8 Easy Dinner Ideas When You’ve Lost the Will to Cook

30 Aug

You’ve been up since Dawn’s crack, and everyone has had a piece of you all day.

You’ve already had to feed everyone a few times today and those needy little creatures want you to feed them once more before you can shut them away  put the little sweethearts to bed and finally have some you time to fold Mount Washmore and clean the kitchen whilst necking a bottle of wine.

You open your fridge and there may even be food but it all needs to be cooked lovingly and you have lost the will to cook.

Fear not.

Here are some fast ideas that will fill little tummies, and you will know that you’re still a contender in the Mother of the Year competition unless you forget to pick your daughter up from day care, and get disqualified like I did.

1. Jacket Potato, Garlic Yoghurt and Salad

Actual heart shaped potato. May be the only love that goes into this meal.

Actual heart shaped potato. May be the only love that goes into this meal.

Stick a potato in the oven until cooked, soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside.

Cut it open, and smoosh the insides a little.

Add a little crushed garlic to some natural yoghurt and place on top. Serve with a little side salad that you gave no love to at all.

2. Cheesy Beans with Sneaky Veg

Not the actual beans I talk about here, but one time, when I could be bothered, I actually made baked beans. This is to give you the idea only.

Not the actual beans I talk about here, but one time, when I could be bothered, I actually made baked beans. This is to give you the idea only.

Open a tin on baked beans.

Grated 1/2 a carrot and 1/2 a zucchini and chop up 1/2 a tomato.

Add a sprinkle of cumin and some fresh coriander if your kids are fancy flavours freak or just keep it simple with a dash of Worcester Sauce. Stir well.

Top with some grated cheese and stick in the over until melted or just nuke it and serve.

If you want to get all crazy and combine 1. and 2. you have uptown fancy baked potato and cheesy beans.

3. Cheese, Tomato and Chutney on toast

Balls. 4 of them.

Balls. 4 of them.

You need good bread for this. And good chutney in my opinion. We like balls. Mrs Balls Chutney that is.

Turn your grill on.

Toast your toast lightly.

Smear with chutney, top with sliced tomato and cheese.

Grill until melted enbougn to burn the shit out of the roof of your mouth on your first bite. Maybe let the kids wait until it cools a little.

4. Pesto pasta

I made this fancy with pancetta and walnut but on this day I refer that does not happen.

I made this fancy with pancetta and walnut but on this day I refer that does not happen.

I’ve banged on about this sucker for 2 years now but I seriously cannot tell you how flippin’ easy it is.

Keep some pesto in the freezer and Bob is your Uncle.

5. Miso soup with veges and soba noodles

So easy. So yummy.

So easy. So yummy.

I always have miso paste in the fridge.

You need a little stock, a splash of tamari or soy, some chopped vegetables, a small handful of soba noodles and a spoon of miso.

If you want to get fancy you can add garlic and ginger and tofu, chicken or prawns, but we’re not being fancy today. We’re feeding animals.

6. Fish Fingers and Homemade Chips

Fish don't even have fingers.

Fish don’t even have fingers.

Yes, I do.

Finely slice a potato into shoestrings. Whack those suckers into a really hot oven on 220C with a little olive oil, and toss after 10 minutes.

Grill your fish fingers, serve with some cucumber and snow peas or some other pathetic excuse for salad and tomato sauce.

7. Omelette

There's the love. All of it. Right there on the godamned Hoot plate.

There’s the love. All of it. Right there on the godamned Hoot plate.

The joy of the omelette is you fold it over so you can’t see what you’ve stuffed inside to turn an egg into a complete meal.

I’ve been known to throw in leftover fried rice, or stir fry, or just grate whatever is in the bottom of the crisper, and smother it with cheese.

Toast is optional. They usually don’t eat it and then it becomes my dinner.

8. Order Yourself a Pizza 

ahhhhh... pizza love. The one true love.

ahhhhh… pizza love. The one true love.

Screw it, peeps. Get someone to bring that dinner to you while you put your feet up and watch Timmy Time with the kids whilst nursing mother’s little helper.

 

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10 Responses to “8 Easy Dinner Ideas When You’ve Lost the Will to Cook”

  1. Gary Lum August 30, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    I’m going to buy fish fingers today. It’ll transport me back to university days when for lunch we’d grill three fingers, add cheese and then put into a sandwich press for a toasted fish finger and Coon cheese sandwich.

  2. Kylie Purtell - A Study in Contradictions August 30, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Fish fingers are my go to one a really, really lazy day, and I may or may not whack a few extras in to feed myself! A Mum’s gotta have something in her stomach before she cracks the wine right?!

  3. San August 30, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    Thanks for the 8 day week menu plan Girlfriend, all yummy and easy, right up our alley! I’ve got one for ya’. Lamb lion chops to feed your lot, lge. can of Big Red tom soup, Put a little soup in the bottom of slow cooker, neck the chops, whack em’ in. Make sure there’s enough liquid to just cover choppies. Add any veg. if you can be bothered. This requires cutting up so skip this stage if’n it’s too hard. Cook for 4.5-5hrs. Serve with your choice of rice or bad ass mash….. kn’yum :o) HINT; ensure wine plentiful, this takes minutes to prepare but time to cook & time=wine yeah?

  4. Sam Stone (@A Life on Venus) September 1, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    I love me an omelette.

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