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What To Cook When You've Never Cooked Before

When it’s time for you to have to cook your first meal, it can feel incredibly intimidating. If you found an easy recipe you want to try, even just following that recipe can be tricky. This is not for the pro home cooks out there, this is for the people who have never made a full meal yet.


Cooking is one of my favorite things in the world, and I think more people would love it too if it didn’t feel so complicated. If you need to step into the kitchen for the first time, these two recipes are your best bet. This Thai Red Curry is not traditional, but I think it is a great way to learn about cooking.



Ingredients For Red Curry

1 small sweet potato (or 1/2 a large one)

1 large red bell pepper

A handful of green beans (hard to be concise but try to have less than each other vegetable) 1-2 large garlic cloves

1/2 shallot

1/2 lime plus more for serving

13.5oz can of Unsweetened Coconut Milk

1/4cup water (optional)

2-3 Tbsp Red Curry Paste (3 if you like your food to be spicier)

1 tsp White or Brown Sugar (more depending on taste)

1-2 Tbsp soy sauce


We'll start with prepping the vegetables. Cut the top off a bell pepper and lay it cut side down. Follow along the cheeks of the bell pepper to slice the sides off the core. Cut them into bite sized cubes. Trim both ends off the beans and then cut them in half or thirds depending on the size. Peel a sweet potato and cut it into bite-size cubes as well. Cut a shallot in half and roughly chop that and your garlic, then slice a lime in half. That's it for the vegetable prep!


Put a 5QT Dutch oven over medium heat with a few tablespoons of olive oil. Add your shallot and garlic to fry for a few minutes. Before they get brown, add your curry paste and fry for a minute. From there, add your coconut milk and water. Let this come up to a simmer (you should see small bubbles consistently). Add your sweet potato and bell pepper. Cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes. Add the beans and cook for 10 minutes uncovered. Stir consistently so the bottom doesn't burn. Add your sugar, soy sauce and lime juice, then taste for seasoning. If the veggies aren't fully cooked, leave it on the heat for 5 more minutes.


Serve over white rice with extra sauce, siracha, and lime.

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