Now what shall I cook today?

Cooking two meals a day can be rather tiring. Thinking of what to cook is equally tiring. What do you cook when you wish to have your family eat good nutritious home cooked meals twice a day? It must be easy to clean up too. Not too messy and don’t require too much preparation time. A tall order I tell you.

I’m still in my lazy mode so I’m sticking with my one-pot meals. I’m great at making those. One pot chicken rice, one pot yam rice, one pot spaghetti, one pot vermicilli soup, one pot tomato rice, one pot porridge whether its sliced fish or minced pork, beef or chicken porridge. Just throw in some veg, carrots, cabbage, tomato, celery or brocolli or whatever you can find in your fridge and the porridge becomes wholesome, nutritious and complete and the kids eat their veges without knowing it.

But I’m running out of ideas…………. Can anyone give me some good ideas on other simple meals to cook? Links to your recipes, if any, would be most appreciated.

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  1. Tracy says:

    Normally, I’ll cook porridge or noodles in the afternoon cos my girl and I don’t favour rice. And it’ll be a proper meal when it comes to dinner and soup is a must. Can go try some of the recipes on my Yum Yum links.

    Oh! you’ve got Yum Yum links ah. I’ll check it out when I’m free.

  2. Shireen says:

    If I want to cook only once a day, I will fry a big pot of fried rice or fried noodles for lunch. Then keep the remaining in the fridge. Come dinner, just pop the remaining food in the microwave. My kids love fried rice and fried noodles and we have these like twice a week – cook once a day and eat them for lunch and dinner.

    Yah, cooking just once in a day is a great way to safe time.

  3. Baby Darren says:

    i can understand the headache u have. Me too, thinking of what to cook/eat everyday. What I did was standardized 2 weeks menu and rotate it every 2 weeks. Boring hor? But if I have the “mood”, then I’ll try something new.

    You standardize 2 weeks ah. I standardize 1 week. Lagi boring. Hahaha.

  4. sasha says:

    u semua also one pot recipe, the most KENG recipes edi. Stil wanna ask from us? hehe

    But but but… I’m running out of one pot recipe wor..

  5. Florence says:

    Ah…try lamb/beef or chicken stew? Just do the following:
    Chop these vege into cubes – carrots, tomatoes, celery, bell pepper, potatoes and onion.

    Use butter and stir fry the meat (coat it with flour) and then add in the vege.

    put in chicken stock and let it simmer for half hour and then add in tomato puree and continue to cook for another half hour or till meat is tender. Next add oregano and some basil and you have a nice pot of stew! Eat the stew with bread…yummy.

    That sounds fantastic. I’m going to try it. Oh and must remember to add Bay leaf yah?

  6. Florence says:

    oh..don’t forget seasoning like salt and pepper..hehe, by the way… I am adding you to my fabulous mummy blogger… 🙂

    Thanks! And I’m going to link you too… right now!

  7. Esther says:

    Hi Mumsgather,
    I chanced upon your blog today and I have to say it has been one of the most entertaining ones I’ve read! Though I am not a mother, I share your sentiments as I have the responsibility of cooking for 4 (adults) everyday alongisde other full-time commitments. Roast/steam chicken is one of my favourites as I can just leave it to cook on its own for an hour or so. I try to make a pot of soup everyday as that tends to fill us up. ABC soup (onion, carrot, tomato, potato) usually goes down well with children. I like herbal soups as I can just throw everything in at the same time and leave it to boil – but I’m not too sure if your children would appreciate the taste. Stews and curries (liza’s prepacked spices are the best) are popular on our dinner table too. I like lee kum kee’s bottled char siu/hoi sin sauce. Marinate half a chicken (chopped into joints) or 1/2 kilo spare ribs (if you eat pork) with 1-2tbsps of sauce in a pot and put it on the stove on low heat until the sauce has thickened to glaze the meat. I am also quite famous for my ‘fridge cleaner’ pies. I’d boil some peeled potatoes first and while they are cooking, fry some chopped onions and garlic in another pan, throw any deboned meat into the pan (mince is good too), add 1 can chopped tomatoes and any leftover veg (carrots, broccoli, capsicum, cauliflower, etc.). Season with dried herbs (oregano/basil), salt, pepper, and let the meat cook and veg soften. When potatoes are boiled, drain water and mash the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Put tomato mulch into an oven-proof dish and spread mashed potato on top. Let the dish cook in the oven until the mashed potato is starting to brown on top. Top with grated cheese if you like the gooey-ness. You can find a comprehensive list of Malaysian recipes at this site:

    Hope you find it useful!

    Thanks for the great ideas and the link Esther.

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