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5 Mouth-Watering Recipes for a New Cook

Katie Breazeale, MS, RD, LD

Are you a beginner in the kitchen, eager to whip up delicious dishes but not sure where to start? Fear not, for we've got you covered with 5 easy and scrumptious recipes that are perfect for new cooks. From breakfast delights to savory dinners, these recipes are sure to impress your taste buds and boost your culinary confidence!

1. Avocado Toast with a Twist

Start your day right with a trendy and tasty avocado toast. Mash ripe avocados with a squeeze of lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Spread it on toasted whole-grain bread and top with cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze for a flavorful twist. This breakfast favorite is not only Instagram-worthy but also a nutritious way to kickstart your morning.

2. One-Pot Pasta Primavera

Simplify your dinner routine with this easy and versatile one-pot pasta dish. In a large pot, combine your favorite pasta shapes with colorful vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes. Add vegetable broth, garlic, dried herbs, and a splash of cream. Simmer until the pasta is cooked and the sauce is creamy. Finish with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and fresh basil for a satisfying and wholesome meal.

3. Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

Craving comfort food? These crispy baked chicken tenders are sure to hit the spot. Cut chicken breast into strips, dip them in beaten egg, and coat with a mixture of breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning. Bake in the oven until golden brown and serve with your favorite dipping sauce. These homemade chicken tenders are a healthier alternative to fried versions and perfect for a quick and delicious dinner.

4. Vegetarian Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

For a nutritious and colorful meal, try these vegetarian quinoa stuffed bell peppers. Cook quinoa according to package instructions and mix with black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, and spices. Cut bell peppers in half, remove the seeds, and stuff them with the quinoa mixture. Top with shredded cheese and bake until the peppers are tender. These stuffed peppers are packed with protein and flavor, making them a satisfying meatless option.

5. Berry-licious Chia Seed Pudding

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this simple and healthy berry chia seed pudding. In a jar, mix chia seeds with your choice of milk, honey, and vanilla extract. Let it sit in the fridge overnight to thicken. In the morning, layer the chia pudding with fresh berries and a sprinkle of granola for added crunch. This creamy and nutritious pudding makes a delicious breakfast or guilt-free dessert option.

Whether you're a novice in the kitchen or looking to expand your cooking repertoire, these 5 recipes for a new cook are the perfect starting point. With easy-to-follow instructions and delicious results, you'll be on your way to becoming a confident and creative chef in no time. So don your apron, grab your ingredients, and let's get cooking!

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