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18 Dishes Every Adult Should Know How to Make

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We'll call these foundational dishes. Get them under your belt, and it's just the beginning—you'll be able to branch out in myriad ways. Pancakes! Hummus! Better guac! Learn to make it all without even glancing at a recipe. Then go from there. 

How to Make Pancakes Without a Recipe by Sarah Jampel


How to Make Any Frittata in 5 Steps by Kenzi Wilbur

More: How to make baked eggs, and the best egg sandwich.


How to Make Any Savory Galette Without a Recipe by Marian Bull


How to Make a Grain Bowl Without a Recipe by Leslie Stephens


How to Roast Any Vegetable in 4 Steps by Marian Bull


How to Make Any Pesto in 5 Steps by Phyllis Grant

More: Now that you have pesto, here's how you can get creative with it.


How to Make Macaroni and Cheese Without a Recipe by Catherine Lamb


How to Make DIY Nachos Without a Recipe by Lee Frank

More: Whip up some homemade salsa for those nachos. 


How to Make Guacamole Without Recipe by Leesa Frey Freeman


How to Make Any Burrito in 5 Steps by pierino 


How to Make Hummus Without a Recipe by Hillary Pollak


How to Make a Vinaigrette Without a Recipe by Kenzi Wilbur


How to Make Any Marinara Sauce in 5 Steps (and 20 Minutes) by cookinginvictoria


How to Roast a Chicken Without a Recipe by Kenzi Wilbur

More: Stretch that roast chicken with chicken salad or chicken noodle soup.


How to Make Tomato Soup Without a Recipe by Brette Warshaw

More: Switch it up with lentil soup.


How to Make Any Puréed Vegetable Soup in 5 Steps by Kenzi Wilbur

More: Make vegetarian or vegan chili when you need a little something extra. 


How to Make Any Veggie Burger Without a Recipe by Marian Bull


Banana Bread by Hillary Reeves

This article originally appeared on May 18th, 2015. 

Tags: Quick and Easy, (Not) Recipes, Dinner, Faster