slightly bubbly on top, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. In a small skillet over medium heat, melt butter. About 1/4 cup at a time, drop batter evenly onto pan, swirling it to evenly coat.
  3. Cook for 2 minutes, then flip and cook 1 minute more. Repeat with remaining batter. 

Serve crêpes warm with fresh fruit and powdered sugar.

This recipe was taken from Delish.com

Pizza (No yeast)

While this dish is remarkably easy to order to your front door with just one phone call, it’s also a simple meal to make if you’re someone who prefers cooking. No yeast is necessary for those who don’t usually have a jar of those single-celled microorganisms tucked away in their kitchen.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons water, roughly

1 tablespoon olive oil

Pizza sauce/tomato sauce

Mozzarella cheese , grated
(Any other cheese works just as well)

Toppings of your choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until thoroughly combined and set aside.
  3. Combine the water and oil in a separate jug or cup.
  4. Slowly add the water mixture to the flour mixture, holding back a little in case you don’t need it all.
  5. Using a wooden spoon, or your hands, mix until the dough should be soft, but not sticky. Add a splash more water if your dough is too dry.
  6. Lightly flour your work area and a rolling pin then roll dough into a 12-inch circle using your hands (to make two smaller pizzas, divide the dough into 2 and roll into two 8 inch pizzas).
  7. Transfer the pizza base to a nonstick pizza base or large baking tray. Spoon the 5 Minute Pizza Sauce over the pizza base. Cover generously with a layer of cheese, pepperoni, and fresh oregano.  
  8. Bake the pizza for 15 to 17 minutes, or until golden brown. Slice and enjoy!

Recipe from Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking

Garlic Parmesan Pasta

Pasta is a staple meal for anyone looking for something easy to make. There are over 100 different pasta recipes in the world, each with their own unique toppings and flavors. The only trouble is finding one that doesn’t require you to invest in a pound of expensive cheese and spend far too long trying to make the perfect sauce. This is a recipe I’ve tried myself. It was remarkably easy to make and very tasty, but I definitely recommend eating it the moment it’s done cooking. 

Ingredients: 

2 tablespoons butter

4 cloves garlic, minced

(In place of 1 clove, us ⅛ teaspoon of Garlic Powder)

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup milk, or more, as needed

(Milk can be substituted with ¾ cup of Half-and-Half and ¼ cup of water)

8 ounces uncooked fettuccine

(Or any other pasta you have at home)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
(Optional)

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Stir in chicken broth, milk and fettuccine; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pasta is cooked through, about 18-20 minutes. Stir in Parmesan. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk as needed until desired consistency is reached.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Recipe taken from DamnDelicious