I'd suggest trying the semi-homemade website. Sandra Lee also has a show on food network. Her deal is mixing homemade with premade stuff. When I was learning to cook I used a lot of her recipes.
I also cooked from recipes by Alton Brown. I found them to be pretty straight forward, mostly, and they did not require many tweeks to fit into my healthy lifestyle. www.semihomemade.com/ www.foodnetwork.com/chefs/alton-brown.html
Something else that helped me was to start small. For example, I would work on dicing onions, garlic and bell peppers, sautee them in oil, then get chicken breasts, a mexican or saffron rice mix that just needed water added. Put it all together and cook until the rice was done. Easy! Once I was used to that, I moved on to other things- Spaghetti, tacos, and things that required baking, like lasagnas.
I'm not the worlds best cook, but I've gotten to the point when I use 65% homemade and 35% premade, instead of the other way around. And I feel so much more comfortable in the kitchen now then I did a few years ago.
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