There are two types of people in this world: those for whom cooking is therapeutic, a creative outlet, and a way to show love, and those who simply despise the act. For people in the last camp it is fear-producing, takes too much planning and is simply not fun. But however shocking it may sound for those-hard-foodies, people who fall into this group often come up with the best recipes. They know they have to eat, so they create smart ways to prepare delicious meals without too much preparation, planning or real cooking. To discover the hacked, low-lift recipes that keep the cooking stuff happy, we asked millennial women who hate cooking to share their weekday evening meals. Further on you will find our favorite answers. These meals can even inspire those who love cooking, because let's be honest, we all have nights when we do not have the energy to spend too much time in the kitchen.Occupation: author
City: Portland What is your weekday evening meal?
Spinach, sausage, mushrooms, baked white beans. Why do you like this meal?
It is easy to prepare, has a short cooking time and contains solid proteins and vegetables. What is the recipe for this meal?
1 pound of bulk chicken sausage
1 cannelini beans
1 cup of fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
1 cup of mushrooms, cut into cubes
1/2 cup onion, cut into cubes
2+ cloves of garlic, cut into cubes
Crumble and brown chicken sausage in pan, along with onions and garlic. Add spinach and mushrooms and cook until al dente. Add beans and spices to taste. Let it simmer for 10 minutes before serving. Where does this recipe come from?
It is a quick recipe that my ex (a chef) thrown together. Illustrated by Seung Won Chun. MoreOccupation: Social media specialist in digital marketing
City: Los Angeles, CA. What is your weekday evening meal?
Top Ramen pimped. Why do you like this meal?
It is always good and you add everything you have in your fridge. What is the recipe for this meal?
Top Ramen Packet (shrimp, chicken, or really every taste), a teaspoon of butter, cheese (preferably cut), salt, pepper, green onion, Sriracha, spam (if you have it), seaweed flakes or seaweed and an egg. Where does this recipe come from?
My grandmother would always add an egg to my top windows as a child, and all the other additions come from what I had in the kitchen. Butter was a tip from Kylie Jenner. Cheese is my newest addition and it is soooo good. It makes it creamy. Illustrated by Seung Won Chun. MoreOccupation: Graduated student
City: Bethlehem, PA What is your weekday evening meal?
Rice, tofu and vegetables. Why do you like this meal?
It is easy, fast, vegan and healthy. What is the recipe for this meal?
Frozen steam bags of all vegetables (I usually use peas, corn, carrots, green beans, and mix them together in a larger bowl)
Frozen stew of brown rice (take as much as needed rice and vegetables for a meal and keep the rest in the fridge)
Solid tofu, cut into small squares, seasoned with black pepper and nutritional yeast
Mix a portion of rice, tofu and vegetables in a bowl
Flax and sesame seeds sprinkled on top Where does this recipe come from?
It is my own creation. Illustrated by Seung Won Chun. MoreOccupation: Librarian
City: Boise, ID What is your weekday evening meal?
I call it "Poor Man & # 39; s Dirty Rice." Why do you like this meal?
It is super fast, simple and really flexible. What is the recipe for this meal?
Cauliflower rice, ground meat and salsa. I usually use two bags of rice and cook them in a pan. In a separate pan, I will cook some ground meat – usually turkey or beef, but it can be anything. Then, when both are done, I mix them in a pan and add a few tablespoons of salsa, a little salt and pepper and maybe some garlic powder. Where does this recipe come from?
It is a family recipe. Illustrated by Seung Won Chun. MoreOccupation: Journalist
City: Davenport, IA What is your weekday evening meal?
Scrambled eggs and vegetables with cheese. Why do you like this meal?
It is super cheap and reasonably healthy, especially because I go so heavily on the vegetables. I try to limit my intake of meat and most of my attempts to prepare vegetable vegetables ranged from mediocre to sad, so I also appreciate that it is quick enough to be fresh every time. What is the recipe for this meal?
Two eggs, whatever chopped vegetables you want (I like kale and tomatoes, a sprouts rag I buy pre-cut or even pumpkin), fresh (or not) herbs and cheese. If the vegetables are hard, boil them first, otherwise you throw the eggs together and add the vegetables at the same time. Add the herbs or other vegetables and cheese at the end. Recently I use smoked cheddar with parsley or brie and rosemary. I usually try to have an equal amount of vegetables and eggs, but the texture is certainly better with more eggs than roughage. I will add toast or an extra egg if I am especially hungry. Where does this recipe come from?
They are really just scrambled eggs. Illustrated by Seung Won Chun. MoreOccupation: Graduated student
City: Orange County, CA. What is your weekday evening meal?
Coriander-lime rice with chicken apple sausage. Why do you like this meal?
Super easy and takes about three days. What is the recipe for this meal?
Cook the cilantro-rice cube of the target, cook the chicken-apple sausage and mix together! Where does this recipe come from?
