I would say about… 4 days out of 5 (work days, of course) I come home feeling too lazy to cook. After a long day, it’s just about the last thing I want to do. But because eating out is a) expensive and b) often unhealthy, I have faced my adversity and mastered the art of cooking healthy and easy meals.
Now, quick disclaimer here: I am not a recipe person. The measuring spoons and cups hardly ever come out of my drawers. That being said, you’re probably wondering why I’m here posting “recipes” that aren’t really recipes, and here’s my reasoning.
1) This teaches you to learn your preferences.
When I say salt and pepper and garlic to taste, I encourage you to actually start with a little and work your way up. See what you like a lot of and what only needs a little. If I told you how much garlic I put in recipes (at LEAST 4 cloves), you would all run away. So you’re welcome.
2) It gives you more freedom to make it what you want.
I don’t want people to follow these recipes to a T. I have no idea what I’m doing, this is just how I make it and what I like 🙂 So add what you want and play around with it. JUST HAVE FUN! (haha. kidding. kind of.)
3) Cooking is faster when you don’t have to measure things.
And that’s what our goal is here, right? So we can get to our books/Netflix/endless streams of work we have to do??
Glad we are IN AGREEMENT. Without further ado, my five QUICK, EASY, and HEALTHY dinners for when you’re just not feeling it. Let’s go.
Stir fry is the ULTIMATE nutritious and actually satisfying meal. While I know I’m especially particular to Asian food, stir fry is made in my home probably once a week. This is a flexible meal that involves any veggies/protein in your fridge, and if you have pre-cooked or meal-prepped rice/quinoa/etc., it’s the easiest thing to cook on a time crunch.
Cauliflower Fried Rice
If you’re a frozen food lover, this one’s for you since 90% of the meal comes from a frozen bag. Trader Joe’s has a pre-made version if you’re feeling EXTRA lazy, but they also offer all the fixings if you want to try a little. This is a veggie-packed dish that requires minimal ingredients and almost 0 prep. Incredible!
The first rule is to not listen to the back of Trader Joe’s package or you will end up with mushy, slimy gnocchi. YUCK! The second rule is to go where your heart takes you on this one. I prefer mine a little crispy with nutritional yeast, but I’ve seen it made with marinara, pesto, a garlic sauce… the world is your oyster. They’re quick and good with a small side salad.
Banana Bowl / Smoothie
While I think I might dedicate an entire blog post to making the perfect banana bowl (read Earthy Andy’s recipes for now), this is one my go-to quick meals so I had to include it here. And yes, I’ll eat this sh** for dinner. In the winter. It’s just that good. Also, if you make a smoothie, try and incorporate some veggies. It’s too easy not to.
Indian Yellow Tadka Dahl
This post SHOULD be sponsored by Trader Joe’s but it’s fine. A packet of this bad boy costs $1.99. Heat it up, serve with cauliflower/regular rice and a side of pita if you’re feeling crazy, and you’re done. It’s delicious and spicy and perfect.
What’s your go-to meal when you’re feeling lazy? Thanks for reading, and happy eating 🙂