Considering how much time I’ve spent at home the last two months I’ve obviously spent a lot of time preparing my own meals. Sometimes I get incredibly excited to cook and don’t mind spending hours in the kitchen. Other times, I feel like a lazy slug and the thought of even trying to come up with another meal idea makes me want to cry. I’m sure some of you can relate. For those latter type of days I have learned to rely on quick, one pan meals and new ways to utilize leftovers. It’s easy to create satisfying dishes without forcing yourself to slave away over a stove all day. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.
Need a little of your own inspiration? Here are a couple of “lazy” meal ideas that I’ve turned to in the last few weeks.
Leftover grain & veggie bowls – I love coming up with interesting ways to use up cooked grains. There are a million combinations you can come up with depending on what beans (or other plant protein), veggies, nuts/seeds, and condiments you have on hand. I make a lot of Asian fried rice-type dishes often with cooked grains because I love Asian flavors, but it’s nice to branch out and try new things occasionally, also. A recent favorite that I came up with was this cheesy quinoa and white bean bowl.
Cheesy Quinoa and White Beans: Cooked quinoa, garlic, white beans, zucchini, shredded carrots, and leftover cashew “cheese” sauce. All I did for this one was cook up the garlic and veggies for a few minutes until softened, then threw in the quinoa, beans, cheese sauce, and a little salt & pepper until everything was heated.
Tacos, Tacos, Tacos – I love throwing random things together and making tacos or burritos out of them. I made these spicy shiitake and grilled potato tacos a few weeks ago that were the BOMB.com. Another go-to that I make frequently is chickpea and cauliflower tacos. Both versions are pretty adaptable, since you’re just using up whatever you already have on hand.
Spicy Shiitake and Potato Tacos: Leftover grilled (or roasted) potatoes, shiitake mushrooms, kale, and avocado. I cooked up the shiitakes with garlic, a little coconut aminos, and smoked paprika until they were soft, but still chewy. Then I added in the kale and leftover potatoes and cooked until everything was warm. I spread a little mashed avocado on each tortilla before filling with the remaining ingredients and squeezing a little lime juice on top.
Chickpea and Cauliflower Tacos: Leftover chickpeas and roasted cauliflower, shredded carrot, pickled onions, and fresh cilantro. (These are great with tahini drizzled on top!)
Comment below and tell me about some of your favorite lazy meals!