Basic recipes

Simple and quick for the busy non-gastronome.

Canned food

Don't be afraid of canned food; the only down side in this ecology-aware age is concern for the carbon footprint of making and recycling the can, and a recycled can plus microwaving of its contents probably has a smaller carbon footprint than all the gas or electricity use to cook one helping of fresh food needing to be cooked (such as meat).

Canned dinner

If you buy standard (approx. 400g) cans of soup, cooked meat dishes such as curries, chile con carne, stew, or just minced beef and onions, etc., the cooking is very simple: put half a can (of any such meat dish) in a soup bowl and microwave on full power for about 2 minutes. Or, put w whole can, or half of each of two cans, in the bowl and microwave on full power for between 3 and 4 minutes (note that the cooking time in a microwave oven for unit weight is not linear: the greater the amount of food, the smaller the time per unit needed).

The simplest meal is an entire standard (approx. 400g) can of a "complete meal" type recipe. Examples are soups and casseroles — we can regard anything labelled “casserole” a just a particularly chnky soup.

The next simplest is variant on an entire can: open two cans, typically one of meat (such as minced beef and onions) and one of vegetables (such as carrots, peas, etc).