Isn’t this a reality? We love to cook but then we don’t.
There have been many days that although I have a menu plan all set and ready to go for the week, I’ve either forgotten to defrost my meat, haven’t soaked my beans overnight, or I simply don’t feel like cooking.
If our budget allows, on those days my family packs up and heads out to Mariana’s for tacos or Felix and Oscars for pizza but more often than not, I have to put on my game face and make something at home that doesn’t take a lot of time to make, tastes great, and will nourish us from within.
Tip #1. Pour yourself a glass of red wine
“I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food I’m cooking.”
– Julia Child
I can’t imagine cooking without a glass of vinto tinto. On days that I’m feeling sluggish and feel a lack of inspiration to cook anything, a small glass of a dry red wine with a bite is usually all it takes to get me going. It slows down my ever thinking mind and gets me into a groove where I can leave the day behind me and hone in on creating something tasty for my family. What can I say, it’s the Spaniard in me.
Tip #2. Stock up on Broth and Other Staples You May Need
When I think about simple meals that I make when I just don’t feel like cooking, what makes it easy for me to put simple meals together is having a stock of pantry staples frozen or canned. It’s definitely worth the time it takes in advance to prepare them.
My essential pantry staples
Tip #3. Beans and Rice Baby!
During the fall and winter I like to cook batches of dried beans to freeze. It’s definitely essential especially for those days that you don’t feel like cooking.
Once you have a stock of beans in the freezer it’s so easy to pull them out and make any simple dish with rice and beans like the Mexican tostadas above. That meal seriously took 20 minutes to make, with only 5 minutes of hands on time.
Other beans and rice dishes of interest
- Lentil stew with pumpkin, carrots, and Spanish chorizo sausage
- White Beans, Rice, and Swiss Chard
- Lentil soup recipe
- Tuscan Kale and White Bean Soup in the Crockpot
- Mexican Ranch Style Beans with Ham Hock Tacos
Tip #4. One Skillet Meals
I love to make one skillet meals. They’re quick and easy to put together and you can customize them to whatever is growing in season. I generally like to add seasonal vegetables and then toss them in oil and whatever spices I may have. I make them complete, filled with protein, by adding either backyard eggs or farm crafted sausages.
Super simple to make and it’s something the entire family enjoys.
One skillet meals of interest
- Roasted Sausages and vegetables tossed in a garden fresh pesto
- Red peppers, zucchini, and eggs
- Roasted Balsamic Vegetables with Chicken Sausages
Tip #5. Simple Ground Beef Meals
There’s a lot you can do with a simple pound of ground beef. As long as you have your staples prepared like broth and canned tomatoes, the sky is the limit.
Simple ground beef meals of interest
Tip #6. There’s Nothing Wrong with a Sandwich for Dinner
Other nourishing sandwiches of interest
- Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Spinach and Spanish Chorizo Sausage
- A Nourishing Chicken Salad Sandwich
- Grilled Mediterranean Sandwich with Mashed Avocado
Tip #7. Breakfast for Dinner
Who doesn’t like breakfast for dinner? It’s quick to make and ALWAYS devoured by the entire family 😉
If you want more breakfast for dinner ideas you’ll have to check out my friend Beth’s new eBook called The Breakfast Revolution, Recipes from Outside the Cereal Box.
It’s a gluten free book with a great mixture of breakfast ideas that I think would double up great as dinner! Click on the banner above to find out more about her book.
Please share with us in the comments below your tips to eating well when you just don’t feel like cooking?