While most of us are aware that cooking from scratch is the healthiest and cheapest way to up your nutrition game, sometimes it’s the last thing you want to do.
That’s when temptation hits: cheesy tacos, meaty burgers, or frozen pizza. But it turns out that you don’t need that much effort to prepare a great meal and the “I don’t feel like cooking today” meal can be an art form in itself.
So when someone asked people “‘I don’t like cooking’ What’s your go-to?” People on Ask Reddit rolled up their sleeves, sharpened their kitchen knives, and got to work. From the very basic ingredients to the least effort possible, this is what we call absolutely perfect food.
Not magic, but fried egg sandwiches are quick, cheap and easy on a weeknight and the whole family loves them. Fry eggs to your liking, cheese on toasted bread. Bonus if you have some leftover ham or bacon in the fridge.
A flour tortilla with shredded sharp cheddar and some La Victoria salsa. Fold it up and nuke it for 30 seconds, and eat!
Same here, though it’s more like “we don’t feel like making, or shopping for anything” because it still involves some cooking.
We get these noodles called mi goreng, make them, add some stir-fried vegetables (whatever we have) and cook them in gochujang with a fried egg on top. it’s awesome.
Here’s a tuna melt on English muffins. There’s always tuna, mayo, an onion and something I can toast under some cheese.
I always have at least 5 “slow day meals” in my freezer for this exact purpose. If I see a good discount on ingredients, I’ll buy more than I need, cook a larger portion than I plan to eat that day, and put one in the freezer. It helps a lot when you are sick and need to eat like a normal person.
Just remember FIFO (first in; first out).
Black bean chili. Add a can of black beans, a can of diced tomatoes, some onions, some garlic, some chili powder, salt, pepper, and a little simmer. Easy, cheap, and delicious. It is now a Saturday night staple.
Bunches of green onions are on sale here all the time for less than a dollar, so I’ll buy like 10 of them, chop them up and put them in the freezer. When I make my ramen with eggs, I can grab a handful and throw it in.
My family has been making it since I was little and now my wife is making it too.
We lovingly call it Shaker Cheese Spaghetti.
Get those small frozen burritos (El Monterey is the brand I get) two to a plate
Microwave 1 minute, flip then another minute
Top with shredded cheese and salsa (or just hot sauce).
Then another minute in the microwave.
I call them bachelor enchiladas, or bachiladas.
This is a great meal that comes together in about 4 minutes, including time to take it out of the freezer. The only dishes that mess it up are a plate, fork and your cheese grater.
I make large batches of soup and freeze a ton of it in 1 cup cubes. It takes 30 seconds to pop a frozen soup cube or two and put it on the stove to simmer until done.
I’m also frugal so a lot of my soups are called “protein” anything soups. Whatever protein I have on hand (chicken, sausage, etc.) is paired with whatever vegetable I have that is going bad/I found on sale.
I add a knob of butter to the beans while they’re hot, and then add a grind of white pepper. ‘Delicious relatives!
Frozen meals from Trader Joe’s. It also tastes great in the microwave.
Rotisserie chicken is a great option. Make a large salad or cut as much meat as you want and you’re ready.
When I was babysitting these three boys and didn’t have much cooking skills, I made this simple dish that they absolutely loved. We called it the ‘Samurai Slope’.
– Egg noodles
– Ground beef/shredded kielbasa
– Korean BBQ Sauce
-(optional) fried egg on top
As easy as mac n cheese, and actually pretty good. ~~During my 20s, ~~ f**k I still make it for myself when I’m lazy.
I once had to dig into a can of Chef Boyardee after the lid broke and realized I didn’t have a can opener. I didn’t even have silverware or plates, so I ended up drinking cold tomato sauce and noodles, which was actually oddly satisfying.
Chinese inspired late night noodles
Boil some noodles, drain, and then toss in a wok with some oil to lightly crisp. Mix a few tablespoons of Lao Gan Ma chili oil (I prefer the black bean kind), soy sauce, and sesame seed oil and mix it with the noodles. A little sesame paste or peanut butter in the mix also works well.
Canned soup or Harris Tator Sub. He is right yes the soup brand is really good imo.
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