What to Cook When You're Tired of Cooking
Let's face it, we all have those days when we just don't feel like making a big production out of making a meal, yet we want to eat healthily. Here is a great list of what to cook when you're tired of cooking from myrecipes.com, a wonderful place to find recipes for all sorts of different things. First of all, if you don't feel like cooking, that usually means not wanting to even bother with turning on the oven or the stove. That's okay, some of these healthy meal ideas don't require you to use a stove, oven, microwave or toaster oven. These are great, quick recipes any time of year, but they would be especially enjoyed in the heat of summertime when you don't feel like heating up your home with your oven. Many of the quick recipes use leftover chicken meat, which would be perfect for using up all of that left over rotisserie chicken meat. Or, maybe you have leftover chicken breasts from a previous meal. Some people even like to cook up a bunch of chicken breasts at the beginning of the week to have ready to make easy dinner ideas like these ones.
If you want a meal that's a little warmer and more comforting in those colder months, good news because the list also features warm, easy dinner ideas too. You will find that all of the quick recipes that are mentioned here are delicious, a cheesy lasagna, baked "fried" chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, and pasta carbonara. They sound like things that would be available in a restaurant, and since the recipes are so easy and don't take a ton of time to make, it would possibly be even faster than ordering delivery. Another great idea to make some healthy meal ideas ahead of time in large batches, so you have meals ready to eat for lunches and dinners. On the myrecipes website, they provide a list of these big batch make-ahead meals with links to the recipes. You can choose from chili, soup, meatballs, shepherds pie, and meat sauce. It doesn't get easier than that. This way you don't have to buy all of the pre-made meals from the store that are filled with preservatives, you can enjoy a healthy, pre-made homemade meal from your own freezer. Plus, it probably costs a lot less to make it yourself too.
The last thing myrecipes does is teaches you how to make good meal pairings by giving you ideas for different combinations of foods. They recommend making grains ahead of time so that they're always ready to go. Sometimes brown rice can take up to 45 minutes to cook, so that's why it's a good idea to have some pre-made rice around to add to your meal of choice. This way you can make healthy bowl style meals that include lots of vegetables, a healthy grain like brown rice or quinoa, and a protein. If you're vegetarian or vegan and you're wondering what to use for a source of protein, sprinkle some nuts or seeds on top of your meal. Hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds are great, or cashews and almonds go great with a variety of meal ideas. Also, there is a lot of protein in certain vegetables that people don't realize. Check into the protein content in vegetables like peas or kale, and you may be surprised at how much protein is actually in there. Enjoy these awesome, easy dinner ideas and all of the yummy recipes over at myrecipes.com. They are always adding new recipes too which is great for keeping meal time enjoyable and exciting.***
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