Recipe ideas for people who don't enjoy cooking
October 31, 2013 7:23 AM Subscribe
About 70% of the time, I do not enjoy cooking. The prep, the process, the cleaning up (oh God, the cleaning up). I feel like I have exhausted my repertoire of minimal-prep / minimal-cleanup weekday evening meals. Can you help me come up with some new ones? And it would be great if they were actually tasty and heavy on the vegetables as I am trying to get more of those into my diet. Bonus points for food that I can make ahead in bulk and take to work for a few days.
posted by Ziggy500 to food & drink (35 answers total) 147 users marked this as a favorite
The sort of thing I like to make is - roasted chicken with herbs, any number of simple egg dishes like omelettes and egg bakes with cheese and vegetables - but so far my holy grail has been Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce
jazzed up with extra add-ins (mushrooms, peas, spinach, sometimes a couple of tins of tuna) to eat with pasta. The nice thing about Hazan's sauce is that you don't have to do much chopping or slicing, you just dump everything in the pot and let the heat do the work. And there's just one pot! This is the kind of thing I am looking for more of.
I do not own a slow-cooker, have no special dietary requirements, not terribly fussed about calorie or carbohydrate counts but - as I said before - trying to get more vegetables into my diet. I also live alone which I think is part of the problem - I wouldn't mind about making more complex meals if someone else could do the washing up!!
Links to previous threads on this subject are also welcome. I have searched but the cooking tag in Ask Mefi goes over several pages!