If I don’t enjoy cooking, how can I get meals on the table?
Sometimes food can feel like such an imposition. Meal time again? Hunger pangs again? What should I eat this time? Meals and snacks over and over. Waining inspiration on what to make. Or maybe you can come up with the ideas but it’s the thought of making it happen that you dread. The chopping, mixing, washing, cooking…so much time. Now I’m not going to say this is time wasted because nourishing your body is crucial. Even if you don’t enjoy cooking, you need to eat.
Meals do not need to be elaborate. My goal is that a meal consists of the different macronutrients – carbs, protein, fat, and some fiber and a little color are nice too. But that could look like a lot of things, and yes, it can even consist of convenience options! It does not have to be scratch cooking to be nutritious.
Let’s start with how to stock your kitchen. Stock your pantry, fridge, and freezer with easy, quick cooking, convenient options. Check out this list of suggestions!
Combine chickpeas with a jar of tikka masala sauce. Serve with steamed cauliflower, rice, and naan bread.
Deconstructed Salmon Sushi Bowl
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Rotisserie Chicken Tacos
Refried Bean and Cheese Baked Quesadillas
What if I order out?
Looking for more ideas? Check out these 9 additional meal options for when you don’t feel like cooking!
An award winning recipe developer, Dietitian Kaitlin’s mission is to empower others to reach their health goals by encouraging them to get back into the kitchen. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes.