Lazy Meals

May. 28th, 2011 09:55 pm
ninetydegrees: Drawing: a girl's face, with a yellow and green stripe over one eye (Default)
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So what do you do when you're a little too tired to cook or simply don't feel like making something complicated but still want to eat a mostly-homemade something and not just put a frozen pizza in your oven*? I'm sure we all have our easy-meal recipes so let's share them. It can be as simple as you want and don't hold back because you think everybody knows that one (maybe I don't because I'm not from your corner of the world). As long as it's pretty easy and pretty quick to prepare it's all good.

* I've got nothing against pizza; I always have a pepperoni one in my freezer for when I really don't want to do anything but still wanna eat. :)

Date: 2011-05-28 08:05 pm (UTC)
foxfirefey: Fox stealing an egg. (mischief)
From: [personal profile] foxfirefey
One of my favorite stand bys is to take a tortilla (personal preference: hefty whole grain kind), some refried beans from a can, and a bit of cheese. I spread the beans over one half of the tortilla, put the cheese evenly in bits over the top of the beans. Fold the tortilla in half. Pan fry it in a bit of olive oil or butter, starting with the cheese side down. Flip it over after a bit to brown and stiffen up the other side. Tada, filling tasty beans!

Date: 2011-05-29 02:50 am (UTC)
donutsweeper: (Default)
From: [personal profile] donutsweeper
I do this with leftover meat (usually rotisserie chicken) and/or steamed veg

Date: 2011-05-30 08:59 am (UTC)
schnurble: (Default)
From: [personal profile] schnurble
Seconded! We do this very often, but without the beans.
Just cover a tortilla with cheese, put another tortilla on top, pan fry from both sides, cut in quarters and nom :o)

Sometimes we add to the cheese whatever we find in the kitchen - mushrooms, tomato slices, salami...

Date: 2011-05-28 08:09 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chaostheory635
sashimi! thaw and serve :)

Date: 2011-05-28 08:09 pm (UTC)
waldo: (General: Food)
From: [personal profile] waldo

Split a hotdog long ways, stuff some American cheese in it, wrap the whole thing in refrigerated croissant dough and cook at 350*F for about 12 minutes.

They reheat great too!

Date: 2011-05-28 08:30 pm (UTC)
telesilla: 1950s woman in kitchen (cooking)
From: [personal profile] telesilla
Quesedillas or quick refried black bean and cheese burritos are one of our go to, telesilla doesn't want to cook, staples. Also, I always have frozen boneless, skinless chicken thighs and brown rice on hand. Toss the brown rice and the chicken thighs, still frozen, into a pot with either water or chicken broth/stock and whatever spices/herbs/seasoning you like (I tend to use garlic and dill). Cook it until the rice is done. The beauty of doing this with brown rice is that the chicken cooks all the way through and then shreds nicely. If you want, you can add whatever veggies (fresh or frozen) you like at the appropriate time. This takes about an hour, so it's not fast food, but it's so easy that it almost doesn't count as cooking.

Date: 2011-05-28 08:34 pm (UTC)
katarik: DC Comics: Major Slade Wilson and Captain Adeline Kane, text but I can make you better (Default)
From: [personal profile] katarik
Pasta! Take pasta (whatever kind, I like angelhair), cook according to package directions. Drain. Add butter, maybe some nice Parmesan cheese, grind some black pepper into it. Eat!

If you are up for a little more work, roast vegetables go wonderfully there. Preheat oven to 325 F. Roughly dice zucchini (or squash, or broccoli, or eggplant, or bell peppers, or whatever) and toss with some olive oil and some salt and some crushed red pepper, lay on cookie sheet, bake for about ten-fifteen minutes. Stir into pasta and eat!

Date: 2011-05-29 07:45 am (UTC)
vass: Small turtle with green leef in its mouth (Eat your greens)
From: [personal profile] vass
Variant on that: pasta with garlic and olive oil. If you don't want to deal with peeling and crushing the garlic, you can get jars of crushed garlic from the supermarket.

Date: 2011-05-28 08:49 pm (UTC)
weaverbird: (Food)
From: [personal profile] weaverbird
I steam some frozen veggies, toss them with cubed cooked chicken (leftover cooked chicken is a staple in my fridge) and perhaps some cheese, add a splash of vinaigrette and voila!

