It’s happened to the best of us. You come home from a long day at work, or maybe you’ve just been running around all day taking care of errands, and the last thing you want to do is cook. But you have to eat, right? So what are your options?
If you’re like most people, when you don’t feel like cooking, you either order takeout or heat up something quick and easy from the freezer. But takeout can be expensive, and let’s face it, not always the healthiest option. And those frozen meals can get old really fast. So what else can you do?
Here are some ideas for what to cook when you don’t feel like cooking, no matter what your reason may be.
What to cook when you’re short on time
One of the most common reasons people don’t want to cook is because they don’t feel like they have the time. If this is you, there are still plenty of options for healthy and delicious meals that won’t take hours to make.
One idea is to make a quick and easy stir-fry. You can use whatever vegetables you have on hand, and if you’re really short on time, you can even use frozen veggies. Just sauté them in a little oil with some garlic and ginger, and add your protein of choice (tofu, chicken, shrimp, etc.). Season with soy sauce or tamari, and voilà – dinner is served!
Another option is to make a simple soup or chili. You can use pre-cut vegetables or even canned beans to save time. Just throw everything in a pot with some broth or water and let it simmer until everything is cooked through. Season with salt, pepper, and any other spices you like. Serve with some bread on the side, and again – dinner is done!
What to cook when you’re short on money
Another common reason people don’t want to cook is because they think it’s too expensive. But this doesn’t have to be the case! There are plenty of ways to make delicious meals on a budget.
One way to save money is by cooking in bulk and then freezing individual portions for later. This way, you only have to do the work of cooking once, but you’ll have several meals ready to go for those nights when you don’t feel like cooking. Just be sure to label everything clearly so you know what it is and how long it’s been in the freezer.
Another way to save money is by using cheaper cuts of meat or proteins like beans or tofu instead of more expensive options like steak or shrimp. These cheaper ingredients can be just as delicious when cooked properly – it just takes a little creativity!
What to cook when you’re short on energy
If you’re just not feeling it when it comes to cooking dinner, there’s no shame in taking a night off from the kitchen every now and then. After all, we all need a break sometimes! Instead of cooking, try one of these easy alternatives:
Order takeout from your favorite restaurant. Just be sure not to do this too often – remember, it’s not always the healthiest or most budget-friendly option!
Pick up something pre-made from the grocery store. This could be anything from a rotisserie chicken to a prepared salad or veggie tray. Just add a side of rice or potatoes and maybe some bread, and dinner is done!
Make something simple like grilled cheese or PB&J sandwiches. These might not be gourmet meals, but they’ll definitely hit the spot when you’re feeling lazy! And hey – sometimes comfort food is exactly what we need.
What to cook when you’re short on inspiration
If you’re just not sure what you want to make for dinner but know that you don’t want anything too complicated, here are a few ideas:
Spaghetti with marinara sauce – this classic dish is always a good choice!
Grilled chicken breasts – simple but delicious; pair with roasted veggies for a complete meal
Salmon fillets – another easy option that can be cooked in many different ways
Quiche – perfect for breakfast, lunch OR dinner; add whatever veggies or meats you have on hand
Stir-fry – as mentioned before, this is an easy way to use up whatever veggies you have in your fridge