Are you a food enthusiast but don’t like spending hours in the kitchen? Eating good food does not mean that you have to slave over a hot stove for hours. There are foods that don’t require much prep time and they taste delicious. These simple foods are ideal for days when you don’t feel like cooking and don’t want to get takeout either. Stock your refrigerator and pantry with the right foods and you will never go hungry again! Listed below are different types of foods that you can prepare in literally minutes. Plus, if you have more time, you can further add to these foods to give them a more professional touch. Continue reading to find out more.
Now fish tends to be a tricky food to cook but it does cook quite fast. In this case, you need to be aware of the proper time when your fish is all ready to eat. You don’t want it to be overcooked or undercooked. You can cook fish in different ways. For instance, you can bake, broil, fry, bread, and batter the fish and use readymade sauces from the supermarket in order to marinate them. If you don’t have any sauces on hand, you can just squeeze some lemon juice with a bit of salt and pepper.
This is a versatile dish since you can prepare it in various different ways. It is quick and easy to make. Here’s a simple recipe you can try:
All you need to do is heat up some water in a boiler or pot. When the water is hot enough, you add your pasta. Next, grate a tomato in a separate pan and add a bit of oil plus salt and pepper for seasoning. You turn the stove on and let that cook for a minute. Then you add in your cooked pasta and stir for a while until the tomato sauce thoroughly gets mixed with the pasta. That’s it! You plate your pasta and grate some cheese on top. The entire process barely takes ten to fifteen minutes.
This dish has pretty much no prep time and can be prepared using either vegetables or fruits, depending on whether you are in the mood of something sweet or savory. All you need to do is cut up your food and add in your salad dressing/vinaigrette. In the case of a vegetable salad, you can cut up any vegetable you like that can be eaten raw such as cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, baby spinach, cabbage, etc. You can either make your own salad dressing/vinaigrette or buy readymade ones from the supermarket. This also applies to fruits and vegetables. If you are too lazy or busy to cut tons of vegetables or fruits, then you can buy precut produce from the supermarket. Also, you don’t really need any sort of dressing for a fruit salad. If you want, you can squeeze in some lemon juice to add more tartness.
4. Precut Vegetables
Precut veggies really come in handy when you don’t have enough time to prepare meals. You can cook these vegetables in any way you like whether you want to sauté them, grill them, or fry them. Make sure that you pick precut food that’s already washed and cut as this will further save you more time. Also, the smaller the size of the produce, the quicker it will cook; hence avoid purchasing veggies that are bigger in size since it will take longer to cook them from the inside.
5. Precut or Precooked Meat
In addition to precut veggies and fruits, precut meat is another timesaving option that can help you cook delicious meals in a short amount of time. Oftentimes, you will find roasted turkey or roast beef at your local grocery deli. These are lean meats that you can buy in thick slices to use in recipes. Plus, many supermarkets sell skinless chicken breasts, half turkey breasts, and whole chickens that are fresh off the grill or rotisserie. You can use these precooked meats in different delicious recipes.
Eggs are another versatile food that can be prepared in a variety of different ways. Craving an omelet? Whisk two eggs, a splash of milk, salt and pepper, and some precut veggies of your choice in a bowl. Pour the mixture on top of a frying pan that contains about a teaspoon of cooking oil. Cook your omelet for five to ten minutes on each side or until it’s slightly golden brown. That’s it, you are done! You can eat it as it is or with some toast. You can add or subtract any ingredient you want and create different versions of the same omelet. Not to mention, you can cook simple fried eggs such as sunnyside up, scrambled, and so on. Want something sweet? You can blend up a mixture of two eggs, one large banana, one teaspoon of sugar, with a splash of milk and use that mixture to make quick and healthy pancakes!
Sandwiches need no prep time and can be prepared in different ways. All you need are some easy-to-assemble ingredients such as bread, any type of cooked meat (or tofu if you don’t eat meat), different condiments, vegetables used in sandwiches (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, etc.), and any type of cheese. In order to make your sandwich, you just have to toast your bread and assemble all the ingredients together and you are done! For example, here’s the order of assembling a simple sandwich:
- Toasted bread
- A slice of cheese on top
- Tomato slices
- Your choice of meat
- Your choice of condiments
- Lastly, the second piece of toasted bread
It doesn’t get simpler than cereal. All you need is a bowl, your cereal, the milk of your choice, and sugar if you like it sweeter. There is a massive variety of all sorts of cereals available in the supermarket. If you want, you can opt for healthier options as well such as bran cereals. At the end of the day, if you have nothing to eat at home except cereal and some milk, you can still have a decent meal.
Smoothies are not only healthy, they also fill you up, similar to how eating a meal would. For this food item, you will need a blender. Nowadays, you can purchase small-sized blenders or mixers at affordable prices. Plus, they really come in handy for preparing other things such as different sauces you can use for meals. In the case of smoothies, you can use precut fruits and veggies with your drink of choices like milk, water, or juice. You can add different sweeteners of your choice such as sugar, honey, jaggery, and so on.
10. Precooked Meals
These types of meals are perfect for busy people. They can be prepared in a microwave or oven. It takes less than 15 minutes and your meal is ready. There are tons of microwaveable meals to choose from so you won’t get bored eating the same thing. In addition to precooked meals, you also have canned foods. You can eat them as they are or further cook them with other food items. For instance, canned baked beans can further be enhanced by adding sautéed vegetables. You can cook them in a pan for five to ten minutes and your delicious dinner is ready!
All of these fast cooking recipes can be compiled into a great cookbook. All you need is a company that’s an expert at cookbook printing and your easy fast cooking recipe book will be ready before you know it.