I conceived it by sheer despair of something easy and a lot of time to roam around Target. Illustrated by Seung Won Chun. MoreOccupation: Graphic designer
City: Washington, D.C. What is your weekday evening meal?
Soy chorizo burrito. Why do you like this meal?
It is full of protein, can be made quickly, can be eaten warm or cool, is easy to store for later or meal preparation and contains simple ingredients. What is the recipe for this meal?
Half a link of soy chorizo (from Trader Joe's), 1 egg, 1 flour tortilla, 1 cup of mashed avocado, olive oil, hot sauce to taste (I prefer the Mexican Valentina brand). Where does this recipe come from?
My boyfriend is Costa Rican, and he makes burritos that are to die for. Because I do not eat a lot of meat, this is an adaptation of what he makes. Illustrated by Seung Won Chun. MoreOccupation: Temporary receptionist
City: Vancouver, British Columbia What is your weekday evening meal?
Spaghetti with a green salad. Why do you like this meal?
It is relatively easy to make and there is enough pasta for at least two other meals. What is the recipe for this meal?
Boiling water; start cooking extra lean ground beef until it is completely brown; add dry pasta to boiling water and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally; add tomato sauce to the cooked minced meat. If the pasta is al dente, you can drain the water and put the pasta in a sieve. Prepare a green salad for the spaghetti dinner. Where does this recipe come from?
It is a family recipe but I'm sure there are many online recipes for spaghetti. Illustrated by Seung Won Chun. MoreOccupation: Teacher
City: Dallas, TX What is your weekday evening meal?
Rice and chicken with sauce. Why do you like this meal?
It is incredibly easy to make, balanced and fast. Almost every part can be bought in the store, so all you have to do is heat it up. What is the recipe for this meal?
There are different options for the rice. I am Korean, so I love a sticky rice. There are companies that sell a microwave bowl with rice – that's the easiest way. You can of course just make rice (easy, but time-consuming). Two cups of water per cup of rice. The chicken can be mixed with the rice or eaten separately. Take some diced chicken (when I buy chicken, I cut it and I separate it into several Ziploc bags, so they can easily freeze and defrost if necessary) and put them in a pan. Optional: cover with flour before placing it in a frying pan. This makes them crispy. I put flour in a bowl and throw the chicken around it. I'm sure you could add egg and stuff, but this is the easiest way. When that happens, I warm up some oil in a frying pan and then add the chicken (if there is flour, I try to use some more oil so that it can "bake"). Once the chicken is fully cooked, I add general Tso sauce bought in the store mixed with water, roughly a ratio of 1: 1. Target has different types of General Tso sauce, just like any other supermarket I've been looking at. The Panda Express brand is one of my favorites. Once the sauce and water are in it, I turn everything around to mix and let the sauce simmer. I wait until most of the water has evaporated and the sauce is thick. At this moment you can add rice. Add a little more sauce as desired and serve! Where does this recipe come from?
It usually came from a love for Chinese takeaway, rice and simple dinners. Illustrated by Seung Won Chun. MoreOccupation: International PR
City: Brooklyn, NY What is your weekday evening meal?
Mashed cauliflower and tofurkey Italian sausage. Why do you like this meal?
It is super easy, fast and relatively healthy. What is the recipe for this meal?
2 tablespoons of butter
1 bag of frozen, mashed cauliflower or medium-sized cauliflower
1 cup of water
2-3 cloves of garlic
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Pepper to taste
Directions for use: Add butter and finely chopped garlic gloves in a 4 quart jar over medium heat and add cauliflower when the butter is almost melted. Fry the cauliflower for 3-5 minutes until it has become a little lighter in color. Add the water and bring to the boil. Once cooked, cover the pot and cook for about 10 minutes. Reserve 1/8 of a cup of the cooking liquid and let the rest drain. Puree the cauliflower with food processor or bar mixer. Veggie Italian Tofurkey Sausage:
Heat a link with olive oil over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Where does this recipe come from?
I have adjusted the mashed cauliflower to a few recipes. Illustrated by Seung Won Chun. MoreOccupation: Journalist
City: London, England What is your weekday evening meal?
Instant noodles with all (some) bells and whistles. Why do you like this meal?
It is balanced, tastes great and ridiculously easy. What is the recipe for this meal?
Chop some vegetables such as paprika, broccoli, pak choi, Chinese leaves.
Boil water on the fire, add vegetables and a protein such as eggs, shrimps or chicken.
Once the vegetables and proteins are almost done, add a package of quality, authentic instant noodles such as Mama, Indomie or NongShim to the pot, with all their associated seasonings.
Once everything is cooked to the desired texture (I would already recommend dente noodles over wet noodles), you're done.
You can vary the proportions of noodles, vegetables and proteins according to your nutritional needs. Where does this recipe come from?
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