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40 Easy Cooking Recipes for Beginners

If you're a beginner in the kitchen, than these easy recipes are the perfect place to start.


Updated March 10, 2017
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31 Easy Cooking Recipes for Beginners

You don't need to be a gourmet chef to make yourself delicious and healthy meals. These 40 Easy Cooking Recipes for Beginners are the perfect dishes to build up your healthy cooking skills. All of these recipes are hearty, flavorful, and will satisfy your appetite. With these easy cooking recipes, you'll be making everything from healthy chicken recipes to easy pasta recipes in no time at all.

These recipes are all excellent option to whip up for the family on a crazy weeknight or to make when you're expecting company. You'll be sure to impress your guests and your taste buds. Because these recipes are delicious to eat, simple to make, and nutritiously healthy, we know that they will satisfy you and your family. We suggest that you make one of these easy healthy recipes for dinner tonight. Healthy cooking for beginners can be a difficult thing to start, but if you try it once, then you'll realize how easy it really is. It'll be easier on your wallet and maybe you'll even have fun experimenting in the kitchen.

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Easy Breakfast Recipes

Avocado Bacon Crustless Quiche

It can be difficult to make every single meal every day, but breakfast is definitely the most important. When you eat something healthy in the morning, it sets a good precedent for the rest of the day. Cooking breakfast food is one of the easiest things to do especially with one of these easy breakfast recipes!

Beginner Lunch Recipes

Cranberry Cilantro Quinoa Salad

Lunch is one of the most-looked-forward-to meals of the day. You might find yourself wanting to go out to eat,  but you know that you have leftovers from one of these recipes designed to help cooking for beginners. The morning can be really long and you just want a break in the middle of your day. Make that break even better when you bring something delicious to eat! Your coworkers are going to be so jealous when they see what you're eating. They're not going to believe that the recipe for your meal is super easy.

Easy Dinner Recipes for Beginners

One-Pot Cheesy Taco Zucchini Noodle Skillet

It's after work, the kids are home from school, and evenings are just so busy. With these easy dinner recipes, you won't be spending hours in the kitchen, sweating over a hot stove. Even if you're a cooking wizard, you're going to want to try these easy dinner recipes for beginners, because they're delicious and just so simple to make.

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Ship Wreck Casserole

Ship Wreck Casserole: It really doesn't get any easier than this budget-friendly casserole recipe. It's a one pot meal that you can put together even on the busiest of weeknights. You probably have all of the ingredients you need in your kitchen already from leftovers. What better way to use leftovers than to make something completely new and delicious with them? It's the perfect beginner recipe and you can make it in less than an hour.

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Beef Paprika. Braise sliced striploin steak, two chopped onions and one cup sliced mushrooms in a pot. Add a cup of water, one teaspoon marjoram and one half teaspoon caraway seeds. Add two tablespoons of Hungarian paprika. Cover pot, lower heat and simmer for two hours until the meat is very tender. Thicken with flour and add salt and pepper to your taste. Serve over egg noodles or dumplings.

There is nothing wrong with healthy and easy! I'm pretty new to healthy cooking so I'm really taking in all the tips I can get!

brown white fish in a mixture of butter, avacado and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with spinach sauted in the same pan

opps - and lime juice for the fish

Toast garlic chips in evoo, remove, add shrimp, then fresh spinach, add garlic back and serve. Less than 15 min. Delicious.

This is one of my favorites for a hot summer day and its healthy and this is all that you need but a ice cold glass of tea and maybe a garlic roll.

My favorite easy recipe...let me see. I think it would be simple salad without any cooking involved. After that, steak someone else grilled just perfectly for me. They're both healthy foods and I love them.

Cranberry Cilantro Quinoa Salad would be my favorite.

the garlic Gouda and Parmesan cauliflower and Turkey spinach shell made seperately in one meal would be great Might try them both tonight

one pan penne and broccoli sounds like a family favorite

YUM that bonus recipe looks delicious. That one might be my fave.

Tonight we had healthy Nachos Grande! I lined a microwaveable plate with tortilla chips, low fat grated cheddar cheese and black beans, seasoned with pepper and chili powder. I microwaved each plate for about 40 seconds and served topped with salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, diced avocado, chipped green onion and fat free yogurt. Delicious!

I never thought about putting shrimp in a pasta before. It would be a good substitute for meat.

So nice to see a collection of easy recipes like this. They look really yummy, too. Thanks!

Yes! I need some beginner-level recipes!

I love eating chili all year-round the Heart Healthy Chicken Chili with Summer Squash sounds delicious! Plus, adding squash to chili in the summertime is a great way to make use of the seasonal veggie, and then, leftover chili freezes well, too!

I can't wait to try that balsamic chicken! One of my favorite ingredients to use

Some of these recipes look so good it's hard to believe they're good FOR you too!

Impressive AND simple. How great!

I love how many options there are that are still healthy!

I will be passing each of these along to my roommates - so simple, cheap, and easy!

Recipes for beginners are always good to have even for advanced cooks.

These are great for a beginner cook like me. Very simple to make. Thanks!


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