Two of my best friends have just started to try a little bit of cooking. They have almost no experience and both get very nervous about it. They asked me where they should start and I recommend that beginners start by using recipes. Certain dishes are easier than others and I have compiled a short list of the best ones to start with because they are hard to mess up. So, if you’re a beginner ready to start, just look up any of these recipes on and pick one that is rated well. Let me know how it turns out!

Vegetarian or Meat Chili – Great one pot meals where you don’t have to worry about over cooking.
Salad Dressings and Dips – Most are just putting all the ingredients together and stirring or shaking.
Baked Ziti – especially easy if you use jarred sauce
Meatballs – A little more work but still easy.
Mashed Potatoes – Just don’t over mix.
Tacos and Fajitas
Tuna Pasta Salad
Chicken Cacciatore
Reuben Sandwich
Smoothies – you’ll need a blender

For Desserts, start with trying boxed cake mixes and then move onto these:
Carrot Cake
Most Trifles
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Oatmeal Cookies

Once you’re comfortable, move on to more advanced stuff. Just remember, that accurate measurements are important in baking.

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