I firmly believe that if you don’t enjoy cooking, you shouldn’t feel obligated to spend hours preparing meals.
However, you still have to eat. I may not enjoy cooking, but it’s so much healthier and more affordable to eat at home. Going out or picking up takeout takes just as long (or longer!) than throwing a simple meal together.
I’m still looking for ways to spend even less time in the kitchen, so let me know if you have any. Here are a few that work for me:
Crock pot meals: I don’t use it as much as I should, but crock pot meal prep is usually faster. Clean up is faster, too. Here’s one of our favorites: Crock Pot Tex-Mex Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Mike cooks some nights or we cook together: If it’s possible to share meal prep with a spouse, it makes a huge difference. Last night Mike made steak and green beans for dinner. The night before I prepped veggies while he cooked the chicken for fajitas. Working together makes it more enjoyable, too.
I use as few dishes as possible: This is probably obvious, but eating heated leftovers in their containers saves time on dishes! We don’t have a dishwasher so every one counts.
We eat leftovers: Another obvious one, but multiple meals from one cooking session saves a ton of time.
I make simple, go to meals: When my chicken went bad last week, I quickly threw together black bean and cheese quesadillas and microwave steamed some green beans.
It was healthier, cheaper and faster than even fast food. I also try to keep some Trader Joe’s frozen meals and veggies on hand. For a quick lunch, I’m always happy with an egg and toast, or eggs and fruit this month.
We eat the same things often: It’s always faster to prepare something I know. A couple pre Whole 30 favorites:
Maybe all my ideas are obvious. Please share any other ideas you have in the comments!!