Date: 2011-05-28 09:14 pm (UTC)
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
From: [personal profile] schneefink
Cook rice. Put chopped onions and then small raw pieces of chicken breast in a pan, wait until the meat is done (but still white, not brown), add whipped cream (and a bit of milk if I want less fat) for the sauce, salt, pepper and herbs and let it simmer until the table is set and the rice done. Fast and tastes good.

(I hope this makes sense. Translating recipes is hard.)

Date: 2011-05-28 09:19 pm (UTC)
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
From: [personal profile] schneefink
So google tells me that "whipped cream" is not exactly the same thing as that word I entered in the dictionary, but wikipedia is very confusing. Maybe just "cream"? I have no idea which of the ten different kinds there seem to be you would use, though. And the German wikipedia says we apparently have a special kind in Austria. Idk.

Date: 2011-05-28 09:47 pm (UTC)
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
From: [personal profile] schneefink
No, according to the dictionary, sour cream is something different.

(And I do cook the rice separately, usually in the microwave, and only later mix it with the sauce and meat, if that was unclear.)

Date: 2011-05-28 10:28 pm (UTC)
rhi: Blue, white, and purple tulips in bloom (blue and purple flowers)
From: [personal profile] rhi
Hmm. Do you mean the kind of heavy cream you'd whip for a dessert topping? US English would call that whipping cream, or heavy cream.

Date: 2011-05-28 10:34 pm (UTC)
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
From: [personal profile] schneefink
I only know two kinds of cream: sour cream and the one I´m trying to describe here. We use it both for sauces, for dessert toppings, in soups and various other things which I don´t know how to translate. But I´d say you can just use what you like best. :)

Date: 2011-05-28 10:54 pm (UTC)
rhi: a woman in silver, riding an Art Deco crescent moon (dreaming)
From: [personal profile] rhi
::laughing:: That works, and thanks!

Date: 2011-05-28 10:58 pm (UTC)
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
From: [personal profile] schneefink
You´re welcome :)

Date: 2011-05-30 02:10 am (UTC)
butterflydreaming: "Cris", in blocks with a blinking cat (Default)
From: [personal profile] butterflydreaming
It sounds a lot like what my family eat in El Salvador (Central America), that they just call "crema". It looks like a thinner, smoother version of sour cream but is naturally sweet. A friend brought back some canned cream from France that was similar. There is nothing exactly like it in the U.S. because I think it's a raw milk product, but mascarpone is about the same body.

Date: 2011-05-30 09:15 pm (UTC)
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
From: [personal profile] schneefink
Yes, that sounds like it :)

Date: 2011-05-29 07:00 am (UTC)
novembermond: Hiroto's puppy (mogu)
From: [personal profile] novembermond

Date: 2011-05-29 11:19 am (UTC)
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
From: [personal profile] schneefink
Genau! Hast du eine bessere Übersetzung?

Date: 2011-05-29 11:50 am (UTC)
novembermond: Hiroto's puppy (isshi)
From: [personal profile] novembermond
nein. in dem fall ist whipped cream eh richtig. genau wie heavy cream oder whipping cream, was meiner meinung nach genau das gleiche ist (wahrscheinlich regionale unterschiede, wie eben "obers" und "sahne" bei uns). ^^" ich wollt nur nachfragen, falls doch was anderes gemeint ist. (und weil es nett ist, mal wen von hier zu treffen XD)

Date: 2011-05-29 01:10 pm (UTC)
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
From: [personal profile] schneefink
Ah, dann ist eh gut! Ich war mir nur unsicher, weil ich bei Google Bilder "whipped cream" nur geschlagenen Obers gefunden hab und dachte, ungeschlagen hieße er vielleicht anders.

