Cooking for yourself can feel like a right of passage. One minute you’re popping store-bought waffles in the toaster and the next you’re making your own spaghetti sauce. A user on a popular internet forum asked: “What is a dinner you feel everyone should be able to make as an adult?” This sparked a lively debate about staples that everyone feels they should know how to make as an adult.
Here are the top responses.
One foodie shared: “Pasta , there is an endless variety of sauces that can be prepared while pasta is boiling.”
One foodie commented: “Egg. It can be cooked in many ways for you to enjoy.”
Others agreed sharing: “Also, one of the cheapest proteins widely available.”
“And can be eaten for as breakfast, lunch, dinner, and as a snack.”
One foodie shared: “Soup can go a very long way and is extremely forgiving.”
A Well-Balanced Meal
One user shared: “Kinda hard be prescriptive about a meal that "everyone" should be able to make, when food is so deeply tied to culture. What works for me might be wholly incompatible to someone else's lifestyle and environment. My instinct is to answer this with Michael Pollen-level ambiguities.
Everyone should have a go-to recipe that they can whip up when tired and which still contains vegetables. Ideally, a ratio that's at least ½ veggies to ¼ protein and ¼ starch (or less...). Stirfry with tofu and rice? sure. Green beans with pork chop and a small potato? Fits too. Roast Brussels sprouts, carrots, and chicken? Yep.”
One foodie commented: “Roast chicken. It’s not terribly hard, yet it’s incredibly impressive.”
Chicken and Rice
One foodie shared: “Chicken thighs and rice, a good one pot meal. Opens it up for many different variations with marinades/seasonings.”
Another added stating: “Chicken and rice of some form, it makes the world go round!”
One foodie shared: “A simple risotto. Mushroom and saffron is my favorite.”
Long Shelf Life Dishes
One foodie shared: “It doesn't matter which one but I think everyone should have at least one dish that they can whip up from long shelf life items (refrigerated or shelf stable). Those can be anything depending on your tastes.
For me, they're kimchi fried rice, spaghetti al puttanesca, hummus, and some kind of miso soup. All pretty easy to put together and can be made with items that each have at least 3 months of shelf life.”
One foodie shared: “Vegetables 3 ways. If you can roast, boil, and stir-fry veges you can feed yourself healthily and with variety. Then anything you add is simply extra flavor and protein/ carbs.
Like others, I agree that diets shouldn't be prescriptive, but all cultures should and do eat veges of some description- knowing how to cook your culture's main staple veg gives you nutrition and keeps you fed.”
More From Lavender & Macarons
Some things just shouldn’t happen to food. Whether it’s using a weird condiment or cooking it in a weird way, some food sins really do shock and awe us. Read - People Are Sharing the Worst Culinary Offenses They Ever Witnessed
Business Class Passenger Outraged After Being Served a Banana as Vegan Meal
As reported by the New York Times, a business class passenger expressed dissatisfaction with an in-flight meal that he had ordered as a vegan option.
The passenger found the meal to be "insulting" due to the fact that he was served only a banana. Read - Business Class Passenger Outraged After Being Served a Banana as Vegan Meal
The 10 Worst Foods That Everyone Hates (But Some Of Us Love)
Food is a funny thing. There are some dishes that everyone loves, but there are always people who hate them. What one person finds delicious, another person might find disgusting. Read - The 10 Worst Foods That Everyone Hates (But Some Of Us Love)
Vegan Students Force University to Ditch Meat Amid Concerns Over Meat's Environmental Fallout
In a significant move, students from the University of Kent have chosen to shift to vegan catering by 2027 to actively mitigate the environmental impact associated with meat consumption. Read - University Students Opt for Vegan Catering, Exposing Hidden Costs of Meat
9 Foods That Taste Amazing But Are a Nightmare to Eat
We all have those foods we love to eat because they are so good! But many of those dishes are borderline impossible to eat! Read - 9 Foods That Taste Amazing But Are a Nightmare to Eat.