We are well into the stay at home orders across the country which means lots of baking adventures and culinary pursuits. But many of us are feeling the fatigue that comes along with preparing meals day-in and day-out. Maybe you were used to a drive-thru breakfast or lunch in your work café and now you’re finding it hard to keep up with cooking those meals. Or maybe the most significant change for you happened when business meetings no longer included meals shared in a restaurant but are now conducted over video conference at your kitchen counter, homemade dinner in tow. No matter if you’re facing a new challenge of making meals at home or are just tired of cooking, we have you covered with these recipes.
For when you just can’t wash another dish
Try a One-Pan Meal – Technically this is cooking, but with one big exception – fewer dishes! That alone makes up for the cooking part, right? The best part is once you have the food on the pan and in the oven, you can set a timer and forget about it until it is ready to eat. Choose from one of these balanced, single-pan meals the next time you’re stuck in a cooking rut:
For when you’re not interested in standing at the stove
Try a No-Cook Stuffed Avocado – Avocados are extremely versatile for sandwiches, mixed dishes like guacamole, or as a garnish for enchiladas or tacos. But did you know they can be the star of the plate, too? That’s why we love these stuffed avocados for a simple and filling dish packed with heart-healthy, unsaturated fats.
For when you need to use up the extra veggies in the fridge
Try a Hearty Homemade Salad – No skimpy salads here. If you’re going to make a meal out of a bowl of veggies then it better be packed with filling ingredients like whole grains, proteins, and unsaturated fats. These salads do the trick and are the perfect substitution for when you just don’t feel like cooking, but also need to use up the vegetables you have on hand before they spoil.
For when the bread aisle is bare, and the novelty of homemade bread has worn off
Try a Non-Traditional Sandwich – Maybe you ran out of bread or you just can’t find any on the shelves at the store. No matter what the situation, these sandwiches have you covered with veggies standing in as a bread replacement.
For when the most you can do is boil a pot of water
Try a Creamy Pasta – The only cooking required for this recipe includes boiling water to cook pasta. Better yet, use some leftover plain pasta from a previous meal. The dressing is made from avocado, mayo, and some spices while the remaining ingredients are no-cooking required. This is the perfect salad for a special side or can be eaten as the main course.