Ts, "Sahne" gibts bei uns nicht. Nur bei denen dort oben. ^^

Date: 2011-05-29 01:54 pm (UTC)
novembermond: (lmc maya)
From: [personal profile] novembermond
vielleicht ist die whipping cream, die die noch nicht gewhippt ist... hmmm

sag ich ja, regionale unterschiede ;)

Date: 2011-05-29 02:29 pm (UTC)
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
From: [personal profile] schneefink
Das oder heavy cream. Zumindest hab ich das jetzt so verstanden und dabei bleib ich xD

Schöne Grüße aus und nach dem Land der Marillen und Schlagobers (mit Vanilleeis, mmm)

Date: 2011-05-29 07:01 pm (UTC)
anatsuno: a women reads, skeptically (drawing by Kate Beaton) (Default)
From: [personal profile] anatsuno
yeah, whipping cream is not yet whipped while whipped cream is. Which means whipping cream is much heavier (not as much air in it). whipped cream is not often used in meals outside of desserts..

Date: 2011-05-28 09:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jenett
Scrambled eggs.

Potstickers. (Ok, I buy mine usually, but I have plans to make and freeze a bunch.)

Pasta with butter and parmesan cheese. Or pasta with some canned diced tomatoes, some capers, and some parmesan cheese.

Date: 2011-05-28 09:23 pm (UTC)
lassarina: I'm not coming out until the stupid people have gone away.  ....I can wait all day. (Default)
From: [personal profile] lassarina
Generally: white wine mushroom alfredo sauce from a jar over farfalle or penne (stir it occasionally). Alternately, boil some pasta of your preferred shape to your preferred doneness, then add butter, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and parmesan.

Other things: quesadillas. Grilled cheese. Omelettes (mushroom and/or onion.) Or mozzarella and tomato with the basil paste you can buy refrigerated at the grocery store. :)

Date: 2011-05-28 10:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wood_elf
Ramen, or other kinds of noodles. Easy enough to add some sort of vegetable/meat to make it a bit more nutritious, and sauces/spices/chilli for flavour.

Date: 2011-05-28 10:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] angelbabe_cj
Depending exactly how far down the not wanting to cook thought I am I have a few options.

Salmon and rice: Frozen salmon (the sort that comes in individual sealed portions) will poach in the sealed bag in the time it takes to boil easy cook rice in a pan. I use the same pan. For a bit more flavour you can add a bit of stock cube to the rice.

Pasta and sauce: Either the really cheating sort that comes in a packet and you add water (and milk for creamy sauces). Add some extra cheese and maybe pre-cooked meat or some herbs to one and it feels more nutritious.

Or, boil pasta of your choice and make a very simple cream sauce. Boil pasta as normal. In a different pan put in a slosh of double (heavy) cream and a little salt and pepper. Heat it up so it starts to reduce and add whatever tickles your fancy. Some cooked ham is good, as is grated cheese, a little mustard maybe, maybe some dried herbs (or fresh if you've got them). You can even add a little tomato puree.

You basically want to do enough to cover the pasta well. I don't really do measuring as such, so I can't be much more helpful.

If you want a tomato based sauce (not something I'm a fan of, but I know how to make), a small tin of chopped tomatoes, however much you want per serving, heat them up and add some seasoning, herbs are good (basil, oregano), as are a few chilli flakes or some paprika. You can add a splash of cream to this too, to make the sauce, well, creamy.

My go to has to be something on crackers, but that's kind of missing the point.

All sorts of toasties are great, I tend to make mine in a George Foreman type grill if possible.

Or just tinned or defrosted soup with part cooked bread. The sort you buy part-cooked and then finish in the oven, takes about 10 minutes.

Date: 2011-05-28 11:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] majoline
Cold soba is excellent if you want to prepare it ahead of time. A package of it will make a big bowl and it keeps in the fridge for about a week.

Or if I'm super tired, crack an egg in a microwaveable mug, scramble, microwave for about a minute, and add (or don't) whatever you like to your eggs.

Date: 2011-05-28 11:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] passerine
One one-pound box whole wheat spiral pasta + one one-pound pack 93% lean ground beef + one jar marinara sauce = dinner for two adults and two kids that is well-liked by all concerned and seems to be just the right amount of all components.

Tuna melt

Date: 2011-05-29 12:39 am (UTC)
firecat: red panda looking happy (Default)
From: [personal profile] firecat
Bread, crackers, or matzah
shredded cheese
tuna fish
Put cheese on bread product and melt cheese in microwave.
Mix tuna with mayo, put on top of cheese. Eat.

