I'm glad you necro'd this, because I'd like to use it to get some ideas, if that's okay. I'm looking at finally moving out, which means I'll need to learn how to cook. I need to anyway. Thing is, I'm a complete novice. I can do re-heating type stuff (frozen pizza, hot pockets, boxed mac n cheese, etc) but that's not real food and beyond that I have no idea how to even follow some of the recipes I've seen. With the Crohn's, I have some dietary restrictions. Onions and peppers are out. They do awful things to my guts. I don't enjoy super spicy food, for similar reasons. Milder spices are okay. I hate tomatoes. If I can't taste them and they're in a paste it's okay... but raw tomatoes make me gag. I'm allergic to peanuts, and possibly shellfish. Aside from that... I like a wide variety of stuff.
I'm pretty sure I have all the tools I need, and I know I can get all the ingredients. Thing is, when I read a recipe and see things like "simmer for 15 minutes" that just tells me to avoid that recipe because I don't know what simmer means. I have no experience at all.
So does anyone have some suggestions for simple, easy recipes that I can start with to learn the basics?