10 Meals to Cook When You are Too Tired to Cook: Simple meals that require almost no effort or thought process and are the perfect way to get a healthy dinner on the table without picking up the phone for take-out.
I get it. You have kids, you work full time, you have an illness you battle. You think you don’t have time to cook.
Let me be honest with you. Even though I love to cook, there are many days I just don’t feel like it. Sometimes I am worn out from the day or we are in a time crunch. Other times I don’t feel well. And sometimes, I just don’t want to!!!
So today, I am throwing you a lifesaver. I am giving you my go-to meals when I just don’t want to cook or don’t have the time to cook. And guess what–these are not only easy, but relatively healthy as well.
Meals to Cook When You are Too Tired to Cook
Breakfast for dinner aka Brinner. Scramble up some eggs (throw some frozen veggies in it if you are feeling adventurous), toast up whole grain bread and serve with a side of yogurt and fresh fruit. Perfectly balanced and requires almost zero effort.
BLTs. Can you ever go wrong with bacon? I think not.
Panzanella Salad. I love this grilled, but honestly, just chopping up some lettuce and fresh veggies and toasting up some day old bread and microwaving the chicken sausages works in a pinch too.
Pasta. What could be easier than boiling some water and adding dry pasta? You can top the pasta with your favorite leftover marinara, like my recipe here, or just open a jar. My kids prefer pasta tossed with a bit of butter and Parmesan cheese. Of course you can make this 15 minute Skinny Fettucine–start to finish and on the table in 15!!
Stir Fry. I try to always keep extra rice in my freezer (you can see my 20 Unexpected Things to Freeze for more ideas and instructions on how to freeze rice). I just grab it out of the freezer and throw it into a hot skillet with some leftover veggies from my produce drawer or whatever I may have on hand in the freezer. Add in some soy sauce and maybe even a few eggs to scramble in like the restaurants do, and dinner is done!
Taco Night. I start with my 3-ingredient Taco Meat and serve it up in burritos, quesadillas, on a baked potato or a salad. Always a family winner.
Grilled Sandwiches. A classic grilled cheese with tomato soup always hits the spot, but to switch it up, I sometimes make grilled PB&J or grilled ham and cheese–and my family is all smiles for those as well. Want to know my secret for quick tomato soup? I heat up low sodium V8. Sounds crazy, right? Well it is already seasoned and my kids like their soup thin, so it works! Of course I do love my homemade tomato soup as well.
Baked Potato Night. I love to scrub some sweet potatoes and regular potatoes and wrap in foil. Stick in the slow cooker for 4-5 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low. Top with some steamed veggies, leftover meat or just with cheese and bacon and serve with a salad. Easy peasy. I like to do this once a week and then can pull potatoes out from the fridge and quickly reheat for a quick go-to.
Bean Burritos. I open a jar of fat free refried beans, spread it on a toritilla sprinkle it with cheese and microwave until warm. I serve it with salsa or sour cream for a quick, filling meal.
Slow Cooker Meals. I LOVE, LOVE my slow cooker. And IF i plan ahead I use it cook 50% of the time at least. Check out my Slow Cooker Archive for recipes. And also be sure to head on over to Mom to Mom Nutrition, where I shared my Slow Cooker Barbeque Mexican Chicken–3 ingredients is all you need for another versatile go-to meal!
These are just a few of my quick go to meal ideas. I would love to hear yours!