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I never touch my oven but I realized the other day that I should start using it more to cook lunch or dinner or what not.<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone have any good recipes that are good beginner ones for someone trying to use the oven for their first time? Thanks!
 

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Lasagne - any old tomato pasta sauce, mix of whatever veggies/mock meat that you like, mock cheese sauce (if vegan), and lasagne sheets. Bake in oven. EASY!<br><br><br><br>
Or, try enchalidas - basically baked burritos<br><br><br><br>
Or, again, any kind of cassarole/ curry will cook well in the oven - for a casserole, veggies, beans, gravy and serve with mash, for curry veggies, beans/mock meat, homemade or shop bought curry sauce and canned cherry tomatos, and cook gently for an hour or so, until the veggies are done, and serve with rice or naan/ chappati.<br><br><br><br>
Or, you could take up baking!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Oven? Is that the big box under the stove top?<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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Roasted veggies--toss vegetable(s) of choice (potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, squash, peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, beets, etc) with vegetable oil, salt, pepper, and herbs (dried or fresh) and bake in a preheated oven at 450 degrees until tender (time will vary based upon vegetables used and how they're cut).<br><br><br><br>
Baked pastas. Boil pasta (ziti works well) until almost tender, toss with plenty of sauce and veggies, top with cheese and bake at 400 degrees until bubbly and cheese is melted (I like my cheese golden brown).
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Fromper</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Oven? Is that the big box under the stove top?<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:"></div>
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hehe exactly...I never cook...hehe<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pibo.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":pibo:">
 

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You could use it in a variety of ways:<br><br><br><br>
--To store infrequently used pots and pans.<br><br>
--To hold up the stove.<br><br>
--To dry your clothes.<br><br>
--To hold up the surface on which you place your groceries before putting them away.<br><br>
--To dry marijuana when the dehydrator's not working.<br><br>
--Against spanking? OK, the kid can sit in a cold oven for an hour.<br><br>
--And last but certainly not least, to make no-bake cookies.
 

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You could use it in a variety of ways:<br><br><br><br>
--To store infrequently used pots and pans.<br><br>
--To hold up the stove.<br><br>
--To dry your clothes.<br><br>
--To hold up the surface on which you place your groceries before putting them away.<br><br>
--To dry marijuana when the dehydrator's not working.<br><br>
--Against spanking? OK, the kid can sit in a cold oven for an hour.<br><br>
--And last but certainly not least, to make no-bake cookies.</div>
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<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> Thanks, I needed that!
 

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The first things my mom started me out on for using the oven was something glamorous like French Fries - just heating them up. I now use my oven mostly for baking - cornbread, cookies, bread, cakes, muffins. For meal-type things, I make lasagna, a noodle/veggie casserole (I found that recipe in Vegetarian Times Low Fat and Fast) and other casseroles, baking squash, quiche, baked potatoes, etc. It seems so obvious to me, but if you really haven't used the oven all that much, it might be worth it to say that using the oven buys you time right before dinner - you mix something up, put it in the oven, and then wait. If you're short on time (or short on patience), the oven probably isn't going to be that useful for you, because you simply have to wait.
 

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"Oven fries": Cut up potatoes and/or any root vegetable, toss them in canola or peanut oil and bake on 400F until they're soft on the inside (30 minutes or more). Yummy!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>karenlovessnow</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> Thanks, I needed that!</div>
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You're welcome! I come up with my best stuff when I'm avoiding doing something IRL. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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I am so with the OP on merits of OH WHAT THE OVEN, and the thought to self of "is it there for a reason type thinking?" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">, and thats even if I had an oven, I haven't had one for a long time. Bad bad my self injustice. (long story anyway) I'm still working on getting a microwave instead which I guess could work out better than a full size oven. Nothing against big ovens if you have the room of course.<br><br><br><br>
Hey what say you get an "Arga" or whatever they're called? (the huge domestic ovens)
 
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