Not a big fan of cooking? Donâ€™t worry â€“ youâ€™re not alone! Many people want to bring lunch to work or prep meals ahead of time, but struggle with the actual cooking part of it. Luckily, there are some options available, from more convenient methods of cooking, to choosing items that require absolutely no cooking or baking at all.
Here are some tips for meal planning when you donâ€™t want to cook much, or just donâ€™t have time for it.
Appliances become your best friend
No need to cook fancy meals. In fact, you never have to turn on your stove or oven just to meal prep. But if you can turn on an appliance and just let it do its job, there are some options available to you.
Instapot â€“ It cooks foods in a different way, but there are many things you can do with it. You can cook chicken breasts or other types of meat, vegetables, pasta, baked potatoes, even hard-boiled eggs. Some of my clients have made yogurt.
Slow Cooker â€“ This is one of my go tos. Itâ€™s the ultimate â€œset it and forget itâ€ appliance. This is great for people who donâ€™t like to cook, since you just dump everything in and turn it on. A few hours later, your food is done.
Air Fryer â€“ One of my newest obsessions! It will cost you about $100 for a decent brand, but you get so much out of it. The air fryer is a way to cook food that is crispy, and tastes fried, without actually being fried. No oil has to be used, and it cooks everything very quickly. You can make most things in as little as 8-10 minutes, without ever turning on the stove.ðŸ˜²
Non-Cook Lunch and Dinner Options
If you want lunches and dinners that require absolutely no cooking at all, but donâ€™t mind very minor prep work, here are some ideas:
Salads â€“ Salads are healthy, pack a lot of vitamins and minerals, also something you can make without cooking anything. Want chicken on your salad, but donâ€™t want to cook it? Just get a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and shred it up. Doesnâ€™t get easier than that! For the past 15 years Iâ€™ve been grilling chicken every Sunday to put on my chicken really simple. You can also bake it in the oven.
Sandwiches â€“ This might sound boring, but there are many ways to make sandwiches. You can use bread, rolls, tortillas for wraps, and so many other items for a sandwich. It is all customizable, from the protein to the veggies, and you donâ€™t need to turn on the stove or oven if you donâ€™t want to.
Riced veggies, quinoa, barley â€“ You can cook this in one pot. Trader Joes and other grocery stores sell frozen precooked riced veggies.
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