Today is Sunday, March 18, 2018, and I just finished eating lunch and thinking about what I am going to bring to the table for discussion today. Before we begin, I heard a news story this week that really broke my heart. If you haven’t heard, a lady placed her dog in an overhead bin on a plane after being told by the flight attendant that she had to because the crate wouldn’t fit under the seat. She complied, and unfortunately, the poor animal died. I don’t know about you, but my dog is not going in anyone’s overhead bin. I guess I wouldn’t have taken that flight. My dog died of natural causes in December and that still bothers me. Seeing this really set me off! What did you think when you saw or read that story?

I Don’t Love To Cook

Have you ever felt so lazy that all you wanted to do was to sit on the couch, watch TV, and clip your toenails like Cole did on a Martin episode? Sometimes I feel that way, but not today. Currently, I am studying for an exam, working over 40 hours a week and I’m trying to maintain some balance and consistency in my life. Cooking is not my ministry, neither is doing hair. That’s why I’m glad that I had sons.  Anyway, I want to give you a list of my top 5 healthy meals for a lazy a$$ day!

  • Steamed shrimp, mixed vegetables, and rice- That’s it! You don’t need directions on how to make this. It takes about 20 minutes. Buy the shrimp already steamed at your local grocery store and peel them. Cook your vegetables in some olive oil and throw those shrimp in there. While you’re doing that, your rice should be on the back burner. Bam! Depending on how much you buy, this could make multiple meals.
  • Codfish, rice, and asparagus- My friend KW hooked this one up. She said that it takes 15 minutes, and it does. I tried it! Season your codfish and place it in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Microwave your rice and trim the asparagus while the rice is cooking. Steam your asparagus for 90 seconds. Bone petite! Damn, that was fast!
  • Grilled chicken, sweet potato, veggies- Guess what, you can buy that chicken already grilled unless you like your own seasonings. If you want to cook it, cut up some thin chicken breast and cook them on top of the stove in some olive oil, steam any vegetable, and throw that sweet potato in the microwave. You got yourself a meal, or two!
  • Brown rice, black beans, and Pico de Gallo- This is easy! Boil your rice, boil your beans and combine the two. Add some Pico de Gallo to give it some flavor. Look, I can’t make life any easier for you.
  • Salad- Use your imagination. I prefer to use spinach or spring mix instead of lettuce which has no nutritional value. Throw some veggies in that joint and meat if you like, add some healthy salad dressing, and you are done. Make some to last for two days. Save me some!

Readers, I can certainly follow a recipe, but cooking is not fun for me. What are your go-to lazy meals for the week?

 

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62 comments

  1. I LOVE cooking, but It’s so exhausting when you work all day! Rice bowls with chicken are always my go to lazy meal because its so filling! We also will do chicken with pasta that has just olive oil, cheese, and pepper! Done in 15 minutes or less haha. Great post! 🙂

  2. This post is perfect for those times when you’re late home from work and you can’t be bothered cooking. I’ll be referring back to it a lot!

  3. I really needed this post this week! Sometimes I feel like the less time I have, the less healthy my meals become. But I love these ideas and will definitely be using them!

  4. Great ideas! The veggies, rice and shrimp reminds me of hibachi – yummy, simple and easy. During the week it feels like I never have time to cook a good meal and the ingredients you listed are quality and easy to cook! Thank you for the inspiration!!

  5. I am so not into cooking at all Anisa. We do a lot of salads for dinner, there are so many options and different ways to mix it up that we never tire of it.

  6. Yum! These recipes sound awesome and I love how quick they come together. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to add this to my menu for those crazy busy nights! Thanks!

  7. I am all about easy meals especially when they’re healthy. I cannot wait to try out these out. I love steamed veggies, but I never thought about adding shrimp into the mix! I’ll be going to the grocery store later 🙂

  8. Honestly, I have to be in the mood to cook, and when I add, it is usually a quick meal. I don’t like to slave over the stove for more than 30 minutes to an hour. These are some nice, healthy options. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one.

  9. Awesome! Every night around 3 or 4 I start to stress about having to make something healthy for the family to eat. Thanks so much for sharing you go to meals. I often make taco salad, fish with rice and peas, or roasted veggies and chicken. ❤️

  10. Great ideas! I will give those a try! My fast favorite would be baked chicken… I just take a large baking dish, arrange chicken pieces (I usually get like a 6 pack of thighs in the meat dept) add in a pack of those small round potatoes (about the size of a golf ball), a handful of those mini carrots, and maybe cut an onion in quarters. pour some chicken broth over it all, salt and pepper and bake for an hour at about 400°.

  11. Great ideas, I’ve never really thought to mix brown rice, black beans and pico de gallo but it sounds delicious together! I usually just make a vegetable soup for a quick dinner

  12. Yes! Batch cooking is my fav tool, always making more for another day. I’m in the U.K. and not sure of the black bean and rice ingredients- I’ll check it out. Thanks!

  13. My go to lazy meals or too tired from work meals include grilled chicken over a mixed salad and turkey burgers with some spinach and a salad. I think we all need these go to meals. Enjoyed your article

  14. Shrimp with veggies and rice is a go to around here, love it! We also tend to go for chicken quesadillas or burrito bowls when we are low on time!

  15. This was right on time. I’m not feeling my best today but I know the cooking must happen. Thanks for the tips on those lazy days which feels like almost every day to me.

  16. This is a great resource. I’m no cook, and there is really no time to change that! This is a great list of ideas for a GOOD meal that is EASY. I am all about that! Thank you for sharing!

  17. I love cooking… but only on the weekends when I have time and nothing is a rush. Week day cooking is so stressful as I want my kids to have a health meal. These are a great option for me… will definitely try some 🙂

  18. I love baking but for some reason I don’t love cooking dinner. I think it’s the rush of getting it done with kids and usband waiting. I’m not sure but I always love to hear what others quick crowd pleasers are!! We love tacos…that’s definitely one of my go-tos!

  19. Some great tips here! I often find that I can’t be bothered to cook and then when I start it actually doesn’t take that long if you just throw it all together. I love doing one pot dishes for this reason. Less washing up too!

  20. I always feel like I am making the same meals. Also I don’t always have time for some elaborate meal. Thanks for sharing some new ideas!

  21. Oooh, I always love some lazy recipes!! Brown rice, black beans, and Pico de Gallo sounds like a good tip! As does the codfish with asparagus! Awesome, putting on my post-Easter meal plan 🙂

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