Date: 2011-05-29 02:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lauredhel
If I don't have anything in the freezer (we usually freeze containers of soup, and lasagna), it's beef salsa! Into the crockpot:

one can beans
one pack frozen diced beef
one jar salsa

Ignore for 4-5 hours on low
Serve over rice. Or, if can't even make rice, in a wholemeal tortilla wrap.

Date: 2011-05-29 02:49 am (UTC)
tyger: Watanuki, holding a mixing bowl and yelling.  Text: HEY!  Outta my kitchen! (Watanuki - Outta My Kitchen!)
From: [personal profile] tyger
Haha, my breakfast/lunch/whatever today, let me show you it:

- put noodles in boiling water
- got distracted
- put little can of tuna, and frozen peas in
- got distracted again
- realise the water's boiled away (try not to do this, getting baked-on noodles off is a pain)
- eat

If you don't get distracted so much you can add a couple of eggs! Or miso, once it's off the heat. Or mushrooms, spring onions... whatever. Should take about ten minutes, including water-boiling time, if you don't forget about it, and is still pretty nutritious! :D
You can make it more or less involved, if you want, but that's my usual. *nods*

Date: 2011-05-29 04:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] merrycaepa
This was basically every night for me this semester. I'm vegetarian, so I usually threw in a can of beans for protein instead of the tuna, and the vegetables varied based on what was on sale, but it comes to roughly the same. You can do a surprising amount with a package of Ramen...

Date: 2011-05-29 05:20 am (UTC)
tyger: Yuuko, burning a feather.  Coloured manga scan. (Yuuko - fire)
From: [personal profile] tyger
*nodnodnod* And they're delicious!

I mean, I would probably start to hate them if I was eating them because that was all I could afford, but as long as I have the option of something else if I really want to I can eat it every day. ^^;; And, you know, rice isn't actually any more spendy if you can afford to bulk-buy it once, so~ *laughs* Options, they are good! When I was in a dorm I almost always had rice or noodles. Or sometimes tortillas! *laughs*

Date: 2011-05-29 06:02 am (UTC)
merrycaepa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] merrycaepa
Yeah, I haven't touched them since I've been home for the summer, but they make a great base on a budget. Yay carbohydrates!

Date: 2011-05-29 06:06 am (UTC)
tyger: Espeon (pokémon - espeon)
From: [personal profile] tyger
Haha, actually I eat them a lot, even when at home!
But I am also the kind of person who can eat beans or curry for a week if I make a batch big enough, and not get sick of it, so! ^^;;

Date: 2011-05-29 06:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fyreharper
If I'm lucky, I'll have previously-homemade things in the freezer (there used to always be lasagna, but I haven't made any in awhile... something about how there used to always be lasagna ;p ). Otherwise it'll be something like a quesadilla (with bbq sauce to dip it in), or making mac&cheese from a box with some frozen veggies thrown in - broccoli with the white-chedder mac is pretty tasty. Pita pizzas in the toaster oven - pita bread, pasta sauce from a jar, sliced cheese on top.

Date: 2011-05-29 04:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nashira
So long as you don't let the pasta boil down this is stupid simple, though I'm not sure if you can get the same sort of thing elsewhere...

Here we have pasta you can get in packs, with powdered sauces (they're meant to be side dishes.), I usually get the alfredo one and cook it per directions but I add tinned salmon (tuna would work, as would cooked chicken pieces), peas, some broccoli, cauliflower, whatever you like. I add extra herbs and pepper and tada, filling food for generally very very cheap :D

Date: 2011-05-30 02:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] butterflydreaming
Now that I have a little George Foreman grill, my lazy food is a grilled cheese sandwich. Really, it's just a quesadilla on bread instead of a tortilla, and it takes less effort than heating up a griddle or waiting for the oven. I almost always have bread that can be sliced (if not already sliced bread) and some kind of cheese. I'll throw in some oregano or spice mix, or sliced tomatoes, or ketchup, Frank's red hot, or pick-a-peppa sauce to liven it up. I've put refried beans, leftover ham, tuna salad, or cooked bacon in them, too.
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