What do you cook when you just can’t? That is, when you can’t handle doing much of anything—whether that’s thinking, watching the news, scrolling through Facebook, or just following an elaborate recipe with perhaps one too many steps and ingredients.
These 25 recipes are for when you can’t: ones that require little attention after they’re on the stovetop, in the slow-cooker, or in the oven, or have so few ingredients they come together without much thought.
We know, sometimes everything is too much. These aren’t. We promise.
JUST LET IT GO, LOW AND SLOW
Marcella Hazan’s Rice and Smothered Cabbage Soupby Genius Recipes
Carrots Cooked Forever, à la Roy Finamoreby Merrill Stubbs
THINGS THAT ROAST FOREVER (SO YOU CAN FORGET ABOUT THEM)
FEWER INGREDIENTS, IPSO FACTO LESS TIME
Diane Kochilas’ Pasta with Yogurt and Caramelized Onionsby Genius Recipes
Daniel Patterson’s Poached Scrambled Eggsby Genius Recipes
What do you make when you don’t want to think about cooking? Tell us in the comments.
We all want to eat more fish. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for sweet and savory salmon. Once you try it, we bet you’ll add it to your weekly menu rotation.
Salmon fillets, preferably wild or farmed organically
Salt and black pepper
Heat your oven to 400 degrees.
Make a mixture of Dijon mustard and brown sugar to the degree of spicy-sweetness that pleases you. Salt and pepper the salmon fillets.
Place the salmon fillets skin-side down on a lightly oiled, foil-lined baking sheet. Slather the tops of the fillets with the mustard and brown sugar glaze and slide them into the top half of your oven. They ought to be done in 12 minutes or so, and they pair beautifully with simple braised greens.
As Liz Moody, healthy food blogger and founder of Sprouted Routes, explained to BuzzFeed Health: “This may sound counterintuitive but when trying to lose weight, many people make the mistake of cutting fat from their diet, which can leave them feeling super hungry, cranky, and less likely to stick to the plan long-term (which is key!). Adding in healthy fats boosts satiation and keeps you from noshing on simple carbs and sugar, or giving up too soon.”
Getting into the kitchen after a long day and making a delicious meal (and lotsa mess) is not what most of us want to be doing — especially once you’ve changed into your comfies and your favourite show is on.
Luckily there is an easy way around this: one-pan dinners.
These one-pan dinner recipes by Jessica Sepel — nutritionist, health blogger and cookbook author — are easy to prepare, make hardly any mess and are packed full of delicious flavour.
1. Roast pumpkin and chickpea one-pan with hummus dressing
“Fish and chips is such a classic summer meal. There’s nothing better after a day at the beach, but often the oils and batters used can be high in saturated fats. So I created a healthy version for you guys, as a one-pan dinner, of course,” Sepel said.
“Crispy parsnip and sweet potato chips paired with a simply roasted white fish, plus the most divine herb-nut topping.”
2 fillets white fish (e.g. John Dory or Ling)
1 sweet potato
1 tablespoon coconut flour
1 cup mixed herbs (parsley and basil are best)
½ cup almonds
2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 180° degrees.
Chop sweet potato and parsnips into thin wedges and arrange on a lined baking tray. Drizzle with one tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle over coconut flour. Season with sea salt. Roast in oven for 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, to make the herb-nut topping, finely chop mixed herbs with almonds. Add one tablespoon olive oil and a generous pinch of sea salt and continue to chop until combined.
After 25 minutes, remove sweet potato and parsnip from oven and add the fish to the pan. Spoon over the herb-nut topping.
Return tray to oven for a further 20 minutes, until fish is cooked and wedges are golden.
For more easy and nutritious recipes, go to Jessica Sepel’s website or follow Jess on Instagram.